Band Schedule for JSU Contest of Champions

Contest of Champions (JSU)

October 20

Please eat a hearty meal before arriving.

1:30 – Arrive at SMHS, watch video/take notes from last performance

1:45 – Stretch, Warm-up/Basics, Rehearse/Review (take cases to reh field)

2:45 – Load equipment on trailer (from rehearsal field),

Eat snack (no sugar or caffeine!)

3:00 – Go to bathroom, change into half uniform, gather ALL needed items

3:30 – Load buses with hat box/gloves, etc

3:45 – Leave for JSU

All times will now be Central Standard Time (1 hour earlier)

4:00 – Stop at AL rest area to eat

6:00 – Arrive, Bathroom

6:15 – Guard change into costume

6:45 – At trailer to get instrument and jacket, etc

7:15 – Stretch, Warm-up, Basics (Area A) (45 min)

8:00 – Leave Warm-up Area

8:10 – At Gate

8:15 – Perform your hearts out!

8:30 – Secure equipment at stadium, watch Marching Southerners

9:00 – Awards (Section Leaders)

10:00 – Go to bathroom, put instruments away, load buses

10:45 – Leave for SMHS (text parents)

All times will now be Eastern Standard Time

2:00 am – Back at SMHS, unload/store equipment & uniform properly,

check out with Mrs. Backes


Important Information from Mr. King

Good afternoon,
I hope everyone has enjoyed their fall break and got some much-needed rest.  As you know, we are still dealing with unusual weather this marching season – now a hurricane!  This marching show was designed visually and musically to be very competitive at the JSU contest and after.  As you also know, we need every minute of marching rehearsal (outside) in order to perfect our show. I’m afraid that some of our marching rehearsals will be forced inside due to rain. I truly believe that the marching band will be extremely competitive and the students will be very proud of their performance when we get our needed rehearsal time.
Each student has been very flexible and dedicated to the marching band so far this season – and I’m asking each family to continue to do so.  I’ve checked all of my sources and they really don’t know exactly what the weather will bring on each day at a specific time.  So here’s what we’ll do until the JSU contest:
Wednesday (tomorrow) – 4:04-6:00 (as previously scheduled)
Thur – 4:05-7:00 (this was the first option so we’ll have to take it)
Fri – tailgating at 3:50, rehearsal (half uniform) 5:15-6:55.  The weather will be beautifully comfortable this day!
We also need some volunteers at this time to park their car around the perimeter of our practice field. (and adjoining field “entrance” without a curb).  McIntosh fans have traditionally tried to park on our field.  After it rains, it could seriously ruin any chance we have of having a decent rehearsal field the rest of the season.
Next week:
Mon – 4:05-7:00 (only 15 min sectionals maximum)
Tues – 6:30-9:00 (no sectionals after rehearsal)
Thur – 4:05-7:00 (only 15 min sectionals maximum)
Fri – 4:00-5:30 rehearsal (as previously scheduled) with the “community performance” at 6:00
Sat/JSU contest day – please follow original schedule (showing Friday’s performance at 1:30)
Thank you so much for your dedication and understanding.  Believe me, I wouldn’t alter the schedule if I didn’t believe it will help our chance of great performances in the future.  Let’s “sprint to the end of this marathon!”

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

Important Griffin Football Game Updated Information

The Griffin BD contacted me this morning and stated that he was just told that their cheerleaders will be doing something “special” for halftime.  So, we cannot perform halftime.  I asked about possible pregame performance but he has not gotten back with me.  So…Here’s what we’re going to do:
3:45 – Students may stay after school and order food and/or use our refrigerator
4:45 – trailer at bus loop to load equipment (incl. tubas)
approx. 5:00 – students should be arriving, getting fully dressed for performance in OUR stadium (yes shako, no plume); Big instruments take cases to load from the stadium field.  Color Guard will wear show shirt and black shorts with tennis shoes, no show makeup, hair in ponytail
5:30 – on stadium field to stretch and warm-up
5:45 – Full run!
5:55 – WW help pit breakdown, break down DM podium, put jacket/shako/guantlets in closet, go to bathroom
6:15 – load buses (winds/perc “half uniform” w/show shirt)
6:20 – leave for Griffin Memorial Stadium
7:00 – in stands
11:15 – estimated time back to SMHS
Thanks for your flexibility!

