Music For All Trip Information

Permission form and $50 due by Friday, February 5th 2016

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26 January 2016

Greetings 8th Grade Barber Symphonic Band Families!


Our invitational performance for the 2016 Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival is quickly approaching.  It should be a fun, yet highly educational experience for all of our students.  I was able to work things out to get the individual student fees down for this event by applying much of their fundraising money to the cost of the trip, trying to take into careful consideration that a lot of you might be slightly strapped with the Disney payments.  Please understand that we admire and appreciate the personal sacrifices that families have made financially and with their time to ensure that our band gets a world-class educational experience.  It is because of you and the hard work of your students that enable our band program to be invited to such prestigious events and makes where many of the finest music educators in Georgia want to come to our school and work with the musicians.


Please sign and return the attached permission form, along with the $50 fieldtrip payment no later than Friday, February 5th.  Our day in Atlanta will be full of concerts, clinics, our performance, and masterclasses.      On the day of the festival, make sure that your student eats breakfast before coming to school that morning.  It will be an early morning, meeting at Barber at 5:00am.  This is about the same time that they will meet on the morning of the Disney trip.  You might want to send your student with plenty of snacks throughout the day, as it will be a long day.  For lunch, we will be close enough to the CNN building where we can walk there and eat at the food court.  They will need to bring some cash for this meal.


We are performing at the Rialto Center in downtown Atlanta at 8:45am.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event.  Since we are so early, it would be great for the students to have a large audience to witness their culminating performance of their middle school band careers!


We are extremely excited about this performance.  On the back of this letter is a list of all of the required rehearsals and performances between now and the MFA Festival as well as the schedule for the MFA Festival day.  On it, you can see the revised date of the symphonic camp.  You will probably notice that we were able to secure a few guest conductors at the other after-school mini clinics.  I have canceled their Pre-LGPE concert.  I feel that with the symphonic camp being moved, they would just have too many after school commitments in a short period of time.  I consider it a privilege and an honor to work with and lead your extraordinary students.  I really believe that this performance will lead to some very positively life-changing memories that our students will cherish for their entire lives!


Robert Grogan

Director of Bands

Barber Middle School



Upcoming Symphonic Band Dates



  • Tuesday, February 23rd 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal w/ Dr. Hartenberger


  • Friday and Saturday, February 26th-27th Barber Symphonic Camp


  • Wednesday, March 2nd 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal w/ Gary Gribble


  • Wednesday, March 9th 7:15PM LGPE at McEachern HS (Full day trip)


  • Wednesday, March 23rd 8:45AM MFA Concert Festival (Full day trip)

Music for All Schedule – March 23rd



5:00 AM Report to Barber
5:45 AM Depart Barber
7:00 AM Check-in at Rialto
8:00 AM Warm-up On Stage
8:45 AM Performance
9:15 AM Band Clinic
11:15 AM Master Class
12:15 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Listen to GSU Wind Ensemble
4:15 PM Listen to Lost Mountain MS
5:15 PM Listen to Smokey Road MS
6:30 PM Load / Depart
7:30 PM Arrive at Barber MS
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