Chamblee Marching Bulldogs

2020-2021 Season

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Our marching season doesn't begin on the first day of school! We need to be ready to take the field at the first football game, which means we need to prepare well before that.


First, we need to have an accurate count of musicians and instruments in order to write and choreograph our marching drill -- every body needs a place and a part, with no holes. Then we start learning the music and the movements. So we begin rehearsals in the summer, and Band Camp is where the show really starts to come together.
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All you need to know about the 2020-21 season, including schedules, fees, and more.

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Our 2020 mini-season requires fewer forms than usual. Please complete the forms below online.

*Commitment Form*

Expectations & Agreement to join Marching Band.
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*DCSD Return Guidelines*


Guidelines to participate in athletics while maintaining the health and safety for everyone.
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(Students will complete the following checklist before each rehearsal.)

*COVID Check-in*


Pre-rehearsal screening checklist to confirm health and safety of participants.
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Varsity Team Football Schedule 2020-2021

All kick-off times are 7:30pm

  • 10/02 - Away Game v Woodland, Cartersville

  • 10/09 - Home Game v Georgia Force Christian (North Dekalb Stadium)

  • 10/16 - Away Game v Dunwoody (North Dekalb Stadium)

  • 10/23 - Away Game v Mt. Pisgah Christian

  • 10/30 - Away Game v North Springs

  • 11/06 - Home Game v Druid Hills (North Dekalb Stadium)

  • 11/13 - Home Game v Lakeside (Adams Stadium)

  • 11/20 - Away Game at Berkmar

SEASON UPDATES

We'll do our best to keep you updated with what we know about whether we'll have a Marching season and what it will look like.

August 14, 2020 Update

DeKalb County School District Delays Athletic Activities for Fall Season Due to COVID-19

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced today that all athletic activity for the 2020 fall season will be delayed until the end of September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes marching bands and auxiliary groups.

July 24, 2020 Update

We recently updated our CutTime database to ensure that we’re reaching all marching band members and parents. If this is the first message you’ve gotten from Marching Band, we apologize. Below are all the updates that we've published this season.

Dues Refunds Coming!

Starting next week, we’ll begin refunding all dues earmarked for Band Camp since it was cancelled. Refunds will come (as checks) to the mailing address we have on file from your student’s Commitment Form submitted in May, 2020. The original dues were $650 ($300 for Band Camp, $350 for season-related expenses), so if you have paid your dues in full, you can expect a $300 refund at this point. If you have paid partial dues, we’ll refund everything received in excess of $350.

What Next?

The waiting continues. We’re still waiting to hear if we’ll have a season. The county’s Fine Arts Coordinator is making the call and has already had a few meetings with faculty throughout the county. We anticipate receiving the final word before July 31.

  • If the season is delayed, using the new reduced dues amount of $350/per member, we’ll rework our budget to support any activities that are allowed to move forward - and refund any leftover funds. One possible scenario is that we’ll be allowed to begin a delayed season, potentially be shut down due to spread, then allowed to restart again.

  • If the season is cancelled, we’ll promptly return all remaining funds.

July 15, 2020: A personal note from Mrs. Marin

July 14, 2020 Update

Dear Chamblee Band,

This summer has been troubling and stressful to say the least. I can’t imagine what most of our families have been going through, from working from home and learning from home, to all our favorite summer activities being canceled or closed. This has certainly been a season of anxiety and uncertainty. I know I can only speak personally, but I’m sure that I am not wrong in thinking many feel the way that I do: I love band and I love our band family. Out of this love, I will always prioritize the health and safety of my students and their families. With that as my guiding principle, and after guidance from the county, I have made the heavy decision to cancel in-person band camp next week for the safety and well-being of all my students and their families. It is my hope to schedule a couple of activities for the students virtually, understanding that it cannot replace what band camp is or means to these students. I will be leaning heavily on the student leadership team to help take the lead to make sure students feel included. As we learn from afar, it will be more imperative than normal for students to look out for each other and feel as connected as possible to the band and to each other. Kindness, understanding and patience will be our best virtues moving forward. I do not know what the season will hold for us, but I do believe it may be time to hope for the best but prepare for anything that is to come and remain thankful for the health, family and friends who will grow in importance for all of use to navigate the next several months and beyond.

As always, I will keep updated with decisions from GHSA, DCSD, CDC and of course constant monitoring of current events. We will all learn quite a bit of patience as we wait to hear the next steps on re-opening marching band. I hope it will be soon, but do not have any timeline.

