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Band Camp – Part 2

• Part 2

Last week was such a fantastic week working on fundamentals, music, choreography, and pre-game. This week we continue our work and begin learning the drill to our half-time show. Our week concludes with Trojan Night on Friday evening with a performance for our friends and family. We hope that you will make plans to attend!

Daily Itinerary

  • 8:00AM – 11:30AM Morning Block – Outside
  • 11:30AM – 1:00PM Lunch
  • 1:00PM – 4:30PM Afternoon Block – Inside
  • 4:30PM – 6:00PM Dinner
  • 6:00PM – 9:00PM Evening Block (In the Stadium)

CHS Trojan Business Day

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019. Students are assigned various times that are to report to the high school cafeteria to take care of varies items in preparation for the start of school. Students are asked to handle their business as expeditiously as possible so that the disruption to band camp activities are minimized.  Band students should follow this schedule:

  • SENIORS and JUNIORS 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • (Section leaders please attend from 8:30AM – 9:30AM to help get the day started)
  • SOPHOMORES and FRESHMEN 1:00PM – 2:00PM

DRESS-UP DAYS

The student leadership has designated themed dress-up days to make our week a little more fun:

  • Movie Monday
  • Tiki Tuesday
  • Wild West Wednesday
  • Section Theme Thursday
  • Trojan Friday

Our Boosters have done a great job lining up lunch and dinner for the students. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to assist us this week with meals. There are a few spots left – volunteer here. Here is what we are having for the week:

Lunch

  • Lunch will be provided for all students every day. There is no additional fee for this, it is included in your band fees.
  • Students will ride buses to First Christian Church at 11:30 am for lunch each day. Here is the menu for the week.
    • Monday – Chick-Fil-A, chips, fruit
    • Tuesday – Taco Bell, tortilla chips and nacho cheese
    • Wednesday – McDonald’s, chips, fruit
    • Thursday – Subway, chips, fruit
    • Friday – Chick-Fil-A, chips, fruit

Dinner

  • We are so thankful for the generosity of our local churches. Four churches have committed to providing dinner to our band students & staff and First Christian Church is allowing us to use their kitchen and fellowship hall!
  • Buses will transport students and staff to First Christian Church at 4:30 pm for dinner.

Dinner schedule for the second week:

Day Menu Meal provided by
Monday Meatballs, gravy, rice, green beans, rolls, and dessert First Baptist of Carrollton
Tuesday BBQ Sandwich, chips, corn, dessert NorthPoint
Wednesday Parmesan chicken, bow tie pasta with alfredo sauce, caesar salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Southern Hills
Thursday Chicken fingers, Mac and cheese, baked beans and bread and dessert Roopville Road

If you get a chance to thank someone from each these churches, please help us send our thanks. Their blessing continues to allow us to feed our army without raising our band fees. They continue to help us to stretch our resources because of their generosity! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


TROJAN NIGHT

Trojan Night is our family and friends preview performance. We hope that you will invite others to attend. Dinner begins at 6:00PM.  The students will first perform skits that they have been preparing all week for team-building purposes, then will perform pre-game, a stand-still performance of the show music and choreography, and then march and play what we are able to learn throughout the week. Following our performances is a Candle Light ceremony on the band practice field.

Have you already signed up for Trojan Night? If not, please RSVP by Noon tomorrow, Monday, July 22.


REMINDER: Final Fees Due and Ordering Uniform Items

More information concerning fees can be found here. Final payment is due July 23. If you are in need of a payment plan, please call 770-834-0550.

Items to be purchased from Ms. Dothard:

  • Garment bags cost is $5.00. Garment bags are required for marching band to carry band uniform.
  • Band black t-shirt cost is $10.00. ALL are required to have one.
  • Flip folders cost is $15.00.
  • Marching gloves cost is $3.00.
  • Crew style (LONG) black socks cost is $3.00 OR you may purchase them yourself.
  • Band Shorts free for all Rookies. Band Shorts for upperclassmen the cost is $15.00.
  • Marching Band Shoes cost is $45.00. (Required of all band students, you may wear last year’s).
  • Colorguard Shoes cost is $35.00. (New style shoe for the show, required of all guard members).
  • Flagbag cost is $25.00. (All guard members are required to have one, you may use last year’s).
  • Colorguard Gloves cost is $16.00. (All guard members are required to have them, you may use last year’s).

