Attention Section Leaders and Seniors!

posted Jul 16, 2019, 2:49 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 2:50 PM ]

Hello to our 2019 band seniors, section leaders and class representatives!

"It's beginning to feel a lot like BAND CAMP!"  100 degrees, sticky, hazy...ya gotta luv it!
It all starts MONDAY!  GET LIT!  

I will be at school at NOON on Monday, 7/22 if you want to come in early and begin copying music for your section.  

NEW for WIND SECTION-LEADERS:  At 2:00pm, Dr. Parker and John will lead a session on teaching marching basics.  Many upperclassmen have suggested such a meeting in the past and I think it will be a great idea to get everyone on the same page and refresh good teaching methods.

At 3:00pm we will have our first LEADERSHIP MEETING.  It would be a good idea to bring a notebook and perhaps a folder to store handouts.  In addition to discussing leadership and good teaching practice, we'll be covering the activities that occur in pre-camp and band camp.  We'll give you a break between 5:00-6:15pm to catch dinner, and then it's time for PRE-CAMP!

PRE-CAMP is 6:30-10:00pm Monday-Thursday.  YOU will do the majority of teaching during this time so the afternoon sessions are very important as they will prepare you for this experience.

I am so excited to see all of you again and to get a brand new season started!  Our goal--as always--will be to make this year the BEST YEAR we have enjoyed at Athens Drive.  Whether the weather is cold or HOT, you're gonna luv this year A LOT!  😊 

See ya soon!

Summer/Fall Marching Band Schedule 2019

posted Jun 11, 2019, 11:02 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 11:03 AM ]

June 11, 2019

Attached you will find our summer/fall schedule, which is the same schedule that was released a few weeks ago.  Please contact the band office ( ASAP if there is a serious conflict with any of these dates!

Athens Drive High School Marching Band
2019 Schedule
(All events at ADHS unless otherwise noted.) 

July 22-25 Precamp 6:30pm-10:00pm
July 28-Aug. 2 Bandcamp (N.C. Wesleyan)                   TBA
Aug. 6-8; 13-15; 20-22 Postcamp  6:30pm-10:00pm

Aug. 27 First After-School Rehearsal 3:00-5:30pm    
Sept. 6 Football Game (vs. Enloe) 6:00-10:00pm
Sept. 13 Football Game (vs. Middle Creek) 6:00-10:00pm
Sept. 20 Football Game (vs. Apex Friendship) 6:00-10:00pm
Sept. 21 Saturday Rehearsal 9:00-9:00pm
Sept. 27 Football game (vs. Heritage) 6:00-10:00pm
Sept. 28 Competition #1 TBA                
Oct. 5 Competition #2 TBA    
Oct. 11                                     Football Game (vs. Green Hope)            6:00-10:00pm
Oct. 12                                     Competition #3 TBA
Oct. 25                                     Football Game (vs. Panther Creek)        6:00-10:00pm
                                                           -Eighth Grade Band Night
                                                            -Senior Recognition     

Oct. 26 Competition #4 TBA
Nov. 2                                     Competition #5 TBA
Nov. 5-7                                  No After-School Rehearsals                  
Nov. 12-14                              No After-School Rehearsals
Nov. 19 & 21                          Christmas Parade Rehearsals 3:00-5:00pm
Nov. 23 Raleigh Christmas Parade 8:00am-noon
                                                Marching Band Banquet 1:30-4:30pm
Dec. 7 Apex Christmas Parade 3:00-7:00pm
Dec. 14 Cary Christmas Parade                          Noon-4:30pm

After School Rehearsal Schedule (8/27-10/31)
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-5:30pm; Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm
(Guard & Percussion may differ slightly due to instructor availability.  Rehearsal schedule for these groups will be provided ASAP.)

SAT Dates:  Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
Students may sign up to take the SAT on any of these dates; we will make certain that our performance schedule allows students to take the test in the morning/early afternoon.   

Please contact the band director ASAP if there is a serious conflict with any of the above dates (

Marching Band Welcome Letter

posted Jun 11, 2019, 10:59 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 10:59 AM ]

June 11, 2019

Dear 2019 Athens Drive Marching Band member and parent,

I just wanted to take a moment to WELCOME you to the 2019 Athens Drive High School Marching Band!  For those of you who are new to our organization, I want to CONGRATULATE you on making such a wonderful decision.  The Marching Band is the LARGEST organized group at Athens Drive and its #1 ambassador.  Most importantly, the Marching Band is an absolutely awesome FAMILY of musicians who share a passion for visual and musical performance.

This year’s band will include over 125 musicians:  Currently 51 woodwind; 35 brass; 18 guard; 21 percussion; and 1 drum major.   I have attached our current roster.  Our summer/fall schedule, which is the same schedule that was released a few weeks ago, will follow in a separate email.  Please contact the band office ASAP if there is a serious conflict with any of these dates!

