As mentioned in two previous e-mails and various Facebook posts, we will no longer be attending the Hendersonville contest that was detailed on your calendars. Instead, on the same date, September 19th, we will be traveling to West Tennessee to participate in a contest at Union City High School. There are many reasons for this change. The judging panel in Union City will be much more experienced than we would have seen in Hendersonville. Each judge is either a DCI or BOA judge. (For those parents not familiar with either of those organizations, that means they are super legit!) There will be many more bands at the Union City show, which will give our students more exposure to different bands, but will also provide a more level playing field when it comes to scoring. Based on the line up of bands, we have a chance of doing very well at this contest. Lastly, taking this trip across the state provides these students with a unique experience that most of them have never experienced that they will remember forever!
Union City High School is approximately 3 hours from Antioch High School. Because of this distance, and because there is a good chance we will be selected to participate in the “finals” performance that happens in the evening, we have chosen to NOT return to AHS that night, but to stay overnight at a hotel in Union City. The students will report to AHS at 6am on Saturday, September 19th and will be bussed from AHS to UCHS. The students will participate in the contest throughout the day and into the evening and will then be bussed to the hotel. Students will wake up on Sunday, September 20th, have breakfast in the hotel and will then be bussed back to AHS with an approximate arrival time being 12:30pm
Students will be lodged in the hotel in groups of 4 by gender. They will be filling out rooming requests in class tomorrow. While in the hotel, students will be under the supervision of 6 members of the marching band staff, along with 8 parent “chaperones” all who have extensive experience working with students.
There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for this trip. Funds to pay for bussing and hotels were all acquired by significant fundraising efforts over the summer. Students will NOT have to pay for their hotel rooms. Students will be expected to bring $6 to pay for their dinner, which is a spaghetti dinner being provided by the Union City Band Boosters. Events like this can only take place when parents and students stay current and up to date on their “fair share” payments. Please make sure you are doing so!
While the “overnight” trip is an added piece to the calendar, the contest date of September 19th is not. This date was to be blocked off when the calendar was distributed at the end of last school year. ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS will be expected to be in attendance at this contest. If certain circumstances require your student to return home on Saturday evening, or any time before our scheduled arrival back at AHS on Sunday, you must arrange your own method of transportation for your student. If that is the case, you will be taking your student home from Union City on Saturday night, and they will not be staying with us at the hotel, I need to know that information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
As with every contest, we encourage ALL parents to attend! The students perform better when they have an army of support in the stands cheering them on! There are a few hotels in the area that are available for parents in the event that you decide to stay in Union City with us.
The students and staff will be housed at the following hotel:
Quality Inn by Choice Hotels
2201 Reelfoot Avenue, Union City, TN 38261
Other hotels within 15 minutes of Union City High School:
221 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261
Country Hearth Inn and Suites
2009 West Reelfoot Avenue, Union City, TN 38261
Hampton Inn Martin
5575 Skyhawk Pkwy, Martin, TN 38237
Econo Lodge Martin
853 University St, Martin, TN 38237
Please stay tuned as there will be a much more detailed itinerary coming out within the next week or so. Some parents may be nervous about sending their child on an overnight extravaganza with their friends, but I assure you, the staff in place has the experience to execute the logistics of this trip with ease. I spent three summers traveling with groups of more than 200 across Europe. Taking 110 of the best high school students around to West Tennessee will be very manageable! The students are VERY excited about this opportunity and I am beyond thrilled to be able to help provide a wonderful educational experience for them while allowing them to have a blast with some of their closest friends!
As usual, please do not hesitate to e-mail me, Mr. Janowiak, with ANY questions you might have!