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3534 East Hall Road
Gainesville, GA 30507
(770) 536-9921
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Mr. Cantrell

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This Week in Band – Week 24

February 8 – February 13, 2016



CB: Flutes & Clarinets (4pm-6pm)


CB: Low Brass/Reeds (4pm-6pm)


Concert Band Full Band Rehearsal (3pm-5pm)


No Activities Scheduled


Rehearsal 1: 4:00pm-6:00pm (Mr. Beach)
Rehearsal 2: 7:00pm-9:00pm (Mr. Martin)
**We need parents to assist with dinner**


Rehearsal 1: 9:00am-12noon (sectionals)
Rehearsal 2: 1:00pm-3:00pm (Mr. Martin)
**We need parents to assist with lunch**

With the start of second semester, we start the LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation aka "Festival) process. It is our state music association equivalent of an "end of course" test.  This evaluation involves the most advanced music we will learn and perform all year, and it does take some extra time to prepare.  Look over the calendars for January through March and work out the potential conflicts with after school sectionals and Performance Band Camp now.  We need all students in attendance at our scheduled rehearsals.  The top two bands have more extra time commitment, while the third band is predominately class period and some extra rehearsals after school.

Performance Band Camp is an annual event that involves all three second semester bands.  Each band will have their own weekend for the camp (please see the calendar below).  Each group will have a guest conductor and also a time for section rehearsals with area professionals for their instrument.  Please work out any conflicts, as this will be the only time the students will get to work with a guest conductor and section coaches in this setting.

We are looking forward to an outstanding second semester with all three bands! Make sure to attend the Pre-LGPE Concert and go to the LGPE performances to support our groups. 

            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.


    Twitter & Facebook: 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!


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 HERE.


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



February 2016

  5   WIND SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE CAMP (4pm-6pm) (7pm-9pm)

  6   WIND SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE CAMP (9am-12noon) (1pm-3pm)

  8   Concert Band Woodwinds (4pm-6pm)

  9   Concert Band Brass (4pm-6pm)


 12  SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE CAMP (4pm-6pm) (7pm-9pm)

 13  SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE CAMP (9am-12noon) (1pm-3pm)

 15  Student Holiday: No School - No Rehearsals

 16  Wind Symphony Flutes/Oboes/Clarinets (4pm-6pm)

 16  Wind Symphony Low Brass/Low Reeds (7pm-9pm)

 17  Wind Symphony Saxes/Horns & TRUMPETS (4pm-6pm)

 18  GMEA District Honor Band Clinic @ Riverside (selected students)

 19  GMEA District Honor Band Clinic @ Riverside (selected students)

 20  GMEA District Honor Band Clinic @ Riverside (selected students)

 22  Symphonic Band Flutes/Clarinets (4pm-6pm)

 22  WIND SYMPHONY FULL BAND (6:30pm-9:00pm)

 23  Concert Band Flutes, Clarinets, Saxes, Horns (4pm-6pm)

 24  Concert Band Low Brass/Low Reeds (4pm-6pm)


 26  Student Holiday-Teacher Work Day   

March 2016


 3    Georgia All-State Band @ UGA (selected students)

 4    Georgia All-State Band @ UGA (selected students)

 5    Georgia All-State Band @ UGA (selected students)

 8    SYMPHONIC BAND FULL BAND (6:30pm-9:00pm)

 10  WIND SYMPHONY FULL BAND (6:30pm-9:00pm)

 11  CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE CAMP (4pm-6pm; 7pm-9pm)

 12  CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE CAMP (9am-12noon; 1pm-3pm)

 14  WIND SYMPHONY FULL BAND (6:30pm-9:00pm)

 15  SYMPHONIC BAND FULL BAND (6:30pm-9:00pm)




 22  Colorguard/Percussion Parade Rehearsal 4pm-6pm

 24  Colorguard/Percussion Parade Rehearsal 4pm-6pm

 26  NEW YORK PERFORMANCE REHEARSAL (9am-12noon) (2pm-5pm)



 30  Perspective Guard Meeting for 2016 (4:00pm)  

April 2016

 4    Spring Break

 5    Spring Break


11-14 Drum Major Auditions (4:00pm-5:30pm)

15  Guard Classes/Auditions (4:00pm-6:00pm)

16  Guard Classes/Auditions (9am-12noon) (1pm-3pm)

19  GWINNETT BRAVES PERFORMANCE (leaving EH at 4:30pm)

21  TRI-M Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony (6pm)

22  Guard Classes/Auditions (4:00pm-5:30pm)

23  Guard Classes/Auditions (9am-12noon) (Auditions begin at 1pm)

26  Marching Band Registration for 2016-2017 (6:00pm) EH Cafeteria

28  Concert Band Full Band Rehearsal (2:50pm-5:00pm)

30  Batterie/Front Ensemble Auditions (2nd round) (4:00pm-7:00pm)

May 2016

 2   Wind Symphony Full Band Rehearsal (4pm-6pm)

 3   Symphonic Band Full Band Rehearsal (4pm-6pm)

 5   Wind Symphony Full Band Rehearsal (4pm-6pm)

 9   Concert Band Full Band Rehearsal (2:50pm-5:00pm)

10  Symphonic Band Full Band Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

12  SPRING CONCERT: Brenau University-Burd Center

16  EHHS Baccalaureate Service - Airline Baptist Church 6pm

17  Band Banquet (6:00pm) EH Cafeteria

19  EH Graduation @ Free Chapel (EH Wind Symphony performs)

21  Lula Railroad Days Parade (9:00am Lula Elementary)

24  Memorial Day Parade Rehearsal (all students) (4pm-6pm)

30  Memorial Day Parade (Gainesville First Baptist 8:15am)

Final Note:

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.


  • Please see the calendar for upcoming events involving the band program.  Remember, 
    "A Successful Band needs ALL of its members, ALL OF THE TIME!" 


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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Viking Marching Band 2012

J. Craig Cantrell, Director of Bands
3534 East Hall Road Gainesville, GA 30507

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