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  • The Leesville Road High SchoolSymphonic BandRaleigh, North Carolina

    North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference

    Benton Convention Center

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11 a.m.

  • The Leesville Road High SchoolSymphonic Band

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Alyssa M. Montgomery, Conductor

    North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference

    Benton Convention Center

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11 a.m.

  • About The Leesville Road High School Bands

    The Leesville Road High School Band Program is known as one of the finest high school bands in the state of North Carolina. Founded by David Saleeba Albert in 1993, the tradition

    of excellence has continued under the direction of Leesville High School Band Alumnus

    Alyssa M. Montgomery. The program has grown to over 200 students and includes the

    Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Ninth Grade Band, Marching Band, Colorguard, Jazz Band,

    Pep Band, and various other small ensembles.

    Unlike most high school bands, Leesvilles Symphonic Band (top wind ensemble) and

    Marching Band are the same group of students. Members of the band switch gears to fill out the drumline, front ensemble, and colorguard during marching season. Every member

    of the Marching Band is a top player on their concert band instrument - including the

    colorguard! The LRHS Bands and Ensembles consistently receive superior ratings and first place awards in numerous marching band contests and have received superior ratings at

    the Central District Bandmasters Associations Music Performance Adjudication in Grades

    IV, V, VI and Masterworks. The bands have traveled all over the nation receiving countless

    first place awards and superior ratings in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Williamsburg, and more in addition to a performance at the 55th Midwest Clinic

    International Band and Orchestra Conference. This fall will be the third appearance of the Leesville Road High School Symphonic Band at the North Carolina Music Educators

    Association Conference in Winston-Salem.

    Many Leesville Band members are selected each year to participate in the North Carolina

    Central District All-District Band, North Carolina All-State Honors Band, Central-Region

    Jazz Band, North Carolina All-State Jazz Band, UNCG Honors Band, NC Governors

    School and more. Several Band alumni are working on or have completed music degrees in

    colleges and universities in addition to performing in university and military bands across

    the United States.

    The Symphonic Band is Leesville Road High Schools premier band with students ranging from freshman to seniors. The Symphonic Band has received Superior Ratings at the NCBA State Contest in Grade VI as well as attended numerous national festivals.

  • FLUTESRachel McIrvine

    Elise Newhouse

    Daryn Wilkerson

    Emily Guettler

    Lauren Tidwell

    Melanie Altenkirch

    Erin Schuttler

    Sophie Cho

    Colette Pappas

    Olivia Gardner Hannah Tilley

    Megan Bryenton

    Emilia Anderson

    OBOESMegan Vezzetti

    Roxann Brna

    BASSOONSElliott Gyll

    Emeline Wilson

    CLARINETSSarah Gress

    Julie Miles

    Samantha Waller

    Anya Wilson

    Rhiannon Williams

    Lauren Marcellino

    Miranda Darwin

    Barbara Hinkey

    Margaret Haney

    Meagan Oliveira Kayla Crossley

    BASS CLARINETSDrew Guettler

    Emerald McNeil

    Connor Kells

    Caroline Lipson

    ALTO SAXOPHONESZach Marcellino

    Brett Rothman

    Kyla Kurosawa

    Nikita Varma

    Aaron Carino

    Caroline Snell





    CORNETSJohn Preston

    Caroline Konrad

    Jake Moody

    Gabriel Behler

    Alexa Warkentin

    Harry Shrager

    Matthew Farber

    Luke Lisowe

    Ben Barkley

    TRUMPETSReis Rothman

    Mary Petersen

    Devin Clark

    Matthew Dillard

    HORNSAlex Troutman

    Eileen Lavery

    Alexis Gracey

    Sophie Bowles

    Kesenia Dewell

    TROMBONESScott Davis

    Sam Gray



    Joel Warsing

    James Odametey Kenneth Schechter

    Lydia Snell

    EUPHONIUMSKevin Batz

    Samuel Adeyemo

    Tommy DBella

    Max Moody

    BASSESDavid Johnson

    Avery Greene

    Kenny Poole

    Alexander Horsky

    PERCUSSIONPhillip Brown


    Ortiz-Anglero Wesley Pretsch

    James Tidwell

    Tyler DAgostino

    Shane De Leon

    Alec Carawan

    Andrew Woody

    Jack Dezzutto

    The Leesville Road High School Symphonic Band 2017-2018


    The Star Spangled Banner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Stafford Smith

