Marching Band Will Compete at Ledford HS 9/29

posted by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated ]

Dear marching band students and parents, 

Due to damage/flooding caused by the recent hurricane, West Craven had to cancel their competition next Saturday (9/29).  We were very fortunate to be able to get into the show at Ledford H.S. in Thomasville as a substitute.  I have attached the competition schedule for you and will send you a logistics/rehearsal schedule for our day on Saturday next week.  

Let's remember to be thankful that we are IN SCHOOL and STILL MARCHING!  My heart aches for those programs down east that may have to discontinue their marching schedule for the remainder of the season.

Big day tomorrow with the 9-9 rehearsal.  Hope many of you can make the breakfast planned by our band boosters at 9:15am, and please try to come out to the old football stadium  to watch run-thoughs of the entire show at 8:00pm.  The old stadium is down the hill across from our practice field.


8th grade band invitation to an Athens Drive Football Game

posted Sep 20, 2018, 2:21 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 2:21 PM ]

Dear prospective band member and parent,

The ATHENS DRIVE HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND cordially invites you to spend an evening with us on either Friday, Oct. 12th OR Friday, Oct. 19 for a home Athens Drive Football Game! We would like you to accompany the marching band to the stadium, sit with the band in the stands, and follow us back to the band room after the game.  You will get the opportunity to meet our current members, enjoy plenty of great music including an “award-winning” halftime performance, and meet our wonderful booster parents.

Students and parents/guardians are to report to the Athens Drive H.S. band room at 6:00pm.  EACH CHILD MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AT LEAST ONE PARENT/GUARDIAN OR BRING A NOTE AUTHORIZING AN ATTENDING PARENT TO SERVE AS GUARDIAN.  They will be greeted by our band parents and escorted to the marching band warm-up area.  Our marching band will march to the stadium at 6:30pm.  The actual game begins at 7:00pm and usually ends around 9:30pm; the marching band is released from the band room area at 10:00pm.  If you are unable to meet us before the game, you may show up to the stadium at any time and come over to the band area.  (Unfortunately, we cannot provide “free admission” to students/parents who do not enter with the band.)  Although we would like you to stay the entire evening, you may leave at any time.   

All participating 8th graders will receive free admission to the game (we will also pay for up to two adults for each child), and a free snack and beverage following the marching band’s halftime performance.  There is no formal type of dress required; although our school colors are royal blue and orange (hint, hint!).  Don’t bring anything other than yourself (no instruments/music, etc.).  We just want you to enjoy the atmosphere and our wonderful students!  We’ll get you playing with us next year!!!

I sincerely hope you will consider joining us!  It is not too early to seriously begin thinking of how you will spend your time in high school.  I hope that this experience will motivate many of you to join our incredible band family!  Also, be sure to visit our band website for more information about our program:  

Hope to see you on the 12th or 19th!
Jerry Markoch
Director of Bands

Marching Rehearsal will end at 4:30pm on Thursday, Sept. 20 (for Open House)

posted Sep 18, 2018, 12:06 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 12:07 PM ]

Dear marching band students and parents,

In order for our families to attend Open House (Meet the Teacher) this Thursday (Sept. 20), we will be ending our marching rehearsal at 4:30pm.  [Thank goodness we've got the Saturday 9-9 with all these schedule interruptions... it's all good!]


Info For Saturday's 9-9 Rehearsal

posted Sep 18, 2018, 6:15 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 6:15 AM ]

Sept. 18, 2018


Dear marching band student and parent,


The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our full band rehearsal this Saturday (the 9-9).



Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018


Report to band room                                           8:45am

Rehearsal at practice field/old stadium TBA       9:00am

Lunch (on own)                                                   Noon

Rehearsal/Uniform Check-ups                           1:30pm

Dinner (on own)                                                  4:30pm

Rehearsal in old stadium                                    6:00pm

Performance Hour!                                           8:00pm

Dismissal (at stadium)                                        9:00pm


Saturday’s rehearsal is crucial for many reasons:  1) we will finish all of the choreography and body movement for the show that we will compete with next week; 2) we will rehearse with sports equipment and voice overlays for timing and flow; 3) we will spend quite a bit of time cleaning drill and music execution; 4) we will get the opportunity to try on the uniforms to make sure everything fits correctly; 5) we will be spend our evening block rehearsing in the stadium, under the lights; and 6) we will be only one week away from our first competition!!!


Students may eat on campus or leave campus for lunch/dinner.  Although there should be sufficient time to “eat out,” please think ahead as to where you might like to 

dine so that you have enough time to drive safely and eat a decent meal.  There is really no problem with hanging out in the band room!


