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John Ballard - WMMS Band

Greetings! I am a native of Western North Carolina and am glad to be back in the mountains. I graduated from North Buncombe High School then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Education degree. McDowell County is a wonderful place to teach and has some of the friendliest and supportive staff and administration. Check out our links to keep current with the activities of the band and become involved with your students' activities.

Recent Posts

2018 WMMS Spring Concert Preview

Come join us in support of our band students on Thursday, May 24th at 7 PM @ East McDowell Middle School's Auditorium!

Upcoming Events for Rising 6th Grade Students

Interest Night - Tuesday, May 22nd [WMMS Band Room]  4:00-5:30
         Come on by, look around and, if you're interested, try instruments!!!
         The WMMS Open House begins at 5:30 this evening.
West Spring Concert - Thursday, May 24th [EMMS Auditorium, 7 PM]
         This is the West Band program's "Pops" concert, including more well known musical selections.  The Jazz Band traditionally performs a set on this concert.  Performing students will be given an early arrival time by grade level prior to this date.  This concert will last a little over an hour.  
Interest Night - Thursday, May 31st [WMMS Band Room]  4:00-6:00
         Come on by, look around and, if you're interested, try instruments!!!
Instrument Night with Music & Arts - TBA [Early June at the WMMS Band Room]
         The Music and Arts people will be available to talk about instruments for next year (rentals).  They have high-quality instruments available.

Interested in Band??!!

Check out our "New Students" tab to the right.  We'll soon announce upcoming nights when you can come by and look around and try instruments.  Thanks!

Band Interest Nights!

If you're curious about the WMMS Band we will have Interest Nights on May 3rd and 7th from 4:00-6:15 at the West Band Room. Feel free to stop by, hang out, listen to music, try instruments, or even sign up! Our concert is on May 24th at the EMMS Auditorium at 7 PM with lots of fun music!

Comments Concert Update!

The track meet has been canceled, so 7th Grade Band students need to report to East by 5:40 for a 6:00 start time. The 8th Grade Band will not be performing. They should prepare to rehearse Pops music tomorrow!

Piedmont Honor Band

Check HERE for the official website.
Applications must be turned in by Monday, February 12th, at 2:30.
Students who apply and are accepted will be notified by Sunday, February 18th.
March 22nd/23rd.  We will leave on Thursday, March 22nd and return after a concert on Friday, March 23rd.
The $70 fee covers: registration, all meals but one (bring fast food money), an event t-shirt, transportation, and lodging.  Do not bring this fee until after the 18th when we can confirm if you have been selected to participate.

All-District on Track for Tomorrow

I hope you're staying warm and safe! All-District auditions for tomorrow are still scheduled as planned. Meet at the lower lot at WMMS at 7:15 AM (changed from the letter). Watch the website, twitter, and facebook for updates.
Keep in mind, you may not use your sheet for scales, but you may use your solo in the solo room.
Dress appropriately for a professional environment and bring money for food.

8th Grade Band Night 2017

On Friday, November 3rd, our 8th grade students are invited to participate with the McDowell High School Marching Titan Band at their final football game.  Check the attached file for details and to fill out the permission slip.  Return this slip to Mr. Ballard before November 3rd.

Move Crew for WCU tomorrow!

This is just a quick reminder for the seven students signed up to go to Western Carolina University that we meet at 6:15 AM at the High School Band Room.  We will leave shortly thereafter.
We have two different return times based on whether we make finals.