Ms. Dothard can only accept Cash or Money Orders OR you can pay on the School’s Revtrak (https://carrolltonhs.revtrak.net).

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, please call us at 770-834-0550

Order your Band Jacket or Duffle Bag: https://ozierapparel.com/carrollton_band/shop/home

  • Duffle bags are required for Color Guard, but anyone can purchase one.
    The cost has gone down and is only $38.50.
  • Band Jacket is required for ALL band members. The cost is $70. You will be fitted to make sure you get the right size. For an additional $5.00 you can add your name and instrument so that the jackets do not become mixed up.

Please place your order by Sunday, July 28, 2019.


Photos

I have finally been able to schedule a time with our photographer for photos this year.  We will take our photos on Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30PM.  Students need to be in their uniform by 5:15PM so that we can line up for the full group shot and take the photo at 5:30PM.  Following the full band shot, we will take our section photos as well.  Once we are finished with photos then we will continue our scheduled practice until 9:00PM.

Seniors will take their photos with their families for the program on Thursday, August 1 beginning at 5:30PM.  The band room will be opened at 5:00PM for students to access their marching uniform.  Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Band Parent Orientation

We are hosting a Band Parent Orientation Night for first-time band parents on August 8, 2019 from 7-8PM in the Band Room. It is a great way to meet other band parents and to learn how to be more involved and what to expect this upcoming marching band season. We hope that you make plans to attend.


HEALTH CLASS

We are fortunate that our students may receive health and pe credit for full participation in marching band. More information regarding this process may be accessed by following this link https://chstrojanband.com/health-in-band/. Many of our students are making great progress towards completing the online requirements for the health portion of the class. If this pertains to your child, please help to check up on their progress. There is an option in the Google Classroom for them to invite you to receive notifications. Since it is a course that allows them to work at their own pace, oftentimes it can be out of sight and out of mind, causing the students to fall behind. The best way for them to avoid any extra stress is to stay ahead of the deadlines to complete the course well before Thanksgiving Break. Thank you for your assistance with this.


Water Donations

We use a lot of water throughout the season! In an effort to keep the costs down for our booster club we respectfully request donations of 4 cases of bottled water. If you would prefer to not purchase the bottled water, then would you please donate $10 so that we can purchase the cases on your behalf? We use the bottled water when our band travels to away games and when we feed our students meals throughout the season. Many of you have actually already brought in some cases of water, THANK YOU SO MUCH!


SYNC 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.


AmazonSmile

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon Smile (Smile.Amazon.com) and select our band to support our students while you shop. It’s the same site but allows you to choose someone to receive a portion of the sale. If you already support someone on Amazon Smile, thank you for giving back. If you haven’t chosen someone through Amazon Smile, we would be honored if you chose the Carrollton High School Band Booster Club Inc. Thank you for all that you do for your child and all of the children in our community! Carrollton is the best place to live because it is full of people like you!

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Get ready because here we go!

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Good evening!

We are so excited to welcome everyone back tomorrow for our first week of camp.  Remember that this week we will rehearse from 8:00AM – 3:00PM.  Be prepared to be outside (sunscreen, hats, glasses, bug spray, WATER, lots of WATER).  Don’t forget you will need tennis shoes to march in, but it is wise to bring a second pair (which may be sandals) for the afternoon session incase your shoes are wet from the dewey grass.

HUGE SHOUT OUT! We continue to be very blessed by 2 volunteers who help us to paint our field.  Mr. Matt and Mr. Phillip lined and painted our field for us (remember Tee Wiggins, yes his dad and a friend of his lined our field!).  If you get a chance to thank them in person, please do.


Sign-up deadlines are approaching!

Form to RSVP for Swim Party. Need to sign up by Noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RSVP for Swim Party Here

Those who have already done their meal selections, thank you!  Please share this information with anyone you know in the band, just to double check that they are getting this information.  If you have not already made your lunch selections for the second week of band camp selections are due by 11:59PM on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. We have to submit orders to the restaurants.  Please get it done now.  If selections have not been made by this time, a “default” meal will be selected for the student. Please note that only those students that have signed up for the vegetarian meal option will be provided vegetarian meals.

