About Chris Shumick
The 2012-2013 school year will be Chris Shumick's first year as Director of Bands at Milton High School. Before his appointment at Milton, he spent five years as the inaugural Director of Bands at Woodland High School in Henry County and previously taught for three years at Jonesboro High School in Clayton County. Originally from Alliance, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University (2004), and both Master's and Education Specialist's degrees from the University of Georgia (2007, 2009).
Bands under his direction consistently receive superior ratings at GMEA concert and marching band evaluations, and in recent years have received invitations to perform at The University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, The University of Georgia January Music Festival (JanFest) and Georgia State University's Bands of Distinction Clinic. He is actively involved in instrumental music education throughout Georgia, frequently serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band events and currently serves as a staff member for the Georgia Ambassadors of Music.
Mr. Shumick is a three-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and his professional affiliations include membership in Phi Mu Alpha, the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the National Band Association. A former member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Mr. Shumick currently performs in the brass section of the Cobb Wind Symphony, one of the Southeast's premier community bands, based in Marietta, Georgia.
Our Programs and History
Over the past 63 years, the Milton Band program has come a long way from the first rehearsals in the “log cabin” to our beautiful band room today. We are proud to carry on the rich, long-standing traditions that are the Milton Band’s foundation. Congratulations on your decision to become a part of one of the finest musical organizations in the country. The Milton Band provides musical activities that encompass a wide range of musical diversity that allows every member an opportunity to find their level of commitment and reach their highest possible level of excellence.
The fall season emphasizes the excellence of our outstanding Milton High School Marching Band. Performances include home and away football games, as well as several marching competitions. The band has represented Milton High School at Bands of America Regional Championships, National and Regional Festivals, and in 2011, performed at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.
The Wind Ensemble will be a featured performance ensemble at University of Alabama’s Honor Band Festival in February, and the Jazz Ensembles plan to host the 2nd Annual Milton Jazz Festival, while the Indoor Drumline and Winter Guard will return to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI World Championships. These are just the highlights for some of the many musical and performance memories that await your students this coming school year.
In addition to the ensemble successes, the individual members of the Milton Band have distinguished themselves as gifted and talented musicians from their selection to the Georgia Music Educators’ Association All State Band & All State Orchestra, the Governor’s Honors Program, the District Honor Band, and many collegiate and local honor ensembles.
Hard-working students, dedicated staff members, involved and active parents, and a supportive administration and community all combine to make it possible for the Milton High School Band program to offer an outstanding array of musical opportunities. Our students are expected to set and reach high goals for themselves and their program. The rewards of meeting those expectations are immeasurable in the development of our students as well-rounded human beings. Members of the Milton Band will develop musically, emotionally, mentally, socially and physically during their time in the band program at Milton High School.
Directors of the Milton Band
- 1949-1951 Alex Leseur
- 1951-1952 Harold Alenius
- 1952-1953 Catherine Hesketh
- 1953-1957 Paul Pittenger
- 1957-1960 Catherine Hesketh
- 1960-1967 David Scese
- 1967-1983 Leon Cole
- 1983-1990 Peter Zervakos
- 1990-1991 John Mote
- 1991-1992 Gil Estes
- 1992-1999 Will Henderson
- 1999-2007 Randall Coleman
- 2007-2012 Ryan Borger
- 2012-present Chris Shumick
Car Wash To Support Milton Band
WHEN: Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm WHERE: Chik-Fil-A on Windward Parkway WHO: Sponsored by the MHS Colorguard COST: Your donation to the band!
Come on by Chik-Fil-A on Saturday to have your car washed by the Colorguard. We guarantee it will be sparkling clean for your drive over to band camp! The proceeds of this fundraiser go toward the benefit of the entire band program.
Hope to see you there!
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If you've lost or deleted an email and find you now need the information, just navigate to news.miltonband.org. All band news is sent through this blog and then out to you via email.
Bookmark the site now while you're thinking about it.
Desperate Need for Help at Verizon
I am desperate need of help at Verizon this Friday and Saturday.
Friday's concert: Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen. I am looking for 12 additional volunteers.
Saturday's concert: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Celebrates The Beatles. I am looking for 13 additional volunteers.
For those in the band family who have not yet stepped up to the plate and helped at Verizon this season, now is the time to help. We raised a tremendous amount to money for the band and need need everyone to help.
Please let me know when you can work.
Marching news and updates
- Reminder band camp meeting Thursday in the auditorium at 7:30 pm. Chaperones will be introduced, there will be a PowerPoint presentation and a chance to ask questions.
- Thursday is last day to order parent band parent shirts. Lisa Hyman will have samples and order forms before and after the meeting. Shirts will arrive before the first football game. If you would like to add a student's name (for $5) to an existing shirt, please bring shirts to the meeting. email@example.com.
- Parents will have another chance to sign-up for committees.
- Show shirts and under uniforms will be handed out tomorrow at 3:30 outside the band room.
- Drumline and guard students will get their show shirts at their 4:30 dinner break.
- Thank you to Eileen Gilberto and her extraordinary group of volunteers who have fitted all the marching students. If your student has missed being fitted this week, please contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Senior/Rookie/Leadership in marching band/drumline/color guard party at Wills Park Pavilion 3 Friday July 20th from 6-9pm. Parents welcome. Questions email Lindsey Smith LMarie1994@aol.com.
- Students will have the opportunity to sign-up for rooms for band camp tomorrow. Seniors may sign up before morning rehearsal. Everyone else will sign up after morning block. Please encourage students to be sure their name is only on there once. If a student is new and unsure, please have them see Dolores and she'll help get them into a room.
- Boys at camp may bring a mini fridge or cooler if they would like cold drinks in their room. Once the students sign up for rooms, they can decide if they would like to do this and designate who may want to bring one. Girls have refrigerators and microwaves.
- A suggested packing item is disinfecting wipes. When we arrive at Reinhardt, some rooms haven't been used for a couple months so you may want to "freshen" the counter tops up a bit.
- Students may bring a small TV (and video game) to camp if they really want to. They don't spend a lot of time in their room but some really like to unwind by playing games.
- Students can bring a laptop or ipad or something like that just as well.
- Don't forget to pack phone charging cords.
- Remember - the students are responsible for their belongings. If they choose to bring something, they are responsible if it gets broken. The band and/or boosters are not responsible. The student also is responsible for getting their gear to and from their room.
- Lost keys are $100. Encourage your student to wear that key on their lanyard the entire week of camp.
- Senior, portraits, and sibling photos Thursday 4:30 - 8:00. Students will put on their uniform and be professional photographed. See previous email from Lauren Holmes and Lisa Blackwell.
- SUNSCREEN - please encourage students to apply before they get there in the morning and to reapply throughout the day.
If you have any questions for Mr. Shumick his email is email@example.com.
Thank you, Dolores Shamis firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior/Rookie Marching Band Party
It's time for our annual Senior/Rookie Party! This will take place on Friday, July 20th from 6pm-9pm at Wills Park. We will be under Pavilion 3, the largest one between the playground and the tennis courts. This event is open to all Rookies, Leadership, and Seniors in Marching Band/Drumline/Color Guard. (Parents are also welcome).
We will have pizza, drinks, and baked goods provided as well as some bonding activities and kickball, so come ready for a great time. Hope to see you all there!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at LMarie1994@aol.com or call (404) 423-6130.
Lindsey Smith Trumpet Section Leader and Vice President
Marching band uniform fittings will begin Monday morning, 7/16. The process will be the same as previous years, with seniors first, juniors, sophmores and then freshmen. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated, so we can move the process along as quickly as possible.
RETURNING MARCHING BAND STUDENTS: PLEASE TRY ON YOUR BLACK MARCHING SHOES THIS WEEKEND TO MAKE SURE THEY STILL FIT !!! If they do not, we can measure you for a new pair during your fitting.
FRESHMEN: All freshmen will be measured for shoes at fitting time this week. They will be ordered by next week and we will have them for you prior to our first game.
Any questions, please contact Eileen Gilberto at email@example.com.
UPDATE: Picture Day
Please note the corrected email address for Lisa Blackwell. The character between the first and last names is an underscore.
Picture Day is scheduled for two days:
- Thursday, July 19, 4:30pm – 8:00pm. Siblings and Portraits;
- Friday, July 20, Full Band, Sections and special groups
We are requesting parents to contact Lauren Holmes (770-365-5800) or Lisa Blackwell (770-508-8775) if they are able and willing to volunteer their time for both days to assist us in organizing the students and getting everyone where they need to be so the pictures are all taken in a timely manner.
Band Students and Color Guard need to be available both days – Senior portrait photos are mandatory.
Updates for Monday and packing list clarification
Notes for Monday morning. Please have students check in at the table in the hallway to receive their name tag. Students may bring their own lanyard (school appropriate of course). New marching students will receive their water jug and returning students can buy a new one if necessary (we also have about a dozen of unclaimed jugs from last season).
Please allow plenty of time to get checked in, instruments ready and in the band room by 9:00. There is construction going on in front of the school so please be flexible on getting there. You may need to drive around and enter through the Birmingham side. We don't know exactly what they are planning for the week so just go with it and be patient. It may mean students have to walk a bit to get to the building.
No jeans, no spaghetti straps, wear sneakers, wear sunscreen (bring it with you), hats, sunglasses, DRINK WATER!!!
Here is the list again for band camp: Instrument Boys: Extra long twin sheets or sleeping bag Girls: Full size sheets or sleeping bag Pillow Show shirt - students will receive next week and will need it for band camp show Khaki shorts for show on Friday Towels/bath cloth Shower shoes Toiletries including shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. Dorm snacks and beverages; between meal snacks, bottled water, sports drinks, non-cafeinatted non-carbonated drinks. Sunscreen Bug spray Rehearsal clothing - light colored shirts and shorts for 5 days. Remember you might want to change clothes after morning rehearsal. Extra t-shirts for sweat and rain are important. Two pair of sneakers - remember the shoes you wear in the morning get wet from dew Socks - minimum 10 pair Hat Sunglasses Pajamas Extra reeds, oils, sticks and mallets 3 ring binder with clear plastic sheets for music Underclothes - may want more than one set per day (especially guys) Pencils Rain gear Water jug/bottles Medications Gold Bond Powder - great for guys (it's not just for feet) Street clothes for the dance on Thursday night
**Students will receive their show shirts next week - please be sure they pack it for the show on Friday. Friday they will change into show shirts at a designated time. A separate email will go out if we need additional health information from you.
Verizon Help Need Monday, July 16th
We are still in need of help for the following concerts:
Last Summer on Earth Concert (Barenaked Ladies, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker) on Monday, July 16th.
Dukes of September (Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen & Boz Scaggs) on Friday, July 20th.
If you are available and can help, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much,
Verizon Volunteers Needed for July 4
We are in desperate need of 16 volunteers for the 4th of July. If you are in town and can help, please let me know.
Thanks so much,
New music is now being uploaded to the percussion website. Please visit the website on a regular basis as new music will continue to be uploaded. Students should find their part, print it out, put it in a 3-ring binder with plastic sheet protectors and begin practicing. All students are required to show up on July 16th with all of their parts printed, in a binder with sheet protectors and a pencil.
click Fall Drumline
Scroll down and you will see all of the music with audio files
Band Camp begins one month from today!!
Band camp begins one month from today!!
Plans for camp are well underway. Drop off at camp will be Sunday July 22. Band officers will arrive at 1:00. Seniors 1:30. Juniors and Sophomores 2:00. Freshman 2:30. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp (they are not permitted to keep a car on campus). Camp is held at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA. (Directions will be given at the parent meeting)
Parents are invited to preview the show on Friday July 27 at 3:00. Parents are also encouraged to help pack up band equipment and load Big Blue (chaperones have worked very hard all week and are not expected to help with this - they will help ensure student check-out runs smoothly).
Many of you have already filled out medical forms - many (all but two) of you left the date of the last tetanus shot blank. Please look these dates up and feel free to email me and I will fill in the blank.
We will have a parent meeting at 7:30 pm on Thursday July 19 at Milton in the auditorium. We will collect any miscellaneous paperwork then. In the meantime, go ahead and get any doctors that may need to sign for prescription medications over the next month.
Students will need to have a couple pair of good fitting sneakers (new may give them blisters) for camp. Go ahead and get those broken in.
Drink water, drink water, drink water, drink water.
More details will come as we get closer to camp such as packing list, room assignments, missing paperwork, etc.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Thanks, Dolores Shamis
Pre-camp dates and times are listed on the band calendar through the website.
Travel help needed
Dear Band Family, This is a plea for anyone who may have frequent flyer miles they would be willing to donate for travel for the band. Perhaps someone works for Delta and can get a greatly reduced price on a ticket. If you have the ability to help with this, please contact Dolores Shamis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much, Dolores Shamis 404-384-9922
I hope everyone is off to a great summer so far! Below is a bit of info regarding the upcoming season.
Thanks for everyone's help with the garage sale whether you donated items or worked it. Special thanks to Charlotte Colt and Jamie Gilberto for organizing a great sale and to the Gilberto's for hosting the sale at their house. We made a lot of money and it's a great start to buying new equipment. More fundraisers will be coming shortly so please be on the lookout and if you are available we could really use your help. Until then please help with concessions at Verizon. You can email Paula Makrides at email@example.com for more info.
The drumline supply fee that was mentioned in the meeting during auditions is $75. This is due when the students arrive to rehearsal on July 16th. Make all checks payable to Milton Band. This covers all supplies and everything the students will need to play their instruments during marching band. Students are not expected to bring their own sticks and mallets or other supplies. This covers everything. The sticks and mallets that are purchased for marching band are only to be used for marching band. They cannot use them for class band during the school day or other personal uses.
All percussion students are required to have their own stick bag for band class. In the stick bag they should atleast have 2 pair of yarn mallets, a pair of xylophone mallets, a pair of concert snare drumsticks, and a pair of general timpani mallets. Most students already have this but if you don't please use the time between now and when school starts to gather these items. This will be checked the first week of school. This year we are starting percussion ensemble during the school day the first week of school because our fall concert is in October instead of December. So please be ready to go right away.
Students - It is summer break and please enjoy it with some fun, relaxing activities but also start getting into a regular practice routine so you are prepared when we meet next month. Music will be coming out shortly but in the meantime work on the basics. A major part of our success is how well you come prepared to the first rehearsal. If you have any questions or need any tips please let me know.
The hours of some of the rehearsal days this summer have been adjusted. Here is an updated schedule for the summer. This has been updated on the band calendar as well so please update your personal calendars.
July 16-19: 8:30am - 8:30pm (Lunch is from 11:30-1:00 and Dinner is from 4:30-6:00)
July 20: 10:30am - 4:30pm (load truck after for band camp)
July 22-27: Band Camp at Reinhardt
July 30: 9:00-12:00, 6:30-9:00
July 31: 9:00-12:00, 6:30-9:00
August 1: 9:00-12:00
August 2: 9:00-12:00, 6:30-9:00
August 4: Old Soldiers Day Parade
August 6: 4:00-6:00
August 7: 2:00-5:00, 6:30-9:00
August 9: 9:00-12:00, 4:00-6:30
August 10: Play for Faculty in the morning
School Year Schedule:
Thank You and please let me know if you have any questions and continue to enjoy your summer!
July Volunteer Needs at Verizon Amphitheater
Thanks to all of you who have volunteered at Verizon so far this season. We cannot do it without your help and I am grateful to all of you.
We moved to a new concession stand at the request of the management company...they really like our team of volunteers. We are now able to have more students help in the new concession stand and from what I've seen, the kids really seem to enjoy it. It builds camaraderie and also lets the kids work towards the goal of raising money for their program.
We have no additional concerts this month, but we have some in July for which we need volunteers in order to operate the concession stand effectively.
On Wednesday,July 4th, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform an All American Celebration. It will include fireworks that evening. It should be a great time. If you are going to be in town and can help at this concert, please let me know. I am looking for 16 additional volunteers.
On Tuesday, July, 10th, Further (Phil Lesh & Bob Weir) will be performing. I am looking for about 18 additional volunteer for this event.
On Saturday, July 14th, Crosby Stills & Nash will perform. I am looking for 3-4 additional volunteers.
On Monday, July, 16th, the Last Summer on Earth Tour (Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters & Cracker) will perform. I am looking for 15 additional volunteers.
On Friday, July 20th, the Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs) will perform. I need 20 additional volunteers.
Please check your calendars and let me know if you can help.
Thanks so much,
Chair, Verizon Amphitheater at Encore Park Volunteer Coordination
Band Payment Reminder
Thanks to all the parents who have mailed in their June band payment to Beth Simpson. We really appreciate it. But, this is another reminder for the others that have not done so that the June 1 payment of $225 for band registration and camp fees is now past due. Please mail this payment of $225, made to Milton Band Boosters, quickly to:
Beth Simpson 565 Oakstone Glen Milton, GA 30004
Please note your student's name on the check and enclose your payment coupon from registration, if available. Please mail and do not place in her mailbox. For your planning purposes, there will be another payment of $225 due on July 1.
PayPal is also available on line, under Marcher Products, to make a payment of $225 immediately and more easily. There will be a 3% "shipping" charge added to your order to cover the PayPal expenses that are charged to the Milton Band.
Last Call for Verizon Volunteers for Friday
Last Call for This Friday.....I need 6 additional volunteers to fill our stand. Please let me know by tomorrow if you are available to help. Report time will be 6:00pm.
Paula Markides firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraiser For A Former Milton Band Director
The Milton Band Foundation was recently contacted by a member of our Milton Band alumni asking us to pass along the following information.
The Peter Zervakos Foundation honors Mr. Peter Zervakos, a former Milton High School Band Director who has educated and helped shape the lives of countless students throughout the Fulton County School District. The Peter Zervakos Foundation was formed to share his story and raise funds to provide in-home care and medical support as Mr. Zevakos copes with Frontotemporal Dementia.
Who is Peter Zervakos?
Peter Zervakos, fondly known by his former students and colleagues as “Mr. Z”, is a former band director and administrator in metro Atlanta. He began his career in Fulton County Public Schools as the Band Director of College Park High School in College Park, Georgia. In 1984, he moved to Alpharetta to become the Band Director at Milton High School. As the Milton High School Band Director from 1986 to 1990, Mr. Zervakos helped develop the proud tradition of the Milton Band program that we are all privileged to be a part of today.
You can read about Mr. Z’s long and illustrious career as Music Director and School Administrator throughout Fulton County, as well as more about the June Jam at the Peter Zervakos Foundation’s web site: http://www.thepeterzervakosfoundation.org/
What is “Mr. Z’s June Jam”?
Please come out to share a night of live music with other Milton Band Alumni and Parents to show our support for “Mr. Z” and to raise funds for his medical care on June 22nd at Montana’s Grill, 13695 Highway 9, Alpharetta, GA. There is no cover charge, but donations will be warmly welcomed. Please wear your Milton Band colors to show your support!
Mr. Z’s June Jam
Friday June 22, 2012, 5:00 pm
Montana's Bar and Grill
13695 Highway 9, Alpharetta, GA
Milton Band Foundation email@example.com