9/8/2017 Home Football Game v. Oscar Smith HS

As I mentioned in a previous e-mail, itineraries for the home football games (and competitions soon) are located on gbhsband.org – in case you missed the one for this Friday’s game, the link is here:


A few notes about tomorrow’s game . . .

At the conclusion of rehearsal we will be loading the trailers. Because it will be the first time loading, it might take a little while. Just a heads up ūüôā

1 – the Drum Line will meet Friday morning at 7:45 AM to do our home football drumline performance at the school. We play in front of the school, at the bus loop, and then march through the hallways to play in the Commons area.

On Friday afternoon, we will meet in front of the area where the trees are (and the band trailers) for attendance. Attendance starts at 5:30, so you will need to be dressed in full uniform BEFORE 5:30 PM. Under your uniform you need to have the following items: Tech shirt, athletic shorts, long black athletic socks, gloves and DINKLES (the marching shoes). New students, the Dinkles are in and we will distribute them before marching band practice today. We will distribute gloves before we leave for GBMS.

Students will be able to change on stage and in the orchestra room (but they aren’t really changing, just putting uniforms on over top of their shorts and shirts). Guard will be in Soffees w/tech shirts. Additional information will come about uniforms and make up from the guard instructors about tomorrow.

Students will load the buses as soon as attendance is complete and we will drive to GBMS. When we arrive at GBMS, students will exit the bus, grab shakos and plumes and bring your instruments. Students with instruments on the trailer will get them at this time. We will warm up and then get into a parade block for the game.

During the game, students will remain in the stands to play pep band music and cheer on the football team during each quarter. Students are not permitted to leave the stands for any reason without asking a chaperone. Students may not purchase concessions during the first, second or fourth quarters.

After halftime, students will be able to go to the concession stand to eat. Please bring money for this if you want something at the concession stand. Because students will be in uniform, we have a limited menu for them (basically, anything that can spill on a uniform is not offered to students – I hope everyone understands!) You may ONLY go to the South concession stand (the one by the trailers).

At the conclusion of the game we will line up and head back to the buses to return to GBHS. Students will change out of their uniforms and hang them up NICELY on the racks. Once they have hung up their uniforms and put all of their equipment away, they are dismissed.

Thanks for reading and have a great day! Looks like the weather is cooperating for today’s rehearsal and tomorrow looks beautiful!


Mr. Ross

Drew Ross
Director of Bands
Great Bridge High School
301 Hanbury Rd., W.
Chesapeake, VA 23322

2017 Marching Wildcats Present . . .

It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose turns to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you want to throw in the towel. But imagining it as a dream has the opposite effect. That dream could become the source for a story. And, at a minimum, it serves as a reminder that no matter how blocked your creativity may be, you still have the capacity to imagine something new.

Writer’s Block features the following compositions – Equillibrium by Michael Oare and Pure Imagination with words and music Bricusse Leslie and Anthony Newley.

2017 Marching Wildcats Design Team
Drew Ross, Band Director
Michael Oare, Wind Arranger
K.J. Stafford, Percussion Arranger
Matt Hartwell, Visual Designer
Ashley Bray, Color Guard Choreography and Design
Christina Anderson, Color Guard Design
Donn Franklin, Color Guard Costuming and Design

Additional Staff
Mike Stetina, Percussion Coordinator
David Champagne, Front Ensemble Instructor
Marshall Hallam, Music and Movement
James Hill, Music and Movement
Robert P. Carroll, Jr., Clinician

Marching Wildcats Parent Information Night

We will hold a Parent Information Night meeting on June 13th at 7:30 PM in the GBHS Auditorium. We will discuss a number of items related to the band program, including:

Fee Schedule
GBBPA Membership
Volunteer Activities
Scrip and other Fundraisers for your students


Band Final Exam Information


The band final exam is in two parts. All students will take the final exam with the exception of Seniors who are exempt.

Part 1: Playing – Either perform at Graduation with the band OR play the following six major scales: Bb, Eb, F, Ab, Db, B, E. These are YOUR key, not transposed

Part 2: Written – You will have fifty terms you need to study. These terms are taken from the music we have played this year.

WIND ENSEMBLE ONLY: You will also need to complete a Circle of Fifths from memory with the correct number of sharps and flats next to the note name. I’ve attached a copy of the circle of fifths you need to memorize. It is simply a matter of learning the order clockwise and the sharps and flats are in order.

To study the terms, I’ve made a study guide on Quizlet. Join the class by clicking this link:¬†https://quizlet.com/join/zkxsZ6fq7



Seniors: Thursday 6/8 Symphonic Band, Friday 6/9 Wind Ensemble

Tuesday, 6/13: 6/14: 9th Grade Woodwinds

Wednesday:  9th Grade Brass & Percussion, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band

Thursday: 6/15: Wind Ensemble

Friday; 6/16: Graduation

2017 Great Bridge HS Football Schedule

The 2017 Great Bridge HS Football schedule is as follows:

8/25         Bye
9/1            Booker T. Washington (A)
9/8           Oscar Smith (H)
9/15          Indian River (A)
9/22         Deep Creek (A)
9/29         Grassfield (H)
10/6         Kings Fork (H)
10/13       Hickory (A)
10/20      Western Branch (A)
10/27       Nansemond River (H) Homecoming
11/3          Lakeland (H) Senior Night