AHS Starts Over with New Band Program

The new Beginner Band for Aliceville High School with Band Director Thomas Hargrave and Principal Fred Young.


Aliceville High School has revamped its band program this year. Students in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades have been learning to read music since August. Now, those students can put what they have learned into practice on brand new instruments.

Purchased with funds received from the Aliceville Homecoming tailgate, Aliceville High School Band Boosters, Pickens County central office funds provided by Pickens County School Superintendent Jamie Chapman, donations from First National Bank, Aliceville High School Alumni Class of 1989, Aliceville High School Alumni Class of 1992, and Walmart, the instruments are, according to Principal Fred Young, “another blessing and an opportunity for our students to excel.”

Art’s Music Store worked with Band Director Thomas Hargrave in the purchasing of the instruments, giving discounts, bargains, and upgrades to the school, allowing as many instruments as possible to be gained. From shiny French Horns, trumpets, and flutes to snare drums and clarinets, the school now has the beginnings of a fresh start for its music program.

“Our short-term goal is to have a band performing on the field for our first football game in 2019,” said a statement released by the school. “Our long-term goal is to have a five-star band that is second to none with our students receiving band scholarships to colleges and universities of their choice.”

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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