On December 1st, 2017, all three high schools in Smyth County Public Schools combined to make one large band. By combining forces the band consisted of well over one hundred students. Mr. Green said, "It's a great opportunity for our students to work together and unify the county's music programs."
The band program says goodbye to 4 members on Senior Night. After graduating 17 students in last year's class, this year's class is much smaller. However, what these students lack in numbers they make up for in heart and dedication. The band program should have taken a step back after losing some many students, but they didn't. One of the big reasons is due to these four individuals. They gave 110 percent everyday to make the program the best it could be. We will miss you!
Kaitlyn Brook's future plans include attending college and becoming a special effects makeup artist.
Caitlin Sawyer's future plans include attending college to major in either art education or veterinary medicine, and to keep the Lord number one in her life.
Michael Rush's future plans include attending Virginia Highlands for two years before transferring to Virginia Tech to major in business and marketing in hopes of becoming a stock broker.
Isaiah Hutton's future plans include majoring in vocal performance at The Ohio State University.
On behalf of the Chilhowie High School Band and Band Boosters, we want to thank you for your dedication and hard work throughout your middle school and high school career. May God bless your future endeavors!
As the 2017 Marching season for the Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band has come to an end, preparations for the upcoming marching season has already began. Music, show, and equipment are always at the top of the list of things to consider for any band program. Director, Mr. William Green, and the band booster organization, meet frequently to discuss and decide effective uses of funds for the band program. As priorities are created, and numbers are crunched, budgeting becomes tighter with every need. This year, the Mighty Warrior Band is replacing the current marching drumline equipment which is dated by approximately 15 years.
In an effort to create bridges to businesses around the community, the 2018 drumline is seeking sponsorship. The sponsorship will provide percussion students with two snare drums, four bass drums, and a set of tenors. All drums will have carriers and cases. Businesses who invest in this sponsorship will get a substantial amount of advertisement in the football program, have their business logo on the drums and cases, become a title sponsor of the Apple Festival, have their logo on the equipment trailer, and be recognized on a stadium banner for a period of five years.
It is with great appreciation that the Mighty Warrior Drumline welcome their first sponsor, Direct Dodge of Wytheville, Virginia. Their investment in the students will afford opportunities for years to come.
Seven Chilhowie High School Band members participated in the Emory & Henry Marching Wasps Day. The students learn a portion of the field show and march with the Emory & Henry band. The students also get to see how a college band operates in the stands. This was a great learning experience for the students! Great Job, Lauryn Thompson, Alec Roberts, Emily Blevins, Jackson Powers, Ryleigh Clukey, Branden Williams, and Nathan Gentry!
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band traveled to Richlands, Virginia to participate in their final competition of the 2017 marching season.
Each year, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director's Association holds both a marching and concert assessment where bands perform for a rating to determine status of Virginia Honor's Band. If bands earn a Superior rating at both competitions, they earn that title for the year. This status must be earned each year to maintain this title.
Under the direction of Mr. William Green, the Mighty Warrior Band has consistently placed first in different categories throughout the season and earning superior rating. They were also named grand champions of the Lee five star classic band competition. On Saturday, they ended their season with a Superior rating. This puts them in line to earn Virginia Honor' s Band for their second year in a row if they maintain superior ratings in their concert assessment.
Please be in the look out for future concerts and events held by the Mighty Warrior Band. Your support is greatly appreciated.
The 65th Annual Chilhowie Apple Festival Marching Competition sponsored by Emory and Henry College was a huge success! A total of 24 high school bands competed ranging from as small as 12 member ensembles all the way up to 140 member ensembles. The bands came from all over the area, including bands from Virginia and Tennessee. Grayson County High School won the lower division championship. Sullivan High School Rebel Band won the Grand Championship!
On behalf of Chilhowie High School Band and Band Boosters, thank you for choosing to participate. We hope that everyone had an outstanding time. Thank you to all the band students who worked hard all day! Also, we want to thank all the band parents who worked hard and made the event go smoothly. Lastly, thank you to our outstanding title sponsor Emory and Henry College!
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Marching band traveled to Lee County to compete in the Five Star Classic Band Competition. Under the direction of Mr. William Green, the band earned the honor of Grand Champions. Accompanying this recognition was an over all division -1 rating, and placing first in the categories of general effects, marching, music, color guard, drum major, and percussion.
The Mighty Warrior Band completed a successful week of camp last week. They finished the week off with a strong parent performance on Friday. The students had many obstacles to overcome this week from a new marching style, to the hot weather, the beginning of VHSL fall sports, a marching drum line, and a new show to learn. The students just keep their head down and worked all week. They completed the first two tunes with drill and music. They also learned and clean the third tune musically. Mr. Green said "This is the best any of his groups have ever sounded and marched coming out of camp. These students worked extremely hard. I believe the sky is the limit for these students." This is great news to hear since the band graduated 17 seniors last year and earned State Honor Band status. Check out the Mighty Warrior Band at their first performance of the season on August 25th at Chilhowie High School when the Warriors face off against Marion!
Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band received an invitation to march in the Saint Patrick's Day parade in Atlanta, Georgia and has proudly accepted that invitation. The Warrior Band was given an invitation largely due to the earning of Honor Band Status. The parade will take place on March 17, 2018.
History of the Parade:
Since the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1858, the City of Atlanta has supported the Hibernian Benevolent Society St. Patrick’s Day Parade in memory of the heroic efforts of Father Thomas O’Reilly and of the Hibernian Rifles. Oakland Cemetery contains a plot dedicated to the Hibernian Rifles in gratitude for their service to the city. HBSA members can still be buried there today.
The Atlanta Constitution, in 1893, told of an eventful St. Patrick’s Day parade with a full-page account of the festivities. The article read as follows: “Three hundred Irishmen from the Hibernian Benevolent Society along with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Catholic Knights of Atlanta, marching to the music of the Fourth Artillery band filed into the Catholic Church for Mass, at which Father Clifford preached on the life and work of St. Patrick. Upon the conclusion of Mass, the societies paraded to the Opera House on Marietta Street to celebrate.”
For the next century, the Parade continued to be a small, but dependable annual Atlanta tradition, skipping only the years during the First and Second World Wars.
In 1999 Monsignor E.J. Dillon approached then-HBSA President and Parade Chairman Matt Naughton and suggested that a larger parade with more participation might be had if a “coalition” of Irish groups could be formed to plan and implement the parade. This was the beginning of the “Parade Committee”.
Since that time, the parade has grown under the leadership of Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade, Inc. (“The Parade Committee”). To this day, members of the Hibernian Benevolent Society, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Clan Na NGael, Fire Emerald Society of Metro Atlanta (FESMA), the Irish Information Center and the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society (MAPES) are all actively involved in the Parade as participants, sponsors and often as members of the Parade Committee.
Be on the lookout for fundraisers as the students work to raise money for the trip!