Please check Schedule and Downloads pages for updates!
Archives 2006 - 2009:
First Place in Adelanto (12/19/09)
For five out of six years, we've won first place at the Adelanto Parade!! Congratulations again, Knights!
Disneyland Canceled (11/24/09)The band will not be performing at Disneyland this year in order to use our resources towards the Walt Disney World trip.
Jazz Band plans on hold (07/23/09)
As of now, it looks like the Beginning Band has enough enrollment to be viable. Therefore, the before School Jazz band plans are currently on hold. A final decision will be made by the end of the second week of school.
Welcome Katie Chavez! (07/08/09)
Katie Chavez, our drum major from 2003 - 2005, has been brought on board as our new Instructional Aide/Assistant Director!
We have plans! (5/9/09 - Updated 6/8/09)
Here are the band's current plans for 2009-2010. As always, subject to change!
Band Fees: Returning Students - $65.00 / New Students - $125.00
1. Disneyland Marching Audition / August
2. Los Angeles County Fair / September - Not yet confirmed
3. Hesperia Days Parade / September
4. Disneyland (Marching) / October - Estmasted cost per student: $120.00
6. Victorville and Adelanto Christmas Parades / December
7. Winter Concert (Beatles Music) / December
8. Walt Disney World (5 days. Limited to 40 students) / April - Estimated cost per student: $800.00
9. High Desert Mavericks / April
10. Spring Concert (John Williams Music) / May
Updated Disneyland Performance Information (3/26/09)
Here is our updated arrival, performance, and departure information. All but the performance is subject to change. A more detailed letter will be sent home on Tuessday, April 7. You can download it now by clicking here.
5:45 am - Meet at the school IN UNIFORM. Depart on the bus.
7:55 am - Security Check
8:15 am - Check-in Backstage
9:30 am - Performance at Plaza Gardens
10:00 am - Put away instruments and change.
10:45 am - Enter Disneyland through Toontown.
9:30 pm - Meet at front Gate for 9:45 pm departure
11:30 pm - Arrive back at AAE.
Knights pass Audition! (2/13/09)
Once again, the band passed their audition and will be perfoming at Disneyland on April 13. More info to follow.
Students Make Honor Band (2/7/09)
Congratulations to Johan, Cole, and Armando for passing their honor band auditions!
Booster Meeting - February 4, 6:30 pm (12/19/08)In the band room... with the tuba.... Professor Plum
Grades posted (12/19/08)Final First semester band grades have been posted to the AAE site, under "grade reports."
Verizon Donates to AAE Band! (10/20/08)Verizon had donated $750.00 to the AAE Marching Knights!
Hesperia Days Parade, September 20 (9/12/08)Students are responsible for getting to the parade start location in full uniform with their instruments. Download the information letter here.
LACF Update: (9/9/08)This morning we confirmed enough chaperones to leave at 11:00 am and let the band have a few hours to enjoy the fair. ALL middle school students and some high school students will be with an approved adult chaperone. Others will check in mid-day with Mr. Sockwell. Please download this letter for more information.
LACF Update: (9/5/08)Due to a lack of Chaparones and some safety concerns, as of now the band will be leaving at the end of the school day instead of 10:00 am as previously scheduled. If there is a change, it will be posted here. The following letter will be going home on Monday, September 8.
Photo CD Available (posted 5/29/08)A CD Rom that contains almost 500 photographs and 3 video clips is now available from Mr. Sockwell for $10.00. There are pictures from all our parades and performances this year, including Disneyland!
Students make Honor Bands (posted 1/25/08)
Two AAE students have passed auditions to participate in this year’s High Desert Honor Bands. Sophomore Armando Quintana will be the “first chair” tenor saxophone in the high school honor band. Being first chair means that Armando scored the highest in his audition. Armando was also chosen as an alternate for the National Honor Band last year.
Joshua Marsden will play mallet percussion in the middle school band. Although only in the eighth grade, this is Joshua’s fourth year in the AAE Marching Knights Band, and his second year in honor band.
Both middle and high school bands will perform at Granite Hills High School on February 23 at 7:00 pm. The public is invited.
Booster Club Meeting - Tuesday, January 22In the band room at 6:30!!
Booster Club Meeting - Tuesday, December 11In the band room @ 6:30 pm. The club will vote on officers and bylaws.
Booster Club Meeting - Tuesday, November 13In the band room @ 6:30 pm. ALL parents and interested parties are welcome!
