Our marching band traveled to Tarpon Springs, Florida, this past weekend to compete in the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival with other high school marching bands from the southeast. Our kids overcame some tough weather conditions all day long to persevere. The band had an amazing performance (see the video of our performance on our home page just above our sponsors) and received the following accolades.
In the 5A class...
1st in Music
2nd in Visual Ensemble Performance
1st in Color Guard
2nd in Percussion
Overall Placement and Ranking...
1st in Color Guard
1st in Music
2nd in Percussion
2nd in Visual Ensemble Performance
3rd in Band Performance
This is an awesome accomplishment. We are very proud of our students and look forward to wrapping up our competitive season on Saturday, November 2, at the White Columns Invitational hosted by Milton High School.
The District/All State Honor Band audition fee of $25 is past due. The Fulton County Honor Band audition fee of $10 is due this Friday October 18, 2019. Please pay online by PayPal in Charms or by check payable to ABBA
Our marching band will be competing in the 24th annual Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival this Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, FL. The festival is an all-day marching band competition featuring more than 23 bands. The band will stay at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Clearwater Beach this weekend. Below is the tentative schedule - anyone wishing to come down and support the band is welcome!
11:30 am - Load trucks (All students should eat lunch during A lunch)
12:15 pm - Meet in band room to load buses
1:00 pm - Depart from Alpharetta HS
5:00 pm - Dinner stop Valdosta, GA (exit 18 off of I-75) (BRING MONEY)
6:00 pm - Leave Valdosta, GA
10:30 pm - Arrive and check into hotel and then lights out
6:30 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Board buses and leave hotel
9:15 am - Arrive at Gulf High School for rehearsal
12:00 pm - Rehearsal ends/load trucks
1:00 pm - Leave Gulf High School
1:30 pm - Lunch stop (in Tarpon Springs) (BRING MONEY)
2:30 pm - Leave lunch stop to go to Tarpon Springs High School
2:45 pm - Arrive at Tarpon Springs High/Unload/Get dressed/watch other bands
5:30 pm - Dinner at concessions (BRING MONEY)
6:45 pm - Head back to buses to get ready for warm up
9:00 pm - ALPHARETTA HIGH SCHOOL RAIDER BAND PERFORMS (est.)
10:30 pm - Awards ceremony; then board buses to leave Tarpon Springs
11:30 pm - Pizza party at hotel
12:30 am - Lights out!
8:00 am - Breakfast & beach time
11:15 am - Board buses check out of hotel
12:00 pm - Depart hotel
4:00 pm - Lunch stop in Valdosta, GA (exit 18 off of I-75) (BRING MONEY)
5:00 pm - Depart for Alpharetta
9:30 pm - Arrive at Alpharetta High School
AHS Marching Band was excited to compete this past weekend in the 13th Annual Valhalla Classic at Northgate High School in Newnan, GA. In what was a very competitive event, our performance earned us the top award in Class AAA and 2nd place overall in the Gold Division. You can see the You Tube video of our performance as well as the awards ceremony near the bottom of our home page on this site. Here is a summary of our awards:
- Superior Rating in all captions (Music, Visual, Color guard, Percussion)
- Class AAA 1st place Overall Band (music and visual)
- Class AAA 1st place Percussion
- Class AAA 1st place Color Guard
- Gold Division: Color Guard 1st place
- Gold Division: Overall Band 2nd place
Congratulations to our Marching Raider Band and Color Guard!
A selection of a few pictures are now posted for several recent events including Band Camp, Old Soldier's Day Parade, Friends & Family and our first game this past Thursday vs. Milton. These will be updated regularly this year. Please feel free to visit and download - we will take down pictures after a few months (due to space limitations on the website) so make sure to download those you want sooner than later.
The link is: http://www.alpharettaband.org/pictures.html
We still are in need for 7 additional volunteers (more than half of what we already have) for Tuesday night’s (Sep 3rd) Ameris show (Slipknot) – we’ve been advised that this will be a near sellout and they are expecting sales to be on par with Breaking Benjamin a few weeks back which was a top 10 night all time for us (nearly $3K made in commissions and tips) so we can’t afford to come up short. If you are able to help please sign-up using link below:
Also we are only half full for Friday night parking for game #1 this coming Friday – this is probably the easiest fundraiser we do – arrive at the band building around 5 – 5:15 PM, be at your stations by 5:30 to start collecting, in your seats by mid way through the first quarter in plenty of time to see the half time show. No prior experience necessary - you will be briefed on everything you need to do. The link to signup is below:
Lastly, our annual car wash is coming up on Saturday, Sep 14th (in just two weeks) and we still have a ton of openings for both student and parent volunteers. Last spring we made over $6K from this event - one of our biggest single day fundraisers. Come join in the fun for a few hours - sign up is below.
Keep in mind that every fundraiser we do, regardless of what it is tied to (including Friday night football parking) benefits every aspect of the program: Concert Band, Color Guard and Marching Band - all proceeds help keep dues and the cost of trips (like next Spring's New York trip) as low and reasonable as possible. It's a win-win for all of us! Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
For anyone interested, a link to our spiritwear site has been posted to the home (welcome) page of our website on the right hand side. Orders are all sent directly to the customer's home address. Please reach out to any ABBA board member or contact us using the contact page on the website http://www.alpharettaband.org/contact.html if you have any questions
The "first" game of the season is this Thursday @ Milton HS. Please pay attention to the calendar for after-school schedule. DO NOT LEAVE CAMPUS after school on the day of a game; we will rehearse, eat dinner, and load the truck before we leave for Milton. Looking forward to a GREAT first halftime performance!!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We are off to a great start. Below are more details about this Saturday’s parent meeting which is a part of our Friends & Family Day. The event is this Saturday, August 17 at 2:45pm. THIS EVENT IS FOR ALL CONCERT BAND, MARCHING BAND & COLOR GUARD PARENTS AND STUDENTS. We really need our concert band parents and students here so we can share information about the happenings this year for all students. This will also be a time when our concert band, marching band and color guard families can get to know each other. After our short meeting, we will have two food trucks here selling food (bring $10+). These are amazing trucks and you will love what they’re offering. There will also be some fun old school games for parents and students to enjoy. Here is the agenda for the meeting. This will be held in our stadium. Please assemble in the center section at 2:45pm.
1. State of the Band - Mr. Jenkins
- Master Class overview
- Winter Band Clinic
- Special performance opportunities
- Carnegie Hall/New York trip in April (some details)
- Varsity letter requirements (including concert band students)
- Ways to get involved, especially concert band parents
2. Meet the booster board - ABBA Board Members
3. Vote to approve the FY 2020 budget-- ABBA Treasurer
4. Q & A - Mr. Jenkins & ABBA
5. FOOD TRUCK AND GAMES (in the parking lot near the band building) bring $$
- Scratch Kitchen https://www.facebook.com/ScratchCuisine/ YUM
- Kona Ice https://www.kona-ice.com/ YUM
- Games: Giant Jenga, Corn Hole, Sponge Toss, Spin the Wheel, and others…
I look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday.
We are looking forward to our first day of school on Monday, August 12! All band classes will play, so students should bring their instruments to the band building Monday morning. Please bring your black 1-inch 3-ring binder with sheet protectors to class as well. The band locker fee is $10 that will be collected in class on Monday.
All band students (concert band and marching band) and parents should plan to attend our band parent meeting on Saturday afternoon, August 17. In addition to the short meeting, there will be time to meet other students and parents who are enrolled in band. We will have food vendors and other fun activities on hand. More details will be emailed once we have confirmed email addresses. Please email Mr. Jenkins with questions. email@example.com
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