The East Hall Band Program has enjoyed many years of success in all areas of music PERFormance.
East Hall High School is located just outside Gainesville, Georgia, in northeastern Hall County, about 60 miles just northeast of Atlanta. East Hall High School is the smallest of the seven high schools in the Hall County Schools with approximately 1015 students in grades 9-12. However, being the smallest of the high schools has not been a disadvantage as the East Hall High School Band has been the standard bearer for high school bands of Hall County. Averaging nearly 15% participation of the student body in the band program, the band has won innumerable superior ratings and has performed in some of the nation's most prestigious events.
The East Hall Concert Bands have consistently received high ratings at all GMEA festivals and Large Group Performance Evaluations. Since 1971, the East Hall Concert Bands have made 78 superior ratings and 9 excellent ratings in concert adjudications. Additionally, the East Hall Bands have performed at such prestigious events as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Annual Conference, the University of Georgia January Music Festival (2011), the Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy University (2012), the KSU Concert Band Invitational (2014), the University of Alabama Band Clinic (2015), and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference (2015).
The East Hall High Viking Marching Band has routinely received superior ratings in marching festivals and competitions. On two different occasions the band has won 1st place in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. In 2007, the Viking Band won "Best In Class" in the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, the Viking Marching Band swept the "Open Class" competition at the 2013 Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands - receiving 1st place in every caption and winning the Gene Shadburn Salute to Marching Bands Award after having the highest overall score of the competition.
In addition to winning placements and ratings at all marching contests, the Viking Marching Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Cotton Bowl Parade, the Orange Bowl Halftime and Parade Performances, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Nations Day Parade in New York City, the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Orlando, Florida, the Outback Bowl Halftime Performance and Parade, the Macy’s Egleston Christmas Parade, and the King Orange Jamboree Parade. The Viking Band has also performed halftime shows for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves and performed several times at Walt Disney World. In addition, the East Hall High School Band was proclaimed “Ambassadors of Good Will” from the state of Georgia on several occasions.