Chick-fil-A Bowl

Important Details Regarding Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Good morning! Just wanted to post a few more details for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  If you are attending the bowl, please read this email completely a few times to digest this information.

Since we will not wear our shakos for the performance and not have great access to the bus after the parade, WE WILL NOT WEAR SHAKOS or PLUMES in  the parade.  Students are permitted to wear a school colored beanie (black/gold) during the parade and pre-game performance if they’d like.  Collegiate colors will not be permitted, we must represent CHS.


  • We will NOT need all of the regular chaperones for our travels on Sunday or Monday because we are only traveling on 4 buses.  Ms. Walker has contacted the chaperones today.  If you are needed for Sunday, then you should have already been contacted.  The same goes for Monday.  I appreciate everyone’s help in making this successful for our students!

If you paid to attend the Chick-fil-A bowl game please note the following:

  • If you would like to drive your personal vehicle to the parade and game, you are welcome to do so.  You will be responsible for your own parking, but there are many facilities around the Mercedes Benz Stadium that would be convenient for you.  This will allow you to not have to spend your full morning downtown and provide you with a little more freedom with leaving the game.
  • If you are a parent riding the bus, you MUST follow our itinerary.  Please be early!  If a parent is running late and is holding up the students, then they may miss the bus.  I do not want this to happen to anyone, but we are traveling to this event for our students to participate in the bowl game festivities and our students itinerary does not have any wiggle room.  We must following our itinerary closely.
  • Any parents riding the bus to the parade will remain on the bus after we drop the students off for the parade staging. You will ride the bus to the where our buses will be parked, which is closer to the end of the parade route.  Use the map below to find your way to the end of the parade route. You will be able to see the new stadium from where our buses are parked.
  • WHERE TO MEET FOR TICKETS: ALL adults attending the game MUST meet Mr. Carr and the band at the end of the parade.
  • All tickets for admission will be distributed at the end of the parade, which includes your admission to Fanfest.
  • We will all enter the Fanfest area (the Big C on the map above) after the parade.  Students will bring their instruments with them to Fanfest and we will have a designated area to store our equipment temporarily.  Since this room will be shared with other bands, I will need parents to rotate shifts in this room to keep and eye on our equipment.
  • HOW TO ENTER THE GAME: About 10:50AM we will exit Fanfest to enter the game.
    • Parents will exit one way and students another but must stay with their respective groups.
    • Parents will exit Fanfest (big blue C on the map above) onto Northside Dr.  The Benz is just up the street to the left. Enter the stadium through Gate 1. Gate 1 is the first Gate that you will encounter and the ONLY gate that your credential will allow you to enter the dome.  You should arrive around 11:00AM – 11:15AM.  Tonight they mentioned that kick-off has been moved up to 12:40PM, which means that pre-game has also been moved up.
    • Students will follow Mr. Carr to the loading area of the Benz since we must enter on the field level to prepare for our performance.
  • SCALPING YOUR TICKET will result in arrest.  If you are unable to use your ticket, I am sorry, but you cannot resell it.  We have special credentials that will only be honored at this particular gate during a specific time.
  • Be aware that the Mercedes Benz Stadium has a CLEAR BAG POLICY – which is listed below. Students will not be permitted to bring a bag since we will be entering straight to their performance and not have a chance to visit the buses between dropping off for the parade and the game.
  • Thank you for agreeing to attend this awesome event with our children.  We may need your help loading/unloading instruments, supervising students in the stands.  Please be prepared to assist with loading instruments, escorting kids, etc.

Weather Note:

  • It will be COLD!  The massed band rehearsal tomorrow will be outside the entire time.  Dress in layers so that you will be warm.  Also, the parade morning will be very cold – color guard students need to wear extra layers of appropriate undergarments to stay warm.  Additionally, they will need a coat to keep warm before we step off.  A wagon with their jackets will be pulled so that they are able to perform in their uniforms, and so that they have quick access to the jackets when we are finished with the parade.  Parents and students – take note: It will be cold – we do not want you to be miserable dress warmly.


