• The Alpharetta Raider Band was Formed in 2004
  • The Alpharetta Raider Band has over 120 members
  • Enjoy this seasons production "Pyramids of Egypt"
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Tampa Marching Band Competition THIS WEEK!

This week our Marching Raiders will travel to Tampa, FL to compete at the Wiregrass Ranch Marching Music Regional Championship.  We've be preparing and rehearsing the entire month of October for this event.  The Band will leave around 1pm Friday afternoon and return Sunday evening around 10:00pm.  The complete schedule is available for download here.  Actual performance time for prelims Saturday is around 3:00pm (updated 10.26).  

Be sure you check the WEATHER when you are packing.  And even though we have mild temperatures, you can still burn on the beach Sunday - bring your sunscreen! 



Students, being able to list Honor Band and All State Band on a college application seperates your application from the pack.  To the outsider it says you've accomplished something extraordinary.  And it affords you the opportunity to perform with some of the very best high shool musicians in the district and state.  The first step is being signed up for and completing a successful audition. 

OCTOBER is the month we begin to focus on auditions.  Students have already signed up for All State auditions; that audition is also for GMEA District 5 Honor Band.  Sign up for Fulton County Honor Band Auditions is THIS WEEK.  

The date for Fulton County Honor Band is Monday November 7th at Riverwood HS (in the afternoon).  FCHB auditions begin at 4:30pm and first-come-first-serve.  The date for the All State Band audition is Saturday December 10 right here at Alpharetta HS.  All State audition times are assigned.

HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?  Be sure you know "what" material is required.  Be sure your scales are well prepared.  Be sure you are taking private lessons.  And do not be afraid to ask for help.  Mr. Walsh and Mr. Jenkins will be available after school beginning next Wednesday (10.19) for audition help.  You must be signed up for a time.  The sign up will be on Mr. Walsh's door.  

Central-Carroll Competition Recap

Our Marching Raiders had a very successful performance last Saturday at the Super Bowl of Sound Marching Band Contest at Central-Carroll High School.  The Marching Raiders earned Superior Ratings in all captions, finished 3rd in class 4-A, and finished 4th overall (out of 20 bands).  3 points seperated the top 4 bands.  This was a great way to begin the competition season!!

Our Raider Colorguard finished with the highest score in their caption out of all 20 bands!


Our next competition is October 29th at Clearwater High School in Clearwater, FL.  

Finalize Smartmusic Accounts

All AHS Band students should be enrolled in Smartmusic by this Friday August 26, 2016.  There are 2 ways to do this.  You can enroll at school through Mr. Jenkins and use your account on the school iPads.  You will only be able to access it at school.   But the BEST way to sign up is to purchase a one-year subscription and be able to access your account 24-7 anywhere you have internet access.  At $40.00 per year, that is about the same as one cup of Startbucks coffee per month for 9 months.  Or - it's less than .22 cents a day for each of the 180 days in a school year.  And it's LESS than you'd spend taking the family out to just one movie! This is one of the very best tools for individual student practice - and we will use it for individual performance assessments throughout the year.   If you have any questions after you have visited the Smartmusic website and viewed the videos, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please take advantage of this incredible tool now !

GREAT first show!!

There is only one first-time...  Ahhh.... our first halftime show.... the anticipation, the uniform, the fear, the excitement, the large crowd (about 3000 last night), the rain, the mistakes, the recoveries - and it all goes by in just minutes - what a blast!  Great habits are starting to form and the show is beginning to develop nicely.  We are very proud of our Raider Band.  Mr. Jenkins and me know that this is gonna be a great season!  

We know this is redundant, but look at the calendar DAILY.  KNOW when rehearsals and performances are taking place and be sure they are planned around, not on top of.  Great performance tradition depends on every band member being at every rehearsal and every performance EVERY TIME.  No Band performs better than their best rehearsal. And no Band is at their best when there are missing fellow band members in performance.  As a band member, we must be able to count on you.  

Parents and students, please go to the STUDENT PAGE  and print the Attendance Agreement (about half-way down the page in RED).  Read it, sign it, and return it to Mr. Walsh or Mr. Jenkins on Monday morning 8/22/16.  

Here's to a GREAT season -  Raider Band .... ALL THE TIME!!

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