Congratulations to all the hardworking band students and directors at Asheville High School! Both the Symphonic Band (under the direction Laura Marsh) and the Wind Symphony (under the direction of Jonathan Bass) received Superior ratings at MPA on Wednesday.
“Words can’t express what I’m feeling right now. Straight 1’s with all A’s!! To my amazing students, thank you for four incredible years. What we have made here is special, and it will continue to be simply because you are here. Bravo, tutti!” — Jonathan Bass
Mike Wilson has been named the Interim Band Director for Asheville High School and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville.
He will meet with high school band students on Wednesday, March 6 before officially beginning his new position on Monday, March 25.
Wilson will serve as Interim Band Director until the end of the current school year. Also, he will serve on the interview committee for the next Band Director along with Asheville Middle School Band Director Amy Shaffer.
“My focus is coming in and working with students to get them through the rest of the school year,” said Wilson. “I’m very excited to be there and look forward to working with the band students at Asheville High School. ”
No stranger to Asheville, Wilson taught for 30 years including the last 18 years as T.C. Roberson High School’s Band Director before retiring in July 2015. During his tenure in Buncombe County, Wilson’s concert bands performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center and Atlanta Symphony Hall. Similarly, his marching bands participated in many contests throughout North Carolina and South Carolina as well as parades in Asheville, Atlanta, Chicago, Gatlinburg and Disney World.
Prior to his time at T.C. Roberson High School, Wilson taught at Andrews High School, Robbinsville High School as well as Brevard Middle and High Schools.
A native of Burnsville, Wilson graduated from Mountain Heritage High School in Yancey County, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Mars Hill University as well as a Master of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Additionally, he holds membership in the American School Band Directors Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the North Carolina Bandmasters Association serving as president from 2013-2015.
In regards to his new position in Asheville City Schools, Wilson is very eager to be part of the Cougar Band Program. “If you do something for 30 years then quit cold turkey, you really miss it. I’m excited for another opportunity to get back in the classroom and play, especially at Asheville High School where I student taught back in 1985.”
Additionally, for the past two years, Wilson has assisted Asheville Middle School’s Amy Shaffer in creating an AMS Honor Band, helping put together master classes and concert performances at the middle school level.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about being there for the students,” he said.
When he’s not attending musical performances across Western North Carolina, Wilson enjoys working in the Griffing Boulevard Rose Garden Park. He also likes to spend time visiting his parents and traveling when time permits.
Please join us in welcoming Mike Wilson as the Interim Band Director of Asheville High School and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville. — Asheville City Schools
A meet and greet with Mr. Wilson will be held at the AHS Band Room on Monday, March 25 at 4:40pm. [Learn more…]
Exciting news: the generous folks at Standard Pizza Co. (Biltmore Village location) are hosting a benefit day for the band!
On Monday, November 5, 20% of the proceeds all day will be donated to the band! (Biltmore Village location only.) So, gather your family, friends, and anyone who enjoys good pizza and head down to 755 Biltmore Avenue.
Our annual fruit sale fundraiser is in full swing. Our students are knocking on doors and texting grandparents like crazy right now. If you live further afield, don’t despair, you can have the fruit shipped to you!
This is a great opportunity to get oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fresh from the trees of Indian River, Florida. Plus, the bigger boxes are better value than you’ll find in local grocery stores!
Don’t forget, you can also order gift boxes to be shipped to clients, family, or work colleagues, so this is a chance to get a start on your year-end gift giving! Organizations can even order fruit baskets as “Thank You” gifts for volunteers, clients, or partners.
Whatever your reason, we thank you for supporting the Asheville High School Band Program through this annual fruit sale!
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.
Many of you have been asking about 2017 summer band camp dates (thank you so much for checking as you plan your summer travels) so here they are (assuming ACS does not change their start date). Please check both weeks as everyone is required to participate in ALL camp dates. There are required rehearsals for everyone both weeks. Anyone who is not able to attend camp will not be written into the drill and will be used as an alternate.
August 7-11: Guard and Percussion Camp, 9am-5pm *Required for all Guard and Percussion members.
August 7-8: CREW Training, 9am-3pm
*Required for all CREW Leadership members.
August 9-11: Rookie Camp, 9am-3:30pm
*Required for all first year marchers and CREW members outside of Percussion and guard.
August 9-11: EVERYONE (who isn’t already there), 12:30pm-3:30pm *Required for everyone!
