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Graduation Band logistics and roster

posted May 23, 2017, 5:32 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 23, 2017, 5:32 PM ]

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our performance at GRADUATION as well as a few other end-of-year events. 

1) GRADUATION MUSIC REHEARSAL
(Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band)
Friday, June 2nd, 2:45-4:00pm
  • This is the ONLY time that we can put the two ensembles together to rehearse our graduation performance the following weekend.  Please make every effort to attend; however, I realize the “last minute” notice of this request and if you cannot attend due to a pre-existing commitment that cannot be changed, please provide written notification.

2) ADHS GRADUATION CEREMONY
Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, June 10

Report to ADHS (in concert attire) 6:15am
(group meeting, load busses)
Depart for Convention Center 6:30pm
(via activity busses)
Prelude music begins 7:40am
Graduation ceremony begins 8:00am
Graduation concludes 9:15am
Depart for ADHS 9:30am
Arrive ADHS 10:00am

The Graduation performance is mandatory (a major portion of the exam) for most 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.
Two more items:
  1. All students intending to participate in the 2017 Marching Band must COMPLETE THE ONLINE INTENT FORM by Friday, June 2nd.
  2. Our annual Spring Band Banquet will be Sunday, June 4 from 1-4:30pm.  All students who have performed in the class bands, winterguard, indoor percussion, and jazz ensemble will be recognized.  We will also honor all graduating seniors.  The banquet will conclude with an amazing slide show highlighting events from the entire year!!!
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 spin that flag!  See most of you July 24th!
Doc


Graduation Band Personnel
Saturday, June 10, 2017; 8:00am
Raleigh Convention Center


Flutes
Martin Altman-S
Denise Bahena-Bustos-S
Emily Brittain-J
Kayla Freeman-J
Julia Hader-J
Grace Herring-S
Connelly Huter-J
Tivonna Lee-S
Geoffrey Luu-J
Sophia Morris-J
Savannah Strickland-S

Oboe
Kaylin McClafferty-S

Bassoon
Bryan Benson-J
Erin Clark-S

Clarinets
Emily Benson-J
Savannah Flowers-S
Caison Gray-S
Madison Haithcock-S
Kelsey Herbst-J
Karla Montes-J
Elizabeth Ortez-S
Danielle Puccio-S
Lauren Rusnak-S
Anna Vtipil-F
Alyssa Wood-J
Sofie Yingling-S

Bass Clarinet
Ashley Hamrick-J
Patrick Worden-S

Alto Saxophones 
Caroline Al-Masri-F
Edward Bynum-J
Albert Choi-S
Matthew Parker-S
Jason Phillips-J
Wesley Reagan-J
Maxwell Riach-S
Preston Sims-S
Cooper Sykes-F
Addison Young-J

Tenor Sax
Andrew Chiavacci-S
Sydney Earp-S
Sean Thornton-S
Jacob Younce-J

Baritone Sax
Kat Fox-J
Tom Nixon-F
Jordan Page-J
Maciej Pruchnik-S

Trumpets 
Daniel Baldwin-F
Robert Bennett-J
Ian Chang-F
Jacob Elder-S
Nick Grothmann-S
Joe Howard-S
Jenny Hutchinson-S
Harrison Rose-J
Austin Shoaf-J
Alison Starling-F
Brian Suh-S
Tyrone Williamson-S
Zackary Zeplin-J

French Horn
Raney Allen-J
Kathryn Chetwynd-F
Jenna Crumpler-S
Derek Geiger-F
Salah Haddad-S
Kristina Rozakis-S
Emily Williams-J

Trombones
Mason Burroughs-S
Franklin Lloyd-J
Christopher Luzzi-S
Keaton Moore-S
Malakhi Smith-J

Euphonium
Julia Kocsis-J
Jordan Walker-S
Gillian Wright-S

Tubas
Kevin Day-J
Nicki Lyles-S
Kate Swirski-J
Matt Tripp-F

Percussion
Chris Alcorn-J
Mitchell Brackett-S
David Callaghan-J
Jericho Canon-S
Lucas Dingman-J
Hannah Gillespie-S
Matthew Lyles-J
Eric Skinner-J
Ben Wakeford-S

+=Senior
J=Junior
S=Sophomore
F=Freshman

Dr. Jerry Markoch
Director of Bands
Athens Drive High School
1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC  27606
919.233.4077
jmarkoch@wcpss.net

Atlanta Itinerary, Packing List and Last Minute Reminders

posted May 16, 2017, 5:25 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 16, 2017, 5:27 AM ]

After a terrific rehearsal today, we're only a few days away from our Spring Trip to Atlanta!  Traveling with the band is an honor and privilege that is a ton of fun for everyone! The Final Itinerary and Packing List are attached.  In addition, here are a few other last minute reminders:

PERMISSION FORMS:  Parents MUST complete, sign and staple the required permission forms (3 pages) for your student to be able to attend the trip.  Forms can be found on the "forms" section of the website under "Trip Forms".  Please return completed forms to the front of the band room to the box labeled "Six Flags Permission Forms" ASAP.   

REHEARSALS:  
Wed, May 17   3:00 - 4:30pm
Thurs, May 18  3:00 - 5:00pm  (Performance for Parents at 4:30)

LOADING the TRUCK:  We'll pack the truck for Atlanta after Thursday's rehearsal so that we're ready to roll first thing in the morning!

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE - a CHANGE from the original itinerary:  It's supposed to be very warm on Saturday for our Six Flags performance.  To make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible, everyone (winds, percussion, and color guard) will be performing in the blue band provided polos (students will receive the polos from their chaperone on Friday night), SHORTS, and TENNIS SHOES. 

We're all looking forward to a quick and fun trip!!

