Golden River Haralson County Marching Festival T-shirts

As you know, Panther Pride won it ALL last Saturday at the Golden River/Haralson County Marching Festival!  They are allowing us to order the 2017 Golden River Festival t-shirt with Grand Champion Band on it.  The cost will be $15 each.  Below is a link to a sign up sheet.  Please complete by noon on Friday if you want one.  Place your checks payable to SMHS Band Boosters in the white box.

Golden River Festival Grand Champion T-Shirt”

SMHS vs Fayette Co Concession Sign Up

Click here to sign up!

Golden River (Haralson Co HS) Contest 10/21 Schedule

Golden River (Haralson Co. HS) Contest

October 21

Please eat a hearty breakfast/lunch before arriving.

12:00  – Arrive at SMHS, watch video/take notes from last night’s game

12:30 – Stretch, Warm-up/Basics, Rehearse/Review (take cases to reh field)

1:30 – Load equipment on trailer (from rehearsal field),

Eat snack (no sugar or caffeine!)

1:45 – Go to bathroom, change into half uniform, gather ALL needed items

2:15 – Load buses with hat box/gloves, etc

2:30 – Leave for Haralson Co. HS

4:30 – Arrive, Bathroom, Eat

5:15 – Guard change into costume

5:50 – At trailer to get instrument and jacket, etc

6:10 – Stretch, Warm-up, Basics (Area 1) (50 min)

7:00 – Leave Warm-up Area

7:05 – At Gate

7:10 – Perform your hearts out!

7:20 – Secure equipment, change (except SL), buy souvenirs, go to bathroom

8:15 – In stands for awards

8:30 – Awards (Section Leaders)

9:15 – Go to bathroom, load buses

9:45 – Leave for SMHS (text parents)

11:30  – Back at SMHS, unload/store equipment & uniform properly,

            check out with Mrs. Backes

Carrollton Contest Schedule 10/14

Legacy of Champions (Carrollton HS) Contest

October 14

Please eat a hearty lunch before arriving.

12:45 – Arrive at SMHS, watch video/take notes from last night’s game

1:05 – Stretch, Warm-up/Basics, Rehearse/Review (take cases to field)

2:05 – Load equipment on trailer from practice field

2:10 – Go to bathroom, change into “half” uniform (jacket should already be

in bag on racks), gather ALL needed items

2:35 – Load buses with hat box/gloves, etc

2:45 – Leave for Carrollton HS

4:15 – Arrive

4:45 – At trailer to get instrument, jacket

5:10 – Stretch, Warm-up, Basics (Area B) (45 min)

5:57 – Leave Warm-up Area

6:05 – At Gate

6:10 – Perform your hearts out!

6:30 – Secure equipment, change (except SL), watch bands (starting at 7:10),

            eat pre-ordered meal, buy souvenirs, adhere to Chaperone rules

8:50 – Section Leaders meet under scoreboard to prepare for awards

9:00 – Awards (Section Leaders)

9:45 – Go to bathroom, load buses

10:15 – Leave for SMHS (text parents)

11:30  – Back at SMHS, unload/store equipment & uniform properly,

            check out with Mrs. Backes

2017 Marching Exhibition and Contest Schedule

Sept 26 – Fayette Co Marching Band Exh at Fayette Co HS
Oct 14 – Carrollton HS contest (NOT Central-Carroll HS)
Oct 21 – Haralson Co HS contest
Oct 28 – South Forsyth HS contes

Marching Band Camp reminders

Band camp is just around the corner! Please check the website,, to confirm the dates/places. Guard starts this Thursday, while percussion and section leaders begin on Monday. Rookies start Tuesday, and the full band will be together on Wednesday! This will be a challenging year for us as we are holding band camp off campus at Braelinn Elementary and New Hope South. Just a few reminders…
1. You will need a water jug and sunscreen. Use a round butter tub to freeze a larger block of ice so it stays cold all day. You will also want printed copies of your music and a pencil. Wear comfortable tennis shoes!

2. Parents, please consider chaperoning. It’s a great way to meet the students and to see what they are doing. You can sign up on the website. Full instructions will be on-site for you. We also try to pair a veteran parent with a rookie parent so you can learn the ropes.

3. Uniform fittings are also off campus this year. A sign-up will be coming out soon. You should see it through Remind 101 and it will be on the website.
4. Hospitality will need donations of frozen grapes, watermelon, and freezer pops. Watch for this as well!
5. Be aware that many sections of the band hold “sectionals” in the evening after band camp. They get together to eat, socialize, and decompress. These activities are a great way to be involved and get to know your section.
6. Please make sure your paperwork is turned in. If we do not have it, we cannot even give an aspirin for a headache.
7. Join us on Friday, July 28 at New Hope for a preview show and dinner. More details to come.
8. And most importantly….Early is on time, and on time is late!

2017 Marching Band Physical Forms

From the Chaperone Chair:


If your marcher is like mine, these forms are somewhere in the bottom of a bag or crumpled beyond repair.  We must have these forms on file with the school as soon as possible and definitely before school starts.


If your student has a physical on file with either Starr’s Mill High School or Rising Starr Middle School dated after 1 December 2016, please advise me of which school and what sport via  We will still need all the other forms (permission slips, participation, teenaged/adult driver, code of conduct, and concussion awareness) completed and returned.


Thanks to all!


Click here for the 2017 Band Physical Forms.

Congratulations to the Band Booster Officers for 2017-2018

President:  Mary Bohdan

Vice President:  Becky Garcia

Secretary:  Jamie Feldman

Treasurer:  Buddy Marshall

Assistant Treasurer:  Anna Lussos


Thank you to all who ran for a position and voted.

color guard parents voting for 2017-18 Band Booster Officers

Color Guard parents not in a band class:
Please email Mr. King for the link to vote for the 2017-18 Band Booster Officers.  Voting will still be anonymous.  This is the safest way to ensure that each parent only gets one vote.  Please do this before Friday, May 19, 12:00 noon.  Thank you!

Congratulations to the 2017 Panther Pride!!!!

Great job these past two weeks!  You are going to be awesome!!!

2017 Panther Pride roster