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Gainesville, GA 30507
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Mr. Cantrell

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


This Week in Band – Week 4

SEPTEMBER 1 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

MONDAY

STUDENT HOLIDAY - NO REHEARSALS SCHEDULED.

TUESDAY

Full MB Rehearsal: 4:00PM-6:00PM.

WEDNESDAY

Band Tests Begin Today

Letter Jacket Sizing: 4:00PM 

THURSDAY

Full MB *Dress Rehearsal: 5:00PM-8:00PM

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

FRIDAY

AWAY FOOTBALL GAME (East Hall vs. Pickens Co.)

Report Time: 3:45PM; ETA back to EHHS is 11:45PM.

*We will serving pizza in the cafeteria for students before leaving for the game.  Please bring $5 for pizza dinner.

SATURDAY

No Rehearsals.  No Performances. Enjoy your weekend with your family!

 

 

Announcements:

 

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.  It is critical that you look ahead at the band calendar and schedule appointments and activities around our rehearsal and performance schedule.  Because of the nature of performing in a large group, every member is vital.  If you miss band practice, it affects the ability of the other students doing their routines.  You could be a guide point for several other students in our drill routine.  Further, the band cannot blend and balance their musical parts to someone who is not there.  PLEASE plan accordingly and consider how your participation affects the entire group.  The entire rehearsal schedule can be found on the website.

 

2.  A Note from Mr. Cantrell: As we have started school, it is critical that you look ahead at the band calendar and schedule appointments and activities around our rehearsal and performance schedule.  Remember, now that school has begun, everyone has homework, everyone has projects due, and everyone needs to plan their time carefully.  We can’t excuse absences because a student did not keep up with their studies – we are trying to teach time management (which is very crucial in college and adult life).  Because of the nature of performing in a large group, every member is vital.  If you choose not to do your English homework because you procrastinated on your Math and spent all of your time doing that, it will not affect the grades of the other students in your English class.  If you miss band practice because you procrastinated on something else, it DOES affect the ability of the other students to do their routines.  You could be a guide point for several other students in our drill routine.  The band can not blend and balance their musical parts to someone who is not there.  PLEASE plan accordingly and consider how your participation affects the entire group.

 

3.  Ninth Grade Parents: It is not unusual for the first progress report to contain grades somewhat lower than you might expect…especially for those students who loaded up on honors classes.  High School is more rigorous than Middle School and we have seen the “straight A” students from 8th grade bring home an initial progress report full of C’s and D’s.  DON’T PANIC.  They will figure out the pacing, demands, and expectations of the High School teachers and get back on track.  Check up on your student frequently to make sure that they are turning in assignments (especially homework).  Check each your child’s progress daily on Infinite Campus.  Pulling your child out of band practice when grades are low does not typically improve the other grades, and it puts them behind in band as well.  The best advice is to plan ahead, keep a schedule of due dates, and ask for help when you do not understand.  Remember, 90% of the band students are honors students and have figured out how to manage their time.  The bar for excellence – both musically and academically – is very high and we must maintain a standard and culture.

 

4.  Marching Band Bibbers and Shoes: If you were sized for Marching Band Bibbers and Shoes, please send payment ASAP!  $60 for Bibbers; $30 for shoes.  These items have arrived and will be distributed to students this week.

 

5.  Band Student Accounts:  There is a large number of students who still have a large outstanding balance owed.  At this point, you should have paid in full your band camp fee ($175).  You should have also paid for your shoes ($30) and bibbers ($60) and any outstanding debts from last year Band fees for August were due on Friday – sadly, most of our students missed this deadline.  Please take note that the expenses that you pay are at a bare minimum, and are the lowest around.  The only way that we continue to offer these rates is if you keep yourself paid in full, and current.  A new student account statement will be coming out very soon.  Please make sure that your account is at zero.

 

6.  Playing Test this week: All band students will be tested this week, so there should be homework in band (a little more than usual).  Students should be spending time outside of class working on materials for these playing tests.  This week students are asked to perform the “FUEGO Opener” and a one octave chromatic scale.  Students will be graded on the elements of tone, accuracy, and memorization. Please help your student maintain their grade by encouraging home practice, enrolling in lessons, or simply check to see that they are aware that a deadline is approaching. 

7.  Concession Stands: 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 appreciated.

Fri. Sept. 19 (Jackson Co. vs. EH) All Junior Band Parents

Fri. Sept. 26 (Lumpkin Co. vs. EH) All Senior Band Parents

Fri. Oct. 17 (Johnson vs. EH) All Freshmen Parents

Fri. Oct. 24 (Franklin Co. vs. EH) All Sophomore Parents

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

 

8.  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 (www.ehhsband.com>”Fundraisers”>”Community Sponsorship Program).  Please contact Mr. Brad Raper if you have any questions.

2.  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.

3.  East Hall Band Cookbook - As 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 goodies from all of our families.  Please start bringing in these recipes and turn in to the band office.  Once we compile all of the recipes, we will get the book published and start selling it for a fundraiser.  Please contact Ms. Kelli Harris if you have any questions.

 

9.  Letter Jackets: It’s that time to order Letter Jackets for this year.  The Neff Company will be at East Hall on THIS WEDNESDAY!  You must have no outstanding debts owed to the Band Association and have your full payment in order for the jacket to be ordered.  The order form is on the band website (www.ehhsband.com>”Resources”>”Neff Jackets Information”).  Please contact Mr. Cantrell if you have any concerns or questions.

 

10.            District/All-State Band Auditions: This year’s audition materials (both scales and etudes are on-line at www.gmea.org  All students, especially our most advanced musicians are encouraged to audition.  Preparing for these auditions proves to be the best vehicle for improvement in both personal music growth and the growth of our entire band program.  Please see Mr. Cantrell if you have questions.

 

11.            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 feature and photos of the band – please feel free to pass along to your family and friends.

 

12.     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”).

 


 

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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