VERY IMPORTANT: The Final Roster Sports Fans!

posted Jun 13, 2018, 8:15 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 8:16 AM ]

Dear Athens Drive Marching Band member and parent ,
With the final strains of the graduation recessional yesterday, marching season has officially begun!

Attached is the roster that we will be sending to our choreographer later today.  I have added a few openings to accommodate any student that might move into our area over the summer, or who might change their mind and join our team!  As an incentive, ANY STUDENT/FAMILY RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING A STUDENT TO FILL ONE OF THESE HOLES WILL RECEIVE A CREDIT TO THEIR BAND ACCOUNT!  The student must not currently be listed on the roster--so we're talking about getting someone NEW into our marching band.  So start recruiting!  We need a sousaphone, trumpet, and clarinet!  On your mark, get set, GO!

I met with our staff last evening and we put together a great visual package for the show.  This is going to be very creative show!  Wonderfully entertaining and most of all, FUN!  We'll tug at every emotion from the "thrill of victory" to the "agony of defeat" and "we'll be a sport" about it along the way!  Who knows, maybe we'll even get a "hole-in-one."  

Please contact me about filling any of these openings or making any edit to the roster.  I check email very regularly throughout the summer.

Hope you "have a ball" during the next 6 weeks and we'll see you back at the Drive on July 23!  


2018-2019 Concert Schedule

posted Jun 6, 2018, 12:31 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:31 PM ]



WE = Wind Ensemble; SB = Symphonic Band; CB = Concert Band


Required Events

“Fall Quarter”

Wed., Oct. 10 6:00-9:00pm Dress Rehearsal (WE/SB)                                      

Thurs., Oct. 11 7:00pm Fall Chamber Concert (WE/SB)

Thurs. Nov. 8  7:00pm  Fall Concert (SB/WE)

Mon., Nov. 12  7:00am-8:00pm NC Music Educators Convention (WE)

                                                                        Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem


“Holiday Quarter”

Thurs., Dec. 20              7:00pm Grand Holiday Concert (CB, SB, WE)


“Festival Quarter”

Wed., Feb. 20                 6:00-9:00pm Dress Rehearsal (WE/SB)                                      

Thurs., Feb. 21             7:00pm Winter Chamber Concert (WE/SB)

Thurs., Feb. 28             7:00pm Festival Concert I (CB, Jazz)

Thurs., Mar. 14             7:00pm Festival Concert II (SB, WE)

*Mon., Mar. 18             TBA  State Band Festival (WE) at Apex Friendship H.S

*Tues., Mar. 19             TBA  State Band Festival (SB) at Apex Friendship H.S.

*Tentative, based on previous years.  Dates have not been established as of this printing.


“Spring Quarter”

Thurs., May 9 7:00pm Spring Concert I (CB/Jazz)

Mon., May 20 7:00-9:00pm WE Dress Rehearsal

Tues., May 21 7:00pm Spring Concert II (SB/WE)

Sun., June 2 1:30-4:30pm  Spring Banquet

TBA                              TBA                        Graduation (WE, SB)



Optional Events


Jan. 5 TBA Central District Honor Band Auditions (Cary H.S.)

Jan. 25-26 TBA Central District Honor Band (site TBA)

Feb. 14-16 TBA UNCG Honor Band Clinic

Mar. 9 TBA All-State Band Auditions (Central Davidson H.S.)

Mar. 6-9 TBA Athens H.S. Musical

May 3-5 TBA All-State Band (UNC-Greensboro)

Exciting News! Wind Ensemble to Perform at State Music Convention

posted Jun 6, 2018, 12:16 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:16 PM ]

June 6, 2018


Dear band member and parent, 

I am excited to announce that our Wind Ensemble has received a formal invitation to perform at the North Carolina Music Educators annual convention held   at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, November 11-13, 2018!  This will be the FOURTH TIME IN 12 YEARS that our Wind Ensemble has performed at this event (which must be close to a record!). The purpose of the convention is to provide an opportunity for music educators across the state to meet, share ideas, do some research (there is an exhibition hall filled with music vendors from across the country), and enjoy outstanding performances.  This is a very prestigious honor for our students, our program, and our school.  Only 3 high school bands across the state are invited to perform each year!

