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!

Welcome Our New Staff Members

Booster Meeting Recap

Our booster club has had some amazing leadership from our parents these last few years.  Unfortunately, some of our leadership’s terms for the executive board have completed.  Please help me in sincerely thanking Meredith Harris, president and Emily Leak and David Leak, vice presidents for their outstanding commitment to our band program.  There were many times that the need of our band organization required them to sacrifice time from their families and we have been blessed by their extraordinary efforts to keep our booster organization running so smoothly!  They are truly volunteers with servant hearts who had the best interest of all of our students in mind with every decision that they made.  Thank you for service to our band program.  Because of you, our program continues to be a shining example of Carrollton’s best.

Please congratulate and thank our new executive board members, who were voted in at the booster meeting.  Their term begins in May, 2019.

  • President – Ed and Jeannie Redmond
  • Vice President – Joshua and Dawn Jack
  • Financial Secretary – Kelley Hansen

The handbook has been updated for next year, as has the calendar on charms.  Please be sure to fill out the required forms and have them turned in ASAP.

Forms and Commitment Fees are due to Ms. Dothard by May 17, 2019.  


2019 Marching Show!


New Staff Introductions

We are very sad to say goodbye to two great staff members who have decided to pursue new adventures, but are very excited to welcome two new staff members to the Trojan Nation! Creating even more excitement is the fact that both are Trojans whom we are welcoming back home!  Mr. David Trumble returns to our school system to lead our Middle School Bands and Mr. Zachary Nelson, a Carrollton graduate joins our team as our assistant band director at the high school.  Please help me in welcoming them back to the Trojan Nation!


Welcome back home, Mr. Trumble!

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David Trumble

We welcome David Trumble back to Carrollton City Schools after having been away from us for the past ten years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Tennessee Tech University and his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of West Georgia.

He is currently in his 20th year as an educator and will be in charge of our 5th and 6th grade band program at Carrollton Middle School as well as being on staff with the Carrollton Trojan Marching Band. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a freelance trumpeter in Memphis, TN, and Atlanta, GA metropolitan areas for over 25 years.

Since moving to Georgia in 2002, he has served as guest conductor, clinician, performer, and adjudicator for band programs and honor bands in the metro Atlanta area. Mr. Trumble is a member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and the Basement Brass Quintet. His wife is Stephanie Trumble, and his children are Izzy Herring and Kenji Trumble.


Welcome back home, Mr. Nelson!

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Zachary Nelson

Zachary S. Nelson, a native of Carrollton, GA, has always known that music would be his outlet to touch lives since his early involvement in the arts. He got his start as a young musician in church and has continued to serve in ministry faithfully. His dedication and faithfulness has opened many doors for him to play behind many world-renowned artists.

Zachary completed his undergraduate and graduate programs at Jacksonville State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Music Education. During his undergraduate tenure at JSU, he participated in several ensembles including Marching Southerners, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, A Capella Choir, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo. While pursuing his masters, he served as the graduate assistant for the jazz program, teaching one of four big bands as well as small combos. He also taught class percussion, a methods course required for all future music educators.

Zachary has had the opportunity to march Drum Corps International (DCI) with the Kiwanis Kavaliers in 2005 and Winterguard International (WGI drumline) with Odyssey Percussion Theatre in 2006. The skills acquired from those organizations, along with his musicianship, were sharpened by educators, which has helped shape him into the educator he is today.

His passion revolves around instilling positive morals and values into youth. This has been modeled and exemplified by teaching and doing clinics at a number of high schools. In the Summer of 2018, Zachary was blessed to further his teaching experience with Spirit of Atlanta, serving as a snare tech and will return again for the 2019 season as a bass drum tech and all purpose tech. Zachary is also working with other professional organizations for their 2019 season, including Q2, an indoor percussion group affiliated with Atlanta Quest, Point Indoor Percussion, a branch of the music department at Point University, and Atlanta CV.

He comes to us from Woodland High school in Cartersville, GA as the Percussion Director. He also played an integral role in the percussion program at Coosa High School, located in Rome, GA. Before serving for those schools, he served at Rome High School for nine years as their Percussion Director.

