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The Miss Harris County Pageant Series

February 20th
Harris County High School Auditorium

Youth Division - 9 AM

Baby Miss: 0 - 23mo
Cute Miss: 2 - 3yo
Tiny Miss: Pre-K - 1st
Little Miss: 2nd - 4th Grades
Young Miss: 5th - 6th Grades
Junior Miss: 7th - 8th Grades

Scholarship Division - 7 PM

Miss Harris County High School

Miss Georgia Preliminaries

Miss Harris County Outstanding Teen
Miss Harris County

Sequoyah High School Band Concert at Brookstone Tonight

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

If you’re in town and want to hear a really good band, Sequoyah High and director Casey Eubanks will be playing a short performance at 7 at Brookstone, free. They are prepping to play an honor band at Troy.

The Miss America Organization

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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All-State Results

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Congratulations to Hannah Tates for her acceptance to the 2016 GMEA All-State Band! Hannah is SECOND CHAIR!


Principal Percussion

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Congratulations to Jacqueline Sertell – Principal Timpani and Will Bonaker, Principal Mallets!

That’s a total of SIX Principal positions!


Monday, December 14th, 2015

The following students made the GMEA District 3 High School Honor BandA RECORD TWENTY TWO STUDENTS!!!!

Kristal Colberg
Natalie Hobbs
Jessica Odum
Lakeira Nelson
Brianna Putnam
Hannah Marston
Annie Feret
Thomas Clifford
Aiden Gann
Halie Herrin
Grace Burgos
Jacalyn Pearson
Rachel Hannak
Brian Stockdaile
Hannah Tates
William Whitten
Trevor Ailstock
David Tiemann
D’Ayja David
Jacqueline Sertell
Rebekah Powers
William Bonaker

The following students PLACED FIRST CHAIR:
Kristal Colberg, Natalie Hobbs, Thomas Clifford, Hannah Tates

The following students will be auditioning at the second round of All-State:
Hannah Tates, William Whitten, and Kristal COlberg

All State

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Congratulations to Kristal Colberg, Hannah Tates, and William Whitten for making it to the next round of All-State!!! You’re audition is in January! SO PROUD OF YOU GUYS!!!
(I don’t know anything about honor band yet!)


Black sweatshirt

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Good morning!
Several of you have asked about this sweatshirt in black. We will run an order of this sweatshirt (provided we have at least 12 orders), still at $30. Because of the timing and break, they would come in over break and I don’t think we will be able to get them to you until after the break. Orders need to be in by check or money order with the size requested in the memo (envelope and in my basket) by end of day Thursday, December 17. Thanks!


Color Guard Sweats

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Attention Color Guard Members – PLEASE TURN IN YOUR $50 FOR YOUR SWEATS.Thanks!

Audition TImes

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Good afternoon!Times for District Honor Band and All-State Auditions have been posted. Reminder, they are at LaGrange High School this year.
Students MUST register at least 30 minutes before their scheduled audition time. Students who are late registering could experience a change in their audition time, possibly to the end of the day.

Name Student Number Sex Grade Instrument Panel Audition Time Date Location Registered For
Ailstock, Trevor 1142848 M 10 Trombone 3 8:08 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Barrois, Donovin 1222876 M 10 Baritone 3 10:40 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Bonaker, Will 1222877 M 10 Percussion 2 9:36 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Burgos, Grace 1194391 F 11 Trumpet 5 9:12 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Clifford, Thomas 1222868 M 10 Trumpet 3 10:24 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Colberg, Kristal 1167118 F 10 Bassoon 2 8:24 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
David, D’Ayja 1222875 F 10 Baritone 1 10:40 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Feret, Annie 1194402 F 11 Bass Clarinet 2 9:04 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Galyon, Jake 1194778 M 12 Alto Sax 5 9:36 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Gann, Aiden 1194409 M 12 Trumpet 1 9:20 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Gilbert, Daniel 1194415 M 11 Horn 3 9:20 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Grimmett, Christy 1194419 F 12 Trumpet 4 9:20 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Hanak, Rachel 1222867 F 10 Trumpet 1 10:24 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Herrin, Halie 1194421 F 11 Trumpet 5 9:20 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Hobbs, Natalie 1222866 F 10 Clarinet 5 10:16 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Holland, Hannah 1222869 F 12 Flute 4 10:24 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Hurtt, Kacie 1194423 F 11 Horn 1 9:28 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Lackey, Jared 1174455 M 11 Baritone Sax 2 8:40 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Marston, Hannah 1168298 F 9 Clarinet 4 8:16 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Mason, Shadariah 1194426 F 11 Baritone 3 9:28 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
McGhee, Xzavier 1167167 M 9 Trombone 3 8:16 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Merritt, Brendan 1194432 M 11 Horn 4 9:28 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Mersfelder, Brittany J. 1174440 F 12 Clarinet 3 8:40 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Nelson, Lakeira 1193918 F 10 Clarinet 3 9:12 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Odum, Jessica 1142814 F 10 Clarinet 5 8:00 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Parker, Shelby 1194436 F 12 Tuba 5 9:28 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Pearson, Jax 1174445 F 12 Trumpet 4 8:40 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Powers, Rebekah 1167122 F 9 Percussion 2 8:32 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Putnam, Brianna 1222871 F 10 Clarinet 1 10:32 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Ray, Sandy 1174458 F 12 Trumpet 1 8:48 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Reed, Hannah 1222862 F 12 Flute 4 10:16 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Reeder, Lydia 1142826 F 10 Flute 1 8:08 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Ross, Demarcus 1174471 M 12 Percussion 2 8:48 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Rustin, Danielle 1222870 F 10 Flute 5 10:24 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Sayler, Deanna 1194441 F 12 Flute 1 9:36 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Sertell, Jacqueline 1123476 F 12 Percussion 2 8:00 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Sheridan, Kitana 1222860 F 10 Tuba 3 10:16 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Smith, Logan 1222872 F 10 Clarinet 3 10:32 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Smith, Trent 1194446 M 12 Percussion 2 9:12 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Stanford, Destiny 1190935 F 9 Trombone 5 9:04 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Stewart, James 1194447 M 12 Tuba 3 9:36 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Stockdaile, Brian 1222874 M 10 Trumpet 5 10:32 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Tates, Hannah L. 1116644 F 10 Horn 3 8:00 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Taylor, Patrick 1174480 M 12 Percussion 2 8:56 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Tiemann, David 1168311 M 9 Trombone 5 8:16 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Tucker, Detrick 1222873 M 10 Alto Sax 4 10:32 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Ward, Alex 1174454 F 11 Baritone 5 8:40 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB
Whitten, William 1190932 M 9 Horn 4 9:04 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School ASB/HB
Williams, Kaliyah 1194450 F 12 Baritone 4 9:36 AM 12/12/2015 LaGrange High School HB

Composite Pictures last Friday

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Our Band pictures were made Friday, November 6th. However, It’s not too late to order photos. This service was provided free of charge. The only income the photographers receive are when parents purchase portraits. Please support this project by purchasing a package. They offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your photos.

If you do not have an order form and want to send it in, please (click here) and download a copy of the form. Please fill out form completely, place completed form along with payment in an envelope with your student’s name on it and send it to their instructor within 5 days of picture day. You will not be charged the late fee of $7.00 if you return your order to the instructor within 5 days of picture day.

If you decide to order after the 5 days, please send in envelope directly to Prestige Digital Imaging or order online at the site below. Make sure you add the $7.00 shipping fee ONLY for orders that are sent directly to Prestige after the 5 days.

They now have a way for you to order your picture packages and photo gifts online. Please visit They now offer Gallery Wraps and Wall Clings and much more!

Thank you for your help.



Monday, November 9th, 2015

I will turn in the FINAL order for sweats on Friday. The pants are black and the top is grey, each piece is $30, they are fleece lined, VERY COMFY.
The pants run true to size in the waist circumference, but very LONG in torso and leg length. The tops run large.
If you were in our second order, they should be in this week sometime. Again, I am turning in the final order Friday before 3:30 pm. Both pieces have the band logo embroidered on them.

Thursday’s Family night TIME is SIX

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

When I sent out the upcoming events, I accidentally copy/pasted the older memo with the WRONG start time for Family Night. We adjusted the time for the time change, it will be plenty dark much earlier than 8.We will be cleaning up after practice at 5:30 and slowly migrating to the stadium. Food will be ready to serve around 6 and we will be shooting fireworks when it gets fully dark, sometime after 6:30.
As there aren’t any "official" timed events, we’re just hanging out, we’d like all students picked up before 8 p.m., but we will likely be finished WELL before.
I apologize for any confusion. This is really a very low key, no stress event, requires no work (other than the awesome folks cooking and serving), there won’t be any "official" or "formal" speaking.


Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

If you are RSVPing electronically, please be sure to include who in your family is coming and how many hotdogs, cocoas, and orders of oreos you’d like. We are printing these after tally and the RSVP will serve as your ticket to pick up your order.

HC Bands Announcement Band Family Night (or as I am calling it the Five F’s Night)

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Just want to remind everyone that though we originally planned for a later start time, we have moved the time for SOTC Family night to begin around 6 p.m. in the stadium with food, and once it’s dark, we will begin our practice fireworks, around 6:45 p.m. Thankfully, it will be dark much earlier than we originally planned.RSVP forms are due to me before 11 this morning so we can get an accurate count for shopping. I currently have a basket FULL of replies, so I hope all of you will join us. There is no agenda for the event, just a good old fashioned hangout.
I want to preemptively thank our band parents who are prepping this for us. It was another one of my goofy ideas that they were kind enough to embrace to make sure our kids that never get to have Mrs. Lami’s fried oreos and never get to see the fireworks actually get to enjoy those things. To do that, it demanded yet another night of work on their part, and I am so thankful they were willing to provide it for our kids.
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 8:39 PM, Jennifer Lami <vicepresident> wrote:

What are the Five F’s you might ask?

Well…they are some of my favorite things!

Free Food, Family, Fellowship and Fireworks! It will be like the 4th of July in November!

Come out this Thursday evening and join us for hot dogs, hot chocolate, fried Oreos and a brief fireworks display. Food will be available for everyone in the stands starting at 6PM followed by fireworks around 6:45PM.

Please return the RSVP form Mrs. Carlsen sent by tomorrow if you will be attending. This will ensure there will be enough food prepared for everyone to enjoy.

Hope to see you there!


Jennifer Lami


High Note Club, VP


Monday, October 26th, 2015

Monday – LT/LC Meeting CANCELED (we will still meet regularly, however, even at the season end, we have a club day tomorrow that will suffice)

Tuesday – Band Concert – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday – NO EVENTS

Thursday – Regular Band Practice – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday – Away Game at LaGrange, details to come. Plan for a $5 dinner, standard local away game procedures (5 p.m. departure). It is LaGrange’s homecoming, we will NOT be performing our show this week.


Monday, September 28th, 2015

Good morning,

Please help us support your kids by ensuring they eat a good breakfast and lunch on practice and game days and are regularly hydrating, washing hands and remind them not to share water bottles, food, drinks, make-up, etc.

Monday Tape Review (will be available until 5 p.m. to watch tape and listen to judge commentary tapes) 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
**LTs will meet to discuss upcoming schedule options for next week, as the school schedule is VERY unusual. I will email it out after the students have given their input. Next week is 9 weeks test week and Fall Break. Please be reminded that next week we have a THURSDAY Game (on a teacher work day).
Guard Dance Rehearsal 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


MB Rehearsal 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – Call for non-marchers for concert, 6:45 p.m. for marchers
7:00 p.m. – Concert


Percussion Sectionals 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Marching/Drill/Music Tutoring 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

MB Rehearsal – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (observed by Creekside 6th Grade Band)

Middle School Football Game (students who would like to go play with the Middle School will also get to meet Creekside students on this day – not required, but would be great for those who can to do so)

We will be hosting dinner in the band room for Creekside’s 6th Grade Band.
We need a couple of parents to volunteer to set up dinner for them in the band room (outside if weather is good) and our LCs/LTs will serve them. LT/s/LCs should plan to finish around 6 p.m. on this day. If you are interested, please respond to this email. We would need you around 4:30 p.m.

Black Out Breast Cancer (Families wear your pink and black to the game)
High School students – Pep Rally during the day
We will be providing a shirt for you for this day/event.
More info/details to come.

Have a great week!

Contest Results

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Good morning,
This Saturday the SOTC (Sound of the County), your HCHS Marching Tiger Band, received ALL SUPERIOR RATINGS at the Phenix City Marching Invitational.

Not only did they receive all Superior ratings, but all of the overall scores were over 90, a first for us in all captions including Drum Major, Color Guard, Pit Percussion, Battery Percussion and the OVERALL BAND Score.

We competed in Class AA (based on the number of woodwinds and brass ONLY). There were 8 bands in our class.
Pit Percussion won Best In Class (1st Place Finish) in class AA. They scored a 93.75. This was the highest score of the day out of all 20 bands.

Drum Majors placed 3rd, Color Guard tied for 4th, Battery Percussion tied for Third.

The Overall Band score is an Olympic style scoring system, dropping the lowest and highest of 5. The overall score tied us at first place for best in class, but the default to break the tie put us in second place. Even still, this placed us FOURTH OVERALL out of 20 bands.

The best part was walking through the crowd with our kids. The crowd reception was enormous and everyone was talking about "that zombie show."

We will be showing our finished product this Friday night and can’t wait to share it with you. Please congratulate these fine young men and women and encourage them to continue working hard towards their second and final contest on October 17th in Harelson County.


Miranda Carlsen

GSFC Meeting Info

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I am attaching the powerpoint presentation for tonights meeting for Seniors with the GSFC. This meeting is geared towards parents. We will be sending in someone to video the meeting and to retrieve this years edition of the power point (though I have been assured nothing has changed) for your convenience so that all of our seniors can confidently acquire the information needed for planning for college and still be in attendance at this evenings events. Please let me know if you have any questions. Though we have had our event on the calendar for a while, this meeting was only brought to my attention yesterday. We will try to stay ahead of events like these in the future. Thanks for your support and cooperation.

2013-2014 HOPE Presentation (Notes)

Dinner and a cell phone, reminders for the rest of this week

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

I inadvertently neglected to plan for dinner for the kids Thursday when they perform for the middle school football games. They will be provided dinner and should bring $5. I realize that’s short notice, but with the possibility of an 8:00 p.m. finish, we need to feed them. I’m sorry for the oversight. We let them know yesterday at practice.

I have a cell phone that was turned in to me. If your student has lost theirs, please let them know to come see me.

Reminder for Friday and Saturday:
We are having practice after school on Friday. We need 100% attendance.

Call time on Saturday is 10:00 a.m. dressed in yellow shorts, c2s and shoes. Please ensure your student has LONG black socks.
Guard should be in shoes, red shorts, yellow shorts over, bra, grey top, and C2 OVER. with makeup and hair DONE.
Saturday they need $5 for lunch, and money for concessions (we recommend $10, I am attaching the concession price list).
Our performance time is 3:45 p.m. Awards are in the evening around 7:45 p.m.. We expect to be home around 10:00 p.m.
The festival is at Garrett-Harrison stadium in Phenix City.

Band festivals can be a very stuffy atmosphere. If this is your first one, you will notice that this is actually a very quiet event, you may even be shushed for talking. I just want to encourage you to cheer your heart out for your kids, especially at all the right moments, even if it is in the middle of a movement. We want to hear you at the start of the show, when the drum major salutes, after solos, at big loud impact moments, successful tosses and catches in the guard, anything that looks good and sharp or sounds really awesome. Let them know you are their fans, it helps them relax and enjoy performing more. Your cheers make a huge difference, especially in such a quiet atmosphere. A lot of our younger kids will be surprised and maybe even intimidated by how quiet it is. Your cheering lets them know that they are doing the right thing and will help them relax.

Thank you!!



Monday, September 21st, 2015

Please help us be successful this week by reminding your student to plan and pack carefully for practice, including WATER BOTTLES. They should be packing tennis shoes and a WHITE SHIRT for practice. Please also check their flip folder, lyre, and binder.

Monday – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Tape review and zombie coaching
LTs required (if you need to leave at 4:30 p.m. that’s fine, but I am happy to work on Zombie coaching until 5).
LCs are encouraged to attend. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Tape reviews help us identify individual and group growth areas.

Tuesday – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Regular MB Rehearsal – please be prepared to pick your student up at 5:45 p.m., we will work until 5:30 p.m., then announcements and pack in.

Wednesday – Percussion and Front Ensemble Sectional – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Any individuals involved in special scenes in the show are invited to stay to work out timing details and choreography, they are by no means required.

Thursday – 3:30 – Regular Marching Band Rehearsal followed by a full uniform dress out, 7th and 8th grade football games, FULL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE at 8th grade game halftime (typical start time is approximately 6:45 p.m., but is subject to change). Anticipated pick up time – 8:00 p.m. (provided halftime is over). We can send a remind101 when halftime begins. We will march down for pack in immediately after halftime.

Friday – 3:30 – 5:30 – p.m. Full Marching Band Rehearsal

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. call time for Phenix City Contest. A more detailed schedule to be provided later.
Admission to the event at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12.
Our schedule performance time is 3:45 p.m.
Lunch will be served for students at the high school, plan to bring $5 for lunch.