We will be performing on Monday, November 12 at 11:00-11:50am.  We will travel to and from Winston-Salem via charter bus on this date.  As this is Veteran’s Day, students will not miss any classes, but please make certain that your schedule allows your child to participate!  Hopefully, many of our parents will be able to re-schedule work commitments in order to attend.  As the hall will be filled with band directors and other professionals from across the state (a fairly daunting prospect), we would love to see some friendly “eyes with pride” too.  

And wait…there’s more good news!  

I will be presenting a clinic entitled “Building a Healthy H.S. Band Program” immediately following our performance (12:00-12:50pm).  I will be using our Wind Ensemble as a “lab group” to demonstrate warm-up techniques, rehearsal strategies, and excerpts of favorite literature.  I will be asking some of our parents to be present to present a brief overview on how our booster organization is run.  It’s like a giant “show-and-tell.”  

We will perform a special “Convention Concert” on Thursday, November 8thto gain some experience performing our program which will most likely have a “Veteran’s Day” theme as we will be celebrating the 100thanniversary of the armistice.

 I do not anticipate any major increase in cost to our students for participating in this event.  I will work with our boosters to fund the extra expense incurred by travel.  I also do not anticipate any change to our marching schedule.  Our Wind Ensemble has been rehearsing and performing concert music throughout the fall for the past 24 years; we are accustomed to this type of schedule.

Finally, I wish to thank all of you—parents and students (including graduating seniors)—for your efforts and support during the past years in strengthening all aspects of our program:  marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, winter guard, indoor percussion and jazz ensemble.  Although the quality of our concert performances was an important criterion for selection, our entire program was examined and judged to be worthy of this exceptional honor. 

                                       Sincerest CONGRATULATIONS to all!  -- “Doc”

2018 Marching Band Schedule

posted Jun 6, 2018, 12:06 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:06 PM ]

Athens Drive High School Marching Band 

2018 Schedule

(All events at ADHS unless otherwise noted...)


July 23-26                               Precamp                                               6:30pm-10:00pm

July 29-Aug. 3                        Bandcamp (N.C. Wesleyan)                 TBA

Aug. 7-9; 14-16                      Postcamp                                             6:30pm-10:00pm

Aug. 17                                   Football Game #1                                6:00-10:00pm  

Aug. 21-23                              Postcamp                                             6:30pm-10:00pm

Aug. 24                                   Football Game #2                                6:00-10:00pm

“Fall-Pt. 1”

Aug. 28                                   First After-School Rehearsal                 3:00-5:30pm

Sept. 7                                     Football Game #3                                  6:00-10:00pm

Sept. 22                                   Saturday Rehearsal                               9:00am-9:00pm

Sept. 29                                   Competition #1                                     TBA                             

Oct. 6                                      Competition #2                                     TBA

 Oct. 12                                   Football Game #4 (homecoming)         6:00-10:00pm

Oct. 19                                    Football Game #5 (senior recognition) 6:00-10:00pm

Oct. 20                                    Competition #3                                     TBA

Oct. 27                                    Competition #4                                     TBA                             

Nov. 3                                     Competition #5                                     TBA

“Fall-Pt. 2”

Nov. 9                                     Playoff Football Game?                         TBA

Nov. 14 & 15                          Christmas Parade Rehearsals                  3:00-5:00pm

Nov. 16                                   Playoff Football Game?                          TBA

Nov. 17                                   Raleigh Christmas Parade                      8:00am-noon

                                                Marching Band Banquet                       1:30-4:30pm

Dec. 1                                      Apex Christmas Parade                         3:00-7:00pm

Dec. 8                                      Cary Christmas Parade                          Noon-4:30pm

After School Rehearsal Schedule (8/28-11/2)

Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-5:30pm; Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm

(Guard & Percussion may differ slightly due to instructor availability.  Rehearsal schedule for these groups will be provided ASAP.)


SAT Dates:  Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1

Students may sign up to take the SAT on any of these dates.  The competitions scheduled for 

Oct. 6 and Nov. 3rd will be held in the evening; the Apex Parade on Dec. 1 is also held in the evening.


Please email the director if there is a serious conflict with any of the above dates!