Family is very important so when he isn’t hard at work, he enjoys spending time with his son, Travis, and daughter, Madison.

Zachary is absolutely thrilled to be back in Carrollton and a part of the Trojan Band again. It is in this very organization where his wind band involvement began. He is humbled that he gets the chance to give back to the organization and community that gave him so much.

Go Trojans!


 

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Final Week Before Spring Break

Quick announcements:

  • March 25th is our Spring booster meeting at 6:00 pm in the band room. We will be talking about officers for next year, our Barbecue, and even looking forward to the Fall. We will cover all topics relevant to even seniors and their families first and then move into plans for the Fall to respect our seniors and their parents time.  Seniors, you’re welcome to stay after that, but we understand if you are unable to.
  • Band Auditions are March 28.  More information is below.
  • Winter Guard departs for SAPA Championships on Friday, March 29.  Will you donate some breakfast items for them?
  • Band Barbecue is May 2, 2019. As you know this is one of our biggest fundraisers! Please be prepared to sell 30 tickets or make a donation of $175. Ask your place of work! We are happy to make deliveries to businesses with a minimum order of 10 or more meals!
  • The link to volunteer for the band barbecue will be ready this week! Plan to spend time working this event, it is a great day!
  • Band Dinner/Awards Night- April 23 at 6:00 pm. This is a great evening for our band and band families! Please mark your calendars so you won’t miss this event! Longhorn will be catering and tickets will go on sale in the next week or so. Tickets will be $13 per person and must be paid before the dinner for planning purposes.

Spring Auditions

Placement auditions will take place after school on Thursday, March 28 beginning at 4:00PM. Students will be able to sign-up for a time. Auditions are required for all students to participate in the high school band and will determine class and chair placement. Auditions consist of three parts which are explained below: Etude, Scales, and Sight-reading. Please sign up for the audition by clicking here. Be sure to add your name to the appropriate list (tabs at the bottom).

You can find more information about the auditions from the last post or by clicking the “Band Auditions” link above.


SAPA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Here is some extra information about the SAPA Championships weekend trip from Friday March 29th to Sunday March 31st. If you have any more questions, please email Emma Turner.

The itinerary will be updated on the Charms Calendar as soon as the times are uploaded to the SAPA website. We are still waiting on finalized performance times.

Some details about this upcoming SAPA weekend. We will be staying and rehearsing at RED BANK HIGH SCHOOL 640 Morrison Springs Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37415

Both groups will be leaving for Chattanooga on Friday March 29th and returning home on Sunday March 31st.

We are asking for parents to donate Breakfast items.  Please sign up here. 
Any items that can be collected for breakfast by parents would help but there will be food available at the stadium for purchase. Students should plan to bring money for three meals; Friday night, Saturday night/afternoon, and Sunday afternoon.

At the school, the JV and Varsity will sleep in separate classrooms because they will have different wake up times depending on who is performing that day. Since the members will be staying in a high school every room will be locked by the band director of Red Bank for security reasons.

  • Students  will need to bring their own beds such as blow up mattresses or a cot. They should also bring blankets and pillows.
  • Showers will be provided in the gym locker rooms so any necessities for that such as toiletries, towels, flipflops, and any other hygiene items should be packed.
  • The Varsity will share one room and the JV will share another, so they do not disturb each other on their respective show days. Each room has more than enough space for every student to fit comfortably.
  • We have four classrooms total, all beside one another, one for the Varsity, one for the JV, one for staff, and one for any chaperone that does not want to pay for a hotel room.
  • On their respective performance mornings, that group will wake up earlier to eat breakfast and rehearse however each non-performing team will be expected to report to the rehearsal gym thirty minutes before the end of rehearsal to watch the run and help load.
  • The girls will be staying in the same facility they rehearse at before the show. 
  • The Varsity performs on Saturday March 30th and will wake up earlier to rehearse that day and will be able to get ready for the show there as well. 
  • The JV performs on Sunday March 31st and will wake up and rehearse that day and will also be able to get ready in the facility.
  • All members are expected to bring their usual show attire, three days worth of clothes, and any other items they need for their performance. 

