Events for the week of 8/17/15

All marching band students need to have a three ring binder (1″ is fine) for their warm-up book by this Friday.  Please put your name on it as it is easy to mistake someone else’s things for your own if it is not labeled.
Here is the schedule of events for this week.
Wednesday, August 19th-First Day of School
-We will rehearse inside this day.
-Colorguard Practice after school, 4:30pm-7pm
Thursday, August 20th-AHSBA Executive Board Meeting, 6:00pm AHS Band Room
Friday, August 21st- FIRST PERFORMANCE!!! 🙂
-Big Siblings: Please remember to do something special!
-After School Practice, 3:30pm-5pm
-Dinner in Cafeteria, 5pm-6pm
-Call Time, 6pm in Band Room
-Students should wear jeans (with no holes), their band t-shirt, and tennis shoes
-PARENTS: After the game is over please wait for your child outside the band room.  It is incredibly crowded in the band room with 150 students.
-STUDENTS: Please do not bring any friends/siblings into the band room.  We barely have enough space for our own students and our rule is that only band students are allowed in the band room.  Please help us maintain this policy.
-EVERYONE is responsible for cleaning up the band room before you leave Friday night.  We must take care of our space. Parents, please plan on giving them a little time to take care of this before you pick them up.  If everyone contributes it shouldn’t take long.
Saturday, August 22nd-AHSBA Exec Board Retreat, 9am-1pm
Saturday, August 22nd-Zombie Moving Party! 2pm-5pm
-If you are available, please come help us transfer all of our haunted house materials from the trailer to our new storage container.  We will meet in the band room at 2pm. You should probably bring gloves….I’m pretty sure the zombies have been perspiring for the past 10 months!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I look forward to seeing everyone at Friday’s performance!
Emily Talley

Get Your 2015 AHS Band T-Shirt!

If you would like to purchase one of the band t-shirts that have the seniors names on the back they are available for purchase for $15.  We will also order “Proud Supporter” t-shirts.  If you would like to pre-order a Proud Supporter t-shirt (the front design is the same as the kid, the back says “Proud Supporter of the Asheville High School Marching Band) please let me know.

These will also be $15.  Please be sure to include size.

Email Ms. Talley at

Storage Container Delivered

It’s here!  The storage we’ve been waiting for.

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After a demolition derby of smashed cars getting the truck to the site our driver expertly dropped our new 40′ x 8′ x 9′ shipping container in place.

Why?  To hold all our great stuff! Like the haunted house decorations, old music and instruments, unruly freshman, the usual stuff.

Next we move all the stuff out of the trailer into the container.  We’ll need a bunch of volunteers.  Stay tuned true believers!

Thinking of Buying on Amazon Tomorrow?

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How to select the Asheville High School Bands to be your charity:

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New Band Camp 2015 Info!

July 27th: 9am-4pm    CREW Training
*Required for all CREW members (these are students in leadership positions)
*Pack a bag lunch
July 27-31: 9am-5pm    Colorguard and Percussion Camp
*Required for all Colorguard, Drumline, and Front Ensemble members
*Pack a bag lunch


July 29-31: 9am-3:30pm    Rookie Camp
*Required for all first year marchers
*Pack a bag lunch
*Wear tennis shoes.

July 29-31: 12:30pm-3:30pm    Full Band Rehearsal
*Required for EVERYONE

Aug 3-7: 8:30am-8:30pm  FULL BAND CAMP
*Required for EVERYONE
*Pack a bag lunch
*Dinner will be provided each night (there will be vegetarian options available each night)
*Everyone needs to bring their own LARGE water bottle.  We are trying to cut back on the use of cups so I am asking every student to bring a large jug (such as this one with their name on it
*Bring Sunscreen (even if you don’t think you need it)

*On Wednesday of Full Band Camp, August 5th, we will release students at 6pm.  Students will then have the option of going home, or going to a pool party.  The pool party will be at Malvern Hills pool and will be $2 per student.  We will transport students to the pool via activity bus, and then they can be picked up there at 8:30pm.  Dinner will be provided at the pool and students should be pick up there.
*On Friday, Aug 7th, we will have a parent meeting at 5pm, followed by a performance by the band at 6pm.  After the bands performance we will have a pot luck dinner (you will receive information about this at a later time). We will not go until 8:30pm Friday night.
*Every student needs to wear tennis shoes.  Chacos will not be allowed as you need a shoe that provides ankle support as well.  Please wear tennis shoes everyday.

We have changed the marching band show theme! 😮  The show will be entitled Rhap-City and will include Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Scootin on Hardrock by Holsinger, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff, Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt and Push It by Salt-N-Pepa. We will give all of these rhapsodies an urban twist. The opener is almost finished and I will email it and post it on Charms as soon as it is complete.

Please let me know if you have any trouble and I am looking forward to seeing everyone in just a couple of weeks!!! 🙂

Emily Talley, M.M.
Band Director

Important Dates

The next two weeks is a busy one as we wind down the school year.  Here’s a quick schedule of some items:

21st         Spring Concert – Students in places by 6:30 concert at 7pm in the AHS auditorium.

