2nd Semester, here we go!

Schools are closed for the holiday tomorrow, but we are performing in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade through downtown Carrollton. More information about the parade is below. We start second semester on Tuesday, so our after school rehearsals will begin: Wind Ensemble (WE) on Tuesdays, Concert Band (CB) on Wednesdays, and Symphonic Band (SB) on Mondays – which begins the following week.

Last week was so much fun! Our 1st block students performed 8 concerts for our elementary students and were also visited by some of our junior high band students and some of our high school students. It was a great week of fun concerts! Thank you so much to Dr. Carroll, her leadership team, and the elementary school teachers for allowing us to perform for your students. We had a great time!

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday: MLK Parade • Load Equipment at 9:00AM, In Uniform by 9:30AM.
    • JV Winter Guard Camp • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: Wind Ensemble • 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • Winter Guard • JV 4:00pm – 6:30pm (CHS Cafeteria)
    • Varsity 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Start upstairs and then Band Room)
  • Wednesday: Concert Band • 3:45pm – 6:00pm
  • Thursday: Winter Guard • JV 4:15pm – 6:30pm (CHS Cafeteria)
    • Varsity 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Band Room)
    • Jazz Hang: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Saturday: Winter Guard at Kennesaw Mountain HS • Pack snacks, it’ll be a late lunch
    • Students Report: 5:30AM
    • JV Rehearsal: 5:45AM
    • Varsity Rehearsal: 6:35AM
    • Load: 7:50AM
    • Depart: 8:30AM
    • Arrive at KMHS: 10:00AM
    • JV Performance: 11:33AM
    • Varsity Performance: 1:35PM
    • Awards: 2:17PM
    • Depart for Lunch at Towne Center: 2:40PM
    • Return to watch the remaining guards: 4:00PM
    • Depart for CHS: 7:00PM
    • Unload: 8:30PM
    • Dimissal: 9:00PM

Congratulations to our All-State Band Members

The following students will participate in upcoming GMEA All-State Band events:

Justin Arnold, Jazz trumpet • participates in the All-State Jazz Band at the Classic Center in Athens from January 26-28. The concert is free and open to the public on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:30AM.

Kylie Maxwell, bass clarinet • participates in the All-State Band conducted by Catharine Sinon Bushman at the Classic Center in Athens from March 2-4. The concert is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 6:00pm.

Madison Pate, tenor saxophone • participates in the All-State Band conducted by Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner at the Classic Center in Athens from March 2-4. The concert is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:00pm.

Connor Haley, bassoon • participates in the All-State Band conducted by Colonel Don Schofield at the Classic Center in Athens from March 2-4. The concert is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8:00pm.

MLK Day Parade • Monday, January 16

We will wear our full band uniforms. According to weather.com, the weather will be in high 40s. Be sure to wear an extra layer to help you stay warm.


  • 8:30AM Band Room Open for students to load instruments
  • 9:30AM Uniform Check
  • 9:45AM Depart
  • 11:00AM Parade Starts
  • 12:00PM Approx. arrive back at the band room

Winter Guard Debut on Saturday

Chocolate Bar Fundraiser • 2 Weeks Left!

Although we did allow students to receive a box and begin selling yesterday, we insisted for students to make sure that their parents knew about it. This is a fundraiser that we spoke about in class numerous times before the break and many students had already spoken with their parents. Although the fundraiser officially ends on January 27, 2023 and students must turn in $60/box for any box that they still haven’t sold, students can continue selling their chocolate until they are sold out so that families do not have to ultimately pay for it out of their pocket. We have to make our payment however to World’s Finest Chocolate, which is why we need to collect money for any outstanding boxes by January 27.

Incentives for students not traveling to NY:

  • $25 applied to any outstanding band/guard fees.
  • If all band fees are already paid and a student is not traveling to NY:
    • Students who sell 1 box will get a free band shirt
    • Students who sell 3 or more boxes will get a free band hoodie
  • All students are eligible to win the top seller of each block prize – a 5 pound chocolate bar!
  • All students are eligible to win the $100 gift card if we sell at least 380 boxes.

