The Ware County High School Band is proud to announce that 26 students earned spots in the Georgia Music Educator’s Association District 8 Honor Bands with five 1st chairs! This number is a recent record for the school.
Two 9th grade students earned Jazz Band entrance:
Emily Hardee – 1st chair percussion
Amber Bussey – alto
The remaining students were accepted into other Honor Bands:
10th grade students:
Annabeth Hatfield –1st chair alto
Blake Barnhill – clarinet
Alexis Bowick – trombone
Jarred Doyle – trumpet
Duncan Ratliff – alto
Randy Smith – baritone,
Alex Weekley – horn
Emily Williams – clarinet
11th grade students:
Michael Burkhardt – percussion
Tyler Hay – tumpet
Nate Kirchoff – clarinet
Rayanna Wester – horn
12th grade students:
Josh Rouse – 1st chair trombone
Noah Rouse – 1st chair percussion
Valeria Pittman – 1st chair alto
Andrew Tiffany – contra
Eli Varnadore – bassoon
Bradley Cox – baritone
Denise Delgadillo – flute
Floyd Fullard – alto
Luis Ocadiz – trombone
Austin Raulerson – percussion
Noah Rouse – percussion and Josh Rouse – trombone earned spots in the District Jazz band as well. The event took place January 18-21, 2017 on St. Simons Island, GA at beautiful Epworth by the Sea. The clinicians were Dr. David Kehler of Kennesaw State University and Mr. Elden Moates, retired from Fannin County Bands. Both clinicians are well respected band director throughout the southeast!
The Concert Bands at Ware County High School are preparing for big stakes rated performances this spring. The Waycross Concert Band Festival will be held in the PAC at WCHS Feb. 28 and March 1st. Both The Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Leeth and the Advanced Symphonic Bands, will perform for 3 judges for a rating. The Advanced band will have two more such performances. Also, the GMEA State band evaluation will take place at Valdosta High School in Valdosta, GA on March 8 for the Advanced band.
The Advanced Band recently traveled to the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational in Kennesaw, GA to perform for the Kennesaw University band staff and invited clinicians for a rating. This group joined other bands from around the state for this performance.
“The students are working very hard to prepare the very difficult music that demands musicianship of the students to be at their best. We are very proud of the students' accomplishments during the concert season,” stated band director Albert Bussey. The Ware Middle band, led by Alan Carter, and Waycross Middle band, led by Brooke Richardson, will also perform at the Waycross Concert Band Festival.