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!
The Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band enjoyed their time in beautiful, sunny Florida. The band competed in a band festival in Universal Studios and finished first in their class. The band enjoyed two days in both parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and they also enjoyed Harry Potter World. The band attended a Blue Man Group Concert and ate at the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe. The band concluded their trip at Daytona Beach. Mr. Green said " I believe all the students had a blast."
Band Bingo Night is a fundraiser for the Chilhowie High School Marching Band. The event is for raising money for a Vibraphone and color guard equipment. There will be over $2,500 in prizes given out. $20 gets you a bingo card and a hotdog supper. $5 for each additional card. There are a variety of prizes, from tools to rocking chairs and some much! There are prizes for everyone in your family. Come out for a night of fun and support our band program! The event starts at 6pm-9pm at Chilhowie High School!
The Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band put an exclamation point to a successful 2016-2017 school year by earning state honor band status. State Honor Band Status is the highest honor Virginia Band Orchestra Association gives to a band program. In order to earn the status of a state honor band, bands must complete the daunting task of earning superior ratings at state marching assessment and concert assessment. The Warrior earned straight one's at state marching assessment at Richlands High School at the end of the marching band season. On Thursday, March 16th, the Warrior Band completed its goal by earning superior ratings at concert assessment which earned them state honor band status.
The Chilhowie High School Band has only earned this status 5 times previously in school history. The last time the band earned the status was in 2003-2004 under legendary director Glen Weller. During Mr. Weller's time, the band was able to earn the status 5 times total.
Current Band Director, Mr. Green said "This is a special accomplishment for the community, the school, and the students. The students have worked extremely hard and all their hard work paid off. The last time this was accomplished majority of the students were two or three years old and were still in diapers. Heck, I was still in high school. I'm extremely proud of my students. It is an honor to get to teach these students everyday."
Congratulations, Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band Students!
All-State Band Auditions took place at James Madison University on February 25, 2017. Chilhowie High School had three students qualify to audition at the All-State level. Kelly Hutton, Emily Blevins, and Rainni Crutchfield were the students who represented Chilhowie High School. In order to qualify to audition at All-State students had to make a top chair at All-District Auditions. Emily Blevins made 2nd Chair Clarinet, Kelly Hutton made 3rd Chair Clarinet, and Rainni Crutchfield made 1st Chair Bass Clarinet, which qualified them to audition at All-State.
Getting to audition is an honor in it self because these students had to beat some of the most outstanding musicians in Southwest Virginia to qualify. All three students worked hard and performed well at the All-State level. Rainni Crutchfield was the closest to making the All-State Band and was just one chair from making the ensemble. She improved 17 chairs from the previous year. Congratulation ladies on an outstanding accomplishment! Keep up the hard work!
The All-District Band event took place on February 4th, 2017 at the Higher Ed Center in Abingdon, Virginia. The event brought together the best high school musician in Southwest Virginia. This was a two-day event in which students worked various pieces of music and performed a concert on Saturday evening.
This year, the Chilhowie High School Mighty Warrior Band more than doubled the number of students who made All-District from the previous year. The Chilhowie Band program had students represented in all four All-District ensembles. In order to participate in the All-District Band event, the student had to audition at John S. Battle High School in December. The students were asked to perform two scales, chromatic scale, and had to sight read. Students are then ranked and only the very best get into the event.
The following CHS students made the All-District Bands this year: Tabatha Gentry, Julianna Blevins, Emily Blevins, Kelly Hutton, Emma Morris, Rainni Crutchfield, Kelly Wyatt, Amber Blevins, Hannah Wilkerson, Brandi May, Kaitlin Taylor, Emily Frye, Avery Smith, and Tim Hall. Congratulations!