Author: CHS Trojan Band

The Carrollton High School Trojan Band, one of the oldest band programs in the state, was founded in 1948 by Mr. John Dilliard. Under the leadership of only a handful of directors since, the band's success has been legendary and continues to thrive. In 2013, the band completed its marching season by earning all Superior ratings at local contests for the 41st consecutive year, a feat matched by no other high school band program in Georgia. While the band has had the honor to perform at many state, national and even international events over its history, its favorite venue is still Grisham Stadium, performing for the home crowd on a Friday night!

And the Band Played On!

nullDespite the cold weather and breezy conditions, our band cheered the Trojans on a victory that capped off a 10-0 undefeated season. Also congratulations to the Trojan Cheerleaders who won Region Championship over the weekend.

Flag NYC17This week we honor our veterans along with our ROTC for an assembly during the day and a special concert in their honor on Monday evening.  We are so thankful for the many men and women who have dedicated their lives to the service of our country.  We hope that you join us for the concert so that we may thank our veterans properly.

Winter Guard auditions take place this week as we get ready for the winter season! We will meet on Thursday to run the show to make sure it is still ready for Friday night.

Then on Friday, we host the first round of playoffs as we compete against Arabia Mountain.  Go Trojans!


Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Veterans Day Concert – 7:00
    • Wind Ensemble performs during the High School Veterans Day Assembly
  • Tuesday – Winter Guard Tryouts 4:30 – 8:00
  • Wednesday – Winter Guard Tryouts 4:30 – 8:00
  • Thursday – Winter Guard Tryouts 6:00 – 9:00
    • Full Band 3:45-5:00
  • Friday – Home Game vs. Arabia Mountain (click here to volunteer we will be performing our competition show)
    • In Uniform by 6:15

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Veterans Day Assembly

Our ROTC hosts a Veterans Day assembly every year and our Wind Ensemble performs for the High School assemblies.  Wind Ensemble students (winds and percussion) will report to the band room for 1st block.  They will perform through most of 2nd block, but will be released at 11:00AM to return to 2nd block.  They will attend 3rd block as normal and then report back to band during 4th block (1:45PM) to get ready for the final performance.  Students have elected to wear all black for these performances to save their concert attire for the evening’s concert.


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Veterans Day Concert

This Monday night is our annual Veterans Day concert where we honor those who are currently serving or have served in our country’s armed forces. We wrap the concert that night by playing our competition show in the MAC. This is a great event to be a part of so invite family and friends to a night of patriotism and great music.

Also, the Band Shoppe will be set up that night, so you can place your order just in time for the holidays. We will also be selling the new “I’m With the Band” t-shirts.

Students are required to either help set-up or help clean up for the event and should wear their concert attire for the concert. All students will remain for the entirety of the concert, which will last around an hour and a half. We will discuss the performances in class on Tuesday, since listening to and analyzing music is part of our music standards.

Report times:

  • Concert Band onstage by 6:30PM
  • Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble in the audience by 6:45PM

Yankee Candle Fundraiser Kicked Off

Last week we kicked off our Yankee Candle fundraiser. Your student should have brought home a packet on Thursday night. We are selling both in person and online. For the in person sales, your student brought home a catalog and an order form. This form and the money collected need to be turned in on November 19, 2019. It is imperative that you turn in on this date, so you can receive items by Christmas. For online sales, we ask that you post the following link www.yankeecandlefundraising.com to your social media pages and tell people to use Group Number 999968266 when placing your order. The items purchased online are shipped directly to the customer, so you will not need to deliver any items.


Check-Out Policy – Please Read

Since the playoffs have started, this means that we may need to travel to an away game that is a considerable amount of time away. This is a good time to remind everyone of the band’s check-out policy.

Our band policy states if you wish for your child to ride home with you (or a guardian of your choosing), from any event, please complete and submit the check-out form to the Band Secretary no later than the day before the event by 3 pm. No Exceptions can be given to this policy. This is for the safety of all of our students.

Your child will only be released to you(or the guardian of your choosing) after the event is over and WE physically see you with your child and say goodbye. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated. You can download the forms


Holiday Shopping!!

