Wind Ensemble Earns Superior Rating!

Congratulations to the members of the Wind Ensemble! The band earned a Superior Rating in Level VI (the most challenging level in high school) at the annual Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) at Franklinton HS, on Wednesday, March 18th.

This is the 9th overall Superior Rating in our history and second in Level VI.

Two more groups on Friday….

Mr. B

Winter Guard Achieved Success at Competition!

Saturday, March 14, was a special day for our Winter Guard program. All three of our sponsored groups earned awards at their respective competitions!

Our high school group placed 2nd in finals with an Excellent rating at our first ever Winter Guard International Regional Championship in Chesapeake, Virginia. The group is continuing to grow and getting closer to our goal of attending the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio in the near future.

Our middle school group placed 3rd at the Art in Motion show at Green Hope High School.

Our elementary guard continued its two year undefeated streak at the Art in Motion show at Green Hope High School.

All three of our guards will be in action at the Atlantic Indoor Association North Carolina Circuit Championships at Dorton Arena on Saturday, March 28.

Read the article in Right Here in Holly Springs!

Grandfather back to your current school

If you received an assignment slip stating that you will be attending a different high school OTHER than Holly Springs HS next year, the transfer request to stay at HSHS is opening today. It will most likely affect our current sophomores and juniors. Freshman slated to attend Apex-Friendship HS have fewer options. The official word from Wake County is this:

Grandfather back to your current school

Students have the opportunity to stay at the same school with their siblings through the exit grade, even if a new assignment plan changes their base school. This is called “grandfathering.” Grandfathering requests will be approved during the online transfer period, Feb. 20-26. A link will be posted to our main website on Feb. 20. When assignments are necessary for the opening of a new school, not all grandfathering requests will be granted. Current students who have their base changed from an existing school to an existing school will have their grandfathering request granted. Current students who have their base changed to a newly built school will have their grandfathering request granted if they are rising into 4th and 5th grades. Parent must provide transportation.

According to Mr. Pittman, it is very important that you complete this between today and next Wednesday. After that, all bets are off, and you will most likely be required to honor your assignment.

Click on here to begin the process.

Concert Singers of Cary Scholarship – seniors only

As of today, no one has applied for this scholarship

I am writing to you to enlist your help in publicizing our annual scholarship for NC High School seniors who are planning to major in music at the college level next year. The Concert Singers of Cary have been offering a $1000 scholarship since 2003. This year, we will increase the award to $1500. I have contacted area high school music teachers who I know but would appreciate your help in sending the information to all high school music teachers in Wake County. We are using a downloadable form and instructions, asking applicants to send us mp3’s or YouTube links rather than CD’s. The link below has all materials and instructions . This is not limited to vocalists. Most of our winners in the past have been instrumentalists.

Click here for details.

I appreciate any help that you can give us to generate interest. You might be surprised to know that we struggle some years to get a good pool of applicants. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lawrence Speakman
Artistic Director and Conductor

The Concert Singers of Cary

School of Rock Open House

On March 6th at 2pm, School of Rock in Cary will have the Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. On the 7th is the official grand opening. It’ll run from 10-2:30. We’ll be conducting tours, doing demo lessons, we’ll have a rock n’ roll caricature artist, and the house band from School of Rock Charlotte is slated to perform from 1-2:30.

Hope to see y’all there!

Oboe and Bassoon – Double Reed Summer Camp

From: “Ulffers, Christopher” <>
Date: 02/20/2015 10:17AM
Subject: Double Reed summer camp opportunity


I hope you are having a good semester and preparations for your MPA’s are going well. Although it doesn’t feel like spring, it’s right around the corner (thank goodness!!!).

I wanted to let you know about an opportunity for your double-reed students this summer. I will be teaching at the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp / Operation O.B.O.E. Camp at UNCG June 23-27, 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for students to study reed-making, get coached in chamber music and interact with other double-reed players in a high-level environment.

Students of all ability levels are welcome at our camp – from beginner to advanced. Students can stay on campus or commute daily.

Information can be found here.

On time enrollment is May 15th and you can enroll here.

Please let know if you have any questions about Bocal Majority opportunities for this summer.


