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District Honor Band Info

posted Nov 13, 2019, 9:50 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Nov 13, 2019, 9:50 AM ]

N.C. East Central District Honor Bands
Auditions:  Jan. 11, 2020 at Middle Creek H.S. (Snow Date:  Jan. 18)
Band Clinic/Concert:  Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Sanderson H.S.
(Snow Date for Clinic is Feb. 7-8)

The East Central District Honor Bands are the most celebrated honor bands in the area, comprising an 9-10 Wind Ensemble, an 11-12 Symphonic Band and an 11-12 Wind Ensemble.  The competition is quite stiff:  Each year approx. 40 of our members audition; usually about 14 “win” a position in one of the bands. 

The audition site is Middle Creek H.S.  Students must arrange their own transportation.  Students will be assigned a time period (usually 2 hours) during which they will audition.  Students may leave immediately after their audition; results are posted online the following day.

To audition, please complete the attachment below and return it to the band office with your $8.00 fee by Monday, Dec. 9th (checks made payable to ADHS Band Boosters).  Visit www.ncbandmasters.org to get information about audition requirements (after entering the site, go to east central district information).  Make certain that you can attend the Honor Band Clinic on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and that you will prioritize the time to adequately prepare your scales/arpeggios (which MUST BE MEMORIZED IN ORDER) and solo.  All students are highly encouraged to perform their solo for the band director before the audition.  The band director reserves the right to ask a student to refrain from participating if the student is not adequately prepared.

Students who make the honor band will receive additional information about the clinic weekend.  In sum, the Central District Honor Band Clinic will be held at Sanderson H.S. There is a clinic fee of $25 that the selected students will need to pay; however, the band boosters may help with this expense if funds are available. 

____________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Central District Honor Band Audition
(Due Monday, Dec. 9, 2019)

My son/daughter ______________________________ in grade _____ has my permission to audition for the Central District Honor Band on Saturday, Jan. 11 on the following instrument(s) ___________________________________________.  The auditions will be held at Middle Creek H.S. and students must arrange their own transportation.  I understand that if selected, my child will be available to rehearse and perform with the honor band on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Sanderson H.S.  An $8.00 audition fee per instrument must accompany this form (checks made payable to ADHS Band Boosters).

Signed ____________________________
__________

Attention Seniors & Rookies - sectional this Friday 2.30-4.30

posted Nov 6, 2019, 5:51 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Nov 6, 2019, 5:52 PM ]

Dear Marching Band Seniors & woodwind/brass "Rookies"

Anna Vtipil and Allison Starling have asked me to formally announce a "senior/rookie" sectional this Friday, Nov. 8 from 2:30 - 4:30pm.  This is an annual tradition in our band where our seniors get to share some "inside knowledge" with our rookies.  There is a lot of bonding and fun activities as well as some prep for our upcoming parades.  

Due to the short notice of this request, I completely understand if you are unable to attend...  just do what you can.
Thank you so much for making our season so wonderful.  Remember, our "official" parade rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 19 and 21st from 3:00-5:00pm.

Thank you!
Doc

Marching Band Members Needed for Magnet Open House

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

Dear marching band student,
Our principal, Mr. Mares has requested that a pep band and drum line perform outside the school this Thursday, Nov. 7th from 5:15-6:15pm.  I am thinking that a wind pep band can perform in FRONT of the school (entrance to the library) and our drum line can perform around the FLAG POLE by the GYM ENTRANCE.  I would like our students to arrive at the school by 5:00pm, get their instruments and flip folders and report to their staging areas so that we can be playing by 5:15pm.  Everyone may finish around 6:15pm even though the event continues until 7:00pm.  Students are welcome to hang out back in the band room or cafeteria where I and our band boosters will be meeting prospective students/parents.

Hours for Tri-M, NHS and Key Club will be awarded...but most importantly, it is a FUN way to spend part of an evening supporting the future of our band and school.  There will be a sign-up in our band room.

Thank you so much for all your SERVICE to our band and school!
Doc

North Davidson Competition Logistics this Saturday Nov 2nd

posted Oct 29, 2019, 6:33 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 8:19 AM ]

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our LAST COMPETITION OF THE SEASON at NORTH DAVIDSON H.S. this Saturday as well as several important dates coming up in November!  Please read this entire post. 


