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3534 East Hall Road
Gainesville, GA 30507
(770) 536-9921
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This Week in Band – Week 11

OCTOBER 20 – OCTOBER 25, 2014



Fruit Fundraiser Due

(Please turn into band safe in Mr. Cantrell’s office)

All-State Help Sessions (4:00pm-5:30pm)


All-State Help Sessions (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm) 


No Rehearsals Scheduled.  Mr. Cantrell will be off campus today.


Full MB *Dress Rehearsal: 4:00PM-6:00PM

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


HOME FOOTBALL GAME (vs. Franklin Co.)

Report Time: 5:00PM; ETA back to EHHS is 10:30PM.


No activities scheduled.

*As always, please check the band’s calendar at




1.  FRUIT SALE ORDERS ARE DUE IMMEDIATELY: Our annual Fruit Sale fundraiser is now complete.  Please turn in all orders and money to the band safe located in Mr. Cantrell’s office.  We should have the fruit delivered to EHHS during the week of November 17-21.  We will be announcing the exact date and time as soon as we have confirmation.


2.  Band Pictures: Our annual band pictures have been scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th – next week.  All students are required to participate in the full band group shot, which will take place right after school on Tuesday at 4:00pm.  Following the full band photo, we will have smaller group shots for each section of the marching band (Colorguard, Drumline, Brass, Woodwinds, Seniors, Majorettes, Leadership, etc.).  Following the group shots, we will be taking individual photos of students who wish to have them.  There is an order form attached to this email and the form can also be picked up in the Bandroom.  NOTE: Students must sign up for a time for individual photos (again, these photos will begin AFTER the group photos on the field are complete.  Please be ready and bring your instrument.  Please contact Mr. Cantrell if you have any questions regarding band photos.


3.  A Note from Mr. Cantrell:  When I teach our students, I obviously want them to learn about music, but I also want them to learn about life. Many lessons that we learn in band are related to working together, setting goals, persistence, skill development, and a host of other valuable characteristics.

In the coming week, we, as a band program, will undergo some playing tests on major scales and music in our folder for our upcoming concerts.  With this said, I am placing more emphasis on the students taking the responsibility for preparation rather than depending on the band director to rehearse the material with them daily in class. Granted, we have gone through the scales several times, but not quite as many as on previous scale projects. The end goal is for them to take initiative to prepare for a project without the director doing the work for them. This is a valuable skill for the future. College professors will not step the students through every assignment. The boss at a job will not keep demonstrating and having the workers go through every task multiple times after their preliminary training.

My fear is that many students wait until hours before the actual playing exam to prepare. Cramming the physical/motor skills at the last minute does not work. Advance planning is a good thing. Becoming proficient before the deadline takes the nerves out of an audition situation.

You might notice lower grades on this project...please discuss this with your student (as I will) and encourage regular practice BEFORE the last minute. All materials are available far in advance.  Parents, please help me – there is homework every day in band.  Your child should spend at least 60-100 minutes a week in their music.  When this happens, not only does the student improve – we all collectively improve.

Playing a musical instrument is a skill that requires regular practice. There are no "cheats" or "shortcuts". Doing the right things in the right way over time produces results. Help your student establish either a private lesson and/or regular practice routine. Encourage advance preparation of assignments. The skills learned will transfer into many other areas of life!


4.  After School Rehearsals:
Marching Band rehearsals: Now that our competitive season has been complete, we will be rehearsing once a week on Thursday afternoon in preparation for each week’s game performance.  It is very necessary that all students continue to attend this weekly rehearsal so that we can continue to have superior performances.  Rehearsal on Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Wind Symphony rehearsals: We will begin rehearsing every week on Tuesday evening (6:30pm-9:00pm) in preparation for our concerts in Savannah and Tuscaloosa.  Once marching band season is complete, we will be adding additional rehearsals.  These rehearsal dates are outlined on our band calendar and were in the course syllabus.  Please make every effort to attend these rehearsals, as they are part of the student’s overall grade in the Mastery Band course.

5.  Student Accounts: We still have an extremely large number of our students who are severely behind on their Band Dues.  We have posted student balances in the Bandroom and have mailed out balances to our families.  If you are unsure if you owe, please contact your student account treasurer: 

All Last Names A-G - please contact Kathy Jarrard (

All Last Names H-Z - please contact Karen Raper (

Remember, it is the RESPONSIBILITY of EACH family to make sure that their student account is up-to-date.  Please make every effort ASAP to arrange payments and bring these account current.  Our next step would be to begin canceling performances and trips.

6.  Concession Stands: Our next Home Game is this Friday, October 25th – which will be “Sophomore Concessions Stand Work Night.”  Below is the schedule for the season.  We need all parents to help with the concessions this year on your assigned night.  We need all parents to help with the concessions this year on your assigned night.  Your help is very much appreciated.

Fri. Oct. 24 (Franklin Co. vs. EH) All Sophomore (10th grade) Parents

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


7.  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 (>”Fundraisers”>”Community Sponsorship Program).  Please contact Mr. Stan Hunt 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 CookbookAs 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 various goodies from all of our families.  Please start bringing in these recipes and turn in to the band office.  THANK YOU for those who have already done this…but majority of our membership has not turned in anything!!  Please bring in your recipes this week.  Please contact Ms. Kelli Harris if you have any questions.


8.  District/All-State Band Auditions: We have 34 students auditioning this year, which is lower than usual.  These sorts of activities only make our band program stronger as each student becomes stronger musicians.  In previous years, we’ve had 50-60 students auditioning.  Remember, this year’s audition materials (both scales and etudes are on-line at<Band Division<All-State Band.  There are some scheduled help sessions for these students who wish to audition.  Please take advantage of these sessions.    Please see Mr. Cantrell if you have questions.


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


10.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 (>”Resources”>”Remind101 Info”).

11.Upcoming Events:



21         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

23         Marching Band Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

24         HOME FOOTBALL GAME (vs. Franklin Co.) Sophomore Concessions Night

28         BAND PHOTOS (4:00pm-6:00pm)

28         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

30         Marching Band Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

31         AWAY FOOTBALL GAME (@Fannin Co.)



3-4        HALL CO. HONOR BAND – selected students (see Handout for schedule)

5          Piedmont Partnership Rehearsal – selected students (6:00pm-8:00pm) Piedmont College

6          Marching Band Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

6          Senior Activity following Band Rehearsal (6:30pm) EHHS Stadium

7          HOME FOOTBALL GAME (vs. Banks Co.) “Senior Night”


12         Piedmont Partnership Rehearsal – selected students (6:00pm-8:00pm) Piedmont College

13         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)


18         Piedmont Partnership Concert – 6pm Call

20         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

24-28    THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS (No Rehearsals Scheduled – Have a great week with family!)



2          Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

8          Concert Band Afterschool Rehearsal (2:45pm-5:00pm)

9          Symphonic Band Afterschool Rehearsal (4:00pm-6:00pm)

9          Middle School Band Concert (7:00pm)

11         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)

13         District Honor Band Auditions: Habersham Central HS – auditions times TBA

16         Christmas Band Concert – All Band-All students.  6:30pm

18         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (6:30pm-9:00pm)


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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