Although we are sending our current numbers to our choreographer, we have decided to extend the “official” deadline for submitting a marching intent form to this Friday, June 14th.   If your name is not on the attached list and you want to be included in our marching band, you MUST sign-up through our website by this date in order to be guaranteed a position in our band.

During the next several weeks the staff will be busy preparing for our upcoming season.  We will be charting choreography, writing music, ordering equipment, and planning performances.  It is hoped that you will enjoy this time to relax and recharge.  If possible, try to maintain your “chops” by practicing regularly.  For students who need a school instrument, our section leaders will be contacting you to arrange delivery/pick-up.  Summer is also an excellent time to take private lessons in order to make greater progress on everything from tone production to music reading. 

I can promise you that one of the BEST EXPERIENCES OF YOUR LIFE is just around the corner.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; I will be in-and-out of school for the next several weeks.

We look forward to seeing all of you on July 22nd!


Athens Drive Marching Band Leadership Roster 2019

posted Jun 4, 2019, 12:14 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 12:14 PM ]

2019 Athens Drive H.S. Marching Band 

Leadership Personnel 

Drum Major

Anna Vtipil

Band Captain

Allison Starling

Woodwind Captain

Gavin Foley 

Brass Captain

Ian Chang


Elaine Finsel & Alyssa Cain

Ashley Choi, asst.


Nia Alston, Molly Lucas, Taylor Woodhouse

Caroline Swirski, asst.


Kailee Hughes

Megan Zeidler, asst.

Alto Saxophone

Nia Smith, Cooper Sykes

Isabel Tabachow, Will Wakeford, asst.

Tenor Saxophone

Gavin Foley

Martha Davies-Cutting, Drew King, asst. 

Baritone Saxophone

Tom Nixon


Ian Brain, Ian Chang, Allison Starling

Elizabeth Swirski, asst.


Kathryn Chetwynd


Andrew Uy, Kira Williams


Wesley Major, Matt Tripp 

Emma Edwards, asst. 


Parker Dingman, Bryan Jarvis

Front Ensemble

Brennan Robbins, Jill Schroedl

Tina Dolan, asst. 

Field Crew Captain

Kaitlyn Worden 

Lieutenant of Personnel


Junior Representatives

Dan Michaud

Sophomore Representatives

Emma Cockman & Jade Williamson



Graduation Logistics for Next Wednesday

posted Jun 4, 2019, 12:05 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 12:05 PM ]

June 4, 2019

Dear band member and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our GRADUATION performance on Wednesday, June 12 as well as a few other end-of-year events.

Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00pm

Report to ADHS in concert attire  6:15pm
(group meeting, load busses)

Depart for Convention Center 6:30pm
(via activity busses)

Prelude music begins 7:30pm

Graduation ceremony begins 8:00pm

Graduation concludes 9:15pm

Depart for ADHS 9:30pm

Arrive ADHS 10:00pm

The Graduation performance is mandatory (a major portion of the exam) for Symphonic Band members and all junior/sophomore Wind Ensemble members.  DRESS IS FORMAL:  Guys in tuxedos (no jackets); girls in black dresses.

All school-owned instruments, mouthpieces, and other equipment must be returned to ADHS after graduation unless previous arrangements have been made with me or the new marching band section leaders.  All students intending to participate in the 2019 Marching Band must complete the paperwork and register on our website by this Friday, June 7th.

Thank you for everything that you have done to make this past year so successful!  To our graduating seniors—best wishes and “ya’ll come back and see us soon!”  To everyone else—have fun, get some rest, and don’t forget how to toot that horn, hit that drum, or twirl that flag!  See most of you July 22nd!


Doc Looking for Parent Proctor

posted Jun 4, 2019, 7:15 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 7:15 AM ]

Dear band parents,

I am looking for a parent to volunteer their time to be a "proctor" for our Concert Band Exam next Monday, June 10th from 7:30am-10:30am.  It's an EASY JOB in which you can GET WORK DONE!  All you need to do is to "be there" in the band room while our students are working on written work.  John Antonelli and I will be listening to the students play 1-on-1 so I need someone to be in the room making certain everything remains nice and calm:)  You are more than welcome to bring along any work (a laptop, etc.), or just a good book, etc.  The kids are very good--it's just that they are young (9th graders) and can get a little antsy if an adult is not in sight:)

Please email me if you can help!

Doc's Weekly Letter, Spring Banquet, MB Registration, Graduation

posted May 30, 2019, 9:51 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 30, 2019, 9:52 AM ]

Good morning dear Athens Drive Band families, 

Here's what you need to know at this time:

1). Our annual spring band banquet will be held this Sunday, June 2 from 1:30-4:30 in our cafeteria.  Please see email sent from the Banquet committee for instructions on what to bring for lunch.  Every student in our concert bands, winter guard, winter percussion, and jazz ensemble receives recognition, and we have a special send-off for our seniors.  The after concludes with a wonderful slide show recapping the year and honoring our graduates.

