The Pride of the Drive

Athens Drive Band Boosters Issue 9 - 9/10/2020

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Upcoming Events

  • September 10th - TONIGHT! In-person Booster Meeting - 6 pm at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve Outdoor Classroom
  • Music Distribution "Drive-Through" - September 14th &15th from 6-7:30 pm
  • September 24th - Board Meeting - 7 pm (topics for consideration by the board can be emailed to
  • September 25th - Coupon Book Sale ends


Join us TONIGHT (September 10th) at 6 pm for our first meeting of the year. Location: the sheltered outdoor classroom at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve (2616 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary).

We will be keeping a close eye on the weather and will use REMIND if we have last minute changes. So excited to see all of you - bring your mask and chair! Spirit wear and Jo coffee will also be available for sale.

REMIND Mobile Messaging

Our communications team is working this week to plug parent contact info into the Remind platform. If you receive a text message asking you to join, reply YES to avoid missing important band updates.

Music Distribution "Drive-Through"

Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th

6:00 - 7:30 pm

All students enrolled in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band are invited to swing by the school to pick up practice music. Please enter the parking lot of Athens Drive by the band room. As you pull around the corner, Doc and volunteers will have tables set up to distribute your music packets. If students need instruments or accessories, you will need to park and remain in your vehicle while Doc assists you.

This event will be conducted as safely as possible. Distribution volunteers will be wearing a mask and will do a health screening prior to coming to Athens. Any student/parent who emerges from a vehicle needs to wear a mask as well.

Practice Field Maintenance

We are looking for a few families who can help to maintain the practice field used by the marching band throughout our normal season. Responsibilities would include mowing the one acre field (using the riding mower stored at school) and trimming around posts. This is usually done 2-3 times per month during the growing season. If you are interested in jumping in on the rotation, please reach out to Mark Michaud at


Did you know that your everyday Amazon shopping can also benefit the band? As an Amazon Associate, the band can earn up to 10% in affiliate fees from your qualifying purchases. It's so easy. All you have to do is click the Amazon logo at the top of our website's homepage EVERY TIME you shop. When you enter the Amazon site through our website, we earn money! You can even ask friends and family to participate as well.

Seeking Testimonials

Do you have a story to tell about the Athens Drive Band Program? Would you be willing to share how Doc and this program have positively impacted you or someone you love? We are seeking testimonials that can be used as part of a brand new fundraising initiative called Back the Band! This donation campaign is designed to rebuild the band program from the devastating losses of 2020 by reaching out to family, coworkers, businesses, neighbors, friends and followers with our story.

Our organization is just one of many seeking support during these difficult times, but we know how important it is to protect THIS program and ensure its future. If you would be willing to share your uplifting story to potential donors and friends of the band, please reach out to us at

Back the Band!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Athens Drive Band, like so many others, is facing difficult times. With the loss of major fundraisers, we are currently focusing efforts on developing our new "Back the Band" donation campaign, obtaining sponsorships and corporate support, and expanding our Dewey's Holiday Store. If you would like to join one of these teams, please reach out to us at Just a few hours of your time and talent could make all the difference! We can't do it without you.

Coupon Book Fundraiser

Sale ends September 25th. Keep selling and remember to purchase one for yourself! There are many great merchants participating this year. You'll get your money back with just one weekend trip to Dick's Sporting Goods and a take-out dinner from Fiesta Mexicana.

Check out the Coupon Books Fundraiser page for all the information you need to get started! Paper books will also be available in September. If you have questions, please contact our coupon book chairs, Liz Workman and Georgia Schmidt at


You can still get your Athens Drive Band "Eyes with Pride" t-shirt! Cost is only $15 per shirt. This short-sleeved cotton shirt comes in sport gray and is available in sizes S-XXL while supplies last. Email to place your order.

Stay Connected!

  • New this year!! Follow the band on Instagram @athensdrivebands.
  • All new families should have been contacted by their mentor family. If you have not heard from your mentor yet, please let us know!
  • Are you receiving band emails from our Yahoo mail group? If not, check out our Communications page at for instructions on signing up for mail.