Winter and Spring 8-1 Band Dates



We have a very busy schedule with the 8-1 band this coming Winter and Spring. The Barber 8-1 Band has been our flagship ensemble for many years now.  The band has been invited to prestigious festivals, has performed as a guest “showcase” band at southeastern regional workshops, and has performed on many university stages.  The group constantly plays some of the most challenging literature in the county every year at the Cobb County LGPE.


In order to maintain the high level of excellence that has become the expectation for our band, we need to make sure that we are preparing to have the best performance possible.  Included in this letter are all of the obligations until Spring Break. This includes our annual symphonic camp, two concerts at Barber MS, two mini camps, and after-school section rehearsals (sectionals).  I must stress how important it is for us to have 100% participation at these rehearsals. We really need the whole team there. For Orlando students, attendance to the Symphonic Camp and the additional rehearsals is in the Orlando contract that was signed and returned.  On a really positive note, we are bringing in several guest instructors, conductors, and educators to work with your children throughout the concert cycle. Your kids really are getting a fantastic band education with the goal of having awesome performances and making life-long positive memories.


On the back is the full winter and spring schedule for the 8-1 Band (up through March).  I hope this advanced notice helps for your planning purposes. This is the earliest I have ever had this information go out.  The schedule is very similar to what we do with the 8-1 band every year. Since sectionals are starting next week and it is short notice, I completely understand if your family is unable to make next week work.  I will certainly curtail my expectations for next week’s attendance.


Thank you very much and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


Robert Grogan

Director of Bands

Barber Middle School


8-1 Winter and Spring Schedule


*The sectionals will start November 5th and run until March 14th

  • Every Monday  between now and March 14th: 4:30-5:30 pm – Sectionals

    • Alto Saxes


    • Horns

  • Every Tuesday between now and March 14th: 4:30-5:30 pm – Sectionals

    • Flutes
    • Clarinets
    • Oboes
    • Trumpets

  • Every Wednesday between now and March 14th: 4:30-5:30 pm – Sectionals

    • Percussion

  • Every Thursday between now and March 14th: 4:30-5:30 pm – Sectionals

    • Tenor Sax
    • Bassoons
    • Trombones
    • Euphoniums


    • Bass Clarinets
    • Bari Sax
    • Tubas
    • String Bass

  • Saturday, December 1st – Honor Band/Allstate Audition at Dodgen MS


  • Tuesday, December 4th – Winter Concert at BMS – 7:30



  • Friday and Saturday, January 18th-19th Barber Symphonic Camp
  • More information will go home shortly about this event



  • Saturday, February 2nd 10:00AM – 2:30PM Mini Camp Rehearsal
    • Students will need to bring their own lunch


  • Saturday, March 3rd 10:00AM – 2:30PM Mini Camp Rehearsal
    • Students will need to bring their own lunch


  • Thursday, March 7th 7:00PM Pre-LGPE Concert at Barber


  • Thursday, March 21st LGPE (tentative – this date may change)
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