Booster Club Formation Meeting - Monday, November 5All parents are encouraged to attend! 6:30 pm in the band room.
Barstow Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday, October 27Meet at the school IN FULL UNIFORM by 4:00 pm in Saturday. We should return to the school around 9:30 pm. Event was canceled by AAE administration due to smoky conditions.
L.A. County Fair CONFIRMED for Sept 7, 2007 (8/23/07)A last minute cancellation at the LA county fair has put us back in the competition! Here is the information letter.
PE Credit for Marching Band! (5/9/07)Thanks to the hard work of Mr. Sockwell and Mr. Juarez (PE dept chair), PE credit will be given to those needing it for Marching Band in the 2007-08 school year. This will allow band students to take another elective instead of traditional PE class. Please click here for more information and the form that needs to be turne in ASAP to Mr. Sockwell.
Drum Major Audition Results (5/2/07)
Marleen C. will be Drum Major for the 07-08 school year! Chris R. will be assistant. Congratulations to both of these fine band members.
Drum Major Audition April 17, 2007 (3/9/07)Click here to get more information. There will be a workshop during band class on March 22 to present candidates with a required routine that they must use to compete this year. See Drum Major Bridget for more details.
Four Students make High Desert Honor Bands (2/6/07)Click here to see the photo and article that appeared in the Daily Press on February 6, 2007!
Holiday Parade/Concert information posted (11/28/06)Please see the download and schedule pages for information and downloads regarding December events.
Veteran's Day Parade Cancelled (11/6/06)We will not be participating in the Victorville Veteran's Day Parade this year.
Coffee Sales Begin October 23 (10/19/06)Our second annual coffee sale will begin on Monday, October 23. Band members will be selling various custom varieties of coffee for $10.00 a pound. Whole bean, ground, decaf, and regular coffee will be available. Typical delivery time is two weeks. Once again, band members will compete for the top sales prize. Jonathan C. received two annual passes to Disneyland in addition to $50.00 for winning last year's coffee sales competition.
Band Wins Second Place (9/18/06)The Knights Band won second place at the Apple Valley Days parade on September 16, beating Granite Hills High School.
New Banner Design (9/18/06)
Here is the final banner design to replace our old shields. Anyone wanting to donate towards this, please see Mr. Sockwell.
Here is the design for our Band T-shirts (8/28/06)
New Cadence (8/26/06)
Go to the downloads page to get a copy of our 2006 cadence. You will need to download "Notepad" to view, hear, and print it.
Uniform Fitting (8/21/06)Uniform fitting begins on Tuesday, August 22 and will continue until all members are fitted.
Recruit Sponsors and win a Prize!! (posted 8/14/06)
Our band will soon begin our 2006 - 07 coffee sales fundraiser. Last year, the band members with the top three coffee sales won cash prizes. As part of this year's fundraiser, all money that is raised by recruiting sponsors will also be credited towards the student's fundraising talley. See our sponsor page for more information on how to sponsor the band. You can download or view the sponsor letter here.
Band Fees are due August 17 (posted 8/14/06)Don't forget that band fees of $75.00 ($95.00 if shoes are included) are due Thursday, August 17. Please see the Band Fee letter or download the Band Forms for more information. Also, the shoe order went out on Monday, August 14. If you have not ordered your shoes, you will need to do so on your own and have them no later than September 1.
Band handouts to be posted to this site (posted 8/6/06)All handouts given in band class will be posted to this website in the downloads area. Students are responsible for ALL information given in class, both orally and in writing.
Increase in Band Fees (updated August 3, 2006)We will be increasing our band fees this year to better facilitate costs. Included in this year's band fees will be most of our transportation fees, as well as a band jacket and t-shirt. The fee will be $75.00 (if you buy the requried shoes on your own) or $95.00 if you order your marching shoes through the school. Please remember that most schools have band fees in excess of $250.00!!
Required Shoes for 2006 - 07 (updated August 3, 2006)You can order your SPEEDSTER shoes here, or search the internet. We will be ordering as a group in August, if you want to wait. Make sure you get SPEEDSTER shoes, in black. (You will need to scroll down to find them.) They are $14.95, plus shipping if you order on your own, or you can order through the band and pay $20.00 total.
Band moves to sixth period (posted June 26, 2006)
To facilitate some other schedule changes, band will meet during period 6 for the upcoming school year. This will make it easier for those taking AP classes or British Lit to be in band. Meeting times will still be the same on Tuesday and Thursday, however we will meet later on Mondays than we have the past few years.