Director’s News

Raleigh Christmas Parade 2021 Logistics

Dear marching band member and parent,

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the Raleigh Christmas Parade this Saturday. Upcoming events are also listed at the end of this letter. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE LETTER!


Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021

7:45am – Report & Dress

8:30am – Group Photo in Stadium

9:15am – Depart for downtown Raleigh (via activity busses)

9:30am – Arrive at parade site

10:45am – Approx. “Step-Off” Time

(we are last 1/3 of the parade)

12:15pm – Return to ADHS

Group Photo: Because we did not get the opportunity to have a formal group photo taken during any of our competitions, we wanted to schedule one before the season ends. We will make this photo available on smug mug. (Might make a nice holiday gift!)

The Raleigh Christmas Parade is a beautiful event, one that our band has marched in since our school was founded over 40 years ago. The parade is one of the largest parades in the region with over 100 entries. It is also well attended and televised: The students will have the opportunity to perform for more people than all our previous performances combined. But most importantly, it is an opportunity for both band members and families to share another one of those “feel good” moments!

The parade will begin at 9:30am on Hillsborough St. near St. Mary’s College and move east to the Capitol. The parade will then trace part of the perimeter of the Capitol and turn south onto Fayetteville Street. The total length of the parade is about 1.4 miles. It will be televised on ABC-11.

Other information:

1) Winter Guard & Winter Percussion are presently holding orientation rehearsals for interested students. Be sure to get on board if you are interested as membership in these outstanding groups will close in just a few weeks!

2) Remember to order your fruits and nuts! (“Orange you glad I reminded you?) Order forms are due Tuesday, November 16th.

3) Remember to visit our Dewey’s Bakery Store at Waverly Place and the Village District!

Important Upcoming Dates:

11/19 Waverly Tree Lighting 6:00pm (logistics email already sent)

12/4 Apex Christmas Parade 3:00-7:30pm (parade begins at 5:00pm)

*Our band will have lights affixed to their sashes, so we are going to be really LIT in this parade! Students are also asked to stay for an extra 15-20 minutes once we return to Athens in order to carefully remove and store the lights.

12/11 Cary Christmas Parade Noon-4:00pm (parade begins at 2:00pm)

12/16 Grand Holiday Concert 7:00pm (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)

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

Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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