POSTING AREA FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM DR. MARKOCH

Spring Marching Band Possibility

posted Jan 9, 2021, 9:32 AM by Athens Drive High School Band

Hello band families! 

We are excited to announce that Doc is working hard to get a Spring Marching Band program going. One VERY important part of this is to see how many students want to participate. So please, look over the information from Doc below and then click on the link at the very bottom of this message to answer a couple of questions regarding your student’s participation. 

We must have your responses by Friday, January 22nd!

PROPOSED PERFORMANCES

We have 3 home football games this year (March 19, April 2 and April 8). The April 2 date is during spring break and that game may be moved to Thursday of that week. Either way, Doc is planning for the band to play at that game, if only from the stands.

We may make a video recording of our “final product” or have an evening performance for family and friends in late April.

Participation in competitions is unlikely.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals would begin the first week of February. They will be held outdoors. Winds will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3-5pm. (Percussion and Guard may have slightly different schedules). This would give us 7 weeks to get ready for a first performance; the “season” would be 10 weeks. [We would NOT rehearse during Spring Break; however, we would still try to do something for the football game.]

In case of inclement weather, we will divide up and rehearse with appropriate social distancing inside. If that is not possible, students will be sent home.

THE SHOW

Doc would still like to do a “mini-version” of the show that we were intending to do in the fall: “Once Upon A Time: Music that Tells a Story. We will also perform a significantly easier drill so that we can learn and perform the show with competence given the restricted amount of time. We will NOT use any significant props. The guard will “recycle” as many flags as possible from previous years.

We will NOT do any pregame; however, we will play the Star-Spangled Banner and Fight Song before the football games begin.

We will also learn some “Pep-Band” music so that we can play in the stands. And we hope students will be able to perform in uniform.

COST

Cost will be $450 per student (about ½ our normal marching band fee). Many have already paid a $100 deposit at marching band registration in the fall and this will count toward the $450.

MEMBERSHIP

Will be open to all, including virtual academy students.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Students will be given the health screening before rehearsal (if they have not been physically at school that day already). We will follow health and safety procedures as required by the school.

Once we know how many participants we will have, we will be able to make more plans and provide more details. Most importantly, right now, we need to know some information from you. Even if you are NOT interested in joining Spring Marching Band, PLEASE respond to this message by clicking on the link below. Responses are due Friday, January 22nd. 

Click here to let us know if you are interested in Spring Marching Bandhttps://form.jotform.com/210068781203954

Last Call for All District Honor Band

posted Dec 13, 2020, 2:43 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 6:27 PM ]

Today (Friday, Dec. 11th) is the last day that you can submit a request to audition for our East-Central District Honor Band. The cost for the audition is $10 and will be deducted from your band account. Interested students must EMAIL DOC at jmarkoch@wcpss.net

You will have a 48 hour "window" to make a recording of your audition, between noon on January 6 to noon on January 8. You will receive the "sight reading piece" and the solo excerpts at noon on January 6. The sight-reading piece will not be a strictly-sight-reading piece but a "short-amount-of-preparation-piece." 

I will provide you with more instructions as we draw closer to the audition.

If you win a chair in the band, you will be asked to make another recording (to a click track/metronome) later in January. The recordings will be compiled into a "performance." 

As stated previously, due to the many amendments needed to be made to this entire event, I am neither encouraging nor discouraging it. It will be very different from the usual audition and clinic; and there may be more subjective issues due to recording quality, etc. However, the process of preparing for an audition--even a recorded one--can be very valuable. As in many things in life, it is the journey that matters!

Doc

jmarkoch@wcpss.net

East-Central District Honor Band Auditions

posted Dec 2, 2020, 8:34 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 6:27 PM ]

The most well-known Honor Band in our area is the East-Central District Honor Band which comprises students exclusively from Wake County. In normal times, students audition for this band in early January and the students who are selected perform in an “Honor Band” a few weeks later. As these are NOT normal times, it has been decided that our District is going to have interested students submit a recording for their audition; however, NO HONOR BAND PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN PLANNED AT THIS TIME.  

In light of these factors, I am neither encouraging nor discouraging participation in this event. Although there is a definite benefit to learning material (scales, arpeggios, solo) and making a recording, it is very different from auditioning “live.” The fact that NO actual honor band performance has been planned takes away much of the incentive. (Please note that it is possible that an Honor Band will meet later in the spring; however, no information has been made available.)