Dinner will be on their own in the concession stands after our performance.
Students should bring money for concessions and any souvenirs they may wish to purchase.
Students should plan to arrive Saturday morning wearing their under uniform attire: yellow shorts and c2, guard in red shorts and c2 with yellow shorts OVER red shorts, hair and makeup ALREADY DONE.
They should pack a full change of clothes, including their show shirt. Their show shirt must be worn after performance and must be visible and exterior (if they are cold, we ask them to layer it OVER their bottom layers).
Awards are schedule for 7:50 p.m. and often run late and long. We expect to be home around 10 p.m.

Thanks! Have a great week!

Correction for next week

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Guard will be having dance rehearsal in all Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm and all members should attend. I left it off of next weeks schedule. Thanks!


Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Good morning!

For game day, students please wear your orange show shirt to school this week.Pack the night before to ensure that you have all necessary parts. We will be in FULL UNIFORM this week.
No SLEEVELESS A4/C2 Shirts are allowed this week.
Please remind students to pack long black socks. Ankle length socks are not permitted.

Colorguard and DMs will be in full uniform and makeup. They should straighten their hair TONIGHT and set their bun in the morning and base makeup so after school all they have to do is touch up and add zombies contouring.
They will NOT have time Thursday before the game to complete this whole procedure.

Colorguard should still pack their A4/C2 and shorts.

Students are not permitted to have food or drink in uniform.

They may ONLY consume water. As a reminder, they do NOT break during the game.

Dinner will be $5.

Because we are packing up tomorrow night for the first time with full uniforms, you can expect the students to need an extra 10-15 minutes to close it down when we return home after the game.
Please know that we are experiencing a large number of students sitting around and waiting in the auditorium for others to complete all check out procedures. The more folks that pitch in, the sooner students are able to dismiss.
I am aware that they have school on Friday. While I can not do not and will not encourage students to NOT attend school on that day, you should know that I will be absent. You should also know that teachers are asked to work with students on allowing them extra time on homework and tests, but that ultimately it is up to the teacher, we shouldn’t use band as an excuse for lack of preparation. Also, students who are in my class will be allowed to work on these items in their respective band classes on this day or to go to those teachers during their band class time to work on what is needed.

There are NO after school events on Friday of THIS WEEK.

Next weeks schedule:
Monday – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Tape review and zombie coaching
LTs required (if you need to leave at 4:30 p.m. that’s fine, but I am happy to work on Zombie coaching until 5). LCs are encouraged to attend. ALL ARE WELCOME. Tape reviews help us identify individual and group growth areas.
Tuesday – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Regular MB Rehearsal
Wednesday – Percussion and Front Ensemble Sectional – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Any individuals involved in special scenes in the show are invited to stay to work out timing details and choreography, they are by no means required.
Thursday – 3:30 – Regular Marching Band Rehearsal, full uniform dress out, 7th and 8th grade football games, FULL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE at 8th grade game (typical start time is approximately 6:45 p.m., but is subject to change). Anticipated pick up time – 8:00 p.m. (provided halftime is over).
Friday – 3:30 – 5:30 – p.m. Full Marching Band Rehearsal
Saturday – 10:00 a.m. call time for Phenix City Contest. Schedule to be provided next week, including details on attending the performance.

Please ask your student to play their music for the third movement of the show for you over the weekend on each day. We need them to practice it, but hopefully, if you insist they at least play it once for you, they will spend more time with it than they would if they hadn’t played it for you. It should take approximately 3 minutes.

Thank you and have a great day!


Game Information

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Important Details

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Kickoff: UPDATED TIME 7 p.m. ET
Opponent: Callaway High School
Mascot: Cavaliers
Colors: Black and Red
Location: Callaway Stadium (801 Dallis St., Lagrange, GA 30240)
Admission: $8 at the gate

Please Note:

  • To park on the Visitor’s side (west side), you can park across the street. There is a gate on the Visitor’s side.
  • In the past they have charged to park behind the stadium on the Visitor’s Side.
  • They will not permit anyone to enter the Callaway Stadium after the 3rd quarter.

Scouting Report: Callaway High School
Current Record: 2-1
Last Year’s Record: 7-5

Last Year’s Game Result: Harris 35 Callaway 17

Harris County All-Time Record vs. Callaway: 2-1

GT Band Day 2015

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Good morning! GT Bands shared this video of this last Saturday’s half time performance for Band Day. Look for our kids on side two, out near the end zone.
Have a great day!

Here is a link to the online video of halftime.


Monday, September 14th, 2015


Monday 9/14

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Tape Review and Leadership Meeting
LT’s Required, LCs encouraged, ALL ARE WELCOME
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Colorguard Dance Class

Tuesday 9/15
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Full Marching Band Rehearsal
Please remember we will be dismissing at 5:30 p.m. from the field with announcements at the end of the session. Students should be ready for pickup at 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday 9/16
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Percussion (Battery and Front Ensemble) Sectionals
Students who need help with show/stand music or marching may come and work at this time.

Thursday 9/17
AWAY Game at Callaway
801 Dallis St, LaGrange, GA 30240

7:30 p.m. Kick Off
Local Away Game Schedule, 5:00 p.m. departure time
Dinner plans TBA


Please keep up with Calendar. We are having rehearsal on Thursday afternoon next week and extending it to do a FULL PRE-COMPETITION PERFORMANCE at the halftime of the 8th grade game. The games begin at 5:30 p.m., we will be performing for the 8th grade game (the second game) which usually kicks off around 6:45 p.m. Students can anticipate being finished around 8:30 p.m. We will also have a follow up practice on Friday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Phenix City Competition Saturday Sept. 26 – Call time 10:00 a.m. for walk-through, notes, and loading. Lunch plans TBA. TENTATIVE performance time is 3:45 p.m. and is subject to change. Details about this festival will be sent when available.

Reminder – Our second and FINAL CONTEST is Saturday, October 17 at Harelson County. It is an ALL DAY EVENT.

VOTE! WTVM’s Play of the Week
Bubba Blackmon’s run back touchdown is up for the Play of the Week. Please vote ASAPas they announce the winner Monday night at 6 p.m.:
Mobile Device: CLICK HERE

Tigers Win!
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Story CLICK HERE
WRBL-TV highlights CLICK HERE (starts around 2:40 into story)

Have a great week!


Monday, August 31st, 2015

Monday – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Tape Review and NotesThis is our first "official" tape review with Leadership. ALL LCs are expected to attend, LTs are required. ANYONE is welcome to attend but it is not required. We watch our game tape, make notes, and prepare to modify for the week.

Tuesday 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Marching Band Rehearsal
Please remember that students are being dismissed from the field at 5:30 p.m. and need an additional 10-15 to pack up, etc.
Any students who have not completed their pass offs MUST pass off this week. They can do this on an individual or group basis, before practice, during breaks, or after practice. The students should communicate with you their individual plans for accomplishing this (i.e., they want to attend Wednesday to pass off, they need to stay after Tuesday to pass off an extra 15 minutes, etc.)

Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Percussion Sectionals
Sectionals and small group individual work as needed.
All students picked up by 5 p.m.

Thursday 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Marching Band Rehearsal

3:15-3:45 p.m. – Change
3:45 p.m. – Pregame Rehearsal in stadium with instruments (no FE)
4:00 p.m. – Show run on Turf (drill only)
4:30 p.m. – Stand Music – Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – Dinner (Plans and $ TBA later)
7:30 p.m. – KICKOFF
11:00 p.m. – Anticipated pick up time, but we will send out Remind 101 about 4th quarter, end of game, and dismissal.

Further information will be sent later.

Friday’s Game

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Good evening!
Friday’s game against Central High School will be played at Garrett-Harrison Stadium, kickoff at 8 pm. Anticipated arrival back at HCHS is 11:30 pm. Students are expected to ride the bus to and from all events and to pitch in with the work load. $5 are needed for game days for dinners.
They should pack their marching shoes, shorts and c2/A4. Veteran marchers are asked to bring old/extra/spare c2s/A4s (the black shirt with the tiny embroidered logo) and extra socks for back up.
Guard will be in buns and makeup with NO contouring or zombie look (define eyes, cheeks, lips, brows).
If your student ordered the black racer back or sleeveless c2, they may wear it Friday (girls in racerback must have a full coverage black sports bra, as some of them fit larger than we anticipated).
Students should wear their orange show shirt to school on Friday and we are encouraging them to fancy Friday with it (shirt with blazer, best, cardigan, skirt, slacks).
Big round of thank you’d to our wonderful High Note Club officers for helping me get my ducks in a row and for all of their work on concessions, feeding the kids, and rebuilding most of our large equipment. Hope to see you Friday and we want to hear y’all in the stands! Mac


Monday, August 24th, 2015


  • Guard Dance Class – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.,
  • LC Meeting with Carlsen (not required, base touching) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.,
  • Extra Help/Sectionals as needed 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Please all students be picked up by 5 p.m., let us know if we need to help anyone out with timely transportation.
  • If your student can not attend a recently called extra help session, please know they will not be penalized. The kids have a LOT of work to do and we wanted to offer them the opportunity to work with guidance if needed.


  • Marching Band 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Please know that we will be actively rehearsing until 5:30 p.m. from this point forward. Students will be dismissed from the field to complete their duties prior to leaving at 5:30. You may notice a delay in the time they are ready to be picked up. It should take no individual more than 5-10 minutes to complete their duties.


  • Percussion and Front Ensemble Sectionals 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Extra Help sectionals and small groups 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Please all students be picked up by 5 p.m., let us know if we need to help anyone out with timely transportation.
  • If your student can not attend a recently called extra help session, please know they will not be penalized. The kids have a LOT of work to do and we wanted to offer them the opportunity to work with guidance if needed.


  • Marching Band – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


  • GAME DAY!!
  • Student roll call at 3:30 p.m. in band room, Meeting, change, Load, etc.
  • A detailed schedule and to-do list will be provided later this week.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Inspection and roll call
  • 4:45 p.m. or when buses arrive – Load
  • 5:00 p.m. – Scheduled departure time
  • 8:00 p.m. – Kick Off time
  • 11:00 p.m. – anticipated arrival home

Chaperones sign ups

Monday, August 10th, 2015

From: Marlo Rakocy

Greetings all you amazing band parents!!! My name is Marlo Rakocy, and I will be working on the chaperone schedule. The football season is upon us and it’s time to round up some volunteers that can help us chaperone for home games as well as away games. If we can all pitch in and help, it makes for easy work. Not to mention that it really means a great deal to the kids to see your faces out there. If you think this might be an area you would like to help us out in or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you soon!! 😊
Please note that replies to this email will go to Mrs. Carlsen. Please use the email below for me. Thanks!

Email Me

Football Program Photos

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

I mistakenly left our photo session off of the TWIB Memo.We will be taking program photos on Wednesday after school. Once we have established a schedule, we will send it out.
All band students will take these photos.
They may purchase individual photo packages (order forms were sent home Thursday, we ran out, but you can get them from the photographer on the day of the photos).
All students will take a large group photo and section photos.
Seniors will take photos with parents/family.
We will start after school and expect to finish before 6 p.m.

Color Guard and DM uniforms are not in. Please wear all black and show hair with non-zombie makeup.

Thank you.

8th Graders and Their Parents Please Read

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

8th Grade students may take their practice bags to Mr. Tiemann’s room, the band room, in the mornings when they get to school and store them with him on Practice and Game days. They may pick them up from him in the afternoons so that you will be prepared for practice and you won’t have to carry a bag and parents won’t have to drop it off to them at the high school. Thank you Mr. Tiemann for letting them do that!Thanks!


Sunday, August 9th, 2015

This Week In Band is my weekly schedule email and bulletin. We try to send them out as reminders on Sunday or Monday with the details of the schedule that may be missing from the calendar. Please be sure that you are subscribed to our calendar or that you are checking it frequently on our website.

Monday 8/10/15
Tape Review 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Leadership Candidates should attend, all are welcome to attend. We will watch our drill tape from Friday to assess and plan for the coming rehearsals. We also take feedback from our students at this time to adjust procedures and help them work out any issues we are having. This is not required, only encouraged.

Tuesday 8/11/15
Regular Marching Band Rehearsal 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pack your bag with white shirt, tennis shoes, sunscreen, hat and glasses, water bottle and cup, etc.

Wednesday 8/12/15
Percussion Sectional – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Battery AND Front Ensemble)

Thursday 8/13/15
Regular Marching Band Rehearsal 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This will read as MB Rehearsal or Reh. in the following bulletins.

Friday 8/14/15
Scrimmage vs. Manchester
Home Game Schedule Procedures
Students report to band room for roll at 3:30 p.m.
Dismissal after half time.
Schedule to follow (will be distributed to students)

Have a great week!


Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Good afternoon! Marlo Rakocy will be our chaperone chair for this year. We will have more information out to you soon about how to contact and volunteer for specific events.Thank you!

8th Grade Bus

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Just a reminder, the 8th graders will ride bus 02-87 to the High School for band events.

Fridays Season KickOff

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Good morning and happy 1st day of school!

We would like to invite you to our season kickoff tomorrow and we would like to start a bit earlier.
We are going to have a hotdog cookout at 6:00 pm in the stadium on the home side up by the band concession stand. We will start serving at 6:00 p.m.

Around 6:30 p.m. we will send the kids for their show equipment so that they may transition back up to the field to perform for you at 7:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

This Week In Band

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Monday 8/3 – Marching Band Rehearsal 6-9 pm
Tuesday 8/4 – MB 6-9 pm
Thursday 8/6 – MB 3:30-5:30 pm
Friday 8/7 – Season Kick Off 7:00 pm

6:00 pm call for LCs and Duty ssignments

6:30 call for all others

Show at 7:00 pm in Stadium

Wear Bob Shirts

Hotdog dinner

Parking/Student Drop Off

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Parents,Please drop off and pick up your students in the parking lot.
Please do not stop in the road to drop off students or park on the curb when picking your students up.
When our students step out in to the parking lot, it can be difficult for them to see oncoming traffic around cars on the curb and it inhibits traffic flow.
We want to ensure safety and efficiency for every student.

Thank you for your willingness to help in this matter.


Apparel Order Form

Monday, July 27th, 2015

I have been asked how to place an order if you can not place it through the online store. I am attaching and order form and product guide. Orders turned in Monday will be included in our first order if the item meets the minimum number of orders.

SOTC Apparel Order Form Summer 2015.pdf
Summer2015 Items_red.pdf

Ad Sales due Friday!

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Reminder, as sales are due Friday and I just want to encourage as many of you as possible to purchase ads for your kids or for the band. We can help supply photos if you like. Also, if a company you sell to would like, we can add band photos with their logo/artwork! As sale forms are available on the website. No late ads will be accepted, they need to be turned in by 7:00 pm Friday. Thanks!

Week Two – Here we go!!!!

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Good evening!

Veteran marchers who have been assigned a big sibling should remember that the reveal is Friday and that I will be collecting items during lunch daily. Please keep them secure and anonymous until I ask for them daily.

Don’t forget to pack yourself extra snacks if you were hungry after lunch last week.

The following days have been designated theme days for our second week of camp. Students are encouraged (not required) to play along and dress up for theme days in ways that are not movement inhibiting. Also consider temperatures and comfort level.
Hawaiian Monday
TieDye Tuesday
Where’s Waldo Wednesday
Throwback Thursday
Fabulous/Fancy Friday

Remember to hydrate this evening!

Please remember to bring a full change of clothes for Wednesday and Friday.

Please check out the online store for apparel orders including the parent polo, additional show shirts, hats, etc.

Students will need a flip folder and lyre this week. We can order one for them through Arts and Miss Heather, just let me know.

Have a great evening!


Clearance Apparel

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

We have set up our online store with clearance inventory. These are shirts from past shows and special events. Sizes and quantities are limited.

Our online store can be accessed by clicking the store link in the top navigation bar of the website.

Orders are limited to online sales only due to inventory tracking.

Parent Meeting Slide Show

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The link to the slide show from the pre-camp meeting.

SAT Dates

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Good morning everyone. We want to encourage students who will be taking the SAT this fall to sign up for the October 3rd or November 7th date. Neither of these dates conflicts with a competition or band event. The December 5th date will conflict with the Pine Mountain and Hamilton Christmas Parades.

The October 3rd test’s deadline to register is September 3rd and the November 7th test’s deadline to register is October 9th.

Thank you

Camp Preparation

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

In preparation for camp, we will have a couple of meetings this week for those people available in the following groups for some general information, some polls, and some planning. These meetings are by no means required.

Tuesday evening, 7/14:
6-9 pm: Battery Rehearsal and meeting
7-8 pm: Color guard meeting
8-9 pm: Leadership team meeting (any students interested in leadership team are welcome to come)

Thursday evening, 7/16
6-9 pm: Battery Rehearsal, front ensemble may come if they want to get a head start
7:30 pm: Parent Info Meeting
We will draw the camp waiver and go over camp needs and how to take care of your student during camp, as well as start signing up chaperones for the season and concession schedules. We will pick some parent shirts and answer any questions. This should be brief, about 30-40 minutes.

Friday, July 17
9 am – 5 pm: Work Day
Leadership bonding, activities, training and a to-do list of chores to prep for camp.
Not required, but any are welcome to come. We will collect money and send for a Blimpie run for lunch.

