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Last Minute Reminders & Tips for Tomorrow

posted Nov 17, 2017, 6:59 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 7:00 PM ]
Dear Marching Band Parents & Students,
  1. With parade season starting and cold weather upon us, please make sure your student understands the importance of carrying their inhaler/epi pen/medicine with them at all times.  Whether at a competition, parade or a practice, their medicine could be up to ½ mile or more away from where they are.  Our parade route on Saturday is over 1.4 miles long. Our buses are parked somewhere at the end of the parade route, which we will NOT have access to.  Please help us keep your student safe by making sure they are proactive about their health. If your student doesn’t want to carry it in their uniform pocket, have them ask one of the medical chaperones to hold it for them in our first aid bag. If they chose to do so, it must be in a bag with their name written on the inhaler/epi-pen and the bag. Please help us keep them safe.
  2. Please make sure your student has a substantial breakfast tomorrow before coming to school. With arrival time at 8:15 and much to do before we leave for the parade they will need a lot of energy to walk 1.4 miles while performing. Doc estimates we will be back at school by 11:45-12:00.
  3. I wanted to share a parade tip that I used my freshman year. I am attaching a parade route map and have indicated the parking lot I used with a music note. The parking lot I am suggesting enables you to get to the parade early and avoid all the traffic that occurs once the parade is over. I believe it's still a free parking lot and also enables you to see the band in the beginning when they are coming down Hillsborough and then leave with little traffic to get back home/school. This is what I did: Drive up McDowell and go to the parking garage that is after Hargett Street (left entrance). Walk to the parade route by exiting the parking garage onto Dawson, walk up one block to Hillsborough. Our step-off time (when it's the bands turn to start marching) is approximately 10:45. As you can see by the map, the band's start point is only 4 blocks from there.
  4. COMPOSITE and INDIVIDUAL PICTURES:  Tricia Bristow from Just Smile Photography will be at the banquet to help with picture orders.  Order pictures of your individual student or she will also have a draft of the entire band’s composite picture for pre-orders!  If you would like to order digital files (a terrific deal and super easy), just bring a thumb drive and she will load them during the banquet!  Then you will be able to use/print any of the pictures anytime!  Have questions?  She’ll be there to help with anything you need.  To preview the pictures or order online, click here, type your email address, and enter the password:  ADHS Band
  5. FRUIT & NUT: The deadline for turning in your fruit & nut orders is tomorrow. Our fantastic fruit & nut team of Jennifer Wakeford and Laura Jefferson need to submit our order to secure the delivery date of Dec. 8th.
Spirit Wear:
Melanie Vtipil will have Band Christmas Ornaments and spirit wear available for purchase at the banquet tomorrow.  Stop by and stock up on some holiday gifts! 
She will bring all her stock to the banquet for immediate purchase and will take orders for arrival before Christmas for anything we may not have in stock. 

Band Ornament Information:
There will be a sample of each ornament displayed tomorrow.  They sell for $10.00 each with optional personalized engraving for $3.00 more.
Ornament Options (Ornaments are all made to order):
  1. Adventure Awaits:  Can include name on the back for $3.00 as well as a personalized message for $3.00
  2. ADHS Band Paw:  Same options as #1
  3. Guard Ornament: Same options as #1
  4. ADHS Jaguar: Same options as #1 – great gifts for teachers and friends!
  5. Drum
  6. French Horn
  7. Saxophone
  8. Trombone
  9. Trumpet
  10. Clarinet
*Engraving appears on the back of the ornaments.  No engraving available on the instrument ornaments.
Order at the banquet or email orders between 11/19/17 and 11/29/17 to spiritwear@athensdriveband.com.  When ordering, please include:
  • name
  • phone number
  • email
  • ornament desired
  • name to be written on back (+ $3.00)
  • message to be written on back (+$3.00)
Orders must be paid in cash or by check (not band account), and will be available for pickup at the holiday concert on December 14th.

We hope this helps you plan for tomorrow.  See you at the parade and later at the banquet.
Suzanne & Michaele
Athens Drive High School Band,
Nov 17, 2017, 6:59 PM