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Gainesville, GA 30507
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Mr. Cantrell

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EXCELLENCE, PRIDE & TRADITION...THE EAST HALL WAY!


 

Week in Band – Week 14

NOVEMBER 3 –NOVEMBER 7, 2014

 

 

 

MONDAY

Hall Co. Honor Band (selected students) @ Riverside Military Academy

     5:00pm – 5:30pm Registration

     6:00pm – *9:00pm Rehearsal

 *Students, please make sure you have a ride home following rehearsal.

TUESDAY

No Classes Today

Hall Co. Honor Band (selected students) @ Riverside Military Academy

     8:00am – Meet in the Bandroom at EHHS

     8:05am – Load bus and depart to Riverside Military Academy

     9:00am – 11:30am Rehearsal

    11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch (bus will take us to lunch...bring $)

      1:00pm – 4:00pm Rehearsal

      4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner Break/Concert Prep (on your own)

(make sure you have a ride to dinner of your choice and you change for the concert)

      6:30pm – Call Time

      7:00pm – Concert (concert is free to public)

WEDNESDAY

Piedmont College Partnership Rehearsal (selected students)

     6:00pm – 8:00pm in the music building at Piedmont College

THURSDAY

Full MB *Dress Rehearsal: 4:00PM-6:00PM

*With a Dress Rehearsal, all students should wear white t-shirt and khaki shorts with comfortable tennis shoes.

Senior Activity following rehearsal this week (see below)

FRIDAY

HOME FOOTBALL GAME (vs. Banks Co.) “Senior Night”

Report Time: 5:30PM; ETA back to EHHS is 10:00PM.

SATURDAY

No activities scheduled.

*As always, please check the band’s calendar at www.ehhsband.com

 

Announcements:

 

1.  Hall Co. Honor Band: The following students have been selected to represent East Hall High School for the 2014 Hall County Honor Band:

 

Erin Martin (Flute/Piccolo)

Maryana Hernandez (Flute)

Gabby Hussey (Oboe)

Julie Fowler (Bassoon)

Eduardo Carrasco (Clarinet)

Stephanie Contreras (Clarinet)

Chris Broome (Bass Clarinet)

Ulysses Salcido (Alto Saxophone)

Laura Graves (Tenor Saxophone)

Bryan Puga (Trumpet)

Grayze Anne Sepe (Trumpet)

Elliott Andrade (Horn)

Yaritza Gomez (Horn)

Benjamin Arevalo (Euphonium)

Bryan Galvez (Percussion)

 

Students please refer to the schedule listed above and follow the guidelines and itinerary that was distributed to you from Mr. Cantrell.  Please make sure you have all things needed for rehearsal/performance (PENCIL, reeds, valve oil, mutes, mallets, etc.) and that you double check with your ride for Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon/evening.  With this honor comes responsibility, make sure you are punctual and that you are organized.

 

2.   Piedmont College Partnership Rehearsals-Concert: The following students have been selected to represent East Hall High School for the fall semester of the Piedmont College Partnership.

 

Maryana Hernandez (Flute)

Erin Martin (Flute)

Tucker Hardison (Oboe)

Julie Fowler (Bassoon)

Julie Lott (Clarinet)

Ashley Flores (Clarinet)

Nicole Juan (Bass Clarinet)

Johnathan Gerrin (Alto Saxophone)

Laura Graves (Tenor Saxophone)

Grayze Anne Sepe (Trumpet)

Elliott Andrade (Horn)

Ruben Andrade (Horn)

Jose Tapia (Euphonium)

Dalena Stringer (Percussion)

 

Students please refer to the schedule listed above and follow the guidelines and itinerary that was distributed to you from Mr. Cantrell.  Please make sure you have all things needed for rehearsal/performance (PENCIL, reeds, valve oil, mutes, mallets, etc.) and that you double check with your ride for Wednesday evening.  With this honor comes responsibility, make sure you are punctual and that you are organized.

  

3.  After School Rehearsals:
Marching Band rehearsals: Now that our competitive season has been complete, we will be rehearsing once a week on Thursday afternoon in preparation for each week’s game performance.  It is very necessary that all students continue to attend this weekly rehearsal so that we can continue to have superior performances.  Rehearsal on Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm.


Wind Symphony rehearsals: We have begun rehearsing every week on Tuesday evening (6:30pm-9:00pm) in preparation for our concerts in Savannah and Tuscaloosa.  Once marching band season is complete, we will be adding additional rehearsals on Thursday evening.  These rehearsal dates are outlined on our band calendar and were in the course syllabus.  Please make every effort to attend these rehearsals, as they are part of the student’s overall grade in the Mastery Band course.

