CJHS 7th Grade Band

Summer Camps

Dear all,

As summer approaches, we would like to encourage your students to look at some options for summer band opportunities. Below are a few camps that are recommended by us and the surrounding community.

Sounds of Summer Music Camp:


University of Georgia Music Camp:


Music Camps listed on the Georgia Music Educators Association website:


Summer camps are opportunities for students to continue growing on their applied instrument as well as learn from professionals in our field, meet new friends, and perform music that they may not be able to perform anywhere else. It is a great way to keep your student encouraged and busy in such an enriching activity! If you look through these websites and have any additional questions, feel free to contact us. We would love to continue the strong tradition of high participation in summer music camps in the Carrollton band programs.

We highly encourage that you consider enrolling your student in a summer camp this summer!

After School Rehearsals this week.

Hello 7th and 8th grade parents, please remember that we are back on track with our usual weekly after school schedule.

Tuesday- 7th grade after school rehearsal 3-4:15pm

Wednesday- jazz band rehearsal 3-4:15.

Thursday- 8th grade after school rehearsal 3-4:15pm

Please remember to split time if your child is part of another after school activity.

Thanks all.

Cookie Dough Orders Due Tuesday Sept 23rd

Attention all band parents!

Tuesday is the turn in date for our cookie dough sale. Please make sure to follow the checklist for turn-in instructions:

1. Make sure your money is in an envelope and all check are made out to CJHS Band.

2. Make sure the money matches the order. Cross out any names or orders that are not included in total.

3. Add up all the money at the bottom and then total up all the boxes at the bottom.

4. For every 10 boxes you get a free box of the $15 variety. Please put “Free Box” in the name column and choose your $15 variety. Do not include the free box in your money total.

Please do not turn in your order late, I would like all orders in Tuesday.

Thanks all.

Trojan Band Schedule for Sept 18th

Same Schedule and Location as last week.

  • 3 – 4:30: Students may stay after school and walk with Mr. Huls to the HS band room.  Or they can go home and come back with a parent at 4:30pm to the HS Band Room.
  • 4:30 – 5:00: warmup and rehearse in the HS band room in uniform. Volunteer meeting time as well.
  • 5:30: Game starts in Grisham Stadium
  • 6:15: Eat pizza in HS Band Room
  • 6:45: Parent pickup at the HS Band Room.

7th and 8th Grade Chair Tests


Next week Wednesday we will begin our chair tests in class, this is both for seating position and for a grade in class.  Every student should be practicing diligently for this test at home.  If you are the parent of a tuba or baritone player please arrange for a ride this weekend or next week at some point to allow for your child to bring home their instrument.  The criteria are as follows.

8th Grade

All students will play there Bb, Eb, Ab, and F concert GMEA Scales and Arpeggios for a grade.

7th Grade

All students will play there Bb, and Eb GMEA Scales and Arpeggios for a grade. They will also

Please be active in joining us in this effort to make sure your child is prepared for this important evaluation.

Thanks for all of your support.


Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kickoff

Hello all band parents,

Starting today we will distribute materials for our annual cookie dough sale. This sale will take place over 2 weeks and will be a great way for our students to help raise money for the band and also for their own personal band goals.

For 6th graders they can earn money toward their band performance polo shirts ($21), for every box of cookie sold the student will get $3 toward their shirt.

For 8th graders they can earn money directly toward their Carowind’s Spring Trip dues ($210), for every box of cookie dough sold the student will get $3 toward there trip.

There are also some other rewards for selling cookie dough, for every 10 boxes sold the student will receive 1 free box of cookie dough.

The fundraiser is simple, sell cookie dough by using the materials handed out in class, collect the money, turn it all in at once on September 23rd and 4 weeks later the shipment will arrive for you to pass out to your buyers.

The money raised in all of our fundraisers goes directly to support our band account which is used for repairs of school owned instruments, supplies and music purchases, and to pay guest teachers and clinicians to work with your awesome children.