The building we will be staying in is not very big and the area the students will be is  restricted access.  We will be escorted where to go once we arrive Friday night.

PERFORMANCE: MCKENZIE ARENA Chattanooga, TN: 720 East 4th Street Chattanooga, TN 37403
Parking at the Arena is free
Any chaperone will be able to receive an arm band for admittance.
Any spectator will be expected to pay $20.00 to be admitted for both days

ALL PERFORMERS, JV AND VARSITY, WILL BE EXPECTED TO REMAIN FOR BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY — NO EXCEPTIONS

All itinerary for both Saturday and Sunday will be posted ASAP.


Leadership Classroom

Students interested in applying and auditioning for leadership positions in next year’s Trojan Marching Band should join this Google Classroom: nbz13p We will begin our work online this week. Please check that you have signed up if you plan to participate.


Tri-M Music Honor’s Society

You can read more about the organization in the last e-mail. We will have our first Band Tri-M meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019, in the band room at 3:45 PM.

 

Winter Guard Performed in Charlotte

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine! A few updates for the weeks ahead!

Our Winter Guard represented us well at the WGI Power Regional in Rock Hill, SC this past weekend.  Their show continues to improve weekly as they continue to add transitions, choreography, and clean.  I am proud of the class that they carried themselves with all weekend!

It’ll be here before you know it:

  • March 25th is our Spring booster meeting at 6:00 pm in the band room. We will be talking about officers for next year, our Barbecue, and even looking forward to the Fall. We will cover all topics relevant to even seniors and their families first and then move into plans for the Fall to respect our seniors and their parents time.  Seniors, you’re welcome to stay after that, but we understand if you are unable to.
  • Band Auditions are March 28.  More information is below.
  • Band Barbecue is May 2, 2019. As you know this is one of our biggest fundraisers! Please be prepared to sell 30 tickets or make a donation of $175. Ask your place of work! We are happy to make deliveries to businesses with a minimum order of 10 or more meals!
  • The link to volunteer for the band barbecue will be ready this week! Plan to spend time working this event, it is a great day!
  • Band Dinner/Awards Night- April 23 at 6:00 pm. This is a great evening for our band and band families! Please mark your calendars so you won’t miss this event! Longhorn will be catering and tickets will go on sale in the next week or so. Tickets will be $13 per person and must be paid before the dinner for planning purposes.

Spring Auditions

Placement auditions will take place after school on Thursday, March 28 beginning at 4:00PM. Students will be able to sign-up for a time. Auditions are required for all students to participate in the high school band and will determine class and chair placement. Auditions consist of three parts which are explained below: Etude, Scales, and Sight-reading. Please sign up for the audition by clicking here. Be sure to add your name to the appropriate list (tabs at the bottom).

You can find more information about the auditions from the last post or by clicking the “Band Auditions” link above.


Leadership Classroom

Students interested in applying and auditioning for leadership positions in next year’s Trojan Marching Band should join this Google Classroom: nbz13p We will begin our work online this week. Please check that you have signed up if you plan to participate.


Tri-M Music Honor’s Society

You can read more about the organization in the last e-mail. We will have our first Band Tri-M meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019, in the band room at 3:45 PM.

 

LGPE and more!

LGPE (FESTIVAL)

Festival will be hosted at the Carroll County PAC on March 11-12, 2019.  Admission is free and open to the public.  I hope that you will mark your calendars and plan on supporting our band students!

March 11, 2019, at 4:30pm • Symphonic Band

  1. Galactic Fanfare by Randall Stanbridge
  2. Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli
  3. Khan by Julie Giroux

March 11, 2019, at 7:40pm • Wind Ensemble

  1. El Capitan by John Philip Sousa ed. Loras Schissel and Keith Brion
  2. October by Eric Whitacre
  3. Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli

March 12, 2019, at 9:30am • Concert Band

  1. Coast Guards March by Karl King arr. James Swearingen
  2. Rhythm Stand by Jennifer Higdon
  3. Moscow, 1941 by Brian Balmages

 

Itinerary for Monday:

Symphonic Band (SB) and Wind Ensemble (WE) will report to the band room at for 4th Block.  Symphonic Band will put on their concert attire and both ensembles will load large equipment after class. Smaller instruments will ride on the bus.  We will have 2 buses that will run routes.  Wind Ensemble will leave first to allow SB a little extra time to dress into their concert attire.

