2017 New York Trip Info

New York City Wrap Up & The Next Couple of Weeks

After a 10 year hiatus, the Trojan Band returned to New York City!  Students and chaperones had the opportunity to visit Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, One World Observatory, Ground Zero Memorial Park, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Central Park, the Dakota, Strawberry Fields, the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River Cruise, Times Square, Napels 45, Lincoln Tunnel,  saw Wicked on Broadway in the Gershwin Theater, and pulled the flag on board the USS Intrepid!  The students represented our community with class and our chaperones did a fantastic job keeping our students safe in the big city!  Accompanied by our principal, David Brooks and his family, we experienced an unforgettable trip.

No trip is complete without an occasional mishap! We certainly have some stories – thankfully our travelers who were affected by the unpredictable travel challenges and volunteered to get off the plane, were compensated for their generosity, and took it in stride.  They handled themselves like true professionals and were shining examples to our students of how to handle disappointing circumstances.  We were blessed with Mark Drury and Bryan Cole of Super Holiday Tours, who did a terrific job minimizing any of the effects of the travel conditions and keeping our tour on time and organized.  They even found a way to get it to stop pouring just in time for us to see the beautiful view from the 102nd floor of One World Observatory.  Our view even included a beautiful rainbow across the city!

Thank you to all of the parents who sacrificed to make this trip a reality for our students.  When I asked how many students had never been to New York about 100 of the students raised their hands and it was the first time flying for about 15-20 of our students!  We were extremely blessed by a few anonymous benefactors who significantly helped some of our students make the trip – if I am speaking to you, THANK YOU!  Carrollton is a special community and we are blessed by your generosity.  Experiencing Wicked while watching our students’ reactions to the performance was the highlight of my trip. Witnessing them stare in awe, laugh at all the right times, demonstrate first class concert etiquette, and jump to their feet at the end of the performance for a standing ovation was evidence that their lives have been forever changed by this experience.  This was definitely a trip for the memory books.  I am confident that our students will cherish their time together for the rest of their lives.  Thank you for helping to make the trip possible!

We have finally finished uploading the videos of our performance, captured by Mr. Brad Ashley, to our YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoy them!

New York City Performance ~ 2017 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQYEmN1XFYksQYPqPco3JXdJJCeSswLlT

Now that we are back home, we have to prepare to finish the year strong with our many upcoming activities, so please review the list below to make sure you are ready and participating in each event.

  • Band Auditions: Placement auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 3:30PM. For full details visit here: Band Auditions Page
  • Band BBQ Turn-in: We are looking forward to a great turn-in night Thursday, April 20th, 2017, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the CHS band room, but we wanted to challenge everyone to continue selling as much as possible before the turn-in night. On turn-in night, we need for everyone to bring the money they have collected, ticket stubs, and unsold tickets to be counted. If you need more tickets, please see Ms. Dothard for extras. Band BBQ volunteer sign-ups should be posted soon.
  • Spring Band Booster Meeting: Our Spring Band Booster Meeting, for boosters of current high school band students, will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Don Hall Band Room (*Please note, that due to a schedule conflict, this meeting has moved from its original date of the 20th, to this new date of the 25th). This annual meeting is always an important one as we set the stage for the coming school year/band season and vote on and recognize our new officers. Please make plans to be with us on the 25th.

Please visit our calendar for other upcoming events a little further out, like the Band Banquet, Band BBQ, Booster Work/Clean-Up Day, Concerts, Band Prom, and yes… Graduation!

The coming weeks should be action packed and fill with many opportunities to serve and support our band program.

If you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

GO TROJANS! GO TROJAN BAND!!

 

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News You Can Use

newspaperJust a few quick news items:

  • Like Arby’s…. We Have The Meats! We have leftover meat (frozen) for sale our All-In-One fundraiser.  The list below is what we have and the reduced price:
    • Smoked turkey breast – $30
    • Cajun Turkey – $30
    • Peppered bacon – $20
    • Spiral Honey glazed ham- $35
    • Pork Sausage Patty – $20

Call the band room (770-834-0550) with your order and they will make sure it’s ready for you to pick up.

