• 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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Florida Marching Band Regional Competition Recap!

On a warm and very windy Saturday October 29, 2016 our Alpharetta High School Marching Raiders competed at a high-level all-day Regional Marching Band competition at Wiregrass Ranch HS near Tampa, FL.  Twenty Bands in 5 different classifications competed in the preliminary round with a goal to score high enough to earn a spot in the top 10, which in turn would earn a second performance in the final round under the lights.  Although the competing Bands were all very good and included some of the most historied programs in Florida, our Raiders (that "band from Georgia" as we were called) finished the preliminary round 2nd in class 4A and 6th place overall, earning a spot in Finals with 9 other very good bands.  In the end we finished the night in 7th place overall.  

We are VERY PROUD of our Marching Raider Band!! 

Our Marching Raiders will arrive back to the Alpharetta High School campus between 10 and 10:30pm tonight (Sunday 10.30.16).

Tampa Marching Band Competition THIS WEEK!

This week our Marching Raiders will travel to Tampa, FL to compete at the Wiregrass Ranch Marching Music Regional Championship.  We've be preparing and rehearsing the entire month of October for this event.  The Band will leave around 1pm Friday afternoon and return Sunday evening around 10:00pm.  The complete schedule is available for download here.  Actual performance time for prelims Saturday is around 3:00pm (updated 10.26).  

Be sure you check the WEATHER when you are packing.  And even though we have mild temperatures, you can still burn on the beach Sunday - bring your sunscreen! 


Central-Carroll Competition Recap

Our Marching Raiders had a very successful performance last Saturday at the Super Bowl of Sound Marching Band Contest at Central-Carroll High School.  The Marching Raiders earned Superior Ratings in all captions, finished 3rd in class 4-A, and finished 4th overall (out of 20 bands).  3 points seperated the top 4 bands.  This was a great way to begin the competition season!!

Our Raider Colorguard finished with the highest score in their caption out of all 20 bands!


Our next competition is October 29th at Clearwater High School in Clearwater, FL.  

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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