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Football Game Friday and Competition - Danville, VA this Saturday.

posted Sep 23, 2017, 7:28 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 23, 2017, 7:28 AM ]
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the Football Game this Friday and the George Washington H.S. Competition in Danville, VA this Saturday.

HOME FOOTBALL GAME (ATHENS VS. WEST JOHNSTON)
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Because we do not have school on Thursday, we will NOT have our 3-5:30pm after school rehearsal.  Instead, we will have full rehearsal on Friday from 3-4:30pm, followed by a pizza dinner in our cafeteria.  We are asking every student for a $2 donation for the dinner.  Please do not worry if you do not have the funds to pay—we will feed everyone!  We’re just trying to keep our piggy bank full for the Outback Bowl☺
After eating dinner, we will follow the schedule below:

Change into full uniform 5:15pm
Warm-up in Junior lot 5:45pm
March to stadium 6:15pm
Pregame Performance        6:45pm
Game begins 7:00pm
Halftime Performance       @8:00pm
Dismissal (at flagpole near band room) 9:45pm


Students will be wearing their full uniform for this game.  They may wear any type of shirt underneath the jacket; however, they must wear a shirt!  As we will be wearing our blue uniform tee under our uniform tomorrow, I would suggest not wearing the blue tee for this performance (unless you want to wash it Friday evening). Woodwinds and brass will need their flip folders and lyres; all students should bring a small amount of money for drinks/snacks following their performance.  

GEORGE WASHINGTON H.S. COMPETITION 
(aka “Dixie Classic”)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2017

Report to Athens 11:00am
Rehearsal  11:15am
Return to bandroom; prepare for departure 1:15pm
Inspection in senior lot (in ½ uniform)  2:40pm
Depart for VA border (via activity busses and charter)    3:00pm
Transfer to GWHS via the charter bus          4:30-5:30pm
Eat dinner (provided by boosters) 5:30pm
Warm up begins 6:45pm
PERFORMANCE   7:45pm
Awards Ceremony 8:30pm
*Transfer back to NC border via the charter bus 9:30-10:30pm
Depart NC border 10:30pm
Arrive Athens Drive Midnight

Important Competition Day Logistics
  1. Students must remain on campus between our rehearsal and inspection; there will not be enough time for students to safely leave campus.   
  2. The students will be wearing their uniform shoes, black socks, bibs and blue tee shirt for the bus ride up to Danville.  By wearing the bibs, we do not have to rely on the changing facilities before we perform.  [Changing facilities often operate on strict schedules that can cause warm-ups to be rushed…]  See note #5 below about wearing a lightweight type of shorts under the uniform bibs.
  3. For insurance reasons, we are not permitted to take our activity busses out of North Carolina.  [Big sigh, laughter, shaking my head, look of absolute disbelief, yeah it’s an adventure…]  Instead, we will transport the students across the state line to GWHS via the 1 charter bus we will be taking.  We will park the activity busses at a church near the NC/VA border and platoon the students across by making 2 extra charter bus trips.  It’s only a 10-minute ride to the school from the border.  We’ll do the same thing in reverse following the show.  [Continued big sigh, laughter, etc.]  
  4. The boosters will provide a meal for the students when they arrive on the campus of George Washington H.S.
  5. Before we leave the GW campus, students may change into more comfortable clothes for the bus ride home (your choice).  If possible, students are encouraged to wear a lightweight type of shorts under the uniform so they may change out of the uniform outside near our trucks.  
  6. Our boosters will provide a light snack for the students’ ride back to Raleigh.
  7. The arrival time (midnight) is our best guess.  We are usually accurate (within the ½ hour); however, due to the multitude of variables that surround events such as this and the number of students involved, adjustments may have to be made.  The safety/well-being of the students is our primary concern.   We’ll get word to you (via REMIND, cell-phone) if we run ahead or behind schedule more than ½ hour.
  8. We enthusiastically invite all parents, family, and friends to travel to Danville to enjoy our performance and route on our band!  YOUR PRESENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  The trip is reasonable with respect to time—about 1.5 hours—and scenic!  The stadium is high allowing the audience to really enjoy the choreography.  [And you will not need to park your car at the NC/VA border to platoon across the state line!!!  LOL!!!   Shaking my head!  Total disbelief!!!  What a joke!!!]
  9. If you are planning to attend the show and would like to drive your child home, please submit a written request.  In general, I like to keep the students together throughout the entire event; however, I will trust your judgment if you feel it absolutely necessary for your child to be home earlier.
I truly prefer to think of these events as “Band Shows” rather than competitions.  As you can imagine, judging art is very subjective—so subjective that the very act of doing it is highly questionable.  I always encourage our students to do their best everyday 
in order for them to perform at their highest potential.  They will always be winners if they do this!  It is vital to remember that we compete against ourselves, not against others.  That said, we do use the feedback that we receive and the adrenaline rush that comes naturally with performance and competition to GROW!

Thank you for all that you have done to make this season so wonderful.  Hope to see you up in Danville routing for our band!  
“Doc”
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