New Volunteer Opportunity @ NCFC

posted Mar 27, 2017, 9:42 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

We have a new event for the NCFC Fundraiser!  We were contacted to provide concessions help for the Raleigh Flyers Professional Ultimate Frisbee game at Wake Med Soccer Park on April 1st.  This sounds like a fun, unique, low-key event, so bring family and friends and have fun earning money for your band account!  

The report time is 5:00pm and end time is expected to be before 8:30pm.  The pay is $20 per person.  The dress code, sign in procedure, parking info, etc. are all the same as for NC Football Club (formally RailHawks) games, and can be found on the signup.

To access the signup, please visit the band's web page at, click on the orange 'Volunteer Signups' button, and on the following page, click on the "North Carolina Football Club Signups" link.
We need a total of 8 people, with at least 4 being adults.  Adults should sign up in the "Adult" spots until filled, then overflow to the "Adult/Student" spots.  Students should sign up in the "Adult/Student" spots.

Please direct any questions to
Thank you!
Sherry Skinner

Band Book - 29 day & counting. Want to add on a Senior Shout-out?

posted Mar 27, 2017, 4:44 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 4:46 AM ]

The Athens Drive Band Book is in final production and we have 29 days until we go to print.  Please visit the "Band Book" page on the band website for details about our first ever "yearbook" for band and how to order your copy from the Treering website:  Athens Drive Band Book .  Books start at $18.86 for a soft cover and shipping is free, if you order on or before April 25th. (We pushed our due date back by one day to hopefully include pictures from an upcoming Jazz Ensemble performance on April 23rd!).  All books ordered by the deadline will be delivered to school in mid-May and distributed by the band book committee.
If you are ready to create an account and start working on your free custom pages (everyone who orders a book gets 2 free pages to create and fill as they like), click this link:  Treering Website

Senior Parents - email to include a special "senior shout-out" for your senior (with or without a picture) before April 17th. Your special message to your senior can be anything you like but hurry before time runs out!  Just attach the (optional) image you would like to include with your emailed message.

Questions about the book, ordering or creating your own personal pages?  Email Susan Uy at  I am also happy to meet with parents and students as a group to give a 30-45 minute tutorial after school.  Let me know if you are interested and we can arrange a time/place.
Have fun making your pages!  Treering will start you off with a page design but it's only a suggestion.  You can change your page layout and make it your own!
Susan Uy
Band Book

NC State Festival Update

posted Mar 25, 2017, 6:56 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 25, 2017, 6:56 AM ]

Congratulations!!!  Our talented students did it again with incredible concerts on Wednesday (Wind Ensemble) and Thursday (Symphonic Band) this week!  Both ensembles represented Athens Drive at the NC State Festival and earned "Superior" ratings, the highest ratings possible!  Earning "Superiors" at the State Festival is the highest recognition we can get about the quality of our band program.  We have received "Superiors" for many years now.  In recognition of these awesome accomplishments, we will receive more "silver dots" that are hung in the band room!  There is already quite a collection! 

Thanks, too, for all who came out to see these special performances!  Having parental support in the audience always helps to motivate our students to give there best!  For the Wind Ensemble performance, there were many other groups watching as well, wanting to see just how Athens Drive does it!
We're beaming with pride over our talented students!  
We truly do have something special and unique here at Athens! 

Susan and Suzanne

Upcoming Performances

posted Mar 22, 2017, 12:43 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 12:44 PM ]

There's a lot happening in the next few weeks so we just wanted to sum it all up for you in one place!  More details can always be found on the website at 

Did you attend the concert last week?  It was absolutely fabulous! We have such talented musicians at the core of our program.  Come see their State Festival performances this week! If you have time, come early and see a few bands before our performance so that you can see what others in the area are doing too! These performances don't have many people in the audience so it's always encouraging to the students to have friendly faces in the audience.
Wed, March 22 - Wind Ensemble performs at State Festival @7:40 pm, Apex Friendship High School
Thur, March 23 - Symphonic Band performs at State Festival @1:35 pm, Apex Friendship High School

