Honor Band Provides Enriching Educational Experience for Local Band Students and Music Educators
As part of the Carolina Crown Partners in Education Program, over 300 area middle school band students partipated in auditions for the 16th annual York County Honor Band, this past Tuesday at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, SC.
Band students from across York County were adjudicated by local middle school band directors, and over 100 were chosen to perform in the band. They will participate in clinics on January 27 and 28 and perform in concert on the evening of the 28th.
Carolina Crown has hosted Honor Bands for area Middle & High Schools since 2000, when six schools in participated and 70 students were chosen for the clinic and performance. Through this process, we have been able to reach out and give back to our community, providing an exciting and enriching educational experience for local band students and music educators.
Since the early years of this program, the Honor Bands have grown to encompass a much larger geographical area and reach hundreds of students. We are proud to present another year of sound educational instruction with inspiring clinicians to help motivate and enrich the students of both North and South Carolina.
The director and clinician for the band this year is Dr. Quintus Wrighten, Director of Bands at Riverside High School in Greer, SC. Prior to accepting his current position, Dr. Wrighten served as the Director of Bands at Cane Bay Middle School of Summerville, SC, and Assistant Band Director at Cane Bay High School. Dr. Wrighten has also served as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Memphis, directing The Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band, conducting the Symphonic Band, and teaching courses in undergraduate conducting and instrumental materials and methods.
A gradauate of the University of South Carolina, Dr. Wrighten has conducted honor bands and adjudicated ensembles in several states, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. Active in the drum corps activity as well, Dr. Wrighten is currently the brass caption director for Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corps from Myrtle Beach, SC.
Participating middles schools and directors include:
Banks Trail MS – Kirk Godbey, Fort Mill MS- Connie Grantham, Gold Hill MS – Sean Carney, Springfield MS – Brandon Sanders, York MS – Jeff Robinson, Dutchman Creek MS – Scot McGuire, Castle Heights MS – Jermaine Evans, and Saluda Trail MS – Myra Amler.