NORTH DAVIDSON H.S. COMPETITION
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Report to Athens                                                            12:15pm
Rehearsal in new stadium                                              12:30pm
Return to band room; load equipment/uniforms             2:15pm
Inspection in senior lot                                                 3:15pm
Depart for North Davidson H.S. via activity busses        3:30pm
Arrive NDHS                                                                   6:00pm
    Eat dinner (provided by boosters)
    Dress/Warm-up
PERFORMANCE                                                            8:20pm
Awards Ceremony                                                           9:45pm
Depart North Davidson H.S.                                            10:45pm
Arrive Athens Drive                                                        1:15am

Important Competition Day Logistics
  1. Please plan to remain on-campus between our rehearsal and inspection as there will likely not be enough time for students to safely leave ADHS.  You may bring a snack/late lunch if you think you’ll be hungry after rehearsal.
  2. The students may wear clothing of choice to North Davidson HS.  These may be the same clothing that you wear on the way back to Raleigh; however, you may wish to bring a sweater/hoodie/light jacket as it is going to be chilly in the evening!
  3. The boosters will provide a meal for the students when they arrive on the campus of NDHS.
  4. Our boosters will provide a light snack for the students’ ride back to Raleigh.
  5. It’s our last show of the season!  I realize that it is a hike - but consider coming out to route on our band!  We’ve performed so well this season… (2nd place overall in 2 shows and 3rd place overall in 3 shows).  Maybe we’ll bust through and win it ALL this Saturday??  Plus, we need parents to help with props!
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. This Thursday’s rehearsal on 10/31 will end at 4:30pm.  BOO!
  2. Our band BBQ is this Friday, Nov. 1 at the Swift Creek Community Center.  There is NO SCHOOL on this day - so just come and EAT…and help us!  Thank you!
  3. Our Fall Concert featuring our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be next Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00pm in our auditorium.  The concert is FREE and refreshments will be served at its conclusion (around 8:45pm).  We will also be inducting our new Tri-M National Music Honor Society Members.  
  4. Winter Percussion clinics will be held next Wed., Nov. 6th from 6:00-8:30pm and Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 3-5:30pm.  Auditions are Wed. & Thurs. Nov. 13th & 14th from 3:00-5:30pm.  There will be a parent orientation meeting on Nov. 6th during the clinic.  ANY BAND STUDENT may participate in the Winter Percussion Line regardless of experience.  We can teach you a percussion instrument provided that you already play another instrument.  
  5. Information about our Winter Guard will be available soon.
  6. There will be no marching rehearsals the week of Nov. 4 & 11.  (Weird, right?  You’ll be pacing the halls wondering what to do…  Practice your Christmas Parade music!)
  7. We will have 2 Christmas Parade rehearsals on Nov. 19 & 21 from 3-5:00pm.  The Raleigh Christmas Parade is Saturday, Nov. 23 followed by our Marching Band Banquet in the cafeteria 1:30-4:30pm.
  8. Thank you to everyone who parked cars at the State Fair this year.  This fundraiser was a HUGE SUCCESS!   We could not operate this program at such a high level without you.  
  9. Our Dewey’s Store in Waverly Place opens soon!  YUM!  We’ll be organizing some groups to play at this store in a few weeks.
Thank you for all you do for our students and our band!
“Doc”

FALL BAND CONCERT AND TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION

posted Oct 29, 2019, 6:28 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 6:30 AM ]

The purpose of this post is to provide information about our annual Fall Band Concert next week, as well as other upcoming events. 

FALL BAND CONCERT AND TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION
Featuring the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

6:15pm            Report: SB in band room; WE in chorus room
7:00pm            Concert begins
                                Symphonic Band
                                Tri-M Induction (during intermission)
                                Wind Ensemble
8:45pm             Concert concludes; reception provided by boosters

Both the Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble will be wearing formal attire: Men will wear the tux shirt, tie, and cummerbund with black pants, socks, and dress shoes; Ladies will wear the black dress with black shoes. Wind Ensemble men will also wear the black jackets (provided by school). 

Concert Band students are highly encouraged to attend this performance as most of these students will be in the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble in future years.  It is important to learn and be inspired by these upperclassmen.  All the Concert Band students will receive “extra credit” for attending!
Athens Drive H.S. established a Chapter of the Tri-M Music National Honor Society a few years ago and we are delighted that over 40 of our students are active participants.  These students - in band, chorus and orchestra - have distinguished themselves by their high academic achievement and long-time service to our Athens Drive Music Programs.

