During their January meeting Thursday, the school board recognized band students at both middle schools and the high school who had attained All District, All State or other honors. The board also recognized winners of a recent School Bus Safety Poster Contest.
Jasper Middle School Principal Neil Howell, a former band director, said he knows from experience that “it takes a special and dedicated student with a tremendous amount of fortitude,” to excel at band.
He said the parents are also to be commended for their support and encouragement of the students. “From the time they bring that thing home and start making those sounds, guttural noises if you will, until they start making music” [takes a lot of support], he said.
Pictured above the Pickens High Band students who were recognized, (l to r back row) Principal Eddie McDonald, Will Lawson, Christian Gibson, and Ben Barber; (front row) Kelly Roberts, Kari Henke, Shannon O'Dell, and Haley Matthews.
See more from the meeting and the middle school bands that were also recognized in this week’s print and e-edition.