2018 Marching Band Welcome Letter

posted Jun 6, 2018, 12:02 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

 June 6, 2018

 Dear 2018 ADHS Marching Band member and parent,

I just wanted to take a moment to WELCOME you to the 2018 Athens Drive High School Marching Band!  For those of you new to our organization, I   want to CONGRATULATE you on making such a wonderful decision.  The Marching Band is the LARGEST organized group at Athens Drive and its #1 ambassador.  Most importantly, the Marching Band is an absolutely awesome FAMILY of musicians who share a passion for visual and musical performance.

I have attached our current roster and our summer/fall schedule, which is the same schedule that was released a few weeks ago.  Please contact the band office ASAP if there is a serious conflict with any of these dates!  As for the roster, please make sure that 1) you are listed on the correct instrument, 2) that your name is spelled correctly and is presented in the manner that you prefer it, and 3) that your grade level is accurate.

During the next several weeks the staff will be busy preparing for our upcoming season.  We will be charting choreography, writing music, ordering equipment, and planning performances.  It is hoped that you will enjoy this time to relax and recharge.  If possible, try to maintain your “chops” by practicing regularly.  For students who need a school instrument, our section leaders will be contacting you to arrange delivery/pick-up.  Summer is also an excellent time to take private lessons in order to make greater progress on everything from tone production to music reading.  

I can promise you that the BEST EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE is just around the corner.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; I try to stay current with email and will be in-and-out of school fairly regularly over the next 6 weeks.  We look forward to seeing all of you late July!



Several important P.S. –

1     We can still accept students into our marching band until Tuesday, June 12th when we must formally send our numbers to our choreographer.  

2      Based on the roster from last year, we are missing intent forms from the following students:  Sydney Richmond, Fiona Wright, Robin Lee, Johnny Brian, Daniel Carter, Heather Meza, Kira Williams, Sumaya Bedreddine, Emmanuel Kutsu, Erin Clark.  I will try to contact you individually as I want to make sure that your intentions are understood.   

I      I would like to march an 8th sousaphone (tuba)!  Would someone be willing to play/march this instrument this fall?  Don’t be shy!  It is SO FUN to play the tuba!  Just think of the glory of carrying the LARGEST instrument in the band!  My whole life fell into place when I switched to the sousaphone… I became band captain, grew stronger, and most importantly met the girl who later became my wife!  No promises that the same will happen to you, but just sayin’…

4      I do not have the information for the 13th student in our marching battery (he was listed on the percussion roster as “Oli.”)  Please register or clarify!

5      I would like the family of Dineya Bullock to contact me (via email is best) so that we can discuss a position for you!   

Small Wind Ensemble Needed for Wedding

posted Jun 6, 2018, 11:27 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 11:27 AM ]

Dear band member and parent,
Several weeks ago I was contacted by a "bride" who really, really, really wanted a small wind band to play a piece at the opening of her reception.  I asked our Wind Ensemble   and several students (including seniors) responded favorably.  I actually bought the little tune and it will work just fine.

Please see the attached letter for the details.  We are talking about being on site for about 45 minutes max in downtown Raleigh.  Any donation made to the band will be placed in band accounts for participants (excluding graduating seniors--sorry!).  Let me know if you are interested...  I need to appoint a student leader who will meet everyone on site.  

Thank you!

To:  Select band members

 RE:  A “unique performance” that can help your band account

 A few months ago I was contacted by a “bride” who wanted to have a small group of musicians play at the beginning of her wedding reception at the Marriott in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, June 9th from 7:00-7:45pm.  [The actually performance will be around 7:30pm.]  She chose the song—a little pep tune entitled “All of the Lights”—and kept diligently asking if I can make her dream come true.  I told her I would try…

 Here’s what I’m asking:

1)   6-8 wind players

2)   Dress would be nice…it’s a wedding!

3)   We are going to receive some kind of monetary donation to our program for your efforts…so it will fall into the category of “fundraiser.”  However, I will consider dividing this money into your band accounts.  [Sort of like working a fundraiser where some of the money goes to your account anyway.]  This will help compensate your time.

4)   It’s really a fairly simple gig… and who knows, maybe they’ll let you EAT there too!

 Thank you for your consideration…  Another opportunity to make a moment a MASTERPIECE


One More Call...Guitar Lessons with Doc

posted Jun 1, 2018, 5:41 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 5:41 AM ]

Just want to send one more "all-call" for any student interested in learning the guitar this summer.  It's a great way to enrich one's musical knowledge and enjoyment and most of all, it's fun!

