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THIS WEEK IN BAND - WEEK 8
SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 2, 2015
U*As always, please check the band’s calendar at: UHUwww.ehhsband.com
CONGRATULATIONS VIKING MARCHING BAND!
Armuchee Invitational Results:
Drum Majors (Superior Rating) 1st place
Feature Twirler (Superior Rating) 1st place
Color Guard (Superior Rating) 2nd place
Percussion (Superior Rating) 1st place
Band (Superior Rating) 1st place
Class AAAA Champions
3rd Place Overall
FROM THE PODIUM:
The students really stepped up the levels of marching band playing and felt much better about this performance than our performance during Monday night’s Hall Co. Marching Exhibition. It was the best show of the year for our team and I could not be more pleased with the results, especially under the wet conditions of the field.
Once again, people in attendance were awed by the energy and excitement of our show. One of the Armuchee parents working equipment stopped me and talked for several minutes about how he loved that we were playing some quality music that was entertaining to everyone. The announcer came down and told me that he loved the show and thought it was the best one of the night! One of the evaluators wrote on his sheet “nothing short of incredible.”
We have a weekend off – although it is “Homecoming” weekend at East Hall, there are no events scheduled for Saturday. We play a Homecoming football game and we’ll get some rest (Although many students will chose to go to the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night).
Looking ahead, we have another contest on Saturday, October 10 in Blue Ridge. This competition will be more rigorous and will require us to work harder to execute our show to perfection. We have to limit the amount of individual errors in marching and work for uniformity in our music, especially on the releases of phrases and keeping a steady pulse to eliminate phasing. We must get out there on Tuesday and Thursday evening and commit to having a better show. We can work hard to develop the uniformity in music and marching that we saw in the top bands. For me, I want to see the commitment and desire to get the show cleaned, the performance levels up, and to realize the full potential that this year holds. We are down to the last few hours of preparation…so they need to be of the highest quality. Get ready, get to rehearsal, get busy, and get excited. We have a lot to do for the next two weeks! Again, THANK YOU ALL for an amazing weekend serving your community.
1. This Week’s Football Game: All students need to meet in the Crook Band Room at 5:30pm. We will be loading equipment and organizing to leave campus by 6pm. As before, with it being a Home Game we will still ride buses over to the stadium and students are expected to ride the buses back to the school at the end of the game (unless parents attending the game see Mr. Cantrell before the end of the game).
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: For this game will be calling on all Sophomore (10th grade) parents to help in the concession stands. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
3. 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. 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. Pizza/Popcorn Fundraiser – Students were given this fundraiser information this past week. This fundraiser is 100% profit to students and should be very easy. This is the same pizza that we’ve sold for the last couple of years and we are adding popcorn. Please contact Craig Cantrell (email@example.com) if you have any questions. All orders/money are due on WEDNESDAY!!
3. FRUIT SALE – Our Annual Fruit Sale has begun. All students should have received information – if parents haven’t seen it, look in your child’s book-bag! This is one of the most successful fundraisers for our band annually and it is extremely important that we sell a lot of fruit this year to help students in paying for the trip to New York. As always, the students will receive half of the profit from items they sell. All orders must be turned into the Band Safe (in Mr. Cantrell’s office) by 3:30PM on October 22 – no exceptions will be made! SELL! SELL! SELL!!!!!
4. UAttendanceU: 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 Marching Band: Dawson County (Home) Game “Homecoming”
9 Marching Band: West Hall (Home) Game
10 Marching Band: Marching Band Competition (Fannin Co. HS – Blue Ridge, GA) All Day Event.
15 All Bands: Night of Arts & Literacy at EHHS – 6:00PM. All Students will perform.
16 Marching Band: Johnson (Away) Game
23 Marching Band: Franklin Co. (Away) Game
30 Marching Band: Fannin Co. (Home) Game “Senior Night”
30 NEW YORK TRIP CONTRACT DUE
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)
6 Marching Band: Banks Co. (Away) Game
10 All Bands: Veterans Day Concert – “Honoring Those Who Served” 6:00pm EHHS Gym
23 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS (Nov. 23-27)
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