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

posted by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated ]

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!!!


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 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

-  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 or 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!


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!  



posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:05 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 8:05 AM ]



6:00pm            Arrive Athens Drive
6:15pm            Move to auditorium stage to perform pep tunes as rising 9th graders and their parent(s) enter
6:30-7:00pm    Perform throughout opening ceremony in auditorium as needed
7:00-7:30pm    Video recording for Rose Parade in band room

  1. This is a BIG recruiting evening for us!  Wear your ADHS gear - “blue and orange!”
  2. Those of you considering being a CAPTAIN or SECTION LEADER next year are urged to attend - these are going to be your people!
  3. NHS hours, etc. will be awarded as this counts as service to our school.
  4. The video for the Rose Parade will involve exclaiming “Ya Gotta Luv It!” a few times…  Come to school happy☺
  5. If you can stick around until 8:00pm, I’ll be in the upper gym talking with rising freshmen and their parents… feel free to join me!

Important DATE information for Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

posted Feb 9, 2017, 4:32 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 4:44 AM ]

To:    Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band members and parents 

RE:    State Band Contest (in March) and the Honor Band of NC Performance in April

Next month our top two concert bands will perform at State Contest at Apex Friendship H.S.  This is the most professionally significant performance of the year for our concert ensembles as the ratings that we earn are widely accepted as a valid marker of the overall strength and musicianship of the program, and are published in various ways throughout the State.

I have requested the following dates for our Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band to perform:

Wednesday, March 22Wind Ensemble

*We will most likely perform in the evening, anywhere between 5:00-9:00pm.

Thursday, March 23Symphonic Band

*We will most likely perform in the mid-later afternoon, anywhere between 2-6:00pm.


We should know our exact times by March 1st.  We will transport the students to and from Apex Friendship H.S. via activity bus.  The students will wear their formal concert attire.  More information will be sent under separate cover.  These performances are FREE and open to the public; parents and friends are encouraged to attend!


A reminder to our WIND ENSEMBLE:

As noted earlier this school year, our Wind Ensemble (along with the wind ensemble from Cuthbertson High School) was selected this past summer as an “Honor Band of North Carolina!”  This distinction was awarded based on recordings and our record of past honors/performances.  We were evaluated by a panel of music professionals outside the area; a fact that makes the selection even more impressive. 

In addition to the distinction, our students will be rehearsing and performing Saturday, April 22nd at High Point University.  They will receive master classes by faculty members from HPU and a clinic with Mr. Richard Saucedo—one of the most famous band directors/composers in the world!  I have known Mr. Saucedo for many years and have played several of his works.  He even wrote our marching band show in 2006!  We will actually be performing his “Concerto for Band” at this concert!  



Arrive Athens Drive H.S.                             5:15am

Depart for HPU                                             5:45am

Arrive HPU                                                    8:00am

Session A (clinic or master classes)           8:30am

Lunch (provided by HPU)                             11:00am

Session B (clinic or master classes)           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

I would like to transport the students to and from HPU via Charter Coach (if our budget allows).  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.  

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 or box truck.

This is all something to be very proud and excited about!  Our Athens Drive Band Program has so much depth that we continue to provide exceptional experiences to all of our students, whether they march before thousands in a stadium or down a city block, or perform before hundreds in a concert hall or gymnasium.   It’s simply “all good!”  

Thank you for all of your continued support!  Ya gotta luv it!


Announcing Spring Trip to Atlanta - sign up deadline Wed. Feb. 22

posted Feb 5, 2017, 8:36 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 8:39 AM ]

We are excited to offer a year end trip to Atlanta, GA on May 19-21 for all participants in our band program (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band-includes Guard & Percussion, Jazz Ensemble, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion). The trip will include a performance at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday, May 20th. Cost is $335 for students and $210 for chaperones. The "Atlanta Trip Intent Form" is located at the link below and will also be available on the Forms page of our website under the "Trip Forms" header. A $135 deposit and online submission of intent is due Wednesday, February 22. 

Please note we will be leaving Athens early on the morning of Friday, May 19. Students will miss one day of school to participate on this trip.

Fee Includes
• Round trip bus transportation
• Two nights lodging at the Hilton Atlanta downtown
• Admission to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Stone Mountain
• Performance at Six Flags
• A group dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and some other meals
• Other downtown Atlanta sights, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Payment Information
The total student fee for the trip is $335. A non-refundable* $135 deposit is due with the intent form by Wednesday, February 22. The balance is payable in two equal installments of $100 due on March 15 and April 15. Payment in full with the intent form is also accepted. Payment can be made by Check, Credit Card/PayPal, Dwolla or Deducted from Band Account provided funds are available.  


Please note that student's band account must be current prior to signing up or you must be signed up online for enough fundraising shifts to cover the balance. Students with outstanding balances from marching band/color guard must clear these balances prior to signing up for the trip. You can check your account balance by referring to the statement that was emailed to you on January17. If you did not receive a statement, please contact to request one. Also, any students with outstanding band account balances after the final payment date are subject to removal from the trip. Financial Aid is Not Available for this Trip.


To Sign Up (Deadline for Signups is Wednesday, February 22)
This form will also be available from Forms page of our website at under "Trip Forms" header.
Parents interested in chaperoning can indicate so on their student's form. 


