POSTING AREA FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM DR. MARKOCH

All Rising 9th Graders & Families

posted Apr 9, 2021, 8:31 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 9, 2021, 8:32 AM ]

I am excited to invite you to attend our Spring Marching Band Showcase next Friday, April 16th at 7:00 pm in the Athens Drive H.S. Stadium. This event is FREE and will be a terrific opportunity to learn about and enjoy our wonderful band program. 

The program will be about 1 hour in length and include several run-throughs of the field show that we performed this spring. We will also be recognizing our graduating seniors and providing information about joining our band next year. 

I sincerely hope that you will consider attending; we are hopeful for a “normal” season next year!

“Doc” - Dr. Jerry Markoch

If you have any questions - please contact presidents@athensdriveband.com

Logistics for Football Game - Thursday April 8th

posted Apr 7, 2021, 7:43 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 7, 2021, 7:43 AM ]


Dear Athens Drive Marching Band student and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our THIRD AND LAST home football game on Thursday. (Remember the notice I sent yesterday regarding the change of date due to weather concerns on Friday.) Also, we will be rehearsing as usual next week to prepare for our Marching Band Showcase on Friday, April 16th at 7:00pm. This event will also serve as our end-of-year banquet as we plan to give EVERYONE a bit of recognition - especially our seniors! We are also inviting rising 9th grade band students to attend!

Report to ADHS in full uniform                                 5:00pm

    -Instrument cases and hat boxes may be stored in band room

    -Front ensemble will assist parent field crew with loading instruments onto truck

Warm-up in the parking area in front of school            5:15pm

Walk to staging area                                                    5:55pm

March to stadium                                                         6:10pm

    -Students will be wearing their backpacks

Pregame (Star Spangled Banner/Fight Song)            6:20pm

Game begins                                                             6:30pm

Halftime performance                                                 @7:20pm

Dismissal (at flagpole near gym entrance)                 @8:45pm

Important Details:

  1. Students will be wearing their FULL UNIFORM for this performance. You may wear shirt of choice under the jacket—but please wear a shirt! Also, don’t forget to wear black socks and black shoes (if not issued marching shoes). Students are to report to the school in full uniform but may carry their hat and gloves in the hat box for convenience. Once they arrive at the school, they may store their instrument case and hat box in the band room. If they elect not to enter the building, they may keep their hat box and instrument case in their car.
  2. Students will need to bring a BACKPACK containing a large towel (beach towel is perfect), their flip folder of music and lyre, extra mask(s) and a snack for 3rd quarter (if desired). We will provide them with a bottle of water. The concession stand will not be open, and we will be positioned on the track during the game. The band is not permitted in the stands, so the towel will provide a more comfortable (and clean) sitting area during the game. Although we will be standing much of the time (playing pep tunes), we will have some time to sit or “take a knee.”
  3. We will be WEARING THE BACKPACK when we march into and out of the stadium before and after the game. Percussion and tubas may store their backpacks on a wagon which will be located in the band hallway.
  4. WEAR A MASK! The wind players will be wearing masks at all times when we are not actively playing—and percussion must wear a mask at all times. We will be positioned 6’+ apart while on the track and during most other times even when we are moving/performing.
  5. Battery percussion can load instrument stands on box truck; we will take a few extra towels for the tubas (so that you may place the instruments on the track when not playing).
  6. We will march back to the school and dismiss around the flagpole, located near the band room outside the gymnasium entrance. 8:45pm is our best estimate; sometimes the games run longer. If not attending the game, please be prepared to pick-up your student(s) in a timely manner. The staff and chaperones normally remain at school for about 20 minutes following dismissal.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education and our wonderful band program!

“Doc” 


Logisitcs for Football Game on Thursday April 1st

posted Mar 26, 2021, 5:31 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 26, 2021, 5:34 AM ]

Dear Athens Drive Marching Band student and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our SECOND home football game next Thursday April 1st).  You will note that the information is basically the same as our first game - just a little earlier reporting time because we are not rehearsing next week.  Yes, that’s right - THERE ARE NO REHEARSALS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK (SPRING BREAK); however, we will be rehearsing after school the following week, April 5-9 even though school does not start until Thursday, April 8th.  Our third and final football game is Friday, April 9th.

If you are unable to attend the football game next week, April 1st, please email me so that I have something in writing and have an accurate account of who will be attending.  When I questioned the students earlier this week, it appeared that most will be attending so we will be able to perform the halftime show!   


