Marching Patriots Interest Meeting Notes

Good evening! We just concluded our Marching Patriots Interest Meeting and it was a success! Mr. Cleland and Mr. Rock both enjoyed having the parents of returning members as well as new member parents present at the meeting. The PowerPoint presentation that Mr. Cleland presented at the meeting will also be attached to this post for those that could not attend.

If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Cleland via email or phone. Thank you again to those that attended!




Good morning, it is Monday February 5th, 2018. This is a quick reminder that on THURSDAY February 8th at 5:00 PM we will be having the first of TWO Marching Patriots Interest meetings. This upcoming meeting is not a contract signing event. It is a chance for us to explain what marching band is and how we are approaching this upcoming year.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there!!

Mr. C

Fall In-Review, pt. 1

WOW, 2017 is coming to a close! A lot has happened here at the Strong Rock band program. Where to begin? The next post is going to summarize what the band has accomplished so far this school year. We have a very long way to go, but never forget where you came from!

  1. New director! Sean Cleland has joined us this year.  Mr. Cleland, a euphonium player and low brass specialist, brings a new set of skills to the Strong Rock Christian School Band Program.  He has spent many year focusing on building skills related to Marching Band.  As an alumnus of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Mr. Cleland brings a serious drive and focus to all of his classes.  He encourages students to always strive for their best every single time they are playing.


  1. The Marching Patriots took the field this year with “The Music of STYX”. It was a long a trying road from band camp to competition season. Hours of rehearsal went into perfecting the production. The Marching Patriots also hosted “Rookie Night” on November 3rd and it was a blast to have all the soon-to-be members. The very next day, we went to the White Columns Invitational at Milton High School. This was the culmination of our marching season and it was the next step in our development as a marching band! We left Milton with a Superior Drum Major rating and Excellent ratings in Band, Guard, and Percussion. We finished 3rd overall in Class A Competition. “This band has become more of a family this year, and not only have we taken marching band to a new level, but also our relationship with Christ as a unit”.- Brianna Carlisle, Drum Major.


  1. Beginning Band- This year’s Beginning Band has been an outstanding group of individuals. They have worked hard all year and have accomplished many goals. We all remember the first note video??? THEY ARE BETTER NOW!!! This is what one of the beginning band students has to say about being band; “I like Beginning Band, it is like a big family and it’s fun to learn music as a big group together”- Garrison Davis, Trumpet. We have very high hopes for this group as they continue their musical education.


  1. Variety Show- October 19th was the Variety Show here at The Rock. The theme this year was “Thursday Night Live!” featuring TV show theme songs. ALL of our ensembles performed with tremendous success.


  1. Veterans Day Program- The High School Band, under Mr. Rock’s direction, went to perform at the annual Veterans Day service in McDonough. The band had a wonderful performance.


  1. Christmas Program- All of our bands Beginning Band, Second Year Band, Academy Band, and High School Band performed at the Fine Arts Christmas Concert. Each group played pieces that challenged their musicianship and skills.  We played our concert at Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough and started to get all of our friends and family in the Christmas Spirit with our selections!


  1. Jazz All-State- Three of our students went out for the Jazz All-State auditions. All three made the second round of auditions. Adam Watson was named the alternate bassist for the ensemble and Will Miller was named the principal vibraphone player. The group will be a featured ensemble at this year’s GMEA In-Service Conference in January. Congratulations to all three of these fine musicians!


  1. All-State Participation, Academy- We had a number of students participate in the All-State band auditions. This puts our students up against students throughout the state of Georgia in concert band. In the Academy we had a total of five students complete their All-State auditions. Mr. Farris Brookshire was named to the District 6 Clinic Band for this year. Congratulations Farris!


  1. All-State Participation, High School- Because of snow, our High School All-State Auditions were postponed from 12/9 to 12/16.


Spring Concert Playlists

Below you will find a link to a YouTube Playlist. This contains videos of professional/advanced ensembles playing the music that all the ensembles will be performing.

You will have listening assignments***

This playlist includes: 2nd Year, Academy, and High School Band.




About The Band

The Strong Rock Christian School Band Program consists of over 120 students in 4 concert ensembles; The Patriot Marching Band, the Basie Band and jazz combos, as well as numerous percussion and wind chamber ensembles.

First year students develop fundamentals and a working knowledge of their instruments and ensemble skills through daily classroom instruction and multiple performance opportunities!  This group is primarily comprised of 5th and 6th graders that are interested in learning a new wind or percussion instrument.  Once students have completed Beginning Band they will continue with Second Year Band.  This offers the unique opportunity to not only perform on campus, but eligibility for local, district and state level auditions to perform with some of the best student musicians in Georgia.

7th and 8th grade students perform in the SRCS Academy Band.  The academy band performs a minimum of 5 concerts annually including off campus performance evaluations in the spring. Academy Band also splits into various chamber ensembles, including percussion ensemble and chamber winds throughout the year.  The Academy and High School Percussion Ensemble recently performed at the Lassiter Percussion Symposium with adjudicators and world renown artists She-e Wu, Dr. John W. Parks IV, and Casey Cangelosi.

The High School Band is the flagship concert ensemble of the band program.  Members of the High School Wind Ensemble will perform 7-15 performances over the course of the academic year.  These performances include, but are not limited to Grandparents and Special Friend’s day, The Variety Show, Veteran’s Day at Heritage Park, The Christmas Concert, The Annual Spring Concert, Large Group Performance Evaluations, 4 runs of the spring musical and more.  Guest clinicians in the past year include Mr. Jack Eaddy (former director of bands at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Fl) Mr. Michael Teti (Director of Bands at Ola Middle School)  Ms. Audrey Murphy (Director of Bands at Hopewell Middle School in Alpharetta, GA) and Dr. Joshua Boyd (Director of Bands at Point University in West Point, GA) In addition to the concert ensembles students regularly perform in small chamber groups with performance opportunities on and off campus.

In addition to our wind ensembles, you can hear the jazz band performing year round from the first performance at the New Parents Dinner in August, The Denim and Diamonds Auction in March and the spring chamber concert in April as well as Second Cups of Coffee and more.   The primary focus of the jazz band is to improve improvisation and ensemble skills as soloist with a rhythm section.   The Basie Band meets regularly during Zero period (7:15 -7:55) for sectionals after school once marching season ends.

The marching patriots have recently entered into its 3rd year of existence.  This group has students from 7th-12th grade comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, color guard and majorettes.  You can see them perform their half time and competition show at all of the Strong Rock home games, The Henry County Marching Band Exhibition at Woodland High School, The White Columns Invitational and the Veteran’s Day Parade.

In addition to participating in school ensembles, our students have experienced great audition success with over 10% of eligible students at Strong Rock receiving chairs in the middle, concert, and symphonic bands of the All-District Band in the 6th District.  On campus, you can find band students excelling in athletics and academics alike.