If you are interested in sponsoring a piece of music on the program, please talk with your son/daughter about which piece you would like to sponsor.  The average cost of Symphonic Band music is $75; Wind Ensemble music is $100.  Just email me if you are interested in this TAX DEDUCTIBLE way to contribute to the band and provide a lasting legacy for your child.  If I know in time, I’ll add your name to our program.  Of course, you can also sponsor a work after the concert.  Sponsor names are printed on the archive parts that remain in our library.
It’s going to be another great night for Athens Drive!  I look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening!

“Doc”

Upcoming Events – Athens Drive Band Program

11/1        Band BBQ at Swift Creek Community Center
11/9        Dewey’s Store opens in Waverly Place (operated by our band boosters)
11/23      Raleigh Christmas Parade and Marching Band Banquet
12/7        Apex Christmas Parade 
12/14      Cary Christmas Parade 
12/17      Grand Holiday Concert featuring the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

Logistics for Football Game (10/25) and Competition (10/26)

posted Oct 22, 2019, 11:22 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 22, 2019, 11:22 AM ]

October 22, 2019

Dear marching band student and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our LAST HOME FOOTBALL GAME this Friday and our 4th COMPETITION at UNION PINES H.S. this Saturday.

SENIOR RECOGNITION FOOTBALL GAME
(ATHENS VS. PANTHER CREEK H.S.)
Friday, October 25, 2019


Report to ADHS band room 5:30pm
 -Change into full uniform
 -Secure all equipment/music, etc.

Warm-up in junior parking area 6:00pm
 -Eighth graders report to band room

Walk to staging area 6:20pm

March to stadium 6:35pm

Pregame 6:50pm

Game begins 7:00pm

Halftime performance @7:50pm
  -Including Senior Recognition

Dismissal (at flagpole near gym entrance) 9:45pm

Students will be wearing their FULL UNIFORM for this game!  Please remember to bring your black socks.  Students may wear any shirt under the uniform; however, you MUST WEAR A SHIRT!  [I would advise NOT wearing our show shirt to keep it fresh for Saturday.] Students will need their flip folders and lyres; they should also bring a small amount of money for drinks/snacks following their performance.

We will be honoring our seniors at the beginning of halftime, followed by performing most of our show.  Seniors and their parents/guardians will line-up on the home-side track midway through the second quarter of the game (when the band departs the stands) so that we can be ready to begin the ceremony at the very beginning of halftime.


UNION PINES H.S. MARCHING BAND COMPETITION
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019


Report to Athens* 1:15pm

Rehearsal in NEW STADIUM  1:30pm

Rehearsal concludes 3:00pm
-Change into bibs and show shirt
-Load instruments/uniforms/equipment                                            

Inspection (senior parking lot) 4:15pm

Depart for UPHS (via activity bus) 4:30pm
-Eat dinner in route (on own)

Arrive UPHS 5:45pm
-Receive healthy snack provided by boosters
-Change into full uniform, warm-up

PERFORMANCE 7:45pm

Change into comfortable clothes,
  load instruments and equipment  8:15pm

Awards Ceremony 8:45pm
-Receive snack for trip home             

Depart Midway H.S. 10:00pm

Arrive Athens Drive 11:30pm

*Field crew reports to Athens 12:45pm

 
Important Competition Day Logistics

1)    BRING A HEALTHY DINNER—INCLUDING BEVERAGE—TO EAT ON THE WAY TO UNION PINES H.S.  THE BOOSTERS WILL BE PROVIDING A SNACK UPON ARRIVAL AT UNION PINES H.S. AND A SECOND SNACK BEFORE DEPARTURE.

2)    We will travel to Union Pines H.S. in our bibs and show shirts (1/2 uniform).  However, BRING A COMPLETE CHANGE OF CLOTHES to change into after our performance.

3)    WE NEED PARENTS TO HELP US WITH MOVING EQUIPMENT TO AND FROM THE FIELD.  It’s like church:  it’s much more fun to PARTICIPATE than to sit in the pew!  Please remember that our band represents our entire band community, as well as the community of Athens Drive.  We want to show the world what a great FAMILY we are!  Plus, it’s fun to hang around the semi-trailer (“big blue”) and just look cool!  …And they’ve got a flat-screened TV in there!  …And you might make a friend or two.

