Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Band receives SUPERIOR ratings

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade band students pictured above.   
These eager students participated in the Alabama State Band Music Performance Assessment 
held at Gadsden High School on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  They have practiced for countless hours and were rewarded with high marks, an overall Superior rating.   
Congratulations Young Ladies and Gentleman!  
We are very proud of each of you!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade Band Students that traveled to Gadsden Alabama for Music Performance Assessment recently. After many weeks of hard work these students performed a concert of three musical pieces for three qualifed judges. After the stage performance the group was escorted to a room where they read and performed a piece of music they had not previously seen. This group of talented students received the highest markes possible, " Superior Ratings". This is the first time that the ZEJH band has made Superior Ratings at State Contest and we are very proud of them.

Ms. Todd would like to thank the students for their HARD work, the parents for their unyeilding assistance, the THS band and Mr. McDaniel for their continued support and Mr. Bailey and Mrs. Thomas for the opportunity to have a great band program at Zora Ellis.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Many of our students will be traveling to Gadsden on Wednesday, February 23rd to particpate in Alabama State Music Performance Assesment.  The Students have been working hard and we look forward to a great performance. 

Permission forms are due by Monday, February 21st.  Please get those in ASAP. 

If you would like to attend the performance, it will be held at Gadsden High School in Gadsden, AL. 
We perform at 9:00 am.  They will be performing:  Manhatten Beach by Micheal Story, To a Skylark by Kevin Mixon and Ceremonium by R. W. Smith. 

You may meet us there or come to ZEJH and leave when we do.  We also invite you to eat lunch with us at the Gadsden Mall.

I am excited about this performance and the day with the students, as I hope they are too.  They have really put in some great work! 

You may visit the District II website (click here) for a complete schedule of bands.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


MPA Preview Concert

 Students should have taken home a handout for the trip to BB comer on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. 

We will leave ZEJH at 3:30pm, we will take a school bus.  Students will eat at the school prior to leaving.  There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase at the event. (more details to come about food and prices) 

ZEJH performs at 5:00 p.m. at BB Comer High School in Sylacauga.
(all bands in our county will perform; we are first, but will stay and watch every band)

Expected arrival time back at ZEJH is 8:30pm. (this time is an estimate and may change.)

Dress for the event is.... black dress pants, black vests, white band shirt, black bow tie, black band shoes and black socks. (Students should bring this attire to school on a hanger and hang it on the uniform rack in the bandroom.)

We will need chaperons for this trip.  Please let Ms. Todd know ASAP if you are willing to chaperone. 

General Admission for spectators is $3.00.  

Friday, December 3, 2010

2010 Chritmas Concert

The Christmas Concert is Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Harwell Auditorium.  Prior to the concert
the BBOT will host a Silent Auction; Doors will open at 
6:00 pm. We hope that you plan to attend both of these
events and support the great musical talents of our students
here at ZEJH. 
*All ZEJH band students will meet in the bandroom
  at 6:00pm.  (Dress for the concert is Black dress pants, black
  band shoes, BLACK SOCKS, White Band Tux Shirt with
  Bowtie.  7th grade- red vest; 8th grade- black vest.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Concert

The Halloween Concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd, at 7:00pm 
  • It will be held at Harwell Auditorium (ZEJH)
  • Admission is $2 ($1 for ages 5 and under) 
  • Band students will wear costumes.
  • Band students should be in the bandroom and ready to warm-up at 6:00pm.
*This event was rescheduled due to severe weather on the original date. 
Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Incoming 7th graders!!!!!

Any incoming 7th grader who has not signed up for band at this point and would like to may still do so.  Spots are becoming limited so be sure to do so soon.  You may call the ZEJH band office at 256-315-5706 or email Ms. Todd at

(Leave a message, it may take a few days for me to get back to you, I am in and out of the office during the summer.)

If you need additional information please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.  I look forward to meeting you soon.... Ms. Todd.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Solo and Ensemble

Glitter Symbols -

Today, 44 excited 7th and 8th grade band students boarded the bus and traveled to Solo and Ensemble Competition held in Lincoln, AL.  Nervousness, anticipation, excitement and pride could all be felt from the students as they awaited their time to perform.  Encouraging words from a friend, a listening ear and reassurance were offered from many students both before and after performances.  The task at hand can be one that is difficult at an age when students have so many reservations.  However, the many hours of preparation that each student put into their solos, duets and trio performances did not go unnoticed by the judges.  The students received a total of 46 superior ratings, something to be very proud of.   

Not only did the students have success musically, but each parent should be gleaming with pride from the representation that your student had today of their school, their band, themselves and you.  Discipline was not an issue.  EVERY student was well behaved and respectful the entire day to everyone they encountered, including the stop for lunch and the actual event.

I am so proud of each student for the hard work portrayed, the desire to be good and the outstanding behavior.  Accomplishments such as these only continue to increase the quality of each student and our band program, not to mention the effect that it will have for future experiences at ZEJH and as the students continue on to Talladega High School as members of the band.  I hope that everyone involved feels that they gained something from the experience and that those students that did not have the opportunity to participate this time will join in the fun next time. What a good day for the students of the Zora Ellis Band.  Keep up the good work and continue to grow both musically and as an individual.  :)

Congratulations to Ms. Keisha Johnson winner of the Ipod touch.

Thank you to everyone that participated and supported the ZEJH band program. 

Sunday, March 7, 2010


ALL Krispy Kreme Doughnut orders are due on MONDAY, March 8, 2010. 

Turn them in to Ms. Todd before the end of the school day. 

Be sure that you have clearly marked ALL orders and collected the money for those orders placed.