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!

CHS vs. Rome – Let’s bring the NOISE!

8th Grade Night

We are still cheering from the excitement from Friday night’s game.  Students, what a tremendous job during half-time and selfless act of kindness to give up your seats for our fans after half-time.  You guys looked and sounded amazing from the track!  We really enjoyed watching you perform as our Trojans earned a victory versus Villa Rica.

We hope that you will join us as we include our 8th grade band students to cheer on our Trojans against Rome on Friday night.  This is an exciting game every year and we look forward to helping our team fight again this year! More about the evening’s festivities are mentioned below as well as other important information.  Thank you for reading!

General Band Booster Meeting -September 17

We have a general band booster meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:30PM – 8PM, in the Band Room. We will discuss the upcoming All-In-One sale, one of the two major fundraisers we have as the booster club as well as the upcoming Legacy of Champions.  Please plan to attend.


Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Full Band 3:45-6:15
  • Tuesday – Full Band 3:45 – 6:15
  • General Booster Meeting 6:30 – 8
  • Wednesday – QAP 3:30-5:00
  • Thursday – Full Band 6:00 – 9:00
  • Friday – Home game vs Rome
    • Itinerary
      • 4:15PM Rehearsal on band field
      • 5:15PM Dinner (Pizza – Papa Johns)
      • 6:15PM In Uniform
      • 6:35PM Depart for CHAMP
      • 6:45PM Perform at CHAMP
      • 7:15PM Perform for Pre-game
      • 7:30PM Kick Off
      • Approx. 9:00PM Halftime
      • Approx. 10:30PM Game Ends
  • Saturday – Full Band 1:00 – 9:00
    • Dinner: 5PM

8th Grade Night

This Friday night’s home game will be our annual 8th Grade Night where the 8th grade members of the CJHS band will join our band in on the field with pre-game as well as in the stands during the game. This home game we will feed all the band students before the game so we will need the normal volunteers for the home game, but we will also need volunteers to help feed the students before the game. Please click here to sign up to volunteer.


Saturday Band Practice – September 21

This Saturday is the full band to help us finish the show before the County Exhibition. Thankfully we will have access to the indoor facility on Saturday. The facility is absolutely amazing and has been a blessing to allow us to get out of the sun on many occasions already this season. Students will practice from 1PM – 9PM and we will need volunteers to help feed our students dinner that day.

Please click here to sign up to help serve dinner.


County Exhibition

The exhibition is next Tuesday at Central-Carroll HS. Below is the schedule for exhibition. Tickets are $8.00 each and parking close to the stadium is $5.00.

  • 6:00 PM Mass Band Rehearsal on Central Practice Field w/ Courtney Zhorela
  • 6:30 PM Recognition of Principals, Booster Presidents and Board of Education Members / National Anthem
  • 6:45 PM Mt. Zion H. S.*
  • 7:05 PM Bowdon H.S.* (warm up begins at 6:55 or earlier)
  • 7:25 PM Temple H. S.* (warm up begins at 7:15 or earlier)
  • 7:50 PM Villa Rica H. S.* (warm up begins at 7:35 or earlier)
  • 8:20 PM Carrollton H. S.* (warm up begins at 8:00 or earlier)
  • 8:50 PM Central-Carroll H.S.* (warm up begins at 8:30 or earlier)
  • 9:15 PM Univ. of West Georgia* (warm up begins at 9:00 or earlier)

Pre-Order your Exhibition T-Shirt Now

Adult sizes only – each shirt costs $18.00. You can pre-order tomorrow or Tuesday morning. We must submit our pre-order by the end of 2nd block on Tuesday. Please see Ms. Dothard with your t-shirt size and exact change to pre-order.


Spirit Wear

Are you ready to show off your Trojan Band Pride this season? If not, look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get some Trojan Band Spirit Wear. There are hats, polo shirts, t-shirts, etc. all with your choice of 4 different logo options to be embroidered on the item you choose. You can simply place your order on the site and you will be contacted once your item has arrived.


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.



THE TIME IS NOW!

If you have been waiting to get involved, looking for that opportunity to sign up, seeking out a way to make a difference… THE TIME IS NOW!

