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Color Guard Captain Joins Music City Drum & Bugle Corps

We want to give a huge congratulations to one of our color guard captains, Sidney Mottershead for being offered a contract to be a member of the color guard in ​the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps out of Nashville, TN.​

This past weekend Sidney attended one of their audition camps and spent three days learning new skills and being evaluated on her technique and performance quality. The staff then felt 100% confident she was capable of being a part of Music ​City.

Congratulations Sidney on a job well done! ​Thanks for representing Asheville High School and the Color Guard so well.​

2017 Season DVD

Asheville High School Bands’ Holiday Donation Drive

Support the Asheville High School Band by making a donation towards the replacement of older and broken instruments. Every dollar helps, and as the band grows steadily in size the need becomes ever more acute!

Donations of at least $10 will receive a DVD of 2017 AHS Marching Band Performances (while stocks last).

A great memento of your student’s 2017 band season or a treasured gift for grandparents!

DVDs will be available at the craft & bake sale before the Winter Concert (Thursday, December 14).

If you cannot be at the performance (or if the weather intervenes), you may send in a $10 donation with your student and they can pick up a DVD in class.

Pictures: Senior Night 2017

Senior night is a bittersweet performance; the band community gets a chance to celebrate the graduating seniors, but it’s usually their last opportunity to perform the half-time show.

Way to make an entrance!

2017, the year of construction equipment all over the school…

Preparing to enter the field for the anthem.

We loved the crowns worn by seniors!

A portion of the Pit. (The rest were off selling 50/50 tickets.)

Not a perspective that parents usually get to see!

The band is ready…

Game time!

And here are the wonderful seniors and their parents who were honored at half-time. We’ll miss you all! (Slideshow photos courtesy of Asheville City Schools)

 

(Click on images to view the full-size originals.)

Holiday Parade 2017 — Pictures

Asheville High School was represented in the Holiday Parade by the 140+ students in the AHS Marching Band, accompanied by our friends from the JROTC, the cheerleader squad, the dance team, and the Homecoming Queen. The band played a number of familiar holiday tunes on instruments generously decorated with tinsel and holiday swag.

The Tuba section went all out!

The clarinets were not to be outdone!

Even if you play a tiny piccolo, you can still accessorize…

…or rock the Christmas earrings!

Great hats are always a good idea!

But, you can never escape the Elf on the Shelf…

Naturally, the flutes had time to pose for some pics.

While the drumline laid down a beat!

Some last-minute instructions…

…and it was time to line up…

…and move out!

That’s a big band!

Looking good on Biltmore.

 The color guard were in sync!

Sister Bad Habit loves the AHS Marching Band!

A broken foot can’t stop this drum major!

Marching is thirsty work!

Homecoming Queen & JROTC.

That’s all folks. See you next year!

 

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8th Grade Band Night at Asheville High School

The wonderful 8th grade band students of Asheville Middle School joined the AHS marching band for performances at the football game vs. Tuscola High School last night.

8th Grade Band

AMS 8th grade band students

Wearing cleverly designed T-shirts duplicating the colors of the AHS marching band uniform, you were hard-pressed to pick the 8th grade students out from their high-school peers — at least from the front; the back of the shirts bore the confident declaration “AHS Band Class of ’22”!

 

The 8th grade students formed up with the high school band to play the national anthem before the game, and then everyone somehow squeezed into the band section to cheer on the football team.

 

As the AHS marching band was preparing to begin their half-time show, the 8th grade band kept the atmosphere festive by playing in the stand. Was it just a coincidence that the Asheville football team produced their best play of the season, a thrilling 2-point conversion, after the 8th grade band’s rousing fight song? We think not.

They even got a head-start on learning important AHS band traditions like pointing to any passing aircraft…

playing the fight song…

and not taking yourself too seriously!

Thanks to AMS band directors Amy Shaffer and Ana Bulluck for preparing their students so well, and welcome to the AHS Band family 8th grade!

 

 

 

Travis LeDoyt, World’s Best Young Elvis, Performing at AHS October 10, 2017

Travis LeDoyt, who has been called “the World’s Best Young Elvis,” will be performing at the Asheville High School Auditorium on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7 pm.  The event is sponsored by the Asheville High School Band Association to help raise funds to purchase new instruments.  

Travis LeDoyt

Travis LeDoyt

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling Jenny Farmer at 828-215-3699 or you can buy from any current band member. If there are any tickets remaining after the pre-sale, they will be available at the door.

Travis LeDoyt’s popularity is incredible, selling out more than 90% of his shows, including international shows in Canada, Argentina, Belgium, England, Scotland, and China. 

