Month: November 2016

Carowinds Deposit Due This Week

Attention all 8th grade students and parents,

Wednesday, November 30th is the due date for your $50 deposit for Carowinds.  This can be paid online, or by check (made out to CJHS band) or cash.  Please make sure to turn your money in with your permission / health form.  If you need another copy you can find the form under the “Forms” tab on the website or your child can get an extra from the band room.  If you would like your child to go on the trip but will struggle to get your deposit in this week please contact me by email and we can work out a solution.

Thanks again, I am looking forward to taking another great group to Carowinds.


Step Up Sale

This Tuesday from 3:30-6:30pm at the Carrollton High School band room we will be hosting a step up sale for high school level instruments. 

Gadsden Music Company will host a display of professional and step-up instruments and accessories in the lobby of the band room. They will have great sale prices on trigger trombones (highly recommended for high school level), intermediate and professional model flute, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet instruments as well as mouthpieces and accessories. Stop by to for great sale prices. 

If you are interested but you have a contract with Music and Arts please let us know as we can get great prices as well. 

Thanks all

Welcome Back

Welcome back. I hope you all had a great thanksgiving break. We have a busy week this week leading up to our performance next Tuesday December 6th. 

This week:

Tuesday: 7th grade after school rehearsal. 3:30-4:30 (mandatory)

Wednesday:  District Honor Band Mock Auditons (mandatory for all those registered)

Thursday:   8th grade after school rehearsal. 3:30-4:30 (mandatory)

Saturday:  District Honor Band Auditions for those that pass their mock audition. Bus leaves at 10:45AM

Thanks all

Thanksgiving Break

I want to wish all in the CJHS band family a happy thanksgiving. I am very thankful that I have awesome students with wonderful supportive parents. 

I want to encourage you all to take your music and instrument home over break and practice a little bit when you have down time. We have a great concert on December 6th, and only a handful of rehearsals to put it all together when we come back. 

Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Volunteers needed for Veterans Day

Hello All,

I am in need of a parent crew (7th or 8th grade parents) that can help out during the day tomorrow to come and assist with a few things.  If you are able to help please email me.  Here is what I am looking for:

Friday, November 11th

  • 7:15 am – Chair and Stand setup at the CHS Gym
  • 10:45 am – Meet at CHS Band Room to help setup pizza stations and hand out lunch for the kids.
  • 3:00 pm – Help pack up truck at the CHS Gym and then unload at CJHS

If you are able to help out in any way I would truly appreciate it, this performance is a difficult one because I have to do a lot of transition with the kids and that leaves a lot of equipment out.

Thanks all

Veterans Day Information

As you know our 8th grade band will be providing music for all of the Veterans Day  ceremonies being held in the CHS gymnasium on Friday.  Here is what you will need to know to make sure they are prepared:

  • 8th grade band members should arrive at CJHS in full uniform on Friday.  They will not have time to change before or after the event.
  • They should wear a coat as we will travel outside in the morning.
  • They will check in with their first period teacher and then come straight to the band room to leave.
  • They will be with me all day at the CHS Gymnasium performing, I will provide them lunch at the CHS band room.  (***Volunteers needed at 10:45am at the CHS band room please email me)
  • We will be back in time for dismissal at CJHS.

If you would like to attend one of the ceremonies and bring one of your family members who is a veteran they can come and be honored, here are the ceremony times:

  •  9:00 – 9:55    CJHS
  •  10:15 – 11:10   CMS
  •  11:15 – 11:45   Lunch for JROTC cadets
  •  12:15 – 12:45   CES program #1
  •   1:15 – 1:45     CES program #2
  •    2:15 – 3:15     CHS

Thanks,***we may need some help setting up Thursday after school if you are able to help, please email me.


Thank you

I am extremely proud of both 7th and 8th grade bands tonight. They both played with great energy and pride. What a great first concert, we are off to a great start. 

Thank you to all of my parent crew members for pitching in. Setup crew was awesome, and tear down was quick and smooth.

So much to be proud of. I am one happy director. Thanks again. 

Fall Concert Expectations

Hello All,

As we get closer to our performance tomorrow evening I want to let you know about some important expectations I put in place to make sure our concerts run smoothly and help to make the atmosphere enjoyable for all.

7th GRADE BAND MEMBERS:  Will report to the stage at 6:30pm for warm-up.  Flutes, Oboe, Clarinets can put their case underneath their chair.  All other wind instruments will need to put their case backstage and go straight to their seat.  No student should play until we play as a group.

8th GRADE BAND MEMBERS:  Will report to the auditorium reserved section at 6:45pm after they have put their instruments together.  Tubas will need to wait until the 7th grade is finished.  No student should play until we play as a group.

SEATING:  This year seating should be much better as we will not have the 6th grade band for our concerts.  This should make parking and seating a lot better, please DO NOT stand around the outside of the auditorium.  We will also be putting the band section in the back to allow for all patrons to sit on the main floor.

NOISE:  Please leave the auditorium if you have a restless child or noisy cough.  We do record all of our concerts for the students to listen to and reflect on.  We like to have the quietest environment in which to perform.

CELL PHONES:  Please take up your childs cell phone prior to the concert starting.  They will not need it for the duration of the concert.  Please silence your device as well, and please do not use it when the lights are dimmed.

ATTENDANCE:  It is imperative that everyone stay and support both 7th and 8th grade bands.  Please DO NOT leave after your childs band is finished.

EXTRA SERVICES AVAILABLE:  We will have a parent volunteer on hand to take 8th Grade Carowinds Spring Trip deposits and health forms.  The deposit is $50 for all chaperones and students and isn’t due until November 30th, but if you would like to get it out of the way that would be great.  We will also be selling Carrollton Trojan Tumblers for $15 if you are interested.


Thank you again for all of your support.