Winter Guard and Winter Percussion have had terrific seasons!  These students work soooo hard!  Both groups finish the season with a few local competitions!  Wear your Athens blue and come see what these programs have been doing the past few months!  You are sure to be amazed!!  Be sure to bring cash for admission into these events.
Sat, March 25 - Winter Guard competition @Middle Creek High School, performance at 1:23pm
Sat, March 25 - Winter Percussion competition @Green Hope High School, performance at 3:04 pm
Sat, April 1 - Winter Guard Competition @Dorton Arena, performance time TBA
Sun, April 2 - Winter Percussion Competition @Dorton Arena, performance time TBA

To end the Winter Guard and Percussion seasons, these groups will perform their shows FREE for the Athens community.  These shows did very well this year!  It's sure to be fun and exciting!  Come see Winter Percussion in their final performance of "Out of the Blue". Winter Guard will be performing their show "Thought We Had Forever" for the last time.
Monday April 3 - Winter Guard and Winter Percussion Exhibition, ADHS Gym, 7:30 pm

There's always something happening in the band program and we're grateful you're part of it!  We look forward to seeing you as we watch and support our incredible and talented students!

Susan and Suzanne

Last Chance To Attend TIPS Training To Volunteer At PARCC Venues

posted Mar 15, 2017, 4:35 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 4:35 PM ]

Starting in August 2016, the band began offering its volunteers the opportunity to sign up to work events held at the Performing Arts Center, the Raleigh Convention Center, and occasionally Red Hat Amphitheater. This new fundraiser is referred to by the acronym PARCC.  For most events at these venues, workers must be adults. There may occasionally be events at which students will be eligible to workShifts worked at this venue do not count toward your service credit commitment. 

There are many attractive features of this fundraiser, including the following: 
·Workers earn a band account credit of $8 for each hour worked.
·These venues run year round, providing additional opportunities to earn band account credits during the slower winter and early spring months.
·The band is not contractually obligated to provide a set number of workers for events, thus avoiding conflicts with band events and other band fundraisers.
·Free parking is provided in the parking deck located beside the Convention Center.
Since many of the events at these venues involve alcohol service, adults wishing to work are required to attend a Centerplate alcohol and venue training session. Centerplate has announced 2 additional training dates in March. If you wish to work these venues, please sign up to attend one of these training dates, as they may be the last offered until next fall:
Thursday, March 23rd from 6 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. - Exhibit Hall B, Raleigh Convention Center
Saturday, March 25th from 12 p.m. until approximately 2 p.m. - Exhibit Hall B, Raleigh Convention Center
In order to assure that there are enough training materials for everyone in attendance, Centerplate is asking for advance sign up. If you are interested in attending this training session, please sign up no later than Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. using the following link:
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

These venues are pleasant and easy to work! I hope many of you will take advantage of this great fundraising opportunity. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 
Wendy Bennett

Car Wash Certificates Put Money in Your Account! Available at Booster/Parent Meeting Tuesday

posted Mar 13, 2017, 2:47 PM by Athens Drive High School Band

Is your car not looking its best because of pets, carpool, spring sports, or POLLEN?  It's time to make it shine again! 
Carolina Auto Spa gift certificates will be available at the band booster meeting tomorrow night.  Certificates are good for the Deluxe Wash.  They're $24 each, the same price as if you were to drive up to a Carolina Auto Spa location and request it, but $8 goes into your band account! 

Waiting for spring to completely arrive and blast us with pollen once again?  Purchase a couple to have on hand.  Maybe your neighbors or coworkers need some!  Buy a few and sell them to others. They also make great gifts!  Stock up for birthdays, prom, graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day, the possibilities are endless!  And it helps your band account! 

Check out all the details under Fundraisers on the band website. Car Wash - Athens Drive High School Band
Find us at the booster meeting to get yours!  Car wash certificates are also available any time by emailing us at

See you at the meeting!
Jennifer Wakeford & Sarah Wetherby
Car Wash fundraiser committee co-chairs
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Band Booster/Parent Meeting - Tuesday, March 14 @7:30, Room 2416

posted Mar 13, 2017, 12:02 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

With concerts and things, the schedule gets a little crazy in March!  Come find out what’s happening with the band program and connect with other band parents at our next meeting: 

March Booster/Parent Meeting on: TUESDAY, March 14th @ 7:30 pm Room 2416 - we’ll have signs from the band room to guide you!

Note – this is a change from the originally scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 7.  


ALL parents involved with any ADHS Band program (Marching Band, Color Guard, Concert Bands, Winter Percussion, Winter Guard, Jazz Ensemble, etc.) are Boosters and are encouraged to attend!

