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Tuscola High School Band History

The Tuscola High School Band has a long history of excellence. From its beginnings as
the Waynesville Township Band, it has thrived and become an integral part of the community.
Being one of the oldest programs in the state, the band has consistently been considered one of North Carolina's finest.

Under the leadership of past outstanding directors such as Charles Isely, Jim Crocker, and
Sandy Boone the band received numerous superior ratings at the coveted Bristol, Tennessee
championships and performed at President Lyndon Johnson's inaugural parade. The marching
band has also been a finalist at Bands of America national and regional events.

The Tuscola Band Program, under the direction of present directors Tim Wise and Greg
Neblett, consists of over 150 students performing in two year round concert bands, the Marching Mountaineers, percussion ensemble, winter guard, and various chamber groups. The bands consistently receive superior ratings at regional and state events. Tuscola band members
represent the school in the all-state and all-district bands as well as participate in many regional, state, and national honor bands including the Bands of America National Honor Band and the MENC Army All-American Band. The Symphony Band performed at the 1996 and 2007
NCMEA State Conventions while the Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the
Percussive Arts Society state convention in 1997 and 1999 as well as the Bands of America
National Concert Band Festival in 1998. The Winter Guard is a past WGI Regional Finalist as
well as CIPA Class champion and top three medalist. Finally the “Marching Mountaineers” are
recognized as one of the Southeast’s finest, being named Grand Champion at many regional
events. The band was also finalist at multiple BOA regionals and at the Western Carolina
Tournament of Champions where they also won the “Roll of Honor” Award for being the top
band from North Carolina in 2007.