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Atlanta Rehearsals, Rosters, Itinerary...

posted May 1, 2017, 9:03 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated May 1, 2017, 9:04 AM ]
Dear band member and parent, 
Our trip to Atlanta is just a few weeks away!  The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning rehearsals and other logistical matters.  The students will receive a more detailed itinerary one week before the trip (advising what to bring, general rules, etc.)

Six Flags over Georgia (Atlanta) Rehearsals
  • Mon, 5/15       3-4.30pm
  • Wed., 5/17      3-4.30pm
  • Thurs., 5/18 3-5:00pm (with performance for parents at 4:30pm)
Attendance at these rehearsals is crucial for a successful performance; they are the only time that all students from the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and exclusively Marching Band have the opportunity to “put it all together.”  Please do your best to arrange your schedule to accommodate these dates.  If you have a serious conflict, email me or submit a note to the band office ASAP.  I will do my best to work around sport schedules, drivers ed., etc.; however, I ask that you be realistic in terms of your particular role on the team and relative importance of conflicting practices.
The performance at Six Flags will be a “standing concert” near a main attraction in the park.  Students who are not in the class bands may stop by the band office to collect music.  The music does not have to be memorized.
Dress for the performance will be a special uniform polo shirt (provided), black pants, and black shoes.  The shoes will need to be comfortable enough to walk a fair distance and stand throughout the program.  Students may use their marching black shoes.  
Please check over the roster attached at the end of the e-mail that was distributed (by instrument) to make certain you are included!  I have also attached the itinerary for your convenience.  Finally, please make certain that all financial obligations with our boosters are taken care of so that no one is put in an awkward position as we near the date of our trip.


Friday, May 19, 2017 
  • 5:30am  Arrive at Athens Drive and check in with your designated chaperone - 
  • Please arrange to have someone drop you off at the band room. Do not leave your car in the parking lot overnight or throughout the duration of the trip. 
  • Buses arrive. Load luggage and instruments under buses. 
  • 6:00am Group meeting; board buses. 
  • 6:15am Depart for Atlanta via Holiday Tours buses 
  • 10:15am En route lunch stop – one hour Haywood Mall  - 700 Haywood Road Greenville, SC 29607 
  • 1:45pm Approximate arrival in Atlanta 
  • 2:00pm Tour Georgia Aquarium - 225 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 581-4000 
  • 3:45pm Exit aquarium through gift shop and proceed across Pemberton Place to World of Coca-Cola 
  • 4:00pm Tour World of Coca-Cola - 121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 
  • 6:30pm Return to buses; depart for Hard Rock Café 
  • 7:00pm Dinner at Hard Rock Café - 215 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
  • 8:30pm Return to buses; depart for hotel 
  • 8:45pm Check in at Hilton Atlanta Downtown - 255 Courtland Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 659-2000 
  • Midnight Lights out 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 
  • 7:30am Wake up & prepare for departure to Six Flags 
  • 9:00am Load buses; depart for Six Flags Over Georgia 
  • 9:30am Arrive at Six Flags; breakfast (Chick-fil-A) provided by boosters 
  • 10:10am Call time at Dare Devil Dive Stage (located in the USA section of the park) 
  • 10:30am Perform at Six Flags Over Georgia 
  • 11:00am Return to buses 
    • Change clothes 
    • Store instruments 
  • 11:30am Re-enter Six Flags for the remainder of the day
  • You will receive a meal coupon good at selected restaurants within Six Flags
  • 4:30pm Check in with chaperone 
  • 9:00pm Park closes; return to buses 
  • 9:30pm Depart for hotel 
  • 10:00pm Arrive at hotel 
  • Midnight Lights Out
Sunday, May 21, 2017 
  • 9:00am Wake up; prepare to check out of hotel 
  • 9:40am Check out of Hotel; load buses; depart for The Varsity 
  • 10:00am Breakfast at The Varsity - 61 North Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 881-1706 
  • 10:45am Return to buses; depart for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site 
  • 11:00am Arrive at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site - 450 Auburn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 331-5190 
  • Self-guided exhibits and attractions, including Visitor’s Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Eternal Flame and Preservation District 
  • 12:00pm Return to buses; depart for Stone Mountain 
  • 12:30pm Arrive at Stone Mountain - 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083 
  • Explore Stone Mountain park 
  • Enjoy the Summit Skyride 
  • 2:30pm Return to buses; depart for home 
  • Stop for dinner in Greenville on the way home 
  • 9:30pm Approximate arrival at Athens Drive High School 
All students expected to help unload and clean up buses.
*You may wish to have your student(s) call when we are a short distance away from the school or upon arrival. Doc will expect to remain at the school for 1 hour after we arrive. Thank you for your courtesy arranging a prompt pick-up.