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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

Meals During Summer Practices

I hope that everyone’s summer is off to a great start!  Next week is a big week for us as we are in the beginning preparations for this season.  Our 2017 show, 12 Seconds to the Moon is going to be spectacular, I look forward to putting it together with you all soon.

Just a quick reminder that meals will be provided by the school system for all of our students during our summer practices.  You are welcome to pack a breakfast/lunch if you prefer, but the meals provided by the school system are completely free, all that you have to do is sign up for them so that we can let the school know that you need one.

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Since our color guard is meeting on Monday’s (starting Monday June 5th) from 10:00AM – 9:00PM, only lunch will be provided, because the school system does not provide dinners. Parents are welcome to bring dinner for their children, pack one for them in a cooler, or send money for them to order something to be delivered.  Some good options for delivery would be Jimmy Johns, Domino’s, Papa John’s, etc.  Use this link to sign up for lunch at our summer color guard practices : https://goo.gl/FCaIHh.

Percussion camp dates are the same but the times have changed!  June 6 – 9 from 9:00AM-12:00PM.  Breakfast will be available at 8:30AM and lunches will be available at 12:00PM. Use this link to sign up for meals at our percussion camp: https://goo.gl/3ODCvI.

Our new assistant band director is set to be approved at the board meeting on June 6.  Since I am in Athens, GA Monday through Thursday completing doctoral work, we have scheduled a meet and greet with the new assistant band director on June 9 at 5:00PM.  If you are willing to bring an appetizer to share, it’ll make our meeting more fun.  I hope to see you there!

Mr. Carr

Meet & Greet with the new Assistant Band Director

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