27th        AHSBA General meeting and Show reveal – 7pm in the Band Room

28th       Band Awards Banquet – All food in cafeteria by 5:30pm, eat at 6pm, awards  at 6:30pm. 

Important Dates!

AHSBA Board accepting Nominations

A big thank you to everyone who has served this past year.  We are sad to have Barbara Wiggins, Linda Burke and Lori Valentine leaving the board.  They have been wonderful and integral to the success of the AHSBA and the Asheville High Bands.

The AHSBA is accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 Board for the positions of Treasurer and Ways and Means (Fundraising) Committee Chair.  Please email Dave Schmidt at if you are interested is serving.

Haunted House! Spooky!!

Hey everybody, Remember the Haunted House we did in the fall?

That was pretty scary , huh?
You know what’s even more scary?
All the decorations are still sitting in the band trailer and guess what?  We need to use the trailer!
What do we do?

You got it!  Build or buy a storage shed for the Band!  The trailer and band room are overflowing with good stuff and it needs a permanent home.

We’ve got a sweet spot picked out right outside the band room so if you work for a construction company or have an in at Lowes or Home Depot drop me a line.  We need your help!

Thanks and have a spooky Friday!

– Dave Schmidt, President AHSBA

Sunday Night Jazz at the Isis

Every Sunday night the Isis Restaurant in West Asheville hosts Jazz with Dr. Bill Bares.

This Sunday,  April 19th, is UNCA night.  Come out and see some great players and local students!

Here’s the lineup!

Click here to learn about more Jazz at the Isis.



Asheville High Bands Newsletter

Our Newsletter

The Asheville High Bands produces a monthly newsletter to keep students and their parents up to date on what is happening.  Articles about concerts, deadlines and valuable programs will be included.  Also look for articles from the student leadership.

Every student and parent will receive a copy by email.

If it is not showing up in your inbox drop us a line and we’ll add you!

Here’s a link to the March issue:


BandCamp schedule

July 27th-31st:    Guard & Percussion           9am-5pm               

* Required for ALL guard and percussion members*

July 29th-31st:      Rookie Camp                   9am-3:30pm

*Required for ALL FIRST YEAR Marchers*

July 29th-31st:    Full Music Rehearsals         12:30pm-3:30pm   *Required for EVERYONE*

August 3rd-7th:   FULL BAND CAMP             8:30am-8:30pm     *Required for EVERYONE* 

Anyone who cannot attend band camp will be an alternate.

AVL Outlets Charity Shopping Night to benefit AVL HS Band

Tickets are on sale  for the Open Doors. Open Hearts. Charity Preview Night at Asheville Outlets on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5pm to 9pm.    To buy tickets go to, scroll to the bottom and click on the BlackTie link.  Then select Asheville HS Band when you buy your ticket.  !00% of the purchase price will go to the band!

Four different bands from Asheville High will be performing!

The public is invited to open their hearts as Asheville Outlets opens its doors with an exclusive charity night. Guests will enjoy a special preview of Asheville Outlets and an evening of shopping, exclusive savings, prize giveaways, entertainment and more. Tickets are limited.

“Open Doors Open Hearts Charity Preview Night will be packed full of shopping, entertainment, food and fun! Guests will get a sneak peak at the new stores and exclusive special discounts that they can use Grand Opening Weekend. Plus, it is a great way to give back to the community and support your favorite charity” says Sharon Morgan, General Manager of Asheville Outlets.


Date Announced for the Altamont Theater Fundraiser

May 19th is the date!  Time TBD

Asheville High Bands will provide the music and we will have great food.  Join us in this fundraiser to support the Asheville High Bands and students!

We may even have some special guest players sit in!

Check back here for the date!

The Altamont Theater “-The Best Listening Room in Town”

Band Aid Race 2015 was a great time!

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:00am

The 3rd Annual Band Aid Race, benefiting the Asheville High School Band, was a great success. Proceeds from the 2015 race will be used to help replace old, damaged and worn out instruments, as well as support two scholarship funds for graduating band members.

Go here for the 5K winners and go here for the 8K winners!

Also, it’s time to hand out some huge “THANK YOUS!” to all the awesome volunteers, vendors and sponsors we had come out . We appreciate your love and support for the Asheville community! Asheville Running Company, 98.1 The River, GQC Lebanese Street Food (food truck), Right On Time Productions, Firewalker Hot Sauce, The Dr. Van, Asheville Music School. We also want to recognize those who weren’t able to be on-site, but donated in some way: Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, City Mac Apple Specialist, H2PRO Probiotics, CAKE Websites & More, Essential Systems Engineering PA, Asheville Pediatric Associates, P.A., Guitar Center Asheville, Biscuit head, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, BluBus Clothing Company, Publix, Asheville Eye Associates, Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry, and Sugar & Snow Gelato! The Asheville Band Aid 5K/8K wouldn’t have marched on without you! Thanks a milllion!

Visit the FaceBook page for more info!