CHS Winter Guard

Lots of Information Coming Your Way

Congratulations to the Carrollton Trojan Football team on their impressive victory over Clarke Central in the first playoff round!  It was an exciting game! Also, thank you all for your attendance at the band’s Veterans Day concert. It was a lovely night of music and recognition of our veterans!

All-In-One Distribution

We are looking forward to distributing all of the fruit and meat that was sold for our annual All-In-One fundraiser!  Please note that we will need lots of volunteers this week to help!  In the schedule for the week you will see where you can sign up to volunteer.  Time slots are one hour.  This does not mean we only want you to sign up for one hour, it is done this way so that you are able to help even if you only have one hour.  We would love for you to sign up for as much as possible!

If you are not going to the away game Friday night, PLEASE sign up to help with the ALL-IN-ONE!  It will be critical that we have parents willing to help out that night, as we will be split between two band events; supporting our football team against Arabia Mountain and completing our All-In-One Fundraiser!

This week’s schedule


Is your child currently completing Health requirements through band? If so, please double check their progress.  We would like for as many students to be finished with the course content by the end of Thanksgiving Break.  Students have until the last week of the 1st semester to finish, but by finishing before December they will have more time to focus on their end of course exams.  VERY IMPORTANT however is the eADAP course that must be completed through the GaDOE.  Once completed, please print the certificate and submit to Mr. Carr.

The holiday season is quickly approaching!

Two great gift giving options from the Trojan Band Boosters!

Can you believe it?!? It’s that time of year already!  Time is flying by, and before you know it, the Christmas break will be upon us!

Are you looking for something to purchase for teachers, colleagues, neighbors or your favorite band student this year? The CHS Band Boosters have two great ways to purchase some unique gifts and support the Carrollton Trojan Band program at the same time!

Our Yankee Candle® fundraiser continues online till December 31 of this year!

Yankee Candles® make the perfect gift! Everyone loves a Yankee Candle®, with lots of holiday scents, beautiful home accents and candle accessories to choose from!


Enter group code: 999968266 (Carrollton Trojan Band Program) when you enter the site, purchase  your items, and they will be shipped directly to you within days of your order!

Remember, 40% of all  online sales through December 31, 2017 will benefit the Carrollton Trojan Band program!

Visit the Trojan Band Shoppe for some great gift ideas this month!!

The Trojan Band Shoppe is “taking it on the road” to all of the Carrollton Trojan Band concerts this holiday season!!  That’s not just for high school concerts, but CJHS concerts as well!  Maybe you visited with us this past week at our awesome annual Veteran’s Day concert!!

A huge THANK YOU  to all who placed orders or purchased apparel!

In case you missed us, we will be in the lobby of the Mabry Performing Arts center prior to, during, and after all concerts before the Christmas break!  We will be offering a new crewneck and hooded sweatshirt option available for embroidery and a new pre-order  screen printed hooded and crewneck sweatshirt option coming this week as well!

Can’t make it to the high school band room, or missed us at the concerts? Want a sneak peek at all the items especially embroidered for the Trojan Band family that the Trojan Band Shoppe has to offer? You can browse and shop online at your convenience any day,any time, all year long here :

All items offered on the store website are on display in the CHS Don Hall Band Room, and will be displayed at all of the holiday concerts.  Stop by and see us! We would love to see you!

*Please note, all purchases for embroidered items take 7-10 days to fulfill.  Shopping for Christmas gifts before the break? Visit the online booster store to order yours in time!   When purchasing, if the item is a gift for a student, simply indicate it in the text box when ordering! Store booster elves will be sure not to give away the surprise, and we will arrange for discreet delivery! Purchasers will be contacted when orders are available to arrange for pick-up.

As always, thank you! thank you!! THANK YOU!!! For continuing to support this AWESOME band program.  This program touches the lives of so many, in so many positive ways.  We are humbled and grateful for your continued support of all of our students and our continued fundraising efforts!

Concert/Formal Wear

Don’t forget, if you haven’t paid for your student’s formal attire, please do so!

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

Chick-fil-A Bowl Details

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


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.  Tickets can be paid for by check (made out to the CHS Band Boosters), cash (in an envelope with name of student and name of parent), or online at

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

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



Trojans Send Four More to All-State!

asb-2017We are fortunate to have been represented proudly at the second round of All-State auditions by some of the best in the state!  The following 12 students scored high enough and earned the honor to audition for the prestigious GMEA All-State Band.  They dedicated personal time and efforts to preparing for these auditions.  Please congratulate them for setting the example for all of our band students.  The auditions took place on January 14, 2017 at Houston County High School, which was a week later than scheduled due to inclement weather. Although the second round included 2000 students, the numbers had already been reduced by the first round of auditions and the following students deserve commendation for their extraordinary efforts!
  • Taylor Berry
  • Brianna Colquitt
  • Cindy Denaris
  • Lainey Driver
  • Maggi Hines
  • Kayland Johnson
  • Jordan Mullenix
  • Kelley Ozier
  • Kendall Ozier
  • Ryan Schumann
  • Thomas Svegl
  • Christian Williamson
The Trojan Nation will be represented by the following four students who have been invited to participate in the GMEA All-State Band in Athens, GA on March 2-4, 2017:
  • Taylor Berry, principal trombone
  • Lainey Driver, trumpet
  • Ryan Schumann, trumpet
  • Christian Williamson, trombone
Very proud to be a Trojan!  Excited for our band program to continue excelling and humbled by the hard work that our students dedicate to their art daily.  I hope that all who committed to the process even before the first round auditions know that I am thankful for their personal efforts and leadership in making our program fantastic.  It is an honor to work with you and I am proud of you!

