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Holy Band Camp… That’s a Lot of Announcements!

Hello!!!  Band camp is approaching quickly and we have lots of updates and announcements for you all!  This will be a lengthy update, so please take your time and read the entire post!

 1.  Band camp and pre-camp are both REQUIRED for all marching band and guard students.

  • Pre-camp July 17-21, 8 AM – 3 PM
  • Band camp July 24-28, 8 AM – 9 PM
  • Remember, early is on time and on time is late. Students will need to arrive with enough time to get their water coolers and instruments and be in their correct places.

2.  What to wear

  • Shorts (no denim shorts or long jeans)
  • T-shirts
  • Tennis shoes and socks (no chacos, crocs, flip flops, converse, sandals)
  • Hats or visors are a good option to keep faces from burning and keep students cooler
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick with sun protection
  • It will be HOT!  Students will spend time in the sun!  Please make sure students are comfortable and protected from sunburn!

3.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!!

  • Students should already be hydrating in anticipation of band camp!
  • Please make sure your student is drinking lots of water everyday!
  • Our band students are old enough and mature enough to understand that their bodies need water!  Soda does not provide the hydration that students require to be successful at band camp!

4.  Week one (July 17-21) meals (school provides free meals or bring your own)

  • The school will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students for the first week of band camp. Breakfast will be available in the band room at 7:30 am each day. Students who sign up for breakfast will need to arrive early each day so that they can eat and be ready for rehearsal on time at 8:00 am. Breakfast options in the past included pop tarts, cereal, fruit, juice and milk.
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeteria the first week.
  • The menu will be posted Monday, July 10th.

Deadline to sign up for meals is:

Meal Day (breakfast or lunch) Sign Up Deadline (midnight)
Monday, July 17 Thursday, July 13
Tuesday, July 18 Sunday, July 16
Wednesday, July 19 Monday, July 17
Thursday, July 20 Tuesday, July 18
Friday, July 21 Thursday, July 19
  • Please sign up for meals at the following link:

5.  Week two meals for band camp (July 24-28) (pay $25 for meals or bring your own lunch, dinner provided)

  • The school will NOT be providing any meals for the second week of band camp.  Students will need to eat breakfast BEFORE arriving for camp each day.
  • The Band Boosters will make lunch available each day for a fee.  Students will need to pay $25 for the week for lunch.  The menu will be:
    • Monday – Chick-fil-a – sandwich or 8 nuggets, chips, fruit
    • Tuesday – Arby’s – roast beef sandwich or ham and cheese sandwich, chips, fruit
    • Wednesday – Subway – 6 inch turkey or ham sub, chips, fruit
    • Thursday – Taco Bell – 2 tacos or 2 bean burritos, chips and salsa, beans, and fruit
    • Friday – Chick-fil-a – sandwich or 8 nuggets, chips, fruit
  • Meals can be paid for online or to the band boosters.  Meals must be ordered and paid for by Thursday, July 20th at midnight. Students ordering meals will need to complete the order form in the band room to make their selection each day.
  • Dinners for week 2 will be provided by several different local churches.  This is the first time we have done this, and we have been blown away by the responses from our local churches! Vegetarian options will be available.

6.  Trojan Night, July 28th at 6 PM

  • Trojan Night is the last night of band camp.  Families are invited to join the Trojan Band for hamburgers, skits, a preview of this year’s show, and a special candle lighting ceremony.  I hope that you all can make plans to join us for this fun night!  The kids and staff look forward to showing off all of their hard work!
  • If you would like, please bring a dessert to share!  We ask that you bring something that can be picked up to eat and does not require a fork or spoon.  (cookies, brownies…)
  • The link to sign up for Trojan Night is:

7.  Parent Volunteers   

  • The Band Boosters would love to have you volunteer with us!  Please go to the following link to sign up to volunteer during the first week of band camp.
  • We will need volunteers to help serve and clean up breakfast and lunch each day. We would also love to have a parent volunteer to be in the band room to assist Ms. Dothard or the band directors as needed (helping keep the band room clean, assisting a student that isn’t feeling well, etc.)
  • Trojan Night also has volunteer opportunities: set up, grill, serve, clean up.  Please see the link above to sign up to help that night!