If you would like to audition:

  1. You need to visit the East Central District Bandmasters Association website at ECDBA to find required scales & arpeggios, chromatic range, and solos. 
  2. You will need to make a video recording between noon on Wednesday, January 6 and noon on Friday, January 8. 
  3. The recording will include all your scales, an excerpt of your solo, and the “sight reading” piece.
  4. You will receive the exact excerpt of your solo and the “sight reading” selection at noon on January 6. That’s right - it really is not “sight reading” as you have about 2 days to learn it! And you will have about 2 days to learn the exact excerpt from your solo that you are to play.
  5. Your video will be evaluated on Saturday, January 9th and you should get results the following week.
  6. If you want to audition, you will need to let me know via email (jmarkoch@wcpss.net) by Friday, December 11th. There is a $10 fee for auditioning that will be deducted from your band account. If you do not have funds in your account to cover this cost, we will contact you to arrange payment options. You will need to include your name, grade, instrument and email in your note to Doc.
  7. Auditionees will receive more information concerning recording formatting, etc. in a few weeks.

I would like to hear all auditionees play for me the week of January 4th either live or virtually; we will discuss options in a few weeks as well.

Once again, you are under no obligation to participate in this event; however, I realize that it may still be motivational and rewarding to you even with these alterations. 

Just let me know.

“Doc”

jmarkoch@wcpss.net

Percussion and Guard Rehearsals

posted Nov 9, 2020, 6:38 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 6:28 PM ]

Dear Athens Drive Band students and parents,
I am excited to announce that rehearsals for Percussion and Guard will begin this week according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 10
4:00-5:30pm -Wind Ensemble Percussion
6:00-7:30pm -Concert Band Percussion
-Guard

Thursday, Nov. 12
4:00-5:30pm   -Marching Band Percussion
6:00-7:30pm   -Symphonic Band Percussion

A few quick reminders:
1) These rehearsals are OPTIONAL, but highly encouraged for the students involved.
2) All students must go through a health screening process (symptom and temperature check, and questions related to contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID) in the parking lot outside the band room.  This includes the guard as we do not know where you will be rehearsing as of the date of this letter.
3) Once rehearsals have concluded, we ask you to leave campus immediately.

Wind Players:
We have not been given any instructions from Wake County as to when we will be able to begin rehearsing; however, we were told that all the bell covers/special face masks for wind players have arrived at central office.   Keep your fingers crossed that good news is on its way!

I realize that this "beginning" does not include everyone, but it is definitely a step in the right direction and "ya gotta luv that!"
-Doc

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

Optional After School Band Rehearsals Postponed For 1 WEEK

posted Oct 15, 2020, 12:38 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 6:28 PM ]


We just received word from WCPSS we that must begin our rehearsals the week of October 26th vs. the 19th as we had originally planned.  The reason for the postponement was not announced. 
So, we’ll just start everything up 1 week later:

Tuesdays (beginning Oct. 27):
4:00-5:30pm Wind Ensemble woodwinds only in the band room
Wind Ensemble percussion with John in the cafeteria
6:00-7:30pm Concert Band woodwinds and brass only in the band room
Concert Band percussion with John in the cafeteria.

Thursdays (beginning Oct. 29):
4:00-5:30pm Wind Ensemble brass only in the band room; 
Marching Band Percussion with John in the cafeteria.
6:00-7:30 pm Symphonic Band woodwinds and brass only in the band room
Symphonic Band percussion with John in the cafeteria.