Lunch

  • Lunch will be provided for all students every day. There is no additional fee for this, it is included in your band fees.
  • Students will ride buses to First Christian Church at 11:30 am for lunch each day.  Here is the menu for the week.
    • Monday – Chick-Fil-A, chips, fruit
    • Tuesday – Taco Bell, tortilla chips and nacho cheese
    • Wednesday – McDonald’s, chips, fruit
    • Thursday – Subway, chips, fruit
    • Friday – Chick-Fil-A, chips, fruit

Dinner

  • We are so thankful for the generosity of our local churches. Four churches have committed to providing dinner to our band students & staff and First Christian Church is allowing us to use their kitchen and fellowship hall!
  • Buses will transport students and staff to First Christian Church at 4:30 pm for dinner.

Dinner schedule for the second week:

Day Menu Meal provided by
Monday Meatballs, gravy, rice, green beans, rolls, and dessert First Baptist of Carrollton
Tuesday BBQ Sandwich, chips, corn, dessert NorthPoint
Wednesday Parmesan chicken, bow tie pasta with alfredo sauce, caesar salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Southern Hills
Thursday Chicken fingers, Mac and cheese, baked beans and bread and dessert Roopville Road

If you get a chance to thank someone from each these churches, please help us send our thanks.  Their blessing continues to allow us to feed our army without raising our band fees.  They continue to help us to stretch our resources because of their generosity! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


REMINDER: Final Fees Due and Ordering Uniform Items

More information concerning fees can be found here. Final payment is due July 23. If you are in need of a payment plan, please call 770-834-0550.

Items to be purchased from Ms. Dothard:

  • Garment bags cost is $5.00. Garment bags are required for marching band to carry band uniform.
  • Band black t-shirt cost is $10.00. ALL are required to have one.
  • Flip folders cost is $15.00.
  • Marching gloves cost is $3.00.
  • Crew style (LONG) black socks cost is $3.00 OR you may purchase them yourself.
  • Band Shorts free for all Rookies. Band Shorts for upperclassmen the cost is $15.00.
  • Marching Band Shoes cost is $45.00. (Required of all band students, you may wear last year’s).
  • Colorguard Shoes cost is $35.00. (New style shoe for the show, required of all guard members).
  • Flagbag cost is $25.00. (All guard members are required to have one, you may use last year’s).
  • Colorguard Gloves cost is $16.00. (All guard members are required to have them, you may use last year’s).

Ms. Dothard can only accept Cash or Money Orders OR you can pay on the School’s Revtrak (https://carrolltonhs.revtrak.net).

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, please call us at 770-834-0550.


Items to be purchased through Ozier:

Ozier is setting up an online ordering page for our items. You pay for these items online or pay Ozier directly. These are the 2 items that I know will be available. Optional spirit wear items may also be accessible through this page. I will post more about it when the link is operational.

  • Duffle bags are required for Color Guard, but anyone can purchase one.
    The cost will be $40.
  • Band Jacket is required for ALL band members. The cost is $70. You will be fitted to make sure you get the right size. For an additional $5.00 you can add your name and instrument so that the jackets do not become mixed up.

 

AmazonSmile

Do you shop on amazon? Use Amazon Smile (Smile.Amazon.com) and select our band to support our students while you shop.  It’s the same site, but allows you to choose someone to receive a portion of the sale. If you already support someone on Amazon Smile, thank you for giving back.  If you haven’t chosen someone through Amazon Smile, we would be honored if you chose the Carrollton High School Band Booster Club Inc.  Thank you for all that you do for your child and all of the children in our community!  Carrollton is the best place to live because it is full of people like you!

 

Are you excited for band camp yet?

I AM! It is going to be an AWESOME YEAR!  Go Trojans!

WATER

Please tell me that you have been drinking water? Do not wait until Monday morning.  Sometimes dehydration symptoms do not show themselves until you begin physical activity in the heat.  This is really a sign that you were dehydrated before beginning the work.  Be proactive, begin hydrating now.

Did you read the last post?

Use the link above to read very important information concerning the upcoming weeks of band camp.

Saturday – July 13

We would love to have your assistance on Saturday from 8:00am-11:00am if you are available.  We have some final cleaning to do before being ready for Monday.  Sign-up here.  Yes, we would love to have students helping as well.


Final Fees Due and Ordering Uniform Items

More information concerning fees can be found here. Final payment is due July 23.  If you are in need of a payment plan, please call 770-834-0550.

