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Alamance Community & Homeschool Band was started by our director, Mr. Steve Morris, in 2003 as the Alamance County Homeschool Band. Earlier this year, we took a hard look at our band and realized as our numbers of homeschooled students continued to drop, we were completely missing an entire community of musicians who did not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a concert band.

Throughout this past year, Mr. Morris considered the possibility of folding the band but couldn't do so knowing so many students want to play but don't have the opportunity in their schools. We have had many students join us who are not homeschooled, and Mr. Morris wanted to continue including all students, whether in public, private or home school, who want to play an instrument.

We seriously considered the fact that our name may have given the wrong impression of our band as being only for homeschooled students so after a few Band Boosters meetings, we collectively decided to change our name to indicate our inclusion of our whole Alamance County community. We are now Alamance Community & Homeschool Band, and we hope you will consider joining our band in the fall!

We will begin practice on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Northside Presbyterian Church. We will meet only on Monday evenings from August 6 until mid-October (actual schedule to be published after that date), and then we will resume practice every Monday and Thursday evening.

Beginner Band meets 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm and Advanced Band meets 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm.

We currently do not have enough musicians for Jazz Band, although if we have enough students with previous experience who want to start the Jazz Band back up, we can certainly hold this practice from 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm.

Christa Ledford, Treasurer, ACHSB Boosters

Some background information on the writer: "My son joined the band in 2013 when he was in 7th grade, nearly five years ago. He will be starting his senior year, and we are looking forward to watching our band grow again as we become a community band that includes all students who want a full concert band experience. He is also rooting for some musicians with a couple of years of training to join so they can start the jazz band again! Come play with us!"

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