Doc


The 2017 Atlanta, Georgia trip is a great way to end an amazing year of band for our band family!  As representatives of Athens Drive High School and the State of North Carolina, you are required to behave in an exemplary fashion at all times.  Your attention to all directions and guidelines will insure that we will be able to continue traveling in the future.

General Information
  1. Luggage:  Each person will be limited to: 1) one large suitcase or duffle-bag to store under the bus (you will not have access to this luggage until hotel check-in Friday night); 2) a carry-on bag with bus ride activities, 3) a small bag or purse for touring, and 3) a pillow & blanket.  Each item should have the following identification:  Name/Address/Phone/Email.
  2. Dress:  Proper dress is required at all times.  When traveling with a large group, appearance is an important factor in the eyes of the public.  Wear clothes in good condition; examples of what not to wear include clothes which are dirty, have suggestive print, or are excessively worn.  
  3. Instruments:  All instrument cases must be tagged (name & school).  Brass instruments should be shined and oiled; reed players should bring extra reeds.  Percussion and guard captains are responsible for making sure all equipment is carefully stored.  The bottom line is that if you play it, you are responsible for making sure it is packed and in good condition.
  4. Students travelling to or from Atlanta separately from the band: If your student is travelling to or from Atlanta separately from the band, you must notify Doc (director@athensdriveband.com) and the Booster presidents (president@athensdriveband.com) in writing. If your student is not riding the bus, you are responsible for getting their luggage to/from the hotel.
  5. General Behavior:  You are expected to behave in a manner reflective of the importance of this event and the people whom you represent at all times.  Specifically, you are to be on time for all events and meetings, behave respectfully toward all the people we encounter during the trip, and follow all rules concerning hotel, park, and bus behavior.  Treat everyone the way that you would like to be treated.  Words like “please” and “thank you” show others how special you are and how proud you are to be a member of this band. This is a school function and all school rules apply; any action which violates the school’s code of conduct will be dealt with accordingly.  Do not even think about drinking alcohol, smoking, vandalism, or any other type of behavior which you know is wrong.  Common sense is expected at all times; if in doubt, DON’T DO IT!  Minimum penalties for minor infractions include loss of park free time (students remain with chaperones).
  6. Hotel/Resort Behavior:  Since we will not have the entire hotel to ourselves, you are expected to be on your best behavior.  The following rules apply: * Loud noises, music, talking, and general “rowdiness” will not be tolerated.  * No running or aggressive behavior. *Girls may not enter boys’ rooms and vice versa. *No voices, TVs, or stereos are to be heard outside your door after lights out. *Rooms are to left in good condition; any vandalism will be paid for by all room members before we leave. *All other hotel rules are to be observed.
  7. Bus Behavior:  Please exercise the following courtesies to insure a pleasant and safe trip.  Failure to comply may result in an assigned seat near a chaperone.Use regular speaking voices.Remain seated at all times.Noise making-electronic devices must be used with headphones.Food wrappers/trash must be disposed of in proper containers.Only movies rated PG-13, PG, and G may be viewed.Whether you are tired or not, please respect the feelings of others who want to rest by keeping the noise level down.  “Quiet hours” will be enforced during overnight travel
  8. Sightseeing:  When traveling and sightseeing in the parks and around the hotel, you must travel in a group of two or more people.  Students should not be alone.  This is for your safety.  Please respect all park rules including conduct on rides and in lines.  Those who get in trouble with park authority will remain in the security office for the remainder of the day.
  9. Spending Money:  All venue costs, transportation, lodging, and ticket costs have been included as part of your trip package.  Several meals are also included in the trip – Friday lunch at the Varsity and dinner at Hard Rock Café, Saturday breakfast and one additional meal at Six Flags, and Sunday breakfast bag and one additional meal.  When deciding how much spending money to bring, please consider 1) 2-3 additional meals, depending on your student’s eating habits. 2) Snacks, water and drinks throughout the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 3) Souvenir spending  It is suggested that students bring $60-$75 to cover additional meals and snacks. Souvenir expenses would be extra.  Carry with you only the amount of spending money you might need and be especially careful as to how you carry/store it.   Bringing a credit/debit card is a reasonable alternative; however, students should always carry some cash.
  10. Performance Attire:  The dress for the Pep Band and Color Guard on Saturday at Six Flags is shorts and tennis shoes with our uniform band polo shirt (which will be distributed to students by chaperones on Friday night at the hotel).  Only small jewelry may be worn. 
  11. Family and Friends:  If your family and/or friends will be in the area during our visit, students may spend time with them following the band’s itinerary.  Students are not to separate from the band to leave the venue/park the band is visiting.
  12. General Safety:  If you become ill or need assistance, we will have plenty of chaperones to help you.  In the Six Flags, you can go to the first aid station (clearly marked on the park map) for assistance.  All medical records authorizing treatment will be kept at the First Aid station throughout the day.  On Friday and Sunday, contact the medical chaperone to access medical records.  You will be assigned a chaperone for the duration of the trip. Your chaperone will check in with you periodically, and is always happy to help, so please contact him / her if you need assistance at any time.
A few other reminders concerning safety:
  • We must have all permission forms/medical releases in order to allow students to travel with the band. 
  • Although it is not the height of summer, bring sun screen and sun glasses, wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes, and drink plenty of liquids.
  • Chaperones will notify you of check-in times.  Be sure you or someone in your group is carrying a cell phone and be sure to check in at the proper place / time.  Do not be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of any detail.
  • Be careful what you eat (and how much you eat!).  Stomach aches are the #1 ailment on longer trips.  Try to eat healthier meals with portions on the conservative side as best you can. 
  • Take care of each other.  Most problems can be prevented if someone is not afraid to speak up.  
13. Packing List (a more detailed list is attached):
  • Instrument and any necessary supplies
  • Carryon bag: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, reading materials/activities for the bus, cell phone and charger (suggest bringing battery backup - inexpensive battery backups are available at stores like Five Below and Amazon), pillow, blanket, jacket, rain gear, medications, spending money. 
  • In suitcase: Clothing for Saturday and Sunday, Pep Band Attire (Black pants, black shoes, black socks; band polos will be distributed to students prior to the performance), toiletries