    Zachary Marcellino, Student Conductor

    Arranged for Band by the United States Navy School of Music, Little Creek, Virginia (1949). John Stafford

    Smith, the son of an organist, was born in Gloucester in 1750. He became an organist, choir director, tenor,

    and finally a composer. He is remembered most for his music To Anacreon in Heavn which became the music for our The Star Spangled Banner.

    It was after the bombardment of Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key wrote the immortal words of The Star Spangled Banner. The verses were immediately printed on Broadsides (handbills) and distributed in Baltimore. It was Keys brother-in-law, Judge Nicholson, who suggested that the words be sung to To Anacreon in Heavn. Within days, an actor, Ferdinand Durang, began to sing it from the stage.

    It was not until 1931 when the Veterans of Foreign Wars collected 50,000,000 signatures requesting that

    Francis Scott Keys The Star Spangled Banner be our national anthem, that Congress passed a bill designating The Star Spangled Banner as our National Anthem. President Herbert Hoover signed the bill on 3 March 1931.

    Eternal Father, Strong to Save. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claude T. Smith

    The powerful piece Eternal Father, Strong To Save is based on the missionary hymn of the same name composed in 1860 by William Whiting. It is rich in harmony, dynamics, and thematic interplay and

    was adopted as the official hymn of the U.S. Navy. It has become the signature hymn of presidents, seamen, and naval officers and is often used at funerals for dignitaries. This stirring setting by the prolific composer Claude T. Smith features uplifting and brilliant fanfares and a set of variations based on thematic material extracted from the hymn tune. As the work nears closure, the entire melody is

    finally revealed first by a noble horn choir and then repeated richly by the full ensemble. Claude Smiths background is in horn, so it is only fitting that the melody be revealed by this instrument. The work was written in 1974 and was dedicated to the U S Navy Band Conductor, N E Muffley and premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    Be Thou My Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Gillingham

    While growing up in Wisconsin, David R. Gillingham was trained as a pianist and church organist. His experience

    made him extremely familiar with hymn tunes and the power of text, as illustrated in Be Thou My Vision:

    Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart;

    naught be all else to me save that thou art.

    Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

    waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

    Although commonly known as Be Thou My Vision, the hymn tune itself is of Irish origin and originally

    entitled Slane. Having found inspiration in the Irish roots, Gillingham composed an original second

    theme in the spirit of an Irish ballad. The work opens with a medieval-like flavor of reverence leading to the first presentation of Slane in chant-like somberness by the euphonium. Following this, the newly composed Irish ballad is sung by the flute which leads to a dramatic statement of Be Thou My Vision by the full ensemble. The work is interrupted by a prayerful interlude. This leads into the marriage of the two

    Irish tunes which grows to a glorious climax and then subsides. A heavenly benediction closes the work.

    Gillinghams Be Thou My Vision conveys an uplifting message of hope that inspires all listeners.

  • Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd Stalter

    Cara Vernon, Guest Conductor, Director of Bands at Leesville Road Middle School

    Ignition is a blindingly fast, raucously energetic concert opener that derives its title from the consecutive rising three-note cells that are the building blocks for almost the entire work. The energy unleashed

    in the music and the imagery of the title serve both as a metaphor for the spark of creativity and as

    a celebration in sound for those who follow their own true lifes passion and pass it along to others,

    igniting the flame for another generation.

    British Eighth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Zo Elliot

    Born in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1891, Alonzo Zo Elliott began composition at age 14. Among

    his teachers were Leonard Bernstein and Nadia Boulanger. British Eighth was dedicated to Gen. Bernard Montgomery and the Eighth Army after a triumphant sweep across North Africa in 1942. Following the

    victory at El Alamein in Northern Africa

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