POSTING AREA FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM DR. MARKOCH

Seniors to play at senior award ceremony

posted May 25, 2021, 8:28 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 25, 2021, 8:29 PM ]

Dear Athens Band Seniors,

Mr. Mares has granted permission for our senior band members to play in the band for the senior awards ceremony on Friday morning (May 28th) and I really, really need you to play. We'll have some alumni to play for your actual graduation the following Thursday, but your participation on Friday is critical.

We'll meet in the band room at 7:25am and do some rehearsing before we convene in the gym. You can wear your cap and gown, etc. It will be cool!

Thank you so much!

Doc

Graduation & End of the year

posted May 25, 2021, 8:16 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 25, 2021, 8:34 PM ]

Dear band member, alum, and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our GRADUATION performance on Thursday, June 10th as well as other end-of-year details. MR. MARES IS GOING TO ANNOUNCE TODAY THAT THERE WILL ONLY BE 1 GRADUATION ON JUNE 10TH IN OUR STADIUM, BEGINNING AT 9:00AM. [A few weeks ago, 2 graduation ceremonies were being planned (at 8:00am and 10:00am).]

Because our seniors will not be permitted to play, and our in-class numbers are low, we are in SERIOUS NEED OF MUSICIANS to perform for graduation. All “in-person” students in Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are required to participate. I am inviting students that were enrolled in virtual academy in these courses to participate as well. I will also take band students who only play in our marching band. I AM ALSO REQUESTING THAT ANY ATHENS DRIVE ALUMNI THAT ARE IN TOWN CONSIDER PLAYING!! I’LL EVEN TAKE PARENTS WHO CAN PLAY! WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF MUSICIANS!!! HELP!!!



ATHENS DRIVE H.S. GRADUATION

Jaguar Stadium

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 9:00am



Report to Athens Drive to warm-up              6:45am



*Morning rehearsal in band room             7:00am

(We’ll have coffee, doughnuts, etc.)



Transport chairs/stands/instruments               8:00am

to stadium                                          



Prelude music begins                                     8:30am



Graduation ceremony begins                      9:00am



Graduation concludes                                    10:00am

Return chairs/stands/instruments

to band room



Expected finish time                                     10:45am



*We will NOT be rehearsing on Tuesday, June 8th as noted earlier.

Dress is “business casual”: nice sun dress, nice dress shirt, pants, sandals, shoes, etc. I expect it to be sunny and pleasant, but it will most likely be warm and sticky. As this is a formal event, please do not wear tennis shoes, jeans, tee shirts, etc. You’ve got to represent well!



OTHER NEWS

1) 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. 

2) All students intending to participate in the 2021 Marching Band must sign-up on our website by Friday, June 11th.

3) We will have an important meeting for our new marching band section leaders and captains on Tuesday, June 1st from 3:00-3:40 when we will elect a BAND CAPTAIN. We will conduct this meeting in person only due to the election.

4) We are awaiting approval from WCPSS for having band camp at N.C. Wesleyan College. If we do not receive approval, we will have band camp at Athens Drive during that week (July 25-30). We will keep you posted. All summer/fall dates listed on the schedule are good.

It is encouraging to be getting closer and closer to normal over the past weeks. I am so appreciative to all our wonderful students and families for making this very difficult year work. From enrolling in class band where I was able to interact with you daily and provide a solid indoctrination of the greatest music ever written, to playing in small class bands, to participating in our unique “Spring Marching Band,” I couldn’t be prouder of all of you! As we cannot go back in time (nor probably want to), we must continue to press ahead with optimism. Hopefully, next year will be much closer to “normal.”

To our graduating seniors—best wishes and “y’all 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 19th!

“Doc”

2021 MARCHING BAND LEADERSHIP ROSTER

posted May 25, 2021, 7:30 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 25, 2021, 8:14 PM ]

Dear Athens Drive Band students and parents, 

I am excited to post the “2021 Athens Drive Leadership Roster!” I can tell you without reservation that this group of students are going to be exceptional leaders!! There were countless times when I was completely “in awe” of the mature responses to the many questions that I posed. I realize that “what looks good on paper” doesn’t always transfer to action; however, I know all of you well enough to state that I trust that you will follow-through on your written responses 100%.

Final decisions were made by consulting previous section leaders, captains, and drum major. I also relied on assistance from our instructors, namely John Antonelli, Jennifer Harris (Mason), Michael Santangelo, Ashlynn Hayes, and Laura Minick. Finally, I have considered what I have observed from you during the school year. While no list is perfect, I can assure you that a great deal of thought went into this roster.

You will note that some students have been appointed “lead” positions (they appear without designation), and others “assistants.” “Lead” positions are those that carry the most weight. These students have the responsibility for making certain that ALL necessary jobs get done: administrative (copying/distributing music, assigning instruments/equipment and parts, repairing equipment, changing silks, etc.), musical (leading sectionals/teaching, passing off music), marching (leading fundamentals and sectionals when necessary), and social (establishing and maintaining communication and positive energy among the section). Please note that “assistant” positions are exactly that--“assistants” to the lead section leader. While these students are expected to fully participate and help with the duties noted above, they are to shadow the “lead” section leaders/captains, giving them the respectful “right-of-way.” ALL OF YOU ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKING THIS YEAR A SUCCESS. Remember it is not about YOU, it’s about our BAND! In the end, your worth as a leader is determined by what you give away. 