2017 ATLANTA TRIP ITINERARY

Friday, May 19, 2017 
  • 5:30am  Arrive at Athens Drive and check in with your designated chaperone - 
  • Please arrange to have someone drop you off at the band room. Do not leave your car in the parking lot overnight or throughout the duration of the trip. 
  • Buses arrive. Load luggage and instruments under buses. 
  • 6:00am Group meeting; board buses. 
  • 6:15am Depart for Atlanta via Holiday Tours buses 
  • 10:15am En route lunch stop – one hour Haywood Mall  - 700 Haywood Road Greenville, SC 29607 
  • 1:45pm Approximate arrival in Atlanta 
  • 2:00pm Tour Georgia Aquarium - 225 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 581-4000 
  • 3:45pm Exit aquarium through gift shop and proceed across Pemberton Place to World of Coca-Cola 
  • 4:00pm Tour World of Coca-Cola - 121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 
  • 6:30pm Return to buses; depart for Hard Rock Café 
  • 7:00pm Dinner at Hard Rock Café - 215 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
  • 8:30pm Return to buses; depart for hotel 
  • 8:45pm Check in at Hilton Atlanta Downtown - 255 Courtland Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 659-2000 
  • Midnight Lights out 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 
  • 7:30am Wake up & prepare for departure to Six Flags 
  • 9:00am Load buses; depart for Six Flags Over Georgia 
  • 9:30am Arrive at Six Flags; breakfast (Chick-fil-A) provided by boosters 
  • 10:10am Call time at Dare Devil Dive Stage (located in the USA section of the park) 
  • 10:30am Perform at Six Flags Over Georgia 
  • 11:00am Return to buses 
    • Change clothes 
    • Store instruments 
  • 11:30am Re-enter Six Flags for the remainder of the day
  • You will receive a meal coupon good at selected restaurants within Six Flags
  • 4:30pm Check in with chaperone 
  • 9:00pm Park closes; return to buses 
  • 9:30pm Depart for hotel 
  • 10:00pm Arrive at hotel 
  • Midnight Lights Out
Sunday, May 21, 2017 
  • 9:00am Wake up; prepare to check out of hotel 
  • 9:40am Check out of Hotel; load buses; depart for The Varsity 
  • 10:00am Breakfast at The Varsity - 61 North Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 881-1706 
  • 10:45am Return to buses; depart for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site 
  • 11:00am Arrive at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site - 450 Auburn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 331-5190 
  • Self-guided exhibits and attractions, including Visitor’s Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Eternal Flame and Preservation District 
  • 12:00pm Return to buses; depart for Stone Mountain 
  • 12:30pm Arrive at Stone Mountain - 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083 
  • Explore Stone Mountain park 
  • Enjoy the Summit Skyride 
  • 2:30pm Return to buses; depart for home 
  • Stop for dinner in Greenville on the way home 
  • 9:30pm Approximate arrival at Athens Drive High School 
All students expected to help unload and clean up buses.  *You may wish to have your student(s) call when we are a short distance away from the school or upon arrival. Doc will expect to remain at the school for 1 hour after we arrive. Thank you for your courtesy arranging a prompt pick-up. 


Packing List for Atlanta

Musical Equipment & Attire 
  • Instrument
  • Music
  • Accessories - extra reeds, grease, valve/slide oil, extra sticks/mallets
  • Pep Band Attire: Black pants, black shoes, black socks
Clothes
  • 2-3 Casual outfits 
  • PJs
  • Walking Shoes! 
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Light jacket
  • Hat 
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses
Toiletries
  • DeodorantShampoo, conditioner and other hair care products
  • Soap and facial care products
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Orthodontics: Wax for braces, retainers/cases, or other ortho care products
  • Makeup products, if used
  • Shaving supplies, if needed
  • For girls, feminine hygiene products
  • Sunscreen (needs to be packed in carryon bag)
  • Band-aids and/or moleskin, blister band-aids
  • Pain RelieverAny needed medications (needs to be packed in carryon bag)
Other Items
  • Backpack or sling pack to carry around 
  • Pillow and blanket for bus
  • Carry-on bag for bus activities
  • Snacks and water bottle for bus and in hotel room
  • Cell Phone, charger, and back up battery (consider bringing power strip for hotel)
  • EarbudsEarplugs (for sleeping in hotel room and bus!)
  • Spending money (suggested $60-$75)                       

Atlanta Rehearsals, Rosters, Itinerary...

posted May 1, 2017, 9:03 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 1, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

Dear band member and parent, 
Our trip to Atlanta is just a few weeks away!  The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning rehearsals and other logistical matters.  The students will receive a more detailed itinerary one week before the trip (advising what to bring, general rules, etc.)

