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Concert Band utilizes a sectional approach to music education. There are three bands in the concert band tract: Beginning Band and Intermediate Band in the MS, and the US Concert Band. Students are divided among four music instructors for woodwinds, upper brass, lower brass and percussion to receive specialized attention in a small group setting. When ready, students are then combined for a full band experience. Students learn to read music and develop skills that can be applied to areas such as musical performance, composition, and improvisation. In addition to concert band, there are two auditioned groups, Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble (Rock Band), that allow students to experience and perform a wide range of music.

Audition Results

  • Jazz Band

    Santino DiNapoli

    Andrew Gardner

    Darryl (Todd) Hammond

    Carter Johnson

    Colton Kareck

    Finn Richert

    Lucas Watkins

  • Contemporary Music Ensemble

    Jake Barker

    Gavin Capeling

    Elliott Lovins

    Reagan McMullen

    Jackson Morse

    Sloan Rosenbaum

Meet the Staff

Matt Nygren

Fine Arts Director/Assistant Band Director/Audio & Visual Coordinator

  • B.A. Virginia Commonwealth University

Rick Palmiter


  • B.M.E., M.M.E. Peabody College of Vanderbilt

Joe Smyth


  • B.M. Berklee College of Music
  • M.M. University of Miami

Jeffrey Wills

Band Director

  • B.A. Capital University
  • M.M. University of Tennessee
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