Small but mighty, the Elkin High School marching band rocks the field with their halftime show under the direction of a new band director, Greg Carpenter. Since August, he has directed the marching band and concert band at Elkin Elementary, Middle, and High School and hopes to grow the program.
Although there are 25 band members active in the program, Carpenter looks forward to getting more students energized about performing. “I want us to be as good as we possibly can, work hard, and have fun,” explained Carpenter.
His ambitions mean that everyone works hard during rehearsals. Outside of working hard, Carpenter commented that he likes to “joke around, and learn about the members and their individual interests.”
The director brings a business-like approach to the field, and it seems the band responds to that culture. Elkin High student Avery Atwood has been in band for seven years and wants to go to competition, have a good time, and see the membership grow. Atwood explained, “The love of music keeps me interested in band.”
Another band member, Gabby Moses, has been in band for four years and has always enjoyed it. “The relationships between band members are pretty good, and I want to get to know more people this year.”
Even if Elkin High does not have a winning football season, Friday nights will still be entertaining if Carpenter has anything to say about it. Based on his ambitions and good attitude, he should soon see Elkin reach the high quality and growth he envisions.
Destiny Garcia, Kenley Wells, Lillie Sawyers and Savannah Collins are members of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.