Director: Dr. Jerry Markoch


The Athens Drive High School Marching Band is an extracurricular group which performs August through December. Performances include home football games, various competitions and area parades. Practices begin mid to late July and end in November. Performances begin in August and end with area parades in early December.


Our marching band performs a variety of music reflecting the three major roles that we fulfill to our school/community and students:

1) ceremonial/patriotic music (Star Spangled Banner, America, etc.) to fulfill our role as ambassador;
2) pep and spirited music (oldies and current hits) to add excitement to sporting events and rallies;
3) “artistic music” to enhance the music education of our students and audience. It is this music that we play for competitions.


Students interested in colorguard or percussion must attend the clinics and auditions in May.  Specific placement within units will depend on talent/skill level.  Woodwind and brass players who have successfully completed 8th grade band in middle school are not required to audition.  Students who have not participated in middle school band should contact the band director for specific requirements.

Orientation Meetings

All rising freshmen are highly encouraged to attend one or both of the orientation meetings held in May of each year.  [Percussion and guard students must attend these meetings as they are clinic dates.]  The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for students and parents to visit our campus, meet our staff and parent boosters, and actually do some rehearsing (wear tennis shoes and bring your instrument).

Summer Rehearsals

Summer rehearsals are necessary due to the school schedule and the amount of training/conditioning involved in this activity.  Percussionists and guard usually meet 1-2 days per week throughout June and July to learn/strengthen fundamentals.  These informal rehearsals are NOT MANDITORY, but highly encouraged.  The instructors will provide dates and times for these rehearsals in early June. 

Pre-Camp is required for all band members (including percussion and guard) in order to teach/review marching fundamentals and for students to get acquainted with each other and the staff.  Band Camp is the most important week of the marching band season.  It is an intense week where students focus almost entirely on learning the competition show.  The purpose of Post Camp is to reinforce and strengthen skills, movement, and music learned at band camp. 

If you would like to participate in the upcoming Marching Band season but cannot attend one or more of the summer rehearsals, please contact the band office as soon as possible.  Band camp is the most critical of all weeks; exceptions to this week are made sparingly and are based on musicianship skills and circumstances.


As the marching band receives NO FUNDING from WCPSS, it is necessary to assess a “fair share obligation” for participating in the marching band.  In order to cover the cost of band camp, instruments, extra staffing, music, charting, equipment, charter transportation, and other service needs, each student is assessed the following:  1) a non-refundable registration fee of $100; 2) a financial commitment of $975 ($775 guard); and 3) a service commitment of working 5 paid fundraising shifts per family (equal to approx. $175, or $35 per shift).  Here’s the good news:  fulfilling each service commitment not only meets the service commitment obligation, but also earns money that goes directly toward the student’s band account; i.e., by fulfilling the service commitment, families will reduce their financial commitment to $850 or less.  Families can continue to earn money toward their financial commitment by working at fundraising venues and participating in our sales-based fundraisers to partially or fully offset the entire amount.  Families may also “pay” the entire financial commitment and service commitment out-of-pocket. 

Financial assistance is available through the booster organization for students who demonstrate need.  No student should be discouraged to join due to the financial obligation; we will assist every family willing to contribute their “fair share.”

How do I sign up?

In order to be included in the Athens Drive Marching Band, each student—new and returning—must complete the Marching Band Registration Form by the first Friday in June.  The form is available on the Forms page of this website under the Marching Band header.

Please note that there is a non-refundable registration fee of $100Students with a credit in their band account can have this fee deducted from their band account by indicating so on the form. Students/families owing a balance on their band account from the previous year must pay the balance in full by June 1st in order to enroll for the upcoming year.  Financial assistance is available through the booster organization for students who demonstrate need. 

Because our music and drill is custom written for our band, we must know exact numbers by the first Friday in June.  Students who enroll after that time are not guaranteed a position, but spots may be available. Please email to see if spots are available.

Final Thoughts

Because the success of a group such as the marching band is contingent upon participation from everyone involved, it is crucial that students be at ALL rehearsals and performances. If you see a serious conflict with any of the aforementioned dates, please let me know in writing as soon as possible. Many circumstances—including doctor appointments—can be adjusted now in order to avoid hindering the progress of over 160 students!

We are proud of the fact that over 85% of all instrumental music students at ADHS (those enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble) participate in the marching band. We are also excited about the accomplishments of this group. During the past 35 years the marching band has won numerous “First Place” awards, including “Grand Champion” at several prestigious competitions. This is an outstanding music program and we look forward to your enthusiastic participation! 


Our current Marching Band Schedule can be found on the Schedules page of this website.

If you have any questions regarding our band program, please do not hesitate to contact  

We look forward to seeing you soon!