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Old Lady

Hollywood, FL

#121 Aug 30, 2011
I hate reading anything negative regarding the band. These kids work hard for little or no recognition. When my children were in the band, I paid for very expensive football tickets in order to watch them perform. I would buy tickets now if the band got a share of the money. I suspect a lot more people go to the games to see the band than most people realize. There are actually very few who really watch the game! Dozens and dozens of people never even enter the stands. They are there to socialize... not to watch a football game. In the area where my husband and I sat, everyone talked during the game and then watched the band perform. Oh, if the Trojans were near the goal line, we would all watch a few plays, but for the most part we were there for the band. The kids deserve respect for the long hours they put in... not criticism!
CMS_CHS Parent

Flowery Branch, GA

#122 Aug 31, 2011
picolopete wrote:
If you don't have good instruction in the beginner class, you will never have a good high school band. If you don't have a high school band director who can teach what he knows,(regardless of how good a musician he or she may be), and can inspire students, you won't have a good high school band.
While I agree 100%, let me fill everyone in on a few little known facts about CMS. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Moorer built the middle school program up to over 300 kids. When Mr. Moorer retired Mr. Johnson was PROMSIED that Mr. M's position would be filled the following school year. Now as a parent of a then 8th grader and a now 7th grader I know this:. Mr. Johnson had almost 100 kids in each 6th grade class last year (maybe more not sure I know there were 95 in my sons class). they never got him anyone to replace Mr. Moorer. While most teachers complain that 30 in a class is rough try 100. They told him that he didn't have enough students to warrant another person.(but let's hire more coaches) This year my son says they still have not got him any help. My son loves band and my son before him loved it as well and Mr. Johnson spends a ton of time and bends over backwards for those kids. So before y'all hit the beginning product check out what they are having to deal with there the high school band that has what 100 or 110 kids total has how many names read over the PA at the football games.(granted this benefits my older child but HELP THE MIDDLE SCHOOL). I would also like to point out that Mr. Johnson goes after school to help the high school band as well. So looks like he helps out all around but nobody will help him. Time for the other parents to join me and stand up for the middle school program.
Foreign Exchange Student

Ocilla, GA

#123 Aug 31, 2011
Drumline Mom wrote:
Ok, I don't normally comment on here but the name of this forum caught my eye since I have a child in the band. And I started seeing negative comments about the drumline. So like a momma bear I have to get defensive. My son loves band,and loves being on the drumline. He gets upset when other band members act like they dont care how they look or perform. And yes he would like to play some newer music, but it's also more expensive and the BOE cut their budget drastically. I bet the football budget wasnt cut.(I think we need just one more coach.....NOT) So he doesnt complain about the music because in the end, the point is to just be a part of the band
Drumline Mom I agree with what you are saying. However, the football budget is supplemented by the touchdown club. The football budget was cut as well I assure you. Also up until this year our caching staff had been smaller than every other 1-AAAAA team we played. Which put us at a disadvantage. I will say that this year not enough coaches is not a excuse.
former band

Moultrie, GA

#124 Sep 1, 2011
I graduated recently and i loved band if there was one at SGC i would be in it. I played drums, did auxiliary and other instruments. Don't blame Myers or the students if the band isnt up to your standards of what you think it should be. I've read many comments on here and the band isnt going to be great the first football game, band isnt based on how good we do at games that is just practice for us. Competition and concert band are of more importance. Go to some of our festivals, youl see we almost always win best in class or higher and make 1's which is the best you can make.

OH, btw i hate where they put the band at the past 2 years, last year a football came at the band and a person caught it and landed on another instrument and damaged it. if you kno anything about band you know how many thousands of dollars a horn is.

but my point is, our band is great and you should all appreciate it.
Hates the signs

Flowery Branch, GA

#125 Sep 1, 2011
Drumline Mom wrote:
Ok, I don't normally comment on here but the name of this forum caught my eye since I have a child in the band. And I started seeing negative comments about the drumline. So like a momma bear I have to get defensive. My son loves band,and loves being on the drumline. He gets upset when other band members act like they dont care how they look or perform. And yes he would like to play some newer music, but it's also more expensive and the BOE cut their budget drastically. I bet the football budget wasnt cut.(I think we need just one more coach.....NOT) So he doesnt complain about the music because in the end, the point is to just be a part of the band
Yes, their budgets keep getting cut, however they buy new music for the stands every year perhaps when they are buying that music instead of the same old 1980's crap.. Their show this year is great and the kids deserve credit for sure but I will bet that they would act like they care more if they had newer music and I will also bet that more people would stop and listen instead of socializing.(maybe instead of those expensive looking signs which are stupid they could have bought better music...(not the kids they look great just talking about the signs) oh, and Ps. are they now sponsored by the flying cowboy I am confused...
Band Nerd