Christopher Ulffers
Professor of Bassoon
East Carolina University
School of Music
Greenville, NC 27834

Flute Lessons

From: Robert C Hunter/EnloeHS/WCPSS
Date: 01/22/2015 09:27AM
Subject: Fantastic flute teacher back in business!

See below from Mary Boone. She’s ready to accept 3 more students. She’s a fantastic flute teacher and in the Symphony. She’ll take your very best flutist to the next level, and beyond!

Robert C. Hunter
Band Director, NBCT
William G. Enloe High School


I have about six students currently but would love to have about three more. The ones I have did extremely well at all district. My students were first chairs in middle school, 9/10 and 11/12. (a grand slam) And I had two others make the high band in 11/12 and middle. That’s 5 out of 6. My 6th one is new and will eventually be great as well.

Mary Boone
Assistant Principal Flute
North Carolina Symphony

Drum Lessons at Marsh Woodwind

To: Arts Band High, Arts Band Middle
From: Robert Jackson
Date: 02/03/2015 10:35AM
Subject: Giving Drum Lessons at Marsh Woodwinds!

Attention all Band Directors –

I have partnered with Marsh Woodwinds and will be giving drum lessons at the Raleigh location, 707 N Person Street, upstairs in a really cool BIG room. I am taking students (winds and percussion) who want to explore the world of drumming through hand drums – Djembe- and be part of a wonderful drumming ensemble.

I will be sending some hard copies of a flier that you can pass out if you have interested students – but you can post the web address on the board if you want:

This is a great opportunity for all you Raleigh people especially – local and very cool.

Thanks for your time


Bob Jackson BM, MM
Retired (sort of)

Apex MS
North Johnston HS
East Duplin HS

Excused Absences

Thank you for your support this season. October has been a very busy and successful month. We only have a few rehearsals left in the season. As a reminder, our rehearsals for the next two weeks are as follows:

Today – 3:15-6:15 (hornline only)
Tomorrow – 3:00-6:00 (Everyone)
Thurs. Nov. 6 – 3:00-5:00 (Everyone)

The following week will begin our parade schedule, which I will send an update for later this week. Please remember: if you or your child is going to miss a rehearsal, a missed-rehearal-excuse-form-2014-2015 must be submitted within 24 hours of the missed rehearsal in order to be excused. You may also send an email.

In ADDITION to this, please call the respective captain (all members should have their captains #’s) AND the band room (919-577-1766). We have started to have some members missing rehearsals, and there is not any documentation for this. Yesterday, we had 9 members missing from our hornline, however, only two families communicated the reasons for this absence. With 112 members this season, and for accountability reasons, it is important that this communication take place.

Thank you to all who continue to follow our established procedures set during the beginning of August. If your child is absent from school, this communication is NOT needed, unless they are a member of the guard or not in my daily class. If they do attend class, but go home early due to illness, please communicate as set forth above.

Thanks again,

Mr. B

GHR Tradition – Drum Corps International Prelims – August 7

On Thursday, August 7, beginning at 6 PM, a GHR tradition continues – The Drum Corps International World Championship Prelims and the movies (Cary Crossroads).

An awesome opportunity to view the top 15 corps in the world LIVE in the comfort of a movie theater with other high school marching band members and drum corps enthusiasts. This is the best opportunity to view where we get a lot of ideas and traditions at the highest level. Students just like you from ages 14-22 have been traveling all around the country since June competing in venues from high school football stadiums to the Georgia Dome, and now come together for the final three days of the 2014 season.

Just like high school marching band, the shows vary quite a bit from a movie show by the current undefeated Blue Devils (Concord, California), to a patriotic tribute honoring the presidents by The Cadets (Allentown, Pennsylvania), to a show about space by the defending World Champion Carolina Crown (Ft. Mill, South Carolina).

Click here to purchase tickets for this event that usually sells out. Our camp ends at 12 PM on Thursday, so that our new students can partake in Flight Academy in the afternoon, and ALL may attend this event.

I strongly urge you and your parents/friends to consider this event, especially if you are a brand new marcher. It will help you understand a lot of the things we do a little better.

DCI Standings as of 08-01-2014

2014/04/06 – 2014-2015 Band Info

Several documents related to registration for the 2014-2015 Band Program have been uploaded to the concerts ensembles page and the golden hawks regiment page.

