Ninety-three of Burke County’s finest musicians met at Patton High School recently for the annual Burke County Public School’s High School Honors Band clinic.
Students won their right to participate in this clinic in an audition at Draughn High School earlier this semester where they had to perform scales, chromatic range, a prepared solo, and a piece to be performed after only 30 seconds of preparation. Each part of this audition rubric was scored and the top students selected.
Ed Kiefer, a former high school band director and director of instrumental music at Pfeiffer University, was the clinician for the honors band.
Keifer graduated from Wake Forest University with honors in 1976. He received his Masters in Music Education in 1990 from the University of Greensboro. He served as the Director of Bands at East Davidson High School in Thomasville, N.C. for 28 years and as Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University for 6 years. In the fall of 2016, Ed was voted in to the North Carolina Band Director’s Hall of Fame.
“It’s a great honor to host this clinic each year,” said Chad Higdon, director of bands at Patton High School. “Mr. Keifer is such a wonderful teacher. All of these students are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a band of this caliber. With the support of Patton High School administration and staff, we continue to be able to offer this superlative experience for these wonderful students who earned the privilege to be here.”
A concert including standards of wind band repertoire and a few pieces written by Kiefer himself was presented for the public, family, and friends in the PHS auditorium on Feb. 11 after only two days of rehearsal. The concert was streamed live on Facebook and www.eastburkeband.com
Each school shares in management of the clinic with Draughn…