McIntosh Band Newsletter

March 14, 2018

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For a complete list of both performance and rehearsal dates and times, always refer to the MHS Band website calendar. That calendar should be checked often.

Notes from Ms. Baker

**Any missing assignments due to class absence or missed rehearsal time must be completed my March 16, in order to count in this grading period.

**We learned on March 5, 2018 that we have March 12-26 to enter band placements for next school year. Due to our performance evaluation preparation and New York Carnegie Hall performance we will only be able to listen to auditions March 22 & 23 in order to meet this deadline. Any high school band student who wants to move up to a higher band must audition. However, if they want to be in the same band they are currently in and have met the requirements for this group they do not have to audition. Recordings should be emailed to Ms. Baker and Ms. Amosu by Friday March 23. The recording should consist of major and minor scales and students may use the book or scale sheet to read while making the recording. They should also include the chromatic scale in this recording as well. If you have any questions please contact myself or Ms. Amosu immediately. We looking forward to the next school year!


State first and last name

Play chromatic scale

Play any major scales you are submitting

Play any minor scales you are submitting

LGPE- Festival Performances

LGPE is coming up quickly! The tentative schedule is below. If any changes are made to the schedule, you will be notified as soon as possible.

Thursday, March 15th @ 5:15 pm: 3rd period band

Friday, March 16th @5:30- 1st period band

Friday, March 16th @7:30- 4th period band

Third Period LGPE-

Students should bring their instruments to the band room before school on Thursday. Please label your uniform with your name. We suggest that you write your name on all the labels of each piece to your uniform. We have had problems with people taking someone's tie or jacket and it will help us find it if your name or initials are on it. Students should leave class at 3:20pm, change quickly and load the passenger bus for departure.

Fourth Period LGPE-

Students will load the passenger and equipment bus at 5:30pm and hope to depart before 6:00pm, to ensure that we are on time. Please arrive dressed for the performance. Boys are reminded to wear black long socks, dress shoes, black long tie, white dress shirt(no tux shirts), black jacket and black pants.

All performances are at Coweta County Performing Arts Center. The address is 1523 Lower Fayetteville Rd, Newnan, Ga. We would love to have you come and watch our performances.

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New York Chaperone and Student Information


Upon your arrival for our meeting Saturday you will receive a list of students that you have been assigned to supervise during this trip. You will also receive a copy of the bus list showing you who is seated on each motor coach. Groups may merge from time to time throughout this trip and chaperone specific duties are always subject to change as student needs arise throughout the trip. We will meet regularly throughout the trip and will stay in constant contact through cell phone and text messaging. You will go over the information in this email and the attached letter. We will also have a group meeting with all students to ensure that they are aware of bus, hotel, subway and general expectations throughout this trip.


Remember all FCBOE rules and expectations are in place throughout this trip. Also, your fun ends where someone else's fun begins. This means watch your voice level, language and overall manners throughout this event. We will always leave the bus, room, hotel and any location we use better than we found it. We will uphold our reputation of being helpful to others, and respectful to all adults. We will also be respectful and kind to our peers and strangers throughout this journey as well.


Remember to always be aware of your surroundings. Never display cash, atm cards, credit cards in a way that makes you a target. If you make eye contact with certain people including homeless they can see that as an invitation to talk to you. This sometimes leads to an unsafe environment and we ask that you be careful. When we move from destination to destination we stay together and move quickly. If you are not keeping up with the group you will be assigned to a smaller group and given more detailed expectations. Do not wear your purse on the outside of your jacket or carry your wallet in an outside pocket of your clothing. We may be inside a venue and someone could bump into you and steal your money. It happens quickly and most times you will not know that it happens. Do not carry valuables in the outside or bottom pouches of your backpack. Thieves are known to cut into and your possessions fall to the ground without you knowing anything ever happened.

On a final note, label all personal items. Chaperones will fill out luggage tags and use them at the check in table but students should also write their name on all possessions. We are not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen on this trip.

Thank you for supporting us on this trip. If we all work together it will be a fun and safe journey!

New York Trip Check In Procedures and Day One Schedule

Dear Parents and Students,

We are looking forward to traveling to New York and performing at Carnegie Hall. You will find in this communication information to help ensure a positive experience for everyone who is traveling. These are some general guidelines for the trip, please remember that all Fayette County Board of Education guidelines are in place for all aspects of this trip.





