Winter Chamber Concert next Thursday, Feb 22 at 7pm

posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:53 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 1:53 PM ]

I am excited to announce the addition of a WINTER CHAMBER CONCERT to our Concert Series next Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm!  In addition to performing a variety of wonderful music, we will also be inducting 38 students into our Tri-M Music Honor Society

Similar to our Fall Chamber Concert, this performance will feature most members of our Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble performing mainly in small ensembles (e.g., Flute Choir, Horn Choir, Woodwind Choir, etc.) as well as solos, duets, trios, etc.  Some of the pieces have even been written/arranged by the students themselves!  

Dress is “nice”, but of students’ choice.  Some of the choirs are dressing in a special manner to highlight their piece or simply their identity as a section. 

I am also extending an enthusiastic invitation to our CONCERT BAND to attend this program (with your parents) to experience what the future holds for you at Athens Drive!  You will be amazed at the quality of many of these performances and I trust will be impressed by how these upperclassmen perform - many are your section leaders in marching band!  We also need help distributing programs and working back stage as a “stage tech.”  I’ll give all Concert Band students who attend “extra credit” as well!  

I am proud to inform you that only the finest high school programs cultivate chamber music in their programs.  [The word “chamber” refers to music to be played in a small room (a chamber) and has been used for centuries.]  The educational benefit of performing in a chamber group is self-evident:  Playing in a small group requires that the students play with more confidence and musicianship, listen more carefully for rhythmic precision and intonation, and make their own musical decisions with regard to phrase shaping, tempo, attacks/releases, etc.  By strengthening individual performers, you strengthen the group. 

Students will report to the school at a time that allows them sufficient time to warm-up well and be prepared with their respective ensemble to perform.  Many will report to school around 6:30pm - some may be able to come a little later.

I look forward to seeing you Thursday evening!  It will be a delightfully fast-paced program filled with variety and outstanding performances! 


P.S.  We will not be having a dress rehearsal on Wednesday evening (as originally noted on the schedule).

Amended dates for State Band Festival for WE and SB

posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:01 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

To:        Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students and parents
RE:        Amended dates for State Band Festival

I think I misread something earlier in the year...okay, I’m quite certain I misread something earlier in the year…

Our State Band Festival is Wednesday, March 21 through Friday, March 23 (not the 19th -21st as indicated in the schedule).

I would like our Wind Ensemble to perform on Wednesday, March 21st - most likely in the evening.
I would like our Symphonic Band to perform on Thursday, March 22 - most likely in the mid-late afternoon.

Both performances will be at Apex Friendship High School and we will transport the students to and from the event as usual.  I should receive times in about 3 weeks.  

No response to this note is necessary unless there is a significant conflict.
Sorry for the error and I appreciate your flexibility!



posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:04 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

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

Required Events

“Festival Quarter”

*Wed., Feb. 21        6:00-9:00pm        SB/WE Dress Rehearsal 
*Thurs., Feb. 22    7:00pm                Winter Chamber Concert and Tri-M Induction
Wed., Mar. 7            3:00-5:00pm        CB Dress Rehearsal
Thurs., Mar. 8        7:00pm                Festival Concert I(CB, Jazz)
Wed., Mar. 14          3:00-5:00pm        SB Dress Rehearsal
                                7:00-9:00pm        WE Dress Rehearsal
Thurs., Mar. 15      7:00pm                Festival Concert II (SB, WE)
Wed., Mar. 21         TBA                    State Band Festival (WE) at Apex Friendship H.S
Thurs., Mar. 22        TBA                   State Band Festival (SB) at Apex Friendship H.S.

“Spring Quarter”

Wed., May 9            3:00-5:00pm            CB Dress Rehearsal 
Thurs., May 10       7:00pm                    Spring Concert I (CB/Jazz)
*Sun., May 20        7:30pm                    Cary Music Festival at Koka Booth (Jazz/WE)
Mon., May 21          3:00-5:00pm            SB Dress Rehearsal
                                 7:00-9:00pm            WE Dress Rehearsal
Tues., May 22         7:00pm                    Spring Concert II (SB/WE)
Sun., June 3            1:30-5:00pm           Spring Banquet
*Tues., June 12        10:00am-2:00pm   Graduation (WE, SB)

Optional Events

Jan. 13                    TBA        Central District Honor Band Auditions (SE Guilford H.S.)
*Jan. 26-27            TBA        Central District Honor Band (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Feb. 15-17             TBA        UNCG Honor Band Clinic
Mar. 3                    TBA        All-State Band Auditions (Central Davidson H.S.)
*Apr. 25-27            TBA        ADHS School Musical
May 4-6                 TBA        All-State Band (UNC-Chapel Hill)

*Added event, date change, or time clarification from original schedule posted in August.


Unofficial Central District Honor Band Audition Results

posted Jan 15, 2018, 8:24 AM by Athens Drive High School Band

I am thrilled to announce that we had one of the strongest showings at our Central District Honor Band Auditions in the past 25 years!  (In fact, I can only recall one year that may have been stronger.)  This is a credit to YOU as students for your hard work, trust, and love of your art; your PARENTS for their incredible support, and our VISITING TEACHERS for their skills and love of working with each and every one of you!   

