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.
Due to rain washing out the previous half-time show, Sept. 28 (home game vs. North Henderson) was the band’s third performance in front of a crowd, and the first time to run through the entire show in front of an audience. (No pressure!)
Even When Mr. Bass gets his right and left mixed up, almost every band-member knows what he meant to say…
The next day was the first competition performance at the Enka HS competition. Unfortunately, it rained heavily during our performance time, but the band did their best under trying circumstances.
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!
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.
Asheville High School Bands’ Holiday Donation Drive
Support the Asheville High School Band by making a donation towards the replacement of older and broken instruments. Every dollar helps, and as the band grows steadily in size the need becomes ever more acute!
Donations of at least $10 will receive a DVD of 2017 AHS Marching Band Performances (while stocks last).
A great memento of your student’s 2017 band season or a treasured gift for grandparents!
DVDs will be available at the craft & bake sale before the Winter Concert (Thursday, December 14).
If you cannot be at the performance (or if the weather intervenes), you may send in a $10 donation with your student and they can pick up a DVD in class.
Asheville High School was represented in the Holiday Parade by the 140+ students in the AHS Marching Band, accompanied by our friends from the JROTC, the cheerleader squad, the dance team, and the Homecoming Queen. The band played a number of familiar holiday tunes on instruments generously decorated with tinsel and holiday swag.
The Tuba section went all out!
The clarinets were not to be outdone!
Even if you play a tiny piccolo, you can still accessorize…
…or rock the Christmas earrings!
Great hats are always a good idea!
But, you can never escape the Elf on the Shelf…
Naturally, the flutes had time to pose for some pics.
While the drumline laid down a beat!
Some last-minute instructions…
…and it was time to line up…
…and move out!
That’s a big band!
Looking good on Biltmore.
The color guard were in sync!
Sister Bad Habit loves the AHS Marching Band!
A broken foot can’t stop this drum major!
Marching is thirsty work!
Homecoming Queen & JROTC.
That’s all folks. See you next year!
Click on photos to view full-size image (if larger is available).
The wonderful 8th grade band students of Asheville Middle School joined the AHS marching band for performances at the football game vs. Tuscola High School last night.
AMS 8th grade band students
Wearing cleverly designed T-shirts duplicating the colors of the AHS marching band uniform, you were hard-pressed to pick the 8th grade students out from their high-school peers — at least from the front; the back of the shirts bore the confident declaration “AHS Band Class of ’22”!
The 8th grade students formed up with the high school band to play the national anthem before the game, and then everyone somehow squeezed into the band section to cheer on the football team.
As the AHS marching band was preparing to begin their half-time show, the 8th grade band kept the atmosphere festive by playing in the stand. Was it just a coincidence that the Asheville football team produced their best play of the season, a thrilling 2-point conversion, after the 8th grade band’s rousing fight song? We think not.
They even got a head-start on learning important AHS band traditions like pointing to any passing aircraft…
playing the fight song…
and not taking yourself too seriously!
Thanks to AMS band directors Amy Shaffer and Ana Bulluck for preparing their students so well, and welcome to the AHS Band family 8th grade!
Travis LeDoyt, who has been called “the World’s Best Young Elvis,” will be performing at the Asheville High School Auditorium on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7 pm. The event is sponsored by the Asheville High School Band Association to help raise funds to purchase new instruments.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling Jenny Farmer at 828-215-3699 or you can buy from any current band member. If there are any tickets remaining after the pre-sale, they will be available at the door.
Travis LeDoyt’s popularity is incredible, selling out more than 90% of his shows, including international shows in Canada, Argentina, Belgium, England, Scotland, and China.
LeDoyt has opened shows for B. B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers, and many others. He has performed at more than 60 major casinos including the Harrah’s Casinos, Caesar’s, Hard Rock Casinos, Horseshoe Casino, Cherokee Casinos, and more. He is a headline entertainer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and this year will be performing on 20 cruises. He has also been a headliner at Busch Gardens-Tampa and at Hershey Park. He has headlined national conventions for Fed Ex in Memphis, TN, the International Hot Rod Association in Louisville, KY, and was chosen to headline the Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo, MS for four consecutive years.
LeDoyt has been featured in the New York Times as the person who looks most like young Elvis, and D. J. Fontana — who was Elvis Presley’s drummer in the ‘50s — says this is “as close as it gets” to seeing Elvis during the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Asheville High School Director of Bands, R. Timothy McCoy, is a longtime friend of LeDoyt’s manager Dick McVey. “We are so fortunate to have an entertainer of this caliber coming to entertain here in Asheville,” McCoy says. “Travis sings like Elvis, moves like Elvis and, to top it off, he looks like Elvis in his younger days. I guarantee that if you see this show you will leave thinking you just saw Elvis in concert.”
McCoy also adds, “This is an opportunity for people to show support for the high school band, to make it possible for us to buy additional instruments and equipment that we need, and get to see a world class show. It’s a win-win deal for everybody.”
For more information or interview requests, please contact Dick McVey in Nashville at 615-714-3637 or via email at email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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! 😮