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. 

JaQuan Wiley Named Assistant Director of AHS Bands

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!

Important Dates: May 2019

May 9: Middle School Jazz Concert at AMS. Please support our middle schoolers! 

May 15: Leadership and Drum Major auditions. Please turn in all forms by May 10. 

May 16: Drumline Rehearsal with Jessica Zander at 4pm. These dates have been sent to the middle schools, but it never hurts to remind your middle school friends and parents! 

May 23: AHS Spring Concert, 7pm. Call time TBA. Concert Black attire, we have pink cords for our seniors! 

May 24: Drumline placements with Jessica Zander at 4pm. 

May 30: Band Banquet in the cafeteria, 5:30pm. Dinner is potluck style, sections will be assigned. Please send senior baby photos and senior photo and all other photos/videos from the year to 

May 31: Pit rehearsal and placements with Jessica Zander 

June 8th: Graduation at UNCA Arena. Wind Symphony will be performing Ode to Joy and Pomp and Circumstance as they have in past years. Here are instructions that have been given to us by the school:

— All band members will enter through the loading dock on the back side of Kimmel Arena. Parents should be directed to drop off there, but they will not be able to park there. Students should be expected to be searched when they arrive for security purposes (this includes instrument cases). We will need a list of all Band students who will be entering through this door by June 1st.

Questions? Contact Ms. Marsh!

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

Mike Wilson Named AHS Interim Band Director

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…]

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.

Photos from Sept. 28 & 29, 2018

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.


Support AHS Band Students Through the Fruit Sale





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!

Online fruit orders that benefit the band can be placed here:

The AHS Band Organization ID Number is 127623

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!

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.​

2017 Season DVD

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.

Pictures: Senior Night 2017

Senior night is a bittersweet performance; the band community gets a chance to celebrate the graduating seniors, but it’s usually their last opportunity to perform the half-time show.

Way to make an entrance!

2017, the year of construction equipment all over the school…

Preparing to enter the field for the anthem.

We loved the crowns worn by seniors!

A portion of the Pit. (The rest were off selling 50/50 tickets.)

Not a perspective that parents usually get to see!

The band is ready…

Game time!

And here are the wonderful seniors and their parents who were honored at half-time. We’ll miss you all! (Slideshow photos courtesy of Asheville City Schools)


(Click on images to view the full-size originals.)

Holiday Parade 2017 — Pictures

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).

8th Grade Band Night at Asheville High School

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.

8th Grade Band
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, World’s Best Young Elvis, Performing at AHS October 10, 2017

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.  

Travis LeDoyt
Travis LeDoyt

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








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

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