 

4.  Senior Night: Senior Night is Friday, where we will honor our Marching Band seniors for an outstanding high school experience with our Viking Marching Band.  All seniors were given senior night material – which is due WEDNESDAY MORNING to Mr. Clark in the front office.  Please complete the Senior Night Information Sheet completely and neatly (remember, if we cannot read it, we will not announce it).  Please confirm with your parents/guardians that the ceremony will take place during Pre-Game and they plan to escort you on the field.  Parents/guardians will need to arrive at East Hall Stadium no later than 6:30pm this Friday.  The ceremony will take place at approximately 7:00pm. 

 

On Thursday (the day before Senior Night), following our rehearsal, seniors will have the opportunity to spray paint their name on the hill at the stadium.  Spray paint will not be supplied, so seniors will need to furnish their own paint for this activity.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Afterwards, we will be going out to dinner at Wild Wings (311 SW Jesse Jewell Pkwy, Gainesville, GA 30501) to honor and celebrate our seniors.

 

5.  “Sound of Freedom” Concert Our first formal concert of the year involving all students in our band program will be on Veterans Day Tuesday, November 11 at the 5th annual “Sound of Freedom” concert.  The concert will take place in the East Hall High School Gymnasium beginning at 7:00pm.  Admission is free and we are asking all of our students, parents, and supporters to invite all veterans from our Armed Forces to be special guests at this concert.

Attire for the concert Black and White (Gentlemen: White Long Sleeve Dress Shirt, Black Neck Tie, Black Dress Pants, Black Socks/Belt, Black Dress Shoes.  Ladies: White Top, Black Dress/Pants or skirt…make sure the length of dress/skirt is below the knees while sitting.

We will be placing orders for concert dresses for ladies and tuxes for our gentlemen in the weeks to come.  More information will be shared later.

 

6.  Student Accounts: We still have an extremely large number of our students who are severely behind on their Band Dues.  We have posted student balances in the Bandroom and have mailed out balances to our families.  If you are unsure if you owe, please contact your student account treasurer: 

All Last Names A-G - please contact Kathy Jarrard (kathy.jarrard@hallco.org)

All Last Names H-Z - please contact Karen Raper (karenraper@msn.com)

Remember, it is the RESPONSIBILITY of EACH family to make sure that their student account is up-to-date.  Please make every effort ASAP to arrange payments and bring these account current.  Our next step would be to begin canceling performances and trips.

7.  Concession Stands: Our next Home Game is this Friday, November 7th – which will be “9th, 10th, 11th grade and Alumni Night.”  Below is the schedule for the season.  We need all parents to help with the concessions this year on your assigned night.  Your help is very much appreciated.

 

Fri. Nov. 7 (Banks Co. vs. EH) All Alumni, 9th grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade Parents

 

8.  Fundraisers: There are three (3) on-going fundraisers currently.  The information and forms can be found on our website.  Please do your part to help us serve YOUR child in band.

1.  Discount Cards – our annual Community Discount Cards Fundraiser is in full swing, where we sell discount cards that give our supports discounts for merchandise at various retailers and venders in our community. All cards must be purchased in advanced.  Please contact Tammy Smith if you have any questions.

2.  East Hall Band CookbookAs mentioned at the previous Band Association meeting, we are going to develop an East Hall Band Cookbook full of our families’ favorite recipes.  We want this book to be full of various goodies from all of our families.  Please start bringing in these recipes and turn in to the band office.  THANK YOU for those who have already done this…but majority of our membership has not turned in anything!!  Please bring in your recipes this week.  Please contact Ms. Kelli Harris if you have any questions.

 

9.  District/All-State Band Auditions: We have 34 students auditioning this year, which is lower than usual.  These sorts of activities only make our band program stronger as each student becomes stronger musicians.  In previous years, we’ve had 50-60 students auditioning.  Remember, this year’s audition materials (both scales and etudes are on-line at www.gmea.org  There are some scheduled help sessions for these students who wish to audition.  Please take advantage of these sessions.    Please see Mr. Cantrell if you have questions.

 

10. Facebook & Twitter: Please follow us on Facebook (East Hall Viking Marching Band) and Twitter (EHHS_VikingBand) so that you can get instant updates.  There are several features and photos of the band – please feel free to pass along to your family and friends.

 

11. Remind101: is a communications tool for the band directors to pass along details and updates of any changes to the band schedule or activities.  We also use this to send reminders to help keep everyone informed.  It’s a free text service and is very easy to sign up for.  Parents and student should both register with REMIND101.  Directions and codes are on the website at (www.ehhsband.com>”Resources”>”Remind101 Info”).