  • We leave very early Sunday for the mass band rehearsal and don’t have a lunch break until after 2 pm. Please pack a snack for the bus if you think you will need it. We will have granola bars and pop tarts at the band room that morning, but please also eat a sensible breakfast before arriving.
  • After the rehearsal we will attend the Varsity for lunch.  Bring at least $10 for lunch.
  • The day of the game eat breakfast before reporting for the parade.  We will be in Fanfest before lunch time and students will have the option of purchasing food inside Fanfest and again once inside the Mercedes Benz Stadium.  Sources have told me that food prices are reasonable (not your typical arena prices) in the new stadium.  I would still recommend just to be safe to have about $20 for lunch and a snack while at Fanfest and the game.

If you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at:

CHS Band Staff & Band Boosters

Short Week, But Lots To Do!

Brrrrr!!  I hope you have had a great weekend, stayed warm, and your football team won!  (Mine didn’t!! The Trojans did, but not my college team.) Mr. Carr says, GO DAWGS!!! (he added that, you all know that pains me!!) Here are some updates for our short week!  Don’t forget, Friday is a teacher workday!

  1. If you have NOT turned in your All-In-One orders and money, please do so first thing Monday morning!  We will be calling in our order Monday afternoon.

  2. Schedule for the week!

    • Monday –  Wind Ensemble practice – 3:30 – 6:00 pm
    • Thursday
      • Marching Band rehearsal 3:30-4:00 in the MAC.
      • Symphonic/Concert Band practice 4:00 – 6:00 pm
      • Loading our truck after the CJHS Band Concert for the game on Friday. The concert will end around 8:00 pm. We will load around 8:15-8:30pm.
    • Friday

  3. Formal Wear Cost

    • Girls Concert Attire Cost:
      • Dress….. …$57.00
      • Shoes……..$36.00
      • Jewelry……$10.00 (necklace and earrings)
      • Total cost…$103.00
    • Boys Concert Attire Cost:
      • Coat………………$64.00
      • Pant ……………..$26.00
      • Shirt………………$25.00
      • Cummerbund….$10.00
      • Bow tie……………$5.00
      • Shoes…………….$20.00
      • Total cost………..$150.00

***** Some of you did not need the full attire, so you will only pay for the items you ordered.

Please contact Ms. Dothard if you have questions/concerns at 770-834-0550.

  1.  Chick-fil-a Bowl Details

As you know, our band has been invited to participate in the Chick-fil- a Bowl.

Tickets: The cost of our student tickets has been generously donated.  This is an event that most bands travel to Atlanta to participate in as their “band trip” for the year and pay for their individual tickets.  We are fortunate that we were invited to participate and our student tickets have been purchased for us.

All parent tickets including for chaperone and equipment crew cost $175.00 each and includes admission to the game, fanfest, security clearance to enter with the band, and a credential.  We understand that this is an expensive game admission.  If you would like to chaperone but not attend Fanfest or the game – admission to the parade is free and you would be welcome to either hang out on the bus or could visit the CNN center for lunch/etc? While the students attend the game.

If you buy your tickets through us, the tickets will be blocked together with the student tickets.  We will all be sitting in the same general area.  Because the ticket requires entrance as a group, all tickets purchased by parents will be handed out after the parade on 1/1/2018.  You can purchase your tickets from now until November 17, 2017.

CFA Festivity Itinerary:

  • Mass Band Rehearsal – 12/31/2017
    • 8:00am Report to CHS with show shirt and band jacket
    • 8:30am Depart for the rehearsal
    • 10:30am – 2:30pm rehearsal
    • 2:30pm Lunch at CNN Center about $10.00
    • 3:30pm Depart for CHS
    • 5:00pm Arrive back at CHS
  • Chick-fil-a Bowl Parade – 1/1/2018
    • 5:30am Load Instruments
    • 6:15am in Uniform
    • 6:30am Depart for Parade Route
    • 7:30am Parade Staging
    • 8:30am Step Off for the Parade
  • Chick-fil-a Bowl Fanfest – 1/1/2018
    • Immediately following parade
    • Lunch – students around $10.00 for lunch while at Fanfest
    • We will report to the game from Fanfest around 12:00pm
  • Chick-fil-a Bowl Pregame – 1/1/2018
    • Students report to their performance staging locations
    • 12:30pm Pregame performance
    • 1:00pm Game Begins
      • Students will have access to concessions if you wish to send extra money
    • 4:30pm Game Ends
    • 6:00pm Arrive Back at CHS

Hopefully you read the entire update!  Turn in your All-In-One, get ready for our game at Cass, pay for your formal attire, and Chick Fil A bowl details.  Have a great week!

As always, if you have any general 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