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THIS WEEK IN BAND - WEEK 3
AUGUST 24 – AUGUST 28, 2015
1. Please check the practice schedule for the next couple of weeks and plan accordingly. In order for us to be successful this season, we need ALL students at rehearsals. Remember, you made a commitment to yourself and your fellow band mates. The entire rehearsal schedule can be found on the website.
2. All Bibbers and Shoes have arrived and will be distributed to students during Tuesday’s Marching Band rehearsal. If you still have not paid for these items, you will not receive them!
3. Concession Stands:This week is “Senior (12th grade) Concessions Stand Work Night. Below is the schedule for the rest of the season. We need all parents to help with concessions this year on your assigned night. Your help is very much appreciated. Please contact Blanca Cruz (Vice President for Concessions) for additional information at BlancaCruz@negpsa.com.
Fri. Aug. 28th (Wesleyan vs. EH) All Senior Band Parents
Fri. Sept. 4th (Pickens Co. vs. EH) All Junior Band Parents
Fri. Oct. 2nd (Dawson Co. vs. EH) All Sophomore Band Parents
Fri. Oct. 9th (West Hall vs. EH) All Freshmen Band Parents
Fri. Oct. 30th (Fannin Co. vs. EH) All Alumni, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents
4. Away Game Chaperones:If you have interest in serving as a chaperone for any of our away games, please contact Kim Shockley (Chaperone Committee Chair) at KJ4HAV@gmail.com. Students will be assigned a bus (either a Girls Bus or Boys Bus) and we will only need 1-2 chaperones per bus. Availability is very limited.
5. “ROADIES”: We still need more parents to assist with transportation of equipment for rehearsals and performances. This is crucial to the success of our performances – and it helps all of the students. If you are available to help transport equipment or help move equipment on and off the field during performances, please contact Kelly Niles (Vice President of Transportation & Logistics) at email@example.com.
6. LETTER JACKETS!:U It’s that time to order Letter Jackets for this year. As in the past, Letter Jackets are available to purchase for Juniors and Seniors who have completed at least two years of service and have gained enough lettering points (see Band Handbook for details).
7. Fundraisers: There are two (2) 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. Community Sponsorship – one of the easiest fundraisers where students receive 50% of the profit, the Community Sponsorship Program is a partnership with local retailers and venders to advertise in our community at various levels using the band as a vehicle. All information is posted on our website at: www.ehhsband.com under Fundraisers Tab
2. Discount Cards - our annual Community Discount Cards Fundraiser is in full swing, where we sell discount cards that give our supporters discounts for merchandise at various retailers and venders in our community. All cards must be purchased in advanced. Please contact Amy Autry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
8. Uniforms: We plan to wear uniforms for this Friday’s Home Game. At this time, all students should have their own pair of shoes and bibbers (new students will receive these on Tuesday evening). All Viking Band members will wear complete uniforms at all official functions, unless indicated by Mr. Cantrell. The complete uniform consists of: coat, gauntlets, bibbers, cap, and marching band shoes (the “official marching band shoes” – no substitute), and BLACK SOCKS! Black socks are mandatory, or you will not perform!
9. Attendance: Please be reminded that if you see that you are going to be absent from class or rehearsal, please notify Mr. Cantrell so that we can plan accordingly for our rehearsals. It is recommended that you notify him well in advance (NOT THE DAY OF THE ABSENCE!)
10. Twitter & FacebookU: Please follow us on Twitter (EHHS_VikingBand) and Facebook (East Hall Viking Marching Band) so that you can get instant updates. There are several features and photos of the band – please pass along to your friends and family!
11. Remind 101: Is a communications tool for the band directors to pass along details and updates of any changes to the band schedule or activities. It’s a free text service and is very easy to sign up for. Parents and students should both register with REMIND101. Directions and codes are on the website at: ehhsband.com>”Resources”>”Remind101 Info”
12. KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: The Band has partnered up with Kroger and all you have to do is shop there. But not just you, any family member in the country who shops at Kroger can help our program simply by registering their Plus Card and indicating our Program as a beneficiary. IF YOU ENROLLED BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2015, Kroger requires that you register again. It will only take a few minutes but please sign up and encourage your friends and family all over the country to help pledge their support to our program. It does not take away from their points in any way so help spread the word! KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
FINAL NOTE: Students have a playing quiz on Monday (8/24) on a two octave chromatic scale. Please check with your student regarding upcoming project and test assignments. We have them scheduled throughout the semester and they get progressively more difficult. Please help you student maintain their grade by encouraging home practice, enrolling in lessons, etc.
The East Hall High School Band
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.
EAST HALL VIKING BAND
J. Craig Cantrell, Director of Bands
3534 East Hall Road Gainesville, GA 30507