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”

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


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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

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.

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!