I recommend that “lead” section leaders contact the other leaders in your section ASAP and start strengthening relationships! MAKE THIS WORK!!! 

I realize that there are some student candidates that are not included on this roster. Please know that I truly LOVE all of you and will be happy to communicate with you as to why I made the choices I did. You do not have to agree with me; however, I will be honest with you. Please wait until next week to contact me if you have any questions.

Your first job begins next week with our RISING 9TH GRADE ORIENTATION EVENINGS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY, MAY 17 & 18 FROM 6:30-8:30PM! Percussion and Guard captains must also be in attendance on Wednesday and Thursday, May 19 & 20.

We will have a quick meeting on Monday, May 17 after school (2:40pm) to discuss the logistics of the evening. This meeting is for all Section Leaders and Captains. Google meet code will be ADMHSMarkochMB if you are away from campus.

Let’s hit the ground running! “We’re Gonna Build This Thing Together” and have a lot of fun in the process! Let’s get working!

Doc
Drum Major 

Emily Schmidt-J
Hugh Bettini-+, asst.

Woodwind Captains

Thomas Thornton-+
Claire Siegel-J, asst.

Brass Captain

Emily Brockmole-+

Field Crew Captain 

Will Gerken-+

Guard Captains

Katie Little-+

Katie Carlson-J, asst.

Jocelyn Duncan-J, asst.

Kaniyah Lewis-J, asst.

Sara Sublette-+, asst.


Flute Section Leaders 

Lauren Williams-+

Natalie Berry-J, asst.

Reagan Franks-J, asst.


Clarinet Section Leaders

Emma Cockman-+

Claire Siegel-J, asst.


Alto Saxophone Section Leaders

Loren Liu-+

Jade Williamson-+

Hailey Nguyen-J, asst.


Tenor Saxophone Section Leader 

Thomas Thornton-+


Trumpet Section Leaders

Emily Brockmole-+

Katie Cowan-J, asst.


Mellophone Section Leader

Nate Haltom-J

Alana Williamson-+


Baritone Section Leaders

Kenley Fischer-+

Callum Polit Shearin-+


Tuba Section Leader

Elliot Harris-J


Battery Captain

Brady Bitner-+


Front Ensemble Captain

Janie Hill-J



Key: +=senior; J=junior

SECTION LEADER / CAPTAIN INFORMATION

posted Apr 24, 2021, 5:51 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 24, 2021, 5:52 PM ]

MARCHING BAND SECTION LEADER APPLICATION INFORMATION

(Including all woodwind and brass section leaders; guard and percussion captains, woodwind & brass captains and field crew captain; but NOT Drum Major)

The position of Section Leader is a very influential position in the marching band. It is the Section Leader who exercises and enforces the procedures and policies established by the staff and drum major. It is the Section Leader who usually develops the closest relationship with the students and often has the greatest impact on the attitude and performance of the section. This person must exhibit fine leadership and musical skills, and serve as an exceptional student role model. The responsibilities of the Section Leader include the following:

Assist all members of the section with musical and marching responsibilities. The section leader is expected to have their music learned/memorized quickly and must understand all marching maneuvers required of the section. They are to monitor the musical and marching progress of the section. Sectionals are expected to be held whenever necessary. Section Leaders are to be available to check off music when required.
Assist the staff with administrative responsibilities including distribution and maintenance of music, instruments/equipment, and uniforms. 
Assist the staff in maintaining focus of attention and good discipline at all rehearsals and performances.
Be a positive role model at all times; consistently promote group esprit de corps on and off the field.
Keep the section informed of all responsibilities including schedules, band rules/policy, and performance logistics.
Attend summer leadership meetings and weekly meetings with staff during the marching season.
The selection process for Section Leaders will be held each spring and will involve at least two of the following criteria depending on the number of students applying and the size of the sections:

Recommendation from previous Section Leader(s).
Interview with the Band Director and one other member of the band staff.
Feedback from the section.
Being an effective section leader/captain requires a significant amount of extra time and effort; it involves doing things without receiving credit; it necessitates thinking of others before oneself and always giving 110%. However, an effective Section Leader/Captain will have the satisfaction of knowing that they made a positive difference to the lives of many students and were directly responsible for the success of their section as well as the entire marching band!

The appointment of Section Leader/Captain is a one-year position. Returning students must reapply each spring.


Thank you,

"Doc"

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

posted Apr 20, 2021, 5:01 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 20, 2021, 5:21 PM ]

Dear Athens Drive Band student and parent,

We are in the “home stretch” of the school year! The purpose of this letter is to provide 

information concerning important upcoming dates, many of which are NEW because we had to wait for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted. Please read this letter carefully and let me know ASAP if there are any serious conflicts with these dates. 

