The Letcher County Central High School Band had a great first semester. Six years ago, what started out as just a band with a few members has grown to a countywide band program with more than 350 students.
Instrumental music is not only taught in the high school, it is taught in the elementary schools as well. There are five concert performing bands: The Beginning Band, The Central Band, The West Band, The East Band, and the Letcher County Central High School Band.
The elementary bands are an excellent feeder program for the high school band. The high school band has four divisions: marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band. The band program is overseen by Dr. Jason Griffith, head band director LCCHS. The other band directors are Dan Brennan, Teresa Holonich, Robert Scheeler, Tracee Scheeler and Gary Sturgill.
The fall marching season drew many awards for the LCCHS Band, second-place band and second-place color guard at the Hazard Black Gold Marching Contest ; fourth-place band, thirdplace percussion at the Lonesome Pine Marching Festival; reserve grand champion, first in class, first-place percussion, first-place color guard, and first-place field commander at the McChesney Band Tournament at Big Stone Gap, Va. The LCCHS Marching Band also hosted the Letcher County Marching Invitational on October 15 with 12 guest bands from Kentucky and Virginia. The crowd in attendance was nearly 3,500 people.
The Christmas concert “A Christmas Spectacular” was performed on December 11 at the LCCHS auditorium. There were approximately 500 in attendance and each band’s performance was exquisite. The concert evening ended with the high school band’s rendition of “Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” which drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
The high school band had 17 students accepted into the KMEA District 9 Honors Band. The students auditioned against students from the other high schools in the 13 counties that comprise KMEA District 9. The students chosen on their expert musicianship include: Samantha Short, Caitlyn Bates, Alex Fickey, Dalton Hall, Cory Baker, Austin Hamilton, Abby Adams, Tyler Daylong, Dalton Bates, Mikayla Wright, Adam Howard, Joel Murtaugh, Brittany Whitaker, Aaron Fields, Michael Holbrook, Austin Barton, and Cheyenne Jent.
The LCCHS Marching Band, along with members of the Jenkins High School Band, formed the All County Band representing Letcher County. These students traveled to Frankfort and participated in the Governor’s Inaugural Parade on December 13. The LCCHS Marching Band will be performing at Walt Disney World in April and appreciates the community, school, and business partnerships that have helped and will make this a reality.