With our Legacy of Champions Marching Band Competition approaching quickly… WE NEED YOU more than ever! Yes, YOU… our Trojan Nation students, alumni, family, friends, staff, faculty, and community supporters. So please look at all the opportunities below and see how you can make a difference.

As we continue to prepare for the Legacy of Champions that takes place on October 12, 2019, we desperately need you to get involved! We also need your help with ATVs, golf carts, trailers, and fulfilling volunteer duties the day of the event. Please see below for details about each need.

ATVs, UTVs, & Trailers

These motorized vehicles & trailers will be used for hauling the equipment for the various bands that will be performing at the competition. We can use either four wheelers, utvs, etc. These vehicles will need to have a trailer hitch for pulling a trailer. We are in need of 10-12 or more of these vehicles.

We also need trailers to place the equipment on. These will need to have a ramp that can be lowered. The size we can use would be 6′ wide by 12′ or less long, due to restrictions of gate sizes at the stadium. We are in need of 10-12 or more of these as well.

If you have any of these items and can lend them for the day, please visit our volunteer page: NEED LINK TO CHARMS VOLUNTEER PAGE

Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that volunteering at the Legacy of Champions is actually expected of all of our boosters/parents? This event is such a huge undertaking and is becoming one of our top fundraisers. All band students are required to work the entire day and parents/band boosters are expected to work at least one volunteer shifts during the event, but highly encouraged to commit to working the whole day.

The success of our event takes the support and efforts of ALL of our parents/boosters. So please take a moment and visit our volunteer page: Click Here and review all of the various sign-ups available for the event. There is a large variety of volunteer positions available. There is something for everyone! The most important part is to just be involved, so please take time to sign-up today! THE TIME IS NOW!

As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to contact the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.


2019 Competition Schedule

Please take a minute to re-read this post from June 19, 2019.

I would like to alert your attention to our competition schedule. The newly added fall break and the location of our open Friday night has made planning our competition schedule more challenging than normal. All of this information is on the calendar as well. Please take a look at our competition dates:

Our first competition is on October 5 at Creekview HS. Yes, this is the Saturday before our Fall Break. This is a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band. Please plan ahead. I do not know the itinerary for the day yet, but please plan on a full day. We will rehearse some that morning before we depart for the competition. *This is an SAT date. You should still be able to test that morning here at CHS if this is the best date that works for you. Other dates for the SAT during the first semester are August 24, November 2, and December 7.

The LoC, the competition here at Carrollton HS, is on October 12. Yes, this is the Saturday after our Fall Break. This is also a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band, and we also need all parents to volunteer to work this day. Please note that this is a date that we schedule for the same date annually so that our competition becomes a regular competition for bands to visit each year. This was a date that was set before we knew the school calendar. Assuming we will have a similar school calendar for the following school year, we will reconsider the date if necessary after this year’s competition. We will be hosting many bands on our campus this day and we need everyone’s participation to host it right. We do have a football game (all football games are required events) on Friday October 11 as well. If you notice on the calendar, we will not rehearse the week of Fall Break until Friday before the game in an effort to allow families to make the most of that week.

Our final competition is on October 19 at Haralson County HS. Again, please plan on the full day. Our performance time will determine the daily itinerary and we will not know that until closer to the contest (usually about 1.5 weeks out).

The week following our final competition we do not have a football game (October 25 – the ACT is on October 26th, if that helps). Since our weekends of the Fall Break included football games on each side, it made more sense to schedule our competitions this way in an effort to allow families to take advantage of our Friday night off and have a full weekend off. Notice that the week’s schedule is very different from the rest of the calendar. We will meet with our concert band classes to prepare for the upcoming concert and not rehearse on Thursday evening. Again, trying to do what we can to be mindful of family time.

Thank you for looking ahead at your calendar and planning around these competition dates, because it is critical that we have 100% attendance to allow our students to perform their best.


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.

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Hornline Member of the Year!

CHS Band Student Recognized as 2019 Hornline Member of the Year with Atlanta CorpsVets!

