On February 16, students from area county music programs will gather on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College for the second annual North-Central West Virginia Honor Band.
The two-day honor band, which stemmed from the idea of giving every middle and high school student in West Virginia a high-level musical experience opportunity, is facilitated by Logan Lindsey, director of bands at Wesleyan.
Students from Barbour, Upshur, Randolph, Gilmer, Lewis, and Taylor will arrive on campus on Friday to prepare for a Saturday, February 17 concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The middle school band will be under the direction of Patrick Garrett, music educator from West Liberty University (WLU). The high school band will be under the direction of Lindsey.
Garrett currently provides primary and secondary music education instruction at WLU. His duties include supervision of student teachers, instructing beginning jazz improvisation, and providing support for university instrumental ensembles and offers student instruction for trombone and baritone students. Prior to WLU, Garrett served 30 years in the West Virginia public schools teaching instrumental music, general music, and music theory. He spent 27 years as the head of the band program at Wheeling Park High School, growing the concert band, marching band, percussion ensemble, marimba ensemble, steel band, woodwind ensembles, brass ensembles, jazz combos, and jazz ensembles. Under his direction, the band gained numerous honors and music awards and was named a Bands of American Eastern Regional Finalist for four years.
Garrett received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from West Virginia University (WVU). He is an active performer on trombone currently playing with Brass Unlimited and the Vince Villanova Orchestra. He continues to serve as guest conductor of honor bands including ensembles at Shepherd University, the University of Alabama, Marshall University, WVU, and the Maryland All-State Junior Band. He is an active guest conductor and adjudicator for concert and marching bands across the country and for Drum Corps International. He is the recipient of the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association, Teacher of the Year for Ohio County, West Virginia Band Master of the Year, and Wheeling Park High School’s Teacher of the Year, and he has been named to the West Virginia Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
Lindsey is currently in his fifth year as Director of Bands at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is sought out regionally and nationally both as a soloist and conductor. Growing up near New Orleans immersed in multiple music worlds has shaped his performances and teaching to be very unique and always educational. Lindsey has performed with the Modern Jazz Tuba Project, one of the premier jazz tuba/euphonium groups in the world. He attributes his success to his teachers, mentors, and the blessings of his experiences. Of these, his biggest influences came from Dr. Richard Perry, jazz and orchestral tubist and professor at the University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Steven Sudduth, former low brass conductor at the University of South Dakota; and Chester Schmitz, retired Boston Pops Orchestra tubist. Lindsey is serving as director to three honor bands this semester and will spend a week as a street performer in New Orleans in May.
The event is free and open to the public.