We will have more information coming out with regards to finances and refunds. Again, please be patient with us as we promise to sort everything out to the best of our ability as we work to predict the unpredictable.

You and your families are in my thoughts. Please stay safe and know I am counting the days until we can make music together again.

Mrs. Marin

Dear Marching Band members and parents,

Stay tuned! We're still waiting to hear a status on our 2020-2021 season. As you probably already know, the DCSD Board of Education announced yesterday that school will delay opening, will now start on August 17, and be 100% virtual until COVID-19 spread decreases in our county.

We had hoped to have a clear path forward after yesterday's BOE meeting regarding the fate of Marching Band, but the decision now lies with the county's Fine Arts Coordinator - we're waiting on word.

We hated to send a "we don't know anything message", but wanted to keep everyone as updated as possible.

Bear with us! We'll reach out to everyone as soon as we hear anything!

In the meantime, please keep practicing!

Thank you, Paula Emde, Band Booster President

July 3, 2020 Update

Quick note: Please know the continued health and safety of each marching band member is our top priority. No plans will be made and no actions taken if we cannot ensure complete compliance to CDC guidelines and safe distancing.

Updates

  • Band Camp: We have officially cancelled our Rock Eagle reservations, and are hoping to hold a modified version of a day camp with sections in small groups, but those plans are very tentative until we get a “green light” from the new superintendent. We expect to know more by next week - and plans can only go forward if we can hold a day camp safely. Regardless, any type of day camp will be much more economical, so a refund and/or reduction in dues will be forthcoming.

  • Guard and Percussion Camp: It will not be held in person as originally planned July 13-17. You will be hearing from your instructors on how things will proceed.

  • Football Season: We are waiting for word from the county and the new superintendent about extracurricular activities and sports programs. The CCHS Football team began conditioning in late June, but considering the rise in COVID cases and recently elevated status in Georgia, we cannot assume we will be a normal season.

What can you do in the meantime?

  • Practice, practice, practice! You should have your music for the show by now. Practice every day on your instrument.

  • Rookies and new members - pay attention to the section below to be ready for the season to begin.

  • Complete all health and permission forms: all are now available online.

  • Keep paying dues: Even though the season hasn’t begun, we’re already incurring expenses (show program score, instructors). Please continue to pay towards your band dues - either pay online here - you can mail a check to: CCHS Marching Band, P.O. Box 81231, Chamblee, GA 30366. Depending on how our plans and season may be curtailed, please be assured that we will reduce fees and refund all unspent money.

  • Be prepared! While we don’t yet know what Band Day Camp or our season will look like, one thing we know is that you’ll each need some personal supplies. Make sure you have a few masks and some hand sanitizer to keep with you. We’ll do our best to have sanitation supplies on hand, but since finding ample supplies is difficult (and sometimes costly) if we each have some, we’ll all have a back-up plan.

Still have questions?

We will have a parent meeting (via Zoom) when we have a plan, and anticipate it taking place the week of July 6-10. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Marin (colleen_l_marin-mendoza@dekalbschoolsga.org) or Paula Emde (paulaemde@yahoo.com) if you have any questions.

Rookies / New Members:

  • Get this Water Jug: Each band member should have a blue, one-gallon Coleman Beverage Cooler (Water Jug). This is part of your uniform, and oh, so important to keep you hydrated. It’s available on Amazon and possibly local stores like Walmart, Kroger and Target (but check inventory before you go!).

  • Dot Book: You’ll need to purchase a Dot Book (spiral-bound 3x5 index cards), like this one. You’ll use this to write down your drill steps, and keep it on you to use as a reference when practicing. We will have a limited number available for $3 each when practice begins, or you can pick one up at Office Depot.

  • Order Marching Shoes: If you haven’t already ordered Marching Shoes, you still have time. Order should be placed no later than July 20. It’s a two-step process: (1) Order them online here, then (2) pay online here. Or you can mail a check to: CCHS Marching Band, P.O. Box 81231, Chamblee, GA 30366

  • Update your profile in CutTime: CutTime is how we communicate with band members and parents. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date and accurate.

We need Parent Volunteers!

If you think you might be available to pitch-in during any or all of our tentative Band Day Camp the week of July 20-25, please contact Paula Emde at paulaemde@yahoo.com. We won’t know specifics until mid-July, but anticipate that we will need assistance with logistics and monitoring (maybe in two or three hour shifts?).