 

12.Upcoming Events:

 

NOVEMBER 2014:

3-4        HALL CO. HONOR BAND – selected students (see Handout for schedule)

5          Piedmont Partnership Rehearsal – selected students (6:00pm-8:00pm) Piedmont College

6          Marching Band Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

6          Senior Activity following Band Rehearsal (6:30pm) EHHS Stadium

7          HOME FOOTBALL GAME (vs. Banks Co.) “Senior Night”

11         “SOUNDS OF FREEDOM” VETERANS DAY CONCERT – 7:00PM EHHS GYM

12         Piedmont Partnership Rehearsal – selected students (6:00pm-8:00pm) Piedmont College

13         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

17-21    FRUIT ORDERS ARRIVE – TBA

18         Piedmont Partnership Concert – 6pm Call

20         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

24-28    THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS (No Rehearsals Scheduled – Have a great week with family!)

 

DECEMBER 2014:

2          Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

6          LULA CHRISTMAS PARADE (5:30) Lula Elementary

8          Concert Band Afterschool Rehearsal (2:45pm-5:00pm)

DECEMBER 2014 (Con’t):

9          Symphonic Band Afterschool Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

9          Middle School Band Concert (7:00pm)

11         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

13         District Honor Band Auditions: Habersham Central HS – auditions times TBA

16         Christmas Band Concert – All Band-All students.  6:30pm

18         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

 


The East Hall High School Band

One of the most well known high school bands in the country and steeped in rich tradition, the East Hall Viking Bands, under the direction of J. Craig Cantrell, have established a tradition of excellence and have been consistent in quality performances given and entertainment value.

Mission Statement (as outlined by our band student leadership team):
"The mission of the East Hall High School Band Program is to make a positive difference in the lives of the band members by providing musical and visual experiences and performances, and to assist them in achieving their potential as they develop confidence, cooperation, leadership, responsibility and high standards of excellence and character."
 
East Hall High School is located just outside Gainesville, Georgia, in northeastern Hall County, about 60 miles just northeast of Atlanta. East Hall is set in a rural area where many families are blue collar workers, representing almost entirely middle class families. Hall County, Georgia, is commonly known as the poultry capital of the world. Nevertheless, the students, parents, faculty, and administration of East Hall High School are striving continuously to have an outstanding educational program.

East Hall High School is the smallest of seven high schools in Hall County with approximately 961 students in grades 9-12. However, being the smallest of the high schools has not been a disadvantage as the East Hall High School Band has been the standard bearer for high school bands of Hall County. Averaging nearly 20% participation of the student body in the band program, the East Hall High School Band has won innumerable superior ratings and has performed in some of the nation’s most prestigious events.

The East Hall High Viking Marching Band has routinely received superior ratings in marching festivals and competitions. On two different occasions the band has won 1st place in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. In 2007, the Viking Band won "Best In Class" in the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, the Viking Marching Band swept the "Open Class" competition at the 2013 Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands - receiving 1st place in every caption and winning the Gene Shadburn Salute to Marching Bands Award after having the highest overall score of the competition. In addition to winning placements and ratings at all marching contests, the Viking Marching Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Cotton Bowl Parade, the Orange Bowl Halftime and Parade Performances, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Nations Day Parade in New York City, the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Orlando, Florida, the Outback Bowl Halftime Performance and Parade, the Macy’s Egleston Christmas Parade, and the King Orange Jamboree Parade. The Viking Band has also performed halftime shows for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves and performed several times at Walt Disney World. In addition, the East Hall High School Band was proclaimed “Ambassadors of Good Will” from the state of Georgia by Governor Joe Frank Harris.

The marching band is divided into three concert organizations and all are entered in concert festival (LGPE) each year sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association. Since 1971, the East Hall Bands have made 71 superior ratings and 9 excellent ratings in concert performance evaluations (festival). Additionally, the East Hall Bands have performed at such prestigious events such as the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Annual Conference, the University of Georgia's January Music Festival (2011), the Southeastern United States Band Clinic (SEUS) at Troy State University in Troy, Alabama (2012), and the Kennesaw State University Concert Invitational (2014).  The Wind Symphony will be performing this year at the Georgia Music Educators Association's In-Service Conference in Savannah, GA and the University of Alabama Honor Band Festival.


Very few high school bands have amassed such an impressive array of honors and performances throughout the country. We attribute much success of the program to the dedication of thousands of students, parents, and supporters, both past and present, which guided the band on the journey of excellence. 

 

  


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EAST HALL VIKING BAND
J. Craig Cantrell, Director of Bands
3534 East Hall Road Gainesville, GA 30507


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