Welcome to the Home of the Bands of Veterans!
As one of the finest bands in middle Georgia, the Veterans Instrumental Music Department serves over 200 talented high school musicians. Located in Kathleen, Georgia the band program consists of three concert bands, percussion ensembles, jazz band, flute ensembles and the award winning Warhawk Squadron.
We have a dedicated staff that guides and encourages our amazing students both during and after school. Our expectations are high, and our students and staff always rise to the occasion. Our supportive parent community and the Veterans Band Boosters help raise funds that support our efforts, making it possible for us to continue to provide an excellent band experience for all. Our students truly exemplify the Veterans High School Motto, "Excellence is the Standard, not the Goal."
September Talking Points
Our first month of the school year was a blast as we began getting back into the swing of concert preparations! This month, we plan to continue to make strides in specific fundamental areas, especially through the use of at school and at home playing tests. Expect to see more information about future pass off assignments in Google Classroom throughout September.
As a reminder to students, please make sure that your instruments are in proper working order. As we begin to assign pass offs, everyone must have a working horn in order to complete the needed tasks and assignments. See the band handbook for info and details about repairs and repair responsibilities.
Our practice schedule will continue as normal this month. One note, we WILL have practice tomorrow as we normally would on an in-person school day, 3:30p-5:30p. Due to the digital day, we will not be able to let students in the building until after 3p, so please plan accordingly.
We will have a Pep Rally on Friday, September 8 to get ready for the VHS v PHS football game! Students should plan to wear their drifit shirt for the pep rally. Details about report time and other logistics will be discussed at practice.
We have a Super Saturday rehearsal on September 16 from 9am to 3pm at Freedom Field. We are MUCH more confident that the weather will cooperate this time!
Our football games for this month are as follows:
9/8 - VHS vs Perry HS
9/15 - VHS vs Lakeside HS (also 8th grade night! Details to follow)
9/22 - VHS vs Northgate HS (Homecoming)
9/29 - VHS vs Thomas County Central (home game at Perry HS)
Itineraries for all games will be released during the week of that game.
Lastly, our first MARCHING COMPETITION is at the end of this month on Saturday, September 30! We will be traveling to Baldwin County for the Oconee Classic! We will have a specific performance time and associated itinerary once the contest organizers send it to us. For those who may not be as familiar with marching contests, these are ALL DAY EVENTS, that typically begin with a morning rehearsal at VHS, lunch, and then the trip up to Baldwin County. Students are not permitted to leave before awards have been given, barring extreme circumstances, and attendance for all parts of contest days are absolutely crucial. Reach out to a Director for more info, if needed.
Band Booster Meetings:
Our next Band Booster meeting of the school year will be held on September 7 at 6pm in the VHS Band Room. Please make plans to attend! As a reminder, Band Booster Meetings are for ALL band parents, not just marching band.
District/Region/All-State Band and District/All-State Jazz Band:
Registration for all honor band events is still ongoing! Make sure that all paperwork and payment is turned in by the listed deadlines on the registration sheets. Additionally, for those auditioning for District and/or All-State JAZZ band, the audition date is October 2 and will be held at Jones County HS in Gray, GA.
9/5 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/7 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p, VHS Band Booster meeting, 6p
9/8 - VHS vs Perry HS, HOME football
9/11 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/12 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/14 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/15 - VHS vs Lakeside HS, HOME football & 8th Grade Night!
9/16 - Super Saturday marching band rehearsal, 9am-3pm, Freedom Field
9/18 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/19 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/21 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/22 - VHS vs Northgate HS, HOME football, Homecoming game!
9/25 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/26 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/28 - MB Rehearsal, 3:30p-5:30p
9/29 - VHS vs TCCHS, HOME football at Perry High
9/30 - OCONEE CLASSIC MARCHING COMPETITION!