* We need a MINIMUM of 120 student participants in order to cover costs and make the trip worthwhile for our entire band program.  If we decide not to go, all deposits will be returned via credit on your account or by check (your choice).

We will provide rooming information, a detailed itinerary and packing list later in the spring.

Note: Please email replies or questions to

2017 UNC-G Honor Band - Congratulations!

posted Jan 26, 2017, 3:15 PM by Athens Drive High School Band



The Athens Band will be sending 6 of our talented students to UNC-G to participate in the 28th Annual Carolina Band Festival on February 16-18.  Over 300 students submitted applications and recordings from a multi-state area and some of ours were selected among the best!  

9-10 Concert Band

Danielle Puccio (Clarinet) 


11-12 Symphonic Band

Bryan Benson (Bassoon)

Julia Hader (Flute)

Kelley Harrell (Clarinet)

Lauren Holtshouser (Trumpet)

Lauren Howard (Oboe)


We’re all proud of each of you and this outstanding musical achievement!


All District Honor Band Participants

posted Jan 23, 2017, 4:28 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 4:28 AM ]

Congratulations to all our All District Participants!  We are proud to have 11 participants earn positions through auditions for this honor.  The All District Clinic will be held January 27-28 (participating students have received a detailed schedule)!  

11-12 Symphonic Band
Elizabeth Alvord (Flute)
Bryan Benson (Bassoon)
Lauren Holtshouser (Trumpet)
Zack Zeplin (Trumpet)

9-10 Wind Ensemble
Kathryn Chetwynd (Horn)
Derek Geiger (Horn)
Salah Haddad (Horn)
Danielle Puccio (Clarinet)
Brian Suh (Trumpet)
Ben Wakeford (Percussion)
Tyrone Williamson (Trumpet)

Congratulations, again!

(Note from Moderator - if any participants have NOT received e-mails re schedule & music - please reply to this email or to Doc, thank you)

Jazz Ensemble to start January 31st

posted Jan 18, 2017, 10:27 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

Jazz Ensemble will begin Tuesday, January 31st rather than on the 24th as previously scheduled.  Conflicts with exams and Dr. Parker's schedule necessitated the later start.  It's all good!

Looking forward to "swinging" with you!

Jazz Ensemble Overview 2017

posted Jan 15, 2017, 1:36 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 1:37 PM ]

JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Spring Semester, 2017 

The Athens Drive Jazz Ensemble is a co-curricular group that meets in the Spring Semester and which supplements the music ensemble experience that students receive during the school day.  The Jazz Ensemble provides students the opportunity to perform music in jazz styles and related idioms such as rock and Latin.  The group meets on average 2 days per week (Tuesdays/Thursdays) and performs on school band programs and at local events.  Standard instrumentation is as follows:  alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum set and auxiliary (such as vibraphone), bass, guitar, and piano.  We will also accept clarinets, baritones (if you read bass clef or are willing to transpose music), flutes (if you are willing to transpose music) and tubas.  

The Jazz Ensemble will be directed by Dr. Wes Parker (NCSU Jazz Director).  There is a $95 fair-share assessment for membership in the ensemble that covers the cost of guest instruction, music and equipment.  In addition, new students will be asked to purchase the uniform blue dress shirt at a cost of @$18.  We are asking for $50 by 2/9; $45 by 4/20.  The fee for the shirt will be due when the shirts become available (most likely mid-February).  The students will wear black dress pants and shoes with the shirt.

Interested students will be asked to “sign-up” on the white board in the bandroom by January 20th.  Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 24 at which time we will read music and assign parts based on musical maturity.  
Like all of our ensembles, we will enforce the following policy with regard to attendance:

Students are to submit a written request to be excused from any rehearsal or performance.  It is expected that the students will attend every rehearsal and performance unless illness or other emergency prohibits participation.  Any unexcused absence and/or problem with excessive absence may result in suspension from performance or dismissal from the jazz ensemble with no refund of fees.  

Jazz Ensemble Consent
(Due Tuesday, January 24, 2017)

I give permission for my child _______________________________ to participate in the Spring 2017 ADHS Jazz Ensemble.

I have read the attendance and financial responsibilities and will abide by them.

Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________

Athens Drive H.S. Jazz Ensemble
Tentative Rehearsal/Performance Schedule, Spring ‘17
(All rehearsals will be held in the bandroom between 2:45-4:15pm.)

Tuesday, (T), 1/24
Thursday (R), 1/26
T, 1/31
R, 2/2
T, 2/7
R, 2/9
T, 2/14
R, 2/16
T, 2/21
R, 2/23
T, 2/28
R, 3/2
T, 3/7
Wednesday, 3/8 Dress rehearsal for Festival Concert 7-9pm
Thursday, 3/9 Festival Concert I beginning at 7:30pm

BREAK (for Band State Festival)

T, 3/28
R, 3/30
T, 4/4
R, 4/6
T, 4/18
R, 4/20
Sunday, 4/23 Western Wake Arts Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheatre @6:00pm
T, 4/25
R, 4/27
T, 5/2
R, 5/4
T, 5/9
Wednesday, 5/10 Dress rehearsal for Spring Concert 7-9pm
Thursday, 5/11 Spring Concert I beginning at 7:30pm

***There will likely be several additional performances throughout the Spring; students will receive dates and times when confirmed.

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