LeDoyt has opened shows for B. B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers, and many others.  He has performed at more than 60 major casinos including the Harrah’s Casinos, Caesar’s, Hard Rock Casinos, Horseshoe Casino, Cherokee Casinos, and more.  He is a headline entertainer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and this year will be performing on 20 cruises.  He has also been a headliner at Busch Gardens-Tampa and at Hershey Park.  He has headlined national conventions for Fed Ex in Memphis, TN, the International Hot Rod Association in Louisville, KY, and was chosen to headline the Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo, MS for four consecutive years.

LeDoyt has been featured in the New York Times as the person who looks most like young Elvis, and D. J. Fontana — who was Elvis Presley’s drummer in the ‘50s — says this is “as close as it gets” to seeing Elvis during the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Asheville High School Director of Bands, R. Timothy McCoy, is a longtime friend of LeDoyt’s manager Dick McVey.  “We are so fortunate to have an entertainer of this caliber coming to entertain here in Asheville,” McCoy says.  “Travis sings like Elvis, moves like Elvis and, to top it off, he looks like Elvis in his younger days.  I guarantee that if you see this show you will leave thinking you just saw Elvis in concert.”

McCoy also adds, “This is an opportunity for people to show support for the high school band, to make it possible for us to buy additional instruments and equipment that we need, and get to see a world class show.  It’s a win-win deal for everybody.”

For more information or interview requests, please contact Dick McVey in Nashville at 615-714-3637 or via email at dickmcvey@comcast.net.

 

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/travisledoyt

WEBSITE     www.travisaselvis.com

YOU TUBE  https://youtu.be/IjDXzBD584A

 

 

 

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!

News & Events: Week of August 31

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Congrats to the Cougar football team for their great win on Friday! The band students did a great job supporting the team and we had a blast. 🙂
A HUGE THANKS to all the parents (and students) who came out today to help with building props!  We got a lot done and are hoping to give everyone a preview this Friday night!

This Friday (Sept. 4) we will need A LOT of volunteers.  The Athletic Department is allowing us to sell 50/50 raffle tickets, but we must provide concession volunteers in order to do so.  We are also planning on using the props so we will need some extra parental hands for that as well. Please go into Charms and sign up where you can help.

Here are our volunteer needs for this Friday:

Friday Night Dinner: FULL
Third Quarter Concessions: Need 1 more
50/50 Raffle: Need 2
Home Side Concessions: Need 15
Props: TBA
This week we will have sectionals like last week.
Monday, August 31-Bass Clarinet Sectional, 3:45pm-4:30pm
Tuesday, September 1-Weapon Sectional, (including Hannah, Myrakle and Janay) 4:30pm-7:00pm
     Snare Drum Sectionals, 7:30am-8:30am
Wednesday, September 2-Colorguard Practice, 4:30pm-7:00pm
     Tuba Sectionals, 7:45am-8:30am
     Tenor Drum Sectionals, 7:30am-8:30am
Thursday, September 3-Mellophone Sectional, 7:45am-8:30am
     Flute Sectionals, 7:45am-8:30am OR 3:45pm-4:30pm
     Trumpet Sectionals, 7:45am-8:30am
     Clarinet Sectionals, 7:45am-8:30am OR 3:45pm-4:30pm
     Trombone Sectionals, 7:45am-8:30am OR 3:45pm-4:30pm
     Saxophone Sectionals, 7:45am-8:30am
     Bass Drum Sectionals, 7:30am-8:30am
     PIT and Drumline Rehearsal, 3:45pm-5:30pm
Friday, September 4-After School Practice, 3:30pm-5:00pm
     Dinner (No one should leave the school during this time) Provided by Zaxby’s, 5:00pm
     Home Game Call Time, 6:00pm (Hopefully in uniforms!)

We will begin our first fundraiser tomorrow, August 31st.  Please look for information to come home in back packs.  It is imperative that EVERY child participate so that we can make our Hawaii trip happen!
I will also be sending home information on how to register for the Hawaii trip.  Please note, I CANNOT REGISTER YOU, YOU MUST REGISTER YOURSELF FOR THE HAWAII TRIP.   See handout for information.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks,
Emily Talley

 

AHS Band Thanks Frank’s Roman Pizza

The Asheville High School Marching Band thanks tonight’s Dinner Drum Major: Frank’s Roman Pizza.
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Frank’s Roman Pizza has provided dinner for the entire band before for our first home game tonight. Frank’s and owner Barry Gardner are long-time AHS band supporters, and we appreciate their continued generosity! 
Tonight’s game is AHS vs Franklin.
Kickoff is at 7:30pm. Come out and support both the football team and our band students!

About AHS Band Dinner Drum Majors

Dinner Drum Majors sponsor a meal for the band before home games. This year, the students stay at AHS all afternoon on Fridays to prepare for their performance, making dinner a necessity.
To become a Dinner Drum Major or support the band in other ways, contact fundraising committee member Noel Nickle…