Douglas, GA

#126 Sep 2, 2011
Hates the signs wrote:
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Yes, their budgets keep getting cut, however they buy new music for the stands every year perhaps when they are buying that music instead of the same old 1980's crap.. Their show this year is great and the kids deserve credit for sure but I will bet that they would act like they care more if they had newer music and I will also bet that more people would stop and listen instead of socializing.(maybe instead of those expensive looking signs which are stupid they could have bought better music...(not the kids they look great just talking about the signs) oh, and Ps. are they now sponsored by the flying cowboy I am confused...
The signs were made by a company who has students in the band, the stand they are mounted to were made by the school ag department. the signs or screens as they are called in the band world, are a competition requirement as equipment can no longer be just laid out across the field.

As for music and all, the band orders from jwpepper and arranger's publishing company. Music can only be ordered after it is approved. So a lot of what we play may be dated, but it's what we're approved to play. The approval doesn't come from the head band director, there's a power greater than he.

Once again, the band will be holding it's monthly booster meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm in the band room. I invite anyone concerned with the band to come out and participate in the meetings and help the program.
Band Nerd

Douglas, GA

#127 Sep 2, 2011
Flying Cowboy has indeed sponsored the halftime show this year. The funding they provide goes toward our costs for competition and things needed for the show as well.

If there are any other interested businesses who'd like to do something to help please contact the band boosters.

www.coffeehighband.com is a new band website,(currently under construction), find out general info about the boosters there.
band parent

Flowery Branch, GA

#128 Sep 2, 2011
Band Nerd wrote:
Flying Cowboy has indeed sponsored the halftime show this year. The funding they provide goes toward our costs for competition and things needed for the show as well.
If there are any other interested businesses who'd like to do something to help please contact the band boosters.
www.coffeehighband.com is a new band website,(currently under construction), find out general info about the boosters there.
I believe I will come to the booster meeting to find out why I am paying 100 for band when we have corporate sponsors now..( don't mind paying just want to know what its going to cover).
hate the signs

Flowery Branch, GA

#129 Sep 2, 2011
Band Nerd wrote:
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The signs were made by a company who has students in the band, the stand they are mounted to were made by the school ag department. the signs or screens as they are called in the band world, are a competition requirement as equipment can no longer be just laid out across the field.
As for music and all, the band orders from jwpepper and arranger's publishing company. Music can only be ordered after it is approved. So a lot of what we play may be dated, but it's what we're approved to play. The approval doesn't come from the head band director, there's a power greater than he.
Once again, the band will be holding it's monthly booster meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm in the band room. I invite anyone concerned with the band to come out and participate in the meetings and help the program.
you state that they were made by a co with students in the band but did that company pay for them to be made? Also, if there is a higher power making music selection decisions then why pay a band director???? I don't believe that because there is newer music.out there that is clean and appropriate...other bands play it I am sure. So.I am assuming all the rest of the bands we see will have these stupid signs too. I think they distract from the kids. Wishing the band a great performance tonight.
you got my vote

United States

#130 Sep 6, 2011
hate the signs wrote:
<quoted text> you state that they were made by a co with students in the band but did that company pay for them to be made? Also, if there is a higher power making music selection decisions then why pay a band director???? I don't believe that because there is newer music.out there that is clean and appropriate...other bands play it I am sure. So.I am assuming all the rest of the bands we see will have these stupid signs too. I think they distract from the kids. Wishing the band a great performance tonight.
Because someone still has to teach the kids to play the music, the higher ups probably can barely play the radio, let alone an instrument.
And as far as the signs goes, if this is what it takes to make extra money for the band go for it.
picolopete

Douglas, GA

#131 Sep 6, 2011
For the first time in 20 years, you can actually hear the trumpets.
Anonymous

Leechburg, PA

#132 May 23, 2012
Herp Derp wrote:
Problems with Band...
1.) No band in elementary schools pretty much kills the program. By the time the students are in middle school the formation of cliques is pretty strong and the nerd-factor of joining band is pushing on the throats of all students. Gotta foster that love of honking "Mary Had a Little Lamb" pre-6th grade. Another problem this leads to is that the 6th graders automatically suck and by the time they've entered 7th grade they can only squeak out a measly "When the Saints Go Marching In" in a haphazard chorus. So, it feels like band sucks and everyone leaves.
2.) Myers. Huge pushover and not a strong enough presence to lead a ragtag bunch of high schoolers. One look at that aging ginger and no one feels inspired. Take offense if you want Myers, but you know what I mean. Your talents would be much better used in a college program where you're students are there focused and ready to play as soon as they enter.
3.) Music selection. The one thing that band lacks right now is badassness. Which, I mean, it IS band, but play some current hip-hop beats and nu-metal riffs. Whatever. Nostalgia is cool and all, but ALL nostalgia lacks a feeling of thrill and excitement that other high schoolers, middle schoolers, and elementary students need to hear and get inspired to join. Put in "Black and Yellow", "Bottoms Up", or other similar stuff and see how interest shifts. And then throw in the nostalgia.
This coming from a current middle school teacher and previous Coffee High Band member.
Yes, the music selection is a big factor.
So Boring

