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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! 😮
It is hard to believe we are halfway through yet another year of band camp. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered and donated items throughout the week. This is just a friendly reminder that if you have not signed up / RSVP’d for the AHS Band Family Cookout, please do so TODAY. We need a head count by tomorrow so that we can purchase the burgers, dogs and all the fixings.
We are really looking forward to a fun evening and we want you to be a part of it! All family members are invited and encouraged to join us. Please follow the link below for more information about the cookout and what is needed.
Here’s a chance to see some of the best marching bands in the nation perform.
Drum Corps International will be live streaming it’s preliminary competition this Thursday, August 11th at 6:30 and you can see it at the Carolina Cinemas on Hendersonville Rd.
Below are the details if you want to go. We hope lots of our students will go but this is not an official Asheville High School Band event and you will be required to buy your own ticket and provide your own transportation.
Special Fathom Features: Get your 50-yard line seats to the 2016 DCI World Championship Prelims LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
Schedule of Corps (all times Eastern)
6:39 p.m.– Colts – Dubuque, IA 6:56 p.m.– Troopers – Casper, WY 7:13 p.m.– Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA 7:30 p.m.– The Academy – Tempe, AZ 7:47 p.m.– Madison Scouts – Madison, WI 8:04 p.m.– Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
8:21 PM – Intermission (16 Min.)
8:37 p.m.– Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI 8:54 p.m.– Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL 9:11 p.m.– Blue Knights – Denver, CO 9:28 p.m.– The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL 9:45 p.m.– The Cadets – Allentown, PA 10:02 p.m.– Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA 10:19 p.m.– Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC 10:36 p.m.– Blue Devils – Concord, CA 10:53 p.m.– Bluecoats – Canton, OH
11:20 PM – Last scores announced
Fathom Events and Drum Corps International (DCI) bring the DCI World Championship Prelims to select cinemas nationwide for the 13th annual Big, Loud & Liveevent on Thursday, August 11.
Featuring the complete performances of DCI’s top 15 scoring ensembles, Big, Loud & Live 13 will get you up close and personal with the best-of-the-best as they compete for the chance to be named the 2016 DCI World Champion!
Get your tickets now to catch all of the action LIVE on the big screen from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to
support Asheville High School Band. Come in to the Chipotle at
1828 Hendersonville Rd in Asheville on Sunday, June 5th
between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on
your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the
cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated
to Asheville High School Band.
Our Asheville Bands will display Simmons Beautyrest and more top brands on Saturday, May 21st from 10am to 5pm at their mattress fundraiser sale saving our community 30-50% below retail costs on great beds! Do you have a mattress in your house that you could replace? Now is the time! The mattresses have outstanding full replacement warranties. One manufacturer won the Consumer Digest Best Buy and Women’s Choice award for the ninth consecutive year. Delivery is available. All styles and sizes are available for you to lay on including plush, firm, pillowtops, memory foam, latex, gel beds, Westin and Marriott styles. Please come out and see us on Saturday, May 21st, from 10am to 5pm at the Asheville High Cafeteria. Please tell your friends about this event.
Belk is having a private sale to support local charities on Saturday April 30, 2016, 6am-10am. It is their best sale of the season, but you need a ticket to get in. Tickets are $5 and, if you sell one, the whole $5 will go into your band account that can go toward paying for your trip to Hawaii or toward other band fees.
Anyone who buys a ticket
Will get $5 off of the purchase of one item. Buy more tickets for $5 off that many more items.
Can receive a Belk Gift Card if they’re one of the first 100 customers in the store that morning.
Can shop starting April 10, reserve items so they can be rung up during the sale, then pick them up on or after April 30.
Pickup your tickets Wednesday April 13th. Sell tickets to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, anyone who needs stuff until the 27th. Return the money and any unsold tickets by Friday April 29th.