Items to be purchased from Ms. Dothard:

  • Garment bags cost is $5.00.  Garment bags are required for marching band to carry band uniform.
  • Band black t-shirt cost is $10.00.   ALL are required to have one.
  • Flip folders cost is $15.00.
  • Marching gloves cost is $3.00.
  • Crew style (LONG) black socks cost is $3.00 OR you may purchase them yourself.
  • Band Shorts free for all Rookies.  Band Shorts for upperclassmen the cost is $15.00.
  • Marching Band Shoes cost is $45.00.  (Required of all band students, you may wear last year’s).
  • Colorguard Shoes cost is $35.00. (New style shoe for the show, required of all guard members).
  • Flagbag cost is $25.00. (All guard members are required to have one, you may use last year’s).
  • Colorguard Gloves cost is $16.00. (All guard members are required to have them, you may use last year’s).

Ms. Dothard can only accept Cash or Money Orders OR you can pay on the School’s     Revtrak (https://carrolltonhs.revtrak.net).

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, please call us at 770-834-0550.


Items to be purchased through Ozier:

Ozier is setting up an online ordering page for our items.  You pay for these items online or pay Ozier directly.  These are the 2 items that I know will be available.  Optional spirit wear items may also be accessible through this page.  I will post more about it when the link is operational.

  • Duffle bags are required for Color Guard, but anyone can purchase one.
    The cost will be $40.
  • Band Jacket is required for ALL band members. The cost is $70.  You will be fitted to make sure you get the right size.  For an additional $5.00 you can add your name and instrument so that the jackets do not become mixed up.

 

 

Band Camp is coming! Here is how to survive

imageGood evening!  Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  There is a lot of information, please take the time to read all of it.  

Great job during the 4th of July Parade!  It was so much fun to watch all of our students perform with enthusiasm and excitement even though it was a very hot day.  I am proud that the 2019 Trojan Band began with tremendous success!  I look forward to when everyone is back from vacation and we all come together on July 15 to begin preparations on this year’s half-time show.  


Water Donations

We use a lot of water throughout the season!  In an effort to keep the costs down for our booster club we respectfully request donations of 4 cases of bottled water.  If you would prefer to not purchase the bottled water, then would you please donate $10 so that we can purchase the cases on your behalf?  We use the bottled water when our band travels to away games and when we feed our students meals throughout the season.  Many of you have actually already brought in some cases of water, THANK YOU SO MUCH!


BAND CAMP

The first week of band camp  (July 15 – 19 from 8:00AM – 3:00PM) is quickly approaching!  All members (or Full Band, which means winds, percussion, and guard) are required to attend this camp as we will be learning important marching fundamentals, stands tunes, and begin work memorizing the music and choreography for our half-time show!

Daily Itinerary Plan on being outside for most of the day

  • 8:00AM – 11:00AM Outside (bring an extra pair of shoes in case yours get wet)
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM Lunch
  • 12:00PM – 3:00PM Inside Music Rehearsal (yes, you need your instrument)

1st Week Meal Sign-Up

During the first week of band camp, the school system will provide all students with breakfast and lunch for free.  We are blessed to be supported so generously.  If students would prefer not to eat that lunch, that is ok, but, we need to know about those students that will be having the school provide their breakfast and lunch for the first week of band camp.  If your child signs-up, please make sure that they accept the breakfast or lunch and sign for it.  Our cafeteria workers must account for the meals because it is funded by a grant program and we need your help to make sure we document it accurately.

Here is the link to sign up your child for breakfast/lunch during the first week of camp:

Please complete this form by 5PM on Wednesday, July 10 as we need to provide the school with an accurate count.  If your child requests a meal they must take it.  Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Vegetarian?

Does your child require a vegetarian option?  Please fill out this form so that we may be sure to provide a vegetarian meal for your child for the marching band season.


2nd Week of Band Camp

July 22 – 26 • 8:00AM – 9:00PM

This week is also required of all members (full band).  During the second week of band camp, we put in a ton of work!  In addition to our guard and percussion specialists, wind specialists join us to provide individual instruction in the middle of the day and to assist us in learning drill.  During this week of camp, we will accomplish the equivalent to 4 weeks of practice!  This is why it is important that everyone is there.  Once school starts it just isn’t possible for us to recreate a week like this full with extra specialists and fewer distractions.  Our week will culminate in a parent preview night – TROJAN NIGHT – where the students will perform skits, a portion of our half-time show, and conduct a candlelight ceremony.  More info to come.

