Month: May 2016

Thank you

I am so proud of all the bands tonight. Thank you all for your support of your child and our band program this year. So much goes into putting on a successful concert. I want to thank all the directors on our band team, Maria Menendez and her awesome 6th grade band, and our outstanding high school directors Chris Carr and Josh Robichaux for all their work behind the scenes. 

As the summer approaches I want to direct you to my previous post about summer camps. Any one of those camps would be a fantastic option for your child. 

I do expect all personal instruments to be brought home Wednesday and students playing school owned instruments will be able to check out one out to practice over the summer. 

Thanks again all. 

Summer Camps

I have had a lot of emails from parents asking about summer camps.  Each year we have a lot of students that participate, here are a few around our area:

Sounds of Summer:         http://www.soundsofsummerbandcamp.com

  • A day camp that takes place at Midway Church in Villa Rica
  • Register and Pay Online

Bravo! Music Camp:         http://www.bravomusiccamp.com

  • Over night camp held at Berry College
  • All meals and T-Shirt included.

Encore! Band Camp:       http://www.encorebandcamp.com

  • Over night camp held at Georgia College and State University
  • Register and Pay Online

Summer Camps are an awesome opportunity for your kids to grow as musicians, as well as meet new friends.  All of these camps have a great staff of people running them, and a lot of fun activities each day.  Please consider enrolling your child.

 

Spring Concert May 16th

Hello All

As you know our Spring Concert is coming up next week.  Here is all the information you need to make sure your child arrives on time and is looking good:

When:  Monday May 16th. From 7pm – 8:15pm

Where:  The Mabry Arts Center

What:  Spring Concert.  No admission fee.

Who:  All bands 6th – 8th and jazz band will perform one final time as our year comes to an end.

6th Graders should arrive at 6:30pm and report to the stage, cases should go backstage.

7th Graders should arrive at 6:45pm and report to the warm-up room backstage.

8th Graders should arrive at 6:45pm and report to the auditorium seating area blocked off for them.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE IN UNIFORM

  • BLACK CJHS BAND POLO SHIRT.  TUCKED IN
  • BLACK DRESS PANTS, NO JEANS.
  • BLACK DRESS SHOES, NO SNEAKERS OR HIGH TOPS.
  • BLACK SOCKS

Parent Expectations:  

  1. Please make sure your child is wearing the proper uniform attire before arriving at the concert.
  2. Please do not leave before the concert is finished.  All students need to stay to support and enjoy the other bands.  Seating is always very tight, please make your way to the center of the rows so that all can sit down.
  3. Please collect your childs cell phone before the concert begins, they will not need it during the other performances.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you can come help setup Monday May 16th at 3:15pm at the MAC that would be awesome, please send me an email.  We usually only get two or three people, but many hands make light work.  Also if their is anyone willing to supervise during the concert please email me.

Thanks, I look forward to seeing you all next week.

What a Great Trip!!!


We are currently on the way home from an awesome trip to Carowinds. Both the chorus and band had fantastic performances and received superior ratings. But more importantly they were a pleasure to travel with all weekend long and did an awesome job representing our school system. 

Thank you to Ms. Menendez and Mrs. Shafer for your help planning and pulling the trip off. Thank you as well to the 15 chaperones that came with us as well. Without you this trip is not possible. 

I am one proud director.  

Carowinds 

If you are the parent of a child taking medication either prescription or over the counter medicine please put the medicine in a ziplock bag with only the amount needed for the weekend. Include details on how and when it should be given. We will have our nurse chaperone hold on to all medications and distribute them as needed. 

Thanks

Rules and Expectations for Carowinds

As you are getting your child ready and packed for Carowinds please keep this info in mind.

Carowinds Rules, Packing List, and Location Information

Where we are staying:

The Doubletree Hotel                                Carowinds Theme Park

2600 Yorkmont Road                                14523 Carowinds Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28208                                  Charlotte, NC 28273

(704) 357-9100

 What to Pack

  • CJHS Band Polo:  For our uniform during performance we will wear our CJHS band Polo and shorts.  Students may wear their sandals or tennis shoes that they are wearing for the park that day.
  • Clothes for Two days, including cold weather or rainy weather clothes.
  • Toiletries
  • Spending Money $40 – $50
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal Electronics are permitted, but we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

WHAT YOU WILL NOT NEED / BE ALLOWED 

  • Students will not be allowed any energy drinks at any time. (Redbull, Monster, etc…)
  • Large amounts of candy and soft drinks for the bus, or hotel.  We will have plenty of food to eat, and drink.
  • Students will not be allowed to bring their console gaming systems (Wii, Xbox, PS4, etc..)

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL POLICIES REGARDING CELL PHONES, DRESS CODE, AND GENERAL STUDENT BEHAVIOR ARE STILL IN EFFECT FOR THIS TRIP.  ALL SCHOOL RULES WILL STILL APPLY WHICH MEANS ALL DISCIPLINARY MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN DURING AND FOLLOWING THE TRIP IF THERE ARE ANY ISSUES.

Two More Big Events for 8th Graders

Band BBQ – Thursday Night

Thursday night at 5:30pm the entire 8th grade band will be joining the Trojan Marching Band to perform at our annual Band BBQ.  Please come out to hear your awesome kids play some very fun music.  Please remember this event is for all 8th graders.  Here is the itinerary:

5:30pm – 8th graders should arrive at the HS band room in Band Polo, and Khaki shorts, and tennis shoes.

6pm – Performance time in Grisham Stadium, Buy a ticket and eat some BBQ while you watch.

7pm – The performance concludes.

 

Carowinds – Friday – Saturday

Your child will need to come to school until 9:30am, they can bring their one small luggage bag down to the band room first thing in the morning.  All chaperones should report at 9:30am as well.  These folks are:

Mrs. Niki Nunez (Chaperone), Mrs. Kari Svegl (Chaperone)

Mr. Barry Harris (Chaperone), Mrs. Meridith Harris (Chaperone)

Mr. Ronald Best (Chaperone), Mr. Derek Skinner (Chaperone)

Mrs. Sonya Shell (Chaperone) Mrs. Katie Reed (Chaperone)

Mrs. Rebecca Schoenfeld (Chaperone)  Mrs. Jean Conley (Chaperone)

Mrs. Jennifer Engilbird (Chaperone)  Mrs. Stacey Fletcher (Chaperone)

Mrs. Sri Kolli (Chaperone)  Ms. Chasnee Grier (Chaperone)

Mrs. Shandra McDaniel (Chaperone)

I will have a lot more info for you about the entire weekend when you get here.

Thanks all, this is going to be a fun two end to the week.