August 14-18: FULL Band Camp, 8:30am-8:30pm *Required for everyone.* *On Friday we will have a parent meeting at 5:30pm, followed by our end of camp performance at 6pm, and a cookout at 6:30pm.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Luella’s BBQ + Asheville Cougars v. Reynolds Rockets
Sept. 30 Football Game, 5 pm. through halftime!
Join AHS Band families for a Luella’s BBQ dinner.
Follow Your Nose… To purchase dinner from Luella’s inside the stadium on
the lawn above bleachers. Boxed dinners and a la carte
items include: BBQ Pork, Pulled Chicken, or Tempeh,
Calico Baked Beans, & Mac’n Hoop Cheese. Or buy
dinner tickets for presale from the band, available now.
A ticket to the game is required.
A generous portion of the proceeds go to
supporting the Asheville High School Band.
Thank you Luella’s!
STUDENTS- Please bring proper shoes for marching band class tomorrow. We will go outside during 4th period.
Mr. Bass will be posting materials for jazz band auditions this week. If you are interested be sure to get them. Auditions will be held the following week.
We have our first away game on THURSDAY of this week. Details for the trip are below. Remember, students need to attend 2 of 3 away games in a nine week period. This grading period is a little weird because we didn’t go to the first away game, and we are having a required rehearsal in place of the next away game. What that means is this weeks away game will be just for those who want to come. 🙂 Please fill out this survey if you plan to come so that I know how many buses to get. For the parents of new members, you should know that the students really enjoy the away games and have a great time. Students need to wear their band t-shirt, tennis shoes, and jean pants. No shorts. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N7HYG3H
Once I put out our schedule for the year I try my best to stick to it and not make any additions. We are hoping to do something very special at our last home game and would need to bring in some new staff to teach the band the show on Sunday, October 23rd. If everyone could please fill out this very short survey to let me know if you’re available, I would greatly appreciate it. The rehearsal would be from 1pm-6pm. We will learn a new halftime show that is very different from anything we have ever done. This is something that our community will love and I really hope we can make it work. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLZPBH5
Sectionals will begin next week (Sept 6). Each section will have one sectional a week before or after school. Students will work with their section leader to choose a time and a day that works for everyone. Please remember that we will be out on Monday, Sept 5 for Labor Day when scheduling sectionals.
Reminder: There is a required rehearsal on Friday, September 9th in place of the away game. I am hoping to do 4pm-9pm to get the rest of the opener on the field, but it will depend on the other sports teams. We may only be able to do 6pm-9pm. I will let you know asap. If we do 4-9 I will make sure the kids are fed.
If anyone sews, we are going to need quite a few extra hands with some upcoming projects. Please let me know if you’re able to help and we will work out a time to get together. Our guard parents will be working on 4 large parachutes, and Audra Holden has designed an AWESOME insert for our uniforms that will have to be sewn into 120 custom sized uniform inserts. 🙂
This weeks events:
Thursday: Away Game at Pisgah High School
Bus will depart AHS at 5:15pm and will stop for fast food on the way. We will plan to return around 10:30pm. I will send out a text to let everyone know when we are leaving Pisgah HS.
ENJOY A LONG WEEKEND! 🙂 No game, no school Monday! 😮
It is hard to believe we are halfway through yet another year of band camp. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered and donated items throughout the week. This is just a friendly reminder that if you have not signed up / RSVP’d for the AHS Band Family Cookout, please do so TODAY. We need a head count by tomorrow so that we can purchase the burgers, dogs and all the fixings.
We are really looking forward to a fun evening and we want you to be a part of it! All family members are invited and encouraged to join us. Please follow the link below for more information about the cookout and what is needed.
Here’s a chance to see some of the best marching bands in the nation perform.
Drum Corps International will be live streaming it’s preliminary competition this Thursday, August 11th at 6:30 and you can see it at the Carolina Cinemas on Hendersonville Rd.
Below are the details if you want to go. We hope lots of our students will go but this is not an official Asheville High School Band event and you will be required to buy your own ticket and provide your own transportation.
Special Fathom Features: Get your 50-yard line seats to the 2016 DCI World Championship Prelims LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
Schedule of Corps (all times Eastern)
6:39 p.m.– Colts – Dubuque, IA 6:56 p.m.– Troopers – Casper, WY 7:13 p.m.– Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA 7:30 p.m.– The Academy – Tempe, AZ 7:47 p.m.– Madison Scouts – Madison, WI 8:04 p.m.– Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
8:21 PM – Intermission (16 Min.)