Please start acclimating your students to the heat by making sure they have some time outside between 10 and 11 am and 6-7 pm. We also encourage them to begin increasing their water intake, eating less junk and to start walking and stretching regularly.

We also encourage you to include in your shopping list for the week:
Sunscreen, camel back, water bottle or cup for easy refills of Gatorade, a black 1″ binder and clear plastic sheet protectors, pencils and highlighters.

Lunches and snacks provided for the first week of camp and lunches and dinners for the second week will be provided. If you have a picky eater or one that eats a lot, you might want to send them with extra snacks. The kids can probably advise each other on this matter.

Please feel free to email questions.

We hope you are all having a great summer and enjoy this last week of freedom! We are so excited about the 2015 edition of the SOTC!

We’re baaaaaaaaack!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Good afternoon!
Though the Carlsens have been in the state for a week or so, we’ve been catching up with our family and friends and have started catching up on our work today. If you’ve emailed and we’ve missed you, we are trying to get through all of our email and mail.

We’ve missed you all terribly and are so excited to see what great work the High Note Club and all of you wonderful kids and parents have been doing.

I am attaching a fundraiser for the remainder of the summer that will have a percentage of profit able to put towards student fees for camp. Each year we help the football team and cheerleaders sell football program ads. Our program receives 50% of the sale AFTER COST, which is usually around 40% and then we credit the student half of that. Each student makes roughly 20-25% of the sale of the ad.

Please be sure to turn in the hard copy of the ad sale form to Mr. or Mrs. Carlsen so we can correctly predict and credit your portion of the sale. If ads are turned in directly to the touchdown club, we can not guarantee the ad sale is correctly attributed to you.

Don’t forget to sell your Coca-Colas to put toward your individual camp expenses, as well.

We look forward to the upcoming season!



2015 Ad Cover Ltr.doc

2015 Ad form.pdf

Marching Band Information

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The 2015-2016 Marching Band Handbook is available at the HCHS Bands

Click on Documents in the right hand side navigation, then marching band. All of our documents are available in that file. I am also attaching them to this email.

I have included:

The 2015-2016 Handbook with detailed information
Band Camp Dates and Registration information flier
The Sports Physical Form package
And information on how to subscribe to our email list and remind101

Please let me know if you have any questions.

The Marching Band Online Registration form can found at this link:

Please register students who intend to march by competing the online registration form. Even if you are unable to complete the entire registration process, please complete the online form and registration fee so that we can guarantee a spot for your child in the drill.

To enter the drawing for Band Camp Fee Waiver, you must have completed ALL of the registration tasks:

Required Forms for Registration Completion

  1. 1. Online Web Registration form
  2. 2. GHSA Physical Forms
  3. 3. Harris County Consent to Participate Form
  4. 4. Acknowledgment/Contract
  5. 5. $100 Registration Fee

Band Camp Dates – July 20 – August 4

Camp/Season Fees – $310 for Wind/Percussion

$270 for Color Guard (plus uniform)

First time marchers will need to purchase shoes during camp. They are $35.

Coke Order Form.pdf

Coke Sale- HC Parent Letter.pdf

Band Camp Checklist.pdf


Consent to Treat 2014.pdf

GHSA Physical.pdf

Handbook 15-16.pdf



SOTC INFO 2015.pdf

Zombie Scholarship

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Somehow, I found this website today, which is an essay based scholarship for your "Zombie Apocalypse" Survival plan.

So, If you are seeking out additional college funds, it’s a $2000 award, it seems like the deadline is in October and is announced in January. Early admission seniors and freshmen college students might work.

Good luck and enjoy.


Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Congratulations to Hannah Tates for her acceptance to Interlochen!

A beautiful article in the paper today! Congratulations!

Marching Band Info

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015


Band Camp Dates – July 20 – August 4 (See camp schedule for details)

Camp/Season Fees – $310 for Wind/Percussion

$270 for Color Guard (plus uniform)

Informational Meeting & Preview– Mon., May 18

HCHS Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with HCCMS Band Concert

Info distributed in Band Classes on Tues. and Wed. May 19, 20

Required Forms for Registration Completion

  1. 1. Medical Release/Liability Waiver
  2. 2. GHSA Physical Form
  3. 3. Harris County Consent to Participate Form
  4. 4. Acknowledgment/Contract
  5. 5. $100 Registration Fee

*** We Will be having a fee lottery again! All COMPLETED REGisTRATIONS WILL BE entered into the drawing for a waiver of the remainder of the fees! All registrations must be completed by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22 for entry. This includes the completed physical. Late entries will not be entered. Drawing will be held on the first day of band camp!

(Website for Info –

Mrs. Carlsen’s Email – director

The Sound Of The County

Harris County High School Marching Tigers

Band Camp Schedule

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015


July 20 – August 4

Week 1 ● July 20 – July 24, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Week 2 ● July 27 – August 31, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Week 3 ● August 3 – 7, 2015

Monday, August 3 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 6 – 3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (reg. After School Reh.)

Friday, August 7 – 7:00 p.m. – Season Kick Off Performance

Regular After School Rehearsals will be

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Please visit for more information

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Please join us at our Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Information is available by clicking the link in the right hand navigation.

TWiB 10/6

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

NEXT WEEK (Oct. 6-11)

Monday – 3:30 – 4:30 – LT/LC Tape Reviews and Planning

Selected Member Marching Coaching
We will be partnering up selected members to work on their show routine, marching and music with one-on-one coaching from veteran members and LT/LCs.

Tuesday – Marching Band – 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – White Shirts

Wednesday – Marching Band – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – White Shirts

Thursday – Marching Band – 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – White Shirts
9 Weeks Test Day (Students who exempt and don’t drive will be allowed to spend the day in the band room, but will not be permitted to go elsewhere on campus as they are “not here” on that day). This does NOT pertain to 8th graders, more info about this will be sent later.

Friday – HOME GAME vs. Hardaway – HC Band Appreciation Night

Saturday – COMPETITION – Blue Ridge, GA – schedule out Monday, or when final performance time has been confirmed.

Leadership Training Opportunity

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

On Monday, October 13, we have the opportunity to participate as the testing venue for Samantha Chase (Junior, Music Ed at Columbus State University) and her second installment of her Student Leadership Workshop Series.

We hired Ms. Chase last season to implement her first session with our students and she would like to provide our students with the second installment.

The only day we can work is Monday, October 13 from 8:00 a.m – 3:45 p.m. and students will need to bring their lunch. That day is Columbus Day and a teacher Work Day.

This opportunity should be embraced by the LT and LC members but is available for ALL of our band members who seek leadership training.

Students will need to work out transportation to leave on time.

There is no cost for this workshop.

If your student would like to attend, please respond to this email. I will also offer the opportunity to sign up in class and will confirm registration list via email.

Fridays Practice

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Due to the sheer awesomeness of the SOTC, I am canceling tomorrow’s practice! Have a fantastic night off. Please remember we are playing the Run4Jeremy Saturday morning with an 8:00 am call time in red show shirts and shorts or pants and tennis shoes.

Wedding details

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Yesterday I met with the students who are playing the wedding and provided these details, wrote them in an email and neglected to hit send. Please let me know if you have any questions. Later, I will send a map and specific instructions for how to get to the chapel.

4th Block Wind Ensemble Marching Brass and percussion students should meet Mrs. Carlsen in the upper parking level of the Chapel area at Callaway, directions to come, at 10:30 a.m. on this Saturday morning.

Students transportation will need to STAY in the parking lot and wait until we are done.
The area is too small and will be too congested and we will need to move our vehicles out first and quickly. Please DO not drop your student off and leave. Carpooling is encouraged.

We will pre-load instruments Friday night after the game. The Carlsens will drive the battery equipment.

Students need to take instruments home after the game, Friday and will be responsible for bringing it and their music to the event, except battery.

At 10:30 we will meet and organize and wait, move SILENTLY into position at 11:00 p.m., play at 11:10 a.m. and then immediately leave.

Students and their driver will be admitted to the event by stating they are attending the Keidel-Chambliss Wedding. You will be able to stay in the park the rest of the day and enjoy any of its amenities that do not require additional cost. The Carlsens will picnic and go to the butterfly house with Lynnlea. You are welcome to join us.

Students who can not attend should have already notified me and found a replacement player. Thanks for helping us with this really cool and easy fundraiser, doing what the kids do best!

Thank you!


Friday, September 12th, 2014

Hello Band Members, Parents and Alumni,

We have started a GoFundMe online campaign to help raise funds for the upcoming Disney trip (even if you aren’t going, please stick with me a moment) We can all work together to make this campaign a HUGE success. The best part is that you aren’t collecting money, taking orders or making deliveries. The way we get this campaign going is by sharing it through our social networks. That means, Facebook, twitter, email and texting. Use this link Post it as a status on your facebook page and write something about it so people understand how important it is to you and your child. Once you post your status with the link to our gofundme page, then check "like" that increases the importance of the post and helps more people in your friend list to see it on their newsfeed. If you comment on that same status it will again increase it’s importance. If you want to go even one step further you will see the word "promote" at the bottom of the status. For $6.99 you can promote the status and FB will then agree to make sure everyone on your list see’s it. You, of course, are NOT REQUIRED to do the paid promotion but I wanted everyone to be aware of that option as I just learned about it myself. Don’t forget to also share on group pages you belong to where it’s appropriate. I don’t personally use twitter so I don’t have any tips for that but if someone has good advice for the best use of twitter, please send it to me and I’ll make sure it’s shared.

"But my child isn’t going to Disney, this doesn’t pertain to me" Yes, it does.

We are one band family and we support each other where there is need for the good of the group, not just individual benefit. I believe we can raise above and beyond our own expectations. We do have a goal in mind which is to completely pay for the bus. Once we go beyond that amount we can start lowering the cost per person for the trip. That might help more of our students go that might not have otherwise. There is no limit to this campaign and we have potential here to cover costs for the entire band year. Thank you so much for supporting our band program and making a stand for the importance of music education.


Miranda A.V. Carlsen,
Director of Bands
Harris County High School

Brian McFarland, President
High Note Club, HCHS

Leslie Sertell, Fundraising Chair
High Note Club, HCHS

All-State Honor Band Deadline is Sept. 16

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Yesterday’s email had the WRONG deadline. The deadline is TUESDAY, September 16.

I’d like to encourage all of our wind and percussion players to audition for District Honor Band, particularly in class. The more students we have that audition, the more students we will have make it. Let’s have a strong showing for this event!

So far I have the following students signed up for All-State ($20 fee):

Nelson, Lakeira
Smith, Michael
Tates, Adam
Tates, Hannah

**Again, private lessons are strongly encouraged for this state-level audition to be successful.

I have the following students signed up for District Honor Band ($15 fee)

Grimmett, Christy
McClung,Mary Katherine
Nelson, Lakeira
Smith, Michael
Tates, Adam


District and All-State Auditions

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The deadline to register for All-State and District Honor Bands is next week on Friday. District is $15, All-State is $20.

All Students are encouraged to audition for the at least the District level. 4th Block Wind Ensemble Students will all audition for the District Level.

The remaining information is only detailed information about honor bands and the process.

Students may register for District after the deadline, but the cut-off for All-State is absolute and non-negotiable. In the past, I place my deadline prior to the GMEA deadline. Since the registration process is easier this year, I am giving them until the day of. However, there can be NO late exceptions for All-State registration.

Students should register for the district level NOW to ensure they can control their audition time, however, they can register all the way up until the day for the event without penalty, except having to be subjected to whatever audition time is available. I do NOT encourage late registration, but I know some students are hesitant and we want nothing more than to have all of our kids audition.

The Georgia Music Educators Association offers two Honor Band experiences, a local level District Honor Band from our surrounding area and a State-Level Honor Band. They are called District Honor Band and All-State Honor Band, respectively.

The auditions for both bands occur on the same Saturday in December – December 13(High School Students, Middle School auditions are the week before and are coordinated by Mr. Tiemann), and I believe they will be held at Columbus High School.

Students will be prepared for the DISTRICT level auditions in band class and ALL high school band students are encouraged to participate. Students interested in auditioning for All-State should immediately begin taking lessons if they are not already. The All-State Audition fee is $20.

The District audition fee is $15 per student. Students in Wind Ensemble (4th block class) are expected to audition and will receive a participation grade in the Performance element of their grade. Should your 4th block student need financial assistance or an alternative assignment, please notify me ASAP as we will be registering all of 4th block for this event next week.

Students auditioning for All-State will have to prepare extra requirements, including a solo etude. They will be coached on this in class frequently starting in November. Students who are serious about making All-State should take private lessons immediately.

Addition to Calendar

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

We will have a quick Stand Music Rehearsal with the Cheerleading Team On Wednesday, next week from 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Monday – LC/LT meeting and tape review 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Tuesday – Marching Band – 3:45 – 6:00 p.m.
White shirts, Flip Folders and Lyres
Wednesday – Color Guard – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – required
Optional Sectionals as needed for stand tunes, (partners, small groups, sections, as desired) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday – Marching Band- 3:45 – 6:00 p.m.
White shirts, Flip Folders and Lyres
Friday – Game at Troup County – 4:00 departure. Bring money to eat at Wendy’s
Saturday- Wedding at Callaway gardens


Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Students who wish to participate in BYOT in class may do so, provided their device is registered via this web form:

I will update my list of registered devices once a week, students may NOT use their device until the registration list has updated. Students whose devices are NOT registered are in violation of BYOT policies and may be subject to having their device confiscated and disciplinary action.

Students are permitted to use BYOT in class for research, metronome, and tuner applications, logging reminders and calendar information. Texting is prohibited in class.


Monday, September 1st, 2014

> Monday – LABOR DAY
> Tuesday – Marching Band 3:45 pm – 6:30 pm (white shirts)
> Wednesday – LT/LC Meeting and work session 3:30-4:30 pm
> Thursday – game at Westside Macon (Mercer Stadium), directions on website.
> 4:00 pm departure, wearing a4s and shorts, black socks and shoes, dinner $5, details TBD. Flip folder and lyre required. > 7:00 pm kickoff, suspected 12:00 am return to HCHS.
> Friday – no activities!

Directions to Thursday’s Game

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

West Side Macon High School: Mercer University -Moye Football Stadium Macon, GA 31207

Stay on Hwy. 80 until it meets Interstate 475

Take Interstate 475 North and take the Thomaston/Macon exit (there will be a sign that says exit for Mercer University Drive).

Stay on Mercer University Drive for about four miles until crossing over Interstate 75.

Once across I-75, turn left at the first traffic light onto Stadium Drive.

At the stop sign, turn left to continue on Stadium Drive (the Hilton Garden Inn will be on your left).

Proceed to the first street on the right, University Center Drive.

Turn right onto University Center Drive. Continue on University Center Drive until it ends at the parking lots of the University Center (Claude Smith Baseball Field will be on the right as you approach the University Center).

Turn right at the baseball field and park in the middle lot if you are a visiting team.

Disney Trip Informational Meeting (UPDATE NEW DATE)

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

We will hold a meeting for our up coming Disney trip, Thursday August 28th @ 6:00p.m. Information will be given out at this meeting for, cost of trip, and different fund raisers that have been suggested to help off set these costs. Please try to attend, and lets help send these wonderful students on a GREAT trip to Disney! Thank you for support and see you Tuesday!

This Week In Band 8/18

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Tuesday – Marching Band 3:45 – 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. pick up (we understand if there is a conflict and your student must leave early, but hope all can stay)

Wednesday – Small Groups 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Guard – wear pink, performing work and drill (we will be chunking the show in reverse, starting with movement 3 drill refresher, then ballad so you can put the revised work with the drill, and then the opener choreo with drill in chunks.

Woodwind Ballad Arc – pink shirts (F1, F4, F2, F3, M2, K7, K1, K8, K2, K4, K3, K5, K6, K9)

We will be working pages 24-27 in the ballad and adjusting your dot locations to make the move more fluid and functional

Thursday – Marching Band 3:45 – 6:30 p.m., 6:45 pick up

Friday – Pre-Game and Stand Music Rehearsal 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Macy’s Cards Due Today

Wind players must all have flip folder and lyre

Color guard bring your shoes for painting

Until further notice, and so as not to have to schedule extra full band rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday, we will continue to rehearse until 6:30 in preparation for our first game. Hopefully, this compromise of more rehearsal time but not as late as 7 will work out. The pick-up time is recommended for parents that do not wish to wait in the car for students to pack out after rehearsal. I have also eliminated the use of the ladder for dressing drill to help save time. If your student finishes their duty, they may leave.

We will still rehearse outdoors in white.

This week begins stand music and pre-game rehearsals on Fridays. Students should be prepared to go outside Friday afternoon and will need their flip folder and lyre.

We will be calling in small groups for work on Wednesdays until 4:30 p.m. to accomplish very specific goals that can not be addressed fully in full band rehearsal. Please let us know if you can not attend any small group sessions, we may try to reschedule.

Do’Nyal Webb

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Class of 2014 graduate Do’Nyal Webb phoned us at lunch time to tell us she passed her audition on tuba and will be marching with the Auburn University Marching Band this fall. You’ll be able to see her perform at all of the AU football games. Congrats Do’Nyal!

