US Army Field Band to Play at Asheville High School

US Army Field BandThe United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will play a free concert at Asheville High School on Saturday, March 18 at 7pm. Asheville High School Band Director Emily Talley considers the the Army Field Band and Chorus “one of the finest military ensembles in the country.” As the band is only able to visit our region once every eight years, this is a great opportunity for both students and the community!

The US Army Field Band will be joined by about a dozen advanced students from the Asheville High School Bands Program. This free event is sponsored by the BP Solutions Group, a marketing services provider based in Asheville, NC. The concert will take place at the Asheville High School Auditorium.

While the concert is free, tickets are required. To reserve a ticket, contact Asheville High School Band Director Emily Talley at 828 350-2646 or emily.talley@acsgmail.net or visit https://armyfieldband.ticketleap.com/asheville/ There is a maximum of four tickets per person.

“The Army Field Band and Chorus is one of the finest military ensembles in the country and we are looking forward to hosting these phenomenal musicians at Asheville High.” — Emily Talley, Asheville High School Band Director

AHSBA Band Night at the Magnetic Theatre

Come out and see “Money and How To Make It!” at the Magnetic Theatre and help the band!

Tell the box office you’re a “Band Booster” to give $2 from your ticket to the band.

Sketch comedy at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot Street (in the River Arts District)

7:30 PM Thursday-Saturday (Feb 16-18 and Feb 23-25).

Tickets: www.themagnetictheatre.org

Band Camp 2017 Dates released!

Many of you have been asking about 2017 summer band camp dates (thank you so much for checking as you plan your summer travels) so here they are (assuming ACS does not change their start date). Please check both weeks as everyone is required to participate in ALL camp dates. There are required rehearsals for everyone both weeks. Anyone who is not able to attend camp will not be written into the drill and will be used as an alternate.

WEEK 1

August 7-11: Guard and Percussion Camp, 9am-5pm *Required for all Guard and Percussion members.

August 7-8: CREW Training, 9am-3pm

*Required for all CREW Leadership members.

August 9-11: Rookie Camp, 9am-3:30pm

*Required for all first year marchers and CREW members outside of Percussion and guard.

August 9-11: EVERYONE  (who isn’t already there), 12:30pm-3:30pm *Required for everyone!

WEEK 2

August 14-18: FULL Band Camp, 8:30am-8:30pm *Required for everyone.* *On Friday we will have a parent meeting at 5:30pm, followed by our end of camp performance at 6pm, and a cookout at 6:30pm.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Emily Talley, M.M.

Band Director

Asheville High School

419 McDowell St

Asheville, NC 28803

(828)350-2646

Tickets now on sale for HAUNTED HIGH

Haunted High takes place at Asheville High School on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29, and people are getting excited!

haunted-high-yard-signThe Mountain Xpress, Citizen-Times, and WLOS have all run pieces on the event, and our nifty yard-signs are popping up all over town. (They look much better than the election posters!)

Tickets are available from any AHS band student, at the door, or online, and admission is just $10…

Please work to get the word out this week! Share our Facebook event, post images (below) to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or wherever you hang out online, and tell your friends, neighbors, and families.

We have a creepy promo video on youtube to give people a glimpse of what to expect. Please share it widely!

Thank you for being brave enough for Haunted High!

 

Images for sharing (click through to download full-size):

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Luells’a BBQ at the Reynolds Football Game September 30th

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Luella’s BBQ + Asheville Cougars v. Reynolds Rockets
Sept. 30 Football Game, 5 pm. through halftime!
Join AHS Band families for a Luella’s BBQ dinner.
Follow Your Nose… To purchase dinner from Luella’s inside the stadium on
the lawn above bleachers. Boxed dinners and a la carte
items include: BBQ Pork, Pulled Chicken, or Tempeh,
Calico Baked Beans, & Mac’n Hoop Cheese. Or buy
dinner tickets for presale from the band, available now.
A ticket to the game is required.
A generous portion of the proceeds go to
supporting the Asheville High School Band.
Thank you Luella’s!

