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Concert Band

LGPE information

Mr. Reid, Mr. Ehrlich and the band students are busily preparing for this year’s LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) which is the equivalent of standardized testing for performance music.


Mark your calendar for the Pre-LGPE concert on Tuesday, February 13th, at 7 p.m. in the Centennial auditorium! Students should report at 6:30 p.m. dressed in concert attire (Chamber Winds to band room, Symphonic Band to auditorium stage, Wind Ensemble to auditorium seats). 


All 3 bands will perform their LGPE pieces while other band professionals will evaluate the performances to provide Mr. Reid, Mr. Ehrlich and the students with feedback. They will then use this feedback to continue to prepare for the actual LGPE at Johns Creek H.S. (5575 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta 30022).


LGPE Itinerary:


Thursday, March 8, 2018

8:20am – 5th period (Symphonic Band) depart for Johns Creek

9:30am – PERFORM

10:30am – Listen to bands

11:30pm – Depart for Centennial

12:00pm – Arrive at Centennial 


Thursday, March 8, 2018

1:00pm – 2nd period (Chamber Winds) depart for Johns Creek

2:30pm – PERFORM

3:30pm – Listen to bands

4:30pm – Depart for Centennial

5:00pm – Arrive at Centennial (PARENTS PICK UP STUDENTS AT CHS)


Thursday, March 8, 2018

4:00pm – 4th period (Wind Ensemble) depart for Johns Creek

4:30pm – Arrive at Johns Creek

6:00pm – PERFORM

6:45pm – Sightreading



Important Details on Transportation:

  1. Symphonic Band: Students and parent volunteers will ride buses to Johns Creek and then back to Centennial. At the end of the school day, students will go home as per usual (bus, car, etc.)
  2. Chamber Winds: Students and parent volunteers will ride buses to Johns Creek and then back to Centennial. Please realize that students must be picked up from Centennial at 5:00 p.m., since buses will no longer be operating at that time to take students home.
  3. Wind Ensemble: Students and parent volunteers will ride buses to Johns Creek, but there will be no bus transportation back to Centennial. Students must be picked up by parents at Johns Creek at 7:15 p.m. Parent volunteers, please also realize that you should make plans for a ride back to Centennial for both you and your child since your car will be at Centennial.


Permission Slips and Concert Attire:

Permission slips are available in the band room. Band students should bring their concert attire with them to school on the day of LGPE.


Parent Chaperones Needed:


All parents are welcome to watch the performances, and 4 parent chaperones are needed for each band. To volunteer, please email Ellen Rickles (ellenrickles@comcast.net). In your email, state which band you would like to chaperone. Symphonic Band chaperones should arrive at Centennial by 7:50 a.m. Chamber Winds chaperones should arrive to Centennial by 12:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble chaperones should arrive to Centennial by 3:30 p.m. Thank you!


Band Placement Auditions

Band placement auditions will be Thursday, March 29th, 4:15 - 8:15 p.m.


Students will sign up for a time slot and do not need to stay at school for the full duration. Students will be notified when they can sign up during the school day.


This is required for all students: Freshmen through Juniors. Seniors will have an alternative assignment.


If students have a legitimate conflict, they should talk to Mr. Reid or Mr. Ehrlich.

concert band fees: Full Payment is due now!

All current Marching Band families have accounts and can login to the same account to pay their Concert Band Fees. $100 Concert Band fees are due now and can be paid by clicking on My Account/Forms on the toolbar above. Then scroll down to New Forms to see the concert fees. Some students submitted their Concert Band forms, so if you do not see this form under New Forms, then click on My Account/Previous Purchases. Click on the order number that has a balance due.  
If you previously made a partial payment of $50, the remaining $50 is due now! If you have not yet made any payments, please pay the full $100 at this time. These fees are used to fund special instructors and clinicians who are brought in to work with each Band and instrument section in preparation for LGPE. Fees will also be used to purchase music, instruments, instrument accessories and electronic equipment that are needed to make the different ensembles within the Band program function. Concert Band fees are not included in Marching Band Fees! Please pay these fees to support our fantastic Band program!
Questions: Contact Barb Crowe (Student Accounts) or Karen LeCates (Co-President).

