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Band leader bringing renewed energy to MCHS

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

The 41st Tri-Lakes Band Directors Association Clinic band festival was held at Franklin County High School in Winchester Jan 23-24. Participants from Moore County included (from left) Cullen McAlpin, Clay Taylor, Ivy Naquin, D'Marcus Schall, Jacob Hart, Joshua George, Annie Miller, Chance Hensley, Maddie Fraley, Kylie Schall, Cheyenne Adams, Paul Bischoff, Tanner Owens, Ethan Frame, Brooke Smedley, Patrick Frame, Billy Powell and Caleb George. This was the first time Moore Co. band stu-dents had participated in this festival in five years. (Photo Provided)

The 41st Tri-Lakes Band Directors Association Clinic band festival was held at Franklin County High School in Winchester Jan 23-24. Participants from Moore County included (from left) Cullen McAlpin, Clay Taylor, Ivy Naquin, D’Marcus Schall, Jacob Hart, Joshua George, Annie Miller, Chance Hensley, Maddie Fraley, Kylie Schall, Cheyenne Adams, Paul Bischoff, Tanner Owens, Ethan Frame, Brooke Smedley, Patrick Frame, Billy Powell and Caleb George. This was the first time Moore Co. band stu-dents had participated in this festival in five years. (Photo Provided)

The Moore County High School marching band has a new leader this year in first-year band director Jason Gospodarek.

Gospodarek — a member of the 129th Army Band in the Tennessee Army National Guard — has brought the same type of enthusiasm and passion to Moore County as he himself has displayed in the 129th Army Band.

And it’s catching.

The band, albeit small, has routinely made appearances around town — more than just your typical Friday night football appearances. From the annual parades in Lynchburg to the Veteran’s Day celebration and a stop at the Lynchburg Nursing Center, the MCHS and MCMS band has been out and about.

Gospodarek has tried to inject some energy to the program, while helping his students do the same. Moore County High School principal Buddy Smith said that Gospodarek has been a nice fit at MCHS.

“We interviewed a lot of candidates for that position; there was a lot interest,” said Smith. “He came across as being very dynamic, very enthusiastic about the program and he had a clear vision of where he wanted to take the program.

“He articulated that well and it matched our vision of where we wanted the program to go. He also came across as someone who would be very enthusiastic about working with the parents and band boosters. His style resonates with them. That’s one reason I think he’s been able to generate a lot of positive energy about our music program and our marching band.”

Gospodarek feels like the music program is an integral part of the school and wants to see the band continue to grow.

For more on the MCHS band, see the Feb. 12 print edition of The Moore County News.

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