Sign in and see Chaperone Assignment

Go to your chaperone table, meet and give them your medication and wait behind their chaperone

Students will then have the chaperone check their luggage

Chaperone-once all of your groups luggage is checked you will take your group o the cafeteria and seat them until the group meeting prior to students loading the bus. During this time each chaperone should collect their students cell number for the trip and enter it into the shared google document. You will also go over this letter with them to make sure everyone understands the expectations and ask if there is anything they have forgotten that their parents need to bring prior to our departure.

Don’t forget:

Dress comfortable for sleep on the bus, while being appropriate for the dinner stop

Bring on the bus your outfit for Sunday, plan layers and comfortable walking shoes

Bring dinner AND breakfast money 20.00 suggested

Bring snacks, and homework for the bus

8:00AM-Stop Delaware Welcome Center Change (Breakfast on your own 10.00 suggested)

12:00PM-Walk to Rockefeller Center

1:00PM-Lunch in the area with your chaperone group (You get 10.00)

1:30PM-5:50PM-Walking tour and broadway show

6:00PM-Walk toBuca di Beppo

7:45PM-Walk to Times Square for group photo

8:00PM-Free Time Shopping Time Square

10:00PM- Return to hotel/retrieve luggage and check in to your room

11:00PM- Room Check (Chaperone check each room/door tape do not open or leave/ Quiet in room)

If student becomes ill do not leave room, follow this order until you receive help from an adult. 1. Call Chaperone. 2. Call Baker. 3. Call Front Desk. 4. Call 911.


Dress comfortable for walking but nice enough for Theater and Group Picture

Comfortable shoes

Layers of clothing

Options for inclement weather or extreme temperatures

Extra money for souvenirs

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Important New York Trip Information!

If you are NOT traveling with the students to New York through the tour company, but WILL be there for the Carnegie Hall Performance, you should use this link to purchase tickets.

Students should think the following when packing:

Layers- Dress in layers daily to ensure protection from the elements

Snow/Rain- Walking portions of the trip will not change. Pack shoes that you can walk in show or rain in. Have a bag to carry with extra shoes in it for when we reach our destination. Coats, hat, scarf, gloves and umbrellas are a must!

Performance-Concert Black, Socks, Shoes must be worn in order to perform

Two Bags-One for underneath the bus and one as a carry on

1. All over the counter, prescription and herbal medication in a ziplock bag with your name on the outside. A written note from parents with medication instructions and any allergies should accompany the medication.

2. Uniforms should be packed last or in a separate garment bag. We will check bags for upon arrival to ensure that no students are traveling with anything inappropriate.

3. Bring a nice outfit for the dinner cruise and dressy casual for the musical. The rest of the trip is casual within school dress code.

4. Bring money for two meals traveling to New York and for two meals on our return trip to Peachtree City. The meals will be fast food or food court meals.

5. Additional money will be needed for souvenir shopping and parents should plan accordingly.

6. Rain is expected Sunday and Monday and students should pack poncho/rain jacket and umbrella.

7. We suggest that you pack layers in order to be comfortable walking and moving from outdoor to indoor environments.

8. Students should pack a bag to go underneath the bus and then a change of clothes and toiletries to go on the bus with them. The on the bus item should be a small bag to fit in the overhead or under your seat. This is the outfit you will wear all day on Sunday and will change into at the breakfast stop.

9. Bring snacks for the bus ride

10. Label all things with your names and be careful bringing expensive technology. We are not responsible for your things.

A Letter From our Band Booster President! Get ready for GOLF!

The 1st Annual McIntosh High School Band Booster Golf Tournament is really coming together nicely. This is very exciting for our program. My hope, and goal, is that this annual tournament will be very successful for our program for many years to come. Remember that the proceeds for this tournament are not just to benefit the marching band program at McIntosh, this is to benefit ALL band programs at MHS.