Has your student been asking for some band swag for the holidays? Look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get your items earlier and beat the holiday rush. There is even a number of cold-weather gear that you can order to be ready to support the Trojans as they get ready to enter the playoffs.


Shop at Amazon? You Can Help the Boosters

Do you shop on Amazon often? Did you know that you can help the Band Boosters when you shop on Amazon? Go to smile.amazon.com and then select Carrollton Band Booster Club, Inc. for the charitable organization you want to support.


HEALTH CLASS

Students participating in the health class should be completed with the eADAP course from the GA Department of Drivers Services. Please double-check with your child to verify that they have completed that course and submitted a certificate to me either in person or a PDF via email. This is the most important aspect of the class as it qualifies our students to apply for their driver’s license. Once they have finished the eADAP course online, then they complete the 9 Unit exams via Google Classroom and they are done. Due dates are listed in Classroom to allow students to complete the class before their semester becomes too hectic. I will be lenient with the due dates so long as all coursework is completed and turned in by the Thanksgiving Break. Thank you for your assistance in keeping your child on track.


HAVE YOU SYNCED YOUR CALENDAR?

The Charms Calendar is syncing again. Syncing your calendar with the band calendar is a great way to stay informed of the schedule. You can access more information through the links above (If you hover over Calendar, Sync Calendar becomes an option), or just click here.

Championship Week!

Football Team – Region Champions!

Band – Grand Champions!

What a wonderful week for our Trojans as we continue to pull together as a community for #42 Chase McDaniel.  Football clinched the region on Friday Night, One Act had 2 students named All-Star Cast, Cheerleaders won 1st place, Cross Country hosted the state meet while remaining highly competitive, and our band was named Grand Champions!

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I am so proud of the students for their perseverance these past few weeks.  Understandably, morale was low following the realization that the weather prevented us from competing.  I even over heard a couple of students talking, “practice on Thursday? Doesn’t Mr Carr know that is Halloween?!” But during these past couple of weeks that we were blessed to have together to continue working on our show, our students began focusing on the real reason we “band” together.  This realization culminated during our pre-show pep talk when the students began chanting “Band… Fun…!!!” Focusing on the process and that our performance is intended to be a gift for our audience while we are having fun performing is what we are all about! We focused on having fun with every rep for the past couple of weeks and the students’ passion showed through during our competition performance!  It was rewarding to be a part of the process and watch our students continue to grow together as a family and achieve their goals as a team!

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Week at a Glance 

  • Monday – Wind Ensemble – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Tuesday – Symphonic Band – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Wednesday – Concert Band – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Thursday – Full Band (Marching Band) 3:45 – 5:00
  • Friday – Away Game at  Hiram (click here to volunteer – pulling the flag)
    • Veteran’s Performance (Armed Forces Salute and Battle Hymn)
    • Load After School
    • Dinner (Papa John’s Pizza) 4:00
    • In Uniform by 4:45
    • Depart 5:00
    • Approx 11:30PM return • Check Reminds for updated ETA
        • For Band Parents, you can sign up for the graduating class of your student.  So if your child will graduate in 2021, you will sign up for the 2021 class. Now, if you have more than one student in the band, please sign up with the latest graduating class.  If you have a student graduating in 2021 and 2023, please sign up for the 2023 class.
        • Here are the codes you can use to sign up with Remind
        • BandClassOf2020 – @a9dec62
        • BandClassOf2021 – @6dffefa
        • BandClassOf2022 – @89hc3gk
        • BandClassOf2023 – @72ab42

Help Needed For All-In-One Pickup Days

So you have sold items for the All-In-One sale, now you can help with the distribution of those items.   If you would like to help with sorting and distributing of the items, please click on one of the links below to sign up.

To help on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 8AM – 6PM Click here.

To help on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8AM – Noon Click here

Holiday Shopping!!

Has your student been asking for some band swag for the holidays?  Look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get your items earlier and beat the holiday rush. There is even a number of cold-weather gear that you can order to be ready to support the Trojans as they get ready to enter the playoffs.

