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High Point University and Koka Booth Schedule for WIND ENSEMBLE this weekend

posted Apr 17, 2017, 1:28 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 1:30 PM ]
To:  Wind Ensemble members and parents 

1) Honor Band of NC Performance on Saturday 4/22
2) Cary Arts Festival Performance on Sunday 4/23

Welcome back from Spring Break!  Now the real fun begins!!!
It’s going to be a busy weekend for us - but it’s ALL GOOD!  Most of the information that appears below is review; however, please read everything over carefully so that there is no confusion over the details!

Arrive Athens Drive H.S.                        5:30am
Depart for HPU                                        6:00am
Arrive HPU                                               8:15am
Session A (tour of campus and 
master classes by HPU faculty)            8:30am
Lunch (provided by HPU)                      11:00am
Session B (clinic with R. Saucedo)       12:00pm
Change into concert attire                     2:30pm

CONCERT (ADHS/CHS)                         3:30pm

Depart HPU                                            5:30pm
Dinner at Four Seasons Mall                6:15pm
Depart for ADHS                                    7:30pm
Arrive Athens Drive H.S.                       9:00pm
We will be transporting the students to and from HPU via Charter Coach.  Our boosters will provide a breakfast for our students to enjoy on the bus on the way to HPU.  The students will need to bring some money for dinner at the food court in the Four Seasons Mall on the way back to Raleigh.  

We are in need of a few students or parents to drive because our ensemble size is larger than the number of seats on the bus.  (You’ll still get breakfast!)  The good news is that you would be able to leave and come directly back to Raleigh following our performance.  Please let me know if you can drive and if you can take a few other students.  All that I would ask is that I receive a note of permission from a parent whether you are driving or riding with another student!  Thank you for your help with this!

Dress for much of the day will be “casual professional,” or “comfortable, but nice.”  The students will be interacting with many professionals and they need to “dress the part.”  Mainly, avoid jeans, flip-flops, tennis shoes, tee shirts, hoodies, and the like.  We will transport their formal concert attire on the charter bus.
Remember to bring your concert attire to school on Saturday morning!!  Guys can put tux shirt, pants, shoes and socks, bow tie and cummerbund in jacket bag.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Koka Booth Amphitheatre

This Sunday, April 23rd, our Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the 5th annual Cary Music & Arts Festival held at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.  It is exciting to be performing at such a beautiful venue with our friends from neighboring schools in a non-competitive event.  The Festival begins at 4:30pm with the Middle Creek H.S. Chorus and will conclude with our Wind Ensemble at 8:00pm.  Ensembles from Cary Academy, Cary High School, Cardinal Gibbons H.S. and Green Hope H.S. will also be performing (see bottom of letter). 
Unlike our other events, we are asking all of our students to arrive on their own, preferably 30 minutes before the performance.  I have asked the Wind Ensemble to wear “nice Sunday clothing” as a break from the more formal attire.  Jazz Ensemble members can wear their blue/black attire. 

We will be following the schedule below:
6:00pm            Jazz Ensemble arrives at Koka Booth
6:30pm            Jazz Ensemble Performance
7:30pm            Wind Ensemble arrives at Koka Booth
8:00pm            Wind Ensemble Performance

We’ll talk with the students this week about what equipment to bring.  All students should report to the back area of Koka Booth where we will have parents guide the students on where they can place instrument cases.  
Our hope is to make this an enjoyable, non-stressful performance in a relaxed environment.  We also hope that this can be an event that will grow in number of participants and size of audience.  So, bring your dinner, lawn chair/blanket, and a friend!  And here’s the best news:  This is a FREE event!!!!!!