All State Etudes Available

Friday, August 15th, 2014

If your student is interested in auditioning for All-State Honor Band this year, the audition etudes are now available at

DCI Finals Party

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Drum Corps International will have a live web stream of the world class championship finalson Saturday evening starting at 5:25 pm. We will be hosting our second annual finals party, bring your own snacks and drinks, and we will be at the band room at 5. The show runs late but students can come and go as they please, last year I think it ended after 11. Parents are welcome and we encourage lawn chairs and pillows for your comfort. We will project the show and use our sound system.

First Day of School Reminders

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

1. 8th graders ride MS activity bus over. The bus number will be provided to them on the first day. 2. Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes (WHITE T-Shirt), a water bottle or camel back, appropriate socks and shoes, instrument, binder, and flip folder/lyre.
3. We will rehearse until 6:00 p.m., but we will need to work until 6:00 p.m. Expect students to be ready to leave around 6:15 p.m.
4. Instruments will be needed on the first day of school, in class, and for marching band.
5. Food and hydration advice still applies, drink water frequently, eat breakfast and lunch, lay off the grease and dairy. Fiber, fruit, and protein are good sources of energy.
6. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats are all still needed.

Football Program Pictures

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Saturday we will take photos for use in the football program, newspaper, and yearbook.
All students should attend.

Call time for all students and senior family is 8 AM in the band room. Please be prompt so we can get a head start shooting.

Senior Schedule

We will start the pictures as soon as the photographer is ready. Hopefully that will be a little before 9. Please be at your picture location (determined by weather day of) 15 minutes prior to picture time. Please figure out how you will stand before. Seniors should report to the field for group photos as soon as their picture is taken. Provided we have clear weather, all group photos will be taken at the field.

Shoes and gloves will be distributed upon arrival. All students in instrumental uniform should wear LONG black socks. Any student with improper attire will not be photographed.

Color Guard should come dressed in full hair and makeup. Shoes will be distributed when you arrive.

9:00 Lexi McFarland

9:03 Madelyn Setelin

9:06 Keara Park

9:09 Maia Condon

9:12 Dyamante Webb (Desare)

9:15 Adam Tates (Hannah)

9:18 Morgan Lami

9:21 Shelby Dixon

9:24 Michael Clarke

9:27 Raeyah Glass

9:30 Kaitlin Payne

9:33 Jessica Daniels

9:36 Madison Colberg (Kristal)

Group Schedule

9:04 Mellophones 0, 4 (Hannah to senior pic)

9:08 Alto Sax 0, 4

9:12 Drum Majors 1, 2

9:16 Flutes 1, 4

9:20 Clarinets 1, 9

9:24 Low Reeds 1, 3

9:28 All Woodwinds 20 – after this photo, retrieve ladder

9:32 Low Brass 1, 8

9:36 Trumpets 2, 12

9:40 All Brass 24

9:44 Percussion 4, 12

9:48 Color Guard 2, 19

9:52 LCs ~10

9:56 Full Band

Macy’s Coupon Fund Raiser

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

All students will be signing receipt of three Macy’s 25% savings coupons to sell for $5 each.

All students are expected to sell all three, details are on their envelope.

They may check out more, but must sell them.

Money will be due ($15 per student or more) on Friday, August 22.

Start of Camp Meeting

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

We want to thank everyone for coming out last night to our start of camp parent meeting. We had a great turn out. Many of you asked that I post the slideshow that we used last night. I have added it to the marching band folder in the documents section of our website.

High Note Club Officers

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The current officers for the High Note Club are below along with their contact information.

Brian McFarland – President –

Shelton Parker – Vice-President –

Jenn Duval – Treasurer –

Shelly Park – Secretary –


The following committees have been setup for the 2014-2015 school year. The chair for each committee and their contact information have been listed as well.

Concessions – Mr. Parker –

Fundraising – Leslie Sertell –

Chaperones – Mary Kennedy –

7/12 Carwash

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

We will go back to Applebee’s on Airport thruway for our last car wash of the summer. Saturday July 12th between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Remember we are here to work on raising funds for students accounts. Please come energized and ready to work.

6/28 Car Wash

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This Saturday’s Carwash will be held at the Bradley Park Chick-fil-a from 8am to 2pm. Please be sure to sign in and out to get credit.

We are looking for a parent or two to help with this Carwash. If you are interested in stepping in to help please let Mr. McFarland know.

Family Fun Day

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Sunday June 22nd, we will have a family fun day in Pine Mountain. Family fun day means just that, FUN with the family, the Band Family! All band students are urged to attend with your families (parents, siblings) to have some fun, fellowship, some more fun, team building, and more!

We have secured a cabin on a small fishing pond in Pine Mountain for Sunday afternoon. We will have games, fishing, food, and lots of fun! Come out and lets all have a great time, and start building a solid foundation in which we call "The Sound of the County".

Times are set from noon on Sunday until dark. We will BBQ around 3 p.m. We look forward to seeing, and meeting all new and current students, and you parents on Sunday in the County! Thank you for your continued support of the HCHS band program! Lets go have some FUN!


Take US27 north into Pine Mountain
Turn Lt. on GA. 18 West then go .6miles
Turn Rt. on Layfield Dr.
Then turn Lt. on McGee rd.

200 McGee Rd. Pine Mountain, GA. 31822

June 14 Carwash

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

This week’s carwash will be held at the BR&R Gas Station in Ellerslie between 8am and 2pm. Please make sure you sign in and out to receive credit. We hope to see you all there.

June 7th Carwash

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

> The 1st car wash of the season will be at Applebee’s, in The Landings off of the Airport Thruway, between 8a.m. and 2p.m. Please make sure you sign in and sign out, so that you get proper credit for working the car wash. Please help by bringing yours, or the family’s dirty car for the band to wash. We hope everyone is ready to have an amazing year!

Registration Information and Forms for 2014-2015 Marching Band

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Please complete this form to register for next year’s marching band.

All forms handed out at tonight’s meeting can be accessed using the documents link in the navigation to the right or by clicking here.

Fall Preview Meeting

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The HCHS Marching Band Fall Preview and Orientation Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the GYM.

The SOTC will perform a preview of the upcoming season and all forms and dates will be distributed for the coming year.

Marching Band Information

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Next week, we will be signing up 7th through 11th graders (rising 8-12) for marching band at the following events (information for the upcoming season will be provided at those times):

5/19 – Monday Night HCCMS Band Concert
Before during and after – starting at 6:00 p.m.) at HCCMS Cafetorium

5/20 – Tuesday Night SOTC Fall-Preview and Kick Off
(HCHS Bands Orientation)
6:00 p.m. HCHS Cafeteria

5/21 – In band classes

PHYSICALS: We are required to have physicals on file for students next year who march. We will have Comprehensive Contingency Task Force at school on Wednesday to provide physicals for interested students during their band classes and after school for $20. Students are NOT required to have this group do their physical, but we wanted to offer one before we get out for the summer. You can have your own general practitioner provide your physical. Please feel free to email me with any questions. I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.

Chocolate Sales due tomorrow

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Mrs. Carlsen is not in today. Please hold all order forms and money until tomorrow.

Thank you!


Monday, May 5th, 2014

The HCHS Bands will host Drum Line and Color Guard clinics and auditions for the 2014 Marching, Football and Competitive Season on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (5/7-9/14). The clinic on Wednesday will begin at 3:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. Thursday and Friday auditions will begin at 3:30 pm.
All events will begin in the band room.
Individual coaching is available for students who have never been in band before and students in grades 7-11 are eligible to audition. There will be no clinics on Monday and Tuesday.

Miss Harris County Pageant Series

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The  Harris County Band Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Miss Harris County Pageant Series.

Miss Harris County High School 2014 Bailey McLemore

Miss HCHS 2014 Bailey is the daughter of John and Tonya McLemore. She is in the 10th grade at Harris County High School. Bailey is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Standing Strong, the BETA club, and plays varsity Tennis. She volunteers at House of Hero’s, and for the Soldiers Marathon. She has been on consecutive mission trips every summer. Bailey is a member of the adult and youth church band, and teaches kindergarten bible study at her church Cascade Hills Baptist Church. She enjoys baking and was voted the class of 2016 “most involved student” this year.  Bailey plans to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She was sponsored this year by Masterbuilt Manufacturing and her family. Bailey will receive a $1000 scholarship as winner of the Miss HCHS title.

Talent Award Winner 2014 Madison Finney

TalentWinner Madison is a sophomore at Harris County High School. She has been doing theater for almost nine years, and has been dancing for six. She is very active in the high school theater department and is also a thespian officer. She has choreographed productions for the Lafayette Society of Performing Arts and many competition pieces for Harris County Carver Middle School’s Theater Department. Madison has been a part of Georgia Thespians, and has also been honored to work with iTheatrics and Music Theatre International in in New York City. She is an active teen advisor, and is a GHP nominee for the 2013-2014 year. She hopes to major in Musical Theatre at Carnegie Melon. Madison will receive a $200 prize for her win.

Miss Congeniality 2014 Shelby Baugh

MissCongeniality Shelby is the daughter of Adam and Nichole Baugh. She is a senior at Harris County High School. She is a member of the National Beta Club, the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and the Art National Honors Society. Shelby is also a member of the Art Club, Math team, and the Academic Bowl. Shelby volunteers at Double Churches Elementary, PAWS, and Northside Animal Hospital. In her spare time, Shelby enjoys art, tumbling, and cooking. After graduation Shelby will attend college at Mercer University majoring in Pharmacy.



Miss HC Pageant Series Winners



Baby Miss HC

Zoey Sande


Cute Miss HC

Aubri Crawford


Tini Miss HC

Abigail Dunham

Lola Owens – Talent Winner


Little Miss HC

Brooke Marshall

Ansley Carroll – Talent Winner


Young Miss HC

RaeAnna Allen

Gabriella Sande – Talent Winner


Junior Miss HC and Talent Winner

Caroline Rozycki


The Harris County Band Program would like to thank its 2014 pageant sponsors for their donations.

  • The Farm House
  • The Whistling Pig
  • San Marcos
  • Brooks Heating and Air Inc.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken of Pine Mountain
  • Applebees on Airport Thruway
  • Veri Best Doughnut Co. of Columbus
  • Brooke and Brittany Marshall
  • 13th Street Barbecue





Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Congratulations to all of our students who made district honor band.

Practice today canceled

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Today’s marching band practice has been canceled. Please refer to previous email regarding tomorrow’s game. Thx.

Today’s LT meeting and tape review has been canceled.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


Monday, October 14th, 2013

Tuesday – Regular Rehearsal – til 6
Wednesday – Tape Reviwe – LTs – til 4:15 p.m.
Thursday – Regular Rehearsal – til 6

Friday – Game at Northside

No dress plans

Please note that for game day schedules it is assumed that students are with the directors and band from call time on and that specialized itineraries are merely guesses and are extremely subject to flexibility and change. Sometimes, they aren’t provided, particularly when we are on the road (like last week, too much margin for error). If you ever have specific questions, please feel free to email. I often assume (and I know it’s incorrectly), that this far into the season I may leave something off to save time. I don’t mean to be neglectful or presumptuous.

3:30 p.m. report to band room after school for stand band rehearsal
4:30 p.m. – change and load
5:15 p.m. – Dinner – plans TBD (plan on about $5)
5:45 p.m. – Load buses
6:00 p.m. – Departure
7:30 p.m. – Game
11:00 p.m. – Anticipated arrival back at HS

Please, PLEASE remind students to have all music in their WORKING flip folder and lyre (attaching to the horn so that the music can be read hands free). So many of the kids have asked to play more/extra/better/different/new stand music and it’s not possible for us to sound our best when relying on memory for so much literature and on the fly. Flip folders and lyres are available at, through Miss Heather, our Arts Rep, and if there are ever any instrument issues, we can always have Miss Heather look at them. Most minor repairs she can do on the spot for us and at no charge. Please remember, instrument working conditions are the responsibility of the student, but I certainly can’t help if I don’t know there is a problem.

Thanks so much for all of your support for these kids. When cheering them on at Friday’s game I had a lot of Bainbridge fans turn around to tell me how great they all thought your kids are. I couldn’t agree more and of course, we know where they get it from (you guys!).

Have a great week!


TWIB 9/9

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Mon: tape review LTs 3:30-4:30
Tues: MB 3:45-6:00
Thurs: MB 3:45-6:00
Fri: Home Game

Have a good week!


High Note Club Meeting

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The HNC will hold a meeting, Tuesday September 17th @ 6:30p.m. in the auditorium. Hope to see you all there! Thank you for your continued support, for our HCHS Band Program!

TWIB: 8/26

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Monday: LTs until 4:30

Tuesday: Regular Practice


Game at Houston Co.
Students will be called out at 1:45PM, 8th grade will ride regularly scheduled bus over to the High School when dismissed. 3:30 Departure, $5 Dinner
Anticipated Return – 12AM

Friday: No Activities


Be sure to pack $5, black socks, shoes, athletic shorts, A4 shirt, Instrument and parts, flip folder and lyre.

This Week In Band

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Tuesday: Practice until 6
Thursday: Practice until 6
Friday: Stand Band Practice
-Dinner TBA
-Scrimmage 7:30
-Dismissal after halftime
-Uniform will be show shirts and shorts

2013 Show Shirt Orders

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I am attaching an order form for t-shirts. All shirt orders are due to me next Wednesday, August 14th.

Shirts will be available before our first game at Houston County.
2013 Shirt Order Form.pdf

Coke Delivery

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The Coca cola company will be delivering our coke products on Tuesday, August 6th. Please come by the band room between 5:30 and 7p.m. to pick up your order. Outstanding job, as a whole we sold nearly 500 cases. Thank you for your participation in this fundraiser, and your support! See you Tuesday!

Band Pictures

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Band pictures for the football program will be taken WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7TH after school at 4:30. This is the first day of school. Picture forms will be sent home tomorrow.

Senior parents should be at the school as close to 4:30 as possible to take pictures with their children for the program.

Hopefully we will done by 5:45.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sixth Carwash

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

This summer’s sixth and final car wash will be held this coming Saturday, July 13th in Columbus, Ga.

Location: Logan’s Steakhouse

Time: 8am – 2pm

Parents, we need your help. If you can help this Saturday please contact Mr. McFarland.

Please make sure that you sign in when you arrive and when you leave so we can credit you the correct amount of time.

Student’s working the car wash will receive credit towards band camp based on hours worked and money raised.

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Fifth Car Wash

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This summer’s fifth car wash will be held this coming Saturday, July 6th in Columbus, Ga.

Location: Commerce Center on Warm Springs Rd.

Time: 8am – 2pm

Please make sure that you sign in when you arrive and when you leave so we can credit you the correct amount of time.

Student’s working the car wash will receive credit towards band camp based on hours worked and money raised.

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Selling Coke?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Don’t forget your best opportunity to raise money towards band camp. Every case that you sell cuts $12 off of your cost of camp.

If you have misplaced your forms the letter and order form are available online.

Information Letter

Order Form

Fourth Car Wash

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This summer’s fourth car wash will be held this coming Saturday, June 29th in Columbus, Ga.

Location: Steak and Shake

Time: 8am – 2pm

We are in need of Parents to volunteer. Mr. McFarland and Mr. Parker are unavailable this weekend. Please email Mr. McFarland if you are available.

Please make sure that you sign in when you arrive and when you leave so we can credit you the correct amount of time.

Student’s working the car wash will receive credit towards band camp based on hours worked and money raised.

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Third Car Wash

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

This summer’s third car wash will be held this coming Saturday, June 22nd in Hamilton, Ga.

Location: Georgia Farm Bureau (Next to HCCMS)

Time: 8am – 2pm

Please make sure that you sign in when you arrive and when you leave so we can credit you the correct amount of time.

Student’s working the car wash will receive credit towards band camp based on hours worked and money raised.

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Second Car Wash

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

This summer’s second car wash will be held this coming Saturday, June 8th in Columbus, Ga.

Location: Applebee’s in the Landings

Time: 8am – 2pm

Please make sure that you sign in when you arrive and when you leave so we can credit you the correct amount of time.

Student’s working the car wash will receive credit towards band camp based on hours worked and money raised.

Mrs. Tates and Mrs. Chapman have offered to provide lunch for the kids. We would love to have other parents join us!

Last week’s car wash went very well. We would like to send out a big thank you to all the parents that helped! A special thanks to Shelton Parker for heading it up and Ms. Moody for providing lunch!

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First Car Wash

Monday, May 27th, 2013

This summer’s first car wash will be held this coming Saturday, June 1st in Ellerslie, Ga.

Location: BR&R BP Station (Map Below)

Time: 8am – 2pm

Please make sure that you sign in when you arrive and when you leave so we can credit you the correct amount of time.

Student’s working the car wash will receive credit towards band camp based on hours worked and money raised.

For more information please contact Mrs. Braddy.

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Registration for Marching Band

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We want to give final numbers to our drill writer as soon as possible. If you haven’t registered your student for marching band, you can do so at this link:

Registration Form

Thanks so much for your involvement and support over the past two weeks. I know it’s been a wild ride (read: BUSY), but I am currently sitting in 7th grade band class with several of our high school students watching them teach and the fever of excitement is incredible. The vets here are teaching up a storm, are passionate about what they are doing, and our youngens in 7th and 8th grade bands look like they have been having a GREAT time today!

Thank you all for all that you do!!

Miranda Carlsen

County Family – All In!