2). Marching Band registration is due next Friday, June 7th.  All forms/info is available on our website (  For families carrying large balances, we urge you to communicate directly with our treasurers about setting up a settlement plan.  Provided that you communicate with us, I am most certain that we can work out a plan to keep your son/daughter in our program.  Please know that we really want to help and will keep all contact confidential, but it is only fair to communicate.  

3). Graduation is Wednesday, June 12th.  Our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing.  The graduation ceremony begins at 8:00pm.  All participants will meet at the band room at 6:00pm and will be taken to and from the convention center by activity bus, arriving back at Athens at 10:00pm. 

4) Last call for summer guitar lessons...please contact me if interested.

Stay cool and we hope to see you all this Sunday!

Doc's Weekly Letter, Spring Concert II, MB Registration and More!

posted May 17, 2019, 4:54 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 17, 2019, 4:55 AM ]

Hello everyone!
Just a few more weeks left of the school year--but they are loaded with several music performances and events!

1) Our Spring Concert II will be held next Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00pm.  Featured groups will be our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.  This will be the final performance by our seniors...  Concert Band students will receive extra credit for attending!

2) Marching Band registration is due Friday, June 7.  To access registration, click on Register for 2019-2020 Marching Band (in red ) at the top of our Home Page.

All students must complete the WCPSS Consent and Medical Form and turn in by June 7th.   NEW members must also complete the WCPSS Athletic Participation Form that requires a physical.  The Athletic Participation Form is not due until band camp in late July.  Both of these forms can be found under “Forms” (in the menu on the left side of our web page).  Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe! 

Forms can be turned in to Doc or to the Athens Drive HS front office.  

3) Our Spring Band Banquet will be held Sunday, June 2 from 1:30-4:30 in the cafeteria.  All band members, including those in concert groups, winter guard, indoor percussion, jazz ensemble, and marching band are urged to attend.  At the conclusion of the event, we will show our annual slide show recapping our year.  It is also a wonderful way to say "goodbye" to our seniors and their families.

4) I am teaching guitar this summer as I have in past years.  Please contact me if you are interested in taking these series of lessons designed for beginners through intermediate players.  It's a wonderful way to experience music through a different medium.  The guitar is a wonderful harmonic and melodic instrument that is portable, quiet when necessary, and can be a friend for a lifetime:)

5) Our Symphonic Band and the juniors and sophomores in our Wind Ensemble will be performing for GRADUATION on Wednesday evening, June 12th.  Report time to Athens will be 6:00pm, Graduation at the Convention Center is 8:00pm, and we'll be back to Athens by 10:00pm.  Dress is formal black/tie like our concerts.  I'll send a separate letter about this in a few weeks.

Thank you for everything you do to make our kids and program so wonderful!

Added Evening Rehearsal for Wind Ensemble

posted May 14, 2019, 6:50 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 14, 2019, 6:50 AM ]

Dear Wind Ensemble students & parents,

In order to better prepare for our concert next Tuesday evening, I am requesting an added evening rehearsal on Monday, 5/20 from 7-9pm.  We are performing some wonderful pieces that demand a bit more TLC than we can manage during the school day--especially when one considers that we have not had 100% attendance for the past 2 weeks due to AP exams.  (Big sigh...)

At any rate, I appreciate your flexibility in making this added 2 hours a reality.  For our seniors, it's your LAST dress rehearsal!  

As always, if there is a pre-existing obligation that cannot be altered, just let me know...

Thank you,

Marching Band Registration is up and running & Orientation

posted May 13, 2019, 8:46 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 13, 2019, 8:46 AM ]

Registration for our 2019-20 Marching Band is up and running on our website ( 
Please note that registration is due on Friday, June 7 as we need to send our choreographer the numbers so that he can get writing our show.  Once those numbers are sent, we cannot change them without incurring added expense.

All NEW members need to complete the WCPSS Athletic Form (which includes a physical) AND the WCPSS Parental Consent & Medical Form.  However, returning members only need to complete the WCPSS Parental Consent & Medical Form and do NOT need to have another physical (unless medical conditions have significantly changed).  The WCPSS Parental Consent & Medical Form is due June7th with the registration.  New members must have the physical and completed WCPSS Athletic Form by band camp (late July).  Our school nurse checks ALL forms to make sure they are complete and current.  Please help us make this process smooth by adhering to these directions.  Remember, the purpose of these forms are the safety and well-being of our students.  It is quite a challenge to take 40-50 new members away for a week to band camp, so we need to know all necessary back ground information.

A reminder that our orientation for new members is THIS WEEK:  Monday/Tuesday for new woodwind and brass players; Monday thru Thursday for all guard and percussion.  All sessions are 6:30-8:30pm.  Hope to see you there!


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