• The Alpharetta Raider Band was Formed in 2004
  • The Alpharetta Raider Band has over 225 members
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Microphone for TUNING - update

(Original post October 1). Tuning the ensemble is essential.  Playing in tune for an individual is simply not optional.  With advanced tuning applications available on smartphones - especially the Tonal-Energy tuning app (available for Apple and Android and used by many of the best high school and college bands in the country), it is critical that we take advantage of the readily-available technology in the classroom. This tuning app allows students to see a very precise measurement of their pitch.

One way we can actively use this technology during rehearsal is with a microphone connected to our phone's tunning app.   This will allow the tuner to ONLY listen to you during a live rehearsal, giving you very specific feedback in realtime!  Without the microphone it is listening to the entire band - which does not help the individual student.

There are a couple of microphone options.  By far the most popular model is the Peterson "pitch-grabber" for mobile tuner apps,  Another is the OnBoardResearch "AppClip".   Both are $14.99 and will work with the mobile apps.  Look at the input mini-jack to make sure it will fit your phone before purchasing.  

No smartphone?  No Problem.  A simple portable tuner like the KORG CA-2 personal tuner can be purchased local for under $25.00 (Korg CM200 microphone w/larger 1/4-inch jack to fit this tuner is sold seperate) and works the same way as the mobile app in rehearsal.   

Congratulations 2018 All State Band Members!

The final round of all state band auditions was held on Saturday January 6 at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA. 

Congratulations to the following 13 Raider Band members who have been selected to the 2018 All State Band:  Ayoub Abubaker (Clarinet), Brent Chen (Tenor Sax), Daniel Cho (Clarinet), Olivia Colburn (Flute), Ben Failor (Trumpet), Ethan Metcalf (Clarinet), Ian Schwalbe (Trombone), Michael Tang (Clarinet), Cole Tinsley (Trombone second alternate), David Wahl (Trombone), Patrick Wahl (trumpet), Allison Wang (Flute), and Arthur Yu (Trumpet).  We are so very proud of each of you!

The complete list of chair placements for all ensembles can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the appropriate ensemble: 

9-10 All State Band  /  11-12 All State Band   Alternates are not listed here.

The actual All State Band event is March 1-3, 2018, beginning that Thursday afternoon (plan to be in Athens by 5pm).  The first rehearsal will be Thursday evening March 1, 2018 time TBA. 

You will need hotel for Thursday and Friday nights; the performances are Saturday all day.  As mentioned at the beginning of the year, YOU MUST BE CHAPERONED BY YOUR PARENTS AND SECURE YOUR OWN HOTEL SPACE.  If you have been selected it is highly suggested that your parents (if they have not already done so) secure hotel space NOW - do not wait until next week.  A list of Athens hotels can be found HERE. 

Raider Band Graduates to Perform at the National Championship!

I suspect when this crew graduated from AHS and decided to continue Marching Band at UGA, they never in a million years dreamed they would be where they are today! The "short" 5.5 mile Rose Parade and marching in a nationally-televised halftime show during the Rose Bowl was no doubt pretty sweet ... and now they get that once-in-a-lifetime chance to go to and perform at the National Championship Game!  


In the Rose Bowl parking lot in Pasadena CA - from left:  Carolyn Mundy (Oboe, Guard - 2017), Karyna Pillay (Horn - 2016), Ismar Miniel (Euphonium - 2015), Carlee Woodring (Bassoon - 2015), Maria Mendoza (Horn - 2015), James Wilson (Percussion - 2015) and Ido Erlitzki (Percussion - 2015).  Be sure to tune in Monday night January 8 to see / hear them in action.  We are PROUD of our Raider Band Graduates!

We say it all of the time - you NEVER KNOW where marching band is going to take you - you just gotta do it!  Go Raiders! ... and Go Dawgs!

All State Band Auditions Final Round TIMES and INFO

The final round of all state auditions are THIS SATURDAY January 6, 2018 at Houston County HS in Warner Robins, GA.  Please download the final round INSTRUCTIONS and the individual audition SCHEDULE.  Please make arrangements for transportation on your own to Houston County High School.  Allow at least 2.5 hours travel time.  If you have any questions about your times please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.  Mr. Walsh and Mr. Jenkins will be in the Band Building on Thursday January 4th most of the day.


Congratulations to the following 49 AHS Band members who have passed the first round of the All State Band audition and have qualified for round two on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA:  Ayoub Abubaker, Nick Amundsen, Will Ashe, Aaron Bagger, Ryan Bard, Drequor Berry, Erica Campbell, Christina Chan, Brent Chen, Daniel Cho, Sean Cho, Yunseol Cho, Caleb Colburn, Olivia Colburn, Danny Corena, Nidisha Dasari, Nadia Dixon, Ryan Eberle, Anthony Elengickal, Alexa Espinosa, Ben Failor, Kausal Gokare, Marcelo Guerra, Emily Halphen, Maliha Hasan, John Heyerdahl, Nikkil Jaganathan, Taewoo Kang, Breandon Mead, Ethan Metcalf, Maddie Morgan, Billy Myslajek, Manoj Niverthi, Matt Olson, Noah Orban, Ian Schwalbe, Michael Tang, Hormis Thaliath, Grant Thomson, Cole Tinsley, Stephen Tong, Ian Valdes, David Wahl, Patrick Wahl, Allison Wang, Sara Watson, Emma Wood, Arthur Yu, Justin Zandstra, and Kevin Zhao.  

Round two is: BOTH parts of the etude, plus two sightreading exercises. WORK HARD and get with your private teacher over the break!!

The audition schedule (your time) will be posted to this website as soon as it is published.  Please CHECK THE WEBSITE reglularly during the holiday break.  You are responsible for your own transportation to Houston County High School.  It is approximately 2.5 hours from Alpharetta - so leave early and allow extra time for our amazing highways!

TAKE YOUR INSTRUMENTS HOME TOMORROW (TUESDAY 12/19/17).  Mr. Walsh and Mr. Jenkins will be at the Midwest Clinic the rest of this week.  

If you are auditioning and have an emergency question prior to auditions please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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