Charms Calendar Not Syncing

Good morning!

Just a quick follow up concerning the remind that sent out last night.  The syncing function for our Charms Calendar has stopped working.  Charms said that they are aware of the problem and their developers are working on it.  Until they get the functionality restored, please access the calendar via the charms website directly – CHARMS CALENDAR.

Here is a screen shot of this week’s schedule:

Monday                  Tuesday                 Wednesday            Thursday               Friday

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2019 Competition Schedule

Also, 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.





Congratulations Class of 2019!


Performance report time: 5:30PM • We will eat dinner first, please bring your concert attire.  The ceremony begins at 7:30PM.  Our best estimate is that we will be finished around 9:00PM.


Another school year has come to a close and for many of our students it is the culmination of their lifetime thus far and a celebration of achieving one of life’s great milestones!  The journey that began for our students in Kindergarten will be celebrated tonight along with a reminder that the journey continues.  You’ve got this!

The time has come that I must finally say goodbye.  At many of our ceremonies throughout the year it has been made easier to know that the next day you would still walk through the door and I’d get to see you in class.  You’d get to continue mentoring the others in our band program and do your best to leave a legacy that will forever impact the traditions of our band program.  But today is the final ceremony of your schooling career in which we will honor the dedication and perseverance that it takes to finish high school.  I hope that you take a minute to pause and reflect on what a great journey it has been.  We are blessed in our lives to be able to celebrate many milestones, and this is certainly one to celebrate!

I guess since this is your last one, it is time to say Good… Luck!  Goodbye seems too permanent.  I want you to know that we value the impact that you have made one our band program and on our school and we hope that you will return to visit while continuing to support your band.  I hope that when you return you will find everything in a better place and realize that we were able to accomplish the continued growth because of the example that you were and the legacy that you worked so hard to continue.

Recently I was reminded of a Jim Carey graduation speech that I would like to recommend you watch on youtube.  The point that he makes when speaking about his father was that his father decided to take the path that was most “secure,” one that would be best to provide for his family.  Mr. Carey said that his father had other dreams but was worried about the risks associated with them so he made the “safe” decision to be an accountant.  Unfortunately, his father was laid off from that job and it created a difficult life for him and his family.  Mr. Carey then says, “I have learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” Good, right? There are many other profound things that he says during that speech.  Check it out, you’ll be glad that you did.

I am so proud of you!  I cannot wait to see you again after you’ve experience the next chapter of your life.  Please keep in touch, I want to hear your stories.  Remember that your  band family still loves you and will be cheering you on as you reach for your dreams.  Yes, you still have many more challenging roads ahead of you, but you’re ready to face them and God will help you navigate them if you allow him to. You also have many wonderful friends still here at CHS that will continue to provide love and encouragement along the way.

So, Good Luck! God Speed! Onward and Upward! Keep your chin up and continue to walk tall.  You did it and are on to bigger and better things! Proud to be a Trojan and proud of you all!

Final Week of School

Week at a Glance

  • Monday: Rookie Camp • 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the band room
    • Georgia Ambassador’s of Music meeting • 7:00PM in the band room
  • Tuesday: Rookie Camp • 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the band room
    • Percussion Ensemble Concert • 7:00PM in the band room
  • Wednesday: Rookie Camp • 4:00 – 6:00 in the band room
  • Thursday: Final Exams 1st and 3rd • Early release at 12:00pm
  • Friday: Final Exams 2nd and 4th • Early release at 12:00pm • GRADUATION
    • Band students perform for graduation for their final exam grade
      • Report 5:30PM for Dinner
      • In Concert Attire at 6:30PM
      • Perform for Graduation 7:30PM – Approx. 9:00PM (Students will be released when graduation is completed.)

Band Prom

Band prom was a lot of fun!  Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered by decorating, bringing food, drinks, desserts, and/or chaperoning the event.  I think that the students had a great time hanging out with one another and dancing the night away in the band room.  Congratulations to the trumpet section on their fantastic display on their table earning them some Chick-fil-a biscuits!  There were many wonderful tables this year deserving of at least honorable mentions – the clarinets had a working windmill and the flutes and saxophones also had very nice tables!

The decorations this year were awesome!  Great work to all involved!


Have you turned in your forms or commitment fee for next year’s marching band yet?

