The Pride of the Drive

Athens Drive Band Boosters Issue 23 - 1/7/2021

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • January 12th - Let's Eat @ Shake Shack in Waverly Place - 11am-9pm
  • January 21st - Virtual Booster Meeting - 7pm
  • January 22nd - Spring Marching Band Participation Form Due
  • January 28th - Virtual Board Meeting - 6:30pm

Spring Marching Band

We are excited to announce that Doc is working hard to get a Spring Marching Band program going. One VERY important part of this is to see how many students want to participate. So please, look over the information from Doc below and then click on the link at the very bottom of this message to answer a couple of questions regarding your student’s participation. We must have your responses by Friday, January 22nd!


PROPOSED PERFORMANCES

We have 3 home football games this year (March 19, April 2 and April 8). The April 2 date is during spring break and that game may be moved to Thursday of that week. Either way, Doc is planning for the band to play at that game, if only from the stands.

We may make a video recording of our “final product” or have an evening performance for family and friends in late April. Participation in competitions is unlikely.


REHEARSALS

Rehearsals would begin the first week of February. They will be held outdoors. Winds will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3-5pm. (Percussion and Guard may have slightly different schedules). This would give us 7 weeks to get ready for a first performance; the “season” would be 10 weeks. [We would NOT rehearse during Spring Break; however, we would still try to do something for the football game.]

In case of inclement weather, we will divide up and rehearse with appropriate social distancing inside. If that is not possible, students will be sent home.


THE SHOW

Doc would still like to do a “mini-version” of the show that we were intending to do in the fall: “Once Upon A Time: Music that Tells a Story. We will also perform a significantly easier drill so that we can learn and perform the show with competence given the restricted amount of time. We will NOT use any significant props. The guard will “recycle” as many flags as possible from previous years.

We will NOT do any pregame; however, we will play the Star-Spangled Banner and Fight Song before the football games begin.

We will also learn some “Pep-Band” music so that we can play in the stands. And we hope students will be able to perform in uniform.


COST

Cost will be $450 per student (about ½ our normal marching band fee). Many have already paid a $100 deposit at marching band registration in the fall and this will count toward the $450.


MEMBERSHIP

Will be open to all, including virtual academy students.


SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Students will be given the health screening before rehearsal (if they have not been physically at school that day already). We will follow health and safety procedures as required by the school.


Once we know how many participants we will have, we will be able to make more plans and provide more details. Most importantly, right now, we need to know some information from you. Even if you are NOT interested in joining Spring Marching Band, PLEASE respond by clicking on the link below. Responses are due Friday, January 22nd.

CLICK HERE: https://form.jotform.com/210068781203954

Let's Eat at Shake Shack

WHERE: Shake Shack @ Waverly Place, 310 Colonades Way, Suite Cary, NC

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12th - from 11am to 9pm

HOW: Please use the code donation on the Shack App, web, or kiosk when checking out. If ordering in person, just show the cashier the flyer below! It couldn’t be any easier!

25% of sales will be donated to the general fund! Donations to the general fund help to keep costs down for everyone and benefit every member of the band.

Help support our wonderful band program while getting a delicious treat at the same time!!


Mark your calendar for these upcoming Let's Eat events:

March 11 - Papa Murphy's

April 14 - Tijuana Flats


If you have any questions, please contact Let's Ea!t Chair, Cortney Cowan at letseat@athensdrive.com.

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How can you serve in 2021-2022?

Even though it is only January, it is time to start thinking ahead to 2021-2022 and next year’s season. We are looking for people who are interested in being on the Board for the 2021-2022 school year. The board will be elected in May.


Below is a list of our 2020-21 Board members:

Co-Presidents: Michelle Major & Laurie Cockman

Vice President of Communications: Lynne Davies-Cutting

Vice President of Operations: Mark Michaud

Vice President of Ways and Means: Martha Harris

Co-Treasurers: Cortney Cowan & Lisa Davis

Secretary: Tricia Pannill

Members at Large: Dee Nicol, Zofia Pruchnik, & Ashley Bettini


Many of these members will be rotating off or possibly moving to different positions on the board. We want to be sure not to miss anyone who would like to be considered for one of these positions. If you are interested in being considered for a board position, please send an email to Michelle Major and Laurie Cockman at president@athensdriveband.com by the end of January.

Our Giving Tree Update

Thanks to everyone who voted for our entry in the Town of Cary Giving Tree Competition in this holiday season. We didn't win the $500 prize, but we did have a lot of support. Our tree placed 5th out of 75 entries! That is an impressive showing. And best of all, it was great publicity for our band program.