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





Spring Rehearsals:

April 29 (Mon): 8th Gr/Rookies, Section Leaders 4:00-6:00

April 30 (Tues): All Marching Band 4:00-6:00

May 2 (Thur): All Marching Band 4:00-6:00

Mandatory MB Parent Meeting: 6:15 PM, May 2 or May 7

May 7 (Tues): All Marching Band 4:00-6:00

May 9 (Thur): All Marching Band 4:00-6:00


Summer Camps (mandatory):

Percussion Camp – July 15-19 (Mon-Fri), 8:00-4:00

Color Guard Camp – July 15-19 (Mon-Fri), 8:00-4:00

Section Leaders – July 15-19 (Mon-Fri), 8:00-4:00

Rookies (new marchers) – July 16-19 (Tues-Fri), 8:00-4:00

Full Marching Band Camp (ALL members) –

July 17-19 (Wed-Fri), 8:00-4:00

July 22 (Mon) 8:00-7:00, July 23 (Tues) 8:00-7:00,

July 24 (Wed) 8:00-4:00, July 25 (Thur) 8:00-7:00,

July 26 (Fri), 8:00-8:00 (incl. Preview Show in Stadium)

Post-Camp (ALL members), 4-6:30: July 29 (M), 30 (Tu), & Aug 1 (Th)


School Rehearsals:

Mon (4:05-6:30), Tues (6:30-8:45 in stadium), & Thur (4:05-6:30)

(possibly Wed, Sept 4 & Oct 16 – 4:00-6:00)

Saturday rehearsals: Aug 17 & Sept 14, 8:00-6:00



ALL Varsity Football Games: Aug 23, 30 (Labor Day weekend), Sept 6,

13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11 (Fall Break weekend), 25, Nov 1 + Playoffs

Fayette Co. Exhibition, Parades, Standstills, Special Invitational Events

Saturday contests (3 of these) Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, &/or 26

9th Grade Orientation (Guard, Percussion): Tues, Feb 11, 2020

Armuchee Invitational Contest Schedule

Armuchee Invitational Contest
September 29
Please eat a hearty meal before arriving.
12:00 – Arrive at SMHS, watch video/take notes from last night’s game
12:15 – Stretch, Warm-up/Basics, Rehearse/Review (take cases to field)
1:20 – Load equipment on trailer (from practice field) (40 min to load)
1:30 – Go to bathroom, change into “half” uniform, gather ALL needed items
1:50 – Load buses with hat box/gloves, etc
2:00 – Leave for Armuchee HS
5:00 – Arrive at Armuchee HS
5:15 – Eat
6:10 – At trailer to get instrument, jacket
6:25 – Stretch, Warm-up, Short Stations (Area _) (40 min)
7:05 – Leave Warm-up Area
7:15 – At Gate
7:20 – Perform your hearts out!
7:30 – Secure equipment, change (except SL), watch bands (if there’s time)
9:00 – Awards (Section Leaders)
9:45 – Go to bathroom, load buses
10:15 – Leave for SMHS (text parents)
12:45am – Back at SMHS, unload/store equipment & uniform properly,
check out with Mrs. Backes



URGENT! CONCESSIONS! Parents: The concessions needs for a SCRIMMAGE game are less than 1/3 if our regular games. And yet… Here I am again, 2 days before a game without most of the spots not filled. There is no magic solution here. Concessions were scrubbed and cleaned. Cases of drinks were ordered and stocked. Food was purchased and put away. Now I NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER or our Band will not turn the tremendous profit that it could, to help all of us keep our Marching Band fees down.
Paula Bransky

Marching Band Football Program Pictures

Marching Band football program pictures on Wed, August 1.  Seniors at the Mill by 3:00 and all else at stadium by 3:30. More info to come later.

Marching Band Rehearsal Changes!

Marching Band Rehearsal voting: Per the voting results, the Panther Pride will rehearse Wed, Sept 5 from 4:05-6:00 (NOT Tues, Sept 4) and Wed, Oct 10 from 4:05-6:00 (NOT Tues, Oct 9).  Please make plans accordingly because every marcher is expected to be at rehearsal for the entire time.  Thank you for your flexibility! Go Panthers!

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


Spring MB Rehearsals (4:00-6:00)

May 5 (Sat w/Stretching & Conditioning Doctor – check schedule)

May 8 (Mandatory Parent Meeting at 6:15 – one of these)

May 10

May 15 (Mandatory Parent Meeting at 6:15 – one of these)

Band Banquet (6:30) ………………………………………………. May 14

Graduation (Wind Ens & Volunteers) …………………………… May 25

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

Calling all chaperones!!

Calling all chaperones!!

We still have five incredible opportunities to support our Spring Marching Band Practices.  We still need four people on Saturday May 5th and one on May 10th.  Please consider spending a few hours chaperoning.  We are there to provide drinks and snacks, as well as first aid for our students.  That allows Mr King, Mr Groover, and the rest of the wonderful staff to focus on the marchers.

Sign up on the chaperone tab.

Susan Northrup

Chaperone Chair