The Annual Band Banquet was on Saturday. It was an opportunity for the students to reflect on what they have accomplished this past year, to collect their letters and awards, and to have some fun.
After watching some memorable clips and the Senior Tributes from the Marching Band and Concert Band videos,
Mr. Garofalo, Ms. Baker, and Mr. Collins shared their pride in the advancements of all the Band students this year. Some notable music awards were:
John Phillip Sousa Award – Andrew Yi
Louis Armstrong Award – Michael Kralik
Directors Award – Alex Scales
Leadership Award – Elizabeth Howell
Marcus Onezime, the new Color Guard Director, gave special recognition to our Winter Guard for their accomplishments this year. After a mid-season Director change, a complete program re-design, and an intense rehearsal regimen the group was able to finish in the top 2 at every regular season show. Not to mention they were the first group in Chattahoochee history (25 years) to attend the SAPA Championships where they finished 2nd! Their excitement and commitment to excellence is going to make for a great Marching Season this Fall.
Some notable Guard Awards were: Melody Herrin and Shayla Perez received Leadership Awards and Amelia Scales and Eryn Young received Outstanding Member awards.
The Class of 2016 band students presented Mr. Garofalo with a pet nanny cam for his dog and a collage of pictures that will surely be hanging in the band hallway soon. Knowing Mr. Collins loves to cook, they presented him with a gift card for cooking lessons and/or supplies. Topped off by a group hug.
The Class of 2016 is filled with talented musicians and all around awesome people. We wish them the best of luck and much success as they journey onward.