BUCKHANNON — An honor, experienced by few in West Virginia, was granted to Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS) band as they were selected to participate in “The President’s Own” Clinic.
Eliza Taylor, B-UHS Band Director, as of November 16, 2021, wanted to do her students justice, after the recent resignation of the previous Director of Bands mid-season. Taylor registered the band for the opportunity to participate in the virtual clinic offered to a select few school bands. The band was selected as one of three high schools in West Virginia chosen as participants, alongside Elkins High School and Clay County High School.
Clarinetist Jacob Moyer, along with the entire B-UHS band will be working one-on-one with “The President’s Own United States Marine Band led by Director Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig and Drum Major Master Gunnery Sergeant Duane F. King. The masterclass is titled “Practice Skills for High School Musicians.” The US Marine Band is a highly decorated band that plays for Presidential events, such as the Presidential Inauguration.
The schools were signed up through a website and then hand selected by the coordinator.
“This is a huge honor. We are very excited for this opportunity and the students are confident and looking forward to playing in the clinic,” noted Taylor.
This is the first time since 2019 that the band has had the opportunity to play together “normally” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor explained that the clinic is a great way for the band members to rebuild and bond as a band in whole. The virtual clinic is scheduled for February 1 in the band room at the Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Although a few West Virginia Wesleyan students will be there to observe, due to the band rooms size, it will not be a public spectator event.
Congratulations, on this amazing opportunity, to all the schools and especially to our local high school band for being selected for such a great honor!