Trojans in Athens!

This weekend we were represented extremely well at the Georgia Music Educators Association annual In Service Conference, in Athens, GA!

On Friday Madison Pate and Sidney Porter attended the high school experience where they participated in professional development sessions organized by GMEA President, Matt Koperniak that were geared toward preparing them for the next steps of becoming a music educator.

During the entire conference, Justin Arnold was practicing with the All-State Jazz Band. His efforts culminated in an outstanding concert! His clinician, Michele Fernandez, composed many of the works that the students performed and they were prepared the students expertly. It was evident throughout the concert that Ms. Fernandez developed an inclusive environment which nurtured breathtaking musicianship from the band. It’s hard to believe that they prepared all 7 charts in 6 rehearsals!! Bravo!

Saturday morning our Saxophone Quartet performed a triptych of Astor Piazolla tangos in the lobby just before the All-State Jazz Band concert. Their performance was outstanding! The ensemble consisted of Madison Pate on soprano saxophone, Sidney Porter on alto saxophone, Elisa Rubio on tenor saxophone, and Caroline Steed on baritone saxophone. The students responded to a Google Classroom poster asking for interested students to form an ensemble, rehearse the music, and perform it for Mr. Carr for approval of submission. They were so well prepared that they were asked to perform it for first block so that the audition recording could be made. When we received the official invitation in November, the students added 2 more pieces to their repertoire to fill out the concert. Special thank you to our student teacher, Gavin Fielding, for your coaching these past 2 weeks to help the students add the final polish to their performance. Hearing them perform with effortless artistry was a highlight of the morning!

Thank you so much to our very supportive parents who made the logistics possible for our students to participate these past few days while our directors were attending professional development sessions.

Brava to Ms. Menendez for her clinic presentation this morning during which she presented fundamental processes that are important to sustain excellence in a band program. We are extremely blessed by her leadership of our CJHS Band! She continues to be passionate about learning new things and sharing best practices with colleagues as she continues to prepare our students for high school.

Our Trojans represented our community very well in Athens! Thank you to everyone who made it possible! Go Trojans!

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday: Symphonic Band • 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: Wind Ensemble • 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • JV Winterguard JV • 4:15pm – 6:30pm (CHS Cafeteria)
    • Varsity Winterguard • 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Band Room • Start Upstairs)
  • Wednesday: Concert Band • 3:45pm – 6:00pm
  • Thursday: Winter Guard • JV 4:15pm – 6:30pm (CHS Cafeteria)
    • Varsity 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Band Room)
    • No Jazz Hang 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Saturday: Sadie Hawkins Dance

District Honor Band • February 9 – 11, 2023

We are still working out the final details for the District Honor Band Itinerary, but the event takes place February 9-11 at Ringgold HS. Students will travel as a group on a bus to Ringgold, GA on Thursday and parents will pick up their child at 10:45AM after the morning rehearsal on Saturday at Ringgold High School. The high school concert begins at 3:00PM and will also be hosted by Ringgold High School.

The hotel fee for each student is $75 and can be paid via RevTrak or cash. We will be staying at the Springhill Suites located at 155 General Lee Dr.  • Ringgold, GA 30736 • 706-935-2525. If paying by RevTrak be sure to put that the payment is for District Honor Band in the notes.

Chocolate Bar Fundraiser • Past Due

The fundraiser ended on Friday, January 27, 2023. Students must turn in $60/box for any box that they still haven’t sold. If you forgot on Friday, please turn in the money tomorrow. 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, but we have to make our payment however to World’s Finest Chocolate and need to collect money for any outstanding boxes. Thank you for taking care of this right away.

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 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.

Waiting List Now for the Trip

There are a few registrations pending, but with the current registrations and pending ones, we are at 130 travelers exactly. If you haven’t signed up, you are welcome to register but you might be added to a waiting list and you will be notified when a spot opens up. Visit this website for more information about the trip.

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
    • 30 • Symphonic Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 31 • Wind Ensemble: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • February
    • 1 • Concert Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 4 • Sadie Hawkins Dance
    • 6 • Symphonic Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 7 • Wind Ensemble: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 8 • Concert Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 9 – 11 • District Honor Band • Ringgold, GA
    • 11 • Winterguard at River Ridge HS
    • 13 • Symphonic Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 14 • Wind Ensemble: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 15 • Concert Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 20 – 25 • Winter Break • No School
    • 24 • Winterguard Camp (Varsity and JV)
    • 25 • Winterguard at Villa Rica HS
    • 27 • Symphonic Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 28 • Wind Ensemble: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • March
    • 1 • Concert Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 2-4 • GMEA All-State Band
    • 4 • Varsity Winterguard Camp
    • 6 • Symphonic Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 7 • Wind Ensemble: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 8 • Concert Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 11 • Winterguard at Harrison HS
    • 13 • Symphonic Band: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 14 • Wind Ensemble: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
    • 15 • Concert Band: 3:30pm – 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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