Here is the itinerary for the day:

  • 1:45PM SB and WE report to the band room
  • 2:15PM WE Depart for PAC to watch bands
  • 2:30PM SB Depart for PAC to watch bands
  • 3:50PM SB Warm-Up
  • 4:30PM SB Performance
  • 5:00PM (After SB Performance) WE Depart for American Pie (Students need $5.00 for dinner).
  • 5:30PM (after sight-reading) SB Depart for CHS to change
  • 5:45PM SB Depart to American Pie for dinner (Students need $5.00 for dinner).
  • 6:00PM WE Depart to CHS to Change into performance attire
  • 6:25PM WE Depart for PAC
  • 6:50PM SB Depart for PAC to watch the WE performance
  • 7:00PM WE Warm-Up
  • 7:40PM WE Performance (We will return to the audience after sight-reading to watch the last band while we wait for our scores).
  • 8:45 PM SB Depart for CHS
  • 9:00 PM WE Depart for CHS

Concert Band Itinerary for Tuesday

  • 8:00AM Report to the band room dressed for the performance — Load large equipment
  • 8:30AM Depart for the PAC
  • 9:00AM Warm-up
  • 9:30AM Performance
  • 10:30AM Depart for American Pie for lunch (Students need $5.00 for lunch)
  • 11:30AM Return to CHS and back in class around 12:00PM

Winter Guard travels to Charlotte

Our Varsity Winter Guard is competing at a regional WGI competition in Charlotte, NC this weekend!  Students will need money for meals.  Each meal is listed below.  Options will be either fast food or concessions to try and save money and for convenience.  We encourage having around $10 per meal (total of $50).  Below is the itinerary for the weekend.

Friday March 15th, After School 

  • Depart Carrollton High School: 4:00pm
  • Dinner en-route bring money (about $10.00)
  • Arrive at Home2Suites: 9:30pm
    • 1285 Old Springdale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Lights Out: 10:30pm

Saturday March 16th 

  • Breakfast: 7:00- 8:00am
  • Get Ready: 8:00
  • Depart for Rehearsal: 9:00am
  • Arrive at Rehearsal Site: 9:20am
    • Rawlinson Road Middle School
    • 2631 W Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29732
  • Rehearse: 10:00am- 11:00pm
  •  Depart for Arena: 11:30 pm
  •  Check In: 12:00pm ​
    •  1162 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Lunch at concessions bring money (about $10.00)
  • Report to Hallway: 1:30pm
  •  Body Warmup: 1:59pm
  •  Equipment Warmup: 2:09pm
  •  Perform: 2:25pm
  •  Refold and Load floor: 2:40pm
  •  Check In at Hallway: 5:45pm
  • Dinner at Concessions bring money (about $10.00)
  •  Report to Hallway directly after Last Performance
  •  Depart for Hotel: 8:45pm
  •  Arrive: 9:00pm
  •  Lights Out: 10:00pm

​Sunday March 17th

**IF FINALS PERFORMANCE**

  • Breakfast 6:30am – 7:00am
  • Depart: 7:20am
  • Earliest Check In: 7:45am
  • Hallway Check In: 8:45am
  • Body Warmup: 9:08am
  • Equipment Warmup: 9:14am
  • EARLIEST PERFORMANCE: 9:30am
  • Lunch at concessions bring money (about $10.00)
  • Hallway Check In: 1:00pm
  • Awards: 4:00pm
  • Depart: 5:00pm
  • Dinner en-route bring money (about $10.00)
  • Arrive in Carrollton: 10:00pm

 **IF NO FINALS**​

  • Breakfast: 7:00am
  • Depart: 9:00am
  • Lunch en-route bring money for fast food (around $10.00)
  • Arrive in Carrollton: 3:00pm

Upcoming Booster Meeting!

Our next booster meeting will be held on March 25, 2019 at 6:00PM in the band room.  All students who are marching next year should be in attendance with a parent.  Forms for next year, handbook, and the show will be announced!


