JaQuan Wiley graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education (K-12 Certification). Throughout the Spring of 2019, Mr. Wiley served as Director of Bands at Wheatmore High School in Trinity, NC. Throughout his time at Appalachian State, Mr. Wiley was a two-year drum major of the Appalachian Marching Mountaineers, guest conductor of the Appalachian Concert Band, teaching assistant for beginning and intermediate conducting classes, member of the Appalachian Trombone Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Wind Ensemble; and representative on the Hayes School of Music Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Additionally, while in college, Mr. Wiley served as Vice-President/President-Elect and President of the Collegiate Division in the North Carolina Music Educators Association, being the first African-Amercian to hold this position. In the Spring of 2018, Mr. Wiley had the honor of guest conducting the Appalachian Wind Ensemble in a recording project for C. Alan Publications.
Prior to college, Mr. Wiley attended East Davidson High School in Thomasville, NC, where he served as drum major and was a member of the East Davidson Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles.
Mr. Wiley has been active as a drum major judge for marching band festivals in North Carolina and has presented as a collegiate panelist at the annual North Carolina Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem, NC. He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Rho Tau chapter) and member of the National Association for Music Education. This summer, Mr. Wiley will be entering his third season as a counselor at Cannon Music Camp in Boone, NC.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Wiley to the AHS Band program!
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.
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.
The 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.
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are on sale for the Open Doors. Open Hearts. Charity Preview Night at Asheville Outlets on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5pm to 9pm. To buy tickets go to www.shopashevilleoutlets.com, scroll to the bottom and click on the BlackTie link. Then select Asheville HS Band when you buy your ticket. !00% of the purchase price will go to the band!
Four different bands from Asheville High will be performing!
The public is invited to open their hearts as Asheville Outlets opens its doors with an exclusive charity night. Guests will enjoy a special preview of Asheville Outlets and an evening of shopping, exclusive savings, prize giveaways, entertainment and more. Tickets are limited.
“Open Doors Open Hearts Charity Preview Night will be packed full of shopping, entertainment, food and fun! Guests will get a sneak peak at the new stores and exclusive special discounts that they can use Grand Opening Weekend. Plus, it is a great way to give back to the community and support your favorite charity” says Sharon Morgan, General Manager of Asheville Outlets.
The 3rd Annual Band Aid Race, benefiting the Asheville High School Band, will begin and end on the beautiful campus of Asheville High. Join us for a great race, for a great a cause! All proceeds from the 2015 race will be used to help replace old, damaged and worn out instruments, as well as support scholarship funds for band members. Visit BandAideRace.com for more info.
The race will begin and end on the campus of Asheville High School at 419 McDowell St., Asheville, NC 28803 at 10:00 am on February 28th.