RR Aug Band News

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Please save the date for our first Band Booster Meeting of the season!

The Rebel Band Booster Club will host the first meeting of the school year Tues. August 7th. This meeting will take place in the District Five Fine Arts Center at 7:30pm. Please plan to attend and find out how you can help our students achieve greatness!

At the meeting you will be able to sign up for 2018-19 Booster membership. Membership helps support the band and are $20 per family. All proceeds go directly to the band. Each family that signs up will receive 1 car magnet for our 2018-19 show. (magnet graphic can be viewed online, link above). If you’d like to sign up before Tuesday, you can do so on our website, here. Magnets will be ready for pick up on Tuesday!

Following the meeting we will have an “open rehearsal” for parents to come watch students practice on the band field from 8:30- 9:30pm. For the best view stand (or bring a chair) on the hill by the new band tower. The band will be facing this direction during rehearsal this year.

Hope to see you there!

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Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile on Prime Day, and all year round,  to support the RR!  Using AmazonSmile is one of the easiest ways you can support the RR!


Just visit, http://smile.amazon.com and select ‘Rebel Band Booster Club Inc’ and you’re all set!

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Welcome to our new Color Guard Director Douglas Edens

Attention James F. Byrnes Band Family,

We finally have a new color guard director. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in marching band and winterguard. he was highly recommended by some top color guard legends including Joseph Heininger https://yea.org/57-biography/988-joe-heininger-bioand many other top directors in WGI and BOA.
We will be scheduling a time soon where students can meet him and learn more information. Let’s all make Mr. Edens feel welcome and make him glad that he chose James F. Byrnes High School! He can do some amazing things for our guard program and that starts with our support.
Here is his bio highlighting his experience and accomplishments:

Douglas Edens is entering his 14th year of teaching colorguard. His teaching career began at Pulaski County High School in Pulaski, Virginia, where he taught from 2004-2009.  Mr. Edens was instrumental in growing the PCHS guard program from 9 students to over 20 within his first year as an instructor. He then took over the color guard at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio, from 2009-2016 where his guard won 3 BOA regionals, a WGI regional, and placed 2nd and 3rd place in the Ohio Indoor Performing Arts State Championship. Along with these accomplishments, Mr. Edens started the college Color Guard and Winter Guard programs at Notre Dame College located in South Euclid, Ohio.   Upon moving to Tennessee, he became the Color Guard Director for Siegel High School. Under his instruction, the guard program doubled in size to 60 members and he was able to start a successful Winter Guard program, consisting of both Junior Varsity and Varsity groups. He is also a program coordinator and consultant to many programs in the southeast. Along with judging guard for fall and winter guard competitions, he has also been on staff with the Capital Regiment Drum Corps, Phoenix Independent, Northpoint Independent, Rangerettes Independent Winter Guard, and The Mark Winter Guard.
In his youth, Mr. Edens was an active performer, appearing with the Pulaski High School Band, Capital Regiment Drum Corps, DCI Honor Corps, The Study Independent Winter Guard, and the Juxtaposition Independent Winter Guard.
Outside of working with bands, Mr. Edens enjoys spending time with his Siberian husky, Nala, and traveling.