Six Flags over Georgia (Atlanta) Rehearsals
  • Mon, 5/15       3-4.30pm
  • Wed., 5/17      3-4.30pm
  • Thurs., 5/18 3-5:00pm (with performance for parents at 4:30pm)
Attendance at these rehearsals is crucial for a successful performance; they are the only time that all students from the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and exclusively Marching Band have the opportunity to “put it all together.”  Please do your best to arrange your schedule to accommodate these dates.  If you have a serious conflict, email me or submit a note to the band office ASAP.  I will do my best to work around sport schedules, drivers ed., etc.; however, I ask that you be realistic in terms of your particular role on the team and relative importance of conflicting practices.
The performance at Six Flags will be a “standing concert” near a main attraction in the park.  Students who are not in the class bands may stop by the band office to collect music.  The music does not have to be memorized.
Dress for the performance will be a special uniform polo shirt (provided), black pants, and black shoes.  The shoes will need to be comfortable enough to walk a fair distance and stand throughout the program.  Students may use their marching black shoes.  
Please check over the roster attached at the end of the e-mail that was distributed (by instrument) to make certain you are included!  I have also attached the itinerary for your convenience.  Finally, please make certain that all financial obligations with our boosters are taken care of so that no one is put in an awkward position as we near the date of our trip.


2017 ATLANTA TRIP ITINERARY

Friday, May 19, 2017 
  • 5:30am  Arrive at Athens Drive and check in with your designated chaperone - 
  • Please arrange to have someone drop you off at the band room. Do not leave your car in the parking lot overnight or throughout the duration of the trip. 
  • Buses arrive. Load luggage and instruments under buses. 
  • 6:00am Group meeting; board buses. 
  • 6:15am Depart for Atlanta via Holiday Tours buses 
  • 10:15am En route lunch stop – one hour Haywood Mall  - 700 Haywood Road Greenville, SC 29607 
  • 1:45pm Approximate arrival in Atlanta 
  • 2:00pm Tour Georgia Aquarium - 225 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 581-4000 
  • 3:45pm Exit aquarium through gift shop and proceed across Pemberton Place to World of Coca-Cola 
  • 4:00pm Tour World of Coca-Cola - 121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 
  • 6:30pm Return to buses; depart for Hard Rock Café 
  • 7:00pm Dinner at Hard Rock Café - 215 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
  • 8:30pm Return to buses; depart for hotel 
  • 8:45pm Check in at Hilton Atlanta Downtown - 255 Courtland Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 659-2000 
  • Midnight Lights out 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 
  • 7:30am Wake up & prepare for departure to Six Flags 
  • 9:00am Load buses; depart for Six Flags Over Georgia 
  • 9:30am Arrive at Six Flags; breakfast (Chick-fil-A) provided by boosters 
  • 10:10am Call time at Dare Devil Dive Stage (located in the USA section of the park) 
  • 10:30am Perform at Six Flags Over Georgia 
  • 11:00am Return to buses 
    • Change clothes 
    • Store instruments 
  • 11:30am Re-enter Six Flags for the remainder of the day
  • You will receive a meal coupon good at selected restaurants within Six Flags
  • 4:30pm Check in with chaperone 
  • 9:00pm Park closes; return to buses 
  • 9:30pm Depart for hotel 
  • 10:00pm Arrive at hotel 
  • Midnight Lights Out
Sunday, May 21, 2017 
  • 9:00am Wake up; prepare to check out of hotel 
  • 9:40am Check out of Hotel; load buses; depart for The Varsity 
  • 10:00am Breakfast at The Varsity - 61 North Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 881-1706 
  • 10:45am Return to buses; depart for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site 
  • 11:00am Arrive at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site - 450 Auburn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 331-5190 
  • Self-guided exhibits and attractions, including Visitor’s Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Eternal Flame and Preservation District 
  • 12:00pm Return to buses; depart for Stone Mountain 
  • 12:30pm Arrive at Stone Mountain - 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083 
  • Explore Stone Mountain park 
  • Enjoy the Summit Skyride 
  • 2:30pm Return to buses; depart for home 
  • Stop for dinner in Greenville on the way home 
  • 9:30pm Approximate arrival at Athens Drive High School 
All students expected to help unload and clean up buses.
*You may wish to have your student(s) call when we are a short distance away from the school or upon arrival. Doc will expect to remain at the school for 1 hour after we arrive. Thank you for your courtesy arranging a prompt pick-up.

Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble - Koka Booth this Sunday!

posted Apr 27, 2017, 1:45 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 1:45 PM ]

Dear Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and all other ADHS band members, 

Due to the inclement weather last weekend, we will be performing at Koka Booth Amphitheater THIS SUNDAY, April 30th at the following times:

Jazz Ensemble      6:30pm (please report to the stage area at 6:00pm)
Wind Ensemble     7:30pm (please report to the stage area at 7:00pm) -- NOTE, this is 1/2 hour earlier than what was originally scheduled.

Jazz Ensemble will wear the usual “uniform” - blue shirt with black pants.
Wind Ensemble can dress "business casual” - please avoid tennis shoes, flip flops, tee shirts, ragged jeans, etc. (The way you dressed at High Point while traveling was nice.)

We will take all of your music and percussion instruments.  It is the responsibility of each student to bring your instrument/accessory items.

The band room will be open mid-afternoon (around 3:00pm) in case something is forgotten.

Thank you for your flexibility!  
Keep in mind that performing for the public is a RARE treat--enjoy and cherish each opportunity to share your gifts!
Doc

MB Orientation and Information

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:10 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 6:14 AM ]

Dear New/Returning Marching Band Member and Parent,
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information regarding the marching schedule for the upcoming months.  All band activities can also be seen anytime on the calendar portion of the band website.

 

Drum Major Candidate Training and Audition

May 1, 3, 4, 8                                        3:00-5:00pm

May 10 (audition)                                  3:15-5:00pm

 

Section Leader Interviews (including guard/percussion captains)

Students will sign-up for a 10 minute interview during the time listed below. 

May 2-3                                                 3:00-5:30pm

 

Rising Freshmen Orientation Meetings

New members attend one or both; Section Leaders attend both.

May 15 & 16                                            6:30-8:30pm

 

Colorguard Clinics & Auditions (no experience necessary)

The clinics and auditions are required for all students intending on participating in colorguard. 

