Director’s News

Logistics for Cary Parade – December 14th

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



Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019


Report to ADHS if you would like a formal           10:45am

individual/family picture taken in uniform

with instrument


Report to ADHS if you would rather forego           11:45am

the picture  

shine instruments/dress/load box truck


INSPECTION (in full uniform)               12:30pm

Depart for Cary (via activity bus)               12:45pm

Arrive at parade site                   1:05pm

Parade begins (we are #39/92 in the parade)       2:00pm

Return to ADHS                       3:20pm

remove pins/store uniform

Dismissal                       3:45pm


Alas!  The LAST performance of the marching season!  The Cary Christmas Parade is comparable to the Apex Parade in many ways:  It is approximately the same length; the route takes the band through the heart of a charming downtown; and it is usually very well attended.  The parade route begins on Chatham at Circle Drive; turns left onto Academy and ends at the corner of Academy and Kildaire (in front of Cary Elementary).  Additional parade information can be found at


As the Cary Christmas Parade is the last formal performance of our marching band this season, all uniforms are to remain in the band room and all marching shoes are to be taken home.  Also, please remove all pins because the uniforms will be dry-cleaned before we march in Washington D.C. this May!


Keep your fingers crossed as the weather looks iffy for Saturday.  If we decide not to participate in the parade due to adverse weather, we will STILL DO THE PICTURES AT 10:45.  This is an optional, FREE offering… we’ll photograph you in uniform in a rather “professional manner” and give you the opportunity to down load your picture on SmugMug for free.  It might make a nice gift for relatives or just be a nice keepsake.  First come, first serve.  If siblings want to have their picture taken together, that’s cool too!


Although we exchanged many words of thanks at our banquet a few weeks ago, I want to again THANK YOU – students and family members, for being you, and for making our season such a wonderful success!  Our months together were filled with many wonderful memories, great musical moments, and a whole lot of life lessons!  I sincerely hope that our juniors, sophomores and freshmen will enthusiastically return next summer!


Important Upcoming Dates:

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


P.S.  The Apex Parade was so LIT!!!!  OMG!!!  Thank you to Shayla Michaud and all our wonderful parents for your help!!!  One of the major distinguishing features of our band program is the amount of help our parents provide during performances!  We’ve got the BEST PARENT SUPPORT IN THE COUNTY!!!  Please know how much your efforts are appreciated!!!  We could not be who we are without you!!!


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



Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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