On August 8, Tucker County High School musicians travel to Camp Horseshoe for a week of Band Camp. Under the leadership of TCHS Band Director Heather Lantz, 20 of the band’s 25 members will improve their musical skills and work on this year’s competition show. We are impressed by the growth and development of Lantz’s music program over the last three years, and have decided to write two blogs about the Band and its week at Horseshoe so that the community can learn more about this wonderful program. This first post will provide information about the band itself and the impressive staff of musicians Lantz has lined up to make this a terrific week for the young musicians.
Logan Lindsey of Alderson-Broaddus College in Phillipi WV wrote this year’s competition piece, to be used at fairs and festivals and at TCHS home football games. The piece incorporates some familiar music, with selections from the Hawaii Five-O theme song, “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Wipe Out,” and “Day-O.” Lindsey teaches tuba and euphonium and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Alderson-Broaddus. Lantz is excited about Professor Lindsey‘s contribution to the band program this year, and anticipates how much the students will benefit from his presence at Band Camp. Lindsey’s show will be included, along with other music prepared at camp, as part of the band’s competition repertoire at fairs and festivals. You can look forward to hearing and seeing the show’s inaugural performance on September 2 during half time at the first TCHS football game of the season.
The Band’s Drum Major this year is senior, Case Drumheller. Drumheller is very proud to have the opportunity to be at the helm. Other students providing leadership for the band this year are its section leaders: junior Ashley Taylor, percussion; senior Trista Harper, trumpet, senior Amanda Chambers, saxophone, senior Diannah Stemple, clarinet; senior Lucy Parsons, flute.
Lantz has recruited local resident musicians to work with the Band’s instrumental sections. They include Chip Dotson, percussion; Jeremy Hile, trumpet; Will Dixon and Heather Eye, saxophone; Logan Lindsey, low brass; Maggie Chambers and Becky Smith, Clarinet; and Cathy Hebb, flute. In addition, Band parents with provide assistance throughout the week, including Band Boosters President, Lisa Smith who is helping to prepare for upcoming events such as the Band’s first performance this year at the Tucker County Fair at Camp Kidd on August 23rd.
Check the Create Tucker blog next week on Thursday to read more about what happens at a Band Camp and see photos of this exciting and musically productive week.