8.  Water Donations

  • All marching band and color guard students are REQUIRED to donate 4 cases of water or donate $10 and the Band Boosters will buy them for you.  You can send a check or cash in with your student (please include the student’s name and what the money is for) to the Band Booster box or pay online.

9.  Band Booster Membership

  • We would love for you to join us as we support, encourage, and assist the Trojan Band!
  • Your $35 membership fees helps feed the kids during the season, build props for the show, maintain our 18 wheeler, van, and trailers, along with many other things!

10.  Yankee Candle Fundraiser

  • We will be doing a new fundraiser this year!  The kick-off for the fundraiser will be Thursday evening, August 10th at 5 PM in the band room!  Mark your calendars!!

This was a lot of information!  Thank you for taking the time to read the entire thing!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Here’s you band camp check list:

  Signed up for FREE meals week one

  Completed parent volunteer form

  Signed up for Trojan Night

  Purchased Water or made $10 donation

  Paid for week 2 lunches (optional)

Meredith Harris

barryandmer@bellsouth.net

678-850-8317

 

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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Trojan Night Festivities

Trojan NightAs the students and staff continue their hard work at band camp this week, the boosters are busy preparing for an awesome Trojan Night!

Trojan Night is a preview performance of the new marching show and a way for the students to show what they have learned during band camp. This is a beginning-of-the-season family celebration, which includes a good meal, great entertainment, and concludes with the time-honored candlelight ceremony. This year we will also be starting a new tradition as we return the Legacy Sword to the Trojan Nation until October when it will presented to the next Grand Champion of the Legacy of Champions Marching Band Competition.

Trojan night will be this Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:00pm. Those joining us for the meal, we will start in the High School Cafeteria and then go to the stadium around 7:00pm. If you plan to attend the meal, please take a moment to RSVP here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/rsvpR.asp?v=2982979 (If for some reason the link does not work, simply visit our Charms calendar and look for/click on the RSVP logo on Friday, July 29th).

Finally, we will need lost of help to make this night a success. We need grillers, people to set-up, serve, and clean-up… and let’s not forget desserts… LOTS AND LOTS OF DESSERTS!!! So please, take a minute and sign-up to help make this Trojan Night a great one. Sign-up Here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=carrgahsb&v=2982979

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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Wrapping up Week One and Getting Ready for Band Camp Week Two

Rnd2Well, as the end of week one of band camp is quickly approaching, let us first say how proud we are of the students and how much everyone has accomplished together, but let’s also remember we have another week to prepare for. Please see the reminders below about the remaining items for this week and upcoming items for next week.