Some of the items on this month’s agenda include:

-  Atlanta Spring Trip Update – May 19-21

-  Winter Percussion

-  Winter Guard

-  Fundraiser Updates including PNC, Durham Bulls, PARCC, and NCFC (formerly Railhawks)

-  Outback Bowl Updates

-  Volunteer Opportunities

-  Latest scoop from Doc

Come learn about all the amazing things happening in this program and how you can be part of it!  Bring a friend!

After the meeting, socialize with us as we continue to get to know each other at Carolina Ale House (corner of Tryon and Walnut).  All boosters are welcome to attend (everyone pays their own way).

It’s a busy few weeks!!  We hope to see you all at some of our upcoming events to support our amazing, talented, and hard working students:

-  Tuesday, March 14 – 7:30 pm Booster Meeting

-  Thursday, March 16 – 7:30 pm Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert  

-  Wednesday, March 22 – 7:40 pm Wind Ensemble Performance at State Festival, Apex Friendship High School

-  Thursday, March 23 – 1:35 pm Symphonic Band Performance at State Festival, Apex Friendship High School

-  Saturday, March 25 – Winter Guard and Winter Percussion local competitions - WG at Middle Creek High School & WP at Green Hope High School

-  Saturday, April 1 – Winter Guard Competition at Dorton Arena

-  Sunday, April 2 – Winter Percussion Competition at Dorton Arena

Thanks again for all that you each do to support our terrific students!

Susan and Suzanne

Co-Presidents ADHS Band

Upcoming Festival Concert II, March 16th at 7:30pm

posted Mar 12, 2017, 11:28 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

It's time for ADHS Band's annual "Festival Concert II". Please join us on Thursday, March 16th, at 7:30 pm for another amazing performance, featuring Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble!Please sign up here  to bring a dessert or appetizer finger food for the reception following the concert.  Deliver your contribution the night of the concert to the refreshment tables in the lobby. 

ATTENTION: Please consider volunteering to "man" the auditorium doors and the back hallway during this concert.  
Three volunteers are needed for each half of the concert.
* One(1) for the Back Hall/Uniform duty (stay between band room and back stage keeping students quiet and making sure performers look great, help with last minute buttons, cummerbunds, jewelry, etc.)
* Two (2) Lobby door duty (keeping people from entering during performance)
First half workers - Arrive at 7 pm.  Check-in with Michaele Woodhouse or Gay Purvis in the lobby.Second half workers - Your shift will begin at the conclusion of the first half of the concert.
Please use the following link to volunteer:  Sign Up

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at
Thank you in advance for your support!
Michaele Woodhouse and Gay Purvis

New fee for Dwolla payments to begin on March 30

posted Mar 9, 2017, 12:55 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 12:55 PM ]

Since introducing Dwolla as a payment option in early 2016, many families have taken advantage of the ability to pay their band accounts electronically from a linked bank account.  

Dwolla has notified us that, beginning March 30, they will begin charging a 0.5% fee on each transaction. The minimum transaction fee will be $0.01, and the maximum will be $5.00. 

Any band account payments processed by Dwolla on or after March 30 will be subject to the new fee. 

Thank you for your understanding.
Richard & Pam
Please direct questions to

North Carolina FC - Fundraiser Opens for Spring

posted Mar 8, 2017, 7:29 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 7:30 AM ]

It's that time of year again - soccer season!  And our new NASL soccer team, the North Carolina FC (formally Carolina Railhawks), and our new women's team, the North Carolina Courage, are beginning their spring seasons.  Both teams play games at Wake Med Soccer Park, and we continue to have the opportunity to work these concessions as one of our band fundraisers. 

Want to earn money for the Atlanta trip, help fund a Winter program, or get a start on funding your band account for next year?  This is a great way to do it!  Wake Med Soccer Park is located close to Athens, with easy access and free parking.
We currently have requests for workers during the March 22 and March 25 games.  ALL band students are eligible to work this fundraiser.  The report times are 5:45pm, with the game start times at 7:30pm.  The entire shift per game lasts approximately 4 hours, and the pay is $20 per person per game:  e.g., a family of 4 can earn $80 for their band account in one game!

More details can be found on the signup at this signup can be found by clicking on the "Volunteer Signups" button on the Band's website, but while we are finalizing this new signup please use the link in this email.
Please contact with any questions.

Sherry Skinner

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