Director’s News

Cary Band Day Logistics

Dear marching band member and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning our final competition of the season, Cary Band Day, as well as reminders and updates concerning upcoming events.



Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

Report to Athens 4:15pm

Rehearsal in new stadium 4:30pm

Return to bandroom; eat light dinner (on own) 6:00pm

dress/load “Big Blue”

Inspection (in full uniform) 7:30pm

Depart for Cary H.S. (via activity bus) 7:45pm

Arrive CHS, orientation and warm-up 8:00pm

PERFORMANCE         9:30pm

Award Ceremony 10:45pm

Depart CHS 11:30pm

Arrive Athens Drive 11:45pm


Please note that there are a few different things that we will be doing at this competition because it so close to home:

1) STUDENTS MUST BRING A DINNER to eat after their rehearsal.  [Boosters will NOT be providing a dinner.]  Please keep it simple and nourishing.  As always, students are expected to remain on campus to help load; there is not time to safely depart campus.

2) WE WILL REMAIN IN FULL UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EVENING.  There will be no need to bring a change of clothes; we will have inspection in full dress and return to Athens in the same way.

We are proud to be a participant of the 60th Annual Cary Band Day.  This competition is quite possibly the most prestigious in the state for several reasons:  1) it is one of the oldest in the nation; 2) it attracts bands of a very high caliber; 3) it occurs late in the season when the shows are complete and polished.

Saturday will be an exciting day as this local competition attracts distinguished community members and a large number of alumni.  As this event is literally “in our own backyard,” I hope that many parents, alumni, and other Athens fans will come out to cheer on these wonderful students!  Although we perform our field show quite late in the evening, it is thrilling to be able to perform for a full house.  Hope to see you this weekend—let’s fill that greenish stadium with ATHENS BLUE!!!


Important Upcoming Dates:

10/31 No marching band rehearsal!  BOO!

11/6, 7, 8 No after school rehearsals.

11/8                 Fall Concert featuring our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (7:00pm)

11/12               Wind Ensemble Performance at NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem

11/13               No after school rehearsal

11/14 & 15 Christmas Parade Rehearsals 3-5:00pm on Wednesday, 3-5:30pm on Thursday

11/17              Raleigh Christmas Parade 8:00am-Noon (parade begins at 9:30am)

We will be taking a group photo in new stadium before departing.

Marching Band Banquet in cafeteria 1:30-4:30pm

12/1                 Apex Christmas Parade 2:15-7:30pm (parade begins at 5:00pm)

Students will report early to help affix lights to ALL the uniforms (as we did for the Outback Parade); they will remain on campus for an extra 15-30 minutes to             remove lights.

12/8                 Cary Christmas Parade Noon-5:00pm (parade begins at 2:00pm)

12/20               Grand Holiday Concert featuring our Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (7:00pm)


Information about Winter Guard and Winter Percussion is available on our website.  Our Jazz Ensemble (conducted by Dr. Wes Parker) begins in late January (spring semester).  Look for info about this ensemble after the holidays.

Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

Follow Athens Drive Band

Support The Band

Earn money for your band account and for the band.

We Need You!

We can't do this without your help.  Sign Up To Volunteer.

Support The Band

Earn money for your band account and for the band.

We Need You!

We can't do this without your help.  Sign Up To Volunteer.

Wed, 29 May 2024
  • ADP: Wednesday Conditioning

    Wed, 29 May 2024  4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    See more details