Georgia Ambassadors of Music (GAM)

The Georgia Ambassadors of Music sent out letters inviting some of our students to participate as Georgia Ambassadors of Music.  Students were chosen based on their achievement in academics and music, as well as by recommendation by Mr. Carr based on their maturity and leadership potential.  If your child received a letter, I just wanted to remind you that the informational meeting mentioned in the letter is Monday evening at 7:00PM in our band room.  The band director from Milton HS, Chris Shumick, is the official representative of GAM and will be running the meeting and answering any questions that you may have about this opportunity.

Leadership Results

Our band program is blessed with many capable students who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities.  This is a great thing, yet makes the leadership selection process a daunting one.  Parents, thank you for being supportive of your child and assisting with coping if results do not go their way.  As difficult as it can be to fall short of a goal, it is through these challenges that growth and maturity continue.  The true reward is the improvement through the process.  Please encourage your child to continue to be a shining example of the values that you have instilled in them and those that are representative of the Trojan Band program.  Also, encourage them to continue to show their leadership qualities by participating fully and being proactive by volunteering to help when needed.

  • Band Captain: Ben Bradley
  • Drum Major: Jennifer Camilo
  • Assistant Drum Majors: Grace Shell, Abigail Reid
  • Uniform Captain: Nicole Bridges, Katie Hoberg, Asha Brown
  • Flute: Savannah Richie, Maggie Rowland
  • Clarinet: Semaj’ Frazier, Ansley Allyn
  • Saxophone: Nicholas Mansour, Andrew O’Hara
  • Mellophone: Hector Salas
  • Trumpet: Ben Bradley, Matthew Thrower
  • Trombone: Thomas Svegl
  • Baritone: Cason Pittman
  • Sousaphone: John Robert Ray, Erwin Gonzalez
  • Battery: Jadyn Dortch, Mikyla Smith, Sophie Redmond
  • Front Ensemble: Madelyn Huggins, Tate Ivey
  • Colorguard Captain: Lauren Conley
    • Assistant Captains: Sahithi Pandi, Asia Dix, Kiarra Wilbanks
  • Equipment Captain: Cason Pittman
  • Librarian: McKenna Walker

I hope that all who auditioned for leadership had planned on attending the rookie camps this week.  However, with the decision being released this evening, I understand there may be conflicts.  Please let Mr. Carr know ASAP if you are unable to attend any of the rookie camp sessions.


Spring Concert and Senior Signing Day

Week at a Glance

  • Monday: Spring Concert • report at 6:40 in concert attire to the MAC
  • Tuesday: Senior Signing • 2:30 in the band room
    • Guard rehearsal: 4:00 – 7:00 in the CJHS gym
  • Wednesday: Percussion Rehearsal • 4:00 – 6:00 in the band room
  • Saturday: Band Prom 7:00 – 11:00

imageAnnual Band BBQ – THANK YOU!

The BBQ on Friday was a terrific family affair! Thank you to all of the parents who devoted time to volunteering and made it such a successful day!  We were entertained by performances by our students but also had a special performance by the Junior High Jazz Band.  Ms. Menendez, thank you so much for your support of all of our band kids!  Your students sounded fantastic and it was a treat to hear them perform at our BBQ!

IMG_8145Wind Ensemble with Presidio Brass

Our Wind Ensemble students teamed up with members of the Bowdon HS concert band to accompany the Presidio Brass in an arrangement of the Theme from Jurassic Park.  It was an entertaining evening of music from broadway musicals.  It was brass quintet with a twist of theater.  Thank you to all of the students who were able to participate.  The members of Presidio Brass were very complimentary of your performance! Bravo!

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert is on Monday, May 6 at 7:00PM.  Please do not arrive until 6:30PM.  There is an elementary school kindergarten performance from 5:30PM-6:15PM right before our concert.  The end of the year is busy for everyone and we are doing our best to share our wonderful facilities.  Students need to be in the MAC at 6:40PM in their concert attire.  Concert starts at 7:00PM.

We will still set up the stage after school with chairs, stands, and percussion equipment.  Students receive a portion of their concert grade for assisting with set-up or clean-up.

Senior Signing Day

On Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30PM in the band room we will recognize our seniors who have made a commitment to continue with participation in music after high school- this includes marching band and colorguard.  We are excited to celebrate their decisions with their parents and band family.  There will be a light reception to follow the ceremony.  Seniors who are continuing should  fill out this form with the appropriate information to be recognized during the ceremony.