We are super proud of our trombone section leader, Thomas Svegl, for this outstanding achievement! His principal instrument is trombone, but he learned baritone so that he could march with a drum corps.   This summer he spent his second summer with the local corps, Atlanta CorpsVets (CV) and was named their hornline member of the year at their banquet following their world championship appearance last weekend.  We are so proud of you Thomas, congratulations of this distinctive honor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s No Place Like Home

Our first home football game started with our parent tailgate, which was a great time for all band parents to come together and celebrate the start of the season. Thank you to all that brought food for the tailgate. That was followed by a great pre-game performed by our students. Our community was out supporting the band and the football team. The band then performed their halftime show for the hometown crowd which was enjoyed by the crowd. The game ended with a Trojan win! Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped with everything this past Friday night.


Pre-Order Concession at VR

Students have the opportunity to pre-order concessions for Friday’s game vs. VR. Please print out this form and include exact change – cash with your pre-order form because VR is picking up the pre-orders on Wednesday and will have the orders prepared in a separate line for our students during 3rd quarter.


Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Full Band 3:45-6:15
  • Tuesday – Full Band 3:45 – 6:15
  • Wednesday – QAP 3:30-5:00
  • Thursday – Full Band 6:00 – 9:00
  • Friday – Away Game vs Villa Rica
    • Itinerary
      • 4:00PM Load
      • 4:15 PM Dinner (Pizza – Papa Johns)
      • 5:15PM In Uniform
      • 5:30PM Depart
      • 7:30PM Kick Off
      • 11:00PM Arrive Back at CHS

Volunteers Needed For the Villa Rica Game

We will need help with serving dinner to our students, loading the trailer, pulling the flag and clean up after the game. Please click here if you would like to sign up to volunteer.


Student Pickup After the Villa Rica Game

As a reminder, if you come to pick up your student after the Villa Rica game, please do NOT park in the lane of the parking lot leading up to the band room as this will delay the trailer, van and buses from getting to the band room, which then delays your student from being able to leave. If you are parked in that lane, we will ask that you please move your vehicle so that we can get the equipment and students back to the band room in a timely fashion. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Special Color Guard Practice – September 14

The Color Guard will be having practice on Saturday, September 14 from 10 AM to 9 PM. The students will have access to the indoor practice facility for this day and will finish the rehearsal in the stadium that evening. The Boosters will be providing lunch and dinner for the Guard staff and students that day. As such we are asking that each student please provide $5 for those meals on that day. We will have a signup sheet to make the lunch and dinner selections. This will need to be done by Tuesday. Please turn the money into Ms. Dothard this week. We will need some volunteers to help serve dinner that day. Please email Ed Redmond (ebredmond@gmail.com) if you are interested in volunteering that night.


Spirit Wear

Are you ready to show off your Trojan Band Pride this season? If not, look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get some Trojan Band Spirit Wear. There are hats, polo shirts, t-shirts, etc. all with your choice of 4 different logo options to be embroidered on the item you choose. You can simply place your order on the site and you will be contacted once your item has arrived.


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.


General Band Booster Meeting – September 17

The next general band booster meeting will be held on September 17, 2019, from 6:30PM – 8PM. At this meeting, we will discuss the upcoming All-In-One sale, one of the two major fundraisers we have as the booster club.


If you have been waiting to get involved, looking for that opportunity to sign up, seeking out a way to make a difference… THE TIME IS NOW!

With our Legacy of Champions Marching Band Competition approaching quickly… WE NEED YOU more than ever! Yes, YOU… our Trojan Nation students, alumni, family, friends, staff, faculty, and community supporters. So please look at all the opportunities below and see how you can make a difference.

As we continue to prepare for the Legacy of Champions that takes place on October 12, 2019, we desperately need you to get involved! We also need your help with ATVs, golf carts, trailers, and fulfilling volunteer duties the day of the event. Please see below for details about each need.

ATVs, UTVs, & Trailers

These motorized vehicles & trailers will be used for hauling the equipment for the various bands that will be performing at the competition. We can use either four wheelers, utvs, etc. These vehicles will need to have a trailer hitch for pulling a trailer. We are in need of 10-12 or more of these vehicles.

We also need trailers to place the equipment on. These will need to have a ramp that can be lowered. The size we can use would be 6′ wide by 12′ or less long, due to restrictions of gate sizes at the stadium. We are in need of 10-12 or more of these as well.