  • Volunteers Needed: We still have a Gazillion opportunities to volunteer during the final days of week one and for the upcoming second week of band camp, with a wide-range of duties, tasks, and assignments. Some are volunteering on-site and other may just be preparing or dropping of food. So we need everyone to commit to helping during these very times.  The sign-ups are to numerous to link individually, so please just visit our Charms calendar here and click the little multicolored hands, which means “Volunteer!,” and sign-up for as many opportunities to help as you can stand.
  • FREE Breakfast & Lunch still available for second week of band camp: Free breakfast and lunch will also be available for the second week of band camp for those that sign-up for it in advance. If you wish to take advantage of these free meals, please complete the associated request forms below by July 23rd for week two.  (Menus can be found here: Breakfast menuLunch menu)
    • Week Two Breakfast – Sign-up  (Those who sign up for breakfast need to report to band room by 7:30am- practice starts promptly at 8:00am!)
    • Week Two Lunch – Sign-up
  • Band Camp Schedules & Other Details:
    • Football Program Band Photos: We will take full band and sections photos on Friday, July 22 starting at 6:30pm. We are hoping the be finished with pictures on both days by about 8:30pm.
    • Band Camp Week II (Required for all members): July 25 – July 29, 2016 8:00am – 9:00pm • Lunch from 11:30am – 1:00pm • Dinner from 4:30pm – 6:00pm (breakfast & lunch provided if you sign-up- see above; dinner not provided)
      We will be joined by extra staff members so that students have an opportunity to learn from specialists on their instruments. Camp will culminate in a parent preview performance on Friday evening. Parents will need to send or bring lunch each day if you are not taking advantage of / signing up for the free lunch being offered by the school. Parents will need to send or bring dinner for your student(s) each day.
    • Oziers to return for those show still need to Order Duffel Bags & Band Jackets: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 • Noon – 1:00PM • Ozier Apparel will be at the band room again to take orders for duffel bags and band jackets for those who missed them last week. Duffel bags are required for Color Guard, but anyone can purchase one.  The cost will be $37.50. Band jackets are required for all band members. The cost will be $65.00*. (*Please note, this is the correct price for the jackets. The $55.00 originally posted was in error, but was/will be honored for those who purchased/paid for jackets on Friday, July 22, 2016, all others will be expected to remit the true purchase price of $65.00) Cash and checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to Ozier Apparel.
    • CHS Trojan Business Day: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. 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.
    • Pay for Garment Bags: Garment bags are required for all members to travel with the band uniform.   Pay the $5.00 to Ms. Dothard during band camp, cash only please.
    • Pay for Flip Folders: All students are required to own a flip folder to organize their music in the stands.  Each flip folder is $5.00.  Please bring the $5.00 in cash at the same time you pay for your garment bag to Ms. Dothard.  Extra pages for flip folders are also available for $.50 each.
    • Trojan Night: July 29, 2016 • 6:00PM – Please RSVP is you plan to attend the meal – RSVP here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/rsvpR.asp?v=2982979   (If for some reason the link does not work, simply visit our Charms calendar and look for/click on the RSVP logo on Friday, July 29th)
      Trojan Night is a preview performance of the marching show and a way for the students to show what they have learned during the band camps. This is a beginning of the season family celebration, which includes a good meal, great entertainment, and concludes with the return of the Legacy Sword and the candlelight ceremony.
  • Water Donations: The Band Boosters and staff are asking that all students bring four cases of bottled water to band camp to help offset the cost of providing bottled water throughout band camp and the regular marching season. This small act really makes a difference throughout the whole year as we provide hydration for our students. If you prefer not to lug four cases of water around, you can alternatively just donate $10.00 and we’ll take care of securing the waters. Donations should be put in an envelop marked “WATER” and placed int he booster box located behind Mrs. Dothard’s desk.

  • Final Band & Color Guard Fee Payment Date: If you are utilizing the 3 payment installment plan, the final Band Fee payment date is Monday, July 25th.

  • NYC 17 Payments due:  Friday, July 22nd

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

We’ll see everybody next week!
CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters

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Very Important Things You Need to Know – July 2016

NeedtoknowAs the beginning of band camp quickly approaches, we wanted to take a minute to provide you with several important details and information. Please take time to read through each one.