8:37 p.m.– Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI 8:54 p.m.– Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL 9:11 p.m.– Blue Knights – Denver, CO 9:28 p.m.– The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL 9:45 p.m.– The Cadets – Allentown, PA 10:02 p.m.– Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA 10:19 p.m.– Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC 10:36 p.m.– Blue Devils – Concord, CA 10:53 p.m.– Bluecoats – Canton, OH
11:20 PM – Last scores announced
Fathom Events and Drum Corps International (DCI) bring the DCI World Championship Prelims to select cinemas nationwide for the 13th annual Big, Loud & Liveevent on Thursday, August 11.
Featuring the complete performances of DCI’s top 15 scoring ensembles, Big, Loud & Live 13 will get you up close and personal with the best-of-the-best as they compete for the chance to be named the 2016 DCI World Champion!
Get your tickets now to catch all of the action LIVE on the big screen from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to
support Asheville High School Band. Come in to the Chipotle at
1828 Hendersonville Rd in Asheville on Sunday, June 5th
between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on
your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the
cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated
to Asheville High School Band.
Our Asheville Bands will display Simmons Beautyrest and more top brands on Saturday, May 21st from 10am to 5pm at their mattress fundraiser sale saving our community 30-50% below retail costs on great beds! Do you have a mattress in your house that you could replace? Now is the time! The mattresses have outstanding full replacement warranties. One manufacturer won the Consumer Digest Best Buy and Women’s Choice award for the ninth consecutive year. Delivery is available. All styles and sizes are available for you to lay on including plush, firm, pillowtops, memory foam, latex, gel beds, Westin and Marriott styles. Please come out and see us on Saturday, May 21st, from 10am to 5pm at the Asheville High Cafeteria. Please tell your friends about this event.
Belk is having a private sale to support local charities on Saturday April 30, 2016, 6am-10am. It is their best sale of the season, but you need a ticket to get in. Tickets are $5 and, if you sell one, the whole $5 will go into your band account that can go toward paying for your trip to Hawaii or toward other band fees.
Anyone who buys a ticket
Will get $5 off of the purchase of one item. Buy more tickets for $5 off that many more items.
Can receive a Belk Gift Card if they’re one of the first 100 customers in the store that morning.
Can shop starting April 10, reserve items so they can be rung up during the sale, then pick them up on or after April 30.
Pickup your tickets Wednesday April 13th. Sell tickets to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, anyone who needs stuff until the 27th. Return the money and any unsold tickets by Friday April 29th.
Exciting news – we’ve reopened registration until 5pm Friday! Sleep a tad longer tomorrow and get registered today! And thanks to Right On Time Productions for allowing us to keep registration open this long.
*Required for all CREW members. Rookie camp (see below) is also required for you.
Colorguard and Percussion Camp: August 8th-12th, 9am-5pm
*Required for all colorguard and percussion students.
Rookie Camp: August 10th-12th, 9am-3:30pm
*Required for all first year marchers (colorguard and percussion will attend their own camps).
*Required for all CREW members.
EVERYONE: August 10th-12th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
*Required for EVERYONE. Rookies, guard and percussion will already be there.
FULL BAND CAMP: August 15th-19th, 8:30am-8:30pm
*Required for EVERYONE. Anyone who cannot attend full band camp will not be written into the drill, and will be placed as an alternate.
We will also have a spring mini training camp in May, before school gets out. I will get those dates out as soon as I get the testing schedule. This will be an opportunity for us to get a head start on visual training and music, and will be required for all students planning to march in the fall.
I will send out Commitment Forms in March. I will not have the fall marching band schedule until I get the fall athletics schedule. I can tell you that we will plan to attend the Enka competition on September 24th, as well as two additional competitions in October. PLEASE do not schedule anything on these dates. I would try to avoid making plans on Friday’s in September and October, and Saturday’s in October until we can get the schedule out. We need 100% at ALL performances.
There will be a Spring Informational Meeting on April 21st at 6:00pm in the band room. This meeting is highly encouraged for ALL students and parents of marching band members. I will go over expectations, fees, schedules, and much more at this meeting. We will also reveal our 2016 field show at this meeting.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to the 2016 season, but I’m definitely not ready to see our Class of 2015 go! 🙁