courtesy of Shannon Gentry
Saturday, September 26, 2015 wrapped up the 63rd Annual Apple Festival Band Competition in Chilhowie, VA. Hosted by Chilhowie High School, the Chilhowie High School Band Boosters, and organized by Chilhowie Director of Bands Logan Childress, the competition featured 25 marching band performances, including an exhibition performance by the Emory & Henry Marching Wasps. Over 2000 spectators, 1400 band students, and 200 music educators from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee attended the competition. Bands as far away as Knoxville, TN and Radford, VA were in attendance at the event.
The Chilhowie Band Boosters were proud to once again partner with Emory & Henry College and the Emory & Henry Music Department for the event. This marks the second year of sustained visiting band attendance, aided by band programs who return to compete at Chilhowie year after year. Each year, organizers focus on creating a highly enjoyable experience for the attending students and directors, which they directly attribute to the continued enrollment and growth of the competition.
Sullivan South High School Band from Kingsport, TN was awarded the prestigious Pat Miller Championship Cup, which is presented to the band with the highest overall score of the day. The band is under the direction of Kenneth Carrico and competed with their 2015 program “Sea to Shining Sea”. The award was presented by Dr. Mike Robinson, Smyth County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matt Frederick, Emory & Henry Director of Bands, and Mr. Mike Sturgill, Chilhowie High School Principal. Next year's competition will take place on September 24, 2016 and promises to be yet another great year of friendly competition!
A few photos of the band and band seniors from the Chilhowie versus Marion pep rally on Friday, August 28, 2015, courtesy of Pam Boswell.
The Chilhowie Mighty Warrior Marching Band is pleased to announce their 2015 program "Mi Amor”. This marching show is a love themed show that students are excited to share with their friends, family, and community members. Director Logan Childress has arranged for the show to be custom written specificly for the Mighty Warrior Band by Scott Lambert of Bristol, VA and Bob Ballengee of Marion, VA.
Close to sixty members strong, the Mighty Warrior Band looks forward to trying to have the best season in recent years. Students have already began preparing for the upcoming marching season and will officially begin learning drill and music elements during band camp in July. Band members would like to invite school and community members to come support them!
On June 1, 2015 band members from Chilhowie Middle and High School visited Chilhowie Elementary School to perform a concert for students in first through fifth grade.
After the concert, 6th through 12th grade band members talked to elementary students about the learning opportunities and enjoyment that come with becoming a member of the Mighty Warrior Band.
During the final weeks of the school year, Band Director Logan Childress has been encouraging rising 6th graders to join the 2015 - 2016 Middle School Band. "I'm looking forward to working with a new 6th grade band. It's a privilege to teach students how to play an instrument and watch their growth as a musician throughout middle and high school." said Childress.
The Mighty Warrior Band is looking forward to welcoming new students, and they greatly appreciate the enthusiastic support shown by the community this year.
If you have a student in fifth grade and they are interested in becoming a member of the band, please contact Director Childress at email@example.com or (276) 706-0374.
The Chilhowie Mighty Warrior Band, under the direction of Logan Childress, has completed another successful year, with many musical achievements. The end of the year was filled with several May events.
Band members traveled to Holston High School in Damascus on May 5, for the Solo and Ensemble Contest. This event allowed musicians to perform individually, as a duet, or in small groups. Judges rated the student’s performances according to each entrant’s ability level, not in comparison to other groups. Each individual’s talent played a large part in the final scores. All Chilhowie students who participated received a superior rating.
On Saturday May 16th, Chilhowie Middle and High School bands took a well-deserved trip to Carowinds, to enjoy a day at the amusement park. Students paid for the trip by participating in fundraising events throughout the year; they raised enough money to pay for a luxurious charter bus, park admission, and a buffet supper.
On Sunday May 17th, the Middle School and High Schools bands presented their annual Spring Concert, which was the final concert of the year. The CHS Auditorium was filled with an enthusiastic audience, who heard the 6th grade band play “Space Shuttle Rock,“ and the whimsical “Linus and Lucy” theme; 7th & 8th grade performed the exciting “Apollo Fanfare” and “Pandora”, and the high school band featured five compositions including “Benediction” and the bold and triumphant “Majestia” selection. Senior band members were recognized for their admirable service to the band, and school, by a round of applause.
Sydney French was chosen to be the 2015 - 2016 Drum Major. Candidates for the position were judged on their leadership, dependability, and conducting abilities. Color Guard members are now hard at work perfecting their routine for the fall marching season, and Band Camp will be held this summer in July.
Band members are optimistic that the new season will bring new challenges and the band will be better than ever.
On March 28, 2015, Chilhowie High School Winter Guard competed alongside over 60 Winter Guard units in this years CIPA Color Guard Circuit Championships at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Receiving the highest score in two division categories, they earned the title of CIPA Scholastic Regional AA - Division 2 Champions.