We need a Volunteer Nurse, PA or Doctor!

Each year at band camp, we have a trained medical professional onsite to help with issues as they arise (minor injuries, kids getting over-heated, dehydration, etc.). We won’t be at “away camp”, so a small group working different days could work for a local day camp. If you can help this year - even for a few hours - please contact Paula Emde at paulaemde@yahoo.com.

June 18, 2020 Update

We’re happy to announce that the CCHS Marching Bulldogs will be 80 members strong for the 20-21 season! Welcome to all the incoming freshman and returning band members!

Because of COVID-19, there is so much uncertainty surrounding all aspects of the upcoming school season. Below is an update on what we know, and what we don’t know (yet)...

What will our 20-21 season look like?

At this point, we are waiting to hear what DCSD will allow and when. We need their permission and guidance to begin practicing in groups and for them to define what will be allowed. Since Dekalb County is delaying any announcements until after the new Superintendent begins on July 1, we do not expect to hear anything until at least the second week in July. We will reach out when we know something. Thank you for your patience!

What about Band Camp?

The health and safety of our band members is our top priority! Rock Eagle is still closed with no word on when or if they’ll reopen, and our deposit is fully refundable. While Governor Kemp has given permission for overnight camps to operate, we are exploring the possibility of a Band Day Camp that will allow sections (small groups of 25 or fewer) to work together safely during the day, so everyone can return home during the evenings. Please continue to hold the week of July 20-25 open for this tentative Band Day Camp. We will make announcements about this as soon as possible.

What about the 20-21 Football Season?

The Georgia High School Association has announced our schedule (see below) but we are waiting on the county to approve this line-up. At least we can pencil these dates into our calendars for now. Please note: no kick-off times or addresses for away locations have been announced, we only know dates.

What can we do to prepare?

Please continue to pay your band dues, and complete all health and permission forms. You can take care of everything on our website: cchsband.org. Many of our expenses have not been incurred yet (feeding the band before games, holding “away” band camp), but we are already having to outlay funds for preparing music and the design of the show. Depending on how our plans and season may be curtailed, we will reduce fees and refund any unspent money.

We need Parent Volunteers!

If you think you might be available to pitch-in during any or all of our tentative Band Day Camp the week of July 20-25, please contact Paula Emde at paulaemde@yahoo.com. We won’t know specifics until mid-July, but anticipate that we will need assistance with logistics and monitoring (maybe in two or three hour shifts?).

Still have questions?

We will have a parent meeting (via Zoom) when we have a plan, and anticipate it taking place the week of July 6-10. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Marin (colleen_l_marin-mendoza@dekalbschoolsga.org) or Paula Emde (paulaemde@yahoo.com) if you have any questions.

Freshman and New Band Members: Get Ready!

  • Get this Water Jug: Each band member should have a blue, one-gallon Coleman Beverage Cooler (Water Jug). This is part of your uniform, and oh, so important to keep you hydrated. It’s available on Amazon and possibly local stores like Walmart, Kroger and Target (but check inventory before you go!).

  • Dot Book: You’ll need to purchase a Dot Book (spiral-bound 3x5 index cards), like this one. You’ll use this to write down your drill steps, and keep it on you to use as a reference when practicing. We will have a limited number available for $3 each when practice begins, or you can pick one up at Office Depot.

  • Order Marching Shoes: If you haven’t already ordered Marching Shoes, you still have time. Order should be placed no later than July 20. Order them online here.

  • Update your profile in CutTime: CutTime is how we communicate with band members and parents. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date and accurate.

2020-2021 Chambee Bulldogs Football Schedule (5-AAAAA)*

*consider this schedule tentative until confirmed by DCSD and published by the football team.

Kick off times and away game locations TBA

  • August 21: Home game v North Springs

  • August 28: Home game v Lumpkin County

  • September 4: Home game v KIPP Atlanta Collegiate

  • September 11: Away game v Druid Hills

  • September 18: Away game v Woodland (Cartersville, Ga)

  • October 2: Away game v Dunwoody (but at North Dekalb Stadium)

  • October 16: Away game v Riverside Military

  • October 23: Home game v Clarkston

  • October 30: Home game v Lakeside

  • November 6: Away game at Berkmar

May 21, 2020 Update

  • Today is officially the last day to register for Marching Band. Please submit your Commitment Form by the end of today!

  • June practices (Wednesdays, 9-noon) have been cancelled for this summer. That's as far as we can project right now.