And…all friends and family are invited to enjoy our rehearsal for the final hour of the day!  Essentially, we will be planning to perform our entire show at sometime during this hour.  It’s really a nice time for all of our parents to gather in the home stands and watch something magnificent all come together!  You can then pick up your child right from the field (eliminating that long walk).  


Please remember that all uniforms need to be returned to the band room by this Saturday.  We will be wearing parts of the uniform during rehearsals next week.


As always, thank you for everything you do for your kids and this program!



Logistics for Friday's Football Game

posted Sep 4, 2018, 3:30 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 3:30 PM ]

September 4, 2018 
Dear marching band student and parent,
The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our THIRD HOME FOOTBALL GAME this Friday.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Report to ADHS band room 5:45pm
Warm-up (front parking lot) 6:00pm
Walk to staging area 6:20pm
March to stadium 6:35pm
Pregame 6:50pm
Game begins 7:00pm
Halftime Performance @7:50pm
Dismissal (at flagpole near band room) @9:45pm

Students are to wear their SHOW TEE SHIRT, shorts (make certain that they are not too short and fit comfortably), socks and tennis shoes.  Students will need their flip folders and lyres; they should also bring a small amount of money for drinks/snacks following their performance.

We have marched in the pouring RAIN and the searing HEAT.  We have performed 2 home football games BEFORE SCHOOL EVEN STARTED!  For those games, we learned a Pregame, 2 movements of our competition show and a whole bunch of pep band music!  As of the date of this letter, we have learned the music and choreography to ¾ movements of our show!  This band is truly incredible and is definitely CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL!  Let’s keep it going!  More comfortable weather is just around the corner (think pumpkins and fall leavesJ)

Thank you for ALL you do every day—especially the “hidden stuff”—the stuff no one sees but makes all the difference in the world!  And this goes for students and PARENTS!  You are all amazing and it is my sincere privilege to work among you!

Hope to see many of you at the game.  Please remember that it means so much to our students when friends/loved ones are in attendance!  Plus, it is sort of fun to dance to “Apache,” “YMCA,” and the “Chicken Dance.”  (It’s okay, what happens at a Friday night high school game will stay there…J)

The Athens Drive High School Band
Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director

IMPORTANT! Post Camp Rehearsal for woodwinds and brass cancelled for tonight

posted Aug 21, 2018, 5:56 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 5:57 AM ]

Dear marching band members and parents, 
Due to the high likelihood of yet more rain tonight, I have decided to CANCEL tonight's (8/21) rehearsal for woodwinds and brass.  Our percussion and guard will rehearse as usual.  The forecast for the remainder of the week looks much drier (and considerably more pleasant).  I have decided to let our winds rest and "bank" on getting the most out of the next 2 days.

Enjoy your impromptu "holiday:)"

Logistics for After School Rehearsals

posted Aug 20, 2018, 7:04 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 7:04 AM ]

August 20, 2018

Dear marching band student and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide an overview of logistics involved with after-school rehearsals that will begin next Tuesday, August 28.

1) Plan ahead!  Bring a comfortable change of clothes to school, including socks and tennis shoes.  Rehearsals in August and September tend to be warm, so dress accordingly. No matter what the forecast, assume that we will be rehearsing outside.

2) Drink/Eat wisely!  Drink plenty of water throughout the school day and after school (you can carry your water bottle around).  Avoid soda/junk snacks and be sure to eat lunch.  We will be providing students with snacks in the band hall immediately after school so that they will have energy to burn.  Students will also be provided with plenty of water throughout the rehearsal.  Students who drink and eat well throughout the day and dress appropriately for the heat usually do not have a problem.  Parent chaperones are in attendance at every after-school rehearsal to provide added assistance.

3) Be careful where you store your belongings after school.  If possible, keep them with you or store them in your cars.   We will do our best to lock the band room when everyone is outside; however, nothing is totally secure in a public space and you must be smart with regard to items that have exceptional value (cell phones, purses, etc.).

4) Be on time!  After-school rehearsals will start promptly at 3:00pm, usually on our practice field.  If the weather is threatening or inclement, we will meet in the band room.  Students are encouraged to use the time between 2:18 (end of school) and 3:00 to change clothes, grab a snack, check-off music, and visit with other teachers as necessary.

5) Practice will end on time, usually at the practice field or old stadium.  For wind players, Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals will end at 5:30pm; Wednesday rehearsals will end at 5:00pm.  (Percussion and guard will have slightly different schedules that will be communicated ASAP.)  Many parents meet their child(ren) at the field and drive them back up to school to retrieve their book bags, etc. 

6) Marching rehearsals take priority over all other school activities.  If you are part of a group/club that meets after school, you may attend any meeting until 2:50pm at which time you are to come to marching rehearsal.  Please inform your teacher/advisor that you are in the marching band; they will respect your sense of commitment.  Clubs which meet after school on Monday or Friday are usually not a problem.  Regular marching rehearsals end the first week of November.  If you anticipate a serious conflict, please see the band director.

