All-State Band Results

Congratulations to Jaeyoung Choi for being selected to the 2018 All-State Band! Thank you to everyone who auditioned – the process made you better players.

Band Schedule before Winter Break

Happy New Year!!!

Here is the Band schedule before our February Winter break.  Most of it is the same as the original syllabus information but some of it had to change.  The dates are also all on Blackboard calendar.

Color Guard rehearsals (to get ready for 9th Gr Orientation performance on Mon, Feb 12):
Jan 4, 8, 11, 18, 22, 25, 29, Feb 1, 5, 8 (every Mon/Thur we are in school).  It is possible that we won’t need all of these.
Mon, Feb 12 performance and recruiting
Feb 9-10 for District 6 Honor Band (those selected)
Concert Band:
Feb 1 – 3:45-4:45 and Feb 8 – 3:45-4:45 (different from original syllabus time)
Tues, Feb 13 – Winter Concert Performance (report at 6:30)
Symphonic Band:
Feb 1 – 5:00-6:30 and Feb 8 – 5:00-6:30 (different from original syllabus time)
Tues, Feb 13 -  Pre-LGPE Performance (report at 6:30)
Wind Ensemble/Wizard of Oz Pit Orchestra:
Jan 30 – 4:00-7:00,  Feb 6 – 4:00-7:00,  Feb 7 – 4:00-6:00,   Feb 15 – 4:00-7:00
Tues, Feb 13 – Winter Concert Performance (report at 6:45)
Jazz Band:
Jan 9, 18, 23, Feb 1, 6, 15
Rock Band:
Jan 11, 16, 25, 30, Feb 8, 12
Mon, Feb 12 performance at 9th grade orientation (select members)

Scott D. King
Starr’s Mill High School
Director of Bands

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen to audition for the 2nd round of all-state band

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen to audition for the 2nd round of all-state band (Jan 6 ):

Caroline Carle
Jaskaran Chawla
Jaeyoung Choi
Mary Faught
Camryn Kiener
Erin Macke
Samuel Miyazaki
Adam Secor
Kayla Sloan
Claudia Wahoski

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. Going through the preparation and process made you a better player.

Special Announcement Regarding Friday’s (10/27) game

Change for Friday: In stadium by 5:30 in full uniform/costume. Performing at 5:50 for parents/community (must enter/exit in back of school). DMs and Guard will change out of costume before leaving for game at 6:30. The band will not perform at the game due to Homecoming activities.

N GA Marching Band Championship (South Forsyth) October 28 Schedule

N GA Marching Band Championship (South Forsyth)

October 28

Please eat a hearty meal before arriving (no sugar or caffeine please)

11:30 – Arrive at SMHS, watch video/take notes from last rehearsal

12:30 – Go to bathroom, Load buses with ALL needed items, etc

1:00 – Leave for S Forsyth HS

3:30 – Arrive, Bathroom, Guard/DM change into costumes

4:15 – At trailer to get instrument & jacket

4:40 – Stretch, Warm-up, Basics (40 min)

5:20 – Leave Warm-up Area

5:30 – At Gate

5:40 – Perform your hearts out!

5:55 – Secure equipment, change (except seniors/SL), eat, watch bands (7:00), buy souvenirs

9:00 – Awards (All Seniors, SL/Officers)

9:30 – Go to bathroom, Srs/SL change, load buses

10:00 – Leave for SMHS

12:30 am – Back at SMHS, unload/store equipment & uniform properly, check out with Mrs. Backes


Performance Schedule


Special Message from Mr. King Regarding 09/13/17

As you know, there is no school on Wednesday.  I tried to get a rehearsal approved during the regular school day tomorrow but could not (per Fayette County policy).  So…We would love for you to come join us from 3:45-5:15 for a fun read through of the Finale.  Color Guard can work on the video guard work that Mr. Bailey created and I placed on Google Classroom.  We’ll even have popsicles, fudge bars,etc treats for you!
Also, your Section Leaders might want to work with you some during the day Wednesday.  If you can get transportation to the location (sorry, we were not approved to hold sectionals at the school during the school day), a sectional rehearsal would be very beneficial.  Please try to work this out.
Your flexibility and willingness to keep pushing ahead is what separates us from most high school bands – most other bands take the easy way out.  That’s why we are very successful in our performances and contests.  Let’s don’t let up and see how far we can take this show!  The band staff is very proud of you and can’t wait to see what you can do for each other!  PRIDE!

Scott D. King
Starr’s Mill High School
Director of Bands

Special Message from Mr. King 091217

No rehearsal tonight. The school/stadium currently has no power. Instead, practice some on the Finale (if you have power). Stay safe!

Special Message from Mr. King

Special message from Mr. King:

I’ll be at the school from 12:00-1:00 today if anyone needs to get his/her instrument, books, etc.

Priorities for Monday & Tuesday:
1. Spend time with family and do what you need to do to help them before, during, and after the storm.
2. Relax and get some rest so the band can get healthier. The nurse stated that this is the sickest the band has been starting school. We need everyone healthy to perform our best.
3. Catch up and get ahead of school work. I’ll be with you most of Saturday so feel less pressured about school by being proactive.
4. If/when all the above is taken care of, practice any music of the Opener and Ballad that are still giving you trouble. Ask for help from a leader and/or vet. Record yourself for feedback. Don’t procrastinate. Practice slowly then gradually speed it up. If those songs are sounding better, start working on the Finale. We’ll be putting Finale drill onto the field on Saturday. The more familiar you can be with the music, the better.

Color Guard – I’ll place an audio file of the Finale on your Google Classroom sometime today. Also, I’ll place some Finale flagwork to Google Classroom as soon as I receive it from Mr. Bailey. You need to have this LEARNED by Saturday in order to review, clean, and place into drill.

Stay safe everyone, we love you, and reach out if you need help.

Panther Pride Marching Band Member Handbook School Year 2017 – 2018

2017 Marching Band Handbook

Starr’s Mill End of the Year Band Banquet

Greetings Band Family!

It is that time of year! Monday, May 15th at 6:30 in the Rising Starr Cafeteria we will have our annual End of the Year Banquet!  Plan to attend with your student(s) for a pot luck dinner and a farewell to our graduating seniors.

Below is a evite link to RSVP and Sign Up Genius Link for the Pot Luck.

End of the Year Band Banquet

End of the Year Band Banquet

Monday, May 15th at 6:30 PM in the Rising Starr Cafeteria, we will gather for a pot luck dinner as we conclude our 2016/2017 band school year! Please come and enjoy dinner and celebrate with us!! Chicken and Drinks will be provided!

Hope to see you there!!

Any questions? Contact Judy at or 770-487-6452 or 770-298-6035 (cell).

Thanks for all you do for our band program!

Judy Jochen