Again the collection day is September 23rd for all bands. Please encourage your child to sell as much cookie dough as they can.

District Honor Band Participation

Hello 7th and 8th Grade Band Parents,

It is around this time every year that we begin talking about District Honor Band and All-State Honor Band auditions and I wanted to get you the information about it because I believe we have tons of talented kids who should be participating this year. 

Each school in Georgia is zoned to a district, ours is in district seven.  Each district is given audition materials to distribute to our students and an audition is held, two large bands are picked from the highest scoring students at the auction to make up the district honor band event which is held during the second semester.  We will work on audition materials in class and it is my hope that your child will audition for the DHB. District Honor Band participation and All-State Band Participation is looked at very highly by colleges and employers because of the extra time and the personal responsibility it takes to successfully audition and make one of these prestigious bands.

Students wishing to audition for the District Honor Band must pay a fee of $5 to participate.  This is recommended for 7th graders or first time auditionees.

Students wishing to participate on a higher level can pay an additional $20 ($25 total) in order to be considered for the All-State audition, if their District audition score is high enough.  This is recommended for 8th grade students who either auditioned or made the District Band last year.

Trojan Band This Week

Attention all 7th and 8th grade Trojan Band Members. Please check the times for this weeks game as things have changed.

Here is the itinerary for the first game this Thursday, Sept 4th:

3:00 – 3:30: Students meet in the CJHS band room and grab equipment.

3:30-4:00: Walk to the High School Band Room.

4:30: Enter Grisham Stadium (that’s the high school stadium)

4:45-5:00: Play pre-game in stands

5:00-5:30’ish: play cheers in stands.

5:45-6:15’ish: eat pizza at half time at the High School band room. (Volunteers needed)



Volunteers are needed to help setup pizza and chips and drinks. As well as carry out some equipment to be setup in the stands and keep an eye on the kids. I will have special “Volunteer” Tshirts for you. Please arrive at the HIGH SCHOOL band room at 4:00pm if you would like to help out.



I have ordered shirts and hats and will distribute them as soon as they arrive. The rest of the uniform is KHAKI SHORTS and tennis shoes.

Remember nothing will occur at the junior high. The game and all the band events will occur at the High School stadium and high school band room.

Thank you and as always email me if you have any questions.

What a Great Week !!!!

Wow!!! What a great start to the school year.  Ms. Menendez and I are so proud of the hard work that has been done already this week.  I wanted to put up a post to say thank you, and hopefully if you have subscribed you will receive an email.

6th Grade Band Announcements:

We have begun instrument screenings so your child may have already tried the three (or more) things that they are interested in and have selected their instrument. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE AN INSTRUMENT YET!!!!

We will have our instrument nights on Sept. 2nd and 3rd for you to come browse and purchase the correct brand and model of instrument you will need.  There is an awful lot of junky, fake instruments on the internet that will set you back a lot of money, please wait and come to instrument night.

A reminder that all band forms and fee’s are due next Friday.

7th and 8th Grade Band Announcements:

We had a great first week, getting our horns back in working condition and playing through our new upper level warm-ups and chorales.  We will continue to play and challenge your children next week.  We will also begin preparing the students for Trojan Band, and District Honor Band Auditions next week.  Please listen out as your child should be practicing 2 to 3 nights per week.

A reminder that all band forms and fee’s are due next Friday.

Trojan Band Update:

There will be a sign-up sheet up on the wall for Trojan Band, and those Fee’s ($15) will be due by Aug. 26th, which is our first (and only) after school practice.  Please check the calendar.  Remember the $15 will cover the cost for there performance shirt and Hat.  8th grade band members who already have a shirt and hat that fit will not need to pay to be a part of the Trojan Band this year, if you need only one new part of the uniform please pay $10.

Thank you again, please share this website with any other band parents you know just to make sure everyone is subscribed.

Have a great weekend.

Joe Huls and Maria Menendez

Band Directors

Carrollton Bands