Whitesburg KY

Spring Band Concert held

The annual Letcher County Central High School Spring Band Concert was held June 7 at the school auditorium. The first performers were The Beginning Band, elementary school students from throughout the county. The Beginning Band performed “Heroes and Glory”, Ode to Joy”, “Old McDonald Had a Band”, and “Eagle Summit March”.

The North Band is the advanced band students from Beckham Bates Elementary, Cowan Elementary and Letcher Elementary. The North Band performed “Champions”, “Midnight Madness” and “Funfest March”.

The LCCHS Band performed “El Capitan”, “First Light on the Chesapeake”, “Joy” and “Twilight is Falling”.

High school band is a year-round activity. The band will perform one more time this school year at graduation exercises.

The band is growing. This year marked its first appearances in marching band competitions held in Wise and Big Stone Gap, Va. This was also the first year that it performed in concert competition in Prestonsburg. The band also marched in Gov. Steven L. Beshear’s inaugural parade in Frankfort in December. These activities are in addition to performing at LCC football and basketball games and in area parades.

The marching band is expected to double in size to approximately 65 students this fall. Plans are already being made for next year’s field show and participation in four marching competitions.

Recognized during the concert were the three senior band members, Rob Collier, Mikey Tolliver and Lacey Branham.

Three LCCHS students have been selected to tour Europe next summer with the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music. They are Aaron Tolliver, Samantha Short and Cory Baker. During this tour, students from all across Kentucky will perform in England, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria. The students will be responsible for the cost of this trip which will be approximately $5,000 per student. A fund has been established to accept contributions to help send the Letcher County students on the tour. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Kentucky Ambassadors of Music (Letcher County Students), P.O. Box 358, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858.

In 2007, the Letcher County School District earned an Honorable Mention from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for its role in providing quality arts education for students. This is the first time a public school in Kentucky had ever won such an award. The district has also been recognized by the Kentucky School Board Association and the Kentucky Alliance for the Arts Education for its role in helping build an instrumental music program. In 2008, the National Association of Musical Merchants recognized the community as one the “Top 100 Best Communities for Music Education” in the United States.

In January, six LCCHS students were named to the Kentucky Music Educators Association All District Band. Those students are Rob Collier, Aaron Tolliver, Cory Baker, Samantha Short, Vanessa Dingus and Kelli Brock. Kelli Brock also was selected to be the field commander for the marching band for the 2009-2010 school year. Aaron Tolliver auditioned for All State Band this past year.

This past year Superintendent Anna Craft, was selected as the first-ever KMEA Music Educator of the Year.

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