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!

Trojans visit Philadelphia and DC!

Trojan Tradition in 2 Historic Cities

If you were unable to attend the Booster meeting last Tuesday night, you missed the announcement of the next Trojan Band trip. In the Spring of 2021, our band will be travelling to Philadelphia and Washington DC. We are still working out the details, but we plan on performing a patriotic show for the trip so that we can perform Battle Hymn and pull the flag in these two historic cities. We will have a trip meeting soon to discuss cost, fundraising strategies, etc.


Week at a Glance

MLK

  • Monday – No School (but we are marching a parade)
    • MLK Parade
    • 9:15AM Load
    • 9:30AM Report in Uniform
    • 9:45AM Depart by bus to parade staging
    • 11:00AM Parade Starts
    • 12:00PM Return back at CHS – Check Remind for updates
  • Tuesday – Guard 4:30PM – 9PM
  • Thursday – Guard – 4:30PM – 7PM
  • Friday – Guard – 4:30PM – 7PM
  • Saturday – Winterguard Show Day @ Kennesaw Mountain H.S.
    • Itinerary is still TBA – we are waiting on SAPA to publish the performance schedule

Pastapalooza – January 28

We were able to reschedule our Pasta-Palooza to January 28, 2020 at 6PM with a concert following at 7PM in the CHS Cafeteria. We are asking you to sign up to bring either a pasta dish, drinks and/or a dessert (something that does not need to be cut, something like brownies, cupcakes, cookies, etc). If you bring a pasta dish we will have judges available and we will be presenting prizes for first, second and third place. While we are asking you to bring all of the food and drinks for this event, much like we did for the Chili Cook-off last year, we are asking for donations of $10 per person up to a maximum of $30 for your immediate family (mom, dad and siblings). If you want to pay for your donation online you can do so by clicking here. If you just want to attend the concert, please show up in the CHS Cafeteria by 7PM.

To sign up to bring item(s) to the Pastapalooza, please click here.


UWG LGPE Clinic

The University of West Georgia has started a LGPE Clinic and we are excited that our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble have been invited to participate on Wednesday, February 12. The clinic will take place at Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center. The students will do a run through of their music, receive commentary from UWG Faculty, and rehearse with Dr. Byrd for the remainder of the clinic. Each clinic is roughly an hour and a half. This will undoubtedly be a profound experience for our students in their preparation for LGPE.


Upcoming Spirit Nights

Do you enjoy dining at Moe’s and/or American Pie PIzza, do you enjoy supporting our band, well then we have some great news. We have started Spirit Nights back at both places.

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For Moe’s, the first Tuesday of every month from 5PM – 8PM Moe’s will donate 10% of their sales to the Boosters.  Next one is on February 4, 2020

For American Pie, we have scheduled 4 Spirit Nights (which can be found within Charms… so have you synced your calendar to have Charms events listed on your calendar. See below for instructions) for this year. From 5PM – 9PM on those nights, American Pie will donate 15% of all noted (you will need to turn in a ticket when ordering your food) sales to the boosters. Next one is on February 20, 2020.  (2/20/2020 – Let’s Celebrate)


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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.


Carrollton Represented in All-State Band

All-State Band!

This weekend we had 8 students attend the second round for the GMEA All-State auditions.   There were roughly 2400 students competing for about 200 spots.  The students performed a technical etude and two sight-reading examples – due to the weather, their auditions were adjusted to save time.  Making the cut to attend the audition is an honor in and of itself and our students continue to rise to the occasion!  I am so proud of the students who served as wonderful ambassadors of our community, school, and band this weekend!

Joshua Hansen, trumpet, successfully earned a spot in the All-State Band and will participate in Athens, GA this March 5-7!  Congratulations!!!!


newspaperGeneral Booster Meeting

We ask that all parents attend the upcoming General Band Booster meeting this Tuesday (January 14) at 6PM in the Band Room.  We will be planning for the future and sharing some important announcements.


Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Guard – 4:30PM – 7PM
  • Tuesday – General Booster Meeting – 6PM
  • Thursday – Guard – 4:30PM – 7PM
  • Saturday – Guard – 10AM – 9PM

MLKUpcoming Events

  • 1.20.2020 – MLK Parade
            • 9:15AM Load
            • 9:30AM Report in Uniform
            • 9:45AM Depart by bus to parade staging
            • 11:00AM Parade Starts
            • 12:00PM Return back at CHS – Check Remind for updates
  • 1.25.2020 – Winter Guard at Kennesaw Mtn HS
  • 1.28.2020 – Pastapalooza – 6PM in the Cafeteria

Pastapalooza RESCHEDULED!

We were able to reschedule our Pasta-Palooza to January 28, 2020 at 6PM. Please sign up to bring either a pasta dish, drinks and/or a dessert (something that does not need to be cut, something like brownies, cupcakes, cookies, etc). If you bring a pasta dish we will have judges available and we will be presenting prizes for first, second and third place. While we are asking you to bring all of the food and drinks for this event, much like we did for the Chili Cook-off last year, we are asking for donations of $10 per person up to a maximum of $30 for your immediate family to support our band program.