7) All after-school rehearsals are mandatory.  If a student is absent from school or leaves school early, a courtesy email to the band director would be appreciated.  The director reserves the right to withhold a student from performing if material is not learned and/or attendance is poor.  Also, it is expected that if a student is well enough to come to school, he/she is well enough to march.  If this is not the case, a note must be presented from a parent or a doctor.

8) Sectionals.  Student leaders may call after-school sectionals (usually on Mondays or Fridays) to address specific issues or polish music/movement.  Although these sectionals carry less weight than a scheduled full-band rehearsal, students are expected to do their best to honor the request.  If a student cannot attend a sectional due to a previous commitment, job, or large homework load, please provide a note to the section leader.  We have asked our section leaders to be considerate with regard to providing advance notice (usually a week if possible), specifying beginning and ending times, and using sectional time wisely.  It is the responsibility of the student leader to arrange for a parent chaperone or staff member to be on site.

We are off to a terrific start!  We have had a very productive summer (despite the rainy weather), we’ve got over 150 wonderful members, and we’ve got a GREAT SHOW!  Your courtesy in following the aforementioned guidelines will ensure that we will enjoy a productive and rewarding season.


Logistics for Friday's (8/24) Football Game

posted Aug 20, 2018, 7:02 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 7:03 AM ]

August 20, 2018
Dear marching band student and parent, 

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning our SECOND HOME FOOTBALL GAME this Friday—PLEASE NOTE THE SLIGHTLY EARLIER REPORTING TIME! 

Report to ADHS band room 5:35pm
Warm-up (front parking lot) 5:50pm
Walk to staging area 6:10pm
March to stadium 6:25pm
Ekklesia Pep Rally 6:30pm
Pregame 6:50pm
Game begins 7:00pm
Halftime Performance @7:50pm
Dismissal (at flagpole near band room) @9:45pm

Students are to wear their SHOW TEE SHIRT, shorts (make certain that they are not too short and fit comfortably), socks and tennis shoes.  Students will need their flip folders and lyres; they should also bring a small amount of money for drinks/snacks following their performance.

Thank you to all our section leaders who reported earlier in order to shine instruments, move equipment, and otherwise prepare for the performance!

Thank you to all our chaperones who also reported earlier in order to assist with the many logistics involved in creating the magic that our band produced for our Athens Drive community!

Thank GOD for the pleasant weather—let’s keep this goingJ

Thank you to all who attended our first football game last week!  Please remember that it means so much to our students when friends/loved ones are in attendance!

Hope to see many of you this Friday!

NC State High School Band Day

posted Aug 13, 2018, 5:39 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 5:39 PM ]

Band Families,
Please see information below regarding NC State’s High School Band Day.  A great opportunity for any future “wolf pack” kids.

     I am sure your all very busy with camp and school start up activities.  I hope everyone is doing well and I wanted to extend an invitation to come out and promote our NC State High School Band Day (during regular class, camp, rehearsal, anytime).  

    Band Day is Sept. 8 and it is a free event for participants. Directors need not attend for students to be eligible.  I have attached a flyer for your band room and can answer any questions you may have about the days events.  I can also obtain a bus pass (for Free) you are planning to bring a large group.

    We want to promote the continuation of music education for all of our students.   NC State Band Day lets your students experience what it is like to march with a college band.  Students will rehearse with the NC State Band and staff, have a catered lunch and perform at halftime during the event. 

I am also available to come out and listen/watch your bands at anytime through out the year and provide feedback if requested.

All the best to you and your programs!

Chris Branam
Assistant Director of Bands
North Carolina State University

Pep Band Needed for this Thursday's Freshman Orientation

posted Aug 13, 2018, 2:32 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 2:32 PM ]

THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 11:30-12:30

We have been asked to provide a pep band for the conclusion of the freshman orientation session on Aug. 16th.

All seniors, juniors and section leaders—winds and percussion; guard is invited as wellJ  If we do not have enough seniors and juniors in a particular section, sophomores may jump in as well!

From noon-12:20, we play a bunch of pep-tunes for our freshman class… we are expecting over 400 students!  We’ll teach them our “Fight Song” and other stand tunes (like the “Hey Song”).

Please wear your new SHOW tee shirt!

You are worth what you give away!  We get the appreciation of our administration (who do a lot of “behind the scenes” advocating for us); we get noticed by our new freshman class whom we are still trying to recruit into our program; we get that warm-fuzzy feeling knowing that we are making a difference to the quality of life at Athens Drive!

Just sign up on the white board in the bandroom!

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

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