• The Alpharetta Raider Band was Formed in 2004
  • The Alpharetta Raider Band has over 225 members
  • Enjoy this seasons production "Elements of the Universe"

Raider Band

   

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE

ALPHARETTA HIGH SCHOOL RAIDER BANDS!

Alpharetta High Schoollocated in Alpharetta, GA opened its doors in the fall of 2004, and the Alpharetta High School Band was born. With 39 original band members (including 2 guard members), the program has flourished to over 220 members, which is better than 1 out of every 10 students at AHS. In addition to offering a daily Band curriculum that includes three large concert ensembles and percussion classes, we offer Jazz Band weekly during zero period.  The award-winning Marching Raider Band has open membership; no audition required and open to all band members with the desire to participate.  Included with the Marching Raiders is our Raider Color Guard, which is open to band and non-band members (tryouts each spring).

One of our goals is to inspire a desire for great performance and equip / prepare our students who aspire to continue playing in college.   Today we have AHS Band graduates performing in college ensembles all over the country.  Many AHS Band graduates earn partial or full scholarships based on their performance abilities, whether they major in music or not.

Our ensembles are consistently rated superior at festivals and competitions. Highlight performances include annual appearances at the Georgia Music Educators Large Group Performance Evaluation; local marching band exhibitions and competitions including the White Columns Invitational, and regular trips to the Florida gulf coast with our Marching Raiders, performing at the West Florida Invitational and the Emerald Coast Invitational. Our Wind Ensemble was invited to and performed at the 2006 National Concert Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the 2008 Heritage Band Festival in San Francisco, CA. In January 2010 The Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Association state convention in Savannah, GA. Our winds performed the next night at same GMEA convention with the AHS Symphony Orchestra. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band were both invited to and performed at the 2010 National Concert Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in NYC. In January 2011 the Wind Ensemble was invited as a featured performer to the University of Georgia’s 61st annual January Band Festival, and in February 2012 was one of only 2 bands selected as a Georgia Band of Distinction by Georgia State University.  In the spring of 2012 our Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band performed at the 2012 Festival Disney Concert Band Festival in Orlando, FL.  The Wind Ensemble finished with the second highest score of the entire event.   In December 2012 our Symphony winds performed at the 66th annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In February 2013 our Wind Ensemble performed at the University of Alabama’s annual Alabama Honor Band Festival. In November 2013 our Marching Raiders performed in the Magnificant Mile Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Chicago.  In 2015 the Wind Ensemble performed at the Music-For-All (BOA) Regional Concert Band Festival hosted by Georgia State University.  And in the Spring of 2016 The Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra all made a return trip to the National Concert band Festival at Carnegie Hall!  Our Wind Ensemble has been invited back to the 2018 University of Georgia's 68th annual January Band Festival as featured performance ensemble.  So whether on stage at Carnegie Hall or on the 50 yard line at half time, it’s great to be in Band at Alpharetta High School!!

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