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

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).

Tickets: www.themagnetictheatre.org

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.

WEEK 1

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!

WEEK 2

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.

Thanks,

Emily Talley, M.M.

Band Director

Asheville High School

419 McDowell St

Asheville, NC 28803

(828)350-2646

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

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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!

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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.  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:

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! 😮