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Talley’s Sunday night announcements

STUDENTS- Please bring proper shoes for marching band class tomorrow. We will go outside during 4th period.

Mr. Bass will be posting materials for jazz band auditions this week.  If you are interested be sure to get them.  Auditions will be held the following week.

We have our first away game on THURSDAY of this week.  Details for the trip are below.  Remember, students need to attend 2 of 3 away games in a nine week period.  This grading period is a little weird because we didn’t go to the first away game, and we are having a required rehearsal in place of the next away game.  What that means is this weeks away game will be just for those who want to come.  🙂  Please fill out this survey if you plan to come so that I know how many buses to get.  For the parents of new members, you should know that the students really enjoy the away games and have a great time.  Students need to wear their band t-shirt, tennis shoes, and jean pants. No shorts.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N7HYG3H

Once I put out our schedule for the year I try my best to stick to it and not make any additions.  We are hoping to do something very special at our last home game and would need to bring in some new staff to teach the band the show on Sunday, October 23rd.  If everyone could please fill out this very short survey to let me know if you’re available, I would greatly appreciate it.  The rehearsal would be from 1pm-6pm.  We will learn a new halftime show that is very different from anything we have ever done.  This is something that our community will love and I really hope we can make it work.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLZPBH5

Sectionals will begin next week (Sept 6).  Each section will have one sectional a week before or after school.  Students will work with their section leader to choose a time and a day that works for everyone.  Please remember that we will be out on Monday, Sept 5 for Labor Day when scheduling sectionals.

Reminder: There is a required rehearsal on Friday, September 9th in place of the away game.  I am hoping to do 4pm-9pm to get the rest of the opener on the field, but it will depend on the other sports teams.  We may only be able to do 6pm-9pm.  I will let you know asap.  If we do 4-9 I will make sure the kids are fed.

If anyone sews, we are going to need quite a few extra hands with some upcoming projects.  Please let me know if you’re able to help and we will work out a time to get together.  Our guard parents will be working on 4 large parachutes, and Audra Holden has designed an AWESOME insert for our uniforms that will have to be sewn into 120 custom sized uniform inserts. 🙂

This weeks events:

Monday: Nothing

Tuesday: Nothing

Wednesday: Nothing

Thursday: Away Game at Pisgah High School

Bus will depart AHS at 5:15pm and will stop for fast food on the way.  We will plan to return around 10:30pm.  I will send out a text to let everyone know when we are leaving Pisgah HS.

Friday: Nothing

ENJOY A LONG WEEKEND! 🙂 No game, no school Monday! 😮

Tonight’s Performance (August 26)

Just a reminder that all students should report to the band room by 6pm on Friday evening (August 26th).  Please be on time so we can rehearse as many stands tunes as possible before the game.

Students should wear their band T-shirt, jeans (shorts or pants but if they are shorts they need to be dress code appropriate), and tennis shoes.

Parents, if you’re planning on going to the game you can park at ABTech or the student parking lot at AHS.

Band members are required to stay for the entire game and typically finish around 9:30pm.

Please wait for your child outside the band room rather than coming in. It gets extremely crowded with 160 members so only students will be allowed in the band room after the game.

Students, we have a few rules for the stands:

  • Absolutely no one in the band section other than band members.
  • Playing during the game is a performance and your attention should be directed to what is going on on the field.
  • You will have time to socialize with friends during half time. No food or drink in the stands until half time.
  • Once halftime is finished all trash needs to be thrown away, and no food or drink through the remainder of the game. Water, of course, is permitted at all times.
  • Make sure you have all of your music.
  • Stay in your section for the entire game.
  • Do not play anyone else’s instrument at any time.
  • And most importantly, have fun! We can be ready to play and represent ourselves positively while also having a great time. 🙂