  • FREE Breakfast & Lunch available both weeks of band camp: A new feature of camp this year is that breakfast and lunch can be provided by the school both weeks, free of charge, if you sign-up for it in advance. If you wish to take advantage of these free meals, please complete the associated request forms below by July 16th, 2016 for week one and July 22nd for week two.  (Menus can be found here: Breakfast menuLunch menu)
    • Week One Breakfast – Sign-up  (Those who sign up for breakfast need to report to band room by 7:30am- practice starts promptly at 8:00am!)
    • Week One Lunch – Sign-up
    • Week Two Breakfast – Sign-up  (Those who sign up for breakfast need to report to band room by 7:30am- practice starts promptly at 8:00am!)
    • Week Two Lunch – Sign-up
  • Band Camp Schedules & Other Details:
    • Band Camp Week I (Required for all members): July 18 – 22, 2016 • 8:00am – 3:00pm • Lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm (breakfast & lunch only provided if you sign-up; see above)
      We will work on fundamentals and begin learning the show. Parents will need to send or bring lunch for your student(s) each day if you are not taking advantage of / signing up for the free lunch being offered by the school.
    • Pay for Garment Bags: Garment bags are required for all members to travel with the band uniform.   Pay the $5.00 to Ms. Dothard during band camp, cash only please.
    • Pay for Flip Folders: All students are required to own a flip folder to organize their music in the stands.  Each flip folder is $5.00.  Please bring the $5.00 in cash at the same time you pay for your garment bag to Ms. Dothard.  Extra pages for flip folders are also available for $.50 each.
    • Order Duffel Bags & Band Jackets: July 22, 2016 • 11:45am – 1:30PM • Ozier Apparel will be at the band room to take orders for duffel bags and band jackets. Duffel bags are required for Color Guard, but anyone can purchase one.  The cost will be $37.50. Band jackets are required for all band members. The cost will be $65.00. Cash and checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to Ozier Apparel.
    • Order Band Shoes & Guard Gloves: July 22 2016 • 11:45pm – 2:00pm • March Master will be at the band room to take orders for band shoes (required for all members). Students will try on the shoes to ensure proper fit. If students already have band shoes from previous seasons and they still fit, they do not have to order another pair.  The cost for marching band shoes is $41.00. They will also be taking orders for Ever Dri Guard Gloves (color guard gloves), which will be $16.00  March Master will only accept cash or credit cards (MC, VISA and AMEX). Please try to have exact amount if sending cash.
    • CHS Trojan Business Day: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. 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 Camp Week II (Required for all members): July 25 – July 29, 2016 8:00am – 9:00pm • Lunch from 11:30am – 1:00pm • Dinner from 4:30pm – 6:00pm (breakfast & lunch provided if you sign-up- see above; dinner not provided)
      We will be joined by extra staff members so that students have an opportunity to learn from specialists on their instruments. Camp will culminate in a parent preview performance on Friday evening. Parents will need to send or bring lunch each day if you are not taking advantage of / signing up for the free lunch being offered by the school. Parents will need to send or bring dinner for your student(s) each day.
    • Trojan Night: July 29, 2016 • 6:00PM – Please RSVP is you plan to attend the meal – RSVP here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/rsvpR.asp?v=2982979   (If for some reason the link does not work, simply visit our Charms calendar and look for/click on the RSVP logo on Friday, July 29th)
      Trojan Night is a preview performance of the marching show and a way for the students to show what they have learned during the band camps. This is a beginning of the season family celebration, which includes a good meal, great entertainment, and concludes with the return of the Legacy Sword and the candlelight ceremony.
  • Volunteers Needed for both weeks of Band Camp: We have a Gazillion opportunities to volunteer during band camp, with a wide-range of duties, tasks, and assignments. Some are volunteering on-site and other may just be preparing or dropping of food. So we need everyone to commit to helping during these very busy, but productive weeks.  The sign-ups are to numerous to link individually, so please just visit our Charms calendar here and click the little multicolored hands, which means “Volunteer!,” and sign-up for as many opportunities to help as you can stand.
  • Water Donations: The Band Boosters and staff are asking that all students bring four cases of bottled water to band camp to help offset the cost of providing bottled water throughout band camp and the regular marching season. This small act really makes a difference throughout the whole year as we provide hydration for our students. If you prefer not to lug four cases of water around, you can alternatively just donate $10.00 and we’ll take care of securing the waters. Donations should be put in an envelop marked “WATER” and placed int he booster box located behind Mrs. Dothard’s desk.
  • Final Band & Color Guard Fee Payment Date: If you are utilizing the 3 payment installment plan, the final Band Fee payment date is Monday, July 25th.
  • Football Program Band Photos: We will be taking the band photos for the Trojan football program on Thursday & Friday, July 21 & 22, 2016. We will be doing seniors and their parents on Thursday, July 21 beginning at 7:30pm. Parents of seniors need to attend to have your photo taken with your senior.  We will take full band and sections photos on Friday, July 22 starting at 6:30pm. We are hoping the be finished with pictures on both days by about 8:30pm.

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

We’ll see everybody next week!
CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters

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