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This Week in Band – Week 13
November 2 – November 6, 2015
FROM THE PODIUM:
"So what will you do with all that free time now that marching band is ending?" (I try to maintain my composure instead of bursting out laughing...)
We have 3 bands and 2 percussion ensembles preparing for a Veterans Day Concert, followed by a Holiday Concert. We have over 50 students preparing for District and All State Band auditions. Auditions for second semester start in a couple of weeks. We will have sectional coaches coming in to work with the kids. Symphonic Camp is in January. Jazz Band and Brass/Woodwind Chamber groups have begun. Immediately following the winter break, LGPE Festival preparation mode is in full swing with after school sectionals and a Pre-LGPE Concert. We will revive our Winterguard program this year, along with the beginning stages of auditions for next year's marching band (Percussion and Guard). And believe it or not, we will have to start designing the show and confirming staff (and a rehearsal schedule around construction) for the 2016 version of the Viking Marching Band. On top of that, I often get invited to be an adjudicator or clinician for other schools and other band events...so even when East Hall has nothing on the schedule, I'm usually working on "band stuff" somewhere.
WHEW. It never really slows down, we are just involved with other groups and performances. While some of the kids won't be here as often after school, most will be involved in some sort of different music activity or ensemble. That's what it takes to maintain a balanced program that offers opportunities for all areas of musical growth and development.
So...I might not be here until 9:00pm quite as often, but I will be here nearly every day after school working on something new or different for your student. Then I will have that 3 month long summer break that teachers enjoy...(HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!)
1. This Week’s Football Game: is an “Away” game at Banks County High School. All students need to meet in the Crook Band Room at 5:00pm. We will be loading equipment and organizing to leave campus by 5:15pm.
Finally, Per the Band Handbook, if students plan to ride home with parents following the game, we will need a note signed by the parent prior to leaving EHHS and the parent must see Mr. Cantrell following the game to be “checked-off” the roster.
STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE GAME WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN A PARENT/GUARDIAN. This is a Hall County Schools policy.
2. Concession Stands: We have been blessed with another Home Game (thanks to the East Hall Football Team qualifying for the State Playoffs as the number 2 seed from 7-AAA) that is scheduled for next week. We need all parents to help with concessions for this playoff game. Your help is very much appreciated. Please contact Blanca Cruz (Vice President for Concessions) for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri. Nov. 13th (TBA vs. EH – 1st round of state playoffs) ALL PARENTS!!
3. Fruit Delivery: We have been given a window of time for our Fruit Delivery. Fruit will be delivered to EHHS between Nov. 16-19. We will announce the exact date and time once we get it, so please make plans for delivery during those days. We will need several parents to help with the unloading and distribution of fruit orders. If you can help, please contact Amy Autry (email@example.com).
4. 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!). This has already started to become an issue and grades will be affected if you are not communicating these absences in advance.
5. 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!
6. 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”
7. 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
2 Wind Symphony: Veterans Day Concert Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)
3 Symphonic Band: Veterans Day Concert Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)
4 Concert Band: Veterans Day Concert Rehearsal (2:45pm-4:30pm)
4 Piedmont Partnership Rehearsal – Piedmont College (selected students) (see schedule)
6 Marching Band: Banks Co. (Away) Game
10 All Bands: Veterans Day Concert – “Honoring Those Who Served” 6:00pm EHHS Gym
11 Piedmont Partnership Rehearsal – Piedmont College (selected students) (see schedule)
14 Piedmont Partnership Concert – Piedmont College (selected students) (see schedule)
WEEK OF NOV. 16-19: FRUIT DELIEVERY (TBA)
16 Hall County Honor Band Rehearsal (selected students) (5:00pm-9:00pm) (see schedule)
17 Hall County Honor Band Rehearsal & Performance (selected students) (see schedule)
19 Band Association Meeting – New York Trip Meeting ($165 first payment due).
23 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS (Nov. 23-27)
We are eternally grateful to have such a strong and committed group of parents who are strive to keep our band program flourishing. The East Hall Band Association performs many of the administrative and logistical roles of the band program leaving Mr. Cantrell free to do what he does best – TEACH. When he is not distracted by worries about uniforms or how to facilitate the movement of more than 200 students to a myriad of locations, he is better able to focus on the tasks at hand. To assist Mr. Cantrell and the students, the EHBA must rely on the parents and students to help raise funds, move equipment, coordinate meals, and a whole hosts of other tasks. A band program of this size and caliber MUST have support from its parents.
With that said, we have a lot of busy people in the East Hall Band Association. Many people are working behind the scenes filling volunteer roles and encouraging the kids. All of the parents (including the executive officers) are VOLUNTEERS…which means they are not drawing a salary and getting paid for their time. Please keep this in mind when you come in contact with these volunteers, after all, they are there helping YOUR child flourish and succeed in the Band. Know that these individuals care enough to volunteer their time (even while working a full time job away from the band).
If you have a child in band, then you are a member of the East Hall Band Association. As a member, we encourage you to get on our emailing list, volunteer, and get involved. With all that the EHBA does, a place can be found that fits you. As an EHBA volunteer, you will enjoy a unique opportunity to share in your child’s pride and accomplishments not found in many other school activities. The personal rewards are MANY!! You just need to get involved.
If you would like to get involved, please feel free to contact Mr. Cantrell. Working together, there is a place for everyone.
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