Concert programs

Remember that we have created a page under the About Us tab above, titled Past Concert Programs. After each concert has passed, you can see those concert programs to view music pieces played, other included information and to print a hard copy if desired.


If you need tuxedo alterations and purchased your tux prior to last school year (2016/17), Savvy Formalwear at North Point Mall will do this free of charge. If you purchased your tux last school year through Tuxedo Warehouse and need alterations or would like to use their trade-in program, please click here

Questions: Contact Christy Lawrence




Chocolate Sale Fundraiser 

Pay off those fee balances and get a head start on next year’s band fees! All band class, marching band and color/winter guard members are eligible to sell chocolate bars and earn $30 account credit for every box sold.
How the sale will be run:
  1. Permission slips to be signed by a parent will be in the band room on Friday, February 9th or click here for one.
  2. Chocolate boxes will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, February 14th, before school (assuming no delay in delivery). You must return your signed permission slip to receive your first box of chocolate. 
  3. Sell your box as quickly as possible! Be smart – NEVER leave your chocolate or money unattended, even in the classroom.
  4. Return $60 for your box BEFORE SCHOOL from 8 - 8:15a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the band room and sign out another box to sell if you wish! Payment may be made in cash (bills only – NO COINS!) or checks (from parents only) payable to "CHS Band Boosters", with “Chocolate” in the memo line.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as often as you want before March 23, 2018! 
Questions: Contact Leslie Gibson at Lrg@tgc1.com

 Winter Guard

Schedule of rehearsals and competitions is posted on the Charms calendar.



On Saturday, February 3rd, the Winter Guard participated in the first competition of the season at Alpharetta HS in the Scholastic Regional A Division. These students performed their show "The Queen" excellently. Stay tuned for information on the remaining four competitions of this season.



Jazz Band

Jazz Band rehearsals are on most Tuesdays through May 8th from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. (See Charms calendar for specific dates.) Mr. Reid is the director with guest jazz artists. 



  • Thursday, April 26th, 7 p.m. (Jazz/Percussion Concert in CHS auditorium)
  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 7 p.m. (Celebration of the Arts at CHS)
  • Saturday, May 12th, All Day (Cambridge Jazz Festival)


The participation fee is $80. Please pay by cash or check payable to "CHS Band Boosters" and place in an envelope labeled with student's name and jazz band. Then place the envelope in the drop box outside Mr. Reid's office. This fee will pay for guest artists, music and the jazz festival.

Drumming/Chops Sessions

These sessions are held every Thursday from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Centennial band room and are for any and all interested in percussion for next marching band season. No percussion experience necessary. Haynes and Holcomb Eighth Graders are very, very welcome!

band class and MARCHING BAND Section and senior pictures available

Band pictures that were taken in class in November, along with marching band section and senior pictures taken during band camp, are available from Legacy Studios. Follow these steps to view and purchase pictures:


Go to: LegacyStudios.com

Click on "Buy Pictures"

Choose "2016 - 2018 Pictures"

Enter online code: 6090B181

Choose "November 2017" gallery for pictures taken in band class or choose "August 2017" for marching band section and senior pictures

Click on thumbnail image

Look for the green "Buy Now" tag 


Please note: In email exchanges with Legacy, they clarified that digital images are not sent on a CD; a downloadable file is offered. If you want to place a photograph order, please contact their Customer Service at 800-348-4360. 

Help Wanted for 2018 Board & Committees!


The Band Board is looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in a different way. Some positions can be done from home with a computer, while others require feet on the ground. We will have the following committee positions available:  

    • Business Sponsorships (Recruit business sponsors for the Band) - Contact Amy Kennedy
    • Mattress Sale (Coordinate mattress sale with mattress company) - Contact Amy Kennedy
    • TAG Donation Days (Organize donation days) - Contact Amy Kennedy
    • Public Relations (Submit articles to PTSA Eblast & local media outlets) - Contact Ellen Rickles
    • Video Volunteers (We need several parents to video Band events using the Band's official video camera. If you are able to volunteer for one or several events, please contact Reed Wenger by email or at 770-656-2154.)


The Board would also gladly welcome any parents interested in sharing/shadowing the following Board positions with current officers. All but one of these volunteers have a rising senior so next year will be their last:


Don't forget to sign up for amazonsmile! For details, please see the Fundraiser page.




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