If you have any of these items and can lend them for the day, please visit our volunteer page: https://chstrojanband.com/volunteer/

Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that volunteering at the Legacy of Champions is actually expected of all of our boosters/parents? This event is such a huge undertaking and is becoming one of our top fundraisers. All band students are required to work the entire day and parents/band boosters are expected to work at least one volunteer shifts during the event, but highly encouraged to commit to working the whole day.

The success of our event takes the support and efforts of ALL of our parents/boosters. So please take a moment and visit our volunteer page: https://chstrojanband.com/volunteer/ and review all of the various sign-ups available for the event. There is a large variety of volunteer positions available. There is something for everyone! The most important part is to just be involved, so please take time to sign-up today! THE TIME IS NOW!

As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to contact the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.


2019 Competition Schedule

Please take a minute to re-read this post from June 19, 2019.

I would like to alert your attention to our competition schedule. The newly added fall break and the location of our open Friday night has made planning our competition schedule more challenging than normal. All of this information is on the calendar as well. Please take a look at our competition dates:

Our first competition is on October 5 at Creekview HS. Yes, this is the Saturday before our Fall Break. This is a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band. Please plan ahead. I do not know the itinerary for the day yet, but please plan on a full day. We will rehearse some that morning before we depart for the competition. *This is an SAT date. You should still be able to test that morning here at CHS if this is the best date that works for you. Other dates for the SAT during the first semester are August 24, November 2, and December 7.

The LoC, the competition here at Carrollton HS, is on October 12. Yes, this is the Saturday after our Fall Break. This is also a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band, and we also need all parents to volunteer to work this day. Please note that this is a date that we schedule for the same date annually so that our competition becomes a regular competition for bands to visit each year. This was a date that was set before we knew the school calendar. Assuming we will have a similar school calendar for the following school year, we will reconsider the date if necessary after this year’s competition. We will be hosting many bands on our campus this day and we need everyone’s participation to host it right. We do have a football game (all football games are required events) on Friday October 11 as well. If you notice on the calendar, we will not rehearse the week of Fall Break until Friday before the game in an effort to allow families to make the most of that week.

Our final competition is on October 19 at Haralson County HS. Again, please plan on the full day. Our performance time will determine the daily itinerary and we will not know that until closer to the contest (usually about 1.5 weeks out).

The week following our final competition we do not have a football game (October 25 – the ACT is on October 26th, if that helps). Since our weekends of the Fall Break included football games on each side, it made more sense to schedule our competitions this way in an effort to allow families to take advantage of our Friday night off and have a full weekend off. Notice that the week’s schedule is very different from the rest of the calendar. We will meet with our concert band classes to prepare for the upcoming concert and not rehearse on Thursday evening. Again, trying to do what we can to be mindful of family time.

Thank you for looking ahead at your calendar and planning around these competition dates, because it is critical that we have 100% attendance to allow our students to perform their best.



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.

Happy Labor Day!

labor-day

WHAT A GREAT START!

Marching season officially began on Friday night, and what a great night it was. The students did an exceptional job! Thank you to all the many volunteers that help make last Friday night such a success. We cannot do what we do without the help of great parent volunteers.

 


Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Labor Day No School or Rehearsal
  • Tuesday – Full Band 3:45 – 6:15
  • Wednesday – QAP 3:30-5:00
  • Thursday – 6:00 – 9:00
  • Friday – Home Game vs Riverdale
    • 6:00PM Report in Uniform for Warm-Up (Students should eat before reporting)
    • 6:45PM Depart to CHAMP to begin the pre-game performance
    • 7:05PM Pre-Game
    • 7:30PM Kick – Off
    • Around 10:00PM Game finished

First Home Game is this Friday

Our first home football game is this Friday in Grisham Stadium. We are still in need of volunteers and would appreciate it if you would sign up to volunteer by clicking on this link. We plan on pulling the flag again as well. If you are planning on pulling the flag, please wear a black t-shirt.


Parent Tailgate – THIS FRIDAY

Don’t forget that this Friday is our Parent Tailgate. This will be for parents and siblings only, so please plan dinner for your band student as they will be busy getting ready for the game during this time.

