• 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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First Week Odd / Ends!

Download this document for important reminders and things to keep in mind going into a new year...


The first day back to school is always hectic, stressful, and even a little bit crazy.  Remember Raider Band members, step back, take a breath, and relax.  You've always got a place to hang.  And without doubt, if you've got any issues, we have someone in our program that has been through it and can help you.  This is gonna be a great year!

The 2017 Marching Raiders will return to Florida to compete at Ft. Walton Beach, our Amazing Wind Ensemble has an invitational performance at UGA JanFest, and ALL of our SPECTACULAR CONCERT BANDS will travel to Aneheim, California for a Disney-sponsored National Concert Band Festival!!  Of course there are many details still to come, but if you're in the band, this should be a year WORTH looking forward to!

FIRST-WEEK things to consider: 

1. We will play instruments in class EVERY DAY - so always have your instrument at school.  Don't forget reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease... NEED A SCHOOL INTRUMENT?  There is a one-time usage fee of $60 for the year, checks payable to ABBA; if you have already registered and paid band fees this was included.  NOTE: Percussionists, this fee does NOT pay for your sticks and mallets.  Those are consumable items, so you will purchase those on your own.  We can often provide them for you at a discounted price.  The $60 you pay (at the time of registration) is for use of all of the many percussion instruments you will have access to over the course of the year. 

School instruments will be checked out beginning Monday. 

2.  BRING $10.00 for instrument locker, cash or check, checks payable to ABBA.  Instrument lockers will be assigned this week before school, at lunch, after school.  No time to get a locker during the day after your rehearsal. 

3. Marching Band (MB) rehearsal is every Tuesday from 6:30-9pm and Thursday from 4-7pm until the end of football season.  Rehearsals are required, so plan accordingly.  Only 4 rehearsals until the first performance!  Remember to bring your water jug on practice days.  And yes, we practice RAIN OR SHINE!

4. We use CHARMS Office Assistant for info, SMARTMUSIC for performance-based assignments, and MS OneNote for written work and other assignments as needed.  Detailed info will be sent home about these programs soon. 

5. Get USED to looking at the band website calendar (see button at top of website). There are several ways to view content, PLUS the band calendar can be linked to your phone calendar. 

 ICAL:  https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/walshmi1%40comcast.net/public/basic.ics

6. Finally, make a habit of completing assignments (in all classes) when they are assigned and turn them in before or on the due date; this will make your year a lot less stressful and a lot more enjoyable!



The Alpharetta High School Wind Ensemble has been invited (by audition) to be a featured performance ensemble at the 68th annual University of Georgia High School Band Festival - aka "JanFest!"  The performance will be on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 2:30pm in Athens at the Hodgson Concert Hall at the School of Music.  This is the feature performance slot!

We are so very proud of you all!  A Special Thanks to all of the 2017 seniors who helped make our audition recording possible.  Job WELL DONE!

LGPE Success!

On Tuesday February 28, 2017 all three of the AHS concert bands performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association District 5 Large Group Performance Evaluation hosted by Cambridge HS.  The Symphonic Band I and II plus the Wind Ensemble ALL EARNED SUPERIOR RATINGS. We are so very proud of our bands!

A very special thanks to Associate Director Mr. Ira Jenkins for stepping in and running the show while Mr. Walsh is out on medical leave – he did a superb job! And thanks for our friend Dr. David Kehler of Kennesaw State University for stepping in at the last minute to conduct our Wind Ensemble.

From Mr. Walsh – I am SO PROUD of our program!!!


This past Saturday our JV and Varsity winter guards competed at the Art in Motion winter guard competition at Harrison High School. Our JV team had another great performance which earned them a much higher score than their last performance 3rd place in their class. The Varsity team wowed the judges and audience with an outstanding performance which earned them 1st place of the day among all scholastic units. We are very proud of both teams and is looking forward to their continued success as they now prepare for national competition in Pensacola, Florida, in two weeks.

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