Thomas directs band program to be its best
by Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer
PROSPERITY — Sticking to their vision to be a catalyst, ensuring that every child in the community can access and participate in high quality active music, band director Jed Thomas said the Mid-Carolina High School band program is committed to creating positively life-changing experiences for everyone within and connected to the organization.
Comprised of about 86 people, Mid-Carolina High School’s Rebel Regiment chose the theme “Dividing the Heartland” for its 2013 show. Musical choices include “Music from Symphony No. 3” and “The Red Pony,” both by Aaron Copeland, along with “Cadillac of the Skies” by John Williams.
Thomas said the idea for this year’s theme began with “Cadillac in the Skies” simply because he really liked the piece and wanted to expand on that.
“It’s an Americana type story,” Thomas said of the show.
Describing this year’s show as difficult, Thomas said that’s because there is a lot of symphonic music within the show as a whole.
“It’s a really cool show,” Thomas said. “It has real symphonic literature.”
To teach music education, Thomas said it’s important to play “good music” even if that might mean a little more work and energy to make it performance worthy.
Although Thomas said the biggest class within the band itself consists of freshmen, he describes them as having the potential to be really good.
“Their desire to get better and to improve themselves is their strongest point,” Thomas said.
The Rebel Regiment has participated in two competitions so far this season, taking second place in Boiling Springs in Class III, and also placing second in Class V at the James F. Byrnes competition. The band will travel this weekend to Blythewood for the Tournament of the Bands competition.
Now in his 20th year as a music educator, Thomas said he loves his job simply because he “loves the kids.” Thomas said there is always so much that could happen with his job that he finds it exciting to come back each day, week, and even year to push the program one step farther.
“There’s so much potential here,” Thomas said. “The kids at Mid-Carolina deserve the very best.”
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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