Kennesaw State Brass Blast 2018

Hey all!

My name is Dr. Doug Lindsey, and I am the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Studies at Kennesaw State. I wanted to email to let you know about our annual Brass Blast this year.  We have an incredible line up of artists, and a wonderful day of activities planned.  I’m most excited about having Allen Vizzutti in town for classes and for a concert.  The event will be Feb 10th and will run from 9-5.  It is open to all high school brass players and advanced middle school players.
If you could share the paragraph below with any of your brass players, I would be most appreciative.  We have a limited number of spots so please encourage them to act quickly – we opened it a few days ago and already have quite a few signed up. 
Here is that event info:
This event will feature classes by world-famous trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, concerts by Georgia Brass Band and the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, and masterclass sessions with KSU’s very own brass faculty.

Our event is February 10th, and it goes from 9-5 PM with a concert open to public at 4PM. You won’t want to miss the concert!!

Here is the information about the event:…/concerts-and-eve…/brass_blast.php

On this link, you can read about the guest artists, the faculty and learn more about the event generally.

We are accepting registrations starting today – you will want to move quickly on this as we have to cap it at 100 participants… we have had to cap the last few brass events because of turnout so please register as soon as possible!!

Click this link to register:…/…/product_detail.jsp…

I look forward to seeing you at KSU Brass Blast!

Thanks for reading!
Douglas Lindsey, DMA
Kennesaw State University
Assistant Professor, Trumpet

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.

2018 Fall Trip Payment Info and itinerary

Here is the information for the Fall trip. Payments will be made directly to Super Holiday Tours. Registration and non-refundable deposit ($50) must be done by Mon, Jan 15. Please contact Super Holiday Tours with any questions. Thank you and I’m looking forward to a wonderful trip!

The cost per student is $835.  The cost for chaperones is $895.  This includes transportation, room, meals and tickets to the park.

When I get more information, I will send it out.


StarrsMill Trip Registration and Payment

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 District 6 Honor Band students! Honor Band will be held at Sandy Creek HS on Feb 9 (Fri) after school and Feb 10 (Sat) all day.

11-12 District 6 Honor Band 2017-2018 – Sheet1

9-10 District 6 Honor Band 2017-2018 – Sheet1

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.

All-State auditions

Dear District 6 Directors

This message is in regards to the District 6 All-State Auditions for Saturday, December 16th.

Amy Clement, GMEA Vice President for All-State, has authorized the following procedure for students with a legitimate, day-long, musical conflict on Saturday, December 16th:

Students with a legitimate, musical conflict are permitted to perform their audition prior to December 16th.

Early auditions must be approved by the district organizer and state band chair. Please email any requests to your district organizer by 5:00 p.m.Monday, December 11th. Include the name and instrument of student, and specific information about the schedule conflict. The district organizer will email the complete list to the state band chair on Monday evening, December 11th.

Early auditions must be supervised by the district organizer, at a time and location to be determined by the district organizer. The organizer will record the audition and play the recording for the judging panel on Saturday, December 16th.

Any student who performs the early audition is prohibited from discussing the sight reading with any other individual. Students who violate this rule will immediately have their audition disqualified.

There will be no make up auditions after December 16th whatsoever.


Matt Koperniak

State Band Chair

Thank you Santa Bob!

We really appreciated Santa Bob visiting us at our Band Pyramid Concert!  If you’d like him to come for a special event, here is his contact information:


Text:                     404-735-0719

Facebook:           santa bob in atlanta

Santa Bob

Jazz and Rock Band Rehearsal Schedule for Spring 2018


Jazz Band Rehearsals (7:45-8:25)
Jan 9 (Tu)
Jan 18 (Th)
Jan 23 (Tu)
Feb 1 (Th)
Feb 6 (Tu)
Feb 15 (Th)
March 20 (Tu)
March 27 (Tu)
April 10 (Tu)
April 17 (Tu), April 19 (Th)
April 24 (Tu), April 26 (Th)
April 28 (Sat) – Spring Sampler Performance

Rock Band Rehearsals (7:45-8:25)
Jan 11 (Th)
Jan 16 (Tu)
Jan 25 (Th)
Jan 30 (Tu)
Feb 8 (Th)
Feb 12 (Mon)
Feb 12 (Mon) – 9th Grade Orientation Performance 5:30-6:00
March 22 (Th)
March 29 (Th)
April 12 (Th)
April 16 (Mon), April 18 (Wed)
April 23 (Mon), April 25 (Wed)
April 28 (Sat) – Spring Sampler Performance

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.