February 24, 2016
Wesleyan to Host North Central West Virginia Honor Band This Weekend
West Virginia Wesleyan College will host the North Central West Virginia Honor Band this weekend on the Buckhannon campus. The two-day honor band will culminate in a performance by both the middle and high school bands on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.
Students from Lewis, Upshur, Barbour, and Taylor counties are attending the event and will arrive on campus on Friday to begin preparation. The middle school honor band is under the director of Neil L. King, assistant director of bands at University High School, and Logan Lindsey, director of bands of Wesleyan, will be conducting the high school band. Students were chosen for the Honor Band after an assessment by their band directors was submitted to a committee, who then hand-picked the students for the event.
Lindsey coordinated the new endeavor this year that grew from the idea that there was a group of local counties that was not included in an honor band experience outside the school.
“We are really excited to give these students the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge in a friendly setting,” stated Lindsey. “These students who would not normally have an all-county band experience are now going to have that opportunity to learn in the presence of other excelled musicians.”
King came to University High School at the start of the 2000 school year. Prior, King served as director of bands at Moorefield High school for four years. He holds a B.A. in music education from Fairmont State College and an M.M. in music education from The Ohio University School of Music. In 2013, he began directing the UHS Jazz Band, and in 2014, King was named WV Band Master of the Year by the Phi Beta Mu music honorary. King conducts the UHS Percussion Ensemble and is an in-demand professional trumpeter in the West Virginia and Pittsburgh areas.
Logan Lindsey is currently in his third year as the director of bands at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is sought out regionally and nationally both as a soloist and conductor. Growing up near New Orleans immersed in multiple music worlds has really shaped his performances and teaching to be very unique and always educational. Recently, Logan was given a spot in the Modern Jazz Tuba Project, one of the premier jazz tuba/euphonium groups in the world. He attributes his success to his teachers, mentors, and the blessings of his experiences. Of these, his biggest influences came from Dr. Richard Perry, jazz and orchestral tubist currently professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Steven Sudduth, conducting and low brass formally at the University of South Dakota, and Chester Schmitz, retired Boston Pops Orchestra tubist.
The concert is free and open to the public.
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