Jazz Evaluations and more auditions!

Last week was a great week of workshops to help students prepare for auditions. Also, we had wind auditions and the students continue to improve! We still have a few students who have not auditioned, but we will take care of those this week and get results posted ASAP. We had quite a few students make the 200 club and we look forward to celebrating with them. We have new plaque’s on the wall that have motivated the students to strive a bit harder. One plaque is a 200 club history that documents 200 members from each audition. The second plaque is a leaderboard that will keep up with the top 10 auditions of all time! I am interested to see if these need to be updated after the last audition? The 8th graders joined us for this audition. As intimidating as it might have been, they auditioned with courage and were very well prepared! Thank you for encouraging your child to do their best. We continue to hear and see growth from our students and are excited about the future!

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday: Fall Guard Auditions • 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Fall Percussion Auditions • 4:00pm – 6:15pm
  • Tuesday: Jazz Performance Evaluations • Itinerary Below
    • Fall Guard Auditions• 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Fall Percussion Auditions• 4:00pm – 6:15pm
  • Wednesday: Administrative Assistant’s Day • Thank you, Ms. Dothard!
  • Thursday: Fall Guard Auditions • 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Percussion Auditions • 4:00pm – 6:15pm
  • Friday: BBQ Packet Turn In • Volunteer Here • 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the lobby
    • Students/parents should turn in money for tickets sold and any unsold tickets.

Jazz Performance Evaluations

Performances take place at Cartersville High School and are free and open to the public! We would love for our parents and friends to come to the performances if at all possible!

Attire • All Black with Gold Accents

  • 10:00AM report to the band room and load for departure
  • 10:20AM depart for Cici’s Pizza in Cartersville
  • 11:45AM arrive for lunch • bring $10 for lunch
  • 12:45PM arrive at Cartersville HS to unload
  • 1:15PM CB Jazz Warms-up (Other groups are in the audience listening to performances)
  • 1:45PM CB Jazz Performance
  • 2:15PM Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Warms-up (Other groups are in the audience listening to performances)
  • 2:45PM Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Performance
  • 3:30PM 1st Block Jazz Band Warm-up (Other groups are in the audience listening to performances)
  • 4:00PM 1st Block Jazz Band Performance
  • 4:30PM Load and Depart
  • 6:00PM Approximate arrival back at CHS

CB Jazz Program

  • Summertime by George Gershwin arranged by Michael Sweeney
  • Little Sunflower by Freddie Hubbard arranged by Mike Kamupf

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Program

  • Fantasy for Saxophones by Lennie Niehaus
  • Moten Swing by Sammy Nestico

1st Block Jazz Band Program

  • Hayburner by Sammy Nestico
  • Mudbug Strut by Paul Baker
  • No Harm, No Fowl by Kris Berg

Auditions continue this week

Guard and Percussion auditions happen this week. Guard is on Monday and Tuesday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Percussion is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 4:00pm – 6:15pm.

Administrative Assistant’s Day

Let’s celebrate Ms. Dothard on Wednesday. She provides support for our band staff, but also is there for our students everyday. She is a graduate of Carrollton High School. Before beginning as our band secretary she retired from a full career at Southwire. She has two very successful son’s and is a pillar in our community. In addition to be a very important member of our team, she is also a member of the Trojan Athletic’s Hall of Fame! Ms. Dothard, we love you and are so thankful for the love and dedication that you pour into our band program every day. We look forward to celebrating with you this week!


This is the last week to sell BBQ tickets. All students received a packet before Spring Break. We ask all students to sell 20 single tickets and 10 raffle tickets. The success of this fundraiser helps us to keep our annual band fees affordable. Turn in is on Friday, April 21. Money collected and all unsold tickets should be turned in on Friday.

Raffle Items Needed • We draw the winners on Facebook Live and will recognize the sponsors. Gift cards to businesses make great items. If you have connections with local businesses, please ask if they have an item we can use in our raffle. The grand prize is $500, but having multiple chances to win can help sell the tickets and is a way to support our local businesses. Thank you for your help with this important fundraiser!

Senior Spotlight

We would like to recognize our seniors and their future plans! Parents/students, please fill out the form here ASAP to help us recognize our amazing seniors!

Waiting List for the NY 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.


Huge thank you to all of our family and friends who assisted us with sending snacks via Amazon all year! Our students are well supported and your contributions helped! We are not in any immediate need of items right now thanks to your generosity!

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.

  • April
    • 17 • Colorguard Auditions 4:00pm – 6:30pm
      • Percussion Auditions 4:00pm – 6:15pm
    • 18 • Jazz Performance Evaluations • Cartersville HS • TBA
      • Colorguard Auditions 4:00pm – 6:30pm
      • Percussion Auditions 4:00pm – 6:15pm
    • 20 • Percussion Auditions 4:00pm – 6:15pm
  • May
    • 3 • BBQ Set-Up • Volunteer Here
    • 4 • Band BBQ • Volunteer Here
    • 9 • Spring Concert
    • 19 • Graduation • Volunteer Here
    • 24 • Last Day of School

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