Chamberlain High School Bands 2017 - 2018 

DIRECTOR of BANDS: AMANDA R. GRIFFIS                                Chamberlain High School, Tampa, Florida 






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April 16, 2018

Good evening parents,

As we enter the final weeks of our year, I hope you can all take a moment to reflect on what an unforgettable year this has been. From our triumphs at Marching and Concert MPA to the every-day-in-n-out hard work, I feel so confident in our students abilities, spirits and motivation as we end this chapter and approach the next.

Some very important reminders are below, so please read carefully.

Jazz Band Students - Be sure to review the itinerary that was handed out in class and attached to this email. Make sure you leave early enough to deal with 5 o'clock traffic and arrive at Spoto promptly at 5:30pm. All band students and parents are welcome to come watch the Chamberlain Jazz Ensemble perform on Thursday at 7:00pm.

Solo & Ensemble Participants - Please make sure you have received your performance time from Mrs. Griffis. Arrive at Spoto with enough time to find your judge's room and have a nice relaxed warm-up. Upon entering the judge's room, don't forget to shake their hand, introduce yourself, and hand them your ORIGINAL PART WITH MEASURES NUMBERED. All soloists will have their second accompanist rehearsal with Mrs. Norsworthy during both lunches on Wednesday April 18th following the testing block. Any desired rehearsals following Wednesday will need to be worked out with her on a one-on-one basis. I am very proud of the preparation, punctuality, and professionalism you all exhibited today :).

Chiefette and Percussion Auditions - Both percussion and Chiefette auditions will take place on April 24-26th. All Chiefettes, be sure to bring at least 2 friends to auditions (no experience necessary).

Chiefettes: 5pm-8pm all three days

Percussion: 5pm-7pm all three days

Leadership Interviews - All students who submitted their leadership application (DUE TODAY) must sign up for a 15 minute time slots on Mrs. Griffis' door. Any student wishing to audition for drum major, need ONLY sign up for a drum major audition time. Your interview will be conducted at that time.

Band Camp Dates - The official 2018 band camp dates are as follows:

August 1st - August 3rd from 12pm - 8pm (all band students) August 6th - August 9th from 4pm - 8pm (all band students) CHS Leadership Day will be announced before summer break.

Concert, Band Banquet, and SENIORS!!! - The final CHS Band and Orchestra concert will take place on May 3rd at 7pm. The Band Banquet is the next day, Friday May 4th starting at 6pm at Lake Magdalene United Methodist. All Seniors need to send their sound bites (a small excerpt with your reflections upon your time in band, and any words you would like to leave with the returning band students) to [email protected] IMMEDIATELY. You will also need to send a formal photo of yourself for our senior presentations. Don't get left out of the banquet program - do it now!

Uniform/Instrument Rental fees/waivers due: Please be reminded that uniform and instrument rental fees are due. Financial waivers are available from Mrs. Griffis. The cost of uniform rental is $37.45 and instrument rental is $42.80 for a combined cost of $80.25. Checks/money orders can be made out to Chamberlain High School.

Thank you parents and students for your support this year, and what will continue to be a memorable year for the Band of the Mighty Chiefs!


Mrs. Griffis

JAZZ BAND M.P.A - Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00pm at Spoto High School.


All rising freshmen-seniors! Mark you calendars for our CHS Band Ice Breaker!  We will meet our new band mates, check out instruments for the summer, and take a look at next year's marching music and stand tunes!

2018-2019 BAND CAMP DATES:  

August 1st - August 3rd (Wednesday - Friday) from 12pm - 8pm (all band students).

August 6th - August 9th (Monday - Wednesday) from 4pm - 8pm (all band students). 

CHS Leadership Day will be announced before summer break.

The CHS Band Boosters have already begun planning for next school year. Please be on the lookout for emails from our President, Belinda Rensch, regarding Booster meetings, fundraisers and band needs as we go into summer. A successful band program can not run without support from all band parents. We need ALL parents on deck to help in any way that can, in whatever way it may be. We understand that it is difficult to attend ALL Booster meetings, but please remember to respond to emails that ask for volunteers, chaperones, donations or any other needs that help support and encourage our band students.  You may email myself or Belinda at [email protected] at any time.


Mark your calendars with these important dates!


April 19-21 - Jazz MPA & Spring Solo & Ensemble (times TBA)

Thursday April 26 – Leadership applications due to Mrs. Griffis by 3:00pm

May TBA – Percussion/Color Guard Auditions

Thursday May 1 – Band and Orchestra Dress Rehearsal 3:30-5:30pm

Thursday May 3 – Band and Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm, CHS Auditorium

Friday May 4 – Band Banquet, Lake Magdalene Church

Thursday May 17 – Ice Breaker Rehearsal with incoming Chiefs, 6:30-8:00 (not required for Senior band students)

Friday May 18 – Graduation, 4:00pm, Florida State Fairgrounds

Friday May 25 – Last Day for Students


Congratulations to the Chamberlain Orchestra after achieving a SUPERIOR M.P.A. 

performance at King High School on February 16, 2018

Congratulations for a Superior Rating achieved 

November 4, 2017 at M.P.A.

Congratulations Marching Chiefs!


For an Overall Superior Rating and Placing First in Class 

at King High School's Lions Pride 2017 Marching Band Competition!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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THE CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL BANDS are a large part of Chamberlain High School’s school spirit and contributes to making many unforgettable moments performing during football games, getting students excited at pep rallies and events, and performing at concerts entertaining students, parents and the administration. If you believe in what we are doing and would like to support our music program and dedicated students, please click here.

Brick Fundraiser - The band is selling personalized, engraved bricks that will be permanently displayed in the football stadium. Click on the link for more information.

SHOP at GFS located at 11511 N. Dale Mabry and ask the cashier to credit your sale to the Chamberlain Band Boosters and we will get a percentage of each eligible sale. See Deb Scruggs if you have questions.
SUPPORT the band by shopping at and select Chamberlain Band Boosters Inc. as your  preferred charitable organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to our band program!


The 2017-2018 Volunteer Application is available. Parents if you like to to help the CHS Band you must complete this form online. If your already in the system, this year there is a link near the top to get a PIN # and most of your last years form is completed.        

Per Florida State law, school volunteers must be background checked each year. All volunteers and community partners must complete the HCPS online Volunteer Application each year. The department uses the District's fiscal year July 1 through June 30. Anyone who submits a volunteer application beginning July 1 will remain active in our system through June 30 or end of fiscal year. A new application is available on July 1 each year. Please follow up with the school in which you plan to volunteer. District wide volunteers/programs should contact the Volunteer Services office directly, (813) 872-5254.

Below are just some of the opportunities where you can come have fun with us and show your support for our band program! 

-Annual BBQ in October

-End of year banquet

-Chaperoning events and away games

-Donations for drinks and snacks

-Fundraising - Car washes, etc.

-Homecoming celebrations in October

-Loading and transporting band equipment

-Meal preparations

-Middle school night

-Senior night in November

-Spring yard sale

-Uniform alterations

-and more!