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In a display of control and coordination, students at the 2012 ACHS band camp work to march in
perfect synchronization.
Photos by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-08-16 12:23:01
Last modified: 2012-08-16 12:23:01

Band Director Dee Raby describes top notch marching band for 2012

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Since July 23, students in the Avery County High School marching band have dedicated eight hours a day to perfecting their marching, music and coordination at the 2012 band camp. According to marching band director and band teacher at ACHS and Avery Middle Dee Raby, the 2012 band camp has produced one of the finest marching bands ever to set foot on the ACHS field. 

“It has been fabulous,” said Raby. “It is the best camp we have ever had. The leadership is outstanding.” Raby noted that her student leaders, which include rising senior Daniel Jones and rising Junior Charlie Brown, even attended a marching band symposium at Western Carolina University, bringing back a wealth of tips, tricks, stretches and exercises to keep the band in top shape. In addition, ACHS alumni Keegan Henry and Austin Hawkins returned to the camp to pitch in.

According to Raby, this year’s marching band is composed of the most disciplined group of students she has ever worked with.

“I really have a band to show off this year,” said Raby.

For 2012, the band will focus on a number of musical scores from La Nouba, the resident Cirque Du Soleil show in Florida. 

Helping Raby with this year’s camp has been new Cranberry band teacher Will Freeman. A recent graduate of WCU, Freeman was happy to stay in the area after having moved from the Lake Norman area.

Eddie Staton, a rising freshman, was new to band, and found camp to be demanding but rewarding. “It’s been long, hot and tiring, but fun for the most part,” said Staton.

To see the ACHS marching band in action, attend any home football game in the fall or attend one of the band competitions throughout the year.