Director’s News

Apex Christmas Parade Logistics

Dear marching band member and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the Apex Christmas Parade this Saturday as well as several “end of calendar year” events.



Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019


Report, add Lights, Dress     2:00pm

2:15-2:45pm  Woodwinds add lights to uniform in cafeteria

Brass-Percussion detail instruments


2:45-3:15pm  Brass/Percussion add lights to uniform in cafeteria

        Woodwinds detail instruments


Guard should see captains as to reporting time; be sure to leave enough time to add lights to poles.


INSPECTION                3:30pm


Depart for Apex (via activity busses)    3:45pm


Arrive at drop off point                4:15pm


Parade begins  (we are unit #50/90)    5:00pm


Anticipated step-off            5:40pm


Return to ADHS                7:00pm


**Detach lights from uniform before leaving ADHS


The Apex Christmas Parade is somewhat unique in that it is held in the evening.  Parading at night through this charming town—with all its store lights and decorations aglow—is really COOL.  Our students love to march in this parade and we hope that you will consider coming out and enjoying the atmosphere!

NEW:  We are going to light up the uniforms like we did for the Outback Bowl Parade.  In order to make this work, we are asking all students to report at 2:00pm so that we can attach lights to uniforms and instruments in a careful manner.  Students will be asked to remain at ADHS following the parade to remove the lights from their uniform.  Anticipated pick-up time will be 7:30pm.

The parade route begins on the corner of Apex Peakway and Salem streets, passes through the downtown area, and finishes at W. Moore Street.  The entire route is about ½ mile in length.


Special thanks!

I just wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU for such a wonderful season and for the generous gifts presented to me and my family at the banquet.  Being a career teacher has many intangible rewards—having the privilege of working with all of you is the one I cherish most!


Important Upcoming Dates:


12/7     Horns-A-Plenty at Music & Arts Store in Crossroads beginning at 10:00 am

Upgrade your instrument!!!


12/8     Dewey’s Waverly Place Caroling 1-4pm


12/9     All-District Honor Band Audition form and fee due


12/13   Fruits & Nuts delivered to ADHS


12/14   Cary Christmas Parade Noon-4:00pm (parade begins at 2:00pm)


12/15   Dewey’s Waverly Place Caroling 1-4pm


12/15   Little Drummer Boy performance for Ekklesia Church “Movie Night” at 5:15pm


12/17   Grand Holiday Concert 7:00pm (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)


12/22   Dewey’s Waverly Place Caroling 1-4pm


Hope to see you along the parade route cheering on our wonderful band!

We are going to be LIT!!!



Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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