Fall Preview Recap

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

  • If you did not register your student last night on our online registration form you can do that here. Please do this as soon as possible, preferably before May 17th.
  • If you are looking for a copy of the handbook, medical form, and physical form they are located on the documents page accessible in the menu to your right.
  • Remember that this year you can turn in either the Notarized Medical form OR the GHSA Physical this year. Next year the GHSA physical will be required.
  • Please remember that a $50 registration fee is due before the end of the school year to hold your spot on the field. Please email Mrs. Carlsen if you have any concerns.
  • Members of the colorguard also need to pay $100 for their uniform by Friday May, 17th. The uniform takes several weeks to arrive, in order to have them for pictures at camp, they must be ordered next week.
  • Last night we also kicked off one of our summer fundraisers. Coke sales are an easy way for you to earn money for band camp. Each case sells for $25 and the $12 profit goes directly towards your band camp fees. If you sell 25 cases, your camp fees are covered. Coke order forms are due on July 15th, the first day of band camp.
  • The first carwash date and location was also confirmed to be at the BR&R BP station in Ellerslie on June 1st from 8am until 2pm. We hope to see you there.
  • Keep Calm and Carry On Shirts are for sale. Orders are due to Mrs. Carlsen Friday.

As always we want to maintain an open dialogue with our parents and students. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to send us a message or speak with us at a meeting or after school.

Six Flags Trip Rescheduled

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

We have rescheduled the Six Flags trip for Wednesday, May 29. The schedule will remain the same.

7:30 a.m. departure
11:30 p.m. return
We will still provide breakfast, lunch, etc.
Because of the reschedule, we can take late ticket orders through Friday.
Costs remain the same ($30.00).

If your student purchased a ticket but can not attend the make up day, we can either:
a. Give you your ticket to use through the season on your own at any time
b. refund your money
c. sell your ticket to another student

If you know that you can not attend, please email Mrs. Carlsen with how you would like to handle your ticket.

Hopefully the weather will hold out this time! :)

This Week (5/13/13)

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Thanks to everyone for a successful and exciting weekend!

Congratulations to everyone on a successful YEAR!

Tonight is the 8th Grade Band Concert at HCCMS. Let’s go out and welcome our new family members! Remember, if you attended rehearsal with them Thursday, and attend tonight, you get a 100 replacement grade (this grade will not be in in time to affect exemptions). Concert band students will play on Great Locomotive Chase, Wind Ensemble will just attend and support and meet and greet.

Tomorrow is our FALL PREVIEW meeting. We ask that ALL band students and parents attend. It will be at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to eat dinner with us, please bring a dish to share for our pot luck. Students will check in and arrange dinners as we start our meeting at 6:00 p.m., then the band will preview the fall show "Southern Harmony" and then we can feast!

Exemption notifications go out today. They are due Wednesday.

If your student is exempting 1st and 2nd period tests on Thursday, we’d like to have them go to the middle school to coach rising students on marching. More details to come as soon as we can get them together.

If you haven’t joined us on facebook or Remind101, you can check out instructions for how to do it on our web page at

Thank you to all of you for helping us build such a wonderful and reputable program!


Fall Preview Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The band’s fall preview meeting for the marching band will be held Tuesday evening in the HCHS Cafeteria at 6pm.

All students and parents of students who wish to be in the marching band next year should make plans to attend. If you are still on the fence about participation, this is the best place to get information!

We understand that this meeting may keep you away from important time home with your family. To alleviate this we have decided to help have dinner covered. We will be holding a pot luck dinner for anyone who would like to participate. We will provide plates forks and napkins. Bring a family sized dish to share with others.

For more information or questions please contact Mr. or Mrs. Carlsen.

We look forward to meeting you and your family.


Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

We are happy to be able to provide to you Text message alerts through a service called Remind101. Remind101 is a free service built to help teachers better communicate with students and parents.

Remind101 is safe and secure. Remind101 does not share your information with anyone, including the teacher and others in the group.

Remind101 will be used to announce departure from games, last minute reminders, and emergency changes to our schedule.

Instructions to subscribe are located on our website by clicking on the Remind101 in the right hand column.

Make sure you also subscribe to our email distribution list as well.

Eric Carlsen
Assistant Band Director
Harris County High School

This Week in Band 5/6/13

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are Drum Line, Drum Major and Color Guard Clinics and Evaluations.  8th Grade students auditioning should ride bus 02-87 but must have a parent call and add them to the bus rosters (if they haven’t already signed up with myself or Mr. Tiemann).  Clinics are 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


Call backs if needed will be Friday.


Tuesday, May 7 is the Wind Ensemble’s (4th Block Band) performance for the Page One awards and a special Side-By-Side rehearsal and performance with the faculty from the Schwob School of Music.  Students will be departing the high school at 3:00 p.m., traveling to the mall for early dinner (bring $!) and will arrive at Bill Heard Theatre at 5.  SBS rehearsal starts at 6, performance begins at 7. There is no admission, come check out this amazing performance!


Need to stay in town Tuesday evening and your not wind ensemble?  Creekside is having their 6th Grade Band Spring Concert.  Join them at Creekside!


Dinner order forms for the Band-Quet are due WEDNESDAY.


The Spring Concert and Band-Quet is Saturday, call time for WE and Creekside is 4:00, concert band is 4:30 p.m., 8th grade is 5:00 p.m.


Dinner will follow the performance.  Remember, band kids eat free, all other dinner tickets are $12.  Feel free to sell extra plates to the community, to-go are offered, all are welcome!


Sunday, May 12 (Happy Mothers Day!), the Wind Ensemble (4th Block) performs for Baccalaureate.  The call time will be 3:00 p.m., ceremony starts at 4.  It should last an hour.


Its a crazy busy 2 weeks.  If you have any questions, please email me.  I will try to get back to you ASAP!


Thanks so much for your support of these great kids in this great program!

8th Grade Tryout Information

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

If you are a rising 8th or 9th grader and are auditioning for Colorguard or Drumline next Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday you will need to ride bus 02-87 to the high school. Before you can do so your parents must call the middle school and add you to the roster.

If you signed up with Mr. Teiman or Mrs. Carlsen your name should already be on the list.

Lasagna Dinner Fundraiser and Concert

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Join us Tuesday February 26, 2013 for the 2nd annual Dinner & Concert fundraiser!

Come in and let us do the cooking, while you sit down and enjoy dinner, a concert and some extra time with your child. Dinner starts at 5:30, with the concert to follow. Tickets are $7, with ALL PROCEEDS going towards our HCHS band program. Included in tickets are a lasagna dish, roll, salad, desert, and tea. So please join us for a fun-filled evening, that is sure to make you smile! Tickets will be sent home with your child on Wednesday. Please have them turned in no later than Monday February 25th, so that we may have an accurate head count for dinner. Thank you for all your support, and hope to see you all there.

I’m With The Band Shirts

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

“I’m With The Band” Shirts are being sold this week. Order forms will be sent home Today and are due,with payment, September 18th. Additional order forms are available.

Week of 9/10/12

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Monday: Color Guard Practice until 5:30

Tuesday: Marching Band Practice until 6

Wednesday: No Practice – Sectionals if Scheduled(Talk to your section leader)

Thursday: Marching Band Practice until 6

Friday: GAME DAY

Please remember to wear your green show shirt to school on game day. You should also pack black socks, athletic shorts, and your black A4 shirt to change into before departure.

2:30 – Dismissal from class to the band room to change and load equipment.

3:20 – Inspection line

3:30 – Bus arrival

3:40 – Departure

5:30 – Arrival in Perry for dinner. We will be stopping at a fast food place most likely Wendy’s or Burger King. Students should bring their own money to purchase pre-game dinner.

6:55 – Departure from restaurant.

7:00 – Arrival at Stadium

7:30 – Kick-off

10:30 – Estimated after dinner meal and departure for home.

12:20 – Estimated arrival at HCHS

12:50 – Estimated dismissal from the band room.

As always we will keep you update via text messages from your students when we leave.



Week of 9/3/12.

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Good Evening,


I hope everyone has enjoyed their Labor Day. We will be traveling to LaGrange for our game this Thursday. Please read the schedule for the week below as it is different from our normal week.


Tuesday: Full Band Practice until 6pm.


Wednesday: Full Band Practice until 5pm.


Thursday: GAMEDAY!


Please remember to wear your green show shirt to school on game day. You should also pack black socks, athletic shorts, and your black A4 shirt to change into before departure.


3:15 – Report immediately to the band room to load and dress.

4:00 – Departure from HCHS.

5:00 – Dinner at Katie’s Too (Cost is $5 per student, or you can contribute to the full cost of $10 to help the High Note Club cover the difference.)

6:20 – Departure for stadium

6:30 – Arrive at Callaway Stadium

7:00 – Kickoff

10:00 – Krystal After Game Meal and Estimated* Departure

10:40 – Estimated* Return

11:10 – Estimated* Dismissal From Band Room**


*We will do our best to have your child communicate actual times as they happen.


**Please note, that students are not dismissed when they get off the bus. Students are responsible for setting the band room, returning supplies, and verifying uniforms have been returned properly. When all of these things are competed the band will be dismissed as a whole group.


Friday: Full Band Practice until 5:30pm.

Football Program Pictures

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012


As you know we had to move the football program pictures to Aug. 16; however, if your parents are not available on Aug. 16 you will need to go to the Lifetouch studio this Sun., Aug. 12 between 1-3 to have your picture taken. We will not be able to make up any pictures after the 16th.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Band Camp Information

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Band Camp information can be found in the band handbook.

Please download and read the band handbook; Print and complete the Handbook Acknowledgement Form at the end and turn it in on the first day of camp. You will also need to compete the medical release form and turn it in on the first day of camp. Please note that the medical release form must be notarized.

To make sure that you are getting all of our updates, please make sure that you have subscribed to our mailing list and/or joined the Band’s facebook group.

Finally, before camp begins, parents should  complete our online registration form for each child participating in marching band.

Audition Results

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Drum Major, Colorguard, and Drum Line.

Drum Major

Reba Baltrusaitis

Color Guard (9)

Jessica Daniels
April Jones
Allysia Johns
Ragan Lyman
Jenna Cummings
Madison Colberg
Sierra Pearson
Sara Vandenberg
Jessie Baltrusaitis

Alternates (4)

Haley Anderson
Adaysha Floyd
Desaree Webb
Panache Nicholas


Battery Percussion

Casey Lassiter – Snare
Do’Nyal Webb – Tenors
Taylor Keating – Cymbals
Kieonte Stafford – Cymbals
Shelby Clark – Bass 1
Demarcus Ross – Bass 2
Jacqueline Sertell – Bass 3
Kelvin Jones – Bass 4

Front Ensemble

Shanon Peters
Chris Nickerson
Michael Clarke
Christian Mays

Stand/Parade Line

Casey Lassiter – Snare
Kelvin Jones – Snare

Do’Nyal Webb – Tenors

Shelby Clark – Cymbals
Taylor Keating – Cymbals
Chris Nickerson – Cymbals
Christian Mays – Cymbals

Demarcus Ross – Bass 1
Jacqueline Sertell – Bass 2
Shanon Peters – Bass 3
Kieonte Stafford – Bass 4
Michael Clarke – Bass 5

May Minutes

Monday, May 14th, 2012

May 12th minutes

Disney World Pictures

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

2012 Miss HCHS Pageant

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Information is now on the Pageant Page. Any HCHS boys interested in the reverse pageant please see Mr. Carlsen.

Disney – Coke Sales – Credit Cards

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012


All Coke sales are due to Mrs. Smith this Thursday. Please have all order forms filled out correctly and totaled correctly before turning them in. Please turn in all forms and funds in ONE secure envelope with the students name clearly labeled on the front.

Also, Disney payments are due this Friday. If you do not know the current balance of your Disney trip please contact Mrs. Carlsen via email. Payment can be sent to school with your child in an envelope. Check or money order only please.

As a convenience we now accept credit card payments, but we cannot accept payments online. Someone will be available in the band room after school Thursday and Friday afternoon until 5:00 p.m. to take credit card payments.

In order to take payments via credit card we must pay the processor 2.7% for each transaction. Those paying with credit cards will have to cover this additional fee. Please see the table below for the associated fees.

Balance Due         Fee              Credit Card Total
$333.42                 $9.25          $342.67
$233.42                 $6.48          $239.90
$133.42                 $3.70          $137.12
$33.42                   $0.93          $34.35

If your balance is not listed you calculate your credit card total by dividing your balance by .973

balance/.973=credit card total

If you have any questions please contact us via email

Coke Sales
Mrs. Smith

Disney Balance
Mrs. Carlsen

Credit Card Information
Mr. Carlsen

January 30 Minutes

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Harris County High Note Club Minutes for the Meeting held on January 30th are attacthed.
Jan 30 minutes

October 29 Minutes

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

October, 29, 2011

High Notes Booster Meeting



Members Present:

Melanie King, Marchelle Condon, Gus Steeborg, Mona Steenborg, Patty Slembarski, Chris Slembarski, Laura Henderson, Sonya McFarland, Diane Weed, Susann Murphy, Cassi Hendrix, Mary Sc—-, Stephanie Bell, Elise Chapman, Jennifer Lami, Emilee Braddy, Sharon Fortson, Janet Mc—–, Mary L Watson, Kelvin Jones, Connie Carter, James Reeder, Kathy Colberg, Deborah Chapman, Kay Daniels, Susie Schultz, Devin Schultz, Aimee Schmidt, Rose Smith, Angela Tates, Leigh Smith, Bryan McFarland


  1. Meeting called to order… Bryan McFarland
  2. Minutes read of September 26, 2011 meeting… Leigh Smith
    1. Motion to accept minutes… Diane Weed
    2. Second to accept minutes… Kathy Colberg
  3. Financial Report for High Note Club—

Coke Sale Profit- $5496

Concessions Report-

9/9/11- $1984.51

10/14/11- $1904.25

10/28/11- $2026.22

Booster Account Closing Deposit:  $3358.87

  1. No correspondence has been submitted since the previous meeting.
  2. Report from Band Director
    1. Change in schedule for upcoming week

i.     Tuesday practice is until 6 p.m.

ii.     Thursday practice is cancelled.

  1. Miss Bass was very pleased with the coke sale participation.  She encourages all the band students to sell their 20 raffle tickets.
  2. Reports of Officers/Committee Chairs
    1. Chaperone Committee- Mrs. King

i.     The only game left is a home game.  Chaperones are not needed for that game.

  1. Fundraising Committee—Mr. McFarland

i.     Ideas or suggestions for fundraisers requested

Suggestions included:

  1. Christmas Tree Sales (not determined yet)
  2. Pancake Sale in January
  3. Silent Auction for Baskets (perhaps at Christmas Concert)
    1. Perhaps sections could be responsible for baskets.
    2. Concession Stand Committee-  Mrs. Weed

i.     Thanks to everyone who has volunteered at one of the four home games.  Approximately $1000.00 has been made at each game.

ii.     Parents are needed to work the concession stand at the Nov. 4th game.

  1. Old Business
    1. Coke Sales

i.     Sold 462 cases (80% participation by band members)

ii.     Made approximately $5500 in profit

  1. Disney Festival Update

i.     Each person was given an updated information sheet.

  1. Trip Dates-  March 28th-April 1, 2012
  2. Project Expenses- $400.00 per student
  3. Fundraisers-
    1. Coke Sales should cover charter bus cost
    2. Raffle ticket sale could potentially cut 90% of each student’s cost if all tickets are sold (projected $10,000 profit)
    3. Possible cookie sale in December or January
    4. Partial Payment Schedule
      1. $10 nonrefundable reservation- Oct 7.
      2. $90.00 payment- November 11th
      3. $100.00 due- December 9th
      4. $100.00 due- January 27th
      5. $100.00 due- February 24th

**Prices subject to change based on the number of students attending and the amount of funds raised.

  1. New Business
    1. Raffle Tickets- Mr. McFarland, Mrs. Smith

i.     Tickets can be picked up today by parents, otherwise, they will be distributed Monday and Tuesday during class and practice.

ii.     Each band student is asked to sale 20 tickets for a total of $100.00 ($5.00 each).

iii.     Deadline to return money/unsold tickets is 11/28/11.

iv.     If a student does not sale their 20, please return ASAP so that another student can have the opportunity to sale them.

v.     All money will go toward Disney Trip.  If the entire $10,000 is raised, this could potentially cut the student’s payment for the trip to almost nothing.

  1. Open Forum-  No comments.
  2. Adjournment- Mr. McFarland


This Week in Band

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Monday, October 24

  • No after school activities – Band Room closed


Tuesday, October 25

  • Marching Band – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WEAR WHITE SHIRTS


Wednesday, October 26

  • 5:00 p.m. call time AT HCCMS (MIDDLE SCHOOL)
  • Students who DRIVE – please meet to load at 4:00 p.m. and be prepared to help unload after at the High School
  • Wear BLACK BOB SHIRTS WITH BLACK LONG SLEEVES UNDER, jeans, and tennis shoes.
  • We will play with the band in the stands and then perform at half time.  Students will be dismissed after half time.
  • Please note:  there is usually a delay in transportation for Muscogee County Schools (opponents) and thus the game may not start on time.  We apologize for any religious conflicts but ask that all students be present.
  • If transportation is an issue, please let us help you work out car pooling to and from the high school.  We will NOT be getting a bus for this trip. 
  • Students must have flip folders for this game.  We will play some of their stand band arrangements and some of our stand band arrangements. 

