Dear 2016 ADHS Marching Band member and parent,
I just wanted to take a moment to WELCOME you to the 2016 Athens Drive High School Marching Band! For those of you new to our organization, I want to CONGRATULATE you on making such a wonderful decision. The Marching Band is the LARGEST organized group at Athens Drive and its #1 ambassador. Most importantly, the Marching Band is an absolutely awesome FAMILY of musicians who share a passion for visual and musical performance.
I am excited to share with you that this year’s band will be among the largest in our school’s history totaling 158 members: 64 woodwind; 42 brass; 28 guard; 20 percussion; and 2 drum majors. I have attached our current roster and our summer/fall schedule, which is the same schedule that was released a few weeks ago. Please contact the band office ASAP if there is a serious conflict with any of these dates! As you can see from the roster, we still have 3 openings - one in guard, woodwinds, and brass. First come, first serve!
During the next several weeks the staff will be busy preparing for our upcoming season. We will be charting choreography, writing music, ordering equipment, and planning performances - WHICH WILL INCLUDE OUR FIRST PREGAME PERFORMANCE IN OUR NEW STADIUM and perhaps A COMPETITION DOUBLE-HEADER! It is hoped that you will enjoy this time to relax and recharge. If possible, try to maintain your “chops” by practicing regularly. For students who need a school instrument, our section leaders will be contacting you to arrange delivery/pick-up. Summer is also an excellent time to take private lessons in order to make greater progress on everything from tone production to music reading.
I can promise you that one of the BEST EXPERIENCES OF YOUR LIFE is just around the corner. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; I try to stay current with email and will be in-and-out of school fairly regularly over the next 6 weeks. We look forward to seeing all of you late July!