Daily Itinerary

  • 8:00AM – 11:30AM Morning Block – Outside
  • 11:30AM – 1:00PM Lunch
  • 1:00PM – 4:30PM Afternoon Block – Inside
  • 4:30PM – 6:00PM Dinner
  • 6:00PM – 9:00PM Evening Block (In the Stadium)

CHS Trojan Business Day

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019. Students are assigned various times that are to report to the high school cafeteria to take care of varies items in preparation for the start of school. Students are asked to handle their business as expeditiously as possible so that the disruption to band camp activities are minimized.  Band students should follow this schedule:

  • SENIORS and JUNIORS 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • (Section leaders please attend from 8:30AM – 9:30AM to help get the day started)
  • SOPHOMORES and FRESHMEN 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Lunch Sign-Up

For the 2nd week of band camp, the boosters will provide lunch and dinner for our band students.  Please make sure that students eat breakfast before reporting to camp.   Please complete this form by 5:00PM on Thursday, July 11 to select a lunch meal preference for your child.  If this form is not completed, we will guess and select a meal for your child(ren). 


Volunteers Needed

The real secret to our students’ survival is a village of volunteers who help us take care of our students.  Here are the links to help us take care of our students the First week:

POOL PARTY

We have a swim party at Midtown Swim Park on Wednesday night the first week of band camp from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  The boosters have taken care of the reservation fee for the pool, but we ask students to bring $5 to cover the cost of dinner.  Are you willing to help chaperone and serve dinner? Here is the link to volunteer for the swim party Wednesday night – VOLUNTEER HERE

That first week we needed some volunteers, but we are in need of more for the Second Week since we are providing lunch and dinner for our students this week.  Please follow the Volunteer links below to sign up to help.

TROJAN NIGHT

Trojan Night is the celebration concluding band camp on Friday night.  We will cook and serve hamburgers as well as provide desserts for the evening meal.  The boosters take care of the cost of the hamburgers, but we need volunteers to set-up, cook, clean-up, and provide desserts.   


HOW TO SURVIVE BAND CAMP

Continue to drink water – yesterday, today, and tomorrow – every day. A good rule of thumb is to drink your body weight in ounces of water per day and to check for clear urination.  If your child has been inside all summer, please ask them to get outside some this week to begin acclimating to the heat.  It is a great excuse to ask them to mow the lawn, trim the hedges, paint the fence, sweep the driveway, whatever outside work you need done.

Additionally, please check out this survival guide compiled by our former Trojan Booster President, Michael Post.  The information is still very helpful!

BandCamp2With our band camps just a week away, I’m sure there are a lot of rookie students and parents wondering just how to prepare themselves for band camp. With that in mind, we wanted to re-share this article that provides a short list of tips that we compiled from several insightful articles that should help our newcomers and veteran band members better prepare for this year’s band camps.

