• Eastern Alamance Bands

     

    Mr. Ben Crotts

     

    Band

    Ben Crotts
    Room G-2

    Email: ben_crotts@abss.k12.nc.us
    Office Hours: 8:00-8:45am M-F
                        1:15-2:15pm M-F
                        3:00-4:00 T-F
     
     
    Fall 2020 Schedule
     
    1st Block:  Percussion Ensemble
    2nd Block:  Symphonic Band
    3rd Block:  Concert Band
    4th Block:  Planning
    Homeroom/Clubs/Intervention
    2:30-3:00 PM M-F
    Marching Band: Co-Curricular

     

    Links:  Band Website     EAHS Bands on Facebook

     

    Videos:  Parents            Students

     

    Our Mission:  Teach Music Through Performance, Develop 21st Century Music and Leadership Skills, Make a Positive Difference in the Lives of our Students and Community, and Promote Lifelong Learning and Musicianship

     

    All Assignments and Music will be shared in CANVAS for the 2020-2021 School Year.

     

    Students:  Join your Canvas Class AND PowerSchool here: http://my.ncedcloud.org (need student ID # & password)

     

    Parents:  Join your Student's Canvas Class (as an observer) here: https://abss.instructure.com/login/canvas (directions)  See your Student's Grades here: https://abss.powerschool.com (directions)

     
     
    About Mr. Crotts:  Ben Crotts is a 2009 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in K-12 Music Education. While at UNC-Greensboro Mr. Crotts studied trumpet with Dr. Edward Bach, and both orchestral and wind band conducting techniques with Mr. Robert Gutter.

     

    Mr. Crotts is beginning his sixth year as Director of Bands at Eastern Alamance High School, and twelfth year as a high school band director.  Mr. Crotts directs the Eastern Alamance High School Marching Eagles, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.  The Marching Eagles have seen great success in competitions around the Triad area, including numerous first place in Class 3A and 4A competition the past five years, over 75 total awards and 10 total Superior Ratings.  The Concert Band received a rating of Superior at the 2019 NC Bandmasters Central District MPA, and the Symphonic Band has received three consecutive Superior Ratings at MPA in Grade IV, V, and VI music.  Over 150 students have been accepted to All-County Band the past four years.  16 students have earned placement in the NC Bandmasters Central District Symphonic Band, 9/10 Wind Ensemble, and 11/12 Wind Ensemble over the past three years and All-State Band in 2020.  In May 2016 the Pit Orchestra for Eastern's spring production “The Wizard of Oz” was named a semi-finalist for DPAC’s “Best Ensemble” Award and placed in their Top Ten Best Ensembles.

     

    Students of Mr. Crotts have continued to pursue their own music degrees and performance opportunities at UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College, Western Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Pembroke, NC A&T University, NC State University, Elon University, Methodist University, Mars Hill University, Lee University, and Clemson University. 

     

    Mr. Crotts was the 2018 clinician for the Wilkes County Honors Band in Ronda NC, and has served as a guest clinician at numerous high schools around North Carolina.  He was elected Treasurer of the Central District Bandmasters Association from 2019-2020, and is a member of North Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, NEA, and Bugles Across America.  Mr. Crotts lives in Graham NC and enjoys running, disc golf, hiking, and fishing in his spare time.