If you plan to attend, we have provided a sign up sheet for nugget trays, sandwich trays and wings which you can access by clicking on this link. We will also need chips, dips, and, of course, desserts. Please do not think that those are the only things we need, bring your favorite tailgate food with you and come and let’s have a good time hanging out with each other before the craziness of pre-game festivities start. We are looking forward to this time.


Spirit Wear

Are you ready to show off your Trojan Band Pride this season? If not, look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get some Trojan Band Spirit Wear. There are hats, polo shirts, t-shirts, etc. all with your choice of 4 different logo options to be embroidered on the item you choose. You can simply place your order on the site and you will be contacted once your item has arrived.


Show Shirts

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.


General Band Booster Meeting – September 17

The next general band booster meeting will be held on September 17, 2019 from 6:30PM – 8PM. At this meeting we will discuss the upcoming All-In-One sale, one of the two major fundraisers we have as the booster club.


2019 Competition Schedule

Please take a minute to re-read this post from June 19, 2019.

I would like to alert your attention to our competition schedule. The newly added fall break and the location of our open Friday night has made planning our competition schedule more challenging than normal. All of this information is on the calendar as well. Please take a look at our competition dates:

Our first competition is on October 5 at Creekview HS. Yes, this is the Saturday before our Fall Break. This is a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band. Please plan ahead. I do not know the itinerary for the day yet, but please plan on a full day. We will rehearse some that morning before we depart for the competition. *This is an SAT date. You should still be able to test that morning here at CHS if this is the best date that works for you. Other dates for the SAT during the first semester are August 24, November 2, and December 7.

The LoC, the competition here at Carrollton HS, is on October 12. Yes, this is the Saturday after our Fall Break. This is also a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band, and we also need all parents to volunteer to work this day. Please note that this is a date that we schedule for the same date annually so that our competition becomes a regular competition for bands to visit each year. This was a date that was set before we knew the school calendar. Assuming we will have a similar school calendar for the following school year, we will reconsider the date if necessary after this year’s competition. We will be hosting many bands on our campus this day and we need everyone’s participation to host it right. We do have a football game (all football games are required events) on Friday October 11 as well. If you notice on the calendar, we will not rehearse the week of Fall Break until Friday before the game in an effort to allow families to make the most of that week.

Our final competition is on October 19 at Haralson County HS. Again, please plan on the full day. Our performance time will determine the daily itinerary and we will not know that until closer to the contest (usually about 1.5 weeks out).

The week following our final competition we do not have a football game (October 25 – the ACT is on October 26th, if that helps). Since our weekends of the Fall Break included football games on each side, it made more sense to schedule our competitions this way in an effort to allow families to take advantage of our Friday night off and have a full weekend off. Notice that the week’s schedule is very different from the rest of the calendar. We will meet with our concert band classes to prepare for the upcoming concert and not rehearse on Thursday evening. Again, trying to do what we can to be mindful of family time.

Thank you for looking ahead at your calendar and planning around these competition dates, because it is critical that we have 100% attendance to allow our students to perform their best.


District Honor Band • All-State

Students should sign up on this form to audition for District Honor Band or All-State.

I asked the students to sign up by September 1.  I will register the students on Tuesday afternoon. As long as they are registered by then, I will be happy to add them to the audition roster.  Thank you!


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.

Are you ready for some football?!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the game at the school tomorrow or Friday to save some money. Tickets are $10 if purchased from CHS and are $15 at the gate. It’s going to be a fun filled evening! We are so excited about our first game! Go Trojans!

Student Itinerary Friday – Away vs. East Coweta @ UWG

    • Dinner 4:30PM
    • In Uniform 5:45PM
      • Band: Show shirt and marching shorts should be worn under our full uniform. Students need black socks, black gloves ($3), and their marching shoes.
      • Colorguard: Although we do have most uniforms we are still waiting on 2 to arrive, because they are a custom order. Until they arrive, we will wear long black tights, black socks, tennis shoes, and our show shirt. Students should wear full show hair and makeup.
    • Depart 6:00PM
    • Arrive 6:20PM
    • Kick-Off 8:00PM

First Football Game vs. East Coweta @ UWG – THIS FRIDAY

It is hard to believe that our first football game is upon us. The first Trojan football game will be THIS Friday, August 30 at 8PM at the UWG Stadium. And we need volunteers to help us load equipment, feed our students, unload the equipment, help with the show and yes PULL THE FLAG! To sign up to volunteer to help, please click this link. We need to know how many volunteers we have because UWG requires anyone assisting on the field to have a “sideline” pass to be allowed on the field. So if you plan to volunteer, please sign up by August 26, as we will pick up the required number of passes on August 27. Please note that UWG does charge for parking at the stadium. Last year the parking fee was $5 – we think it is the same but cannot find this specific information.

