Arts Education

The Arts Education Program of Cumberland County Schools has a band program at most middle and high schools. New this year we have started a band program at Mary McArthur Elementary. These students work very hard in their schools performing for staff, students, friends, and family. We have 10 Marching Bands who work hard throughout the school year not only do they perform for athletic events, you can catch them at many local community events, competitions, and their elementary schools in their districts. We are very proud of the hard work that these students not only put into the band but their academics and being role models to younger students.

Cape Fear Marching Band Performing at a ParadeSeventy-First HS Marching Band Performing at a local elementary school

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Published by Jennifer Chapman on September 18, 2019

        


The High School All-County Band Clinic was a two-day intensive music experience for county band students selected through rigorous auditions for the 9-10 Concert Band and the 11-12 Symphonic Band.  The clinic culminated in a full concert on Friday, March 1,  at Reeves Auditorium on the campus of Methodist University. The Music Department of Methodist University is serving as host for the two day clinic.  Guest clinicians are engaged to work with these talented students in an intensive clinic setting.

Chris Langdon, 9-10 Concert Band Clinician, is a North Carolina native from Fayetteville where he has served as the Director of Bands at Terry Sanford High School since 2010.  During his time at Terry Sanford, Langdon has grown the program to almost double its size, and looks forward to continue to foster that growth and sense of family that the band program at Terry Sanford holds.  He also teaches AP Music Theory through the CCS teleconference program and serves on the Arts Education Curriculum Team to assist with shaping curriculum for county arts education students.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (2010) from Campbell University and has had the pleasure of serving as a performer (2005, 2012, and 2015) and Visual Captain Head and Assistant Corps Director of the Carolina Gold Performing Arts Organization in 2016.

 Jorim Reid, will serve as the 11-12 Symphonic Band Clinician.  Composer, Instructor and Director are just a few of the hats worn by Jorim Reid, Fayetteville State University (FSU) Director of Bands.  Since joining FSU in September, 2015, Reid has doubled the size of the band and class enrollment, executed fall and spring symphonic band concerts, established the MBXplosion (2016) as an annual high school clinic and Band Days with over 200 attending, a spring Symphonic Band Clinic, and Spring Open House pep band recruitment. Under his leadership, the band had the pleasure of performing for Al Sharpton and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Most recently the band received an invitation to perform in Bahrain at its Annual Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix.  In 2018, the band was selected as the CIAA Band of the Year.

 

High School Students Performing

 

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Published by Jennifer Chapman on March 20, 2019

        


The Middle School All-County Band Clinic is a two-day intensive music experience for county band students selected through rigorous auditions for Concert Band and Symphonic Band.  The clinic culminated in a full concert on Saturday, February 9  at Gray’s Creek High School auditorium.  Guest clinicians are engaged to work with these talented students in an intensive clinic setting.

 

Chris Ferguson is the band director at the Braxton Craven School in Trinity, NC. During his 20 years in music education, he has been named both “Teacher of the Year” and “Distinguished Educator of the Year” by his colleagues. He often appears as a guest clinician and has conducted bands at the UNC-Greensboro Summer Music Camp for many years. Mr. Ferguson is a graduate of Appalachian State University (B.M.) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (M.M.) where he studied with Jim Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Mr. Ferguson draws on his experiences as an educator and performer to write music that is both fun and accessible to young musicians. His compositions and arrangements are enjoyed by ensembles throughout the country. His music is published by Carl Fischer and Excelcia Music Publishing.

 

David Stroud, a native of Kinston, NC, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1998 from East Carolina University.  Currently, Mr. Stroud is the director of bands at Newport Middle School and has been there since the school opened in 2001.  At Newport Middle, he has had the honor of being selected as the 2003-2004 Newport Middle School Teacher of the Year, and runner up in Carteret County.  Mr. Stroud is a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2013, Mr. Stroud was honored to receive the North Carolina Bandmasters Association “Award of Excellence”.  Under his direction, his concert bands, have received consistent and consecutive superior ratings with his separate seventh and eighth-grade bands at the North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication. In addition, the Newport Middle School Band was honored to be one of the performing ensembles at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Convention in Winston Salem in November of 2010. Mr. Stroud is an active guest clinician and adjudicator in North Carolina and Virginia and has the privilege of being a conductor at the East Carolina University Summer Band Camp in Greenville, NC.

 

 

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Published by Jennifer Chapman on March 20, 2019

        


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