High School Band

Mr. Keith James

Mr. James earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and his Masters Degree in Conducting from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent and Young Adult Music.


Mr. James began his teaching career in 1983 as an assistant band director at Walterboro HS and band director at Colleton Middle School. He was the band director at Smithfield-Selma HS in Smithfield, NC from 1986-1992; South Granville High School in Creedmoor, NC from 1992-1996; Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, NC from 1996-1998; and the band director at Independence High School in Charlotte, NC, from 1998-2007.


Mr. James is currently is in his thirty fifth year of teaching. He has served as a clinician for area honor bands, several southeastern regional honor bands, as well as a marching band clinician and adjudicator for both concert and marching bands. He works with several band programs throughout the southeast and is in high demand as a winter guard judge and band clinician.


Mr. James is the section leader of the Carolina's Wind Symphony tuba section, an adult community band, and is a freelance tubist in the Charlotte area. Mr. James is an active member of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and has served on many state and district committees. Mr. James was the Jaycee’s Teacher of the Year in 1989, and teacher of the year at South Granville in 1994, and was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 1995.


Mr. James holds professional memberships in the North Carolina Music Educators Association, SCDBA, National Music Educators Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, Florida Federation Judges Association, and American School Band Directors Association. 

Amelia Coger

Amelia Coger is a Music Education major at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. She graduated from Marvin Ridge High School in 2016 and was a member of the marching band from 2011-2016 serving as band manager, trumpet section leader and brass captain. During the summer of 2016 Amelia was a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2018 and 2019 she was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle corps, playing mellophone. Amelia is very involved with musical ensembles on Lenoir-Rhyne's campus, such as, the “Spirit of LR” Marching Band where she has served as brass captain, trumpet section leader and media coordinator. Amelia also participates in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Brass Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, where she served as a student guest conductor. Aside from teaching at Marvin, she is also employed at Hickory High School (Hickory, NC) where she directs the visual and design program.


Andrew Francis

Andrew Francis is a senior at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. He is finishing his degree in Music Education, combined Masters in Education. While at Lenoir-Rhyne he has been a part of various ensembles, including the newly reformed “Spirit of LR” Marching Band where he is entering his third and final year as Head Drum Major. He has also been involved in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, A Capella Choir, College Singers, and Wind Ensemble, where he has served as a student guest conductor. Andrew also marched mellophone with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons. Andrew has taught private Drum Major lessons and clinics to young students across Western and Central North Carolina. He is also an avid instructor at the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Summer Music Camp, where he teaches musicianship/theory and woodwinds. Andrew is currently employed at MarchDrumCorps.com where he teaches beginning brass and conducting to young students aspiring to march with a drum and bugle corps.

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