Director of Bands – Tim Wise

Timothy L. Wise received the Bachelor of Music Education in 1991 from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. While attending MSU, Mr. Wise studied with Dr. Richard Miles. In 2003 Mr. Wise received the Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina studying under Dr. John West and Mr. Bob Buckner.

Mr. Wise has been Director of Bands at Tuscola High School since the fall of 1993. Under Mr. Wise’s leadership, the band program has more than doubled its overall enrollment. The symphonic band receives consistent superior ratings at the district music festival and performs upward of five concerts locally a year. In 1996 and 2007 the band was selected to perform at the North Carolina Music Educators State Convention in Winston Salem. The marching program consistently receives superior ratings at regional events and participates annually in Bands of America national and regional events being named a regional finalist 4 times. The winter guard is a past CIPA and CWEA class champion and WGI regional finalist. The percussion ensemble has twice performed at the North Carolina Percussive Arts Society State Convention and at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in 1998.

Before coming to Tuscola, Mr. Wise was Assistant Director of Bands at Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia. While at Riverdale, the bands received consistent superior ratings at state festival and at state and local marching events. The symphonic band was selected to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Wise is member of NCMEA, MENC, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is the past president for the WNC Bandmasters Association. He is also the past chairman for the North Carolina State Marching Band Committee.

Assistant Director – Dillion Ingle

Dillon Scott Ingle was raised in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and graduated from Kings Mountain High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Carolina University in 2008. While at WCU, he studied under Dr. Mario Gaetano, Bob Buckner, and Matt Henley, and was drum captain with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Mr. Ingle began his professional teaching career in Brownsville, Texas where he spent three years, followed by two years in San Benito, Texas. For five years as an assistant director, his duties included working with concert, symphonic and marching bands, as well as overseeing the percussion program of each school.

In 2010, he became a co-founder of Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps from Austin, Texas. For five years, Mr. Ingle served as the Percussion Caption Head, where he both taught and helped facilitate the summer tour. Currently, he is Genesis’s front ensemble supervisor.

Mr. Ingle moved back to North Carolina in 2013 to continue his education, and completed his M.A in Music Education in 2015. As a Graduate Assistant at WCU, he conducted the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. West, the Symphony Band under the direction of David Starnes, and the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gaetano.

Mr. Ingle is now the Assistant Band Director at Tuscola High School, in Waynesville, North Carolina. He is an educational endorser for Salyer’s Percussion in Houston, Texas, and is in demand as a percussion arranger, teacher, and clinician.