  • To sign up to bring item(s) to the Pastapalooza, please click here.

Spirit Nights are Back!image

Do you enjoy dining at Moe’s and/or American Pie Pizza, do you enjoy supporting our band, well then we have some great news. We have started Spirit Nights back at both places.

Moe’s has designated the first Tuesday of every month for us from 5PM – 8PM and will donate 10% of their sales to support our kids!  Please help us by attending!

American Pie Pizza.pngAmerican Pie has scheduled 4 Spirit Nights for this year, from 5PM – 9PM and will donate 15% of all noted sales to the boosters – you’ll have to let them know that you are there supporting our spirit night.  If you have your phone calendar synced to Charms then these are already in your calendar.  If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? You can still access all of that information by visiting the online calendar.  Our community is the best! Please help us show our gratitude for these companies’ support by visiting them whenever you can. 


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.

 

Happy New Year! Welcome Back!

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Second Semester Begins Tomorrow

Good evening!

We hope that everyone has had some special time with family while celebrating holidays and ringing in the New Year!  We are anxious to welcome everyone back tomorrow as we begin our second semester.  As you know with band, we are always preparing for something!  Hoping to make this a great semester for all of our students, but especially our seniors who are diligently working on preparing for next year as they count down to graduation.  Seniors, please continue to create wonderful memories with one another, as we still have plenty of time together as we create your legacy.

Chair Placement Auditions

Placement auditions in the fall are a peculiar animal because of the complexity of our schedules.  We are very fortunate to have the support of our administration to help us in this endeavor, but in order for all of our students to have the best possible experience, we must have balanced instrumentation in each of our concert band classes.  Sometimes student’s schedules work for them to move, but in order to keep the instrumentation balanced a student in that section would need to be able to move as well, which sometimes causes a problem.  Due to this puzzle, posting auditions during the fall semester is a challenge sometimes.

Thankfully, our band program is full of talented students who push one another.  Because of the need to balance instrumentation, this means that many students fall on the fulcrum between two ensembles and could be best served and perform well in either ensemble. Below is a link to the chair placement auditions based on how the schedules could work out.  I am excited about next semester as we begin preparing for Large Group Performance Evaluations.  It is going to be a great rest of the year!  Go Trojans!

Spring 2020 – Chair Placement


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Final Round of All-State

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the 2nd and Final Round of All-State Band auditions, which will be held on January 11, 2020 at Union Grove HS in Henry County, by earning a high enough score to move on.  Congratulations and GOOD LUCK!  Below are your audition times:

  • Ben Bradley, trumpet • 10:45AM
  • Josh Hansen, trumpet • 11:42AM
  • Katie Hoberg, tenor saxophone 11:39AM
  • Hale’e LaChance, french horn • 11:27 AM
  • Maggie Rowland, flute • 11:35AM
  • Austin Schumann, trumpet • 11:30AM
  • Andrew Stagliano, baritone saxophone • 11:36AM
  • Thomas Svegl, trombone • 11:12 AM

Week at a Glance

Winter Guard activities after school this week

  • Monday: Guard 4:30 -7:00PM
  • Tuesday: Guard 4:30 – 9:00PM
  • Thursday: Guard 4:30 – 7:00PM
  • Saturday: Guard 10:00AM – 9:00PM
    • All-State Auditions at Union Grove HS in Henry County

Upcoming Dates

  • 1.14.2020 – Booster Meeting 6:00PM in the Don Hall Band Room
    • BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Hope to see you there!
  • 1.20.2020 – MLK Parade
    • 9:15AM Load
    • 9:30AM Report in Uniform
    • 9:45AM Depart by bus to parade staging
    • 11:00AM Parade Starts
    • 12:00PM Return back at CHS – Check Remind for updates
  • 1.25.2020 – Winter Guard at Kennesaw Mtn HS
  • 1.28.2020 – Pastapalooza

All-In-One Extras

After the All-In-One sale was over, we had some bacon, sausage, smoked turkey and cajun turkey leftover. If you would be interested in purchasing any of those items for your upcoming holiday meals, please contact Ed Redmond (ebredmond@gmail.com) to arrange pick up and payment. We only have limited quantities available so it will be first come first served.


Yankee Candle Fundraiser – Keep Selling!

A couple of days left –

You can keep selling Yankee Candle items online through January 8, 2020. The best way to sell is by posting 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.


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.

Last week before break, you can do it!

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Photo from last year’s trip to Hollywood! Our band looked GREAT!

Concert Recap

This past Thursday our students performed beautifully along with the rest of the Carrollton Arts departments.  Gorgeous banners were created by the art classes, drama performed scenes on stages created out of the wings, and the choir and band performed numbers alone and together! We were even visited by Carrollton Alumni Brian Crews and Cesar Ramirez for a wonderful addition to Holiday Road!   It was a light-hearted evening full of wonderful memories!


