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Raleigh Christmas Parade and Marching Band Banquet Info

posted Nov 16, 2016, 9:44 AM by Athens Drive High School Band

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the Raleigh Christmas Parade and Marching Band Banquet this Saturday.  Upcoming events are also listed at the end of this letter.


Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Report & Dress                                                             7:00am

Group Photo in New Stadium                                    7:45am

Depart for downtown Raleigh (via activity busses)       8:15am

Arrive at parade site                                                      8:30am

Approx. “Step-Off” Time (we are in front 1/3)           9:45am

Return to ADHS                                                            11:00am

*Students may bring a change of clothes for the banquet and remain 

at school, or they may travel home to change.  

Banquet (in cafeteria)                                                  1:00-4:00pm

Group Photo: Because we did not get the opportunity to have a formal group photo taken during any of our competitions, we wanted to schedule one before the season ends.  We will make this photo available to all!

The Raleigh Christmas Parade is a beautiful event, one that our band has marched in since our school was founded over 38 years ago.  The parade is one of the largest parades in the region with over 110 entries. It is also well attended: The students will have the opportunity to perform for more people than all our previous performances combined.  Furthermore, it is televised (WRAL…set those recording gizmos!).  But most importantly, it is an opportunity for both band members and families to share another one of those “feel good” moments!  

The parade will begin on Hillsborough St. near St. Mary’s College and move east to the Capitol.  The parade will then trace part of the perimeter of the Capitol, turning south onto Salisbury and east onto Morgan.  At the front of the Capitol, the parade will turn south onto Fayetteville St. where it will continue to Davie.  The total length of the parade is about 1.4 miles. 

Our Marching Band Banquet allows us to formally close a wonderful season.  The banquet is “pot-luck;” families should review instructions (posted online) concerning what to bring.  Dress for the banquet is semi-casual:  look nice because ALL of you will be receiving recognition! 

Other News:

Winter Guard & Indoor Percussion are holding orientation rehearsals for interested students.  Be sure to get on board if you are interested as membership in these outstanding groups will be close in just a few weeks!

All Fruit/Nut Orders are due at the banquet!!!

Upcoming Events:

12/3        NEW:  Rose Parade Audition Rehearsal/Recording Noon-3pm

               Apex Christmas Parade 3:00-7:00pm (parade begins at 5:00pm)

12/10      NEW:  Rose Parade Audition Rehearsal/Recording 10:00am-Noon (if necessary)

               Cary Christmas Parade Noon-4:00pm (parade begins at 2:00pm)

12/20       Holiday Concert 7:30pm (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)

*We will be sending home information concerning the Rose Parade Rehearsal/Recording sessions under separate cover. We have learned that we need to submit special movement/camera angles of the band that cannot be gathered in any way other than in a special recording session.  Thank you for your flexibility in managing to accommodate this request!

Hope to see you along the parade route cheering on our wonderful band!