Please note the following (a repeat of my last letter):
1) Because we may not have more than 25 persons in the band room and/or cafeteria at one time, we needed to split up the Wind Ensemble personnel (woodwinds on Tuesdays/brass on Thursdays).  Also, we cannot allow students to participate if they are not presently enrolled in band class.  If the student is presently enrolled in band class through virtual academy, they may participate.  
2) All students must go through a health screening process (mainly temperature check) in the parking lot outside the band room.  No student may enter the building unless they have been checked off.  We will have an approved parent or two (and maybe even me) screening the students outside beginning 15 minutes before the start of rehearsals.  Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late to rehearsal may not be permitted to participate.  Any student who exhibits an above normal temperature as specified by WCPSS will not be permitted to enter the building.  Toward this end, if you are driving your child to rehearsal, please do not leave campus until your son/daughter has received the screening. 
Also, once rehearsals have concluded, we will ask you to leave campus immediately so that we can get ready for the next group and that our chaperones/staff may be relieved from duty in an efficient manner.
3) These rehearsals are OPTIONAL for students enrolled in band classes.  We sincerely hope that most of our students will attend as we will strive to make them as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.  We will have the students separated per state guidelines and restrict sharing of equipment.  Toward that end, PLEASE BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT, ACCESSORIES, PENCIL, TUNER (OR PHONE) to every rehearsal.  Also, if you picked up music a few weeks ago, please BRING YOUR MUSIC!  
It is our intention to create an environment that is reasonably sanitary and safe for your child.  Toward that end, we will be sanitizing chairs/stands after each rehearsal and will space chairs in the band room 6 feet apart.  
We realize that there are many reasons why a student may not be able to participate from health concerns to logistics in finding transportation.  Please know that students will not be penalized in any way for not being able to attend.  Also, students should attend as many weekly rehearsals as possible, even if they need to miss some.  The rehearsals are meant to get their “chops” working again and to experience the JOY of CREATING MUSIC TOGETHER!
4) We are going to have a band booster meeting at Athens Drive on Thursday, October 15 at 5:30pm around the flagpole which is located near the band barn outside the gymnasium.  We will be discussing these rehearsals and providing a bit more information about other upcoming events.

Yay!  I have never been so excited to hear the sound of a Bb scale and the “beep-beep-beep” of an electronic metronome!  It’s starting to get “all good” again!  “Ya gotta luv that!!!”

“Doc”

Restrictions Involving Parents & Students on Campus

posted Oct 14, 2020, 9:06 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 14, 2020, 9:06 AM ]

I just had a meeting with Mr. Mares regarding restrictions involving parents/students on campus.  He wanted to underscore the following guidelines:

1) Any student/parent that comes on campus for any reason (even moving trucks, etc.) must be in the presence of a staff member and must go through a health screening.
2) No rehearsals may be held on campus except for the "after-school" Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals for winds/percussion which will begin next week. 

If you are in doubt as to whether something is permitted, please ask me.  I have found that if I ask in advance about something, there is more of a chance that it will be approved.

This is tough...but hey, we're the band, we'll make anything work!
Luv ya all!
Doc

Optional After School Band Rehearsals

posted Oct 12, 2020, 8:50 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 12, 2020, 8:50 AM ]

For Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band student and parent, 
We have been approved by WCPSS to begin offering a “band class” once a week after school hours.  Per state guidelines, we will be offering the schedule below beginning NEXT week!

Tuesdays (beginning Oct. 20):
4:00-5:30pm - Wind Ensemble woodwinds only in the band room; Wind Ensemble percussion with John in the cafeteria.
6:00-7:30pm - Concert Band woodwinds and brass only in the band room; Concert Band percussion with John in the cafeteria.

Thursdays (beginning Oct. 22):
4:00-5:30pm - Wind Ensemble brass only in the band room; Marching Band Percussion with John in the cafeteria.
6:00-7:30 pm - Symphonic Band woodwinds and brass only in the band room; Symphonic Band percussion with John in the cafeteria.

Please note the following:
1) Because we may not have more than 25 persons in the band room and/or cafeteria at one time, we needed to split up the Wind Ensemble personnel (woodwinds on Tuesdays/brass on Thursdays).  Also, we cannot allow students to participate if they are not presently enrolled in band class.  If the student is presently enrolled in band class through virtual academy, they may participate.  

2) All students must go through a health screening process (mainly temperature check) in the parking lot outside the band room.  No student may enter the building unless they have been checked off.  We will have an approved parent or two (and maybe even me) screening the students outside beginning 15 minutes before the start of rehearsals.  Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late to rehearsal may not be permitted to participate.  Any student who exhibits an above normal temperature as specified by WCPSS will not be permitted to enter the building.  Toward this end, if you are driving your child to rehearsal, please do not leave campus until your son/daughter has received the screening. 

