Fireworks and Fun

A big thank you goes to the Waynesville community and to the many Marching Mountaineer fans who turned out to view the Lake Junaluska fireworks celebration from the Tuscola HS parking lot the evening of July 3!


Families of all sizes and lots of their friends and neighbors had loads of fun, food and fellowship from 6 to 10 pm, topped off by Lake Junaluska’s fabulous fireworks celebrating America’s Independence. Over 225 carloads of Tuscola Band fans and supporters (likely well over 1000 people) attended. Thanks to all for helping the Band meet and exceed it’s fundraising goals for the event!


Please enjoy these images from the evening. We look forward to seeing everyone for the fireworks again next year!




2024 MPA Concert Performance – Superior!

Tuscola’s Symphony Band delivered their 2024 MPA (Music Performance Adjudication) concert at Mars Hill University the evening of March 19, 2024. Their program included these three energetic and fun, but difficult, musical selections:


Sol y Sombra by George Gates,

Little Mexican Suite – Movement III by Nubia Jaime Donjuan, and

Rhapsodic Celebration by Roger Sheldon


The MPA judges awarded their highest commendation – Superior! – for Tuscola’s performance of those pieces and for their “sight reading” of music they were seeing for the first time.


Congratulations to all Tuscola Symphony Band members, their Director – Mr. Dillon Ingle, and to everyone who supports the Mountaineer Bands’ continuing success.


Tuscola’s Symphony Band on stage at Mars Hill University: 2024-03-19

The annual Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) for concert bands is conducted by the Western District of the North Carolina Band Masters Association. The 2024 MPA concerts featured thirty-three High School and twenty Junior High School/Middle School concert bands from all across Western North Carolina.


Mountaineer bands participating were: Tuscola Symphony Band, Waynesville Middle School 8th Grade Band and the Waynesville Middle School 7th Grade Band.


Percussion section at practice for the 2024 MPA


Accomplishing a superior rating took lots of practice. The Tuscola Symphony Band students “took it to the woodshed” and gave a pile of challenging music a “whipping!”


Spring 2024 Concerts, Competitions and Events

Please mark your Spring 2024 calendars for these Tuscola Band music opportunities.


Pre-MPA Concert – Tuesday, March 12, 6PM, at the Tuscola Auditorium


Please join the Tuscola Symphony Band to hear their energetic program for the upcoming MPA (Music Performance Adjudication) concert competition. This is one week before the Symphony Band plays for the judges at Mars Hill University.


Tuscola Symphony Band Rehearsal – 2024


Winter Guard Performance – Sunday, March 17, 2PM, at the Tuscola Gymnasium


Don’t miss this special opportunity to see the Tuscola Winter Guard Show as they prepare for upcoming competitions. It’s exciting, beautiful and short (~4 minutes). So don’t be late!


MPA Performance – Tuesday, March 19, 6:05PM, at Mars Hill University


Tuscola, as well as bands from across Western North Carolina, present their concert programs for the MPA judges at Mars Hill University. This is your chance to hear Tuscola’s Symphony band “at it’s best,” and to see and hear other outstanding concert bands if you can come early and/or stay late.


Jazz Band Elementary School Tour – Thursday, April 4, All Day, at various locations


Future Marching Mountaineers will be inspired to pick up an instrument and learn to play it by Tuscola’s outstanding Jazz Band. It’s a chance for elementary students to experience some great music and a variety of instruments up close. The Tuscola Jazz Band will visit all the Elementary Schools that feed Waynesville Middle School.


End-of-Year Concert – Tuesday, May 21, 7PM, at the Waynesville First Methodist Church Sanctuary


The Tuscola Symphony Band presents it’s final concert of the school year. It’s always a treat to hear the musical accomplishments of our Tuscola Band students. And the Waynesville First Methodist Church sanctuary is a wonderful venue. Be there!