Leadership Team/Leadership Training

The 2017 Leadership Team has been posted in the Band room.  Please note that this can, and most likely will, change over the next few months.

We are doing something a bit different this year.  In lieu of our annual canoe trip, we will be pairing with the Hoover HS Band for a leadership training program.  This event will be on Tuesday, April 4th, from 4PM-7PM at Hoover HS.  This is not an optional event for Leadership Team members.  If you have a conflict, you need to let Mr. Smith know ASAP.  The cost for this event will be $30 each (the same as the canoe trip).  More details to come at Monday’s Leadership Team meeting.


District Contest Information

District Contest will be held at Lake HS on Saturday, March 11th.

Symphonic Winds-

  • Doors Open- 7:45 AM
  • Depart PHS- 8:15 AM
  • Warmup- 9:43 AM
  • Performance- 10:20 AM
  • Depart Lake for PHS- 11:30 AM*

Concert Band-

  • Depart PHS- 9:30 AM
  • Warmup- 10:58 AM
  • Performance- 11:30 AM
  • Depart Lake for PHS- 12:30 PM

We would like to have Symphonic Winds stay to hear Concert Band perform, but this will depend on timing.  The schedule is VERY tight and we most likely will not be out of sight reading in time.  If we get out of sight reading in time, please plan to listen to Concert Band, and Symphonic Winds will depart at Noon.




Guest Clinician

This Tuesday, Dr. Terry Austin from the Virginia Commonwealth University will be in to work with Symphonic Winds during our regular rehearsal time.

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education. Under his leadership, the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation for musical excellence and has been invited to perform at many professional conferences including the American Bandmasters Association, MENC, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.

He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and is published in numerous journals and is the general editor of The Journal of Band Research, A Repertoire Anthology (1964-1989) published by GIA. He is one of the regular guest conductors of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Tokyo. In 2016 he was appointed as Guest Professor of the Center of General Education of Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.

Austin was the 78th President of the American Bandmasters Association and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is the chairman of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest, chairman of the Bandworld/John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor, a member of the Board of Directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and a past board member of the National Band Association, and the Southern Division of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He is a past-president of the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Dr. Austin is included in Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a multiple recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and in 2005 he received the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement Award of Excellence.

He founded and conducts the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble, an ensemble of the finest high school musicians in the Richmond metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth Winds, an ensemble comprised of Richmond area teachers and professional performers.

Austin earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.