8th Graders in Winterguard or 8th Graders who are traveling with us to NY next year:

  • You can participate in the fundraiser too!
  • Please send an email using this link: Mr. Carr and Ms. Menendez or just include us both in the email
  • You can pick up your chocolate by visiting Ms. Menendez or by visiting the high school band room
  • Please bring collected money to the high school band room. We are here until 4:00pm each day, so you could bring it over right after school or your parents can visit during the school day as well. Ms. Dothard is available to assist between 8:00AM and 4:00PM.
  • You will earn $25 for your winterguard fees or your NY trip by participating in this fundraiser.

Please help advertise! The 5K is quickly approaching.

Our 5K is on March 18, 2023. We are looking for sponsors and runners! Remember, you will receive 10% of each sponsorship that you secure towards band/guard fees or your trip account. You aren’t a runner but. you want to support our band? There is a T-Shirt only option.

The fun run is a 1 mile option for kids 12 & Under. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female will receive an award for the fun run.

The 5K is open to all participants. The cost is $25.00 per participants and students can sign-up for $15.00 each.

Fun Run (12 & Under): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Male & Female
Overall Male & Female
First Masters Male & Female (40+)
1st, 2nd, 3rd place in the following categories:
10 & Under • 11-14 • 15-19 • 20-24 • 25-29
30-34 • 35-39 • 40-44 • 45-49 • 50-54 • 55-59
60-64 • 65-69 • 70-74 • 75-79 • 80&UP

Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Carrollton/trojanband5k to sign-up or for more information.

Thank you so SoleRoots Racing for your assistance in organizing, setting up, and timing the events. Thanks to their assistance, we are proud that this race serves as an official Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race Qualifying Event.

It is not too late to sign-up for the trip!

Visit the link at the top of the page or click here for more information. We are still accepting sign-ups. The first deposit was due by November 25, 2022 to join the trip, but it isn’t too late! Please sign-up this week.

Snacks still needed for Winterguard

During the fall we were blessed by donations for our marching band! During the winter season we will be traveling with our Winterguard and feeding them during long rehearsals. You can use Amazon to continue sending snacks if that is easier for you or you can volunteer to send in needed items via Sign-Up genius.

Mark Your Calendars

The following events we need all hands on deck and are requesting your involvement.

Upcoming Dates

This is not an exhaustive list. Refer to our calendar online for the most up to date information regarding events and times.

  • January
    • 16 • MLK Parade • No School • Parade Itinerary Above
    • 17 • Start of 2nd Semester • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 18 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 21 • Winterguard at Kennesaw Mountain HS
    • 23 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 24 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 25 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 26-28 • GMEA All-State Jazz Band • Performance on Saturday at 11:30AM.
    • 28 • CHS Saxophone Quartet Lobby Performance at GMEA • 11:15AM
    • 30 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 31 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
  • February
    • 1 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 4 • Sadie Hawkins Dance
    • 6 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 7 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 8 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 9 – 11 • District Honor Band • Ringgold, GA
    • 11 • Winterguard at River Ridge HS
    • 13 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 14 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 15 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 20 – 25 • Winter Break • No School
    • 24 • Winterguard Camp (Varsity and JV)
    • 25 • Winterguard at Villa Rica HS
    • 27 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 28 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
  • March
    • 1 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 2-4 • GMEA All-State Band
    • 4 • Varsity Winterguard Camp
    • 6 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 7 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 8 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 11 • Winterguard at Harrison HS
    • 13 • Symphonic Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 14 • Wind Ensemble: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 15 • Concert Band: 3:45pm – 6:00pm
    • 16 • LGPE • WE, SB, CB • Times are still TBD
    • 17 • Teacher Word Day • No School
    • 18 • Trojan Band 5K • Required for all members
  • April
    • 1 – 2 •  Winterguard SAPA Championships • Chattanooga, TN
    • 3-7 • SPRING BREAK • No School

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