Game 1 on Friday!

This Week at a Glance

  • Monday – Full Band 3:45 – 6:15
  • Tuesday – Full Band 3:45 – 6:15
  • Wednesday – QAP 3:45 – 5:00 (For students who have missed a rehearsal)
  • Thursday – Full Band 6:00 – 9:00
  • Friday – Away vs. East Coweta @ UWG
    • Dinner 4:30PM
    • In Uniform 5:45PM
      • Band: Show shirt and marching shorts should be worn under our full uniform. Students need black socks, black gloves ($3), and their marching shoes.
      • Colorguard: Although we do have most uniforms we are still waiting on 2 to arrive, because they are a custom order. Until they arrive, we will wear long black tights, black socks, tennis shoes, and our show shirt. Students should wear full show hair and makeup.
    • Depart 6:00PM
    • Arrive 6:20PM
    • Kick-Off 8:00PM

First Football Game vs. East Coweta @ UWG – THIS FRIDAY

It is hard to believe that our first football game is upon us. The first Trojan football game will be THIS Friday, August 30 at 8PM at the UWG Stadium. And we need volunteers to help us load equipment, feed our students, unload the equipment, help with the show and yes PULL THE FLAG! To sign up to volunteer to help, please click this link. We need to know how many volunteers we have because UWG requires anyone assisting on the field to have a “sideline” pass to be allowed on the field. So if you plan to volunteer, please sign up by August 26, as we will pick up the required number of passes on August 27. Please note that UWG does charge for parking at the stadium. Last year the parking fee was $5 – we think it is the same but cannot find this specific information.


Spirit Wear

Are you ready to show off your Trojan Band Pride this season? If not, look at the Band Shoppe by clicking this link and get some Trojan Band Spirit Wear. There are hats, polo shirts, t-shirts, etc. all with your choice of 4 different logo options to be embroidered on the item you choose. You can simply place your order on the site and you will be contacted once your item has arrived.


Show Shirts

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.


Parent Tailgate

Don’t forget to mark you calendar for the Parent Tailgate which will take place 5-6PM at the Band Room prior to all the pre-game festivities at the first Trojan home game, September 6, 2019. This will be for parents only, so please plan dinner for your student as they will be busy getting ready for the game during this time.

If you plan to attend, we have provided a sign up sheet for nugget trays, sandwich trays and wings which you can access by clicking on this link. We will also need chips, dips, and, of course, desserts. Please do not think that those are the only things we need, bring your favorite tailgate food with you and come and let’s have a good time hanging out with each other before the craziness of pre-game festivities start. We are looking forward to this time.


General Band Booster Meeting

The next general band booster meeting will be held on September 17, 2019 from 6:30PM – 8PM. At this meeting we will discuss the upcoming All-In-One sale, one of the two major fundraisers we have as the booster club.


2019 Competition Schedule

Please take a minute to re-read this post from June 19, 2019.

I would like to alert your attention to our competition schedule. The newly added fall break and the location of our open Friday night has made planning our competition schedule more challenging than normal. All of this information is on the calendar as well. Please take a look at our competition dates:

Our first competition is on October 5 at Creekview HS. Yes, this is the Saturday before our Fall Break. This is a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band. Please plan ahead. I do not know the itinerary for the day yet, but please plan on a full day. We will rehearse some that morning before we depart for the competition. *This is an SAT date. You should still be able to test that morning here at CHS if this is the best date that works for you. Other dates for the SAT during the first semester are August 24, November 2, and December 7.