HOME FOOTBALL GAME (ATHENS VS. JORDAN)

Thursday, April 1, 2021


Report to ADHS in full uniform                                                5:00pm

Instrument cases and hat boxes may be stored in band room

Front ensemble will assist parent field crew with loading instruments onto truck

Warm-up in the parking area in front of school                        5:15pm

Walk to staging area                                                                5:55pm

March to stadium                                                                     6:10pm

-Students will be wearing their backpacks

Pregame (Star Spangled Banner/Fight Song)                    6:20pm

Game begins                                                                           6:30pm

Halftime performance                                                            @7:20pm

Dismissal (at flagpole near gym entrance)                              @8:45pm


Important Details:

  1. Students will be wearing their FULL UNIFORM for this performance.  You may wear shirt of choice under the jacket - but please wear a shirt!  Also, don’t forget to wear black socks and black shoes (if not issued marching shoes).  Students are to report to the school in full uniform but may carry their hat and gloves in the hat box for convenience.  Once they arrive at the school, they may store their instrument case and hat box in the band room.  If they elect not to enter the building, they may keep their hat box and instrument case in their car.
  2. Students will need to bring a BACKPACK containing a large towel (beach towel is perfect), their flip folder of music and lyre, extra mask(s) and a snack for 3rd quarter (if desired).  We will provide them with a bottle of water.  The concession stand will not be open, and we will be positioned on the track during the game.  The band is not permitted in the stands, so the towel will provide a more comfortable (and clean) sitting area during the game.  Although we will be standing much of the time (playing pep tunes), we will have some time to sit or “take a knee.”
  3. We will be WEARING THE BACKPACK when we march into and out of the stadium before and after the game.  Percussion and tubas may store their backpacks on a wagon which will be located in the band hallway.
  4. WEAR A MASK!  The wind players will be wearing masks at all times when we are not actively playing—and percussion must wear a mask at all times.  We will be positioned 6’+ apart while on the track and during most other times even when we are moving/performing.
  5. Battery percussion can load instrument stands on box truck; we will take a few extra towels for the tubas (so that you may place the instruments on the track when not playing).
  6. We will march back to the school and dismiss around the flagpole, located near the band room outside the gymnasium entrance.  8:45pm is our best estimate; sometimes the games run longer.  If not attending the game, please be prepared to pick-up your student(s) in a timely manner.  The staff and chaperones normally remain at school for about 20 minutes following dismissal.


We had a terrific experience for our first game last week and I am looking forward to another special performance next week.  We have added our middle movement to the show (“Beauty & the Beast”) and have spiced up our marching with more visuals.  

Thank you for your support of your child’s education and our wonderful band program!

“Doc” 



Logistics For Friday's Football Game

posted Mar 17, 2021, 7:00 AM by Athens Drive High School Band

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME WEEK! (Yup, things are really upside down!.) The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our first home football game this Friday.

Report to ADHS in full uniform                                 5:15pm

    - Instrument cases and hat boxes may be stored in band room

    - Front ensemble will assist parent field crew with loading instruments onto truck

Warm-up in the parking area in front of school         5:30pm

Walk to staging area                                                 5:55pm

March to stadium                                                      6:10pm

        - Students will be wearing their backpacks

Pregame (Star Spangled Banner/Fight Song)      6:20pm

Game begins                                                             6:30pm

Halftime performance                                             @7:20pm

Dismissal (at flagpole near gym entrance)              @8:45pm


Important Details:

  1. Students will be wearing their FULL UNIFORM for this performance. You may wear shirt of choice under the jacket - but please wear a shirt! Also, don’t forget to wear black socks and black shoes (if not issued marching shoes). Students are to report to the school in full uniform but may carry their hat and gloves in the hat box for convenience. Once they arrive at the school, they may store their instrument case and hat box in the band room. If they elect not to enter the building, they may keep their hat box and instrument case in their car.
  2. Students will need to bring a BACKPACK containing a large towel (beach towel is perfect), their flip folder of music and lyre, extra mask(s) and a snack for 3rd quarter (if desired). We will provide them with a bottle of water. The concession stand will not be open, and we will be positioned on the track during the game. The band is not permitted in the stands, so the towel will provide a more comfortable (and clean) sitting area during the game. Although we will be standing much of the time (playing pep tunes), we will have some time to sit or “take a knee.”
  3. We will be WEARING THE BACKPACK when we march into and out of the stadium before and after the game. Percussion and tubas may store their backpacks on a wagon which will be located in the band hallway.
  4. WEAR A MASK! The wind players will be wearing masks at all times when we are not actively playing—and percussion must wear a mask at all times. We will be positioned 6’+ apart while on the track and during most other times even when we are moving/performing.
  5. Battery percussion can load instrument stands on box truck; we will take a few extra towels for the tubas (so that you may place the instruments on the track when not playing).
  6. We will march back to the school and dismiss around the flagpole, located near the band room outside the gymnasium entrance. 8:45pm is our best estimate; sometimes the games run longer. If not attending the game, please be prepared to pick-up your student(s) in a timely manner. The staff and chaperones normally remain at school for about 20 minutes following dismissal.