Also, once rehearsals have concluded, we will ask you to leave campus immediately so that we can get ready for the next group and that our chaperones/staff may be relieved from duty in an efficient manner.

3) These rehearsals are OPTIONAL for students enrolled in band classes.  We sincerely hope that most of our students will attend as we will strive to make them as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.  We will have the students separated per state guidelines and restrict sharing of equipment.  Toward that end, PLEASE BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT, ACCESSORIES, PENCIL, TUNER (OR PHONE) to every rehearsal.  Also, if you picked up music a few weeks ago, please BRING YOUR MUSIC!  

It is our intention to create an environment that is reasonably sanitary and safe for your child.  Toward that end, we will be sanitizing chairs/stands after each rehearsal and will space chairs in the band room 6 feet apart.  

We realize that there are many reasons why a student may not be able to participate from health concerns to logistics in finding transportation.  Please know that students will not be penalized in any way for not being able to attend.  Also, students should attend as many weekly rehearsals as possible, even if they need to miss some.  The rehearsals are meant to get their “chops” working again and to experience the JOY of CREATING MUSIC TOGETHER!

4) We are going to have a Band Parent/Booster meeting at Athens Drive on Thursday, October 15 at 5:30pm around the flagpole, which is located near the band barn outside the gymnasium.  We will be discussing these rehearsals and providing a bit more information about other upcoming events.

Yay!  I have never been so excited to hear the sound of a Bb scale and the “beep-beep-beep” of an electronic metronome!  It’s starting to get “all good” again!  “Ya gotta luv that!!!”

“Doc”


MUSIC DISTRIBUTION “DRIVE-THROUGH” SEPTEMBER 14 & 15

posted Sep 9, 2020, 9:05 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 9, 2020, 9:05 AM ]

MUSIC DISTRIBUTION “DRIVE-THROUGH” 
MONDAY & TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 & 15
6:00PM-7:30PM

All students enrolled in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band are invited to pick up some music to practice at Athens Drive H.S. on the dates/times noted above.

This event will be organized as a “drive through” where you drive into the entrance to our school by the band room (the entrance near our semi-trailer and the entrance that goes up a small hill and you see the “Home of the Athens Drive Band” sign on the building).  As you pull around the corner, I will be there with tables set up with your music packets.  I will hand you your music right through your car window!  Just like a fast food joint!  Sorry, I don’t do special orders - this ain’t “Burger King!”  

If students need instruments or accessories, you will need to park, and I will help you as much as possible while you remain outside.  

This event will be conducted as safely as possible as I will be wearing a mask and will do a health screening prior to coming to Athens.  Any student/parent who emerges from a vehicle needs to wear a mask as well.  

Although I really would like to “hang out” with all of you and catch-up, this is not the purpose of this event…  I would ask you kindly to keep your time on campus as brief as possible while exercising all the social distancing mandates.  

It is my hope that you will find this music both enjoyable and challenging, and that it will provide you a bit of motivation to get your instrument out and toot away!  

Thank you to Emma Edwards and Zed Lanier for helping me with the copying and organization of this music!  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you next week!

“Doc”

An Invitation for Free Tutoring from John Antonelli

posted Aug 21, 2020, 5:01 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 21, 2020, 5:01 AM ]

Dear Athens Drive Band students and parents,
John Antonelli, our percussion instructor for 20 years, has offered to tutor ANY student who would like to learn more about "music theory" or any other music fundamental such as rhythm help.  This is a FREE service that John is providing to any Athens Drive Band member!  Simply email John at antonellijp@gmail.com and he will set up a time to meet virtually.

John holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently among one of the most sought-after percussion clinicians and adjudicators in our state!

"Doc"

Transcript of Today's Doc Talk/Lesson Posted on Google Classroom

posted Aug 17, 2020, 10:13 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 17, 2020, 10:13 AM ]

Dear Athens Drive Band students and parents,
Transcripts of daily lessons are posted in the "Class Drive Folder" which can be accessed when you go into your google drive band class and click "classwork."  Please go into this area to make sure that you can access this material as it can be very helpful to you because it contains all the links that I use to show our videos/performances.  We'll go over this more tomorrow!

It was GREAT to see so many of you today--it just makes me miss you more!  
It is NOT band...but we are starting to move in that direction!
Take care!

Doc 

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