Pre-Band Camp Message from Mr. Workman

Parents and Students, 

I have attached a few pieces of info for you. 
1st- PARENT LETTER– I have attached the parent letter for camp that Phyllis Engels and Jennifer Pearson have written to give you info about camp. They need volunteers for camp as well and that info is inside the letter. 
2nd- LIST OF STUDENTS TO CHECK– I have attached a list of exactly who I think is in the marching band and on what instruments. If you see something that is incorrect please let me know ASAP so that I can correct it. I will be sending this list to the drill writer and it’s important that we have the number of spots on the right instruments correct to start with. When we have to make changes later it cost us money because he has to literally re-write things and it takes more hours. Obviously, I do not know most of the students so it’s possible we have kids on wrong instruments and such and I’m just unaware unless you say something. 
3rd- FORMS– Here’s a link to the band camp forms Mr. Rennicks has put on the band website and the Facebook page in case you missed them:
4th- HALF TIME MUSIC  [links coming soon]– I am going to send Mr. Rennicks the music to post to the website this week. I will start with the Half Time Music but will hopefully have all of the new stands music, Pre-Game and such scanned in as well in one large pack per instrument so that you can go ahead and have it before camp starts. 
Thank you to the parents who have been working to make sure camp is set up, making sure finances are in place and are working to update info on the website and such. I’m used to doing 100% of this stuff by myself so I appreciate how organized the parents are here! Also, thank you to the kids who have been in and out this summer helping and visiting. 

Rodney Workman Named New Asheville High School Band Director

From Asheville City Schools: Rodney Workman has been named the new Band Director for Asheville High School and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville.

“Asheville City Schools’ Band Program has a huge depth of talent and interest,” explained Workman.  “It’s a place where there has been a really great band for a really long time, and I look forward to this next chapter of working alongside Asheville students and staff members.” 

Workman is currently the Director of Bands at Central Davidson High School in Lexington, NC and Immediate Past-President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association.  

For the past 12 years, he has taught band at Central Davidson Middle and High School where his band has received superior ratings in Grades II, III, IV, V and VI-Masterworks at the District Music Performance Assessment.  He teaches three high school concert band classes, leads the after-school marching band as well as assists with the middle school bands, serving more than 520 students each day. During his tenure with Central Davidson, Workman’s concert bands performed at Atlanta Symphony Hall, the President’s Club and the Charleston Music Festival.  

Additionally, Workman was named Central Davidson’s 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year and was selected as one of School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in 2014. 

Prior to his time in Lexington, Workman taught at East Burke Middle School where he was named Burke County’s 1st Year Teacher of the Year in 2005. 

In addition to his school work, Workman has served on staff for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Summer Music Camp, Cannon Music Camp and Mars Hill University’s Summer Music Camp.  He is also a conductor of the Carolina Ambassador’s Honor Band, which means Workman’s students have performed in concert halls across England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. 

Workman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University.  Additionally, he is a member of the National Band Association, the American School Band Director’s Association, the Gamma Beta Phi Society, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

In regards to his new position, Workman is very eager to be part of the Cougar Band Program. 

“Asheville’s culture proves there’s a lot of interest in the arts, and the Cougar Band Program reflects that,” he said.  “Yes, we’ll play music that’s culturally relevant and entertains the crowd, but my goal, first and foremost, is to build relationships with students and give them stability.”  

Effective July 1, 2019, Workman will be replacing Interim Band Director Mike Wilson.  

“Mr. Wilson was the Immediate Past-President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association while I was the President-Elect,” said Workman.  “He and I are very similar. We’re both all about our students, so I feel like the transition will be a smooth one.” 

When he’s not attending musical performances across the Southeast, Workman enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants.

AHS Bands Receive Superior Ratings at MPA!

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

Benefit Day at Standard Pizza Co.

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.
Many thanks to Standard Pizza, Co!

Benefit Day at Standard Pizza Co.

AHSBA Band Night at the Magnetic Theatre

Come out and see “Money and How To Make It!” at the Magnetic Theatre and help the band!

Tell the box office you’re a “Band Booster” to give $2 from your ticket to the band.

Sketch comedy at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot Street (in the River Arts District)

7:30 PM Thursday-Saturday (Feb 16-18 and Feb 23-25).


Band Camp 2017 Dates released!

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.


Emily Talley, M.M.

Band Director

Asheville High School

419 McDowell St

Asheville, NC 28803


Luells’a BBQ at the Reynolds Football Game September 30th


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!


Talley’s Sunday night announcements

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.

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.