I know that you have been seeing some information about the tournament. I want to take this opportunity to give a detailed overview so that everyone understands exactly what the plans are for the tournament, and can help us promote and sell this event to golfers and sponsors.
The tournament will be held on Sunday, April 22nd. It is a 2:00 PM tee off at Flat Creek Golf Club in Peachtree City, Ga. It will be a truly fun filled afternoon with food, music, and of course a wonderful round of golf with multiple contests and great prizes. The format of the tournament is a 4-person team scramble (best ball). Golfers can sign up as a 4-person team with a team name, or individual golfers can sign up by themselves and we will be place them with other individuals to create the 4-person team. The entry fee pays for green fees, golf cart, and a fantastic barbecue buffet dinner, plus an awards and prize banquet at the end of the tournament. During the tournament, teams will be playing for 1st and 2nd place, while individuals will be challenged with contests for the longest drive, closest to the pin, and the straightest drive. Prizes will be awarded for each contest winner.

We are also very excited to have, as a sponsor for our tournament, Dixon Golf. In addition to the contests and prizes listed below, Dixon Golf will have 3 additional contests going at 3 designated holes. (Exact rules for participation and winnings will be explained at the tournament.)

Dixon Contest 1 - Before the tournament begins, a Dixon representative will sell LEGEND Shootout tickets for $10.00 each at the registration table.
Prior to the shotgun start, four tickets will be drawn to select which golfers participate in the $20,000 LEGEND Shootout.
All four winners get one shot at a Hole-In-One on the designated $20,000 LEGEND Shootout Hole.
If the contestant hits a Hole-In-One on the designated hole, the contestant wins $10,000 and the charity wins $10,000!
Dixon Contest 2 - Driver Challenge. Each participant will get to hit an additional drive with the $349 Aurelius Emperor Driver. Just for participating, they will receive $150 in product certificates. Cost to participate is $20. One of the participants will receive a custom $349 Aurelius Emperor Driver or a $500 Zovatti watch. In addition to the $349 driver they are donating to our tournament, the band will also be sent a check for the net proceeds from the corporate office on Friday the week after the event.
Dixon Contest 3 -- Hit a hole in one on the designated par 3 and win a trip to the finals of the Fiesta Bowl Million Dollar Hole-in-One Challenge, where a hole in one wins 1 million dollars.

I think everyone can see that all the elements needed to make this tournament prosper, are in place. But to ensure this tournament's success, we are going to need the help of everyone. We ask that all band parents and students promote and sell this tournament to all your family, friends and coworkers who play golf. Our first-year goal is at least 100 golfers, but we can have as many as 144 in the tournament. Tell everyone that they can register individually or build a team of 4. We are going to do our best to make this tournament as fun and memorable as possible.

Just as important as golfers, we need sponsors. We hope that we can sell a sponsorship for each of the 18 holes. Hole sponsors will have a table at the hole and be given the opportunity to meet and promote their business to all the golfers in the tournament. They will also be recognized in various way's during the tournament. I have attached a letter that you can give to potential sponsors that explains the sponsorship levels and the pricing. If you do not like, or are not comfortable with selling these sponsorships, you can just drop off a copy of the sponsorship letter, along with a tournament brochure (available in the band room) to a business owner or manager and ask for their support.

In addition to hole sponsors, we are asking for support from local businesses by donating prizes or gift cards. These can be used as tournament prizes, or in gift baskets to be auctioned off in a silent auction. We also need donated items (coupons, golf balls, snacks, logo items, golf towels etc.) that will be used in the golfers "goody bags".

If we all put a little effort in promoting and selling this tournament, it will be a momentous success. PLEASE assist us and encourage your kids to participate in getting the community support that we need.

If you have someone that you would like for me to contact as a potential sponsor, please send me their information and I will contact them directly.

I thank you for your help and support!!!

Bryant Goss
McIntosh High School Band Boosters
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Golf Tournament Registration is OPEN!

See this wonderful website for information and to register!

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Golf Tournament Sponsor Sign Up Sheet

Please review this sign up sheet for potential tournament hole sponsors. If you know any of these contacts, or would like to approach a particular business, please sign up here so we don't duplicate our efforts.

Upcoming Dates

March 15th- LGPE performance for 3rd period band- 5:15 @ Coweta Performing Arts Center

March 16th- LGPE performance for 1st and 4th period bands @ 5:30 and 7:30 @ Coweta Performing Arts Center

March 17th- 21st: New York Trip!