May 15 & 16                                                6:30-8:30pm                            Clinics

May 22 & 23                                                6:30-8:30pm                            Auditions

 

Percussion Clinics & Audition

The clinics are highly recommended for all new students as well as returning students who are interested in auditioning on an instrument that they have not played before.  The audition is required for all students, new and returning.

May 15 & 16                                                    6:30-8:30pm                            Clinics

May 22 & 23                                                    6:30-8:30pm                            Auditions

 

Leadership Meetings for all rising Seniors/Section Leaders

May 4                                                                2:40-3:10pm

May 30 (election of band captain)                    2:40-3:15pm

TBA (inventory/cleaning)                                  TBA                                                                   


Pre-Camp

July 24-27                                                        6:30pm-10:00pm*

*Leadership meetings for seniors and section leaders will be held 3:00-5:00pm Monday through Thursday; attendance is mandatory.

 

Band Camp at N.C. Wesleyan College (Rocky Mount, NC)

July 30 - Aug. 4 All day/night                         

 

Post Camp

Aug. 8, 9, 10                                                    6:30pm-10:00pm                                

Aug. 15, 16, 17                                                6:30pm-10:00pm

Aug. 22, 23, 24                                                6:30pm-10:00pm

 

After-School Rehearsals (beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29 to early November)*

 

Tuesday                                                          3:00-5:30pm (*)

Wednesday                                                     3:00-5:00pm (*)

Thursday                                                         3:00-5:30pm

 

*Rehearsals for drumline, front ensemble, and guard may vary from the above due to instructor availability.  The drumline usually rehearses in the evening on Wednesday (not after school); the guard usually rehearses in the evening on Tuesday and Wednesday (not after school).  The entire band usually rehearses after school on Thursday.  All changes will be communicated in writing as far in advance as possible and the current calendar is available anytime on the band website.

 

*We will be having extra rehearsals in November and December to prepare for our trip to the Outback Bowl.  More information concerning these rehearsals will be distributed once the school year begins.  We will work with students involved in other sports/winter activities.

 

Performance Schedule

At the time of this letter, all performances are TBA, but include 5 home football games (usually Friday evenings), 5 competitions (on Saturdays), and several other events (parades, school assemblies).  In general, the students will be involved in some type of activity on most Saturdays from mid-September to mid-December.  A complete rehearsal and performance schedule will be distributed in May.

 

Additional Information/FAQs

 

Auditions?

Students interested in colorguard or percussion must attend the clinics and audition in May.  Specific placement within units will depend on talent/skill level.  Woodwind and brass players who have successfully completed 8th grade band in middle school are not required to audition.  Students who have not participated in middle school band should contact the band director for specific requirements.

 

Orientation Meetings?

All rising freshmen and students new to marching band are highly encouraged to attend one or both of the orientation meetings on May 15 & 16.  [Percussion and guard students must attend these meetings as they are audition dates.]  The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for students and parents to visit our campus, meet our staff and parent boosters, and actually do some rehearsing (wear tennis shoes and bring your instrument).

 

Summer Rehearsals?

  • Summer rehearsals are necessary due to the school schedule and the amount of training/conditioning involved in this activity.  Percussionists and guard usually meet 1-2 days per week throughout June and July to learn/strengthen fundamentals.  These informal rehearsals are NOT MANDATORY, but highly encouraged.  The instructors will provide dates and times for these rehearsals in early June. 
  • Pre-Camp is required for all band members (including percussion and guard) in order to teach/review marching fundamentals and for students to get acquainted with each other and the staff.  Band Camp is the most important week of the marching band season.  It is an intense week where students focus almost entirely on learning the competition show.  The purpose of Post Camp is to reinforce and strengthen skills, movement, and music learned at band camp. 
  • If you would like to participate in the 2017 Marching Band but cannot attend one or more of the summer rehearsals, please contact the band office as soon as possible.  Band camp is the most critical of all weeks; exceptions to this week are made sparingly and are based on musicianship skills and circumstances. 

Philosophy

Our marching band performs a variety of music reflecting the three major roles that we fulfill to our school/community and students:  1) ceremonial/patriotic music (Star Spangled Banner, America, etc.) to fulfill our role as ambassador; 2) pep and spirited music (oldies and current hits) to add excitement to sporting events and rallies; and 3) “artistic music” to enhance the music education of our students and audience.  It is this

music that we play for competitions.  

 

Funding

The Athens Drive Marching Band will be traveling to Tampa Florida to participate and perform in the New Year’s Day 2018 Outback Bowl!  It is simply a “special year” for our marching band… like the season we performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.  It’s an HONOR to be part of a national event like the Outback Bowl! 

Everyone in the Marching Band will attend the Outback Bowl trip.  Since all Marching Band members will be part of the trip, the Outback Bowl trip is included in the 2017-18 Marching Band Fees and Fair Share Obligations. 

 

Marching Band Fees and Fair Share Obligations for 2017-18:

$100

Marching Band Non-Refundable Registration Fee

$975

Marching Band Fair Share Obligation ($775 for Color Guard)

Marching Band receives NO FUNDING from WCPSS, making it necessary to assess a “fair share obligation” for participating in the marching band.  “Fair Share” funds cover the costs of band camp, instruments, extra staffing, music, charting, equipment, transportation, and other service needs.

$825

Outback Bowl Trip

Includes hotel, transportation, tickets for Busch Gardens, Disney, Outback Bowl Activities (Parade, Field Show Competition, Bowl Game including mass band half time show, and more), hot breakfast every day, one additional meal a day, etc. Students will need additional money for one meal a day and any souvenirs. Sibling discounts do NOT apply for the trip.  NOTE:  Original trip costs were over $1,000.  Because of the special nature of this trip, bus transportation costs are being covered by the band’s general fund, an estimated $200 value per student.