Spring Auditions (Also linked above)

Placement auditions will take place after school on Thursday, March 28 beginning at 4:00PM.  Students will be able to sign-up for a time.  Auditions are required for all students to participate in the high school band and will determine class and chair placement.  Auditions consist of three parts which are explained below: Etude, Scales, and Sight-reading.  Please sign up for the audition by clicking here.  Be sure to add your name to the appropriate list (tabs at the bottom).

Etude:

The etude was passed out in class last week or can be accessed on Charms or by following the links below.  The etude is worth 60 points on your audition (or the value of 20, 1 octave scales!)

The etude will be graded based on all of the elements of music: tone, pitch, tempo, rhythm, technique, articulations, dynamics, musicality, expression, style, etc. A compelling performance of the etude can earn you 50 points.  Be sure to pay attention to the time signature, tempo marking, and key signature.

Scales: 

Please perform as many major/minor scales as you can in 2 minutes.  The scales do not have to be memorized.  Students will receive a maximum of 3 points per octave that is performed correctly (1 point ascending, 1 point descending, and 1 point for the arpeggio.) Mistakes may be corrected but you only have 2 minutes to complete their scales. If time runs out in the middle of a scale, you may finish that scale for full credit but will be finished at the end of that scale. Articulation and rhythm does not matter for scales, but note accuracy is imperative. Keep in mind: your scale score is not limited by anything except time. You can really earn a lot of points in this category if you practice diligently. It is rare, but not unheard of for students to perform 12 major and 12 minor scales, 2 octaves in a 2 minute period.  Are you up for the challenge?

Chromatic Scale (Winds Only):

Students are encouraged to demonstrate their full range by performing their chromatic scale.  The chromatic scale does not have to be memorized. GMEA has requirements for recommended ranges for students who are auditioning for district honor band.  Their recommendation is a great starting goal.  The scale should be performed in an even rhythm both ascending and descending.  Points for the chromatic scale will be awarded as follows:

  • Perform the Junior High School required ranges for a total of 20 points
    • Flute Low C to High F
    • Oboe Low C to High C
    • Bassoon Low Bb to High F
    • Soprano Clarinet Low E to High D above High C
    • Bb Low Clarinet Low E to High A Bb
    • Eb Contra Alto Clarinet Low E to High A
    • Alto Sax Low C to High D
    • Baritone Sax Low C to High D
    • Tenor Sax Low C to High D
    • Trumpet Low F# to High G
    • French Horn Low F to High F
    • Trombone Low E to High F
    • Baritone (BC) Low E to High F
    • Baritone (TC) Low F# to High G
    • Tuba Low E to High F
  • For each additional note added to the range students may earn an additional point for their Chromatic Scale.
  • Bonus points: There is no specified tempo, but the evaluator has the discretion to award up to 10 bonus points for performing the scale with quality tone in all registers, speed, and exceptional evenness of the performance.

Rudiments (Percussion Only):

Percussionists will perform 3 rudiments of their choice in an open – closed – open tradition instead of a chromatic scale.  Performance will be graded on speed, technique, and evenness of sound.  Each rudiment will be evaluated on a 10 point scale.  Additionally, 10 bonus points are reserved to be rewarded as bonus points for exceptional speed, tone, and technique.

Sight-reading:

Sight-reading will consist of a short excerpt that you will perform after a 30 second study period. During the study period, I encourage you to “airplay or air band” through the music, just keep in mind that you are not allowed to make a sound on your instrument during the study period. Sight-reading is graded on all of the elements of music like the etude is graded. It is important to be well versed in all rhythms, scales, keys, dynamics, articulations, etc. to be a good sight-reader. Students who are able to perform a compelling interpretation of the sight-reading beyond the notes and rhythms will be awarded more points.  You will have an option between two sight-readings.  An easier sight-reading will be worth 30 points or you can choose the more difficult one, which is worth 50 points.  

This is your opportunity to show how much you have grown this semester.  You can do it!