Shop at Amazon? You Can Help the Boosters

nullDo you shop on Amazon often?   Did you know that you can help the Band Boosters when you shop on Amazon.  Go to smile.amazon.com and then select Carrollton Band Booster Club, Inc. for the charitable organization you want to support.

Health Class

imageStudents participating in the health class should be completed with the eADAP course from the GA Department of Drivers Services.  Please double check with your child to verify that they have completed that course and submitted a certificate to me either in person or a PDF via email. This is the most important aspect of the class as it qualifies our students to apply for their drivers license.  Once they have finished the eADAP course online, then they complete the 9 Unit exams via Google Classroom and they are done. Due dates are listed in Classroom to allow students to complete the class before their semester becomes too hectic. I will be lenient with the due dates so long as all coursework is completed and turned in by the Thanksgiving Break.  Thank you for your assistance in keeping your child on track. 

HAVE YOU SYNCED YOUR CALENDAR?

imageThe Charms Calendar is syncing again. Syncing your calendar with the band calendar is a great way to stay informed of the schedule. You can access more information through the links above (If you hover over Calendar, Sync Calendar becomes an option), or just click here.

Let’s Keep Going!

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Busy Week Ahead… Senior Night, Last Competition and We Keep Going!

We hope you enjoyed the break this past weekend, but this upcoming weekend we get back into the swing of it, home football game vs. Paulding County this Friday night and our last competition this Saturday night. All of our student’s hard work will culminate this weekend at our final competition of the year.


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  • Tuesday – Full Band – 3:45 – 6:15
  • Thursday – Full Band – 3:45 – 5:30
  • Friday – No School
    • Senior Night – Home Game v. Paulding County
      • Report 6:15 PM in Uniform: Click here to sign up to volunteer
    • Outing at American Pie Pizza following the game
      • Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from American Pie. Parents are more than welcome to join the fun. Students and parents will be responsible for ordering and paying for their own orders.
  • Saturday – Marching Competition at Haralson County HS (click here to sign up to volunteer)
    • Itinerary
      • Rehearsal at CHS 1:30 – 4:00 PM
      • Load Trailer 4:00 PM
      • Dinner 4:15 PM(Provided by the boosters)
        • Subway sandwiches and chips will be provided, but we would like to include some grapes for the students as well. If you are willing to donate some grapes, please click here to sign up to bring grapes by 3 PM on Saturday)
      • In Uniform 5:30 PM
      • Depart 5:40 PM
      • Arrive at 6:25 PM
      • Performance 8:30 PM
      • Awards 9:30 PM
      • Depart for CHS 11:00 PM
      • Arrive back at CHS approximately 11:30 PM

Help Needed For Competition on Saturday

Our last contest is this Saturday at Haralson County High School. We will need a number of people to help move the backdrops, wagons and also help the front ensemble so please consider signing up to help. We ask that you please consider signing up to assist with the props as well as other areas that need assistance with carrying equipment to and from the field. Our students have put in a tremendous amount of effort into making this show the best it can be. You can be a part of helping them finish strong, by volunteering to push props and other equipment. As with the previous competition, we will need to determine the total number of passes we are getting from Haralson County and then we will need to purchase additional passes since most bands host competitions as fundraisers. We will let you know how much each volunteer and chaperone will need to pay either late Friday or early Saturday morning. Since the admission price for the competition is $8, you can expect to pay less than $8.

You can see all the areas that need help by clicking here. You can also sign up there as well.

Our students have worked so hard to get to this point and now you can be a part of helping them have a successful run.


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All-In-One Final Push! PLEASE READ

If you have not sold your 30 items or made a minimum donation of $150 please turn in this by this TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019. It is imperative that we all participate in this fundraiser to allow the booster club to operate for our students (band camp meals, away game meals, etc). Because this fundraiser and our BBQ has traditionally been successful, it has allowed us to keep our band fees minimal. Thank you so much for your continued support because we need you!!


Holiday Shopping!!

Has your student been asking for some band swag for the holidays? Look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get your items earlier and beat the holiday rush. There is even a number of cold-weather gear that you can order to be ready to support the Trojans as they get ready to enter the playoffs.


Shop at Amazon?