4)    YOUR PRESENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  Whether you can participate or not, PLEASE ATTEND THIS PERFORMANCE!  It’s really fairly close by—less than 1 hour by car!

5)    I have attached the entire schedule for the competition—I would encourage you to arrive early and stick around to watch the other fine bands performing!

As always, THANK YOU for all you do for our kids and our band program!

“Doc”

Fall Chamber Concert - Thursday October 17th

posted Oct 11, 2019, 7:44 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 7:44 AM ]

Next Thursday, October 17th, members of our Wind Ensemble will “kick-off” our concert series with a “Chamber Concert” held in the CAFETERIA at 7:00pm.  


In this program the band will not be performing as a single entity (as we do at our other concerts); rather, this concert will feature the small ensembles which comprise our bands (e.g. flute choir, trumpet choir, percussion ensemble).  In addition, our boosters will be serving refreshments (e.g. coffee, “Dewey’s” cookies, etc.) DURING the performance.  This is a NEW venture for us that I thought would add nice variety to our concert season.  Another NEW aspect of this performance is that it will be relatively “short & sweet,” lasting only about an hour!

Please note that we will NOT have marching band rehearsal on this day!  Members of our symphonic band and concert band who attend will receive EXTRA CREDIT!  Please come and support your older classmates and enjoy some goodies as well! 


Hope to see you on the 17th!

Doc.


Logistics for Friday's Football & Saturday's Competition - White Oak H.S.

posted Oct 7, 2019, 1:53 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 2:00 PM ]

Dear Marching Band Student and Parent, 

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our HOME FOOTBALL GAME this Friday and 
our 3rd COMPETITION at WHITE OAK H.S... this Saturday.

HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME (ATHENS VS. GREENHOPE H.S.) - Friday, October 11, 2019
    Report to ADHS band room                5:30pm
        Change into full uniform
        Secure all equipment/music, etc.
    Warm-up in junior parking area            6:00pm
    Eighth graders report to band room
    Walk to staging area                            6:20pm
    March to stadium                                 6:35pm    
    Pregame                                              6:50pm
    Game begins                                       7:00pm
    Halftime performance                          @7:50pm
        Including Homecoming Ceremony
    Dismissal                                             9:45pm
        (at flagpole near gym entrance)

Students will be wearing their FULL UNIFORM for this game!  Please remember to bring your black socks.  Students may wear any shirt under the uniform; however, you MUST WEAR A SHIRT!  (I would advise NOT wearing our show shirt to keep it fresh for Saturday.) 
Students will need their flip folders and lyres; they should also bring a small amount of money for drinks/snacks following their performance.


WHITE OAK H.S. COMPETITION - Saturday, October 12, 2019
    (Field Crew please report to help set up            11:15am)

    Report to Athens                                                11:45am
    Rehearsal in new stadium                                  Noon
    Return to band room;1:30pm
        eat; change; load equipment
    Inspection in senior lot                                    2:45pm
    Depart for White Oak H.S. via activity busses    3:00pm
    Arrive WOHS                                                      5:30pm
        Eat dinner (provided by boosters)
        Dress/Warm-up
    PERFORMANCE                                                8:10pm
    Awards Ceremony                                               9:45pm
    Depart White Oak H.S.                                        10:30pm
    Arrive Athens Drive                                           1:00am

Important Competition Day Logistics
  1. Please plan to remain on-campus between our rehearsal and inspection as there will likely not be enough time for students to safely leave ADMHS.  PLEASE BRING A SNACK/LUNCH FOR AFTER REHEARSAL.
  2. The students may wear clothing of choice to White Oak HS.  These may be the same clothing that you wear on the way back to Raleigh; however, you may wish to bring a sweater/light jacket.
  3. The boosters will provide a meal for the students when they arrive on the campus of WOHS.
  4. Our boosters will provide a light snack for the students’ ride back to Raleigh.
  5. This is a very well-established competition and the ECU Marching Pirates will be performing in exhibition shortly before the awards ceremony.  Please consider making the journey to see your child perform - plus we need parents to help with props!  It’s about a 2-hour journey by car…and hey, you can go down earlier and visit the BEACH!  (Or, if you want to stay the evening and visit the coast on Sunday, just write me a note!)
  6. The full schedule is attached!
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. We will NOT have a marching rehearsal on Thursday, Oct. 17th as this is the evening of our Fall Chamber Concert.  Please consider attending this concert which begins at 7:00pm and features the members of our Wind Ensemble.  This year, the concert will be held in our cafeteria.  We’ll be serving drinks (e.g.coffee) and snacks (e.g.“Deweys” bakery items) to be enjoyed DURING the concert.  I anticipate that the entire concert will be about an hour in length…really!  Students in Symphonic Band and Concert Band will receive “extra credit” for attending.
  2. Enjoy your FREE WEEKEND next week!!!  Woo-hoo!  You have certainly earned it!
  3. Thank you to everyone connected with the State Fair Parking Fundraiser.  This is a HUGE fundraiser for us!  Your efforts make our dreams come true!  
Hope to see you at the game and/or competition!