Leadership Classroom

Students interested in applying and auditioning for leadership positions in next year’s Trojan Marching Band should join this Google Classroom: nbz13p


Tri-M Music Honor’s Society

TriM is a national music honor society, that has been represented for years at Carrollton High School.  Last year, Ms. Lowry and Ms. Fazio agreed to include our band students in the organization and Mr. Carr agreed to co-sponsor the group.  Students receiving cords show outstanding commitment to band all four years (marching band and concert band) of their high school career.  Tri-M members also demonstrate exemplary leadership, service, and character.  Other considerations are participation in extra band activities such as all-state, district honor band, district jazz band, serving on the leadership team and serving at the LoC and booster club clean up days.  Being an Honor Society, students must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 85.00 and a minimum grade point average of 90 in all band classes.

Last year was our first year incorporating band into the organization and only included seniors.  This year, seniors and juniors will be invited so that we can have student leadership moving forward to better organize the efforts of Tri-M.  Members of Tri-M are eligible to purchase a cord to wear at graduation, demonstrating their outstanding academic achievement in addition to their dedication and success in the band program.

Letters will be sent out to eligible students next week.  We will have our first Band Tri-M meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019 in the band room at 3:45PM.

Mr. Carr’s Tip of the Week!

Does your child play an instrument that requires reeds?

As a clarinetist myself, I understand the importance of having a good reed.  If your child has not communicated to you the challenges that they face when they do not have a good reed, I wanted to be able to bridge the gap through this post.  It is my goal to periodically create informative posts to help students better communicate to parents about the importance of their set-up to ensure success in music class.

On reed instruments, the reed affects 100% of the sound created by the instrument.  In fact, the sound starts with the reed.  The quality of the reed and matching the reed strength to the performer’s preferences are essential to allowing students to create the a professional sound; the one that we encourage them to make.  Often times when I play my clarinet, I will get a reed that will feel “stuffy.”  My teachers always referred to this reed as a “dead” reed.  It could happen from a reed right out of the box or one that has been used too much.  A stuffy reed requires the performer to work exhaustingly hard to produce a pleasant sound and it is borderline painful to maintain this level of effort for a long period of time.  Our band classes are 90 minutes and the students typically perform an average of 20 minutes of music at most concerts.  Another issue that students may encounter with reeds is that they are too easy to play.  If there is not enough resistance to the airflow, then it is extremely difficult to maintain pitch, produce quality articulation, and create a desirable sound.  The video below shows a saxophonist demonstrating these issues.

Sometimes a stuffy reed is just too hard and can be filed down to the appropriate strength.  For single reeds, I prefer to use a “mill bastard” file as opposed to sand paper.  Sand paper leaves grit on the reed, which could damage the mouthpiece.  Double reeds have specialized instruments to shave/file reeds, which I will post about in the future.  Also, since double reeds are using 2 pieces of cane, their selection is very important for a student’s success.  My daughter began playing oboe this past year and her oboe teacher recommended that we order hand made reeds from a professional.  I shared one of these reeds with our oboists and the reeds seem to have helped them continue to shape their sounds.  I will work on compiling a list of reed makers for our double reed players to investigate for a future post.

Single reeds can be hand made as well, but because we are dealing with 1 piece of cane some of the machine made reeds are rather good.  With that being said there are some brands that are trusted by many professionals.  These are the brands that have been suggested to me by former teachers.  I do not specifically endorse one brand over another, but I highly encourage students to find a brand that they like because of the quality of sound they produce and the consistency of each reed in a box.  Because of these factors I have learned to trust: Vandoren (Blue Box – Traditional Cut, and my favorite the V12 – American Cut) and Rico Reserve for clarinet.  When comparing prices you may see that Vandoren and Rico Reserve are not the least expensive brand nor the most expensive, but they are the brands that I prefer to play because they produce a quality tone and good consistency between reeds.  Unfortunately, because reeds are made of organic material their consistency is not perfect, which is why I advocate for purchasing in bulk rather than one at a time.

