Latest Event Updates

2017 Onyx Division Champions

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Congratulations to our Chattahoochee Varsity Winterguard, the 2017 SAPA Scholastic AAA: Onyx Division Champions! A stunning Circuit Championship performance followed by a much deserved reward for their constant hard-work and dedication to the excellence of their show this season! After an incredible start to the season, and a class promotion at their “Home Show,” the guards 2017 Production, “Lost in the Lights” will sure to be one to remember for years to come! Special recognition to 2017 Senior Captains: Amelia Scales and Jayli Harris as well as Seniors: Michelle Perez and Honore Brewer for their dedication to the program and incredible conclusion to their high school winter guard careers! Again congratulations to all members and parents!

We look forward to the future of the program and what exciting things the 2017-2018 season will bring!

Tremendous thanks to Director: Marcus Onezime and the 2017 Staff: Brent Flynn, Chris Farley, Melody Lopez, and Corey Hawkins!

Highest Ratings for all CHS Bands at LGPE!

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Each year we band directors have a large task known as Large Group Performance Evaluation or LGPE, and it is quite an undertaking. This is the one time in the year that we have the opportunity to have a “graded” performance for our concert ensembles. The grading scale is from 1 to 5 and to pull off the highest score of “1” is a real challenge.  I’m proud to say that each ensemble in our school earned that superior rating!

Some schools elect to take only one ensemble, and some take two, and some take all. I feel at Chattahoochee every student deserves the opportunity for this experience so we take them all. This year I was blown away at the work ethic that was displayed by the students as we prepared for this event.

In the 11 years that I have conducted the Chattahoochee program, this was by far the toughest, musically. The students deserved the challenge and have grown to this level of performance. We have a lot to be proud of this year with all the programs and these superior performances are a representation of what these students can do. I promise you that this is an exception and not the norm for music education in our country. Superior ratings have been earned by many bands, but to play the level of music that our students did and execute it this well, should be greatly celebrated.

Thank you, students, for your diligent efforts and perseverance. The journey was tough at times, but you reached the top and you should be proud.

Best,

Nick Garofalo

 

Winterguard gets 1st place in a new class!

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Congratulations to the Chattahoochee Varsity Winterguard on their first place finish this weekend in their premier performance in Scholastic AAA. Following a first place finish and promotion to a new class just last weekend, we are thrilled that the show made another lasting effect on audiences and judges alike in a new and more competitive class! We wish them the best of luck as they continue to prepare for their final regular season shows on March 18th and 19th at Alpharetta HS!  They perform at 5:20pm so come cheer them on.  SAPA Schedule

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First Place for Winterguard

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Congratulations to the 2017 Chattahoochee Varsity Winterguard on their first place finish this weekend! The guard rocked their “ Home Show” finishing with the score of 82.010! With that score, the guard received a promotion from Scholastic Regional A to the Scholastic AAA Division! This is an absolutely amazing accomplishment for the winter guard and we cannot wait to continue forward in our journey to SAPA Championships in Chattanooga, TN in early April. The CHSWG will take the floor again this coming weekend for their premier Scholastic AAA performance at 6:24pm at Kell HS in Kennesaw, GA! We wish them much love and luck as they embark on this new journey in an exciting new class! img_1583

Annual Meeting Summary

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Feb 9th Annual Meeting Detailed Report – Click to get more details from our annual meeting.  Below is a summary.

Annual Band Meeting Summary

Band Programs:

  • Online Band Registration Link
  • Concert Bands – All students will be auditioned and placed in one of 3 bands.  Auditions will begin at the end of March.
  • Marching Band/Guard – CHS is a competitive Marching Band. There is a time and financial commitment to the program that parents and students need to be committed to.  Practices are after school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with football games on Friday night and 3 Saturday all day competitions during the season.  The estimate for next year’s fees is $800 which may adjust slightly as we finalize our budget.  Your fees cover, instructors, uniforms, instruments, music, meals, all camps, rehearsals, games, travel expenses and your student’s “Show Shirt”.  When the budget is finalized it will be made available.
  • Jazz Band – Our Jazz Programs is growing and we may have enough students to have 2 Jazz Band Homerooms next year.  There are no upfront fees associated with this program.