Thursday, October 27

  • Marching Band – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Coca-Cola Products Delivered


Friday, October 28 – Senior Night Home Game Day

  • Wear DRIVE! shirts to school, TUCKED!
  • We MAY be having a pep rally.  We will follow last week’s procedures if so.
  • IF THERE IS A PEP RALLY – Report to Band room at 7:50 a.m. for warm up for Pep Rally with LYRE.  No Drive shirt and No lyre equals NO PARTICIPATION.  Don’t forget!!
  • Pack all game essentials:  socks, shoes, flip folder, etc.
  • 3:30 p.m.  – Stand Band Rehearsal
  • 5:00 p.m. – Dinner – $5
  • Senior Night Recognition starts around 7:00 p.m., we will have an earlier inspection and march in about 10 minutes early
  • SENIORS – please follow Mrs. Smith’s instructions  When finished with presentation, join the band back field for the National Anthem.
  • 7:10 p.m. – Pre-Game National Anthem on Field
  • Normal Halftime Performance


Saturday, October 29

  • 12:00 p.m. meeting in Auditorium for High Note Club
  • Students may wear Halloween costumes for concert.  If not in costume, students should wear concert black. Costumes MUST MEET DRESS CODE and must NOT inhibit playing or performing.
  • 1:00 p.m. Fall Concert – Free Admission

September 26 Minutes

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

September 26, 2011

High Notes Booster Meeting



Members Present:

Cliff Mersfelder, Jennifer Lami, Matt Clark, Connie DeKayzer, Kelly Shamlian, Gus Steenborg, Jenny Rivers, Aimee Schmidt, Connie C., Wendy Bone, Denise Genung, Jennifer Hurtt, Laura Henderson, Deborah Chapman, Nancy Scarborough, Stephanie Bell, Cynthia Jones, Jacqueline Farley, Spencer Chapman, Donna Chapman, Paul Murchland, Jill Murchland, Michelle Moody, Michele Baltrusaitis, Chris Pearson, Cathy Pearson, Marchelle Condon, Janice Owens, Lynn Lee, Gerald Jarrett, Diane Weed, Leigh Smith, Brian McFarland, Kathy Colberg, Shelton Parker, Jen Reeder, Candyss Glass, Paul Williamson, Angela Tates, Willie W., Randall Payne, Rose Smith, Kay Daniels, Elise Chapman, Mell___, Thomas Findley, Lynne Osborn, Don Osborn, Linda Bassett, Melanie King


  1. Meeting Called to Order-Brian McFarland, President
  2. Readingof the Minutes from the August 19th, 2011 Meeting-Leigh Smith
    1. Motion to approve minutes- Melanie King
    2. 2nd to approve minutes- Diane Weed
    3. Unanimous to accept minutes
  3. Financial Report for High Note Club-Eric Carlsen reporting (Deborah Browning, HCHS Financial Secretary oversees club accounts)
    1. A detailed report of all money deposited and withdrawn for expenditures was provided.
      1.                                                                i.      General Band Fund (7/1/2011-9/26/2011)
        1. $4,074.88 (beginning balance)

$24, 006.90 (received)

$300.00 (transferred)

$22.357.71 (expended)

$6,024.07 (current balance)

  1.                                                              ii.      Band Uniform Fund
    1. $6,620.49 (beginning balance)

$3000.00 (transferred from previous booster account)

$3,728.30 (expended on bibbers)

$5892.19 (current balance)

  1. Reading of Correspondence- Leigh Smith
    1. No correspondence to date
  2. Report from Band Director
    1. Please visit website for band information
    2. If you are not receiving emails, you may self subscribe on the harriscountybands website.
    3. There are also professional facebook links to Miss Bass and Mr. Carlsen.
    4. Next Concert is October 29th, at 1:00 p.m.
    5. Accomplishments of concert band and recent marching band discussed.
  3. Report of Officers/Committee Reports
    1. Chaperone Committee- Melanie King
      1.                                                                i.      Plenty of chaperones have volunteered for the away games and competitions, but it is the same parents who are volunteering.
      2.                                                              ii.      If you would like to volunteer to chaperone the next away game (9/30), please email Mrs. King.  The first 8 will receive a pass into the game (others may attend but will have to pay).
    2. Fundraising Committee- Leigh Smith
      1.                                                                i.      Coke Sales-Eric Carlsen
        1. Almost 300 cases have been sold.
        2. Each student is asked to sell at least 4 cases.
        3. Money for cokes are due by October 7th.
        4. No firm date on the delivery of the cokes (will be publicized by email).
        5. Money to go toward buses for Disney Trip.
        6.                                                              ii.      Raffle-Leigh Smith
          1. We will begin selling raffle tickets (8 prizes) for $5.00 each in October (at the conclusion of the coke sales).
          2. Each student is asked to sell at least 20 tickets.
          3. Money will go toward Disney trip costs.
          4. If you have any more donations, please let Mrs Smith know immediately.  Printing will begin in the next week.
        7.                                                             iii.      Concession Stand- Diane Weed
          1. Have made approximately $2000.00 profit from concession sales at the last two home games.
          2. Sophomore Parents are asked to work on October 21st and Freshmen/Eighth Grade parents are asked to work on October 28th.
          3. There are left over cozies ($1.00), Flash Drives ($5.00), and Cushions ($3.00) if anyone is interested in purchasing.
  4. Old Business
    1. Disney Festival- Katie Smith, Senior
      1.                                                                i.      Anyone who plans on attending the Disney trip is required to pay a $10.00 reservation fee by Wednesday, September 28th.
      2.                                                              ii.      Trip Dates- March 28th (night departure)- April 1st (return)
      3.                                                             iii.      Projected Expenses- Approximately $400.00 per student
        1. $116.96 for four nights accommodation at Disney Resort
        2. $175.15- Three Day Ticket to Disney Parks
        3. Cost of Meal Plan- Disney Dining Cards can be purchased ahead of time to alleviate the student from carrying large amounts of cash.
        4.                                                            iv.      Buses will cost approximately $6000.00 (hopefully covered by coke sales).
  5. New Business
    1. $10.00 Reservation fee for Disney Trip due by 9/28.
    2. Band uniforms were cleaned last week (will be cleaned every 2 weeks depending on weather).
  6. Open Forum
    1. Congratulations to the Marching Band for receiving All Superiors in all areas at the Phenix City Band Competition.
      1.                                                                i.      Color Guard- Best In Class, Highest Festival Score
      2.                                                              ii.      Drum Major (Amy King)- Best in Class, 2nd Highest Festival Score
      3.                                                             iii.      Field Ensemble-Best in Class
      4.                                                            iv.      Band- 3rd Place
      5.                                                              v.      Drum Line- 2nd Place
  7. Adjournment




Current Events

Thursday, September 8th, 2011


Tuesday, September 6th, 2011



Tuesday, September 6

  • Marching Band – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 7

  • Woodwind Sectional – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 8

  • Marching Band – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Friday, September 9

  • Game Day – Away – AT Griffin
  • Students wear DRIVE! Shirts to school, TUCKED
  • Pack A4s, shoes, shorts, flip folder, lyre, black socks
  • Bring $5-$10 for a Wendy’s dinner stop on the way to the game
  • 2:30 p.m. – Student Call Time
  • 2:35 p.m. – Roll Call and Announcements
  • 2:45 p.m. – LOADING and DRESSING
    • Front Ensemble and Percussion LOAD FIRST
    • Guard in Hair and Makeup
    • Winds Dress First
    • Woodwinds load tires after Percussion
    • Brass Load instruments after tires
    • Crew load podium and coolers
  • 3:30 p.m. – Inspection and Roll Call
    • For inspection be IN bibbers, socks, shoes, gloves, carry hat, garment bag with jacket, SHOW flip folders
  • 3:45 p.m. – Load bus
  • 4:00 p.m. – SHARP – PROMPT DEPARTURE
  • 7:30 p.m. – Kick-Off
  • 10:00 p.m. LOAD
  • 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Arrival back at HCHS



Griffin Stadium Address – 310 E. Poplar Street, Griffin, GA 30224




**Reminder, the event that was previously on the calendar for Saturday, the Screen on the Green has been CANCELED. 



**Reminder, we are encouraging EVERYONE to sell at least FOUR CASES of Coca-Cola Products.

[Game Info] Hardaway 8/27/11

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011


Saturday, August 27, 2011

**Eat prior to coming, we will provide granola bars and water during the game and feed you after the game.  Please be sure to eat HEALTHY (no dairy, soda, or fried foods) and hydrate throughout the days Friday and Saturday!

4:00 p.m. – Call Time

5:00 p.m. – Departure Time

5:45 p.m. – Arrival to Kinnett Stadium

  •  Unload, Dress, Warm-Up
  •  SSB Rehearsal with HHS

7:00 p.m. – Game Time

10:30 p.m. – Approximate Game End Time

11:15 p.m. – Approximate arrival back at HCHS


Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

High Note Club Meeting Minutes 8/19/11

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Attached are the meeting minutes for the 8/19/2011 High Note Club Meeting.

8-19-11 minutes.pdf

Join the Mailing List

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The mailing list allows us to send messages to all subscribers quickly. Anyone is welcome to subscribe by clicking the link below our Facebook links. You can unsubscribe anytime by following the instructions at the end of any of our announcement emails.

The High Note Club

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


A Parent Support Organization of the Harris County High School Bands will host its first official meeting on Friday, August 19 at 5:30 p.m.


On the agenda:

Final revisions to By-Laws, official vote to approve By-Laws, Elect Officers, Coca-Cola Fundraiser, Raffle Fundraiser, Chaperones, Concession Stands and a practice run to load equipment.

We hope to wrap up by 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be in the band room.


Please come out to support this organization and our HCHS Bands!

Harris County High Note Club Ammended 8-2-11

Walmart Information

Thursday, August 11th, 2011


All students wear new black Bob shirts and shorts and comfortable shoes to Columbus Park Crossing Wal-Mart on Whittlesey Road. Report 10 minutes before your assigned time to check in with chaperones. Each scheduled group should have at least two parents from their group on hand as chaperones.

*Leadership Team are encouraged to be present for as much of the day as possible.

  • 8:00 – 10:00. – Percussion (rehearsal with battery instruments), Front Ensemble (door workers) and flutes (door)
  • 10:00-12:00 – Guard (rehearsal, bring FLAGS and HUBCAPS) and Trombones (Door)
  • 12:00-2:00 – baritones, sousas, clarinets (doors only)
  • 2:00-4:00 – reeds (doors only)
  • 4:00 – 6:00 – trumpets (doors only)
  • 6:00 – 8:00 – the last all-dayers (any who are available for this time slot)

Next Week in Band…

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Next Week in Band… 7/28/11

Football Program Pictures

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Football program pictures will be taken on Friday, August 5th after school. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.

7/21 Work Session Results

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Attached are the results from the second by-laws work session with changes. The next work session will be held Tuesday, August 2nd at 7:30 in room G3.

Harris County High Note Club Ammended 7-21-11

Changes made at 7-21-2011

7/14 Work Session Results

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Attached are the first revisions of The High Note Club By-Laws. The next work session will be held Thursday, July 21st at 6:30.Harris County High Note Club Ammended 7-14-11

7/7/2011 Work Session Minutes

Monday, July 11th, 2011

7-7-11 minutes for worksession

Proposed By-Laws

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Harris County High Note Club Word File

Harris County High Note Club PDF

2011-2012 Registration Form

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Please Register using this form before you come to band camp. You should still complete the paper form from the back of your hand book. Remember that you also have to have the medical form completed and notarized.

Cadillac of the Skies Available

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Cadillac of the Skies parts are available. You get them the same way you got the Thunder parts. Let us know if you have any questions.

Opener Music Available

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The music for next year’s show opener, Thunder, is now available for download. Use the music/files link to the right to access it. If you do not know the username and password email Ms. Bass or Mr. Carlsen.

2011-2012 Band Handbook

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The handbook for the upcoming year is available in the music/files section of our site or you can download it from the link below.

Handbook 11-12

Page One Winner

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Congratulations to Slater Bridgman. 2011 Page One Winner in Music. Slater was accepted to Georgia Southern University, The University of Georgia, The University of West Georgia, and Columbus State University. He will attend Georgia Southern in the fall where he plans to major in Music Education. He will also march with the Southern Pride Drumline.

End of Year Schedule

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Thursday, May 12 – Colorguard Auditions, Percussion Clinic

Friday, May 13 – Percussion Auditions

  • 5:00 p.m. – Decorate Cafeteria

Saturday, May 14 – Band Concert and Banquet

  • 5:00 p.m. HCHS Auditorium

Sunday, May 15 – Baccalaureate

  • 3:00 p.m. CALL TIME IN BAND ROOM
  • 4:00 p.m. – Service Begins

Monday, May 16 – 1st and 3rd Block Finals for Seniors and Music Students

Tuesday, May 17 – 2nd and 4th Block Finals for Seniors and Music Students



Wednesday, May 18 – Regularly Scheduled Classes – PERMISSION SLIPS DUE

Thursday, May 19 – 1st and 2nd Block Regular Finals – Transport Equipment
No Band Rehearsals, Band Room will be closed on this day
Load Equipment at 11:30 a.m. and move to CSU

Friday, May 20 – Graduation Rehearsal

  • 8:00 a.m. – Call time to Band/Choir Rooms for Breakfast (provided)
  • 8:30 a.m. – LOAD
  • 8:45 a.m. – Departure
  • 9:30 a.m. – Load In, Warm Up and Sound Check
  • 10:00 a.m. – Graduation Rehearsal
  • 11:00 a.m. – LUNCH at Peachtree Mall (Bring $$)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Departure for HCHS
  • 1:00 p.m. – Arrival at HCHS and dismissal for checkout

*You may NOT check out from CSU due to check out procedures and legalities.

Saturday, May 21 – Graduation

  • 7:45 a.m. – Call time @ HCHS
  • 8:00 a.m. – LOAD
  • 8:10 a.m. – Departure
  • 9:00 a.m. Warm Up and Sound Check
  • Approximate arrival at HCHS Post Graduation – 1:00 p.m.

*You may be picked up from CSU on Saturday provided the following guidelines have been met: Release signed on bottom portion of permission slip AND your parent/guardian must check out with your teacher IN PERSON.

Concert and Banquet Saturday

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Don’t miss the annual Band Spring Concert and Banquet on Saturday, May 14, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.  Concert in the Auditorium at 5:00, dinner in cafeteria afterwards (Carraba’s, mmmmm!).  Ticket orders were due Friday.  It’s going to be a GREAT Show!!

Six Flags Return Update

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

return time now expected to be 10:15.


Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Attention!  Banquet ticket orders are due FRIDAY!  Tickets for dinner are $10.00 each.  Remember, yummy CARRABAS!

Check or money order to HCHS Band.  Turn in to Carlsen or Bass.



Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Everybody ready for Saturday?  The travel cost for the bus is $20.00 per person, check or money orders ONLY due by end of day Friday payable to HCHS BANDS.  We will depart at 8:00 a.m.  WEAR AND BRING SUNSCREEN, dress code appropriate clothes, comfortable shoes and plan on approximately $15.00 per meal.

We estimate our arrival back at school around midnight.

Check Out Face of Honor

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Check out Face of Honor, the 2008 commission project with Dr. Rumbelow, now available on C. Alan Publications.  CSU’s recording available on the sight as well.  Enjoy!!

Monday’s Meeting Info

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Upcoming Dates

Six Flags Info

Meeting Notes 3-28-11

Letter Application

Banquet Order Form


Concert Date Change

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The Concert scheduled for Thursday, March 31 has been moved to April 14.  The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the HCHS Auditorium.


Monday, March 28th, 2011

Senior Chances Waite has been accepted to the University of Georgia and Berry College.  Senior Slater Bridgman has been accepted to the percussion studio and school of music at Georgia Southern University.  Slater has also been accepted to Columbus State University and West Georgia University.  Senior William Woolfolk has been accepted to the trumpet studio and Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and was also accepted to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.  Travis Bagwell has been accepted to Columbus State University.

WAY TO GO BANDS!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The Harris County High School Concert Band performed on March 16 at Kendrick High School for the Georgia Music Educators Association District Three Large Group Performance Evaluation.  The Concert Band performed Bonds of Unity, Canterbury Tales and American Folk Fantasy (Level III) and received an Excellent from adjudicator Mike Puckett and Jim Bagley.  Mr. Puckett stated that he remembers the combined ensemble from three years ago and feels like this group is right on target.  Head adjudicator Craig Bean rated the ensemble as Superior.  Judge comments include, “The Band plays with overall good quality,” and “Great flowing legato style.”  The band received a Good rating in Sight Reading from Judge John Hillsman.

The Wind Ensemble performed on March 17.  The ensemble performed the Bourgeouis edition of March of the Belgian Parachutists, Elegy (Chance), and English Folk Song Suite (Level V).  The ensemble received all superior ratings (same panel as above) and a Superior in Sight Reading.  Judge comments include, “Good stylistic playing,” “A nice dark tonal concept,” and “Bravo.”

Congratulations to both ensembles on the success of your musical journey and growth as musicians and ensembles!

