Carrollton Trojan Band Boosters

Trojan Band Assistant Band Director

It was with mixed feelings that we said goodbye to Josh Robichaux as our assistant band director.  He is an extremely dedicated and talented teacher, musician, and friend.  Although we will miss him dearly, we are proud of him and for his next chapter as assistant band director at East Paulding High School.  Mr. Robichaux’s decision to move was not an easy one because of how much he loves the Trojan Band and the Carrollton Community, but the opportunity benefited his family enough that he couldn’t resist.  East Paulding High School is only 4 minutes from his home, compared to his one way hour commute to Carrollton every day.  We wish Mr. Robichaux the best of luck and look forward to seeing him again as we play the East Paulding Raiders in Football on September 15, 2017.

With the news of Mr. Robichaux’s decision, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Carr worked diligently to find another assistant band director.  We received many applications for the position and the best candidate was chosen.

Neal Bright

Please help us welcome Mr. Neal Bright as the Assistant Band Director at Carrollton High School.  Mr. Bright will also be directing all of our percussion activities at CHS.

Neal Bright was the Director of Bands at Sammy McClure Middle School and Percussion Coordinator at North Paulding High School in Dallas, GA. A graduate of Effingham County High School, he holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree with an emphasis on percussion from Georgia Southern University. While at GSU, he was a drumline instructor for the Southern Pride Marching Band as well as the GSU Indoor Drumline, which earned 3rd place at the Percussive Art Society International Convention. Throughout his career he has participated, instructed, and written for some of the top groups in the world. Mr. Bright was the Co-Captain for the Atlanta Quest Independent World drumline its first two years in existence, and has recently served as a Battery Tech. He also marched on the tenor line for the 2008 DCA Class A World Champion and High Percussion winner, Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. His 2009 Scholastic A indoor drumline won the title of SAPA Champions, also earning 14th place and a Semi-finalist at WGI World Championships. Mr. Bright currently designs and composes music and shows for Countermotion Inc.  Neal Bright is sponsored by Vic Firth and would like to thank them for all they do.

Mr. Bright, we are excited to welcome to our band family!  Mr. Carr speaks very highly of your character, passion, and enthusiasm.  Go Trojans!

Don’t Forget About This Friday! 


The Trojan Band Boosters invite band students and parents to meet the new Assistant Band Director.

June 9, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 PM in the Band Room

This will be an informal social, but the introduction will happen at 5:00.  We’d love for you to bring an appetizer to share, as we welcome our new assistant director.

CHS Band Boosters

Winter 2017 Spirit Wear Order Opportunity

bandsweatshirtdesignblackThe Band Boosters would like to announce a Winter 2017 spirit wear order opportunity. This order opportunity will feature the winning design from one of our band students, Aquay Backus and the “I’m With the Band” design. The items available during this order are: a hoodie, a sweatshirt, and a T-shirt. You can download the current order form from this link: CHS Trojan Band spirit item order form or pick one up from Mrs. Dothard at the CHS Band Room. Items may also be ordered from the Booster web store.

So that we can hopefully get these items back before the New York Trip we are asking that all order forms and payments be turned in by next Friday, March 10th, 2017. No orders will be accepted without payments and no extras of the hoodies or sweatshirts will be ordered at this time. Please make checks payable to Trojan Band Boosters. Orders forms and payments should be dropped off at the band room in an sealed, clearly marked envelope and deposited in the Band Booster box located on the wall behind Ms. Dothard’s desk. Make sure to include your completed order form and payment. Please address any questions to:

To see examples of the spirit items available for this order, please download the order form or visit the web store.

Rocking Atlanta!


Tremendous performance this weekend!  Not only did our students perform well in the parade, but they continued to be first class ambassadors for our school and community while eating lunch at the CNN center!  This weekend was full of memorable moments and I am so thankful that we were able to share them together.

We have another opportunity this weekend to spread Christmas cheer to our community through the performance in the Carrollton Holiday Wishes Parade.


  • Monday – Mandatory Winter Guard Meeting at 6:00PM
  • Tuesday – Spirit Night at Moe’s (5-8PM) – If you can please patronize Moe’s this evening and thank them for supporting our band
  • Thursday – Holiday Wishes Parade in Carrollton
    • Report after school – Load/Dress – full uniform (wearing a traditional Santa hat)
    • 4:15PM Depart CHS
    • 4:30PM Staging for the parade
    • 5:30PM Parade Starts
    • Approx. 6:30PM Back at CHS
  • Saturday – District Honor Band Auditions at East Paulding High School; 3320 E Paulding Dr, Dallas, GA 30157
    • CHS Students should plan on arriving around 12:30pm to register and warm-up for auditions.  Our audition times start at 1:00PM.  The judges will be at lunch until 1:00pm.  Once warmed up please report to the appropriate room, wait in line, and do your best!  Any students who are scheduled to audition and are taking the ACT should let Mr. Carr via email @


How do you define success?


Saturday marked the end of our competitive marching season and the culmination of the creative effort of our band program this fall.  What a tremendous victory for all of the members of our team: Students, Parents, and Staff!  Traveling to a highly competitive arena and not only holding our own but setting standards in drum major, color guard, and percussion is a great accomplishment.  I am very proud to work with a program that is all in for our students and their goals.