Doc.
White Oak Competition Schedule.pdf

No Rehearsals on Wednesday October 9th

posted Oct 7, 2019, 1:43 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 1:43 PM ]

Dear Marching Band Student and Parent, 

As we do not have school on Wednesday, there will be NO REHEARSAL for any of our subgroups:  winds, percussion, guard.  
Please be sure to take those uniforms home and clean the bibs and collars, wipe off the shoes, and air-out those bags (removing socks, etc.).  

Thank you!
Doc

Logistics for Midway H.S. Band Competition this Saturday (10/5)

posted Sep 30, 2019, 11:14 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 11:14 AM ]

Dear FIRST PLACE Marching Band Student and Parent,

Let’s “TOOT OUR HORN”:
What a remarkable weekend we just had!  At our evening show, our band won FIRST PLACE BAND IN CLASS, which included FIRST PLACE drum major, percussion, music, and general effect.  We also took a FIRST PLACE in our afternoon show in the categories of drum major and marching.  
I am so happy for our band - students, leaders, parents, staff!  We work so hard and do it in a way that is so healthy and makes even a very challenging day enjoyable.  Mr. Mares was elated upon hearing the news of our accomplishments; we truly are the #1 ambassador for Athens Drive!

The logistics for this Saturday will be MUCH EASIER!  (And much more comfortable as the heat is supposed to break Friday evening…)

First of all, there is no home football game, so you are FREE on Friday evening!  Yay!!!

Listed below is the schedule that we will be following for our competition on Saturday:

MIDWAY H.S. MARCHING BAND COMPETITION
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

Field crew reports to Athens 1:00pm
Report to Athens 1:30pm
Rehearsal in NEW STADIUM 1:45pm
Rehearsal concludes 3:30pm
Change into bibs and show shirt
Load instruments/uniforms/
equipment
Inspection (senior parking lot) 4:45pm
Depart for MHS (via activity bus) 5:00pm
Eat dinner in route (on own)
Arrive MHS 6:30pm
Receive healthy snack provided 
by boosters
Change into uniform, warm-up
PERFORMANCE 8:20pm
Change into comfortable clothes;  8:45pm
load instruments and equipment
Awards Ceremony 9:50pm
Receive snack for trip home
Depart Midway H.S. 10:30pm
Arrive Athens Drive Midnight


Important Competition Day Logistics
  1. BRING A HEALTHY DINNER - INCLUDING BEVERAGE, TO EAT ON THE WAY TO MIDWAY H.S.  THE BOOSTERS WILL BE PROVIDING A SNACK UPON ARRIVAL AT MIDWAY H.S. AND A SECOND SNACK BEFORE DEPARTURE. 
  2. We will travel to Midway H.S. in our bibs and show shirts (1/2 uniform).  However, BRING A COMPLETE CHANGE OF CLOTHES to change into after our performance.
  3. WE NEED PARENTS TO HELP US WITH MOVING EQUIPMENT TO AND FROM THE FIELD.  It’s like church:  it’s much more fun to PARTICIPATE than to sit in the pew! Please remember that our band represents our entire band community, as well as the community of Athens Drive.  We want to show the world what a great FAMILY we are!  Plus, it’s fun to hang around the semi-trailer (“big blue”) and just look cool!  …And they’ve got a flat-screened TV in there!  …And you might make a friend or two.
  4. YOUR PRESENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  Whether you can participate or not, PLEASE ATTEND THIS PERFORMANCE!  It is the closest competition that we have to home and it is the first one that Midway H.S. is hosting - so you know they will be on their “A game.”
  5. I have attached the entire schedule for each competition - I would encourage you to arrive early and stick around to watch the other fine bands performing!
As always, THANK YOU for all you do for our kids and our band program!

 “Doc” 

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