Director’s News

Grand holiday concert 23

Dear band student and parent,

HO, HO, HO!!! Our annual Grand Holiday Concert is next Thursday the 14th!!! This is our “grandest” concert of the year, featuring all our concert ensembles! It is a concert that draws many band alumni and features many favorite “sounds of the season.” The concert is FREE and holiday refreshments will be served at the conclusion.


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Thursday, December 14, 2023

4:30pm WIND ENSEMBLE ONLY: Rehearsal of “Great Day of Teaching and Learning” with select Broughton students.

5:30pm WIND ENSEMBLE ONLY: Pizza dinner with select Broughton students in cafeteria.


6:15pm Report: CB on stage; SB in band room; WE in chorus room/cafeteria

7:00pm Concert begins

Marching Band Percussion “Little Drummer Boy”
Concert Band
Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble
9:15pm Concert concludes/Holiday refreshments served!!!


Concert Band students will wear all black from “head to toe”: a black collared dress shirt/blouse and black pants/skirt. We do NOT wear ties. Students may wear a black sweater over a top of choice; however, please be aware that the stage is often warm. Students should wear black dress shoes with black socks (marching shoes may be worn if necessary). For girls, all hems/slits must be below the knee and all shoulders must be covered. You may wear black leggings if the skirt is above the knees. Please avoid clothes that look too casual, i.e., black jeans, tee shirts, tennis shoes. This is a very nice formal event.

Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble students will wear their formal attire (tuxedo/dresses). Wind Ensemble does not need to wear concert attire for the 4:30pm rehearsal; they can change following dinner.

As mentioned in several previous letters, our Wind Ensemble will be premiering the music composition written for Mr. Mares, our beloved principal who retired last Spring. Entitled A Great Day of Teaching and Learning, this is a shared commission between Athens and Broughton High Schools, the two high schools where Mr. Mares served as principal. We are still accepting donations to cover the cost of the commission. For your convenience, there will be a donation box placed outside the auditorium on the evening of the concert. Checks can be made payable to our band boosters with “Mr. Mares Commission” in the memo. We are still about $800 short of reaching our goal… Receipts can be provided for tax deduction purposes?.

Also, please consider arriving early with your student as we expect a full house—standing room only!!! Our hope is that you will leave the concert in the highest holiday spirit! We look forward to sharing some great music with you!

Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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