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New Asheville High School Band Director Named

The new band director has been board approved!  We are happy to tell you that the new Director of Bands at Asheville High School will be Mr. Tim McCoy.
Mr. R. Timothy McCoy is currently the zArts Education Supervisor for New Hanover County Schools. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Bands at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC. He has been teaching for 25 years in the public school system in West Virginia and North Carolina.

Mr. McCoy graduated from West Liberty State College in Northern West Virginia. While in college he majored in percussion and piano. He was a part of numerous performance organizations such as marching band, concert band, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, steel drum band, string orchestra and choir. Mr. McCoy was also a member of the Wheeling Symphony for several years. During this time he also worked at Crescendo Camps in Rio Grande, Ohio and Lebanon Junction, Kentucky. He worked with over 128 bands in his 8 years at Crescendo.

In 1989, Mr. McCoy took the job at Oak Hill High School in Oak Hill, West Virginia. For 15 years, he led the band at this school. The school had marching, concert, jazz and percussion ensembles and he also led the Pit Orchestra on years there was a school musical.  The Oak Hill Band performed in several national festivals and won first or second place at all of them.

In 2004, Mr. McCoy and his family moved to Wilmington to become the band director of New Hanover High School.  During his time there they saw a major change in the way the band is perceived. They became a much requested group in the county and region.  The band program expanded to have a full big band jazz ensemble, a percussion ensemble, a competitive Winterguard program and a 14 member steel drum band.  They usually performed 75 to 100 times a year and in 2012 won the first Overall Marching Band Grand Championship in New Hanover High School history.

Mr. McCoy is also a performing musician in Wilmington, playing for many musicals at Thalian Hall with Opera House Theater Company and the Thalian Association, and also as a freelance musician with different organizations around town.  Several of his students have been able to join him in these musicals, which make it that much more enjoyable.  He also plays drums and keys for his Church. Mr. McCoy lives in Wilmington with his awesome wife Mary and two phenomenal daughters, Rachel (a New Hanover Senior) and Tamara.

He will begin work at Asheville High School the first week of July.

US Army Field Band to Play at Asheville High School

US Army Field BandThe United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will play a free concert at Asheville High School on Saturday, March 18 at 7pm. Asheville High School Band Director Emily Talley considers the the Army Field Band and Chorus “one of the finest military ensembles in the country.” As the band is only able to visit our region once every eight years, this is a great opportunity for both students and the community!

The US Army Field Band will be joined by about a dozen advanced students from the Asheville High School Bands Program. This free event is sponsored by the BP Solutions Group, a marketing services provider based in Asheville, NC. The concert will take place at the Asheville High School Auditorium.

While the concert is free, tickets are required. To reserve a ticket, contact Asheville High School Band Director Emily Talley at 828 350-2646 or emily.talley@acsgmail.net or visit https://armyfieldband.ticketleap.com/asheville/ There is a maximum of four tickets per person.

“The Army Field Band and Chorus is one of the finest military ensembles in the country and we are looking forward to hosting these phenomenal musicians at Asheville High.” — Emily Talley, Asheville High School Band Director

Tickets now on sale for HAUNTED HIGH

Haunted High takes place at Asheville High School on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29, and people are getting excited!

haunted-high-yard-signThe Mountain Xpress, Citizen-Times, and WLOS have all run pieces on the event, and our nifty yard-signs are popping up all over town. (They look much better than the election posters!)

Tickets are available from any AHS band student, at the door, or online, and admission is just $10…

Please work to get the word out this week! Share our Facebook event, post images (below) to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or wherever you hang out online, and tell your friends, neighbors, and families.

We have a creepy promo video on youtube to give people a glimpse of what to expect. Please share it widely!

Thank you for being brave enough for Haunted High!

 

Images for sharing (click through to download full-size):

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Tonight’s Performance (August 26)

Just a reminder that all students should report to the band room by 6pm on Friday evening (August 26th).  Please be on time so we can rehearse as many stands tunes as possible before the game.

Students should wear their band T-shirt, jeans (shorts or pants but if they are shorts they need to be dress code appropriate), and tennis shoes.

Parents, if you’re planning on going to the game you can park at ABTech or the student parking lot at AHS.

Band members are required to stay for the entire game and typically finish around 9:30pm.

Please wait for your child outside the band room rather than coming in. It gets extremely crowded with 160 members so only students will be allowed in the band room after the game.

Students, we have a few rules for the stands:

  • Absolutely no one in the band section other than band members.
  • Playing during the game is a performance and your attention should be directed to what is going on on the field.
  • You will have time to socialize with friends during half time. No food or drink in the stands until half time.
  • Once halftime is finished all trash needs to be thrown away, and no food or drink through the remainder of the game. Water, of course, is permitted at all times.
  • Make sure you have all of your music.
  • Stay in your section for the entire game.
  • Do not play anyone else’s instrument at any time.
  • And most importantly, have fun! We can be ready to play and represent ourselves positively while also having a great time. 🙂

Domino’s “Slice the Price” Fundraiser

Hands up who wants some pizza! 

The band will be selling Domino’s Pizza “Slice the Price” Cards. Each card entitles you to an unlimited number of Buy-One-Get-One-Free large pizzas at Domino’s from now until the end of the year!

Cards cost $10 each, and half of that amount goes directly into each student’s band account.

Students will bring order forms home on Monday, February 29th, and will have two weeks to take orders for the cards.

Goal: As these cards are great value, we hope each student will sell 12 cards. (As well as earning $60 for themselves, there’s a free T-shirt in for the students who sell 12.)

Cards will be sent to the school within two weeks after submitting the order forms, and students will then distribute them to the buyers.)

Key selling points:

  • Unlimited Buy-One-Get-One-Free large pizzas until Dec 31, 2016!
  • Cards are accepted at all local Dominos Pizza locations.
  • Card pays for itself the first time you use it! 
  • Each card can be reused all year.
Perfect for sleepovers, work parties, fundraisers, class parties, and family movie nights.
AHSBA Fundraising: Domino's PIzza

Crowdfund AHS marching band all the way to Pearl Harbor

Getting the Asheville High School Band and all our gear to Hawaii to perform as part of the ceremonies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing and our entry into WWII is a mammoth and expensive undertaking. The students and band association are organizing a large number of fundraisers to help ensure that all band members can make the trip.

Help Send the Asheville High School Marching Band to Pearl Harbor

We have launched an appeal on the crowdfunding site FirstGiving so that Asheville community members, AHS alumni, and friends can contribute directly to the band. As you will see, the financial goal is large, so please share the link among family, friends, and anyone you feel may be willing to help our students achieve their goals.

We have a very diverse group of students at Asheville High School. Many of our students receive free/reduced lunch and will not be able to afford this trip on their own. All students are fundraising every month to help them make their payments, but even that will not be enough to help everyone.

Our students are 100% committed to excellence and strive to represent Asheville High School positively at all times — that history of excellence was a prime factor in our being invited to perform at the 75th anniversary ceremonies. We are honored to have the opportunity to represent Asheville High School, our community, and the state of North Carolina in this parade.

Please consider donating so that EVERY student may join us in Pearl Harbor!

Follow this link for more information about upcoming fundraising events for the AHS Bands.

Donations can also be mailed to: Asheville High School Band Association, PO Box 772, Asheville, NC 28802

(Please make checks payable to Asheville High School Band Association)

Thank you in advance for your support!