  • Be prepared. Make sure to have water, instrument, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.
  • Early is on time.  Always arrive a few minutes early. Remember that you need time to gather your things and get to the practice area.
  • Try your hardest. Band camp will go a lot smoother if you make a decent effort at marching and playing your instrument.
  • Be optimistic and don’t complain. Complaining or bellyaching is extremely annoying to everyone and ultimately unhelpful.
  • Make friends. Get to know your classmates, your section, whoever is sitting or standing next to you in the formation. You have band and music in common already, but do not talk when you’re are setting up formations or going over your music.
  • Learn the show. Now is the time to practice. Practice as you would like to perform- learn your formations, music, rhythms, etc.
  • Take care of yourself. You’ll perform better and feel better if you take care of your body. Marching band is a sport!
    • Stretch. Marching band can be demanding during the summer, stretch as you would in preparation for any other strenuous activity.
    • Wear sunscreen and a hat. That sunburn won’t feel good tomorrow, and it’ll spare you sock tans, glove tans, and drum harness tans (somewhat). Remember to reapply every 2 hours or so.
    • Wear chapstick that protects against the sun. Sunburned lips are not fun to play an instrument with, especially for brass players.
    • Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from UV rays and block annoying glare.
    • Drink plenty of water. This means water and/or Gatorade/Powerade. Soda and juice will dehydrate you. Avoid drinking milk or eating dairy products. The heat will cause it to curdle in your stomach and make you nauseous.
      • Remember to start hydrating in the days leading up to band camp too. This preparation is very important.
    • Eat healthy foods! Don’t just eat a pop-tart for breakfast on your way out the door; marching a lot is a very physical activity, especially if it’s for the entire day. Also, remember to eat a healthy lunch. Fried foods aren’t good for you anyway, but if you eat unhealthy fast food, you will regret it later.
    • Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable, athletic shoes. Dress appropriately for the weather and being on your feet for long periods of time.
    • Smell good. No one likes a smelly band person. Deodorant helps and should be available in case you need a quick refresh.
  • Learn how to wear your uniform and try it on. This way you can avoid disasters before an actual show at a competition. Minutes before your first show is not the time to learn the intricacies of tying your citation cord, discover that your pants are too short or too long, or learn that nobody ever issued you a plume.  We will be fitting for uniforms, so you will have a chance to do this.
  • Care for your instrument.
    • Insert the brass mouthpiece or woodwind part firmly enough that it doesn’t fly out when snapped up and down.
    • Avoid getting a woodwind wet, especially the pads. If your instrument does get wet, use your cleaning cloth to dry it after practice.
    • Oil your valves or slide before practice. It’s much harder from mid-field.
    • Learn the proper way to set your instrument down: not on its keys or delicate valves. If you must set your instrument on the ground, set it with the others from your section, it might help save them from a careless foot.
  • Get some rest. Band camp can be strenuous, and it’s easier if you’re well rested.
  • Be respectful and courteous towards band directors and assistants. Often they are busy or stressed, so be understanding.
  • Remember that everyone is at band camp to learn. If you’re a newcomer, don’t take it personally when an instructor gives advice. Remember, they’re trying to help you look better in performance. If you’re a returning member, help out newcomers and be patient with them. You were a rookie once, and if you model how to take correction with a great attitude then our rookies will learn that correction is how we all get better.
  • Have fun! At first, band camp may feel completely insane. However, nothing can compare to the feeling of marching your field show at halftime with all of your friends. You’re going to make tons of friends.

Tips & Warnings

  • Woodwinds and brass should not play their instrument after eating or drinking sugary stuff (like Gatorade and Powerade). It’s fine to have a snack during breaks, just make sure to wash it down with water.
  • Never handle or play somebody else’s instrument. You will be held accountable if it gets damaged.
  • If you are given a drill sheet/card with your formations on it or music do not lose it.
  • Respect upperclassmen, they have experience and chances are they do know what they are talking about.
  • Many people can overheat during band camp if it’s hot outside. If you start to feel fatigued, dizzy, nausea, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Tell a section leader, drum major, or staff member immediately. Get to some shade and get some water if you think this is happening to you.
  • Don’t talk when the band director, staff, drum majors, or section leaders are talking. This will distract people around you from what they’re saying, which could be very important. If you need help finding your drill spot, quietly raise your hand and someone will gladly help you. Since we are working with over 200 students marching Band is very military-esque. When the director is speaking, you do not. When you need to snap to attention, you snap. Take it seriously, many skills that you learn in this activity can be applied to everyday life!

I hope you find this article helpful as you prepare for this year’s band camps. Remember if you have any specific questions about either band camp, you can contact Mr. Carr at christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net or the Band Boosters at chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

More posts will be coming later to define each week’s schedule and provide volunteer sign-up info.

Information used from:
http://www.banddirector.com/article/pg-marching-band/how-to-survive-band-camp?productguide=311#sthash.WPArK2u4.dpuf
http://community.sparknotes.com/2011/12/02/how-to-survive-high-school-band-camp

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A Few Reminders For This Week

wpid-wp-1435990104510Good morning!

I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend and looking forward to helping our community celebrate the 4th of July with our first public performance of the year, the Carrollton People’s Parade on July 4, 2019!  If you haven’t been intentional about drinking water, please start doing that now.  We need you hydrated to perform your best.

How to access Charms:

You can always access this information by visiting our quick link: www.chstrojanband.com/charms

Charms will allow you volunteer for events as well as allow your student to reaccess the music for this week’s parade “American Pride,” if they have misplaced their copy or need a new one for any reason.

What is Charms?