*** Practice 9:00-11:00 am

***Luggage Check In 2:30 pm

***Departure at 4:30 pm

April 24th- Spring concert *this is a date change!

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Experience the USC Marching Band!

Experience The Carolina Band

Who: What: When:

Current USC Students and Admitted HS Seniors for Fall 2018 Perform In The Stands – USC Garnet and Black Spring Game Saturday, March 31, 2018

9:15 am

9:45 am 10:15 Am 10:45 Am 12:00 Noon

Check-In -- Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter Street Rehearsal
Refreshments provided
Depart for Williams-Brice Stadium (carpool)


Email the following information to:

Name, Cell Phone, High School, Instrument, # Years Experience

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Emory Percussion Symposium

The Quick Facts!


arx duo (Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga)

Tim Feeney (U. of Alabama)

Joe Petrasek (ASO, Principal Percussion)

Mark Yancich (ASO, Principal Timpani; Emory)

Scott Pollard (Emory)

What's different?

- FRIDAY Evening Concert (featuring the awesome Sextet by Reich) and a Pre-Performance Class (arx duo)

- SATURDAY evening optional group attendance of ASO's Scheherazade performance

- 7 classes instead of 5, including one on Friday before the concert

- IRIS system requires an email and password to register (no spam; info will not be shared)

- $20 discount on Group Registrations of 5+ from the same school

- we're now on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram

What's the same?

- registration covers all classes, evening concert, vendor exhibits and sales, lunch, t-shirt, and raffle

- the number of raffle tickets earned is equal to how many weeks before the event you sign up

- numerous opportunities to perform for classes (details coming soon)

For more information, visit:
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Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra


GYSO 2018-2019 Auditions

May 21st-25th, 2018

at Kennesaw State University

For more information visit:

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Skidmore Jazz Institute

Skidmore Jazz Institute

June 23-July 7, 2018

The Skidmore Jazz Institute is one of the premiere programs to study jazz in the summer. The two-week institute is designed for intermediate and advanced musicians and offers:

  • Instruction by world-class performers and inspirational teachers
  • Private lessons, combo rehearsals, hands-on ProTools recording workshops, weekly specialized focus and multiple performance opportunities
  • Evening concert series and master classes with renowned guest artists
  • All activities held in the state-of-the-art Arthur Zankel Music Center
  • Free admission to the Freihofer's Jazz Festival


  • Bruce Barth
  • Steve Davis
  • Michael Dease
  • Ingrid Jensen
  • Vic Juris
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Dick Oatts
  • Jeb Patton
  • Jim Snidero
  • Dave Stryker
  • Ray Vega
  • Doug Weiss
  • Matt Wilson
  • David Wong
  • Todd Coolman, Director

Guest Artist-in-Residence: David Liebman

For more information visit:

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Southern Oboe Intensive!

It's time to register for the 3rd annual Southern Oboe Intensive! Don't miss the Early Bird Bonus Promotion (look under "tuition" on the website).

Check us out at

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Schwob Summer Music Festival that will take place at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University from June 25-30, 2018.

This immersive program provides wind, brass, and percussion students with an experience similar to that of a collegiate musician through individual and masterclass instruction, chamber music coachings, and seminars ranging from theory, to entrepreneurship, to musical wellness, all given by the Schwob School of Music’s world-class faculty.

Rising freshman through graduating seniors (ages 14-18) can submit applications by our priority deadline, May 1st, with scholarship priority given to applications received by April 1st. For more information, please visit, or email

Participants have the option of staying on campus in the loft-style dormitories located in downtown Columbus ($575 - includes housing and all meals), or as day campers ($275 - includes lunch).

Horn Lesson Information!

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How YOU can help!

Mandated Reporter Training

Per Fayette County rules, any parent that works with students must watch the Mandated Reporter Video.

** I want to also remind you that any parent who volunteers for any task on campus is required to watch this video and sign the required documents online. The video takes less than 10 minutes to view and the required form you sign off on is online as well. Thank you for all that you do for our students.

The links you need are below:

Connect with the Spirit of McIntosh!

New York Trip Information

If you were unable to attend the Parent Meeting on Monday, please find the information. you need on the links below. Also, a google form has been sent to parents to let the band know if you are interested in attending. A parent needs to fill out the form by Friday.

Click here for the Google form to sign up for the trip