Friday, December 1, 2023

Dallas Christmas Parade Update

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Unfortunately, due to the poor weather forecast for tomorrow, the marching band will not be participating in the Dallas Christmas Parade.  We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, November 17, 2023

2023 Dallas Christmas Parade

Hi Everyone!

We are looking forward to the Thanksgiving break and to travelling to California with the band in just a few days!  We want to take this opportunity to remind all of you that we will be participating in TWO Christmas Parades this year.  That is right - it is time for the Dallas Christmas Parade!  Here is everything you need to know for the Parade on Saturday, December 2nd: 

Students will meet in the parking lot of the PCSD Transportation Department the morning of the parade. This is different from what we have done in past years.  Here is the address for our Transportation Department: 522 Hardee St #4715, Dallas, GA 30132  

We are asking that students in the SPHS band arrive that morning between 10:45 AM and 11 AM.   We will send home a special drop off pass that will get you past the road closure for those students who are being dropped off that morning.  

For students who are driving themselves, they will be required to park at Oasis Family Life Church and then we will walk them together to the Transportation Department at 11 AM.  Here's the address for Oasis Family Life Church: 210 Paulding Ln, Dallas, GA 30132.

The band will transport sousaphones, flags, percussion instruments, and marching band uniforms to the parade.  Students will wear their marching band uniforms and Santa Hats. The parade itself starts at 1:00 PM.

We recommend you drop your students off with us, park somewhere in Downtown Dallas, and watch the parade somewhere towards the end of the parade so when students are done they do not have to walk all the way back to the beginning of the parade.  

***We have had problems in the past with students forgetting to bring their marching band shoes.*** Please check with your child TODAY to make sure they have their shoes and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

As always, please let us know if you need anything. Thanks!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Cheese Fundraiser

Good Afternoon,

Just a quick note to anyone who sold cheese in our cheese fundraiser: 

Our cheese fundraiser will be here on Monday, 11/13!  Parents, we will plan to send small orders home directly with your students.  For anyone who sold a larger order, we will plan to be here until 5 PM on Monday.


Monday, November 6, 2023

Playoff Football

Good Afternoon,

We are VERY excited to see our Spartans participate in the playoffs this weekend.  Our first-round playoff game is in Gainesville at Bobby Gruhn Field City Park on Friday, 11/10.  The game will start at 7:30 PM.  We do not plan to practice with the marching band this week at all.  We are planning on taking a pep-band to the game on Friday.  We have asked students to let us know by Wednesday of this week if they wish to attend.  Our plan is to leave SPHS on Friday by 4:30 PM and we anticipate being back at the school somewhere around midnight.  

Tickets are available for this game on GoFan at this link: Gainesville Red Elephants vs South Paulding Spartans - GHSA Football Round 1 - Nov 10, 2023 (


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Fall Concert Information

Good Morning,

We are very excited for our fall concert on Monday, November 6th.  Here is everything you need to know:

This concert will take place in the South Paulding High School Theater and starts at 6:30 PM.  

Students have been instructed to wear "Sunday Best" which means no jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, or tee shirts.  

Students in our Concert Band and Symphonic Band should arrive by 5:30 PM.  Our Wind Ensemble should be here no later than 5:45 PM.  

We do require our students to all stay and listen to each other perform.  Our Marching Band will even make a special appearance at the end of the concert!  

There is no fee to attend this concert.  We look forward to seeing all of you on Monday!

Monday, October 30, 2023

This Week (10/30)

Hi Everyone,

We are so excited about Senior Night on Friday! Here is everything you need to know:

1 – We will only practice this week on Thursday from 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM. 

2 - We are still short about 7 volunteers in our concession stand this week.  If you are the parent of a 9th-11th grader, we really need your help this week!  Parents can sign up directly through Cut Time, or you can email Mr. McConnell and he will add you to the list.

3 – All seniors will receive 2 complimentary tickets for the game this Friday. 

4 – Here is our schedule for Senior Night:

5:00 PM – Seniors meet in the commons area for our Senior Dinner.

6:00 PM – Sectionals for 9th – 11th grade members.

6:30 pm - Seniors and Senior Parents begin to move down to the football stadium and line up alphabetically by last name for the ceremony. The line will form near the pavilion on the home side.6:45 pm – Senior Night ceremony begins.

7:30 pm – Kickoff!  

Senior Parents – I would encourage you to arrive on Friday sometime around 6:00 PM in order to fellowship / take photos / mingle.  There is no formal dress code for Senior Night.  Some parents may choose to dress up and some parents may choose to dress casually – it is completely up to you to decide. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

This Week! (10/25)

Good Morning,


We have quite a bit going on with the band the next few days.  Here is everything you need to know:


1 – Our annual SPHS Band Costume Contest is tomorrow during practice.  We have shared with students that they must be able to practice in whatever they are wearing to practice.  We have also shared with them that they may NOT wear their costumes to school, only to band practice.  PARENTS – if you are participating in the Trunk or Treat for the band after practice, please plan to be here and be set up by 6:30 in the parking lot in the bus loop.  Many have reached out to ask – we have 130 in the band this year.  I’ve also been asked to share with you that this event is only for members of the band (younger siblings are OK to participate as well.)  For those who are planning to pick their kids up afterwords... we anticipate everything being finished around 7:15 PM.


2 – Friday we travel to Langston Hughes.  Langston Hughes reached out yesterday and let us know that, due to their senior night, neither band will perform at halftime.  We plan to only perform in the stands on Friday.  We will leave SPHS at 5:30 and should be back close to 11:30.

3 - This week is our last week of a "regular" practice schedule.  Next week we will only practice on Thursday (11/2) from 3:45 - 5:30.

4 – Here is the information for our band contest at Carrollton HS on Saturday:

Saturday October 28th - Band Contest - Carrollton HS

Schedule for Saturday the 28th:

Students Arrive @ SPHS - 1:00 PM
Practice Ends - Students Eat / Change / Load Busses - 3:45 PM
Depart SPHS - 5:15 PM
Arrive @ Carrollton HS - 6:15 PM
Warmup - 7:25 PM
Perform - 8:20 PM
Awards - 10:00 PM
Depart Carrollton HS - 11:00 PM
Arrive @ SPHS - 11:45 PM

The band will feed our students an early dinner on for this event, but they may want to bring money to eat in the concession stand for a late snack as well.

As always, we would LOVE for you to come out to Carrollton HS to support us.  Below is some information you may need:

Address for Carrollton HS:

201 Trojan Drive
Carrollton, GA 30117

There is a entrance fee of $10 per person.  Children 10 and under are free.  Tickets are available on GoFan.  Here is the link:
Carrollton High School Events and Tickets by GoFan

Thank you!