  • Band Camp is still up in the air. Rock Eagle is currently closed, scheduled to reopen on June 1, but that decision will not be finalized until next week. If/when they do reopen, they will have strict protocols in place. We continue to monitor guidelines from the CDC and Governor Kemp, as well as direction from DCSD. Students' health and safety continues to be our highest priority!

  • Neither GHSA nor DCSD have made any decisions yet regarding fall sports. We'll keep watching.

  • Ms. Marin and MB staff continue to discuss alternatives for this summer and the season, as circumstances may allow. We'll keep you posted!

April 22, 2020 Update

The first big question is....will we even HAVE Marching Band next year?

We all want to know! There are a number of different ways things could play out: from only virtual school, to regular school but no fall sports, to full back-to-normal activities. We simply do not know at this point, but we have to make decisions as if we do!

So we have decided - Ms. Marin, together with band staff and the booster board - to move forward with plans as though we will have a full season next year. We will make adjustments as necessary as we go.

So the next big question is: IF there is a Marching Band next year, do YOU want to be a part of it?

When we need to know and why: Marching Band requires a lot of planning before our season actually begins. One of the earliest requirements is writing the actual drill (choreography): how many bodies will be on the field, where students will stand and move, and the parts they will play. For this, we must have an accurate headcount, so that drives our earliest deadline. We need to know if you intend to be part of Marching Band by Thursday, May 21(the original last day of school).

We must have a cutoff date for registration, even though everything else feels so fluid right now. We simply cannot make plans for a set number of people, only to be way off if students decide to join or drop later. And as a reminder, attendance at Band Camp is mandatory for participation in Marching Band. (More on that below.)

That said, we understand your concerns for students' health and safety, and that is our highest priority. We recognize that some students may have conditions that put them at higher risk, and those students (or parents) may be more hesitant to commit at this point. We would love to have the maximum participation possible from each student, as they are able. If your situation requires unique consideration, please reach out directly to Ms. Marin to discuss.


What about Band Camp?

CCHS Band Camp has been at Rock Eagle for years, and we want to be able to continue that tradition. It is a unique experience, forging community over the course of a week in a way that a day camp at school cannot do. At this point, we are hopeful that we will still be able to go to Rock Eagle.

Rock Eagle is currently closed through May 31, and the facility management is working on new protocols to protect guests when they do reopen. Of course, that May 31 date is fluid like everything else. Our reservation for the week of July 20-24 still stands, and we are not at risk of losing our deposit, if we should need to change our plans. We will monitor that situation closely and share information with you as it becomes available.

As we approach the time for camp, if circumstances or school policies require us to abandon our plans for staying at Rock Eagle, we will consider alternate plans for a Band Camp, such as a local day camp. That week of practice and training is crucial to preparing for our show season, and we'll do what we can to make it fun, productive and SAFE. Please keep that week blocked (July 20-24) and plan to attend, whatever it looks like.


The final big question: COST

We hear you! The economic impact of COVID-19 has hit many of us hard. The Marching Band fees are not insignificant, and no one wants to spend money to participate in something that might not happen.

So let us be very transparent. IF our marching season gets cancelled due to COVID-19, we WILL REFUND as much of your fees as we possibly can. How much will depend on where we are in the season, and what costs may have already been incurred. But Marching Band is only one of many fall sports at CCHS; we expect that DCSD and GHSA will have to announce decisions regarding seasons, schedules and practices as soon as possible this summer.

...What costs are at risk?

  • The first up-front cost is the drill, professionally written for our band's unique makeup for this upcoming year. The deposit on that would be paid in June and would be our first non-refundable cost.

  • The next (and biggest) chunk is Band Camp at the end of July. Our band fees cover a week of food, lodging and activities at Rock Eagle, along with professional instructors for each section. If we don't go, or if we have to adapt to a day camp, we should be able to refund those costs or differences. And we should have a pretty clear direction for the season before Band Camp, as it's only a few weeks from the start of school.

  • The rest of the fees cover T-shirts, meals on game days, uniform maintenance and cleaning, transportation, instructor fees, and associated costs. Again, we should know before the start of school if any of this will happen or not.

We respect your investment in Marching Band and thank you for your trust. We encourage you to pay your fees as scheduled, so that we can proceed both optimistically and cautiously. (The fee details and suggested payment schedule can be found here.) If you need to discuss alternate payment plans for your fees, please reach out to Ms. Marin or our Treasurer Lis Johnson.