I've attached an info sheet... just let me know ASAP if you are interested!

Thank you!

Summer Guitar Lesson Program (2018)

1.  A total of six 40-minute private lessons will be offered during the weeks of June 18 through August 13.  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 July 2 and July 30.  (This still provides 7 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 above) 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.  Lessons can also be given to “intermediate-skilled” students with a year or two of experience.

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


I have had the opportunity to teach summer guitar lessons to many of our band students for the past 6 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!

Graduation - Band Logisitics

posted May 29, 2018, 4:07 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 29, 2018, 4:08 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. 


Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Report to ADHS (in concert attire)        10:15am

(group meeting, load busses)

Depart for Convention Center                    10:30am

(via activity busses)

Prelude music begins                                  11:30am

Graduation ceremony begins                   Noon

Graduation concludes                                 1:15pm

Depart for ADHS                                        1:30pm

Arrive ADHS                                             2:00pm

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.  It is very important that you let me know immediately if you will not be able to attend.  I realize that graduation is relatively late this year; I just want to make certain that we have all instrumental positions covered.

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:

All students intending to participate in the 2018 Marching Band must COMPLETE THE ONLINE INTENT FORM by Friday, June 1st.

Our annual Spring Band Banquet will be Sunday, June 3 from 1:30-4:30pm.  All students who have performed in the class bands, winter guard, 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 23rd!


Student Leadership Announcement

posted May 14, 2018, 3:25 PM by Athens Drive High School Band

2018 Athens Drive H.S. Marching Band 
Leadership Personnel

Drum Majors
Tyrone Williamson
Anna Vtipil, asst.

Band Captain

Woodwind Captain
Matthew Parker

Brass Captain
Brian Suh

Cali Howell
Elaine Finsel, Jordan Walker, assts.

Denise Bahena Bustos, Grace Herring, Savannah Strickland
Nia Alston, Taylor Woodhouse, asst.

Caison Gray, Sofie Yingling
Betsy Bowdish, Kailee Hughes, asst.

Alto Saxophone
Olivia Jefferson, Matthew Parker, Lauren Rusnak
Nia Smith, Cooper Sykes, assts.

Tenor Saxophone
Brandon Berning, Sydney Earp, Sean Thornton
Gavin Foley, asst.

Baritone Saxophone
Maciej Pruchnik

Joe Howard, Brian Suh
Ian Chang, Allison Starling, asst.

Kathryn Chetwynd, Salah Haddad

Mason Burroughs, Keaton Moore, Gillian Wright
Andrew Uy, asst.

Nicki Lyles, Matt Tripp

 Albert Choi, Christopher Luzzi

Front Ensemble
Hannah Gillespie, Danielle Puccio

Field Crew Captain
Patrick Worden

Lieutenant of Personnel

Junior Representatives

Sophomore Representatives

Cary Music & Arts Festival - Info. for Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble

posted May 14, 2018, 12:01 PM by Athens Drive High School Band

This Sunday, May 20th, our ensembles will be performing for the 6th 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 3:00pm with the Green Hope Jazz Band “B” and will conclude with our Wind Ensemble at 8:30pm.  Ensembles from Cardinal Gibbons, Longleaf School of the Arts, Panther Creek, Cary, and Enloe 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.  We will be wearing our uniform blue shirt/black pants for the Jazz Ensemble.  I have asked the Wind Ensemble to wear “nice Sunday clothing” as a break from the more formal attire.  Jazz Ensemble members can just remain in their blue/black attire. 

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

Hope to see you on Sunday!

P.S.  Here’s the overall schedule:  3:00 Green Hope Jazz Band “B”; 3:30pm Athens Drive Vocal Ensemble; 4:00 Athens Drive/Cary Orchestra; 4:30 Green Hope Jazz Band “A”; 5:00 Cardinal Gibbons Jazz Band; 5:30 Durham Academy Jazz Band; 6:00 Longleaf School Theatre Troup; 6:30 Panther Creek Jazz Ensemble; 7:00 Athens Drive Jazz Ensemble; 7:30 Enloe Jazz Ensemble; 8:00 Enloe Wind Ensemble; 8:30 Athens Drive Wind Ensemble

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