Director’s News

Raleigh Parade Logistics 2022

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!

RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

6:45 am Report & Dress
7:30am Group Photo in Stadium
8:00am Depart for downtown Raleigh (via activity buses)
8:30am Arrive at parade site
9:30am Approx. “Step-Off” Time (we are very near the front of the parade)
11:00am 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 SmugMug. (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:

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!
Remember to order your fruits and nuts by 11/19! (“Orange you glad I reminded you?)
Remember to visit our Dewey’s Bakery Store at Waverly Place and the Village District!
Important Upcoming Dates:

11/17 Pep Band needed for Magnet Open House 5:30pm-7:00pm. Information sent under separate cover.
11/18 Marching Band performance at Waverly Place Tree Lighting. Information sent under separate cover.
12/3 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!
12/10 Cary Christmas Parade Noon-4:00pm (parade begins at 2:00pm)
12/15 Grand Holiday Concert 7:00pm (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)
Hope to see you along the parade route cheering on our wonderful band!

“Doc”
Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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