Arts & Literature

Cobb Schools Win Big at Marietta Chalkfest

Three of our Cobb schools took first place awards in the school competition sponsored by the Cobb Marietta Museum of Art. Congrats to Kennesaw Mtn. HS, Tapp MS and Hollydale ES! Each of these winning schools will receive a visit from a profesional artist to their schools. Students will also receive certificates. The winners are featured in order in the photos below.





Cobb Musicians March Into Annual Band Exhibition

Young musicians from across Cobb County will put their collective talents on display at the annual Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition on the evenings of October 6 and October 13. Featuring performances from each high school in the Cobb County School District, as well as Marietta City Schools, the exhibition takes place at McEachern High School’s Walter Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs and begins at 7 p.m. each night.  There will be a special guest performance by the Auburn University Marching Band on October 6, and by the Georgia State University Marching Band on October 13.

Beginning in 1972, the Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition has become a local tradition, allowing band students and the community to see and hear performances from across the area.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marietta HS

Campbell HS

Pebblebrook HS

Sprayberry HS

Pope HS

Kell HS

Hillgrove HS

Kennesaw Mountain HS

Lassiter HS

Auburn University

Monday, October 13, 2014

South Cobb HS

Osborne HS

Allatoona HS

Wheeler HS

McEachern HS

North Cobb HS

Walton HS

Harrison HS

Georgia State University

If you have questions, please contact Jean Barry, or Chris Ferrell at (770) 426-3404

Hillgrove High Wind Symphony Earns National Recognition
2014 Hillgrove KSU Concert

The Hillgrove Concert Band at a recent concert at Kennesaw State University

The Hillgrove Wind Symphony was recently recognized by the Foundation for Music Education’s “Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors” as a National Winner in their annual recording competition.

Hillgrove submitted a recording of their Performance Evaluation Concert, featuring Symphony for Band by Vincent Persichetti. The band was adjudicated by Richard Floyd, Steve Davis and Anthony Maiello and it was determined that the ensemble was in the top 25% of recordings submitted. There were 224 submissions from 35 states this year.

Additionally, Hillgrove was the only 5A High School ensemble recognized outside the state of Texas.

The ensemble’s recording will be featured on a compilation CD of the National Winners that will be distributed nationally, as well as electronic distribution by Mark Records.

“Hillgrove would like to thank all the students, staff and community members for all their support in our musical endeavors,” Hillgrove Director of Bands Patrick Erwin said.  “Special thanks go to Christopher M. Ferrell, Supervisor of Instrumental Music, for his undying support of all our music programs.  Mr. Ferrell was the head band director at Hillgrove for 7 years, and is to be credited a great deal for our success.”

The award letter and winners list can be found here:

Walton High School’s Band to Perform in Parade

Walton Parade

Mark your calendar. A Cobb County public school band will appear in a nationally televised parade.

The Walton High School Marching Raider Band will be officially invited to perform in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade on August 16th. The band will debut their program and perform for Tournament of Roses Association President Richard L Chinen and his wife Kimberly. The Band will march on New Year’s Day in front of a live audience of 1 million spectators and will be broadcast to approximately 400 million viewers in over 100 countries around the world.

The award-winning Walton marching band was chosen from a pool of more than 100 parade applicants nationwide. It will be one of 20 bands performing in the annual New Year’s Day event.

The band has performed in several parades including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Click here to read the full press release.

Art of the Art Teacher Show

The Art of the Art Teacher show, featuring mixed media works from Cobb County Visual Arts Teachers, will be on display in the gallery of the Big Shanty Art Station from August 6-29. This showcase is a celebration of both the teacher and the artist. The public is welcome.


Hillgrove High School Foundation To Host Fine Arts Exhibition April 15

The creativity of Hillgrove High School’s visual and performing art students will be on display during Performing for the Dream—An Evening of Fine Arts next Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. Cobb County School District supervisor for instrumental music and  former HHS band director Chris Ferrell will serve as emcee for the fine arts expo, which will include an art show, silent auction and performances by the Hillgrove drama troupe, chorus, orchestra and band.

Tickets are $5.00 at the door and benefit The Hillgrove Foundation, a philanthropic 501(c)(3) organization that works to support Hillgrove High School in the areas of academics, athletics and the fine arts.

‘Evening of the Arts’ Allows Belmont Hills Families To Experience Students’ Creativity Through Technology


Belmont Hills Elementary in Smyrna held ‘An Evening of the Arts’ Tuesday, March 25 for a showcase of students’ creative work. Second and third graders performed a musical, fourth and fifth graders demonstrated a dance routine and visual art by students in all grade levels was on display throughout the hallways. The school integrated technology into the event by including QR codes on each piece of artwork, which parents could scan with their mobile devices to learn about how that art was created.

Belmont Hills is celebrating its 60th anniversary during the 2013-2014 school year.

Four Cobb Student Artists Earn Regional Gold Keys in 2014 Scholastic Art Awards

Four Cobb County high school student artists received prestigious Regional Gold Keys in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a nationwide creative competition for students in grades 7 through 12.

Christina Voss of Walton High won a Gold Key in Painting. For the Mixed Media category, Raven-Iman Jones of Kell High received the honor; and Grace Liu of Pope High earned a Gold Key for Drawing. Sally Cho, also of Walton High, won five Gold Keys in the Painting, Mixed Media, and Drawing categories. Her painting “The Day When The Roses Died” earned a Silver Medal at the National level, for which she will travel to New York in June to receive. She is now eligible for a number of exclusive awards and scholarships through Scholastic’s business partners.

These four are among more than 90,000 students who submitted art and writing for the 28 categories in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Entries were judged by industry leaders and the best are currently on display in a traveling exhibit called ART.WRITE.NOW.

Since the program’s inception, The Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized over nine million young artists and writers, and made available $25 million in awards and scholarships. Prominent past winners of Scholastic Awards include writer Truman Capote (1932), photographer Richard Avedon (1941), artist Andy Warhol (ca. 1945), writer Sylvia Plath (1947), actor Robert Redford (1954) and fashion designer Zac Posen (1998).

Each of these student artists have been encouraged and inspired by their art instructors. Walton’s artists are advised by teacher Kathleen Petka; Laura Laquaglia helms the art program at Kell High School and Joy Johnson is art instructor at Pope High.

Photo by Meredith Farina of Kell High to be Featured in Photography Compliation Book

Farina_photoA spectacular photograph from atop a roller coaster captured by Kell High School eleventh grader Meredith Farina placed as a finalist in the annual photography contest conducted by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum magazine. Meredith’s image will be published in the hardcover compilation, The Best of College & High School Photography 2014.

Farina plans to major in photography after she graduates from Kell. In the meanwhile, she plans to take 2D Design during her senior year and to continue improving her skills by shooting wedding and portrait photography.

Submitted by Laura LaQuaglia, art teacher, Kell High School

Daniell Middle School Chorus Performs For Audiences at Atlanta Hawks, Kennesaw State Sporting Events


The Daniell Middle School choirs took their show on the road throughout February, with high profile performances at Philips Arena in Atlanta and at Kennesaw State University. Forty-five Daniell seventh and eighth graders sang the National Anthem before the Atlanta Hawks game vs. Indiana Pacers basketball game Feb. 4.  In addition to singing for the NBA game audience, 50 Daniell sixth grade chorus members took their turn singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Kennesaw State University women’s basketball game.

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