Spartan Beat

GACS Band March 2016 Newsletter

2016 Marching Spartans Meeting!

All current 6th-11th grade band members and parents are invited to our 2016 marching band meeting on Monday, March 21st at 7:00pm in the band room. We will discuss plans for the upcoming year including camp, rehearsal, and performance calendars. Don't miss it!
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Large Group Performance Evaluation

Congratulations to the Concert and Symphonic Bands for incredible performances at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation this week. Each group earned "superior" ratings from each of the three concert judges as well as the sight-reading judge. Way to represent GACS!!!
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Jazz Performance Evaluation

GACS will host the GMEA District 13 Jazz Performance Evaluations on Thursday, April 14th. Our middle school and high school jazz bands will perform along with several other schools from our district. Parents, please contact Mr. York if you are able to volunteer your time that day to help. The schedule for the day is forthcoming.

2016 Marching Band Camp dates

July 21-23: Rookies, Percussion, Colorguard, Student Leaders

July 25-29: Everyone

Week of August 1st: A full Monday practice with evening practices Tues/Wed/Thurs

Lock-in on Friday evening, July 29

End of camp show and family cookout on Monday evening, August 1

Upcoming Dates

March 3-5 - All-State Band in Athens

March 15 - Symphonic Band LGPE Performance, Norcross HS 8:30pm

March 16 - Concert Band LGPE Performance, Norcross HS 3:00pm

March 21 - 2016 Marching Band parent meeting, 7:00pm in band room

March 24 - Black and White Gala: Jazz Band 1, Flute Choir, Clarinet Duet

March 28 - 5th Grade Band performs for Elementary Chapel

April 12 - Chamber Ensemble Showcase: 6th Grade Band, Jazz Bands, Chamber Ensembles

7:00pm at Center Stage

April 14 - GMEA Jazz Performance Evaluation: Jazz Bands 1 and 2, GACS all day

April 16 - 6th Grade Band at Six Flags

April 18 - Symphonic Band performs for Elementary Chapel

For a complete calendar with dates for the whole year, click here.

Essential Elements Interactive

5th and 6th graders can use this free software to help with practicing and to submit assignments online. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “students” then “enroll in class”
  3. Enter school code: “GreaterAtlBand7”
  4. Enter your student ID. If there is a letter in your student ID, it must be capitalized.
  5. Create a username and password
  6. You are ready to go!

Glenn Martin Photography

Go to to find pictures of your child at concert and marching band events. There are many group and individual pictures!