The LoC, the competition here at Carrollton HS, is on October 12. Yes, this is the Saturday after our Fall Break. This is also a required event for all participants in our Trojan Marching Band, and we also need all parents to volunteer to work this day. Please note that this is a date that we schedule for the same date annually so that our competition becomes a regular competition for bands to visit each year. This was a date that was set before we knew the school calendar. Assuming we will have a similar school calendar for the following school year, we will reconsider the date if necessary after this year’s competition. We will be hosting many bands on our campus this day and we need everyone’s participation to host it right. We do have a football game (all football games are required events) on Friday October 11 as well. If you notice on the calendar, we will not rehearse the week of Fall Break until Friday before the game in an effort to allow families to make the most of that week.

Our final competition is on October 19 at Haralson County HS. Again, please plan on the full day. Our performance time will determine the daily itinerary and we will not know that until closer to the contest (usually about 1.5 weeks out).

The week following our final competition we do not have a football game (October 25 – the ACT is on October 26th, if that helps). Since our weekends of the Fall Break included football games on each side, it made more sense to schedule our competitions this way in an effort to allow families to take advantage of our Friday night off and have a full weekend off. Notice that the week’s schedule is very different from the rest of the calendar. We will meet with our concert band classes to prepare for the upcoming concert and not rehearse on Thursday evening. Again, trying to do what we can to be mindful of family time.

Thank you for looking ahead at your calendar and planning around these competition dates, because it is critical that we have 100% attendance to allow our students to perform their best.


District Honor Band • All-State

Students should sign up on this form to audition for District Honor Band or All-State.

Happy start to the school year! Things are started off great and I attribute it to the diligent work ethic instilled by our parents and community here at Carrollton High School. As we start the school year I would like to encourage all of our students to practice for and try-out for our District Honor Band. The more of our students who strive for this goal, the better our band program will become. We have many people who are a part of our team and if our individuals set personal goals to better themselves, then we will achieve our group goals.

Here is your opportunity to set a personal goal and discovering new ways to enjoy making music. The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) sponsors a District Honor Band and an All-State Band annually to showcase the most talented students in each district and in the state of Georgia. Students are selected for participation by an extremely competitive audition process. They then participate in an honor band clinic consisting of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday which is conducted by a nationally recognized music educator. This event culminates in an unforgettable concert, which was prepared in only a few days! Additionally, students selected for All-State will have their name added to plaque that will hang outside Mr. Carr’s office.

Parents often ask me about how a student can earn a scholarship in music for college. Colleges actively recruit students who make the GMEA All-State similarly to how they recruit the top athletes in our state. Colleges and employers also highly value students who have participated in District Honor Band and All-State because it shows positive attributes in individual goal setting, high personal performance and achievement in an individually competitive setting, and the willingness to go above and beyond standard or minimum requirements.

Basically the process works as follows:

There are 2 auditions in total. The first audition takes place on the 2nd Saturday in December. Times are TBA based on the number of students auditioning. The first audition serves as seating for our district honor band. District Honor Band is traditionally the 3rd weekend of February. Rehearsals start on that Thursday and the concert takes place on Saturday early evening. Students who score above the recommended score at the first audition are invited to audition at the second round at Houston County High School. The 2nd audition traditionally happens on the 2nd Saturday of January. The final round determines seating for the All-State Band which takes place in Athens, GA on the last weekend of February or first weekend of March.

Experts will be visiting our school to work individually with students who have committed to auditioning for District Honor Band or All-State. The students will play their scales and etudes for the instructor and get immediate individual feedback to help focus their awareness of how to practice and what to practice so that they have a better chance of making it. The cost to audition for District Honor Band is $10 and the cost to audition for All-State is $25. If a student would like to be considered for both it would cost $35.

The main argument that students give me for why they do not want to do it is: “What if I don’t make it?” My answer is always the same. “Well if you don’t make it, then at least you got better.” The lesson is in the journey, not the destination. If a student tries out this year and doesn’t make it, then of course they will feel unhappy until they realize: 1) they are better prepared to audition next year, 2)they overcame a fear or anxiety about auditioning in front of someone so they are more confident when faced with similar situations such as job interviews, 3) they have bettered themselves which in turn has bettered our band. I will continue to let them know how proud of them that I am just because they had the courage and diligence to audition.

Please encourage your son or daughter to set this goal. I have seen so many students blossom in a very positive way from their participation in this event. It’s a pretty big deal and our kids have the potential to do it!


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.