$175

Service Commitment  (maximum 5 shifts @$35 each)

Each family is assessed $175 “Service Commitment”.  Families have the option to 1) pay it, or 2) work at qualifying venues to “earn” it.  Two venues qualify for Service Credits – State Fair Parking and PNC.  By working a shift at either of these venues, a family earns shift pay AND a $35 credit (maximum 5) for their student’s band account.  After a family has worked 5 shifts and fulfilled the Service Commitment portion of fees, the family can continue to work these fundraisers to earn shift pay for the student’s band account.  Simply put, the Service Commitment is like a $35 “bonus” for a maximum of 5 shifts worked at a qualifying venue (State Fair Parking and PNC).   

NOTE:  All wind and percussion students are required to purchase marching shoes through the band for approximately $45.

 

Payment Plans

To assist families and to ensure sufficient cash flow to pay marching band and Outback Bowl expenses (the majority of expenses occur early in the season), several payment plans have been designed to meet a variety of financial situations. Financial assistance will also be available for families who demonstrate need.   Of course, money earned through fundraisers and service commitments will lower these amounts.

 

Payment plans include expenses for BOTH Marching Band AND the Outback Bowl trip.  Families will be required to select a payment plan when completing the Marching Band Registration Form.  For a complete list of payment plans, including a description, payment amounts and deadlines, visit the band website under “Marching Band” then look for “Fees and Fair Share” or follow this link.

 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through the booster organization for students who demonstrate need for marching band and the Outback Bowl trip.  No student should be discouraged to join due to financial obligation; we will assist every family willing to contribute their “fair share”.  Financial aid information and forms are available on the “Forms” page of the website or by contact Dr. Markoch, any Co-Treasurer or any Co-President.

 

Families with two or More Children in Marching Band

Families with more than one student in the marching band program will receive a discount. 

  • Registration Fee:  $100 for the first student; $80 each additional student
  • Fair Share:  $975 for the first student; 20% less for each additional child.  If one child plays a wind/percussion instrument and another child is a member of the color guard, the 20% discount will be taken from the guard assessment.

Payment Information

The Band Boosters accept a variety of payment forms, including checks, credit cards, and online payments. For more details, visit the “Online Services” section of the band website and “Payments”, or follow this link.

 

How do I sign up?

In order to be included in the 2017 Athens Drive Marching Band, each student—new and returning—must complete the “Registration Form” located on the Forms page of our website at www.athensdriveband.com, or by following the link at the top of the homepage by June 2nd.  The website contains complete details about payment plans and due dates. 

During registration, you will be required to submit a payment.  The amount of the required payment is dependent upon the time of registration and the payment plan selected.  Because our music and drill is custom written for our band, we must know exact numbers by June 3rd.  A student is considered “registered” once the Marching Band Registration form has been completed AND the corresponding payment has been made.  Students who enroll after June 2nd are not guaranteed a position.

 

Final Thoughts

  • Because the success of a group such as the marching band is contingent upon participation from everyone involved, it is crucial that students be at ALL rehearsals and performances.  If you see a serious conflict with any of the aforementioned dates, please let me know in writing as soon as possible.  Many circumstances—including doctor appointments—can be adjusted now in order to avoid hindering the progress of over 160 students!
  • We are proud of the fact that over 90% of all instrumental music students at ADHS (those enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble) participate in the marching band.  We are also excited about the accomplishments of this group:  During the past 40 years the marching band has won numerous “First Place” and “Grand Champion” awards and has performed in such famous locales as the Washington D.C. Memorial Day Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Walt Disney World Electric Light Parade.  And we are so excited to be performing in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida later this year!  This is an outstanding music program and we look forward to your enthusiastic participation!
  • If you have any questions regarding the contents of this letter or our band program, please do not hesitate to contact me (email is easiest).  We look forward to seeing you soon!

   Dr. Jerry Markoch

Summer Guitar Lessons! Please spread the word!

posted Apr 18, 2017, 1:01 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 1:02 PM ]

Summer Guitar Lesson Program (2017)

1) A total of six 40 minute private lessons will be offered during the weeks of June 12 through August 14.  Lessons will be given on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8:30am-2:00pm.  Students may choose which weeks they can attend to fit their summer schedule.  I am very flexible with regard to makeups.

2) No lessons will be given the week of June 19 and July 31.  (This still provides 8 possible weeks for lessons.)

3) All lessons will be given by Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands at Athens Drive H.S., who has over 30 years of teaching experience.  Lessons will be given at a former band parent’s residence, located minutes from Athens Drive.  [WCPSS prohibits employees from giving “private” lessons on school property.]
 
4) The total cost of the lessons is $225.00—this includes all instructional materials except the guitar.  Students must supply their own guitar; however, guitars can often be borrowed or rented inexpensively at many local dealers.   An acoustic guitar is the best choice for a beginner (it is the most common type of guitar with steel strings).

5) A $75 deposit (made payable to Dr. Jerry Markoch and sent to the address below) is required to secure a lesson time in the schedule.  It would be preferred that the balance ($150) be paid by the third lesson; however, alternative arrangements can be made.

6) Although lessons are geared for beginning students in grades 4-12, college age students and adults are welcome.  No prior music experience is necessary.

7) To get started, please contact Dr. Markoch via email with the preferred day and time of lesson.  

Finally…
I have had the opportunity to teach summer guitar lessons to many of our band students for the past 5 years.  It is a terrific, refreshing way to experience music.  Most of our students have learned the skills needed to continue to play the guitar for the rest of their life! 
Thank you for your interest in this unique program!