Do you shop on Amazon often? Did you know that you can help the Band Boosters when you shop on Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and then select Carrollton Band Booster Club, Inc. for the charitable organization you want to support.


HEALTH CLASS

Students participating in the health class should be completed with the eADAP course from the GA Department of Drivers Services. Please double check with your child to verify that they have completed that course and submitted a certificate to me either in person or a PDF via email. This is the most important aspect of the class as it qualifies our students to apply for their drivers license. Once they have finished the eADAP course online, then they complete the 9 Unit exams via Google Classroom and they are done. Due dates are listed in Classroom to allow students to complete the class before their semester becomes too hectic. I will be lenient with the due dates so long as all coursework is completed and turned in by the Thanksgiving Break. Thank you for your assistance in keeping your child on track.


HAVE YOU SYNCED YOUR CALENDAR?

The Charms Calendar is syncing again. Syncing your calendar with the band calendar is a great way to stay informed of the schedule. You can access more information through the links above (If you hover over Calendar, Sync Calendar becomes an option), or just click here.

Competition is a GO!!!

Important Schedule Updates – Please Read!

We have made the decision to attend the rescheduled contest at Haralson County High School on November 2.   With this decision, we need to make some changes to our schedule for both this week and next week. One important thing to note, is that the Pasta-palooza that was scheduled for Monday, October 28 has been cancelled, Mr. Carr is unsure about rescheduling at this point because we will have the Veteran’s concert on November 11 and then another concert in December.  This cancellation will allow our students more time to focus on the contest on November 2. Additional practices that have not been on the calendar, have been added. Charms has been updated to reflect these changes, so if you sync your calendar with Charms, the schedule updates will automatically occur.

We appreciate your patience and support with these adjustments to better serve our students.

Week at a Glance

* Please note that there are concert band rehearsals this week to allow the students to prepare for the upcoming concerts.  Since percussion and winds are not in class together, after school rehearsals are required to prepare for our concerts.

  • Monday – Wind Ensemble –  3:30 – 6:00
  • Tuesday – Symphonic Band – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Wednesday – Concert Band – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Thursday – Full Band Rehearsal 3:45 – 6:15
  • Friday – Bye Week – Enjoy the night off!

Next Week at a Glance

  • Tuesday – Full Band – 3:45 – 6:15
  • Thursday – Full Band – 3:45 – 5:00
  • Friday – No School
    • Senior Night – Home Game v. Paulding County Report 6:15PM in Uniform Click here to sign up to volunteer
  • Saturday – Marching Competition at Haralson County HS (details to be sent out this Sunday)

Remind Notifications

We have been able to determine a way to be able to use Remind again for notifications to both our parents and students which will not be affected by the 150 user cap recently implemented by Remind.  So here is how you can sign up to receive notifications from Remind.

For Band Parents, you can sign up for the graduating class of your student.  So if your child will graduate in 2021, you will sign up for the 2021 class. Now, if you have more than one student in the band, please sign up with the latest graduating class.  If you have a student graduating in 2021 and 2023, please sign up for the 2023 class.

Here are the codes you can use to sign up with Remind

BandClassOf2020 – @a9dec62

BandClassOf2021 – @6dffefa

BandClassOf2022 – @89hc3gk

BandClassOf2023 – @72ab42

This will allow us to better communicate arrival times when returning from away games and competitions as well as dates when forms are due, etc.   So please sign up as soon as you can.

Trojans 8-0! Competition Nov. 2?

Trojans Win! Contest TBD!

While the weekend did not end the way we were hoping, we did get a chance to cheer on our Trojans on to a crucial region victory over Kell High School. Our students performed with spirit and energy for the entire game providing an electric atmosphere for the game. It was such a fun game! Saturday was a washout and left us a little disappointed, but we are looking to see if we will attend the rescheduled contest on November 2. Mr. Carr is meeting with the seniors tomorrow morning at 7:45 am to receive direct feedback from them since the rescheduling will affect the rehearsal and performance schedule as well. A decision will be made very soon – if you haven’t let Mr. Carr know of any conflicts on Nov. 2 at this point, please do so this evening (christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net).