  • MLK Parade: The marching band will be participating in the annual MLK parade in downtown Carrollton on Monday, January 16, 2017
    • 9:00 am – Students report to CHS Band Room to load
    • 9:30 am – Call-time in full marching uniform
    • 9:45 am – Depart for staging location, near Dairy Queen
    • 11:00 am – Parade begins
    • 12:00 am – Arrive back at Band Room; unload trailer; change out of uniforms, student pick-up
  • Please don’t forget about the other items as well
    • NY Trip Payments – We are getting down to the wire! All trip balances are due in full by 2/17/17.
      • Also, please remember to register on the travel agency’s website for the trip. This is required.
      • Chaperone and participant meetings will be announced soon.
    • Winter Guard Competition @ East Coweta: January 21st, 2017

NYC 17 Trip Updates

PrintWe had a trip update meeting this past Tuesday and wanted to post the notes and the presentation by our travel agent as a recap and for those that could not attend.

Quick Meeting Summary:

  • Transportation Update: We were able to secure flights at an acceptable price with Southwest so we will be able to fly to New York now… YAY!
  • Trip Dates/Itinerary Changes: To be able to secure the flights we had to change the trip dates from April 5-8, 2017 to April 6-9, 2017 (Thursday-Sunday). The updated itinerary can be found here: Travel Agent Presentation-Updated Trip Itinerary-10-11-16
  • Payment & Account Expectations: With the boosters having to commit funds towards non-refundable tickets now, all accounts are expected to be caught-up or within two payments of being current by October 31 2017. Any account with a balance of $750 or greater after 10/31/16 will be notified that they are at risk of being dropped from the trip and refunded any payments, less the non-refundable deposits.
  • Registering with Travel Agency: All current trip participants need to follow the instructions found at the end of the following presentation (Travel Agent Presentation-Updated Trip Itinerary-10-11-16) to provide their personal information for their travel documents, as well as notify them of any special needs like allergies, etc. *** Note, any issues you have with the registration process should be directed our travel agent: Mark Drury, Super Holiday Tours, (d) 321-319-1153, (c) (678) 520-1766, mdrury@superholiday.com
  • Rooming Assignments and Departure Preferences: Mr. Carr announced he will begin the process of assigning rooms and taking departure preferences towards the end of October, after competition season.
  • Future Meeting(s): We will hold additional meetings as necessary after the first of the year, as we get closer to our departure date, to discuss luggage, packing suggestions, etc., as well as answer any specific questions you may have.

As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

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Legacy of Champions a Huge Success & The Week Ahead

14568016_517205755153542_6277380035770896611_nIt was a beautiful fall day on the Carrollton City School Campus this past Saturday as the Carrollton Trojan Marching Band, and the Carrollton Trojan Band Boosters hosted the second Edition of The Legacy of Champions Marching Band Competition. And while winds gusting in excess of 20mph provided a challenge for events coordinators, it did not hinder the competitiveness of the excellent bands in attendance.

The event, which took place on the gorgeous 130-acre campus of the Carrollton City School system, within historic Grisham Stadium, featured performances by fifteen local and regional bands. The large crowd of supporters and marching band enthusiasts that gathered were treated to amazing performances, a variety of vendors, concessions, and first-class facilities that helped to ensure an enjoyable day for everyone. The evening concluded with a greatly anticipated awards ceremony, highlighted by the presentation of our massive, one-of-a-kind, traveling Grand Championship Trophy, The Legacy Sword Trophy. At the end of the evening, the Legacy Sword Trophy was awarded to the Woodland Wildcat Marching Band of Woodland High School, located in Cartersville, Georgia. In addition to being named the Grand Champions, Woodland also received the prestigious Don Hall Music Award. Congratulations to all of the students, staff, boosters, and supporters of the Woodland High School Band for their remarkable success at the Legacy of Champions Marching Band Competition.

We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the Carrollton community for your overwhelming encouragement and support. In addition, thank you for the herculean efforts of our event staff and volunteers.

For more information about the Legacy of Champions, please visit legacyofchampions.net


The Week Ahead

  • Practice schedule this week
    • Tuesday: 3:45-6:15pm
    • Thursday: 3:30-6:30pm – (changed this week due to football playoffs being held at stadium)
  • Tuesday, 10/11/16 – IMPORTANT New York City 2017 Trip Meeting
  • Friday, 10/14/16 – Varsity football game;  full itinerary below
  • Saturday, 10/15/16 – Yellow Jacket Classic Marching Band Competition;   full itinerary below

Friday’s Full Itinerary

Carrollton vs Hiram @ Hiram High School •  Friday, October 14, 2016
  • 3:45 p.m. – Load Equipment
  • 4:15 p.m. Dinner provided by Band Boosters
  • 5:10 p.m. In Full Uniform
  • 5:20 p.m. Depart for Hiram High School
  • 11:30 p.m. Return to CHS*
    *(approx. times; watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)