Doc
Dr. Jerry Markoch
Director of Bands
Athens Drive High School
1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC  27606

High Point University and Koka Booth Schedule for WIND ENSEMBLE this weekend

posted Apr 17, 2017, 1:28 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 1:30 PM ]

To:  Wind Ensemble members and parents 

RE:
1) Honor Band of NC Performance on Saturday 4/22
2) Cary Arts Festival Performance on Sunday 4/23

Welcome back from Spring Break!  Now the real fun begins!!!
It’s going to be a busy weekend for us - but it’s ALL GOOD!  Most of the information that appears below is review; however, please read everything over carefully so that there is no confusion over the details!
 
HONOR BAND OF NORTH CAROLINA PERFORMANCE DAY
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

Arrive Athens Drive H.S.                        5:30am
Depart for HPU                                        6:00am
Arrive HPU                                               8:15am
Session A (tour of campus and 
master classes by HPU faculty)            8:30am
Lunch (provided by HPU)                      11:00am
Session B (clinic with R. Saucedo)       12:00pm
Change into concert attire                     2:30pm

CONCERT (ADHS/CHS)                         3:30pm

Depart HPU                                            5:30pm
Dinner at Four Seasons Mall                6:15pm
Depart for ADHS                                    7:30pm
Arrive Athens Drive H.S.                       9:00pm
We will be transporting the students to and from HPU via Charter Coach.  Our boosters will provide a breakfast for our students to enjoy on the bus on the way to HPU.  The students will need to bring some money for dinner at the food court in the Four Seasons Mall on the way back to Raleigh.  

We are in need of a few students or parents to drive because our ensemble size is larger than the number of seats on the bus.  (You’ll still get breakfast!)  The good news is that you would be able to leave and come directly back to Raleigh following our performance.  Please let me know if you can drive and if you can take a few other students.  All that I would ask is that I receive a note of permission from a parent whether you are driving or riding with another student!  Thank you for your help with this!

Dress for much of the day will be “casual professional,” or “comfortable, but nice.”  The students will be interacting with many professionals and they need to “dress the part.”  Mainly, avoid jeans, flip-flops, tennis shoes, tee shirts, hoodies, and the like.  We will transport their formal concert attire on the charter bus.
Remember to bring your concert attire to school on Saturday morning!!  Guys can put tux shirt, pants, shoes and socks, bow tie and cummerbund in jacket bag.

CARY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Koka Booth Amphitheatre

This Sunday, April 23rd, our Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the 5th annual Cary Music & Arts Festival held at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.  It is exciting to be performing at such a beautiful venue with our friends from neighboring schools in a non-competitive event.  The Festival begins at 4:30pm with the Middle Creek H.S. Chorus and will conclude with our Wind Ensemble at 8:00pm.  Ensembles from Cary Academy, Cary High School, Cardinal Gibbons H.S. and Green Hope H.S. will also be performing (see bottom of letter). 
Unlike our other events, we are asking all of our students to arrive on their own, preferably 30 minutes before the performance.  I have asked the Wind Ensemble to wear “nice Sunday clothing” as a break from the more formal attire.  Jazz Ensemble members can wear their blue/black attire. 

We will be following the schedule below:
6:00pm            Jazz Ensemble arrives at Koka Booth
6:30pm            Jazz Ensemble Performance
7:30pm            Wind Ensemble arrives at Koka Booth
8:00pm            Wind Ensemble Performance

We’ll talk with the students this week about what equipment to bring.  All students should report to the back area of Koka Booth where we will have parents guide the students on where they can place instrument cases.  
Our hope is to make this an enjoyable, non-stressful performance in a relaxed environment.  We also hope that this can be an event that will grow in number of participants and size of audience.  So, bring your dinner, lawn chair/blanket, and a friend!  And here’s the best news:  This is a FREE event!!!!!!

“Doc”

Please consider attending Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion Championships this weekend!

posted Mar 28, 2017, 8:18 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

Our Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion Ensembles wrap up their season this weekend at Dorton Arena on the State Fairgrounds.  They will be performing in the "Atlantic Indoor Association Championship” - the most prestigious regional championship for these ensembles in the area. 

Our Winter Guard performs on Saturday April 1st at 3:26pm (their class begins at 2:30pm).
Our Indoor Percussion performs on Sunday April 2nd at 1:53pm (and they are first to perform in their class).
Please note that there is an admission fee to each of these performances (around $10). 

Both groups will be performing in an "Exposition Concert" on Monday, April 3rd at 7:30pm in our upper gym...this performance is FREE!
*I will grant any student who attends any of these performances "extra credit" in our class ensembles.  
I am so proud of the students, parents, and instructors in each of these groups.  They have worked wonderfully together; their positive energy, passion and excellence throughout the season have brought our school and band program much honor.  Thank you to all and I am excited to enjoy your performances this weekend!!!

Doc

Outback Bowl - It's Official!

posted Mar 10, 2017, 7:56 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 7:57 AM ]

It’s official!  The Athens Drive Marching Band will be traveling to Tampa Florida to participate and perform in the New Year’s Day 2018 Outback Bowl!  Next year is simply a "special year" for our marching band... like the season that we performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It is an HONOR to be part of a national event like the Outback Bowl, so we are going to get a head start on everything!

This trip will be fantastic and you’ll want to be part of it!  The trip includes a day at Busch Gardens, parade, field show competition, and mass band event for the Outback Bowl Half Time.  We’re exploring other adventures, including a day at Disney!  Here’s what you need to know now:

 

SAVE THE DATES:  Thursday December 28, 2017 – Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Although the trip plans have not yet been finalized, we will likely leave late at night on Thursday December 28 and travel by bus overnight.  We will depart Tampa immediately following the Outback Bowl game on January 1, traveling by bus overnight, to arrive early morning for school on Tuesday, January 2. 

