All-County Band Festival

WCPS to hold All-County Band Festival
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS to hold All-County Band FestivalApproximately one hundred band members from Wayne County Public Schools will come together to showcase their instrumental talents. On Tuesday, March 20, the district will hold its 2018 All-County Band Festival at 6:00 PM at Dillard Middle School. Accomplished professionals will direct the talented group of students who represent 13 middle and high schools across the district.

The All County Band Festival is free to the public. Administrators say the annual event is an enrichment opportunity that allows students to showcase their musical talents, while helping them to grow as musicians through the assistance of guest conductors.

Two guest conductors will direct the middle and high school bands. The Middle School Director will be Dr. William Staub, Associate Director of Bands and Director of the East Carolina University Marching Pirates. The High School Director will be Tony Robinson, Instrumental Director for the Franklin Academy Charter High School, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

The following WCPS band directors have worked for weeks preparing students for this event: Michael Palmer of Charles B. Aycock High, Dawnee Tate of Dillard Middle, Bobby Sherard of Eastern Wayne High, Daryl Richardson of Eastern Wayne Middle, Tyler Tharrington of Grantham Middle, Jennifer L. Kirkland of Greenwood Middle, Anna Jarrett of Norwayne Middle, Melissa Riser of Rosewood Middle & Rosewood High, Cindy Grant of Southern Wayne High, Olivia Willie of Spring Creek Middle, and Daniel Kilgore of Spring Creek High.

Musical selections for this year include: Ancient Voices, A Prehistoric Suite, More Cowbell, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Joy, Kentucky, 1800, Lullaby, Sweet Like That, and The Fairest of the Fair.

Rosewood High assistant principal, Justin Bruyer, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the annual All-County Band Festival.
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