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Logistics for Football Game and Competition this weekend

posted Oct 2, 2017, 1:26 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 1:30 PM ]
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the Homecoming Football Game this Friday and the South Brunswick H.S. Competition in Southport N.C. this Saturday.

But first of all we gotta EAT…
BAND BBQ AT MASONIC LODGE
5610 TRYON RD, RALEIGH
Friday, October 6, 2017
ORDERS, DELIVERY, INFO:  BBQ@ATHENSDRIVEBAND.COM

Then we play…
HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME (ATHENS VS. JORDAN)

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017:
Report to Athens Drive                              5:00pm
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 TEE SHIRT underneath the jacket--no tank tops!  As we will be wearing our blue show shirt under our uniform tomorrow, I would suggest not wearing the blue show shirt 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.  
Students taking the SAT on Saturday may leave after halftime.  Our field crew parents will be bringing the front ensemble instruments back to the band room and these students may go with them.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK H.S. COMPETITION 
280 Cougar Rd, Southport, NC  28461
(aka “South Coast Classic”)

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017:
Report to Athens                                         10:45am
Rehearsal (site TBD)                                 11:00am
Return to bandroom; eat lunch (on own),    12:45pm
load instruments; prepare for departure
Inspection in senior lot (in ½ uniform)       2:15pm
Depart for SBHS (via activity busses)            2:30pm
-We will make 1 rest stop
Arrive SBHS                                                    5:30pm
-Eat dinner (provided by boosters)
Warm up begins                                                7:10pm
PERFORMANCE                                              7:55pm
Awards Ceremony                                            9:05pm
Depart SBHS                                                    10:15pm
-We will make 1 rest stop
Arrive Athens Drive                                         1:15am

*Students taking the SAT are excempt from the morning rehearsal and should plan to meet us for inspection at 2:15pm. 

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.   PLEASE BRING A LUNCH!!!  
  2. The students will be wearing their uniform shoes, black socks, bibs and blue show shirt for the bus ride to Southport.  
  3. The boosters will provide a meal for the students when they arrive on the campus of South Brunswick H.S.
  4. Before we leave SBHS, 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.  
  5. Our boosters will provide a light snack for the students’ ride back to Raleigh.
  6. 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.
And finally…We need parents to help with assembling/dissembling/moving/loading props and equipment on Saturday morning!!!

Everyone seems to enjoy watching a marching band with cool props that accentuate the “theme” of the program!  However, it takes a small army of parents to make this type of program work!  WE NEED YOUR HELP!!  Trust me, it will make the entire day more enjoyable for you!  You can even turn it into a family affair!  Everyone can help… mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, long lost relatives, neighbors, etc.
Please contact Corey Benson at vpoperations@athensdriveband.com if you can help and he’ll send you the info.  
With the hot air balloon and baskets, we can promise you an “uplifting experience!”

It’s going to be a busy weekend - but oh so fun!!!  Thank you for everything that you do for your kids and this program!
“Doc”