The wonderful 8th grade band students of Asheville Middle School joined the AHS marching band for performances at the football game vs. Tuscola High School last night.
Wearing cleverly designed T-shirts duplicating the colors of the AHS marching band uniform, you were hard-pressed to pick the 8th grade students out from their high-school peers — at least from the front; the back of the shirts bore the confident declaration “AHS Band Class of ’22”!
The 8th grade students formed up with the high school band to play the national anthem before the game, and then everyone somehow squeezed into the band section to cheer on the football team.
As the AHS marching band was preparing to begin their half-time show, the 8th grade band kept the atmosphere festive by playing in the stand. Was it just a coincidence that the Asheville football team produced their best play of the season, a thrilling 2-point conversion, after the 8th grade band’s rousing fight song? We think not.
They even got a head-start on learning important AHS band traditions like pointing to any passing aircraft…
playing the fight song…
and not taking yourself too seriously!
Thanks to AMS band directors Amy Shaffer and Ana Bulluck for preparing their students so well, and welcome to the AHS Band family 8th grade!
*Required for all CREW members. Rookie camp (see below) is also required for you.
Colorguard and Percussion Camp: August 8th-12th, 9am-5pm
*Required for all colorguard and percussion students.
Rookie Camp: August 10th-12th, 9am-3:30pm
*Required for all first year marchers (colorguard and percussion will attend their own camps).
*Required for all CREW members.
EVERYONE: August 10th-12th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
*Required for EVERYONE. Rookies, guard and percussion will already be there.
FULL BAND CAMP: August 15th-19th, 8:30am-8:30pm
*Required for EVERYONE. Anyone who cannot attend full band camp will not be written into the drill, and will be placed as an alternate.
We will also have a spring mini training camp in May, before school gets out. I will get those dates out as soon as I get the testing schedule. This will be an opportunity for us to get a head start on visual training and music, and will be required for all students planning to march in the fall.
I will send out Commitment Forms in March. I will not have the fall marching band schedule until I get the fall athletics schedule. I can tell you that we will plan to attend the Enka competition on September 24th, as well as two additional competitions in October. PLEASE do not schedule anything on these dates. I would try to avoid making plans on Friday’s in September and October, and Saturday’s in October until we can get the schedule out. We need 100% at ALL performances.
There will be a Spring Informational Meeting on April 21st at 6:00pm in the band room. This meeting is highly encouraged for ALL students and parents of marching band members. I will go over expectations, fees, schedules, and much more at this meeting. We will also reveal our 2016 field show at this meeting.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to the 2016 season, but I’m definitely not ready to see our Class of 2015 go! 🙁