All students in 9th-11th grade will receive information in their 3rd block classes in regards to all courses being offered. Auditions for our concert ensembles begin on Monday, April 7, and are scheduled to be completed by Thursday, April 10. Students will audition during their class periods. Any student currently not in a concert ensemble and wish to be considered for placement next year will need to schedule an audition with the director ASAP. These most likely will take place during lunch on Thursday or Friday. All members must be in a concert ensemble in order to perform in the marching band. The only exception to this rule is for non-instrumentalists in the guard.

Auditions will consist of two major scales (from the required twelve major scales), chromatic scale, prepared solo, and sight-reading. Auditions will last five minutes each, with the exception of percussion. Percussionists will have seven minutes to complete the above on mallets, and choose between snare or timpani for an additional solo excerpt. They will also play the rudimental solo in place of sight-reading for snare. Please be prepared for your audition by filling out the attached Band Contact informational form and bringing it with you to your audition.

Documents uploaded:

  • Registration Letter – please read – this has all specifics related to registering for your recommended ensemble.
  • Band Contact Information Form – download, fill out, and bring to your audition. Failure to bring this form, will delay your audition and possible placement in SB or WE.
  • Audition Schedule – Posted prior to Spring Break. Please make sure your name is listed. Seniors audition at the end of their section for spring seatings.
  • Course List and Numbers – VERY IMPORTANT!-Registration is by numbers. Several courses have different numbers this year. Sign-Up carefully!
  • Block Schedule for Band – A guide to plan your entire schedule for four years. As you will see, band can be scheduled all four years.
  • 2014 GHR Schedule – Schedule for 2014 marching band summer camp, and rehearsals. We will only attend 4-5 competitions, however, dates have been reserved as to when they will fall. Deadline to have deposit and form returned is Tuesday, May 20.
  • General Info. – Promotional highlights, Q&A document, Why I Teach Music.

This final link is related to the drum corps show in Charlotte on Saturday, July 27. If there is significant interest to warrant a charter bus, the band will take a trip to see this event live. The best of the best will be there.

Please understand that a recommendation does not guarantee placement in the respective ensemble. Auditions and overall work ethic will determine this placement. Recommendations have been made based on growth exhibited in 2013-2014. Each recommendation has a comment attached that explains my thought process. Course conflicts/interests, and other factors can and usually do affect final placement in a ensemble.

In general, instrumentation for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will follow these guidelines:

Flutes – 5-6
Oboes – 1-2
Bassoons – 1-2
Clarinets – 9-12
Bass-Clarinets – 1-2
Alto Saxophones – 2
Tenor Saxophones – 1-2
Baritone Saxophones – 1
Trumpets – 6-8
Horns – 2-4
Trombones – 3-4
Euphonium – 1-2
Tubas – 2-3
String Bass – 1
Percussion – 5-7

Hopefully, this will answer all of your questions regarding registration. If you have any others, please feel free to contact me.

Please make sure you have the following important dates on your calendar:

Tuesday, April 8 – Scott Lang Leadership Workshop @ Sanderson HS 5:00-8:30 PM. About 35 students have signed up.

Tuesday, April 22 – ANNUAL BAND BOOSTER MEETING @ 7 PM – Required meeting for all parents in the band program

Friday, May 9 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Spring Concert @ 7 PM

Tuesday, May 20 – Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Spring Concert @ 7 PM

Concert Ensemble Band Pictures Tuesday!

Just a reminder that our band pictures for the concert ensembles will be taken tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20 prior to the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Concert.

It is important that all members of the various ensembles arrive on time dressed in their concert attire. Pictures will be taken in the auditorium. Members of the Concert Band and Symphonic Band are free to leave after pictures have been completed. These are the pictures that hang in our hallway, so we would like for all of our members to be represented.

Concert Band 4:30 PM
Symphonic Band 5:00 PM
Jazz Band 5:30 PM
Wind Ensemble 6:00 PM

If you would like to purchase a picture, please see the attached flyer. Pictures will be mailed directly to your home this summer. All questions in regards to purchase can be directed to Strawbridge Studios.


Attendance is required of everyone for tomorrow’s concert of the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.

However, following pictures, members can leave and then return. If transportation is an issue for any of the groups, they are welcome to stay after school. Please make sure they have something to work on (homework).