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:

Monday: Nothing

Tuesday: Nothing

Wednesday: Nothing

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.

Friday: Nothing

ENJOY A LONG WEEKEND! 🙂 No game, no school Monday! 😮

Important Cook Out Info

Greetings Band Family,

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.

Cookout Sign Up

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Chris and Laura

Band Camp Hospitality People

DCI PreLims Live on the big screen this Thursday at 6:30

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.

Date: Thursday, August 11

Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

Run Time: 5 hours 15 minutes (approximate)

Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at You can also purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at Carolina Cinemas. Sorry, they won’t give us a group discount.

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 & Live event 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.


Band Night at Chipotle

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.


Asheville High Bands Mattress Fundraiser

Asheville High Bands Mattress Fundraiser

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 Charity Fundraiser for Asheville High Bands

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.


Fall BBQ Dinner Fundraiser this Friday at Asheville High

Come out this Friday night and eat some great BBQ from Luella’s, Hickory Nut Gap Farms, City Bakery and Pepsi.

Friday 11/6  4-7pm at the Asheville High cafeteria.

Tickets available at the door or in advance from any band student.

$10 for adults, $7 kids under 8 for a BBQ sandwich, beans, potato salad and either Pepsi or bottled water.

The band “Out to Lunch” will play in the courtyard  5-7.

A big thank you to all our great sponsors for their generous donations!

Belk supports Asheville High Bands!

If you ever shop at Belk, this week your shopping can support the AHS band program without it costing you an extra cent. In fact it could save you money.

On Saturday 11/7, Belk will open early (6:00am) for ticket-holders to their charity sale.

1) Tickets cost $5, every penny of which will go to the band.

2) Your ticket will be worth $5 at the register.

3) If you’re one of the first 100 in, you will receive a Belk gift card worth up to $1000.

4) You can buy more than one ticket, then use one in shoes, one in housewares, one in cosmetics, one in . . .

5) There will be lots of extra discounts available until 1:00pm.

6) Buy tickets early (You can send the money in with your student.) and shop before the sale if you can’t make it on Saturday. Give the cashier your ticket and credit card info and they’ll hold it to ring it up on Saturday when the sale is in effect. Then you can come back later to pick up your purchases.

Tickets are available every day from Mrs. Talley. They will also be available at Friday’s BBQ tailgate party to use Saturday morning.

Get your holiday shopping started!

Events for the week of 8/17/15

All marching band students need to have a three ring binder (1″ is fine) for their warm-up book by this Friday.  Please put your name on it as it is easy to mistake someone else’s things for your own if it is not labeled.
Here is the schedule of events for this week.
Wednesday, August 19th-First Day of School
-We will rehearse inside this day.
-Colorguard Practice after school, 4:30pm-7pm
Thursday, August 20th-AHSBA Executive Board Meeting, 6:00pm AHS Band Room
Friday, August 21st- FIRST PERFORMANCE!!! 🙂
-Big Siblings: Please remember to do something special!
-After School Practice, 3:30pm-5pm
-Dinner in Cafeteria, 5pm-6pm
-Call Time, 6pm in Band Room
-Students should wear jeans (with no holes), their band t-shirt, and tennis shoes
-PARENTS: After the game is over please wait for your child outside the band room.  It is incredibly crowded in the band room with 150 students.
-STUDENTS: Please do not bring any friends/siblings into the band room.  We barely have enough space for our own students and our rule is that only band students are allowed in the band room.  Please help us maintain this policy.
-EVERYONE is responsible for cleaning up the band room before you leave Friday night.  We must take care of our space. Parents, please plan on giving them a little time to take care of this before you pick them up.  If everyone contributes it shouldn’t take long.
Saturday, August 22nd-AHSBA Exec Board Retreat, 9am-1pm
Saturday, August 22nd-Zombie Moving Party! 2pm-5pm
-If you are available, please come help us transfer all of our haunted house materials from the trailer to our new storage container.  We will meet in the band room at 2pm. You should probably bring gloves….I’m pretty sure the zombies have been perspiring for the past 10 months!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I look forward to seeing everyone at Friday’s performance!
Emily Talley

Get Your 2015 AHS Band T-Shirt!

If you would like to purchase one of the band t-shirts that have the seniors names on the back they are available for purchase for $15.  We will also order “Proud Supporter” t-shirts.  If you would like to pre-order a Proud Supporter t-shirt (the front design is the same as the kid, the back says “Proud Supporter of the Asheville High School Marching Band) please let me know.

These will also be $15.  Please be sure to include size.

Email Ms. Talley at