Welcome to the Eastern Alamance Band!!!
Location: G2 1st Period: Concert Band
Handbook 2nd Period: Percussion Ensemble
Schedule 3rd Period: Planning
Email: 4th Period: Symphonic Band
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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 beginning his fifth year as Director of Bands at Eastern Alamance High School, and eleventh 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, placing winning first place in Class 3A and 4A competition the past three years, as well as over 50 awards in areas of Visual and Musical Performance, including Superior Ratings in 8 of their last 9 competitions. 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. 10 students were selected to perform in the inaugural Western Carolina University Honor Band in December 2016. Over 125 students have been accepted to All-County Band the past four years. 11 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. 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 in May 2019, and is a member of North Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, NCAE, ABAE, NEA, 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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