• The Alpharetta Raider Band was Formed in 2004
  • The Alpharetta Raider Band has over 225 members
  • Enjoy this seasons production "Elements of the Universe"
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Summer Band Camps 2018!

Band Camp 2018 is finally here!  PLEASE look at the calendar for dates.  This is honestly one of our favorite times of the year.  New music, new show, new (and old) friends!  It’s a time to focus on music making and developing friendships.  It’s fun and exciting!

As you prepare for the next couple of weeks maybe the most important thing you can do, even more important that playing your instrument, is HYDRATE.  Drink plenty of water.  The biggest mistake people make is the get dehydrated and then  try to “fix it” by drinking a bunch.  A basic ”rule-of-thumb” is to take your body weight, divide by 2, and that is your normal hydration (H2O) intake in ounces.  Add 8 ounces for each hour of training.  We will teach a habit of hydrating during camp.  But we want you to show up hydrated.  EVERY MARCHING BAND STUDENT is required to have a 1/2-gallon igloo personal cooler. CLICK HERE to see what we’re talking about.  If you have not already done so, purchase it NOW. All good band programs require this same cooler. Do not get an off-brand and do not get anything smaller.  1/2 gallon usually gets us through one rehearsal session.  If you have trouble finding one, see Mr. Jenkins.  We have some extras that we are going to give away.

Second, make sure you get outside daily.  Walk, run, bike - just get out and get moving.  

Third.  Dust off the horn and play.  While I’m sure “most” of you practice every day, no doubt there are some who took a break.  So it’s time to get your mojo back!

Be sure you have labeled anything of value that you bring to band camp (wire music stand, igloo cooler). It GOES WITHOUT SAYING to remember to bring your instrument (bet you can guess why we say that...). If you will be playing a school instrument it should have been checked out to you during rookie week or before. If you choose bring electronics (laptop, tablets, etc) you are completely responsible for them - not the chaperones, not the staff (cabins are not locked and are not secure like your house).  This includes your cell phone.  

A complete list of the essentials you need for camp is AVAILABLE HERE!



Hope everyone is having a great summer!  Be sure to keep your eyes on the website Band Calendar - we are adding 2018-19 stuff on a regular basis.  What's next?  Band camp of course!  We're one month from Rookie Camp - and 5 weeks from BIG CAMP at Rock Eagle (all Marching Band members).  Marching Band Rookie Camp is for all incoming 9th graders, transfers, and first-time marchers.  

Got questions?  Contact one of the student leaders (student leadership is listed under the "about" tab at top of website).   Havea great summer!!

Band and Summer!

Welcome to summer!  Please be sure you watch the calendar (check it often).  Percussion, Guard and Leadership have events this week / next week. 

If you are a MOVE-IN - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP to get signed up for Marching Band.  Space is limited, so we need to hear from you!

PARENTS, if you missed registration, please CLICK HERE to download the information.  Complete all paperwork and bring it to the band building with a check ASAP.  Some forms should be mailed in (see linked page in yellow).  QUESTIONS?  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   THANKS!  


The 2018 Band Awards Banquet is THIS FRIDAY (4.27) at the Marriott on Windward Parkway and GA400.  The Banquet will begin at 6pm and is open to all Band Members and Guard Members - and all family members.  

Didn't get your ticket yet?  Early orders ended on 4.20, but you can still get tickets for $30.00 each.  Order your Band Awards Banquet tickets by downloading the ticket order form here.   QUESTIONS?  Contact Banquet chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.


Placement audition videos allow directors to plan the ensembles for the next school year.  All State members do not need to submit scales, 8th graders do not need to submit the etude unless you are trying for a chair in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band I.  Everyone should have been working on scales all year - and working on the posted etude for the past month.  VIDEO AUDITION LINKS WERE DUE BY 3.26 AT MIDNIGHT FOR ALL CURRENT 9th/10th/11th GRADERS;  DEADLINE FOR 8th GRADERS WAS THURSDAY 3.29 by MIDNIGHT.  If you have any questions please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Common questions about the process:  

Is there a time limit for scales?  Yes, your 12 major scales plus arpeggios will be timed;  they should be completed on the video in 2.5 minutes or less on the same video (do not pause the recording device).  Remember to call each scale before you play it, and do not transpose scales (clarinets, your C is "C", not "concert Bb").  If you are confused about this, ask your director.  If the video is turned off and back on during the scale portion of the video you will lose points.  Do I have to submit everything on one video?  That is what we prefer. If you pause between scales and the etude, we're OK with this.  We're trying to avoid two seperate videos from every student.

The alternative to these videos are LIVE auditions, which in our opinion create more performance anxiety and less opportunity for most students - and dont allow for do-overs.  FINALLY - read the instuctions posted in your Onenote in the content library.  If you didnt get into your OneNote notebook, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we'll re-send the invite (arrives via school email).  Submit your video early and take the pressure off.  Good luck!!

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