• 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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All State Band Audition Registration

Attention Students / Parents:  Registration for All State Band Auditions is taking place NOW.  PLEASE be sure that you officially sign up with Mr. Walsh.  The required audition fee is $20, payable to "ABBA" and due NOW.  Etudes are on the GMEA website.  If you have questions please see Mr. Walsh or Mr. Jenkins NOW.  THE DEADLINE to sign up is September 20th

 The audition date for round 1 is December 10, 2016.  The audition will be also used for GMEA District 5 Honor Band.  Round one is being hosted at Alpharetta HS.  Passing round one will move you to round "2" which will be January 7, 2017 at Houston County HS (below Macon, GA).   The actual All State event will be March 2-4, 2017 in Athens.  

There is no greater honor for high school band students than being selected by audition as a member to the GA All State Band.  Work NOW.  Ask for help NOW.  Take lessons NOW.  Alpharetta HS Band has a reputation of placing good numbers of students into the All State Bands and Orchestras, and it's by design, not by accident.  e want to help prepare you for a successful audition.  You will never if you can make it ... unless you try!!

It all starts by signing up for the audition - so get signed up NOW!!   All State help sessions will begin in October with Mr. Walsh and Mr. Jenkins.  

All State Etudes POSTED!

The etudes for the 2017 GMEA All State Band auditions have now been posted.  Go to GMEA website, fund the DIVISIONS tab at top and drop down to BAND, then ALL STATE BAND.  Once on that page scroll down left side to pull the appropriate etude. 

GRADE 9-10 should be looking at Concert Band, GRADE 11-12 should be looking at Symphonic Band. BE SURE YOU PULL CORRECT ETUDE before you print (check etude title).  ALSO - please note the required scales and order of scales are listed at the top of the etude.  You can also print the scales in the reuiqred format (do this too).  


Flute, Piccolo: 3 octaves from Low C;  Oboe:  Low Bb to High F;   Sop. Bb Clarinet: Low E to High G above High C;  Bass, Contra Cl:  Low E to High C;  : Bassoon: 3 octaves from Low Bb;  All Saxophones: Low Bb to High F;  French Horn: Low F to High A; Trumpet,Baritone T.C.:Low F# to High C;   Trombone, Baritone B.C.:Low E to High Bb;   Bass Trombone: Low (Pedal) Bb to High F;  Tuba:  Low E to High Bb 

If you have any questions or find any mistakes please see Mr. Walsh or Mr. Jenkins.  Prepare early, be ready for December.  

FYI, December GMEA District 5 auditions will again be hosted at Alpharetta HS.  GOOD LUCK!!


LOCKERS ... Still don't have a band locker? Every Band member must have one.  Lockers can be rented before or after school ($10).  Percussionists - you WILL need your own locker too for stick/mallet bag storage. Guard can rent locks for your lockers in the guard room too.

 The AHS Band Building will open about 7:30am each morning.  

Still need an instrument?  We have large brass and woodwind instruments like Tuba, Euphonium, Bari-Sax and Bass Clarinet;  all other instruments should be rented or purchased from a local dealer.

Before, during and after school is when we do instrument check-outs.  There is a one-time usage fee of $60 for the year, checks payable to ABBA.  Percussionists, this fee does NOT pay for your sticks and mallets.  You will purchase those on your own.  We often sell them to you at a discounted price.  The $60 is for use of all of the many percussion instruments you will have access to over the course of the year. 

Practice rooms are first-come-first-serve and are to be used for ... you guessed it ...  PRACTICE - not socializing.  

Marching Band Practice EVERY Tuesday - 6:30-9pm, EVERY Thursday 4-7pm.  Look at the Calendar DAILY to stay informed.



Verizon Ampitheater Opportunities!

The Alpharetta Band NEEDS YOU!   We have an immediate need for parent volunteers for upcoming Verizon shows!  The Verizon experience is one of our very best fundraisers. We staff several concessions.  We train you on the job.  It's great people-watching - - AND - you get to hear great music!  Please go to our schedule and Volunteer link to see what is available.  Got questions?  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Verizon Chair (and Booster President... and works full time...).  Please do sign up to volunteer today - we appreciate your help!!!

Student Leadership 2016-17

Congratulations to our new 2016-17 Leadership Team:  Nick Amundsen (Outdoor Ops), Haley Benson (Colorguard Dance LT), Taylor Bush (Indoor Ops), Reji Corbett (Colorguard Captain), Danny Corena (Outdoor Ops), Christian Culloty (Brass SL), Ryan Eberle (Assistant Drum Major), Antonina Forzese (Librarian), Daniel Gelber (Band Captain), Henry Gilelach (Brass SL), Emily Halphen (Director's Assistant), Luke Heyerdahl (Outdoor Ops), Abigail Koeler (Colorguard Flag LT), Mawuli Kpeglo (Woodwind SL), Chris Matthes (Outdoor Ops), Maddy Mazurik (Outdoor Ops), Clair McCarthy (Librarian), Sarah Medina (Indoor Ops), Maddy Morgan (Indoor Ops), Carolyn Mundy (Librarian), Brooke Myslajek (Social Chair, Librarian), Lauren Nguyen (Colorguard Weapons LT), Michael Pratt (Percussion SL), Gabby Rufrano (Woodwind SL), Haley Tinsley (Drum Major), Ariel Ullery (Librarian, Pit Capain), JoJo West (Social Chair), Emma Wood (Indoor Ops),   

You all have been selected to serve your Band Program.  This honor is not to be taken lightly.  We'd like to equip you to be as effective as possible.  Summer Leadership Camp is right around the corner!  Raider Band Leadership camp is Tuesday May 31 and Wednesday June 1, 2016.  All new leaders are expected to attend this 2-day (all-day) camp.  The fee is $100 per person for both days and includes lunch on both days.  Drum Majors, your cost is only $50.00 as you will also have the added expense of DM camp this summer.  

Let's make 2016-17 YOUR best year ever - GO RAIDERS!

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