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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.​

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 or visit 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

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

Important Dates

The next two weeks is a busy one as we wind down the school year.  Here’s a quick schedule of some items:

21st         Spring Concert – Students in places by 6:30 concert at 7pm in the AHS auditorium.

27th        AHSBA General meeting and Show reveal – 7pm in the Band Room

28th       Band Awards Banquet – All food in cafeteria by 5:30pm, eat at 6pm, awards  at 6:30pm. 

Important Dates!

Haunted House! Spooky!!

Hey everybody, Remember the Haunted House we did in the fall?

That was pretty scary , huh?
You know what’s even more scary?
All the decorations are still sitting in the band trailer and guess what?  We need to use the trailer!
What do we do?

You got it!  Build or buy a storage shed for the Band!  The trailer and band room are overflowing with good stuff and it needs a permanent home.

We’ve got a sweet spot picked out right outside the band room so if you work for a construction company or have an in at Lowes or Home Depot drop me a line.  We need your help!

Thanks and have a spooky Friday!

– Dave Schmidt, President AHSBA