The results and scores listed below are unofficial for a few days, after which they will become official and made public.  I would also like to acknowledge all the students who auditioned and may have fallen short of the mark; I am so proud of all of you for at least trying!  You can only get better when you DO SOMETHING!  Bravo!  If you want it strongly enough and have the baseline talent, you'll make it!  Remember, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!  

All scores out of 200 possible points.

9-10 Wind Ensemble
  • Brennan Robbins  FLUTE  10th chair  168 score
  • Anna Vtipil CLARINET 11th chair 154 score
  • Ashwath Kapilavai CLARINET 18th chair 137 score
  • Cooper Sykes ALTO SAX  2nd chair 195 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!!
  • Will Wakeford ALTO SAX 3rd chair 192 score
  • Gavin Foley TENOR SAX 1st chair 178.5 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!! HIGHEST IN THE DISTRICT!!!
  • Ian Chang TRUMPET 5th chair 153 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!!
  • Ana Altman TRUMPET 11th chair 133 score
  • Derek Geiger HORN 7th chair 113 score
  • Wesley Major TUBA 4th chair 164 score
  • Parker Dingman SNARE DRUM 3rd chair 143 score

11-12 Wind Ensemble
  • Kaylin McClafferty OBOE 2nd chair 179 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!!
  • Bryan Benson BASSOON 1st chair 179 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!!  HIGHEST IN THE DISTRICT!!!
  • Danielle Puccio CLARINET 7th chair 169.5 score 
  • Brian Suh TRUMPET 1st chair 172 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!!  HIGHEST IN THE DISTRICT!!!
  • Tyrone Williamson TRUMPET 9th chair 149 score 
  • Ben Wakeford SNARE DRUM 2nd chair 160.5 score ALL-STATE ELIGIBLE!!!

17 of our students made the honor bands!  7 of our students are eligible for All-State Band!  3 of our students placed highest in the district!!!  OMG!!!  What an honor!!!  Woo-hoo!!!  As I've stated countless times this year, I KNOW HOW GOOD OUR BAND IS!!!  WHAT A WAY TO REPRESENT ATHENS DRIVE HIGH SCHOOL!

I'll send you details of the upcoming clinic at UNC-Chapel Hill on Jan. 26-27 very soon.  
Congratulations!   I am so proud of all of you!!!


posted Jan 2, 2018, 2:43 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 2:44 PM ]

What an adventure!!!  OMG!!! 

Think about it!  We WON the marching field show competition, WE WON the coveted parade competition, WE PERFORMED IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE (MILLIONS ELECTRONICALLY) throughout the world on the biggest stadium possible!  We showed the world that we are a superior music ensemble - both artistic and entertaining!  We can truly do it all! 

And it was all because of ALL OF US!  YOU the students, YOU the parents, YOU the staff!  All of us had to work 110% to make this possible, and WE DID IT!  

I extend my most sincere THANK YOU to all of you for your sacrifices, your trust, and your hard work to make this happen.  There are too many people to mention to be fair; however, I think we can all agree that SUZANNE PUCCIO (communication logistics), COREY BENSON (equipment logistics), and SHERRY SKINNER (uniforms and lights) deserve a very special bow!  God bless all of you - whether you chaperoned a student who was feeling poorly, sewed on a last minute button, moved our large props many, many times in and out of the semi, drove down to Tampa on little/no sleep, sacrificed many things so your child(ren) can participate in this incredible organization, THANK YOU!!!

We will CHERISH this experience for the rest of our lives!  NEW YEAR’S DAY will always be linked to this special memory.  Without reservation, it was the most awesome New Year’s I have ever experienced!  We were on such an adrenaline rush - and we were literally LIT at so many times!  The afterglow from this experience will last all of us a lifetime!  Although it is often stated, it is truly rare that “dreams really do come true.”   The imperfections of life have a way of letting us down. Throughout this season, this marching band had to endure many disappointing contest results - moments which caused us to shake our heads, revisit our beliefs, and work harder.  It challenged our beliefs - but we held tight to what we knew was right!  We have built our band on a foundation of superior musicianship, exemplary character, and genuine service.  Our music is as appealing to the professional musician as to the regular “Joe/Sally.”  We are the complete music program; and WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

Finally, we must continue to GROW from this experience.  We have become a better band literally overnight!  We are seasoned - in matters both musically and non-musically.  In sum, we are READY FOR THE NEXT ADVENTURE!!!  

But first we must rest; we must let all the confetti settle and then with clear eyes, mind, and heart, plan the next venture.  The Rose Parade?  The San Antonio Illuminated Fiesta Parade (held in April)?  The London New Year’s Day Parade?   Who knows?  But I do know that we will keep growing, keep learning, and most of all keep loving life more and more.

Because isn’t that the reason for it all???



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