Congratulations to the Miss Harris County Pageant Series Winners!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Little Miss Harris County – Insley Owens

Junior Miss Harris County – Raven Watkins

Miss Harris County High School – Bayle Strain



This week in Band

Monday, March 7th, 2011

March 14-18

Large Group Performance Evaluation


Tuesday, March 15 – CONCERT BAND

Call Time – 2:30 p.m. – Dress in Blacks

Departure – 3:00 p.m.

Arrival At Kendrick High School – 4:00 p.m.

Warm Up

5:00 p.m. – PERFORMANCE

6:00 p.m. LOAD

7:00 p.m. – Potential Arrival back at HCHS


Tuesday, March 16 – WIND ENSEMBLE

Call Time – 3:30 p.m. – Dress in Blacks

Departure – 4:00 p.m.

Arrival At Kendrick High School – 5:00 p.m.

Warm Up

5:40 p.m. – PERFORMANCE

6:40p.m. LOAD

7:40 p.m. – Potential Arrival back at HCHS



**So as not to interfere with students’ academic needs, we will not delay or stop for dinner after the performance.  Granola Bars and Water will be provided prior to and after the performance.


Miss HCHS Information

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Pageant information has been updated on the Miss HCHS page. —->


Miss HCHS Application

Schedule of Events

Weekly Announcements

Monday, November 29th, 2010

This Week In Band (11/29-12/4)

**No private lessons on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday (reschedule with Ms. Bass for Tuesday or Thursday.


Every Student will sell at least ONE tree!  Extra forms are now available in photocopy form and will be made available online.  All money is due by FRIDAY, December 3!  The last day to pick up trees is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4.

You can now pick up trees ANY DAY THIS WEEK from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

District Honor Band Fees are PAST DUE

Please turn in the $10.00 for District Honor Band Audition Fees ASAP (NO LATER THAN FRIDAY), as the fees are past due!  The auditions are Saturday, December 11 at Columbus High School.  The schedule will be available later.

Christmas Parades  – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4

Call Time and Rehearsal – 12:00 p.m.

Pine Mountain Parade – 2:00 p.m.

Chili and Hot Dog Dinner in Between

(Sign Up to bring chilli or dogs at

Hamilton Parade – 5:00 p.m.

Dismissal – 6:00 p.m.

This Week In Band (12/6-12/10)

Thursday, December 9 – Combined after school rehearsal – ALL CLASS BAND MEMBERS REQUIRED TO ATTEND from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 11 – District Honor Band Auditions at Columbus High School

This Week In Band (12/13-12/16)

Tuesday, December 14 – Winter Concert – HCHS Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

$5.00 admission at the door, $3.00 pre-sale ticket price

Tickets go on Sale Friday, December 3

December 14, 15, 16

Band Class Finals

Wind Ensemble Tour (during 4th block, concert black)

Adopt-A-Child – The band has adopted a local child to provide presents, clothes, and other neccesseties for.  Stats available soon

DecorateThe-Band-Room – Students may bring in decorations for the band rooms Holiday season from November 30-December 16.

Christmas Tree Order Forms

Monday, November 29th, 2010

We are attaching a Christmas Tree Order Form.

Please fill out two per sale, one as a receipt for the customer (Write Receipt on it and initial it), and another to turn in with your money to Ms. Bass (Write original on it.)

All tree money is Due Friday, December 3rd to Ms. Bass. Please remember to put your name and organization on the form so that the band receives credit for the sale.

Trees can now be picked up every evening between 4-8pm at Rodger’s Metal Craft. Saturday is the last day to pick up trees.

If you have any questions please see or email Ms. Bass.

Tree Order Form

Leadership and Guard Work Day 11/16

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Captains, lieutenants, and guard members will have an after school work day Tuesday, November 16th until 5pm. Dinner will be provided. See Carlsen for details.

Booster Meeting Tuesday 11/16

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

There will be a band booster meeting Tuesday, November 16 in the band room at 6:45.

Middle School Game

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

  • The Band’s call time for Wednesday is after school (8th graders should just follow YOUR middle school bands schedule and we’ll meet you there).
  • Students should report at 3:45 for warm-up and show reviews.
  • Students should wear long sleeves under Bob shirts, bring flip folders and appropriate marching shoes.
  • We are departing at approximately 4:30 p.m. The game begins at 5:15 p.m. and should last less than 2 hours.
  • Given that it is a church night, students who have requested to leave after half time may do so. Please remember that either Ms. Bass or Mr. Carlsen need to see you leave WITH your guardians. Please do not leave without checking out first.
  • Buses will bring students and equipment back to the high school.

This Week in Band(11/1/10) Update

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Thursday – Competition Practice – 3:50 – 5:30 p.m.
Youth Orchestra of Columbus Concert at RiverCenter – free admission – 7:00 p.m.

Friday – GAME at OLA
Students wear SHOW SHIRTS to school (Hero and HCTV), pack A4s for game, Guard in LONG SLEEVES and UNITARDS
     357 North Ola Road
     McDonough, GA 30252-5621
     (770) 288-3222
Call time – 2:00 p.m.
Buses pick up Eighth Graders – 2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m. Departure from HCHS
Stop for dinner en route
7:30 p.m. Game
App. arrival at HCHS – 12:00 a.m.

Saturday – COMPETITION at Newnan High School
     190 La Grange Street, Newnan, Georgia – (770) 254-2880
10:00 AM – CALL TIME
11:00 a.m. – Departure
2:40 p.m. – Performance
Students pack Hero Shirts for POST PERFORMANCE and a long sleeve shirt for under, jackets, etc.  Black Shirts UNDER uniforms.  Guard in UNITARDS.  Captains pack long sleeves for awards.
Awards – 8:20 p.m.

Anticipated arrival at HCHS 11:00 p.m

Superbowl of Sound

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Game Day Update(Upson-Lee) + Competition Info :

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Thursday – Football Band Rehearsal – 3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (BRING FLIP FOLDERS)
COMP BAND – 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – WEAR BOB SHIRTS.
Friday – Game vs. Upson Lee
Call time – AFTER SCHOOL, wear Black A4s
Departure – 4:15 p.m.
Dinner – $5.50 upon arrival at Park (RSVP and PAY FRIDAY MORNING
Warm-up – 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Performance PRE-GAME
Saturday – Competition at Hiram High School
12:20 p.m. – 1st Warm-Up
1:00 p.m. – Performance No. 1 (Festival)
2:40 p.m. – Performance No. 2 (Competition)
9:45 p.m. – Awards
11:00 p.m. – Departure
1:00 a.m. – Arrival at HCHS

Directions to Hiram – Take I-85 North to Camp Creek Parkway. Exit and turn Left. Camp Creek Pky Turns into Thornton Road. Cross I-20, Thornton Road is also called 278 and goes straight to Hiram City Limits. Pass Home Depot and Wal-Mart, another two miles. Turn left at the light onto Bill Carruth Parkway, then left again at the next light onto Ballentine Drive. Ballentine Drive leads to the school.

Concession Lists for Saturday were not provided.

Waite Chosen for Georgia Student Advisory Council

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Congratulations to Chances Waite who has been selected to serve on the Georgia Student Advisory Council. She is one of 50 students out of 460 selected from across the state who will be acting as liaisons between the state department of education and Georgia students. She will have the opportunity to make direct impact upon statewide policy decisions related to education. She will represent Harris County High well. Please congratulate Chances on her selection.

Week of September 27 – HOMECOMING WEEK

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Be sure to dress up and participate in homecoming festivities!


Comp Rehearsal 3:50 – 5:00 p.m.

CSU Concert – 7:30 p.m. at River Center – FREE ADMISSION






WEAR BOB SHIRTS TO PARADE with comfy shorts and tennis shoes

3:45 CALL TIME, Block, Run through

4:10 Departure

4:30 Parade

6:00 p.m. – END


Football Rehearsal – 3:50 – 5:45 p.m.

Comp Run Through and Spot Check – 5:45 – 6:15 p.m.


Homecoming Game vs. McIntosh – 6:00 p.m. Call

Green HCTV Shirts to School

Black A4 for game



7:00 a.m. CALL TIME



AWARDS at 9:50 p.m.

Arrival back at HCHS – app. 1:00 a.m.

Pack lunches, snacks, dinner.  Students need to eat packed snacks prior to arrival and will eat lunch after the                                second performance.  Plan on approximately $10.00 for lunch and dinner at concessions.  When a                                   concession price list is made available, it will be provided.

**Parents, we are collecting granola bar donations for the snack in between performances as well as donations for fruit and biscuits for breakfast. Email Bass or Carlsen or send in your contributions.

Game Day Update (9/24 – Fayette Co.)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Call time is 3:15 for a departure of 4:15.

Fayette Co. Map

Stadium Address and Directions:

Fayette County High School
1 Tiger Trail
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Fayette County High School is located on Tiger Trail and is easily accessible from by Ga Highway 85 and Ga Highway 54. Fayetteville, Ga is accessible from both I-75 and I-85.
From GA. Highway 85:
From North of Fayetteville, travel south on GA 85 until you reach Lafayette Avenue. Lafayette Avenue sits next to the Arby’s restaurant. Lafayette Ave will run into Tiger Trail, make a right turn on Tiger Trail and you will see the school on the left side of the road.

From South of Fayetteville, travel north on GA 85 to the 85/54 intersection (at the old courthouse). Turn left onto Highway 54W. The next road on the right is Tiger Trail (there is a traffic light at Tiger Trail and 54W). Turn right onto Tiger Trail and continue through the stop sign, the school will be on the left.

From GA. Highway 54:
From West of Fayetteville, travel east on GA 54. Once you pass the Regions Bank get in the left lane (Tiger Trail is the next traffic light after the bank.)Turn left onto Tiger Trail and cross Hwy 54W. Continue straight on Tiger Trail through the stop sign (Lafayette Ave) and the school will be on your left.

From East of Fayetteville, travel west on GA 54. Stay on GA 54 through the 85/54 intersection (you will pass the old courthouse). The next road on the right is Tiger Trail (there is a traffic light at Tiger Trail and 54W). Turn right onto Tiger Trail and continue through the stop sign, the school will be on the left.

Food Arrangements for Fayette Co.

Friday, September 17th, 2010

We have been invited to eat dinner with the Fayette Co. band before the game next Friday. Dinner will be served in the lunch room. Students will have a choice of Chick-fil-a sandwich or 2 Slices of Pizza. Both options come with chips and a drink. The cost of dinner will be $5. Order forms will be sent home after the game this evening and are due by Tuesday with money. Please send exact change only. Students may also bring their own dinner.

Order Form

Game Day Update 2 (9/17 – Whitewater)

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Band members should wear Black A4 shirts to school. Call time for this home game will be 6:00pm. Students should be in the band room and ready at this time. Performance attire will be bibbers, black A4 shirt, black socks, and black drill masters.

Composite Photo

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Composite photos will be taken on Friday, September 17th during band classes and right after school.

All students in a band class will take their photo in class.  All members of the band program, class and marching will take a photo.  Marching members will shoot it in their band jacket, non-marchers should bring a black dress shirt.  Eighth graders, color guard members and any student not in class may take their photo in the band room between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.  All eighth grade marching members will need to ride the Activity bus to the band room on Friday to take their picture.

Order forms were sent home last week, but another round will be sent home this week.  Order forms will also be available on picture day in case anyone forgets.  Please do not turn any money in to Ms. Bass or Mr. Carlsen.  The photographer will take money the day of the photo.  Should you choose to order photos later, you may directly mail to Prestige Digital Imaging.

All-State & District Honor Band Information

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The deadline to pay for audition fees to audition for the 2010-2011 Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band is Monday, Tuesday September 21.  Students, please turn in monies by Friday if possible.  The audition fee for All-State is $18.00.  Students interested in auditioning but who are having trouble coming up with the funds, please talk to Ms. Bass, we don’t want any one to miss the opportunity.

All State Band consists of a two-part audition process, the first is in December at Columbus High School on Saturday December 11th the second in Houston County on Saturday January 8.  If a student is selected, then they will attend the All-State Honor Band in Savannah, GA in March.

Tentative Information for Future Trips

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Fayette Co – 9/24 – 4:15 departure, call 3:15 p.m.

Hawkinsville – 9/25 – 4:00 p.m. Departure, 3:00 Call (Exhibition)

Upson Lee – 10/15 – 5:00 departure, 4:00 call

Starrs Mill 10/29 – 4:30 departure, 3:30 call

Game Day Update (9/10 – Griffin)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Friday’s game is a home game. Like all other home games call time is 6:00. Performance attire is Bob shirts, bibbers, black socks, and drill masters.

Game Day Update (Alcovy:9/2)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

  • Students should wear HCtv shirts to school Thursday, and pack bob shirts to wear under bibbers.
  • We have a three pm call time to load and dress on Thursday.
  • Eighth graders should ride activity bus to high school at normal time.  They should pack  marching shoes, socks, instruments, flip folders, etc.
  • We will depart at four.
  • We will have dinner at the stadium.  An order form will be provided today from the alcovy band boosters.  It will be due Wednesday morning.


Game Day Update (Hardaway:8/27)

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The dress for Friday is Black out (black t-shirt, black socks, drill masters (marching shoes))  A limited number of Harris Co. vs. Hardaway Shirts will be available during lunch for 10 dollars each.  They are first come first serve and can be worn for the game.   Call time is 6.  If your student needs to stay at HCHS make sure they bring a dinner.

Time Changes

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Due to heat issues the end time for Tuesday and Thursday practices has been moved up to 6:00 until further notice.

Scrimmage Tonight!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Tonights call time is 6:00 p.m. Students should wear yellow BOB shirts and shorts and tennis shoes. Scrimmage starts at 7:30 p.m. and ALL students must have flip-folder with stand music. Each band will perform the opener from each show as well as all stand music. Students will be dismissed after half-time. Students staying at the game without their parents after half-time must have a note on file.

Freshman Orientation

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Freshmen and parents are encouraged to attend orientation on Monday.  As soon as orientation is over Freshman Competition Band members should report to practice.

We invite parents to stay and watch practice and view the show since we got rained out on Friday.

Photo Update

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Friday, August  6- Kick-Off and Photo Schedule

Please accept my most sincere and profound apologies for the inconvenience of the mistake in photo scheduling.  The following outlines my correction plan.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

From Photo Memo 7-30-10

Order forms were sent home earlier this week.

Please turn in forms and money TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

Do not turn money in to Boosters, Parents, or Directors.

If you purchase individual packets, you may wear your jacket for your individual photo if you wish.  Group photos will be taken in plain black t-shirts shirts, black marching shoes (black socks as shoes are not in yet), and black bibbers.  Guard will wear all black and are available to wear tunics in individual and senior photos from older members.

Revised Schedule 8-6-10

5:00 p.m. – Individuals and Seniors who are available to come early to take photos can come anytime between 5:00 and 5:45 p.m. to take early photos.

**Seniors and parents not able to attend this shoot may take photos on Sunday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Liftouch Studios in Columbus, GA OR Monday (TENTATIVE, pending LifeTouch approval, they were not available by phone as of 8:26 p.m. 8-5-10), August 9 at 6:00 p.m.  If for some reason, we still can not accommodate your schedule, please contact me so I can schedule an individual shoot time for you.  We WILL get you in the program.

***Please note this schedule is tentative.  Traditionally, the photos scheduled prior to us run over.

Any section that misses a photo will be taken during a rehearsal as a make-up photo section that WILL make the paper and the program.

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Section Photos in the order listed (be ready to shoot RAPIDLY)

Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones and Low Reeds, Trumpets and Horns, Low Brass, Percussion, Guard, Leadership

6:00 p.m. – Football and Comp Band Photos

6:30 p.m. – Performance for Parents

Students please bring a black shirt for photos per today’s instructions.  We will perform in Bob Patterson Shirts distributed tomorrow.

Parents – Please enjoy a hot dog dinner in the band room and brief meeting with me about the evening while we await your students photos and then for the kick-off performance on our practice field.  I apologize for the inconvenience.  Dinner is on me.  Also, You may wish to bring a lawn chair for the performance.  Provided a smooth photography session, we hope to have everyone out by 6:45 p.m.


Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Gloves for marching band are $2.50/pair. Students should purchase two pairs. If students purchased a new set of marching shoes the gloves are included. The $5.00 should be paid by the first game.

Colorguard and percussionist do not need to order gloves(excluding cymbal players).

Information Update

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

1. I am good on Batteries.  Thank you for your donations!

2. Drum and Spin-A-Thon:  Funds raised at this event will be distributed in the order listed below (as each amount is met, funds roll over to the next priority).  Students in each group are asked to raise $100.00 in pledges prior to the event.  It is not mandatory, of course, but we hope everyone tries!  It’s amazing what we accomplish with your students when the goals are high. Pledge sheets are being issued tomorrow.  Drum&Spin-A-Thon will be at Walmart at Columbus Park Crossing.  Call time is 8:00 a.m. with your own equipment at the venue.  If transportation is an issue, please work with members and parents of members within those sections to arrange car pools as bus transportation is not possible.

Drum&Sping-A-Thon Fund Distribution

a.   Competitive Drill and Music $2000.00
b.   Competitive Equipment
c.   Individual Competitive Camp Fees if on a plan or pending  (Up to $100.00 for competitive or $20.00 for football)  Football members have been invited to attend as some wanted to come with the option of designating how their funds are to be distributed (for instance, if they would like to donate to football band since that is there only membership, then they may).