Our students have given a true effort all season long and honing their standards and talents daily.  The legacy left by our passionate seniors continues to be an inspiration, paving the way for our future.  It is exciting to see all of our students working together to improve both individual and group goals then watching them celebrate for each other! The feeling that they celebrated on Saturday coming off the field and rallying together will be cherished forever.

Our parents continue to impress me by continually providing support through time, effort, and finance to allow our students to reach their goals.  Thank you to everyone who volunteers as chaperones, hauling equipment, pulling the flag, organizing events, arrives early to prepare for the students, stays late to help make sure all students are picked up, helps tidy our facility, builds props (and continues to troubleshoot them until all hours of the night), transports equipment and people, maintains our vehicles, feeds our students, balances our checkbook, maintains uniforms, and just loves on our kids.  I am sure there are countless other items that you are providing for our children and I just want to express sincere gratitude to the continued efforts – we are successful because of you – Thank you!

Our staff is very talented and passionate.  We are very fortunate to have staff members who provide their absolute best for the students everyday.  Our staff designed a tremendous show with custom drill, music, light effects, and choreography.  Mr. Huls, Mr. Robichaux, Ms. Menendez, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Lyman, Mr. Lingrell, and Ms. Reed, thank you for your extraordinary efforts for our program.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

This has been an extremely successful year thanks to all of you!  Very excited to continue supporting our Trojan Football team on Friday nights and celebrating our seniors final year as they continue to shape our program for our future.

This week we will not have marching band rehearsal on Monday or Tuesday.  Our Wind Ensemble will use our scheduled rehearsal time on Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming concert.  The other concert bands will use scheduled rehearsal times next week to prepare for the upcoming November 8th concert. Below is a quick glance of this week!

  • Tuesday: Wind Ensemble 3:45-6:15
  • Thursday: Full Marching Band 3:45-5:30
  • Friday: NYC Trip Payment Due & Varsity Football Game

Friday’s Full Itinerary

  • Away vs. Paulding County 
  • 4:15PM Load
  • 4:30PM Dinner (provided by boosters)
  • 5:15PM Report in Full Uniform
  • 5:30PM Depart for PCHS
  • Approx. 11:00PM Return back to CHS*
    *(approx. times; watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)


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.


To volunteer your time and talents, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page.

Spring 2017 New York Trip Monthly Payment Due

October 28, 2016
  • 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 2016. Any account with a balance of $600 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,
  • Rooming Assignments and Departure Preferences: Mr. Carr will begin the process of assigning rooms and taking departure preferences in the next couple of weeks.

As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at:, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at:

CHS Band Staff & Band Boosters



Inspired Performance Leads The Band Into Another Exciting Week

inspiredWhat an incredibly inspired performance Saturday at the Yellow Jacket Classic in Rockmart!  Undoubtedly there were people who left there changed by your performance and I am incredibly proud to be your director!  Thank you for being so dedicated to our program.  It is not easy sometimes because everyone has very busy lives and so many priorities, but I appreciate you making this a priority and giving it your all.  This is our last week of our competitive season and I am looking forward to finishing strong!

The Week Ahead

  • Practice schedule this week
    • Monday & Tuesday: 3:45-6:15pm
    • Thursday: 3:30-6:30pm – (changed this week due to football playoffs being held at stadium)
  • Thursday, 10/20/16 – All-In-One Turn-In night (5:00pm – 7:00pm)
  • Friday, 10/21/16 – Varsity football game and 8th Grade Night;  full itinerary below
  • Saturday, 10/22/16 – Jacksonville State University Marching Band Competition;   full itinerary below; *Notes for parents: General Admission: $7.00 per person / Children 6 years old and under, free. Parking is $5.00; Competition website:

8th Grade Night – Friday Night

  • 5:00PM – Welcome the 8th Graders and pass out their shirts
  • 5:15PM – Dinner (pizza) provided by the boosters for HS & 8th graders
  • 6:15PM – HS Students in full uniform
  • 6:30PM – Warm-Up
  • 7:10PM – Pre-Game
  • 10:00pm – Student pick-up/release*
    *(approx. times; watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)

JSU Competition on Saturday

  • 11:00AM – Warm-Up
  • 2:00PM – Load Instruments
  • 2:45PM – Depart CHS
  • 4:00PM – (3:00PM CST) Dinner at Golden Corral in Oxford, AL (Students will need to have $8.00 for their dinner)
  • 5:00 PM – (4:00PM CST) Depart Golden Corral
  • 6:00PM – (5:00PM CST) Arrive at JSU and Change into uniform
  • 7:30PM – (6:30PM CST) Warm-Up
  • 8:30PM – (7:30PM CST) Performance
  • 10:00PM – (9:00PM CST) Awards
  • 12:00AM – 11:00PM CST) Depart for CHS
  • 1:30AM EST – Arrive back at CHS*
    *(approx. times; watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)


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.


To volunteer your time and talents this FRIDAY, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page.

To volunteer your time and talents this SATURDAY, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page.

All-In-One Fundraiser Turn-In Night

Please don’t forget about our All-In-One fundraiser! This is the final week of the fundraiser as all orders and unused sales materials are to be turned in this Thursday from 5pm-7pm at the band room. Students and boosters, please do your part to support this fundraiser by selling your share. Also, don’t forget about our new incentive program where 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 chances you have to win a gift card!

As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at:, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at:

CHS Band Staff & Band Boosters