Charms is a Student Management System that the Carrollton High School Band Staff utilizes to maintain information about the band and its students. This robust system allows the band staff to easily track things like instrument and uniform assignments, submission of required forms and much more. For parents and students is allows you to update contact information, access secured practice materials, review trip accounts and again, so much more.

We encourage you to spend some time and explore and get familiar with this valuable resource.

There are several ways for you to access the Charms system:

  1. Log in directly by clicking on the “Charms Login” sub-link found under the “Charms” area of our website menu/navigation bar or click here: CHS Trojan Band Charms Login
  2. Log on via the charmsoffice.com website and hovering over  the “ENTER/LOGIN” link at the upper right and click  the “PARENT/STUDENT/MEMBERS” option
    • On the next screen enter the School Code: CHSTrojanBand and then click on the “Enter Charms” button.
    • This will bring up the main parent page, which will allow you to look at a copy of our calendar for your, email the staff, handouts and other files.
    • If you enter your child’s School ID Number (same as lunch account number etc.) in the Student Area Password area, another more detailed screen will open with even more options to view your student’s uniform assignments, music assignments, trip records, forms, inventory, etc.. Once you have first entered this ID number, you may create your own, unique password by clicking on the “keyhole” (Change Password). From this area, you can also make changes to your child’s student information page (such as updating phone numbers and email addresses if they change.

If you have any issues or questions about the Charms system, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Carr at christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net

Week at a Glance:

  • Wednesday: parade practice: 8am – 11:00am band room.  We will go outside so please be prepared to be in the heat with sunglasses, hats, water bottles, etc.
  • Thursday:  – parade
    • 8:15 am – load instruments at the band room
    • 9 am – meet at Bank of the Ozarks (We do not take a bus)
    • 10 am – parade begins
    • Around 11:00am Pick up students following the parade in the Robinson Salvage (Old Kmart) parking lot.  It’s best to go ahead and park here after dropping off your child for the parade and meet us as we finish.

The Details:

Wednesday there will be a parade practice from 8-11am at the band room for all members.  As Mr. Carr always says, “On time is late and early is on time.”  Students will want to arrive at the band room with enough time to get their instrument out and be ready to begin practice promptly at 8am. Please make sure your student has some water!  It will be hot and muggy!  Something like the 1/2 gallon cooler pictured is good.  Don’t forget to label it with their name.

Thursday, July 4th, large instruments (drums, sousaphones, etc) will be loaded from the band room into the trailer at 8:15 AM.  Students needing to load their instruments need to be at the band room Thursday at 8:15 AM.  Once they have loaded their instrument then they will need to be dropped off at the Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Community Southern Bank)  just off the square at 201 Maple Street at 9 AM for parade staging.  Students who do not need to load their instrument can report directly to the staging area.  The parade is set to step off at 10 AM.  We are #21 in the parade, so our best estimate is that we will be finished around 11:00AM.  Students will need to be picked up at Robinson Salvage (the old Kmart) after the parade.

PARADE UNIFORM:

Students will be provided t-shirts to wear for the parade (handed out at the end of practice on Wednesday) and they should also wear their black band shorts.  *(Updated originally posted mistakenly) New band students will receive their shorts at rehearsal on Wednesday, returning students should use the ones given to them previously, or purchase a new pair for $15.00.  Students are permitted to wear sunglasses for this parade.  Sunglasses need to not detract from the decorum of the band.  4th of July themed or Trojan colors are acceptable but need to represent classic sunglasses and not something to draw attention.  Additionally, please wear sunscreen for the parade.  It will be hot and we will be in the sun as the parade route is not shaded.

Parade Volunteers:

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We need volunteers to man water stations.  Basically, your job would be to exchange water bottles with the staff as the band marches past you on Thursday morning.  The staff walks through the band and provides students with quick squirts of water to help them maintain their energy throughout the parade.  To volunteer visit the CHARMS CALENDAR and click on the colorful “hand” icon.  

 

The locations for water stations are listed on the volunteer page. Thank you in advance to participating in making our band the best it can be!

While you’re at it, we need volunteers on July 13 from 8:00am-11am.  We will have a booster workday to spend some time on the garage, booster storage room, and booster building to get everything ready for the upcoming season.

Band Camp is quickly approaching.  Have you been drinking water? If not, start now, you will thank me later.

  • July 15 – 19 from 8 am – 3 pm
  • July 22 – 26 from 8 am – 9 pm

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

CHS Band Staff & Boosters