 

MARCHING BAND This will be a trip for ALL 2017-18 MARCHING BAND participants, including color guard and percussion.  You must participate in marching band to attend.   Every marching band student is essential to the success of a trip like this so we’ll work together to figure out how to make sure every participating student has the opportunity to attend - financial assistance will be available for students who demonstrate need!

 

COST:   We are working to finalize a price and payment schedule for the trip and we’ll let you know as soon as possible.  So that you can start to prepare, we anticipate that trip costs will range from $800-$900 and will include most expenses - typically students are responsible for one meal a day and any souvenirs.  Trip payments will likely start in April or May at the latest, and conclude before mid-October. 

 

PLAN AHEAD:  There are many spring and summer opportunities to earn money for your band account so that you are prepared for trip and marching band expenses.  Combine your efforts with multiple fundraisers and watch your band account grow quickly!  Check out the website for more details as well as more fundraising opportunities.

-  Grocery cards, Scrip, and Car Wash tickets are always available!  By spending money you would already spend, you could easily accumulate at least $20/month!

-  PNC still has spots available through April making customers happy by serving Dippin’ Dots or ice cream.  The PNC is convenient, fun, easy and good pay!  If you see a spot occupied by John or Karen Chiavacci, email pnc@athensdriveband.com to let them know you would like to work - they will work with you to find a spot or enjoy a night off!   Work just 2 events and earn a quick and easy $50!

-  PARCC - Be sure to sign up to be trained for the PARCC so that you can work at the Performing Arts and Raleigh Convention Center downtown for $8/hour (convenient, easy and great pay!)  There are many opportunities to work at these venues and we aren’t even close to utilizing this venue to its full potential!  Pay varies by event length; work just 2-3 events and easily earn $60-$100!  For more details, email parcc@athensdriveband.com.

-  NCFC (formerly Railhawks) – Parents and students can work together to earn $20/shift at the soccer park (convenient, easy, fun, and students can work!)  If two parents and a student work only 2 events, your family will make a quick $120 for your band account!

-  Sponsorships – Get a local business to sponsor the band and earn 25% of the sponsor amount for your band account!  Look on the website to learn more details about how it works.

 

MORE DETAILS:  We’ll need chaperones to attend the trip, too - look for sign ups sometime later in the summer! In addition, there will be options for family members to participate in the trip.  Price, payment schedules, and more trip details like family options and chaperone sign-ups will all be announced at a later date.

 

TRIP PLANNING:  With a trip of this size and scope, there are many details to coordinate.  We’d love to have your help!  We need an overall trip coordinator as well as committee members to help with details such as coordinating buses, equipment logistics, organizing meals, planning for uniforms, exploring parent hotel options, scheduling, interfacing with Outback Bowl planner, etc.  If you’re interested in helping the band by serving on the Outback Bowl Committee, please email trip@athensdriveband.com or president@athensdriveband.com and let us know how you’d like to help.  Working together to plan a trip like this is sure to be incredibly rewarding and super fun so don’t be afraid to jump in and help make this wonderful trip a reality for our students and families!!!   

 

It’s going to be a terrific year and an amazing trip!  Adventure Awaits!!!  Be sure you’re part of it!

Doc

Info regarding upcoming Concerts and State Band Festival

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:17 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 7:20 AM ]

The purpose of this letter is to remind everyone of the upcoming dress rehearsals and Festival Concerts, and to provide information about our adjudicated State Festival Performance for our Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.  

Wednesday, March 8
7:00-9:00pm                Jazz Ensemble Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, March 9 (Festival Concert I)
6:45pm                        Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble reports to ADHS
                                    Concert Band warms up in band room; Jazz Ensemble warms up in chorus room.
7:30pm                        Concert begins
                                        - Dillard Drive M.S.
                                        - Concert Band
                                        - Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, March 16 (Festival Concert II)
6:45pm                        Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble reports to ADHS
                                    Symphonic Band warms up in band room; Wind Ensemble warms up in chorus room and cafeteria.
7:30pm                        Concert begins
                                        - Symphonic Band  
                                        - Wind Ensemble

***Both Festival Concerts are FREE with refreshments served at their conclusion (approx. 9:30pm). We have cancelled the dress rehearsals previously scheduled for the concert groups

Wednesday, March 22 (State Festival-Wind Ensemble at Apex Friendship) 
5:30pm                            Report to ADHS in Concert Dress
                                        Gather instruments/music/equipment
                                        Load equipment truck
5:45pm                            Group meeting; load bus
6:00pm                            Depart Athens
6:30pm                            Arrive AFHS
                                            - orientation
                                            - warmup
7:40pm                            Performance

9:00pm                            Load busses; receive ratings
9:15pm                            Depart AFHS
9:45pm                            Arrive ADHS

Thursday, March 23 (State Festival-Symphonic Band at Apex Friendship) 
11:00am                          Change into concert attire
                                        Load equipment truck
11:45pm                           Group meeting; load bus
Noon                                Depart Athens
12:30pm                           Arrive AFHS
                                            - orientation
                                            - warmup
1:35pm                            Performance
2:30pm                            Load busses; receive ratings
2:45pm                            Depart AFHS
3:15pm                            Arrive ADHS

*** Symphonic Band students will only miss their 4th period on the day of Festival.  This will be an EXCUSED absence as this event is an integral part of our curriculum.

For our State Festival Performances, please be sure to check your calendars carefully and make the necessary adjustments.
State Festival is our single most significant performance of the year (in terms of formal accreditation) as ratings are given and distributed throughout the state.
Parents are encouraged to attend our performances at Apex Friendship!  The Festival is open to the public and is FREE!

Your continued support means a great deal to the students—and me!  We look forward to sharing some great music with you during the upcoming weeks!  

“Doc”

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