The goal of these guidelines is to allow students to operate in their own “bubble” with minimum parent involvement/contact. When one considers how far we have come in the last 6 weeks, Friday evening will seem like a miracle! The credit belongs to the students and staff who came to every rehearsal with a positive, “can-do” attitude and worked with great energy to create something so wonderful in these challenging times. I am so proud of all of you and will always remember this “special season” as one of the sweetest ever!

Looking forward to our first performance! 

“Doc” 


First "In-Person" Day of School, Feb. 17 - Band Reminders

posted Feb 13, 2021, 4:31 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 13, 2021, 4:31 PM ]

Dear Athens Drive Band Family,

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a few reminders about beginning “in-person school” on Wednesday, February 17. I am grateful that we can begin working directly with students and will strive to make the best use of your time.

1) All students must receive a health-screening when they report to school either at the gym entrance, library entrance, or bus drop-off area. Upon satisfactorily meeting requirements (i.e. you don’t have a temperature higher than 100.4) you will receive a wrist band. BAND STUDENTS CANNOT ENTER THE BUILDING IN THE MORNING THROUGH THE BAND HALL ENTRANCE. I’m sorry, I do not have the wrist bands and am not permitted to check you in this way.

2) You MAY DROP OFF YOUR INSTRUMENT IN THE BAND ROOM before 1st period once you receive the health screening and wrist band. Then you do not need to carry your instrument around with you. I will be in the band room to direct you to places where you can store your instrument.

3) YOU MUST EAT IN THE CAFETERIA. Sorry, students are only permitted to each their lunch at designated places in the cafeteria. You may not eat in the band room or “hang out” in this area even after finishing your lunch. I’m sorry, we must adhere to these safety protocols for everyone’s protection.

4) MARCHING BAND STUDENTS MUST REPORT TO THE BAND ROOM IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SCHOOL DISMISSAL (AT 2:18). Bring a snack and water for after school rehearsal along with appropriate attire. You can store these items in the band room near your instrument at the start of the school day.

 5) STUDENTS ARRIVING TO CAMPUS AFTER SCHOOL FOR MARCHING BAND WILL CHECK IN AT OUR PRACTICE FIELD AS USUAL.

6) “IN-PERSON STUDENTS” MUST BRING THEIR LAPTOP/DEVICE FOR BAND AS YOU DO FOR YOUR OTHER CLASSES. A part of the band period will be spent doing “Music Appreciation". If you have your device, it will be easier for you, even though you will be in front of me while I teach. We are going to split each period with 40 minutes of “Music Appreciation” and 40 minutes of playing. Remember, the MAJORITY of students in every class will be virtual, so I want to meet everyone’s needs. We will be conducting our virtual classes at the following times: Wind Ensemble: 8:10am; Concert Band: 11:05am; Symphonic Band: 1:20pm. Virtual students are “free” the remainder of their “band period” while I work with the “in-person” students.

I am confident that this will work and that our school will be safe, provided you exercise appropriate measures (mask-up, wash-up, social distance-up). I love our administration and I know that they have been working very hard to make sure that you will have a healthy and rewarding experience back “at the Drive!”

Can’t wait to start “seeing” all of you again.

“Doc”

Changes to MB Performances

posted Feb 9, 2021, 6:51 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 9, 2021, 6:51 AM ]

Dear Athens Drive Marching Band students and parents,

1) As anticipated, the home football schedule has been edited due to the religious observance of Good Friday. The 3 home games will be scheduled as follows:

Friday, March 19th beginning at 6:30pm (note the earlier start)

Thursday, April 1st beginning at 6:30pm (this was originally Friday, April 2nd, but that is Good Friday)

Friday, April 9th beginning at 6:30pm (this was originally Thursday, April 8th -I think they thought that Good Friday was the 9th...lol)

As for attendance at football games, it is likely that only specified chaperones and field crew will be permitted to accompany the band; however, I am told that Athens will be "live streaming" the games so you can enjoy the band from the comfort of your home! (Please note that I fully expect you to be dancing when we play "Hey Baby" and other hits of the 1960s and 1970s -when music was really good).

