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CHS Welcomes 8th Graders

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Each year the CHS Marching Band invites the 8th Graders from Taylor Road Middle School to join them in the stands and play for a football game.  Last night we hosted 78 8th graders and in spite of the evening starting out in the rain, the night was a success.  The 8th graders brought their instruments and shadowed their high school counterparts through rehearsals, dinner from Carmine’s Pizza, dressing out, marching to the field, and playing stand tunes for the football game. It was a perfect opportunity for them to see what it means to be part of the Chattahoochee Band Family.  We hope that all of the 8th graders join our Marching Band and/or Concert Band when they come to CHS as 9th graders.  Photos from the night are on our Photos Page.


Super Bowl of Sound

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What a night! The truck carrying the props and instruments broke down at Kroger.  An email was sent out asking for help to unload it and reload into a Uhaul.  Lots of band parents and siblings, concert parents and even Alumni parents showed up. The trucks arrived at the competition just in time to quickly unload, set-up and get on the field. After all of that, our marching band performed a great show and took home 2nd place for Percussion, Guard, and Band and 3rd for Drum Major. All of the people and support surrounding this band makes this the best band in the land.  More photos from the day are on the Photos Page.

Only 8 more Verizon shows left this year

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After this weekend, there are only 8 more Verizon shows left for the season. The 2017 season will start again in the Spring.

This means there are 8 more shows to earn money toward:
a) Any outstanding fees
b) Winter band programs
c) Spring band trip
d) Next year’s band fees.

As you all noticed this year the shows early in the season are fully staffed quickly, so it is a smart idea to work the end of the season shows to get ahead on next year’s band fees.

Also, there is not a 2 person per student limit on these final shows.

Please note, we are contractually obligated to staff these shows. We want to make sure we keep this fundraiser for future years.

I am currently still looking for people to work
Friday, Sept 16, Widespread Panic (check in time 4:00)
**sold out show
Sunday, Sept 18, The Maestro Ilaiyaraaja (check in time 1:00 – will end early)
Friday, Sep 23, The Star Wars Movie, (check in time 4:30)
Tuesday, Oct 4, Prophets of Rage (check in time 4:00)

The final shows in October will be:
Saturday, Oct 8, Kicks 101.5 Country Fair (this will be a long day)
Thursday, Oct 13, Korn with Breaking Benjamin
Friday, Oct 21, Phish (This will be a sold out show and it is during a home game)
Saturday, Oct 22, Phish


The Scent of Fundraising

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 5.40.05 PMThis week the student’s should have brought home a packet regarding the Yankee Candle fundraiser.

Within the packet is a catalog of candles that are for sale and a traditional order form. You might bring this to your office or share with your neighbors.

Another way to let friends and family know about the candles and allow them to place an order is through the website. It is fairly simple to set up.

The site is

In the center of the home page you will find a box titled Start Shopping. In that box is a link that reads Create SELLER login.

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Fill in the Sign Up to be a Seller section. The group number is 990098674

Once you have set up your seller login you have the option to add names and emails of friends and family who would want to buy from you as well as share on Twitter and Facebook. You will also be able to login and track all your online sales.

There is also a mobile app. Go to the Google Play or Apple store and find the Yankee Fundraiser. Setting up the mobile app is similar to setting up the website app. With the mobile app you can text your friends and family a link to buy the candles.

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How much will you raise? Yankee Candle gives 40% of all sales. For all fundraisers the band splits the money 10% to the general band fund and 90% to the student accounts.

The holidays are right around the corner and everyone loves candles.


First Game at Pickens

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The Pickens County High School Band members were great hosts and let us come in out of the rain to eat our sandwiches when we arrived.  The rain stopped and after a good rehearsal the band played stand tunes while the football team scored 2 touchdowns. Go Hooch!  During the halftime show the band performed Moondance and Starry Starry Night and finished off with the Chattahoochee Fight Song.  After a great run, the band gathered at the sideline to watch the Pickens High School Band perform their show. We have a nice group of musicians this year and we are looking forward to a fantastic Marching Season. More Pictures.

How I Earned $150 Toward Band Fees with Little Effort

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Like many other band families, when I heard there were opportunities to decrease my band fees I wanted to know more.  I immediately got involved with what I was told was the most lucrative fundraiser, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater concessions.

I had heard about the Scrip fundraiser but even though I was in charge of fundraising, managing Scrip was not assigned to me. I, like many of you, looked briefly at the Scrip opportunity and saw that only 2-12% of the gift cards you purchase are applied to your fees. That is just a few dollars at a time. I felt it was not worth the effort.

This year I decided that since I am in charge of fundraising I should learn more about Scrip and at least give it a try. I learned that you do not need to pre-order gift cards. You can actually sign up to buy the cards online and have them delivered as e-cards within a minute. So this is what I have done.

We eat at Chili’s. I am a rewards member there meaning for each dollar I spend I get points that can be redeemed for free food. When it is time to pay the check I log in to get my rewards and see what the amount of the check is. I add the tip amount to the total and then go on my phone and buy a ShopwithScrip gift card for as close to the amount as I can. Chili’s gives 11% back toward my band fees. So I effectively got an 11% discount plus my Chili’s points.

I have a Starbucks gift card that is registered for me to get Starbucks rewards. When it runs low on funds I go to ShopwithScrip, buy a gift card and then transfer the funds from that gift card to the one that is registered to give me my points. Now I am getting my Starbucks rewards plus 7% of the amount going toward the band fees.

Summer is a time of lots of blockbuster movies. I am an AMC member and earn points for the money I spend with AMC, even when paying for  tickets with a gift card. So when I go to buy my tickets online I use my rewards card and an AMC gift card that I bought online and was emailed to me within a minute. I earn my points and get 8% of the amount spent applied to band fees.

For mother’s day I could have used 1-800-Flowers to send my mom a bouquet earning 12% toward band fees. Instead I bought her gift cards that were emailed to her.

I started in January. There have been a number of times I forgot to even check if the place I was buying from was listed on Scrip such as Chipotle which gives 10%. Yet without really trying, I have racked up $150 toward my band fees. Now I am thinking about how much more I can earn if I get my family to use online scrip or if I sell gift cards (at cost) to my friends, family, and neighbors. I think we would all agree that gift cards are better to sell than cheesecakes. But if you really like cheesecake, Cheesecake Factory gives 5% back toward band.

There are only 25 slots available for each Verizon Wireless show. There are limited slots available to work the concession stands, but there are numerous businesses listed on Scrip that when you use the gift card will help your fundraising add up.

To learn more about how to get set up with the online account, visit our fundraiser page.

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Showing Spirit on Theme Days

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