Welcome to the Eastern Alamance Band!!!
Location: G2 1st Period: Concert Band
Syllabus 2nd Period: Symphonic Band
Schedule 3rd Period: Planning
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The goals of the Eastern Alamance Band are to: Teach Music Through Performance, Develop 21st Century Music and Leadership Skills, Make a Positive Difference in the Lives of our Students and Community, and Teach our Students to be Lifelong Learners and Musicians!
Mr. 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 completing his third year as Director of Bands at Eastern Alamance High School and ninth year as a high school band director. Mr. Crotts directs the Eastern Alamance High School Marching Eagles, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra. The Marching Eagles have seen great success in competitions around the Triad area, placing first in Class 4A overall at the McMichael Phoenix Festival of Bands and 2nd overall in Class 3A and 4A in two of their other three competitions in 2017, along with first and second place finishes in captions and a rating of Superior at every competition attended . The Marching Eagles have amassed over 50 awards over the last three years. 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. The Concert Band received a rating of Excellent in Grade IV at the 2016 NC Bandmasters Central District MPA, and the Symphonic Band received a rating of Superior in Grade IV/V in March 2017. 10 students were selected to perform in the inaugural Western Carolina University Honor Band in December 2016. Over 60 students have been accepted to All-County Band the past two years, and the band has been represented in the NC Bandmasters Central District Symphonic Band, 9/10 Wind Ensemble, and 11/12 Wind Ensemble over the past two years.
Students of Mr. Crotts have continued to pursue their own music degrees at UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College, Western Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, NC A&T University, Methodist University, Mars Hill University, and Lee University in Tennessee.
Currently Mr. Crotts maintains an active performance schedule through performing at area Churches, weddings, and other events. He is the 2018 clinician for the Wilkes County Honors Band in Ronda NC, and has served as a guest clinician at several high schools around North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, NCAE, and Bugles Across America. Mr. Crotts lives in Graham NC and enjoys running, disc golf, hiking, and fishing in his spare time.
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