• 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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Competition THIS Saturday

BIG WEEK FOR US!  On Saturday October 1 the Marching Raiders will travel to Central Carroll HS in Carrollton, GA for our first major competition of the year.  A complete schedule will be available soon.  Band members should plan on being at school no later than 8:30am; rehearsal in our stadium will begin at 9am and will last approx. 2 hours.  We will leave campus around 1:30pm (motor coaches) and return to AHS around 12:30am.  The event begins before we arrive and will conclude at 10pm;  our actual performance time is 8pm.  It's a BIG competition (lots of bands).  More details to follow, but that is the "skinny!" 


RECAP: Marching Band "FREE Friday"

Always nice to have a by-week.  No game, go home after school, catch up on classwork, and rest.  The rough-draft of the entire show is now on the field; we have tons of cleaning to do for sure.

Set 4 music must be complete next week - it's going on the field Saturday.

Keep this in mind:  WE HAVE 3 REHEARSALS UNTIL OUR FIRST MAJOR COMPETITION. Work hard in advance, rehearse clean, compete at the highest level - U CAN DO IT!!


So, how do away-games work?

Away game schedule for AHS vs. Gainesville HS: 4:00pm - eat quick dinner in cafateria (loading crew to truck right after dinner); 4:30pm DRESS (Grey 2016 tshirt, sport-shorts under uniform); load buses at 5:15pm.

It takes about 1.5 hours in traffic to get to the stadium - it is NOT on the campus of Gainesville HS. Please open the Band website calendar for location and directions. GAME TIME - 7:30pm; pickup from Alpharetta HS - 11:30pm. No doubt if we are going to arrive back early your child will call you! Our chaperones have been with your children all afternoon and should not have to wait for you after the game for pickup. Please be at the school by 11:30pm, waiting for us to arrive.

Every away day schedule is a little different depending on the distance.  Please open each event on the calendar for specific information about each game.


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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