2) I would like to propose that we have our "Family Performance" on Friday, April 16th: 6:00-6:45 performance for freshman/sophomore families; 7:15-8:00 performance for junior/senior families and senior recognition. This performance is for immediate family only as we are not permitted to have more than 100 guests in the stadium. If this policy changes, we will make amendments. We'll be sending more instructions as the date draws nearer. Please let me know ASAP if this date cannot work for you and your family...we will amend it if necessary; however, I do not want to draw out the season too long.

We're off to a terrific start!

Thank you for the support that you give your child(ren) and our program!

Doc

First marching rehearsal reminders from Doc

posted Feb 1, 2021, 10:30 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 10:30 AM ]

It’s February! Time for Marching Band!!! (That is something I never thought I would be saying…lol)

Here’s a quick set of guidelines/reminders for tomorrow:

  1. Bring and wear a mask! We are going to encourage everyone to wear a mask as much as possible - even outdoors! Although I will be issuing instrument performance masks, students should use other masks when not playing.
  2. Maintain social distancing 6’ apart as much as possible throughout the rehearsal. In this way we prevent “the spread.”
  3. Everyone checks in outside the band room tomorrow! We will start health screening at 2:30pm. Do your best to be on time (which is early). Everyone must get health screened after which they will receive a wrist band to wear so that we can make certain everyone has “passed.” You will also get a name tag to wear so we’ll know who you are. DON’T COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS.
  4. Dress comfortably/athletically but warmly as it will be COLD tomorrow!  Welcome to marching band in February…Ya gotta luv it! Wear head covering (especially cover those ears!) and tennis shoes. Bring hand warmers.
  5. Bring your instrument!  Section Leaders will provide you with marching music tomorrow.
  6. We are planning to spend our rehearsal outside in the senior parking lot tomorrow. We will march for the first hour (without instruments) and play for the second hour (with instruments). If it is just too cold to play outside, we might come inside the second hour and split up between the band room and chorus room. Percussion will go where John directs: Front ensemble outside the band room and battery in a location TBA.
  7. We are going to limit the number of students who need to be in the building as much as possible. We understand that students who play very large instruments (sousaphones) will need to come into the building as well as section leaders will need to get materials for their section. Bottom line, if you do not need to come into the building, don’t. It’s just safer for everyone.

GET EXCITED! GET LIT!! THE BAND IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER!!!

I can’t wait to see all of you again!!!

Doc

director@athensdriveband.com


IMPORTANT: Winter/Spring Marching Band Roster and Introduction Letter

posted Jan 24, 2021, 6:49 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 24, 2021, 6:49 AM ]

WE DID IT!!!  We’ve met our membership goal and I’m excited to announce that we are going to move ahead and make our Winter/Spring Marching Band a reality!

Please read this entire document.


FIRST order of business:  Please look over the attached roster and let me know if any edits need to be made IMMEDIATELY!  We will be sending these numbers to our drill designer within a few days so that he can chart our show.  


SECONDLY, we will begin rehearsals the first week of February:  

-The woodwinds and brass (known as “the winds”) will rehearse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm.  We will make every attempt to rehearse OUTSIDE; please dress accordingly.  Please wear athletic-type clothing including socks and tennis shoes.  Jeans are permitted provided that you can move comfortably/athletically in them.  I find that wearing something that covers my ears really helps cutting out the cold, whether it be a toboggan or earmuff.  Also, I am going to request that everyone wear a mask as much as reasonably possible when we are outside and not playing.  Although it is not explicitly “required” according to WCPSS athletic policy (which we are told to adhere to), I think it would be a good idea.  Many of you will be able to do marching drill in masks with no problems because the weather is not too warm.


-The percussion will definitely rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm.  We will let you know about Wednesday as John is booked at another school.


-The guard will definitely rehearse on Thursday afternoon from 3-5pm with the percussion and winds; however, the other times/days will be forwarded to you ASAP once Mason decides what would work best with her schedule (she has a “day job.”)


-We will NOT rehearse Tuesday, February 16th as it is a teacher workday, and I will be out of town.  We will also NOT rehearse during Spring Break.


-We will plan to perform for the 3 home football games:  March 19th, April 2nd, and April 8th.  Please note that April 2nd is during Spring Break; if we have too many students out, we will only perform “in the stands.”


-We will plan to perform a “Finale Show” for our family and friends sometime after the April 8th performance so that you can see us LIVE!  We will set a date for this ASAP.