"This has been an amazing journey. It’s our first year of having a Winter Color Guard unit, and we took the Regional Championship, that's stupendous!" said Theo Ganaway - Instructor & Director of the unit. After having a successful season, students discussed the pros and cons of attending the championship event. Knowing that the event would bring out highly skilled competitors, they were anxious to exhibit their skills. Ganaway also adds, "I cannot stop saying how truly proud of this crew, I really am. I hope they realize what a great accomplishment it is to win a Championship, and represent Chilhowie HS and the Winter Guard program in such a professional way. Hopefully this will usher in a whole new interest in the Arts at Chilhowie High School.”
The CHS Winter Guard will perform for Chilhowie Middle School on April 14th at 9:00AM; Fall Color Guard tryouts will begin April 13th, 2015 in the high school auditorium.
Chilhowie High School Winter Guard received Second Place in the Regional Scholastic Class AA Competition at J.F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina this past Saturday, March 21, 2015. This was their final competition for the 2015 season.
The Winter Guard team competed against 10 other units including Chase HS, Smoky Mountain HS, Landrum HS, Westside HS, Lugoff‐Elgin Genesis, East Henderson Winter Guard, T.L. Hanna HS, Byrnes HS, Asheville HS, and Dobyns‐Bennett HS Junior Varsity.
"This was a phenomenal end to the season. We worked extremely hard; I am nothing but proud of the kids for the many hours of practice they put into being real competitors. Our first ever Winter Guard Competition season was a success thanks to them. Hopefully we will be able to continue this extracurricular activity for years to come, allowing the students at Chilhowie High a new outlet for both expression and creativity" said instructor Theo Ganaway.
The CHS Color Guard will begin preparing for the 2015 fall marching band season now that the Winter Guard season has concluded. Tryouts for color guard will be April 13th - 17th, 2015. No previous experience is required.
“We encourage current 8th graders and all high school students to come see what color guard is all about. We put in a lot of hard work but, have a lot of fun too!”
On March 7th the Chilhowie High School Winter Guard competed at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, TN. In Scholastic Class AA, the ensemble competed against against Pulaski High School Varsity Guard, Dobyns-Bennett High School Junior Varsity Guard, and Cocke County High School Varsity Guard. Performing their 2015 program, “Labels or Love” the Color Guard brought home a Second Place finish, which was their second victory in their inaugural year of competition.
"It's been a long journey for the new Winter Guard program at Chilhowie High School. I am proud that the kids have pushed themselves to progress and succeed; they have worked as a team, and have been very successful in all of the competitions. I believe the kids put on an amazing show and kept the crowd thoroughly entertained. What we lacked in experience, we maked up for in enthusiasm and character!" commented instructor Theo Ganaway.
The winter guard will be attending their last competition on March 21st, 2015 at J.F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC. This will be their toughest competition yet as they will be competing against nine other units including Chase High School, Smoky Mountain High School, Landrum High School, Lugoff‐Elgin Genesis, East Henderson, TL Hanna High School, Byrnes High School, Asheville High School, and Dobyns‐Bennett High School Junior Varsity.
Members of the color guard include Whitney L., Payton S., Katie T., Tynequa C., Cassi M., Kaitlyn B., Sydney L., and Savannah S. Auxiliary members include Brianna S., Kelly F., and Brandi M. Parental support members include Tiffany L., and Barbara C. The Winter Guard program is sponsored by the Chilhowie Band Boosters.
This year, Chilhowie High School Band Director Logan Childress and Color Guard Instructor Theo Ganaway added a new element to the Mighty Warrior band program, called Competitive Winter Guard. Members of the Color Guard returned from Christmas break, and began practicing their show “Labels or Love” under the instruction of Theo Ganaway. On Valentines Day, the Chilhowie High School Color Guard traveled to Knoxville Tennessee and won First Place in the Novice Class, at the Halls High School Circuit Show. This was the first indoor winter event that the Warrior Color Guard had ever participated in; other competitors included Heritage HS, David Crockett HS, Northwood HS, and North Buncombe HS.
The event was sanctioned by the Carolina Indoor Performance Association (CIPA), which organizes indoor competitions for Marching Percussion Units and Color Guard Units. CIPA serves Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Indoor performance competitions give color guard teams the opportunity to remain active in the off season, well after football and marching season has ended.
Members of the color guard include Whitney L., Payton S., Katie T., Tynequa C., Cassi M., Kaitlyn B., Sydney L., and Savannah S. Auxiliary members include Brienna S., Kelly F., and Brandi M. Parental support members include Tiffany L., and Barbara C. The Warrior Winter Guard program is sponsored by the Chilhowie Band Boosters.