Week at a Glance

* Please note that there are concert band rehearsals this week to allow the students to prepare for the upcoming concerts. Since percussion and winds are not in class together, after school rehearsals are required to prepare for our concerts.

  • Monday – Wind Ensemble – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Concert Dress fittings at 6:00
  • Tuesday – Symphonic Band – 3:30 – 6:00
    Concert Tuxedo fittings at 6:00
  • Wednesday – Concert Band – 3:30 – 6:00
  • Thursday – Full Band Rehearsal 3:45 – 6:15 (if we are competing on Nov. 2)
  • Friday – Bye Week – Enjoy the night off

Concert Attire Fittings

As marching season starts to wind down, that means we will move into concert season.  This means that your student may need to be fitted for their concert attire. Freshman students will need to be fitted.  Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can be fitted as well if you feel it is necessary. The fittings will occur on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

  • Girls will be fitted on Monday, October 21 at 6PM in the Band Room
  • Boys will be fitted on Tuesday, October 22 at 6PM in the Band Room

We have been informed that the cost for the concert attire will be higher than in years past, but we do not have the specific costs yet.  We will inform you once we have the cost.


Pasta-palooza – Next Monday Night (10/28/19)

Next Monday night, October 28, 2019, from 6 – 8PM, our Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Music students will be performing in the CHS cafeteria. As a part of this concert, we would like to have parents sign up to bring their favorite pasta dish, desserts and drinks to this concert. You can sign up to bring something by clicking here (if all items have been signed up for, please bring whatever item you like). We look forward to this event as to allow our students to show all of their hard work that they have been doing outside of the marching show. Also, this is a great evening for us, as a band family, to come together and enjoy hearing our students perform and enjoy some food and fellowship. Now here are some details for this evening.

When looking to bring desserts, please bring desserts that do not need to be cut or sliced such as cookies, pre-cut brownies, etc. When signing up for drinks, please bring 2 2-liters or 2 1-gallon drinks. The boosters will be providing the cups, plates and plasticware for the evening. The cost for the event is $10 per person or $30 per family.

The Band Shoppe will be set up at this event, so you will be able to purchase a show shirt, one of the new “I’m With The Band” shirts and you can even go ahead and order any of our spirit items that your student might want for the holidays.


All-In-One Turn In!

We had several people asking about if there is still time to turn in their All-In-One packets. The answer is “YES!” However, we need you to turn them in on Monday so that we can place our order with our fruit and meat vendors.


Holiday Shopping!!

Has your student been asking for some band swag for the holidays? Look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get your items earlier and beat the holiday rush. There is even a number of cold-weather gear that you can order to be ready to support the Trojans as they get ready to enter the playoffs.

Show Shirt

If you want to purchase a show shirt for this year’s show “Wanted: Dead or Alive”, you can do so by clicking on this link. The cost of the shirt is $15.

“I’m With the Band” Shirt

If you are interested in purchasing one of the new “I’m With The Band” Shirts, please see Ms. Dothard in the Band Room. Limited quantities available. The cost of the shirt is $15.


Shop at Amazon?

Do you shop on Amazon often? Did you know that you can help the Band Boosters when you shop on Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and then select Carrollton Band Booster Club, Inc. for the charitable organization you want to support.


HEALTH CLASS

Students participating in the health class should be completed with the eADAP course from the GA Department of Drivers Services. Please double check with your child to verify that they have completed that course and submitted a certificate to me either in person or a PDF via email. This is the most important aspect of the class as it qualifies our students to apply for their drivers license. Once they have finished the eADAP course online, then they complete the 9 Unit exams via Google Classroom and they are done. Due dates are listed in Classroom to allow students to complete the class before their semester becomes too hectic. I will be lenient with the due dates so long as all coursework is completed and turned in by the Thanksgiving Break. Thank you for your assistance in keeping your child on track.


HAVE YOU SYNCED YOUR CALENDAR?

The Charms Calendar is syncing again. Syncing your calendar with the band calendar is a great way to stay informed of the schedule. You can access more information through the links above (If you hover over Calendar, Sync Calendar becomes an option), or just click here.