Saturday’s Full Itinerary

Yellow Jacket Classic •  Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • 1:00 p.m. – Report — Focused warm-up
  • 4:00 p.m. – Load
  • 4:30 p.m. – Eat/Get Ready
  • 5:30 p.m. – Depart
  • 7:00 p.m. – Arrive at Rockmart
  • 8:20 p.m. –Warm-Up
  • 9:20 p.m. –Performance
  • 12:30 a.m. Return to CHS*
    *(approx. times; watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)

Uniform

FRIDAY: Students should were band shorts, black band shirt, black socks, marching shoes and assigned uniform.  Hair needs to be pulled up off the collar, no jewelry while in uniform.  Make-up needs to look natural. Volunteers should wear black booster shirts and black pants or shorts.

SATURDAY: Students should were band shorts, show shirt, black socks, marching shoes and assigned uniform.  Hair needs to be pulled up off the collar, no jewelry while in uniform.  Make-up needs to look natural. Volunteers should wear black booster shirts and black pants or shorts.

Volunteers

To volunteer your time and talents this FRIDAY, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page. We also will need help serving/feeding our kids for the pre-departure meal provided by the boosters. This duty is not on our regular sign-up, so if interested contact Emily Leak directly at: eleak@westga.edu

To volunteer your time and talents this SATURDAY, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page. We also will need help serving/feeding our kids for the pre-departure meal provided by the boosters. This duty is not on our regular sign-up, so if interested contact Emily Leak directly at: eleak@westga.edu 

Band Jacket Personalization

Many have asked about having student’s names added to their new band jackets. If you wish to do this, you can to take them to Ozier Apparel and they will ad their name for $5. By taking them to Ozier, who produced the jackets originally, we can ensure that our new band jackets, which are part of official uniform are homogeneous. * Please note, Ozier Apparel has moved off of Maple Street. They are now located at: Avenue C, Carrollton, GA 30117

Important Spring 2017 New York Trip Meeting

We will be having a very important trip meeting this Tuesday, 10/11/16, at 6:30pm in the CHS band room. It is very important that all trip participants attend this meeting as we will be providing final details regarding: transportation, a change in dates for the trip, itinerary, and cost.  We will also discuss the policy for delinquent accounts and the time frame for getting those accounts caught up before being dropped from the trip. Please make every effort to attend this very important meeting.

All-In-One Fundraiser

Please don’t forget about our All-In-One fundraiser! We need all our students and boosters to support this fundraiser by selling your share. We will have a new incentive program in place this year as well. We will have drawings for three separate $100 gift cards for students selling at least 10 items! Once a student reaches 10 items sold,  they will get another entry into the drawing for every five additional items they sell… so the more you sell, the more chance you have to win a gift card!

As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

CHS Band Staff & Band Boosters

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After a Highly Successful Band Camp… What’s Next?

FullSizeRender_1What a tremendous past two weeks of camp! Extremely proud of our students, staff, and parents. Thank you to our parents who volunteered with providing waters, keeping our facilities tidy, providing food for staff, helping students with breakfast and lunch, and your moral support of your children! We couldn’t have been as successful without you. Thank you to our staff who taught our students both weeks, we have had a great start and I look forward to continue to build on what we have accomplished throughout the season. You guys are rock stars and I appreciate your dedication to our students!  Thank you to our students who pushed themselves during these extremely hot weeks. The preview performance that you provided on Friday night was fantastic! The skits were entertaining and the show was impressive! What an exciting start to our season!

Students: Please continue to hydrate daily. Although our practices will be shorter than they were these past few weeks, if you are not hydrated they could be tough. By being hydrated you will remain cool and be able to perform with optimal energy. We only have a few rehearsals left before our first football game. Let’s make the most of them as we prepare for exciting performances!

Please continue to check the website often and refer to the calendar as we have a busy season ahead. We will remind you often of what is upcoming, but it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that you keep up with the schedule. Our success relies on everyone’s full participation.  Let’s continue to work diligently to make this year the best that it can be for our seniors, who have only one season left.  Let’s cherish every moment together and make it the best year possible!

Here is what is upcoming:

Schedule and events for this coming week (8/1/16 – 8/5/16):

  • Full Band Practice Schedule:
    • Monday & Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • NYC 17 Trip Meeting: Monday, 6:45 p.m.; Don Hall Band Room
  • Moe’s Band Spirit Night: Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Moe’s of Carrollton
  • First Day of School: Thursday; CHS starts at 8:20 a.m.; releases at 3:12 p.m.

If you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters

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