Raider Band News
Winterguard Wins First Place at National Championships
The Raider Winterguard, formed just over a year ago, wrapped up their 2018 season by attending the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) Championships in Chattanooga on Saturday, April 7. The 2018 season began in January and the Raiders participated in five shows in the metro area, garnering medals and accolades as they progressed to the National Championships. Their award-winning show featured “Seize the Day” from the Broadway show “Newsies.” Congratulations to the Raiders for scoring the highest of any group in their classification (Scholastic Regional A) in addition to winning the gold medal for their division. View the 19-member Winterguard's winning performance, directed by Marshelley McGhee and instructor Daniel Chung (link) Auditions for the Marching Band's Color Guard will be in early May. Look for more information soon.
Two Musicians Selected for Two All-State Bands: All-State Jazz Ensemble and All-State Band
Congratulations to seniors Robert Breeser (trumpet, pictured on the left) and Arthur Miltner (trombone, pictured on the right) for making both the 2017-18 All-State Jazz Ensemble and the 2017-18 All-State Band.
The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All-State Jazz Ensemble was January 25-27, 2018 at the Classic Center in Athens. The GMEA All-State Band was March 1-3, 2018, also at the Classic Center in Athens.
Winterguard Wins 1st Place at Villa Rica
Congratulations to the Raider Winterguard for their First Place finish at the 2018 Villa Rica competition. Held Saturday, February 24, 2018, the "Newsies" won the Novice class division by five points. In an exciting trend, the Raiders scored 15 points higher than their previous performance.
Next on the schedule is the Flowery Branch Invitational. The Newsies perform at 12 noon on Saturday, March 17.
Winterguard Opens Season at Etowah With 2nd Place Trophy
Congratulations to the Raider Winterguard for opening the 2017-18 season with a Second Place Trophy. The team, formed in February 2017, participated in its first competition of the year at Etowah High School on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Under the direction of community coach Marshelley McGhee, the Raiders were one of 11 units in the Novice class (for introductory and beginning levels). This year's team, which practices twice a week, has 19 young men and women. They plan to take their show, featuring music from the Broadway show "Newsies," to six competitions this spring.
Fulton County Honor Band News
Congratulations to Haley Gruensfelder (Clarinet), Skyler Gupta (Percussion), Jonathan Radney (Trombone), Drew Kaplan (Trombone), and Aiden Jones (Percussion) for being chosen to play in the 2017 Fulton County Honor Band. The students (pictured with Raider Band Director Carlos Rodriguez) joined musicians from across the county for the two-day event at Centennial High School. Under the leadership of guest conductor Dr. Robert M. Carnochan of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, the students attended workshops and rehearsals to prepare for the joint concert Tuesday evening, November 14.
Raider Marching Band, Percussion, & Color Guard Win Awards
Congratulations to the Marching Band for their award-winning performances at the 13th Annual White Columns Invitational competition. Held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Milton High School, the Raider Marching Band won First Place in their classification. The Band and Percussion earned "Excellent" ratings, while the Color Guard and Drum Majors earned "Superior" ratings. Best in Class awards in Class A went to the Raiders for Color Guard, Percussion, Visual Performance, Musical Performance, and Overall General Effect.
An ensemble of mastery musicians who have demonstrated the highest level of proficiency, this class deals with advanced technical and musical concepts. Participation in the GMEA District Band Festival, in addition to various performances, is required of all members.
Requirements for membership: Audition Etude (see link below), 12 major scales, Sight Reading, and Enrollment in Mastery Band Class
Mastery Band Audition Etude Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tqt7i95r3qekjyc/AAAHfA1KBsHyP17p3rucIz_xa?dl=0
An ensemble of advanced musicians who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency, this class deals with technical and musical concepts. Participation in the GMEA District Band Festival, in addition to various performances, is required of all members.
Requirements for membership: Audition 8 Major Scales and Sight Reading, Enrollment in Advanced Band Class
This class provides students an opportunity to further develop the fundamental techniques of performance and rehearsal in preparation for local and regional performances. Participation in the GMEA District Band Festival is an essential component of Concert Band membership.
Requirements for membership: Enrollment in Intermediate Band Class
Advanced Jazz Lab (Jazz Band)
This class provides students an opportunity to learn the fundamental techniques of jazz performance and
improvisation for local and regional performances.
Requirements for membership: Teacher Recommendation, Audition 8 Blues Scales and Improv, Enrollment in Advanced Jazz Lab Class
The Raider Marching Band
A performing ensemble open to all wind and percussion instrumental students on campus regardless of prior marching experience or ability. It is an incredible experience and a great way to meet new people. Students interested in marching band must be enrolled in a band class. Rehearsals begin during the summer with additional rehearsals required throughout the fall. Performances include, but are not limited to, football games, competitions, and community events. Summer Marching Band Camp is a requirement for participation in the marching band and color guard. Students must attend every camp day to be eligible to march. For additional information, please contact the band director: RodriguezC@fultonschools.org
Requirements for membership: Enrollment in a Band Class and Summer Camp attendance
Dues: camp and uniform fees, approx. $300.00
The Jazz Ensembles are not a daily class, but meet regularly as an extra-curricular activity outside of school hours. Jazz Ensembles are for advanced performers who have an interest in jazz. Students must participate in a traditional music ensemble to be eligible for membership.
The Percussion Ensemble provides students an opportunity to learn the fundamental techniques of performance and rehearsal in preparation for local and regional performances.
Requirements for membership: Enrollment in Percussion Class
International Baccalaureate (IB) Options
IB Music SLG
Grade: 12 only
Enrollment in one of the school’s large ensembles and permission of
the instructor (by audition)
Students who choose
the Group Performing component are expected to be active,
participating members of a musical group that performs on a regular
basis in public. A group may be composed entirely or partially by
Diploma Program music students but is not limited to groups organized
or offered in a school environment. A group could be as small as two
people; however, the participating role of each performer must be of
equal musical importance. A soloist being accompanied by another
student does not constitute a group. Using the computer as a musical
instrument (as defined in the solo performing option) is not
permitted in the group performance option. Examples of musical
groups (any size or style) include (but are not limited to): choir,
orchestra, concert/wind band, rock/pop band and chamber group. For
assessment purposes, the recordings must be of the same group in two
or more public performances. The total performance time must be
between 20-30 minutes.
IB Music SLS
Instructor Recommendation (by audition)
The student is
required to submit a compact disc (CD) recording selected from pieces
presented during one or more public performance(s). The total
performance time is to be between 14 and 16 minutes in length. The
purpose of recording performances is to allow students subsequently
to select a number of contrasting pieces to represent their best work
for internal assessment. In performing their pieces students may
use: 1) any instrument and/or voice, or 2) the computer as a musical
instrument. Students my not present a combination of 1 and 2.
IB Music SLC
(Creating) and HL
Grade: 11-12 (HL 12
Students who chose
the Creating component are to submit a “Reflective Statement”
along with each presented piece. Each statement must be no more than
300 words. The statement must reflect the creative process over
time. Each reflection must include documentation by the student of
what was the intention behind the piece?
what steps did the student take to achieve the final version of the
How were the
musical elements developed?
successes and difficulties were encountered?
was used (if any)? (In the case of music technology compositions
students must refer to the name and source of all sampled and/or
what did the student learn musically during the creating of the