3. Football Ads have been re-issued and handed to kids today.  Football Ads – We must sell $500.00 in football ads for seniors to be featured in the program.  We have a lot of seniors, we should sell a lot of ads.  Please see the breakdown above for fund distribution.  The more we sell, the more likely we can have more photos of the band in the program.  Let’s really get after this fundraiser.  The deadline has been extended to Friday, August 6 per my conversation with Emily Castleberry today.   Funds raised from this sale will go towards the following in the order listed or as designated by the person selling the ads.

a. Individual Camp fees (Up to $100.00 for competitive or $20.00 for football) if the student still owes.  If already paid, they may not seek refund.
b. Football Equipment (flags, heads if needed still, and other football equipment needs as they arise (pit train tires, etc.))

4.  Shoes are being fitted Thursday at camp.  We also need to fit uniforms for all students on Thursday and Friday.  If anyone is interested in helping us fit uniforms, Mr. Carlsen has volunteered to help issue and track and compile info in the database for uniform management.  We simply need some good moms and dads to spend the day fitting our students.  We need at least one male and one female.  If you are willing to help, please email me.

5. Next weeks schedule:

Monday – 6-9 p.m. – Comp Band

Tuesday – 6-9 – Comp Band

Wednesday – Drum&Spin-A-Thon

Thursday – 6-9 p.m. – Foot Band and PROGRAM PHOTOS

Friday – 6:00 p.m. – Season Kick-Off and Exhibition

6. Program Photos will be taken in Uniform at 6:00 p.m. SENIORS – you are featured with parents in a separate spread in the program.  Your parents should be here at 6:00 and in nice attire.  We may have to wait on football to finish, but we will try to limit your wait time.  Students may purchase individual photo packages, but they are usually sweaty and turn out poorly.  Composite photos will be taken later in August.  Those photos are in uniform, in front of a green screen for various background selections, and are the photos featured in the composites on the wall in the band room.

7.   Organizers for the Season Kick-Off Picnic are needed.  Please email me if you are interested.  I would like a team leader and a couple of people to help with the cooking and manning the counter.

8.   Just for your information, our current expenses (not including any concert or other program expenses throughout the year) include the following (though these items are budgeted, the funds must be raised):

Music and Drill – Competition Band

Music – Football Band (no new music has been ordered as of yet.  Until a safer amount of money has been raised, I will not order new stand music).  Approximately $300.00.  This is an estimate ONLY.  A finite figure is not possible until order is placed.

Flags – Competition – Approximately $300.00 need to be spent RIGHT AWAY on fabric for flags and for one new set of show flags.  We are making two of the flags to cut the cost down. However, we need additional sets of poles and more items later.

Flags – Football – Approximately $150.00 needed immediately to fill out the sets of flags that we have.  Our flag sets are only in 12s and we have 15 football guard members.

Percussion:  Needed immediately for BOTH bands – heads on all drums, sticks for basses, new mallets, Vibraphone Repair, New timpani and bass drum heads, new wind chimes and that doesn’t even begin to cover what we will need throughout the concert season.

Kick-Off expenses – IF indeed we can run the concession stand as a concession stand during this event.

Concession Expenses

Penske Trucks Gas

A New Drum Major Podium


More stand music

Football Program Ad Sales

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Information for Football Program Ad Sales is attached below. These are due Friday, August 6th.

Football Ad Sales

Football Band Camp Time Change

Monday, July 26th, 2010

This week’s football band camp will start a 9am. All other times will remain the same.

Drill Charts

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Drill Charts have been moved to the files and music section of the webpage.

Band Camp Forms

Monday, July 12th, 2010

All forms necessary for band camp can be found in the attached handbook.

Handbook 10-11

Medical Form

Reference Music for Competitive Show

Monday, July 12th, 2010

X2: XMen 2 X Suite Introduction Basis for Opener (Recording Reference)

One Day I’ll Fly Away Moulin Rouge Reference Recording for Ballad

Planet Krypton Closer Intro Recording Reference

Super Man Theme Reference Recording for Closer


Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Competitive Show Camp starts Monday.  Please see the schedule for the coming camp weeks below.  We hope you have all had a safe and happy summer.  See you MONDAY, bright and early!  We will start in the band room at 9 a.m., please be early so we can be sure you have completely registered and have all of your documentation and fees recorded.

COMPETITION BAND CAMP – ONLY Students in Competition Show will attend this camp.  Students in Football Show are not required to attend until the 3rd week (see below).

Week 1:  July 12 – 16, 2010 – Alternating Days, Fundamentals.  Lunch on your own (Bring Your Own Lunch!  Students will not be permitted to leave campus. 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (see schedule below for details).




Monday – Thursday Daily Schedule (remember, Guard and Percussion on MW and WW and Brass on TR)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  – Movement

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m – Lunch – Bring Your Own

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Sound

Thursday, July 15 – Deadline for DCI Ticket Purchase – $15.00 Group tickets through Bass

Friday, July 16

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Combined, movement and sound

12:00 p.m. – Lunch Party (details TBA) and dismissal

4:00 p.m. – Leadership Retreat – Pine Mountain Hike, Cookout and Camping (Drill Writing Session)

Overnight Camping, details supplied to leadership at camp.

Week 2: July 19 – July 23, 2010 – Competition Band Week 2.   Lunch on Your Own (BYO, students will not be permitted to leave campus)

We will be arranging class and parent-sponsored pot-luck dinners throughout the week.   Details to be sent home during week one of camp.  If you are interested in volunteering to organize a dinner, please email Ms. Bass.


8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Movement

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – LUNCH – Bring Your Own

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Indoor Work – Sections and large group– Sound and isolated visuals

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Field Work


Students in Competition AND Football Shows required to attend.  Please note that Football Camp ends at 5:00 p.m. and Competition Show has rehearsal in the evenings.

July 26 – July 30, 2010 – Lunch on Your Own (BYO, students will not be permitted to leave campus)

We will be arranging class and parent-sponsored pot-luck dinners for competition band members throughout the week. Details to be sent home during week one of camp.  If you would like to volunteer to organize a dinner, please email Ms. Bass.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Movement

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – LUNCH – Bring Your Own

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Indoor Work – Sections – SOUND

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – DINNER BREAK

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Evening Rehearsal – Competition Show Only

DCI Southeastern Championships – Saturday, July 31– GA DOME – not mandatory but highly encouraged.

Purchase tickets at, tickets in $50.00 and $15.00 prices.  Ms. Bass can order block tickets if 15 or more attend.  Car-pool transportation.

Post-Camp Evening Rehearsals

Monday, August 2 – Competition 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 3 – Competition 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 5 – Football 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 9 – Competition 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Season Kick-Off – Performance

Friday, August 6, 2010 – HCHS Tiger Stadium

6:00 p.m. – PERFORMANCE – Parents please come!!

Post-Performance – Picnic and DInner


Mondays          3:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Competition Band

Tuesdays          3:45 – 6:30 p.m. – Competition Band

Wednesdays    3:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Competition Band

Thursdays         3:45 – 6:30 p.m. – Football Band

Summer Instrument Rentals

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Instruments are available for check out/rental for the summer. 

Rental fees apply. 

Email Ms. Bass for details. 

Please be sure to email Ms. Bass to schedule a time for pick up.

Slide Show Download

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This year’s slide show is available for download.


Banquet Slide Show

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Do you have pictures from the 2009-2010 season? Do you want to see them in this year’s band banquet slide show? Send your photos to for inclusion. All pictures must be submitted by Thursday, May 11, 2010.


Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Senior Zach Tyler has been accepted to the music department at the University of West Georgia and Tyler Clevenger has been accepted to CSU’s Schwob School of Music.  Congratulations to both!

Week of April 26/Relay for Life/Brass Festival Schedules

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Tuesday: 4/27

  • 3:30-5:30 pm – Full Marching band Practice with Color Guard and 8th Graders. Preparation for R4L and PMBF performances.

Thursday: 4/29

  • 2:00 pm – Spring Scrimmage Game to benefit R4L. ALL High School Marching Band members will perform.
  • 3:30-5:30 pm – Full Marching band Practice with Color Guard and 8th Graders. Preparation for R4L and PMBF performances.

Friday: 4/30

  • 5:30 pm – CALL TIME wearing Yellow Bob Shirts of Relay Team Shirt and comfortable pants/shorts and shoes.
  • 6:00 pm – Approximate performance time for Kick Off
  • Students will be released on a break between performances. Students are not permitted to leave the stadium during this break. Student are encouraged to eat dinner on site as all proceeds from the even benefit R4L.
  • 9:00 pm – Approximate performance time for Luminaria. (Students will be called over PA to report to performance area)

Saturday: 5/1

  • 10:00 am – Call time for PERCUSSION and LOW BASS at the BAND ROOM for load or pickup of instruments.
  • 10:30 am – Call time at PINE MOUNTAIN WOMEN”S CLUB. Attire: SHOW SHIRTS
  • 11:00 am – Performance of Marching Band for Deep South Pine Mountain Brass Festival (stand tunes and National Anthem)
  • 11:30 am – All students will be dismissed from Pine Mountain Women’s Center. Students with drums and sousas may go to band room with an assistant or Bass. All students are HIGHLY encouraged to attend events at the Brass Festival. A lot of really world class groups are performing including the Georgia Brass Band and Charlotte Tuba Ensemble. Bring the family and make a beautiful day of it.

Help Coy and his friends look better

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Our uniforms are falling apart. Please visit our donations page to make a contribution to our uniform fund.


Monday, March 29th, 2010

Join the Harris County High School Bands in a special performance at Old Mountain Hill Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  CSU Intern Teacher Corey Parker guest conducts with special guest conductor Mr. Casey Eubanks.

Call time for students: 6:15 p.m. in Concert Black.

Party In The U.S.A.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

  • Who: The HCHS Marching Band
  • What: Party In The USA Video
  • When: Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday March 31 from 1:45 p.m. (call time in Band Room), 2:00 p.m. begin filming until 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Call time TBA, approximately 1:45 p.m. (we’ll be on an activity schedule) in the Band Room to change into uniforms (i.e. you will need your shoes, socks and under uniform attire, no specific t-shirt required).  Taping positions are:  Drum line outside at end of B-Hall, Instrumentalists and Color Guard lining the commons area in front of the cafeteria.
  • Why: The video project is based on a project by two rival schools in which a song was selected and the entire school shot a lip synching video in one take.  The school then challenged their rival to create a similar video, promoting school spirit and a positive atmosphere.  The videos were featured on the national news.  Jennifer Castleberry, senior at HCHS and member of the Theatre Department, was inspired to create a video like this for HCHS.  As a part of her Page One project, our HCHS Administration agreed to let her make the video utilizing all of our HCHS students, including the Band.  The video is serving as a pretty spectacular fund-raiser for Relay for Life.  The band has been asked to be a special feature in the video.  The video will result in air and web play with WTVM and sent as a challenge to Columbus area schools by WTVM, not unlike the Cheerleaders Spirit competition featured last year.

**Each member of the band is expected to participate.  This performance will be a letter requirement performance.

**Each member participating is asked to donate $1.00 to the cause.  Individual fourth block classes are asked to raise a set amount of money.  Since band students are not all in 4th block, we are asking all members to contribute $1.00.  Though this “admission” is highly encouraged, as a letter requirement performance, it is not mandatory.  Please note that ALL proceeds benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Should any student wish to participate but not have a dollar, please notify Ms. Bass so arrangements can be made for all students to participate.

**We WILL feature the NEW UNIFORM as well as a poster stating we need new uniforms with our web site listed.  We are currently creating a Pay-Pal donation page for the Uniforms that we expect to be live prior to the airing of the video.  The students who raise or donate the highest amount will be featured wearing the uniform or holding the poster.

**Parents who are available for taping that would like to come are more than welcome to join us.  If you would like to join us, please email Ms. Bass to RSVP and report to the Band Room at 1:30 p.m.  Please be sure to RSVP via email so I can get your visitor clearance without you having to go to the front office.

**This video is a SPECTACULAR idea, a great fund-raiser, and something that I think could be a very important part of our time and place in the history of HCHS.  Thank you for being a part of it!

Thursday’s Practice Cancelled

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Practice for this Thursday has been cancelled. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Bass or Mr. Carlsen.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


Monday, March 1st, 2010

Wanna rock all night long!? Wanna raise money to put towards our sharp new uniforms!? Would it be nice to have our new uniforms for the start of Fall 2010?

We can’t do it without you! So, here’s a fun fundraiser for our Spring Fling.


Rockathon Rules

Rock-A-Thon Pledge Sheet

Spring Fling

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The Spring Fling is a three-part event to raise money for students fees, Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Uniform Fund all in one! The event will be held at the Senior Citizen Center in Hamilton.

For more information see our Spring Fling Page.

Spring Fling Donations Needed

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Next Friday and Saturday, march 12th and 13th is the Spring Fling. All students are asked to bring in at least on box of instant pancake mix(add water or milk only), available at Wal-Mart or other stores for about $2.00. In addition members of each class are asked to bring the following items:

Freshman: Syrup
Sophomores: Butter
Juniors and Seniors: Plates and Cups

Additional donations of Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, and Frozen Juices are needed.

Marching Band Practice

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Marching Band Practice for those marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Ga will be held Tuesday and Thursday of next week, March 9th and 11th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ALL STUDENTS MARCHING MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE.


Monday, March 1st, 2010

Wednesday, march 3 is the GMEA District 3 Large Group Performance Evaluation. The evaluation will be held at Jordan High School. The Concert band will perform at 3;30 p.m. and the Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:00 p.m. Please find the schedule attached.LGPE Schedule

All State Band

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Congratulations to Will Woolfolk and Tyler Clevenger for making the 2010 Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band.

District 3 Honor Band

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I am SO excited to tell you that SEVENTEEN students from Harris County have been named to the Georgia Music Educators Association District Three High School Honor Band. The Honor Bands will meet in February for two days with world class conductors. The Ensembles consist of the best players in GMEA District 3 (and 17 of them are OUR kids!).
After intense preparations since September and a competitive audition on Saturday, the following students have been selected:

Emily Reed, 10th, Flute – Symphonic Band, 1st Chair
Carolyn Fell, 10th, Flute – Symphonic Band, 4th Chair
Amber Colberg, 10th, Flute – Symphonic Band, 6th Chair
Amy King, 10th, Oboe – Wind Ensemble, 2nd Chair
Callie Rodgers, 10th, Clarinet – Symphonic Band, 8th Chair
Victoria Byrd, 11th, Clarinet – Symphonic Band, 12th Chair
Will Woolfolk, 11th, Trumpet – Wind Ensemble, 1st Chair
Wallace Garner, III, 11th, Trumpet – Symphonic Band, 5th Chair
Dale Giefing, 12th, Horn – Symphonic Band, 1st Chair
Heather Weed, 9th, Horn – Symphonic Band, 3rd Chair
Matt Daniels, 10th, Trombone – Wind Ensemble, 1st Chair
Ryan Murchland, 10th, Trombone – Wind Ensemble, 2nd Chair
Victoria Wall, 11th, Trombone – Symphonic Band, 2nd Chair
Travis Bagwell, 11th, Tuba – Symphonic Band, 1st Chair
Chris Clarke, 10th, Tuba – Symphonic Band, 4th Chair
Tyler Clevenger, 12th, Percussion – Wind Ensemble, 1st Chair, Principal Snare
Slater Bridgman, 11th, Percussion – Symphonic Band, 4th Chair

That’s SIX principal or first chair positions. This is quite an accomplishment for them.


Friday, December 11th, 2009

Please join me in congratulating the NINETEEN Harris County Band Students accepted to the 60th Annual January High School Band Festival at the Univeristy of Georgia!!!

Alex Arulf, Hill Whatley, Tyler Clevenger, William Woolfolk, Wallace Garner, Travis Bagwell, Matthew Daniels, Amber Colberg, Emily Reed, Amy King, Michael Grant, Mary Vandenberg, Victoria Byrd, Maclain Anderson, Sonjelica Battle, Khalilah Freeman, Tyler Weed, Ryan Murchland, and Callie Rodgers will all attend the festival in January.

Students will spend four days at the University of Georgia rehearsing in one of 8 honor bands. Honor bands are conducted by the directors from Northwestern, University of Missouri, and the Air Force Bands. They will take lessons and masterclasses from the UGA faculty as well as attend a huge variety of professional and collegiate performances (4 concerts a day).

Itineraries for the week are available.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Americus, Sumter football game Friday, Novemeber 6th

Old South Marching Competition Saturday, November 7th

10/26 Itinerary Upson-Lee

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The itinerary for the week and the game at Upson-Lee is available.

Ms. Bass tests a post.

Monday, October 26th, 2009



Hey guys, we are experimenting with new web formats and seeing what will be easiest to keep you all updated. Ha, so here’s my first test. Reasons why Carlsen does all of

Uniform Drive

Monday, October 26th, 2009

We have $60,000 to go in our uniform drive. To give to the harris County High School Uniform Fund, please contact band Booster President Diane Weed or send donations to:

The Sound of The County
8281 Ga Hwy. 116
Hamilton, Ga 31811

Straight Superior!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Video of your festival performance in Blackshear, Ga. The band received all Superior ratings in their festival performance.

Sound of SIlver Video

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