CHS Trojan Band

A Few Reminders!

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and we hate to interrupt your break, but we want to pass along some helpful reminders.
  • Next installment of band/guard fees is next Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
Don’t forget the next installment of band/guard fees is due Tuesday, June 27th. These fees can be paid online at the link below or at the band room during summer office hours which are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am-4pm.  Please remember that these fees are paid to CHS and the high school does not accept checks. Payments should be cash or credit card.
  • Fourth of July Parade practice will be Monday, July 3rd, 2017 from 3pm-6 pm. 
In preparation for the Fourth of July Parade, there will be a practice on July 3rd from 3-6pm. Please begin drinking lots of water in preparation of the parade!  It will more than likely be hot!!  Also, students, please go to Charms and print out the parade music, American Pride. Having the music in advance and working on it at home will make our practice more productive.

Mark your calendars… Band camp is just a few weeks away!!  Pre-camp is July 17-21 and band camp is July  24-28.

We will see you all real soon!

CHS Band Staff & 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! 

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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

Final Week of school

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This is our final week of school for the 2016-2017.  We have a few things this week as we continue preparation for the next school year and we finally celebrate with our seniors with a ceremony that they have been dreaming about since starting school!

  • Monday – Fall Guard 4pm-7pm
  • Monday & Tuesday – Marching Percussion Auditions 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Thursday – New Member Parent and Student Orientation 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday – $75 Commitment Fee is due
    • Graduation! Band performs and should report at 4:30PM for dinner
    • Graduation should be finished around 9:30PM
  • If the schools decides to postpone graduation due to weather, then we will perform on Saturday morning, see calendar for details.

Seniors,

What a great past three years it has been!  I am so proud of the work that you have done while in the Trojan Band, but am even prouder of the work that you will continue to do for our world.  I wish you each the best as you embark on your next chapter and will be praying for God’s wisdom and grace in your life.  Thank you for dedication and love that you have provided to our community.  The band is better because of you and will continue the traditions that you have left behind.  I look forward to you returning for Homecoming games to perform with the band!  Please do not be a stranger, we want to know how you are doing and hear about the wonderful blessings that are in store for you!  I look forward to congratulating each one of you on Friday night as we celebrate your accomplishments thus far and challenge you to continue your destiny, commencing the first day of the rest of your life.  I know it sounds daunting, but you are prepared.  Meet each day with a fresh perspective and don’t forget to have fun along the way!  See you soon!  – Mr. Carr

A Look Ahead to Next Year: Audition Results, Leadership, and Show Announcement

I hope this this message finds you all well enjoying your weekend! As we prepare for some closing moments this coming week with our Band banquet, Band BBQ, and Band Prom, we can’t help but be super super excited as we begin to look ahead to next year. It is with great expectation and excitement that we make the follow announcements regarding our 2017-2018 season.

Auditions

We had many students audition for band this year!  There are a few yet to audition, but I know that everyone has been waiting patiently for results.  Here are the class placements for Fall 2017: Audition Results.


We are also proud to announce and welcome the following 29 ladies to the Fall Color Guard!

Alexis Chandler Chloe Warren Lauren Conley
Alexus Traylor Dani Grooms Leyna Robinson
Amber Zheng Emma Whitworth Makayle Landrum
Anaya Bailey Erial Lewis Payten Collum
Angleina Baker Genesis Jimenez Rashundra Rowe
Anniya Dukes Jamari Thomas Raven Echols
Ashley Williamson Katie Dinh Sahithi Pandi
Asia Dix Katy Federer Sara Englebird
Baracah Binyamin Kimberlee Thrower Sophilla Padilla
Blakely Lovvorn Ky Woods

Leadership

Last week also culminated in the conclusion of our leadership interviews and Drum Major tryouts!  We are excited for the Trojan Band to continue our next chapter under the following leadership:

  • Band Captain: Jose Martinez
  • Drum Major: Lainey Driver
  • Assistant Drum Majors: Melissa Lanier and Kaylin Jones
  • Uniform Sergeants: Hailey Stanford, Jesse Todd
  • Librarian: Jordan Mullenix
  • Equipment Sergeant: Alex Moomey
  • Flute: Brynne Wooten / Asst: Kendall Ozier
  • Clarinet: Emily Chesser / Asst: Jennifer Camilo
  • Saxophone: Jose Martinez / Asst: Madison Grubbs
  • Mellophone: Tyler Ragsdale and Mallory Mason
  • Trumpet: Matthew Harris / Asst: Jackson Broome
  • Trombone: Cameron Hostager / Asst: Taylor Berry
  • Baritone: Oscar Hernandez
  • Sousaphone: Nykia Cook / Asst: John Robert Ray
  • Battery: Kaitlen Fears
  • Front Ensemble: Kate Ashley
  • Color Guard: Dani Grooms / Asst: Sophia Padilla and Amber Zheng