Section Leader/Captain Interviews – Monday & Tuesday, May 3 & 4 3-5pm 

Any student who has spent at least 1 year in our marching band is eligible to interview for a leadership position in our Marching Band. These include section leader positions for all wind instruments, woodwind captain, brass captain, percussion captain, guard captain, and field crew captain. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the band room. Students will also need to complete a questionnaire that will be available soon. 

Drum Major Audition – Tuesday, May 11th, 3-5 pm 

Any student who has spent at least 1 year in our marching band is eligible to audition for Drum Major of our Marching Band. Former drum major Will Wakeford will lead a series of clinics that will prepare candidates for the audition on May 11th. Interested students must contact Will as he is putting together the list of dates/times for the clinics. It is mandatory that students participate in these clinics in order to audition. 

Leadership Positions Posted – Friday, May 14th, 2:18 pm 

Leadership positions will be posted both online and in the band room. 

Rising Freshmen Orientation Evenings – Monday & Tuesday, May 17 & 18 6:30-8:30pm 

All new leaders will be expected to LEAD these orientation evenings with prospective rising 9th graders. All other band members are welcome to join us. 

Percussion/Guard Orientation Evenings – Monday-Thursday, May 17-20 6:30-8:30 pm 

These evenings correspond to the evenings listed directly above; percussion and guard also meet on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Spring Concert – Wednesday, June 2, 7:00 pm 

We are going to present a concert featuring our Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble students. The dress will be “Sunday-nice.” This concert is only for those students coming to school IN-PERSON for the remainder of the semester. If you would like to perform in the concert, you must begin to physically come to school and attend rehearsals. 

Graduation – Thursday, June 10 8:00am & 10:00am 

[Rain date is Friday, June 11] 

Graduation will be held in our stadium and separated into 2 ceremonies: 8:00 am – for seniors with the last name beginning with A through J; 10:00 am for seniors with the last name beginning with K through Z. I NEED ALL CURRENT JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES AND SELECT FRESHMEN TO PERFORM FOR BOTH EVENTS. For this performance, I will permit ALL students to perform—even those who participated in the virtual academy! In addition--because our numbers are down this year due to the effects of COVID-19--we are asking the seniors who are NOT graduating in their respective ceremony to consider playing in the band for the other ceremony. In other words, seniors who are graduating at 10:00 am would play in the 8:00 am band, and seniors who are graduating at 8:00 am would play in the 10:00 am band. If our numbers looked larger, I would not ask this special request; however, I am trying to give each ceremony a full ensemble of performers. I sincerely appreciate whatever you can do to honor this request! [One perk is that it would allow our band seniors to see all their friends graduate!] 

We will have one rehearsal for this performance, on Tuesday, June 8th from 3:00-4:30 pm in or outside the band room. 

Our calendar is starting to get BUSY! Ya gotta Luv this! We are beginning to return more and more to sweet NORMAL! Please let me know of any conflicts with the above dates; thank you for doing your best to accommodate them! 

“Doc” 

Congratulations : NC All State Band

posted Apr 19, 2021, 6:45 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 19, 2021, 6:47 PM ]

Hooray! 


More great news:


Wesley Major (Gr. 12 - Tuba) and Jane Hill (Gr. 10 - Oboe) earned positions this past weekend in our N.C. All-State Band! 


This is the highest honor that can be awarded our band students in the state! 


Doc

MB - SHOWCASE & SENIOR RECOGNITION

posted Apr 14, 2021, 8:55 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 14, 2021, 8:55 AM ]

Dear Athens Drive Marching Band student and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our last performance of the season, our MARCHING BAND SHOWCASE to be held this Friday, April 16th at 7:00pm. This event will also serve as our end-of-year banquet as we plan to give EVERYONE recognition - especially our seniors! We are also inviting rising 9th grade band students to attend.

MARCHING BAND SHOWCASE
Friday, April 16, 2021

Report to ADHS in full uniform                            5:30pm
Section meetings/awards/gifts
Warm-up (front parking lot)                                 6:15pm
March to stadium                                                6:45pm
Showcase begins                                               7:00pm
Star Spangled Banner/Fight Song
Welcome
"Once Upon a Time” Show in Horn Arc
Ranking Awards
“Once Upon a Time” Show on field with choreography
Senior Recognition/Field Crew/Staff
“Once Upon a Time” Show on field with choreography (encore)
Pin Recognition; Parent Recognition; Announcements; Final Remarks
“Once Upon a Time” Show on field with choreography (final run!)
Dismissal                                                             8:30pm

Once students are dismissed, they can gather for pictures. (Please abide by all social distancing measures.) Also, Certificates of Recognition and Ice Cream Vouchers will be available for each student near the main gate of the stadium; students/family members may pick up these materials at any time before, during or after the event. Information concerning uniform return and general information about next year’s marching band will be sent soon. It definitely looks promising that our season next fall will be much closer to normal - and “ya gotta luv that!”

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

“Doc”

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” 



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