The best way to purchase reeds in my opinion is by the box.  Boxes are typically 10 at a time for the smaller single reeds and 5 at a time for the larger single reeds.  This is advantageous for multiple reasons:

  1. If a student accidentally breaks a reed (they are fragile after all), then they have a back-up one already.
  2. In a box of 10 there will be a slight range in strengths; a box of size 3 may have a range from 2.75-3.25 depending on the quality of the cane at the time of production.    Additionally, reed strength varies with fluctuations in humidity and temperature to a certain degree.
  3. Students have the ability to rotate reeds to give reeds a chance to break in properly increasing their longevity.
  4. Students have the ability to rank their reeds and designate their favorite reeds for performances (concerts, auditions, etc.)

You can buy reeds by the box from various places.  We are fortunate at CHS to have 3 music companies (listed alphabetically below) who visit us weekly to provide instrument repair services and to be a representative if students would like to purchase musical supplies.

Each of these music stores have websites that allow you to purchase things and have them shipped or could even be delivered by the representative if you were to call the store specifically.  Additionally, Amazon carries many products as well if you prefer to have it shipped to your house using Prime.  Ordering from one of our representatives would be appreciated if possible because it allows them to continue their visits.

Ask your child demonstrate their sound on their instrument using different reeds.  You’ll be surprised how different they can sound from choosing a good reed.  They will feel happier about playing their instrument and will be more successful when practicing if what they have works well.  Thank you for reading my thoughts on reeds.  I know as parents that you want to be able to provide the absolute best for your child and I am realized that there are some aspects of playing an instrument that I haven’t been able to communicate to you.  I hope that this post was helpful.  If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail me at christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net.  If you have suggestions for upcoming tips please submit them via e-mail as well.


Weekly Snapshot

  • Monday: Festival with Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (see itinerary above)
    • JV Winterguard 4-8PM
  • Tuesday: Festival with Concert Band (see itinerary above)
    • Varsity Winterguard 4-9PM
  • Wednesday
    • JV Winterguard 4-8PM
  • Thursday
    • Varsity Winterguard 4-9PM
  • Friday – Sunday (Winterguard see itinerary above)
    • Varsity Winterguard departs for Charlotte 4PM

Successful Pre-Festival!

This Week at a Glance:

  • Monday: JV Winter Guard: 4:00 – 8:00PM
  • Tuesday: Varsity Winterguard: 4:00 – 9:00M
  • Wednesday: JV Winterguard: 4:00 – 8:00PM
  • Thursday: All-State (students and parents travel together) • More Information
    • Varsity Winterguard: 4:00 – 9:00PM
  • Saturday: Varsity Winterguard at McEachern HS
    • Itinerary TBA

Thank you to Mr. Jindrich and the Temple High School Band for their invitation to allow us to perform at the Carroll County School Performing Arts Center.  The venue is beautiful and it allowed us the opportunity to have a dry run of our music in the atmosphere that we will perform in for evaluation in a couple of weeks.

All 3 bands performed well last Thursday evening and received great feedback from our adjudicators.  Comments were shared in class and via Google Classroom so that we can continue to prepare for Large Group Performance Evaluations (Festival).


FESTIVAL

Festival will be hosted at the Carroll County PAC on March 11-12, 2019.  Admission is free and open to the public.  I hope that you will mark your calendars and plan on supporting our band students!

March 11, 2019, at 4:30pm • Symphonic Band

  1. Galactic Fanfare by Randall Stanbridge
  2. Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli
  3. Khan by Julie Giroux

March 11, 2019, at 7:40pm • Wind Ensemble

  1. El Capitan by John Philip Sousa ed. Loras Schissel and Keith Brion
  2. October by Eric Whitacre
  3. Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli

March 12, 2019, at 9:30am • Concert Band

  1. Coast Guards March by Karl King arr. James Swearingen
  2. Rhythm Stand by Jennifer Higdon
  3. Moscow, 1941 by Brian Balmages

All-State Band is this weekend

Please congratulate the following students for making All-State: Andrew Stagliano, principal baritone saxophone; Kelley Ozier, euphonium; and Taylor Berry, trombone (alternate).  They practiced extensively to earn this honor and I look forward to their performance next weekend in Athens, GA at the Classic Center.

Parents will travel with their child to Athens for this event.  If you need more information, please contact Mr. Carr.


 

Cheers to a great week!