Mr. Carr

Please remember these other items as well

  • NY Trip Payments – We are getting down to the wire! All trip balances are due IN FULL by 2/17/17.
    • Also, please remember to register on the travel agency’s website for the trip. This is required.
    • Chaperone and participant meetings will be announced soon.
  • Winter Guard Competition @ East Coweta: January 21st, 2017
  • Like Arby’s…. We Have The Meats! We have leftover meat for sale fromour All-In-One fundraiser.  The list below is what we have and the reduced price: Smoked turkey breast – $30, Cajun Turkey – $30, Peppered bacon – $20, Spiral Honey glazed ham- $35, Pork Sausage Patty – $20. Call the band room (770-834-0550) with your order and they will make sure it’s ready for you to pick up.

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 @


Wow… There Is A Lot Happening This Week!

Lots to doAs we head into the last week of March, we have yet another busy week ahead of us. Please review the list of items below so that you will be up-to-date and informed for another successful week.

  • Monday & Tuesday, Mar. 28-29, 2016 – A group of students from Mr. Joe Huls’ old high school in Michigan are traveling to a performance in Savannah, GA, and they will be stopping by in Carrollton overnight. We will be hosting them while they are in town.
    • Monday, Mar. 28; 7:00 p.m. – Our guests will eat dinner at American Pie Pizzeria. All Trojan band students, staff, and boosters are welcome to join us, but please make sure to bring money to pay for your meal.
    • Tuesday, Mar 29; 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. – Special morning treat for guest and Trojan band students.
    • Tuesday, Mar 29; 7:45 a.m. – Guest participate in first block; Wind Ensemble
    • Tuesday, Mar 29; 10:45 a.m. – Guest perform for CJHS 7th grade band classes
    • Tuesday, Mar 29; 12:00 p.m. – Guest depart for Savannah
  • Monday, Mar. 28, 2016; 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016; 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Student Leadership help prepare Band BBQ packets
  • Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016; ***RESCHEDULED for Thursday, April 14, 2016 due to expected inclement weather.*** Band students performing for Special Olympics on campus during 2nd block.    1st & 4th block students will need to get permission slips from Mrs. Dothard to be signed by their 2nd block teacher. Please wear your 2015 show shirts.
  • Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016; 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Winter Guard Rehearsal
    • Special pre-championship performance in the CJHS gym at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Placement auditions will take place after school.  Students will be able to sign-up for a time.  Auditions are required for all students to participate in the high school band and will determine class and chair placement.  Details regarding auditions can be found on the Band Auditions page of our website.
  • Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016; 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Band BBQ Fundraiser Kick-Off! Parents and student need to pick up Band BBQ information packets and begin selling! This is not a NYC17 fundraiser, but rather one our annual fundraisers to support general band booster efforts.
  • Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016, 2016; 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Coca-Cola products pick-up. If you participated in the Coca-Cola fundraisers this is time to come by and pick-up your orders for distribution to your customers.
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 2-3, 2016;SAPA Winter Guard Championship; .The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Arena, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016; 6:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – GIPA Championships Volunteer Opportunity at UWGWe have determined that we will NOT be able to perform this volunteer activity.

As always, if you have any questions, you can email Ms. Dothard at: or the Band Office at 770-834-0550 or the Band Boosters at:
CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters




Winter Guard Hopes to Continue Winning Ways this Weekend

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The Carrollton Winter Guard enjoyed a 1st place finish last weekend at the competition at South Forsyth High School and hope to continue those winning ways at this weekend’s competition at East Coweta High School. The Winter Guard has worked and practiced so hard to refine their show and we are so proud of their effort and success.

Below you will find the itinerary for this week’s competition. We encourage anyone who can, to come out and support this awesome group of students as they represent the Trojan Nation.

Indian Winter Classic
Saturday, February 13th from 11am -7pm • East Coweta High School Gym  •  400 McCollum Sharpsburg Rd., Sharpsburg GA 30277

Carrollton Winter Guard Itinerary

  • 11a -Rehearsal begins
  • 1p – Rehearsal ends (eat, pack, load, get dressed)
  • 1:45p – Depart Carrollton HS
  • 2:45p – Arrive at East Coweta HS
  • 4:27p -Body/Equipment Warm Up
  • 4:53p -SHOW TIME!!!
  • 7:30p – Retreat
  • 8p -Load floor/Equipment/Depart East Coweta HS
  • 9p – Arrive at Carrollton HS

If you have any questions, you can email Ms. Dothard at: or call the Band Office at 770-834-0550.

CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters