2nd Annual Clark County Bandapalooza

The 2nd Annual Clark County Bandapalooza will be held at Robert D. Campbell Middle School on Saturday, May 13 at 11AM. This will feature performances from all Baker Intermediate, RDC, and GRC Bands and Jazz Bands. There will also be a car show and food trucks! Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!

2021 Marching Band Information Night!!!

The 2021 Marching Band Information night will be on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 PM in the GRC Auditorium. This meeting is for ALL students who participate in band at GRC.

Why it is important to come?

  1. We will be discussing the schedule requirements and financial details for the 2021 Marching Band Season.
  2. We will be going over what you need to be prepared for this Summer for Band Camp.
  3. We will be announcing the 2021 Marching Band Show!!!

The band students at GRC will have lots of wonderful opportunities this upcoming year and we are excited to get started!

GRC Band Team Shop

Please take time to visit our team shop through BSN Sports where students, family, and supporters can purchase GRC Band swag (shirts, shorts, pants, etc.). The link below will give you access to our shop. Feel free to share the link with friends and family. Happy shopping!

2020 Team Shop Flyer

Generous to GRC Fundraiser

The “Generous to GRC” fundraiser is a way for you to give (no matter how big or small) to the Clark County Band Program. “Generous to GRC” allows you the freedom to securely donate to our organization through debit or credit card. We have a goal to raise $7,500 by October 17th. Can you help us do it? 90% of our budget comes from people like you! Click here or the image below to make a donation online.

Thank you!

A big thank you is in order for all of those parents, students, alumni, and alumni’s parents who were able to help out tonight and over the last few weeks with bingo! The current circumstances are not ideal and we are so appreciative for those who are sacrificing their time to help out. I know this won’t be the last time we need help, but it definitely means so much. Again—thank you so much!


2020-21 Leadership

2020 Section Leaders
Woodwind Captain: Judge Pullin
Flute Section Leader: Haleigh Riddell
Clarinet Section Leader: Kylee Stinnett
Alto Saxophone Section Leader: Judge Pullin
Low Reed Section Leader: Tauren Oldham
High Brass Captains: Brendan Jackson and Dylan Sturgill
Trumpet Section Leader: Kyle Lemaster and Nathan Marmo
Mellophone Section Leader: Gideon Wilson
Low Brass Captain: Ben Lambert
Trombone Section Leader: Eddie Sosa
Tuba Section Leader: Seth Johnson
Pit Section Leader: Kameron Wheeler
Bass Drum Section Leader: Billy Morris
Flat Line Section Leader: Blair Raney
Colorguard Section Leader: Elizabeth Vanover

2020 Leadership Team Students
Kaylie Allman, Trinity Fogleman, Haleigh Riddell, Kylee Stinnet, Judge Pullin, Lainie Mitchell, Tauren Oldham, Shelby Miller, Elijah McDonald, Nathan Marmo, Kyle Lemaster, Grant Johnson, Brendan Jackson, Dylan Sturgill, Gideon Wilson, Eric Carbajal, Eddie Sosa, Ashleigh Sparks, Gavin Muncie, Ben Lambert, Seth Johnson, Kameron Wheeler, Katherine Walls, Ebony Ray, Xavier Snyder, Blair Raney, Billy Morris, Elizabeth Vanover, Maya McCoy, and Olivia Brooks

Drum Major/Leadership Resources

Thursday and Friday’s Assignment:

For Thursday, take the self-assessment by clicking here BEFORE our 1pm meeting.

Click Here for Peer Assessment

Use the outline to remember what to do during the peer assessment. Please complete your peer assessment today!

For Friday, send me a 10 minute video demonstrating all the skills on the conducting rubric below. OR, email me a time between 1 and 3pm to Zoom so we can record you 1 on 1. I will post a sample video tonight. (10pm-ish?)

Tuesday and Wednesday’s Assignments

Drum Major and Section Leader Candidates:

Please take the pre-test so that we can set a baseline of where you are coming into the training. After taking the pre test, watch and participate with the video from Bobby Lambert, Director of Bands at Wnado HS in South Carolina on behalf of Music For All and Bands of America. After you watch the video, take the Formative Test. Please do this by Tuesday Night at Midnight. We will get together via Zoom to discuss the video and the test results on Wednesday.

Conducting 101 Pre Test – TAKE THIS FIRST

Conducting 101 – Formative Test – Take this after watching the video

Conducting 101 – Final Test – Take this AFTER the the Zoom meeting with Mr. Payne

2022 Marching Band Camp Dates and Information

Band Camp will be held at GRC during the following weeks and times:

July 18-22 from 8-5 (Lunch Provided)

July 25-29 from 8-5 (Lunch Provided)

August 1-5 from 8-12

Plan to bring water bottles, binders with sheet protectors, instrument, music, hats, sunglasses, etc.

Fight Song Recording Project

GRC Fight Song (MIDI)

Here’s what to do:

  • Have up your music for the fight song
  • Play along to the audio recording above
  • Use headphones and STAY WITH THE METRONOME
  • Record yourself using your phone – Please record in LANDSCAPE (sideways, not vertical)
  • Email your file to director@grcband.com
  • Try to do this TODAY! This is an experiment before we try to do some other more complicated things in the future
  • Take as many takes as you need to get it right. Make sure you play with the correct space and style, or it won’t line up.
  • Start with the pickups to “A”, as always.

CCPS named 2020 Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation

Clark County Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. CCPS is one of 5 districts in Kentucky receiving this distinction.

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, CCPS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

For more information and for the complete list of recipients, visit the award website here.

Thanks to all the teachers who assisted with the collection of data, and thanks to Shannon Riddell for keeping us on schedule and getting us across the finish line!

Marching Band Official Group Photo

On Tuesday, February 11, the GRC Marching Band celebrated the opening of our new gymnasium with an official group photograph.

Parents are welcome to reproduce this photo – it is free to all band families.

Photo courtesy of GRC Bands

Props and (Used) Instruments for Sale

GRC is selling our 2019 show props. The ramps, modeled after the Bluecoats prop from their breakout “Tilt” show, feature a steel frame with wood paneling. The paneling has been painted white – however you will want to replace it. There are a total of (10) 15′ props. $7,000 for the set.

All items must be declared surplus by our Board of Education. Contact Michael Payne at director@grcband.com form more information.

We are also selling off our remaining Conn 20k Sousaphones and King Marching Baritones. The sousaphones are approximately 20 years old and are in good working condition.

We have:

  • (3) Conn 20K Sousaphones – $2,500 each
    • All are in playable shape, but are an overhaul and chem clean away from being awesome. Comes with case.
  • (5) King 1124 Small Bore Marching Baritones – $800 each
    • New in mid 2000’s, all playable, but show varying degrees of wear.

Lastly, we are also selling a 6′ Command Center Podium. $300. It works great, but has been welded into performance position and does not fold up. Fits easily on a semi truck or many band trailers. Easy to store instruments underneath. Small 4′ command center podium seen in the picture is free to a good home. Just needs some TLC.

Contact Michael Payne, Band Director, at director@grcband.com if interested in any of these items. All items must be declared surplus by the Clark County Board of Education before we can finalize a sale.

Contest of Champions Class A Champs!

The GRC Marching Band finished first out of 8 bands in the 57th Annual Contest of Champions, winning their class for the first time in a decade. The band also placed 9th out of all 28 bands, just missing out on a finals appearance (top 8).

Congratulations to all of our students, parents, and alumni for their support this season.

GRC Marching Band Seniors featured with the CoC Class A Trophy after an encore standstill performance at Campbell Junior High on Monday, November 4th, 2019. (photo credit: Lashana Harney/Winchester Sun)

Winchester Sun Article

New Ways to Communicate with the GRC Band

As of this week, the GRC Band will no longer be using the Charms database service. Instead, we will be utilizing a few new resources.

  1. Primary Source of Information: The Website.

Here, you will find the main calendar link, contact information for the directors and staff, and itineraries for upcoming events.

2. Secondary Sources: Remind and Band

  • Remind: Send a text to 81010 with the message @grcband to enroll in text messages from Mr. Payne. Instructions for Remind
  • BAND – GRC Bands’ “BAND” – This app is pretty nifty. A great place to ask questions, view the calendar, post pictures. There are sub groups for parent volunteers to communicate as well.

3. Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

  • facebook.com/grcband
  • twitter.com/grcband
  • instagram.com/grcdirector
  • instagram.com/officialgrcband

Lastly, don’t forget about good old fashioned email. To get a hold of the directors:

Mr. Payne – director@grcband.com (or.org)

Mr. Schmeig – calvin@grcband.com (or.org)

Mr. Leedy – Leedy@grcband.com (or.org)

Mrs. Griffith – guard@grcband.com (or.org)

Mr. Wade – percussion@grcband.com (or.org)