District Honor Band Auditions

Many of our students auditioned for district honor band auditions and we had quite a few make it!  District honor band is a competitive process that requires students to prepare much on their own.  We are very fortunate to have Christopher Mothersole and Michael Miller visit us once a week to help pull out students to prepare, but the process still requires students to practice outside of the school day to prepare.  These students are setting a great example for all of our students.  Please help me in congratulating the following students who will travel to Ringgold in February for the District Honor Band:

9-10 Students:

  • Asha Brown, flute
  • Gigi Salmeron, flute
  • Jeffrey Garcia, clarinet
  • Marisa Lopez, clarinet
  • Madison Pate, tenor saxophone (alternate)
  • Josh Hansen, trumpet
  • Walker McCullough, trumpet
  • Marlee Noah, trumpet
  • Hale’e LaChance, french horn

11-12 Students:

  • Maggie Rowland, flute
  • Savannah Richie, flute
  • Jennifer Camlio, clarinet
  • Molly McGrath, clarinet
  • Kaila Bryant, clarinet
  • Katie Hoberg, tenor saxophone
  • Andrew Stagliano, baritone saxophone (principal)
  • Ben Bradley, trumpet
  • Austin Schumann, trumpet
  • Thomas Svegl, trombone

The following students qualified for the 2nd Round on January 11, 2020 at Union Grove HS in Henry County by earning a high enough score to move on.  Congratulations and GOOD LUCK!

  • Ben Bradley, trumpet
  • Josh Hansen, trumpet
  • Katie Hoberg, tenor saxophone
  • Hale’e LaChance, french horn
  • Maggie Rowland, flute
  • Austin Schumann, trumpet
  • Andrew Stagliano, baritone saxophone
  • Thomas Svegl, trombone

Week at a Glance

Winter Guard activities after school this week

  • Monday: Guard 4:30 -7:00PM
  • Tuesday: Guard 4:30 – 9:00PM
  • Thursday: Guard 4:30 – 7:00PM
    • Finals in 1st and 3rd block (early release)
  • Friday: Finals in 2nd and 4th block (early release)

Students are out of school from December 23 – January 6, 2020.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful break and has an opportunity to spend it with loved ones.


All-In-One Extras

After the All-In-One sale was over, we had some bacon, sausage, smoked turkey and cajun turkey leftover. If you would be interested in purchasing any of those items for your upcoming holiday meals, please contact Ed Redmond (ebredmond@gmail.com) to arrange pick up and payment. We only have limited quantities available so it will be first come first served.


Yankee Candle Fundraiser – Keep Selling!

You can keep selling Yankee Candle items online through January 8, 2020. The best way to sell is by posting 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.


SAVE THE DATE – General Booster Meeting

The next General Booster Meeting is scheduled for the evening of January 14, 2020. More details to follow about this meeting.


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.

Christmas Celebrations

Last week our band helped the City of Carrollton ring in the Christmas season by marching in the Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade on Thursday night.

This week we will continue the festivities with a collaborative performance with our choir and actors during the annual Christmas concert this Thursday night at 7PM in the Mabry Arts Center.

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Friday our Jazz Band performed at the Georgia School Board Association Conference with 3 vocalists from our Trojan Trebles.  They were AWESOME!

This past Saturday we had students audition for the All-State Jazz Band and are still awaiting results.


Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Winter Guard 4:30-7:00
  • Tuesday – Dress Rehearsal for all band classes 3:30 – 6:00
    • Winter Guard 4:30 – 9:00
  • Thursday – Concert 6:15PM Report on Stage wearing festive sweaters
    • Winter Guard 4:30 – 7:00
  • Saturday – District Honor Band Auditions at East Paulding High School

District Honor Band Auditions

Students who have signed up for District Honor Band have auditions on Saturday, December 14 at East Paulding High School.  Our scheduled time is 1:00PM.  Students should arrive by 12:30PM to register and warm-up before auditioning.  Auditions will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once you are finished warming up, please report to your assigned room and get in line for your audition.  Judges are at lunch from 12:00-1:00, so if you arrive at 12:30 and warm-up, you should be able to get in line around 12:50 and be one of the first to audition after lunch.


All-In-One Extras

After the All-In-One sale was over, we had some bacon, sausage, smoked turkey and cajun turkey leftover. If you would be interested in purchasing any of those items for your upcoming holiday meals, please contact Ed Redmond (ebredmond@gmail.com) to arrange pick up and payment. We only have limited quantities available so it will be first come first served.


Yankee Candle Fundraiser – Keep Selling!

You can keep selling Yankee Candle items online through January 8, 2020. The best way to sell is by posting 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.


SAVE THE DATE – General Booster Meeting

The next General Booster Meeting is scheduled for the evening of January 14, 2020. More details to follow about this meeting.


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

The health class is officially over. Students should have completed all requirements by the end of last week.


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.