We're in this together.

So let's move forward towards a great season for 2020. All of the registration forms are available on the website at cchs.band/mb2020. The most critical is the Commitment Form, which must be submitted by May 21, 2020. All forms can be completed online this year and submitted with a click! Or you can still print old-school and mail, if you like stamps. :-)

We hope that this transparency will give you confidence to move forward with your commitment to Marching Band for 2020. We will keep you up-to-date, and reach out as soon as we know anything more.

*BAND CAMP*

Cancelled

When held, Summer Band Camp with the CCHS Marching Band is MANDATORY in order to participate in the season.


Band camp is ALWAYS the 3rd week of July.

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We accept Credit Card payments online, or you may pay with Cash or Check.

SCHEDULES

Audition Rehearsal Schedule

(APRIL-MAY)

Color Guard Clinic: Mon-Wed, April 20-22, 2020

Find out more about Color Guard and take a spin with the flags.

Percussion Auditions: Mon-Wed, April 20-22, 2020

Try out for the drumline and pit percussion for next year's band.

Dance Team Auditions: April 27-30, 2020

Try out for the Golden Gems Dance Team.

Rookie Camp: cancelled

For all NEW marching band members. Learn to march, play some stunes, and meet the community. No commitment necessary!

Summer Rehearsal Schedule

(tentative for 2020)

June Rehearsals: CANCELLED

Color Guard & Percussion Camp: Mon-Thurs, July 13-16, 2020

Camp will be held virtually

BAND CAMP @ Location to be determined: Cancelled.


Fall Rehearsal Schedule

School starts on Monday, August 17, and will be virtual until some date TBD

After School Rehearsals:

  • None scheduled to date

Gameday Schedule

Friday Night Games:

  • Stay at school from afternoon dismissal through the game. (Dinner will be provided.)

  • No Friday game = NO practice. Go home at dismissal time on those Fridays.

Saturday Night Games:

  • Call time to be determined.

  • Dinner will NOT be provided.

FEES

Total MB Fees for Instrumentalists have been reduced to $350.

These non-refundable fees cover nearly all costs of participation in marching band, including:

* A professional score and drill for our halftime show * Professional sectional instructors for practices * Band T-shirt & hat * Uniform rental, cleaning * Transportation to specific away games and competitions * Meals before Friday night football games * Band Banquet (student ticket)

Please note:

* Marching shoes must be purchased separately and are not covered by these fees. * Dance Team and Color Guard fees are determined each year and are a different amount based upon the unique needs of those teams.
A $25 sibling discount can be applied to a second or third child in the same family participating in marching band during the 2019-20 school year. (Total discount of $50/family for 2 students, $75 for 3 students.)

Fee Payments

  • Due to Band Camp being cancelled, band dues have been reduced to $350. If the season is curtailed, the budget will be adjusted accordingly and funds will be returned.


We accept Credit Card payments online, or you may pay with Cash or Check.


For payment questions, contact Valerie Harrison at cchsbandtreasurer5@gmail.com or 678-538-7002.

Marching Bulldogs Show T-Shirt 2020-2021

(Show artwork on back to be revealed at Band Camp.)

Show your spirit with the band this season! Want an extra tee for mom or dad to wear to games? Maybe you need an extra for that Friday when the laundry didn't get done? (Yeah, it happens.)

We will have a limited stock of extra shirts for sale. Order yours now to ensure you get the right size before they run out.

T-shirts are available for $15, in unisex sizes Small-2XL ($17 for 2XL).

Marching Shoes

All instrumentalists need to purchase their own Marching Band shoes. If you are new to Marching Band or need to replace your shoes, order shoes here. We will place our order as a group once we know the Marching Season will go forward.

      • $42 for orders placed ahead of time.

      • $55 for orders placed after the initial group order is placed (date TBD)

Shoes are available in both Men's and Women's sizes Medium and Wide. See order form for specific size availability.

Please place your order online at cchs.band/mb-shoes. You may review and edit your order at any time up until the order is placed.

You may pay for shoes online, or deposit cash/checks to the lockbox at school.

If you have any questions about your order or payment, please contact Uniform Chair Lis Johnson at 404-587-8590 or egjmom@hotmail.com.

The band's mission is to create a fun and competitive performing and social experience for high school students interested in music and performance.
If you have any questions or concerns about the CCHS MARCHING BAND policies and expectations, you can find the band handbook Here.