Dates to remember:

  • March 1st– Scholarship Applications for Marching Band/Guard 2017-2018 season are due.  This will be the first year of our new Scholarship Program.  It is a need based Scholarship and additional information is on the application.  All applications are kept private and families are kept anonymous for the voting.
  • March 15th– Marching Band/Guard Deposit is due – this deposit holds a spot for you and is refundable before July 1st if you change your mind.  Pay Online and Payment Information are here. Please fill out the Online Registration before paying the deposit.  The subsequent payments are due April 15th, May 15th, June 15th, and July 15th.  All fees are due before Summer Marching Camp.
  • End of March – Auditions for next year’s band classes.
  • May 15th– 18th 4-6pm – Spring Camp is an afterschool camp for anyone who is interested in Marching band.  TRMS students walk up to CHS together after school to attend.  There is no obligation or fee.  Come try out Marching Band.
  • July 13th& 14th – Mandatory Music Camp – Learn the music for the Marching Show.
  • July 17th– 29th – Mandatory Summer Marching Camp – Plan for your student to be at camp all day on the weekdays, and possibly one of the Saturdays.  The schedule will be posted on the website as the time gets closer and we finalize the itinerary.
  • July 17th– Physical Forms are due by the first day of Summer Marching Camp.  You can click the link here or go to the Forms & Resources Page of the website and print from there.  They need to be taken to your child’s doctor to sign before camp starts.

How we communicate with you:

  • Your best source for information is our website www.ChattahoocheeBand.com.  The News & Event’s Page and the Calendar are kept up to date as we get information.
  • During Marching Season, there will be a weekly email Newsletter with News and Reminders.  Off season there is a bi-weekly Newsletter.
  • Charms Office is the software tool that we use to keep track of contact information, financials, and to send out emails and news.  Go to www.CharmsOffice.com and our school code is ChattahoocheeBand.  This gets you to the public section of Charms where students can find their music and other handouts.  Charms also has a private student section where you can view your financial statements and contact information. Go to  More Charms Information for instructions on how to access this section of Charms.
  • Like our Facebook PageChattahoochee High School Bands
  • Follow us on Instagram@CHS_Bands – #chattband when you post band pics
  • Follow us on Twitter@CHS_Bands
  • Check outour new YouTube Channel  Chattahoochee HS Bands

 Fundraising:

  • You can offset the cost of Marching Band/Guard by fundraising.   Funds you raise/earn are put into your students account and can be used to pay band fees and for trips.  Verizon is the biggest and fastest way to raise funds.  You can earn roughly $50 for each person at each shift working at the Verizon Amphitheater Concession Stand.  The concert season starts up in late Spring.
  • You can earn rebates that go toward your student’s account by purchasing e-gift cards from www.ShopWithScrip.com and using them to pay for your everyday purchases.  100’s of retailers like Starbucks, Target, Lowes, AMC, Domino’s, the list goes on… More Scrip Information
  • Go to our Fundraising Page to see more details and instructions on how to use both fundraisers to offset your fees.

Getting Involved:

  • Parent participation is vital to making the Marching/Guard Program happen.  Show your student your support and encouragement by getting involved.  Fill out our Get Involved Form and let us know how you would like to help.

2018 Spring Trip:

  • We ran out of time to announce this but we are planning a trip to Chicago in the Spring of 2018 for all students in the Band Program.  We will have more information after Summer Marching Camp.

 Current nominations for next year’s Executive Board:

  • Presidents – Leesa Robertson and Scott Cullen
  • VP Operations – Chase Ashdale
  • VP Fundraising – Kenya Taylor
  • VP Communication – Kristin Wilson
  • VP Uniforms – Leah Haber
  • Treasurers – Heather Hale and Erica Greene
  • Secretary – Sandra Nuñez
  • If you are interested on serving on the board next year, please contact us with the contact form below and let us know what position you are interested in.  Elections will be held at the General Meeting to be held in March or April.  TBA

1st Place for CHS Varsity Winterguard

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Congratulations to the 2017 Chattahoochee Varsity Winterguard on their first place finish this weekend in Scholastic Regional A! The performers traveled to Harrison HS in Kennesaw, GA where they competed against several others groups from around the state. They finished with a 69.160! This is a huge accomplishment for the group and we wish them well as they continue throughout the season in their progression towards SAPA Championships in Chattanooga, TN in early April.img_1347

Annual Hooch Band Meeting

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Percussion Ensemble

All rising 9th Graders and returning Band Families are invited to the Annual Band Meeting on Thursday Feb 9th @ 7pm in the CHS Cafeteria.  It is a great opportunity to learn about some of the great traditions we have in the Chattahoochee Band and get some of your questions answered.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Color Guard

Some of the items on the agenda include

  • Band Course Registration & Audition Process
  • Ensemble and Marching Band/Color Guard info
  • Director Introductions
  • Budget & Fundraising
  • 2018 Spring Trip

Please RSVP by following this link

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Marching Band

Explore our website at http://www.ChattahoocheeBand.com and brush up on some Band Trivia.

News & Events

Like our Facebook Page Chattahoochee High School Bands

Follow us on Instagram @CHS_Bands and tag your band photos with #chattband

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Band Class

Follow us on Twitter @CHS_Bands

Subscribe to our new YouTube Channel

If you are unable to attend the meeting please explore our website and if you still have questions please contact us using the Contact Form on the website.

 

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A few of our Seniors