• 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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GRADUATION is Thursday night May 24.  Dress code for guys is dress pants, dress shirt and tie (or suit), and for girls a nice dress (no bright colors, should be at least knee-length) or pant suit.  We perform on an elevated stage.  

This is a "rain or shine" event.  Remember, if students opt to perform - but fail to show up for the performance, they will fail the exam.  Students will report by 4pm to Verizon (dressed and ready; transportation on your own).  4:15 is the "IN YOUR SEAT" time - downbeat.  We will do a sound check at this time. If you are late you may not be able to get into the theatre. DO NOT BE LATE. 

Students can bring their own dinner or will have the option to purchase dinner after warmup from the concessions (which is run by our booster association).  Graduation begins at 7pm and ends when it ends (usually 9pm).  IMMEDIATELY AFTER GRADUATION... we must load our truck, bring the equipment back to school, and load it back into our building; it cannot sit in the truck overnight.  

Students and Parents:   PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AND SCHEDULE. The schedule has been published and also handed out to each student. 

It's a long but FUN evening.  




BAND Registration for 2018-19 is in full swing!  As the calendar states, this is for every new and returning Band student grade 8-11 woodwind, brass, percussion and colorguard.  This is not registration for the class.  Rather, it is registration for the "program."  Registration, Medical forms, travel forms, liability forms, - a one-stop shop for everthing registration related. 

PARENTS, if you missed this important event please CLICK HERE to download all information.  Complete all paperwork and bring it to the band building with a check ASAP.  It is critical that this is completed this month.  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!!

GUITAR Digital Learning Assignment 3.9.18

Guitar 1A (beginners) and Guitar 1B have different videos to view. After you complete the video please write a summary about why the ideas mentioned are related to or helpful to what you are currently working on. FEEL FREE to try out some of the techniques mentioned on these videos.  Please submit your summary back to me via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  THis assignent shoiuld be submitted by midnight today. 



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