Show Announcement:

The 2017 Marching Band Show announcement was made to an anxious crowd at our Spring Parent meeting this past Tuesday and they were not disappointed. Mr. Carr used the following video to reveal that the Trojan Band will be performing a show titled “Twelve Seconds to the Moon” which honors mankind’s journey into space… from those first few critical seconds at Kitty Hawk to Armstrong’s “…Giant Leap for Mankind.” So watch the video below and prepare yourself for an exciting journey this coming fall! #Trojans12tothemoon

Click to view the 2017 Marching Band Show video announcement: https://youtu.be/dtMsQSg7r0U

New York City Wrap Up & The Next Couple of Weeks

After a 10 year hiatus, the Trojan Band returned to New York City!  Students and chaperones had the opportunity to visit Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, One World Observatory, Ground Zero Memorial Park, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Central Park, the Dakota, Strawberry Fields, the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River Cruise, Times Square, Napels 45, Lincoln Tunnel,  saw Wicked on Broadway in the Gershwin Theater, and pulled the flag on board the USS Intrepid!  The students represented our community with class and our chaperones did a fantastic job keeping our students safe in the big city!  Accompanied by our principal, David Brooks and his family, we experienced an unforgettable trip.

No trip is complete without an occasional mishap! We certainly have some stories – thankfully our travelers who were affected by the unpredictable travel challenges and volunteered to get off the plane, were compensated for their generosity, and took it in stride.  They handled themselves like true professionals and were shining examples to our students of how to handle disappointing circumstances.  We were blessed with Mark Drury and Bryan Cole of Super Holiday Tours, who did a terrific job minimizing any of the effects of the travel conditions and keeping our tour on time and organized.  They even found a way to get it to stop pouring just in time for us to see the beautiful view from the 102nd floor of One World Observatory.  Our view even included a beautiful rainbow across the city!

Thank you to all of the parents who sacrificed to make this trip a reality for our students.  When I asked how many students had never been to New York about 100 of the students raised their hands and it was the first time flying for about 15-20 of our students!  We were extremely blessed by a few anonymous benefactors who significantly helped some of our students make the trip – if I am speaking to you, THANK YOU!  Carrollton is a special community and we are blessed by your generosity.  Experiencing Wicked while watching our students’ reactions to the performance was the highlight of my trip. Witnessing them stare in awe, laugh at all the right times, demonstrate first class concert etiquette, and jump to their feet at the end of the performance for a standing ovation was evidence that their lives have been forever changed by this experience.  This was definitely a trip for the memory books.  I am confident that our students will cherish their time together for the rest of their lives.  Thank you for helping to make the trip possible!

We have finally finished uploading the videos of our performance, captured by Mr. Brad Ashley, to our YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoy them!

New York City Performance ~ 2017 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQYEmN1XFYksQYPqPco3JXdJJCeSswLlT

Now that we are back home, we have to prepare to finish the year strong with our many upcoming activities, so please review the list below to make sure you are ready and participating in each event.

  • Band Auditions: Placement auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 3:30PM. For full details visit here: Band Auditions Page
  • Band BBQ Turn-in: We are looking forward to a great turn-in night Thursday, April 20th, 2017, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the CHS band room, but we wanted to challenge everyone to continue selling as much as possible before the turn-in night. On turn-in night, we need for everyone to bring the money they have collected, ticket stubs, and unsold tickets to be counted. If you need more tickets, please see Ms. Dothard for extras. Band BBQ volunteer sign-ups should be posted soon.
  • Spring Band Booster Meeting: Our Spring Band Booster Meeting, for boosters of current high school band students, will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Don Hall Band Room (*Please note, that due to a schedule conflict, this meeting has moved from its original date of the 20th, to this new date of the 25th). This annual meeting is always an important one as we set the stage for the coming school year/band season and vote on and recognize our new officers. Please make plans to be with us on the 25th.

Please visit our calendar for other upcoming events a little further out, like the Band Banquet, Band BBQ, Booster Work/Clean-Up Day, Concerts, Band Prom, and yes… Graduation!

The coming weeks should be action packed and fill with many opportunities to serve and support our band program.

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.

GO TROJANS! GO TROJAN BAND!!