Band Prom

Band Prom is on Saturday, May 11th from 7:00PM – 11:00PM in the band room.  This is a fun night for the band students to spend time together before the break.  There will be music, dancing, and snacks. Please see the following link to sign up to chaperone and/or bring snacks or drinks.

We are still in need for the following volunteers:

  • Chaperones from 9pm – 11pm
  • Cheese dips in crock pots
  • Desserts
  • $10 donations (to help offset the cost of CFA nugget trays, and other entree items needed if we don’t have volunteers)
  • Drinks – sodas, punch, juice
  • Fruit Trays
  • Sandwich trays
  • Bags of Chips

Sign up to volunteer here

Each section has been asked to decorate a table with this year’s Country Western theme.


Have you turned in your forms or commitment fee for next year’s marching band yet?



It is here! Band Barbecue – Tomorrow

imageAnnual Band BBQ

Tomorrow is the band bbq.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work selling tickets and for signing up to participate tomorrow!  Remember that we will sell at the counter as well, so it is not too late to let everyone know about our fundraiser.  This is our largest fundraiser of the year and is essential to our operating budget as a booster club.  Your efforts benefit all of our band students, we appreciate you!

  • Still need to volunteer?
  • Want to buy more meals/sandwiches online?

Students who would like to assist us during the day should have received a permission slip from Ms. Dothard today.  Students can still visit first thing in the morning for a permission slip if they would like to assist tomorrow.  All students who are assisting with the BBQ will be working.  If they are not working, then we will send them back to class.

Performance Itineraries

  • 6:00PM Carrollton Junior High Jazz Band
  • 6:20PM Carrollton High School Symphonic Jazz (Report by 6:00PM)
  • 6:40PM Carrollton High School 1st Block Jazz (Report by 6:00PM)
  • 7:10PM Marching Band Performance (Report by 6:30PM)

Students should wear their black band shorts and black band shirt for their performances tomorrow night.  This will work for jazz band and for the marching band performance.  Seniors should wear interesting socks for the shoe ceremony at the end of the performance.  We will perform all of our students’ favorite stands tunes as well as Battle Hymn for the last time this year as we honor our marching band seniors.

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Wind Ensemble with Persidio Brass on Friday


Friday, May 3 our Wind Ensemble will perform with the nationally acclaimed Persidio Brass.  We have been invited to a rehearsal on Friday morning and are included in their performance on Friday evening.  Here is the itinerary for our students that day.

  • 8:30AM – Depart for the Center for the Arts
  • 9:30AM – Rehearsal with Persidio Brass and Bowdon HS Band
  • 10:30AM – Masterclass demonstration by the Persidio Brass
  • 11:30AM – Depart for lunch at the Lazy Donkey • Order HERE • $8
  • 1:00PM – Return to CHS and to class
  • 6:30PM – Report to the Center for the Arts (we will not take buses)
    • Dinner will be provided by the Center for the Arts at this time – please be early.
  • 7:30PM – The performance begins – we perform the last tune on the first half of the concert.  Students have a couple of options after their performance:
    1. Remain backstage and watch the remainder of the concert for free, or
    2. Purchase a ticket for $5.00 to watch the second half from the auditorium, or
    3. Be dismissed for the evening (they are welcome to leave after their performance if they need to go.  This is why we are not taking a bus.
  • My best guess is that we will be finished with our portion by 8:30PM, and the concert will conclude around 9 – 9:15PM ish.
  • This is a wonderful opportunity because it allows our students to collaborate with the Bowdon HS band students as well as work closely with the Persidio Brass Ensemble.
  • For more info on the Persido Brass Ensemble, check them out here.

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert is on Monday, May 6 at 7:00PM.  Please do not arrive until 6:30PM.  There is an elementary school kindergarten performance from 5:30PM-6:15PM right before our concert.  The end of the year is busy for everyone and we are doing our best to share our wonderful facilities.  Students need to be in the MAC at 6:40PM in their concert attire.  Concert starts at 7:00PM.

Band Prom

Band Prom will be May 11th in the band room.  This is a fun night for the band students to spend time together before the break.  There will be a DJ and snacks. Please see the following link to sign up to chaperone and/or bring snacks or drinks.


Have you turned in your forms or commitment fee for next year’s marching band yet?