Valdosta, GA

#133 May 23, 2012
Most boring band in the universe. I love when we play against Tifton or maybe it's Lowndes (or both)...where the REAL bands come to play
next year

Kathleen, GA

#134 May 23, 2012
What is next year? Thriller? Micheal Jackson?
just my opinion

United States

#135 May 24, 2012
So Boring wrote:
Most boring band in the universe. I love when we play against Tifton or maybe it's Lowndes (or both)...where the REAL bands come to play
If our community supported our band like Lowndes supports theirs then it would make a huge difference. But no, if it ain't Football here it isn't important.

we have sports in Elementary school we should still have band in Elementary school.
Go Go Gadget

Douglas, GA

#136 May 24, 2012
picolopete wrote:
For the first time in 20 years, you can actually hear the trumpets.
and thats because Myers plays with them. Just because you can hear them doesn't mean that they are good...just sayin.
Sooo

Douglas, GA

#137 May 24, 2012
next year wrote:
What is next year? Thriller? Micheal Jackson?
You should call Xac he is their assistant director so he says and he does their color guard and he does their web site and he does whatever else Myers doesn't want to do. That is why the band is mediocre.There is a TON of talent in that group they just need someone in front of them that has the desire to have a SUPERIOR band not just a tiny little half slappy band. We are a 6A school with a 2A size band. Clinch Co has 100 kids in their band and our middle school band has like a few hundred kids in theirs Y'all see something wrong ...I do.
Proud band Mom

Douglas, GA

#138 May 24, 2012
I have to come to the defense of the band. My child is in band (since 6th grade) and I have asked him many of these same questions that are being asked here. As far as the "new" music goes....the newer the music, the higher the price. And the band budget was severly cut a couple of years ago, and as far as I know, it has not been raised back to the level it was. So you can't just say Mr Myers won't play the good stuff. But he also does not want to be "like every other band" and play the booty shaking stuff. I've heard rumors about the upcoming year and it should be good! You will always have some students that just want to wear the uniform, ride the bus, and get free entry to the games, they care nothing about giving 100% on the field and doing the best job they can. But do you see My Myers kicking them out? No, he just does the best he can with them. And thank God that we have a principal that supports the band. That really means a lot to the band members to feel appreciated. I hope this next year is the best one ever!
just my opinion

United States

#139 May 25, 2012
Sooo wrote:
<quoted text>You should call Xac he is their assistant director so he says and he does their color guard and he does their web site and he does whatever else Myers doesn't want to do. That is why the band is mediocre.There is a TON of talent in that group they just need someone in front of them that has the desire to have a SUPERIOR band not just a tiny little half slappy band. We are a 6A school with a 2A size band. Clinch Co has 100 kids in their band and our middle school band has like a few hundred kids in theirs Y'all see something wrong ...I do.
Like I said out community needs to support the band better, something that most do not do.
Really

Douglas, GA

#140 May 25, 2012
If everyone that posted a negative comment on this thread would step up and support the CHS Band physically and monetarily, the Band would gain roughly 100 plus new supporters!
Involvement fosters satisfaction and pride. I for one, could not be any prouder of the dedication exhibited by these kids. KIDS. They are not professional musicians, they are teenagers ages 14 through 18. These kids work harder in one football season than most adults do in a year. They are not in it for the money or the glory. They are doing it because they love it! It also provides them with an opportunity to be part of something larger than self.
They all stand tall and proud at every football game and they play their hearts out for the fans! Since 1984 I have watched their faces when they come off the field after a show. I have seen them with beaming smiles when they knew the rocked it, as well as frowns when they knew they could have done better. Yet, they never give up! Show after show their one goal is to perform better than they did the last time. They are their own worst critics!
The returning students will go into the 2012-2013 season with one thing in mind. To entertain the fans at the game, whether the fans appreciate their performance or not! For those that are unaware, a tremendous amount of blood, sweat and tears is required of these kids from early July to the end of the football season! I believe it's time for ALL of Coffee county to give theses kids the credit and admiration that is their due!
Congratulations to The Marching Trojans! You all make me extremely proud!!

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