THIRDLY, I want to meet with our seniors/section leaders this Thursday, from 3-4:30 at the school.  There are plenty of things to discuss and I want to make sure that we are all on the same page.  We will meet OUTSIDE if the weather is reasonable.  I must tell you that right now they are calling for very cold conditions on Thursday, so in that case we may meet in the cafeteria (spreading safely apart).  Please come to the band room entrance where I will give you a health screening.

IF WAKE COUNTY DECIDES TO CANCEL AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ON THURSDAY DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF A WINTER MIX, LET’S PLAN TO MEET FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL.


LASTLY, if you need to pick up an instrument, the best time to do so would be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays from either 9-11am, 12-1pm, or 2-3pm.  You will need to come to the front entrance of the school and be health checked by our staff.  You can also wait until we formally start marching rehearsals on February 2 and we’ll get you an instrument then.  


GET EXCITED!  GET LIT!!  THE BAND IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER!!!

I can’t wait to see all of you again

-Doc


Spring Marching Band Possibility

posted Jan 9, 2021, 9:32 AM by Athens Drive High School Band

Hello band families! 

We are excited to announce that Doc is working hard to get a Spring Marching Band program going. One VERY important part of this is to see how many students want to participate. So please, look over the information from Doc below and then click on the link at the very bottom of this message to answer a couple of questions regarding your student’s participation. 

We must have your responses by Friday, January 22nd!

PROPOSED PERFORMANCES

We have 3 home football games this year (March 19, April 2 and April 8). The April 2 date is during spring break and that game may be moved to Thursday of that week. Either way, Doc is planning for the band to play at that game, if only from the stands.

We may make a video recording of our “final product” or have an evening performance for family and friends in late April.

Participation in competitions is unlikely.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals would begin the first week of February. They will be held outdoors. Winds will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3-5pm. (Percussion and Guard may have slightly different schedules). This would give us 7 weeks to get ready for a first performance; the “season” would be 10 weeks. [We would NOT rehearse during Spring Break; however, we would still try to do something for the football game.]

In case of inclement weather, we will divide up and rehearse with appropriate social distancing inside. If that is not possible, students will be sent home.

THE SHOW

Doc would still like to do a “mini-version” of the show that we were intending to do in the fall: “Once Upon A Time: Music that Tells a Story. We will also perform a significantly easier drill so that we can learn and perform the show with competence given the restricted amount of time. We will NOT use any significant props. The guard will “recycle” as many flags as possible from previous years.

We will NOT do any pregame; however, we will play the Star-Spangled Banner and Fight Song before the football games begin.

We will also learn some “Pep-Band” music so that we can play in the stands. And we hope students will be able to perform in uniform.

COST

Cost will be $450 per student (about ½ our normal marching band fee). Many have already paid a $100 deposit at marching band registration in the fall and this will count toward the $450.

MEMBERSHIP

Will be open to all, including virtual academy students.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Students will be given the health screening before rehearsal (if they have not been physically at school that day already). We will follow health and safety procedures as required by the school.

Once we know how many participants we will have, we will be able to make more plans and provide more details. Most importantly, right now, we need to know some information from you. Even if you are NOT interested in joining Spring Marching Band, PLEASE respond to this message by clicking on the link below. Responses are due Friday, January 22nd. 

Click here to let us know if you are interested in Spring Marching Bandhttps://form.jotform.com/210068781203954

Last Call for All District Honor Band

posted Dec 13, 2020, 2:43 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 6:27 PM ]

Today (Friday, Dec. 11th) is the last day that you can submit a request to audition for our East-Central District Honor Band. The cost for the audition is $10 and will be deducted from your band account. Interested students must EMAIL DOC at jmarkoch@wcpss.net

You will have a 48 hour "window" to make a recording of your audition, between noon on January 6 to noon on January 8. You will receive the "sight reading piece" and the solo excerpts at noon on January 6. The sight-reading piece will not be a strictly-sight-reading piece but a "short-amount-of-preparation-piece." 

I will provide you with more instructions as we draw closer to the audition.

If you win a chair in the band, you will be asked to make another recording (to a click track/metronome) later in January. The recordings will be compiled into a "performance." 

As stated previously, due to the many amendments needed to be made to this entire event, I am neither encouraging nor discouraging it. It will be very different from the usual audition and clinic; and there may be more subjective issues due to recording quality, etc. However, the process of preparing for an audition--even a recorded one--can be very valuable. As in many things in life, it is the journey that matters!

Doc

jmarkoch@wcpss.net

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