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Our Director at Ligon

Renee E. Todd- Band Director

Ms. Todd is currently in her eighth year as Director of Bands at Ligon GT Magnet Middle School and twenty-seventh year of teaching music. Under the direction of Ms. Todd, the Ligon Band program has grown to over 230 band members, with four wind bands and a jazz ensemble achieving superior ratings at both local and national music festivals. Ligon Bands will have a banner year as the Wind Ensemble was selected to perform in the 29th Music For All National Concert Festival in Indianapolis in March of 2020 while the Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the prestigious 73rd Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 2019. In 2018, the Ligon Jazz Ensemble performed for NCMEA (NC Music Educators Convention) in November and Ligon Wind Ensemble recently was awarded invited ensemble at the Music For All-Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival in Atlanta in 2017 and selected to perform at NCMEA (NC Music Educators Convention) in 2015. Ms. Todd was honored in 2019 to receive the Award of Excellence by the Central District Band Directors Association. In 2018 she received Jazz Educator of the Year from the NC Central Region Jazz Educators and in 2016 awarded Band Director of the Year for the NC Central District.

In 1993, Ms. Todd received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied under John Wakefield, Emerson Head and L Richmond Sparks. While in college Ms. Todd was the drum major and trumpet section leader of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band and recipient of the Otto Sibenachen- Most Outstanding Musician in the top wind band at Maryland.

Before her appointment at Ligon, Ms.Todd was nominated Teacher Of The Year at both Dillard Drive and Wendell Middle Schools. She has served for site host for the Central District Band MPA and Wake All-County Band and served on the board for the Central District Band Association. Ms. Todd is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and Tau Beta Sigma.

As an active guest clinician and conductor, Ms. Todd is scheduled to direct several NC District Middle School Bands including the Southeastern All-District and South Central All-District Bands in 2020. In 2018 she conducted the Northwest All-District Band. Ms. Todd has conducted the Red Jr and Blue Jr Bands at UNCG Summer Music Camp, the Eastern, Central and Western Region Middle School Jazz Bands and the North Carolina Area Independent Schools Honor Band. She has served or is scheduled as a guest clinician for the Buncombe, Cleveland, Davidson, Durham, Johnston and Forsyth All-County, Bands. Ms. Todd is an active freelance trumpeter as well as a private instructor in the Triangle area.



Our Bands at Ligon-

Bell Schedule

Morning Duty- Mondays and Tuesdays 7:05-7:20 Auditorium Lobby

1st Pd Intermediate Band 7:35–8:20 45min- (A Concert Band- for Ligon students with previous experience in Elementary or Middle School Band- director recommendation only)

2nd Pd Wind Ensemble 8:25-9:10 45min (Auditioned Honor Ensemble- A Concert Band- for Ligon students only open by audition)

3rd Pd Jazz Band 9:15-10:00 45min (Auditioned Honor Ensemble- A Jazz Big Band- for Ligon students only open by audition)

4th Pd Symphonic Band 10:05-10:52 47min ( A Concert Band - for Ligon students with previous experience in Elementary or Middle School Band- director recommendation only)

5th Pd- Lunch Duty and Lunch

1st lunch: 10:57-11:19

2nd lunch: 11:22-11:44

6th Pd Beginning Brass Class 11:49-12:36 47min

7th Pd Beginning Woodwind Class 12:41-1:26 45 min

8th Pd Conference/Planning 1:31-2:20 49min

(Bus Changes/Announcements)


Guest Clinicians-

Dr. Evan Feldman, Director of Bands UNC Chapel Hill

Peter Boonshaft, Clinician Hoftsra University

Richard Floyd, Clinician

Cheryl Floyd, Clinician

Brian Balmages, Composer

Dr. Arris Golden, Michigan State Assistant Director Bands

Dr. Wendy Mathews, Trumpet, and Music Education Professor Wayne State

Dr. Mark Norman, Clinician UNCSA

Dr. Thomas Taylor, Jazz Education Professor, NCCU

Jim Ketch, Jazz Educator UNC-Ch

Dr. Wes Parker, Jazz Education Professor, NCSU

Dr. Andy Smith, Tuba

Dr. Ron Carter, Jazz Educator

Steven Bryant, Composer

Ed Kiefer, Composer Clinician

Wendy Higdon, Creekside Middle School

Andrew Brough, Creekside Middle School

Krista L Siachames, Percussion*

Lisa Burn Trumpet/All Brass, Jazz

Justin Berry, Saxophone

Tony Granados, Clinician

Robin Gorham, Clinician

Marianne Breneman, Clarinet

Roz Finley, Oboe Bassoon

Phillip Riggs, Clinician

Ellye Walsh, Flute

William Coye, Double Reeds

Jimmy Gilmore, Clarinets

Brendan Vincent, Clinician, Hunter Elementary

Kelly Roudabush, Saxophones

Maria Serkin, Horn NC School of the Arts

Scott Sweeney, Trombone

Jesse Rackley, Euphonium Clinician

Casey Sagolla-Slamp, Percussion

Peter Boor, Trumpet Retired Band Director NJ

Susan Fritts, Flute and Director of Bands at St. Timothy's

* Ligon Alum

AWARDS

2018-2019

Invitation to Perform at the 73rd Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic - Jazz Band

Invitation to Perform at the 29th Music For All National Concert Festival- Wind Ensemble

NC Central District MPA-

Wind Ensemble Superior Rating - Grade IV and V Music Straight Superiors, 28 A's 100%

Symphonic Band and Intermediate Superior Rating - Grade III and II- Straight Superiors

NC Central Region Jazz MPA

Jazz Ensemble- Superior Rating, Straight A's

All-State Band-

5 students selected

All-State Jazz Band-

5 students selected (highest in the state)

All-Region Jazz Band -

14 students selected (highest in the region)

All District Band-

19 students selected

All County Band-

29 students selected

2017-2018

Southeastern Region Concert Festival Invited Ensemble, Atlanta GA

Wind Ensemble

NC Central District MPA-

Wind Ensemble Superior Rating - Grade IV and V Music Straight Superiors, 28 A's 100%

Symphonic Band and Intermediate Superior Rating - Grade III and II- Straight Superiors

Beginning Band Superior Rating- Grade I straight Superiors

NC Central Region Jazz MPA

Jazz Ensemble- Superior Rating, Straight A's

All-State Band-

5 students selected (highest in the state)

All-State Jazz Band-

7 students selected (highest in the state)

All-Region Jazz Band -

17 students selected (highest in the region)

All District Band-

24 students selected (highest in district)

All County Band-

35 students selected (highest in the county)

2016-2017

World Strides On Stage Chicago Symphony Hall

Wind Ensemble- Superior Rating

NC Central District MPA-

Wind Ensemble Superior Rating - Grade IV Music Straight Superiors, 28 A's 100%

NC Central Region Jazz MPA

Jazz Ensemble- Superior Rating

Straight A's

All State Band-

2 students selected

All State Jazz Band-

7 students selected (highest in state)

All Region Jazz Band -

7 students selected (highest in region)

All District Band-

17 students selected

All County Band- 27 students selected

2015-2016

World Strides On Stage Williamsburg -

Wind Ensemble- Superior Rating, Best in Class- High and Middle School Divisions, Gold Award, Highest Score of all Concert Bands(high school and middle)

Jazz Ensemble- Superior Rating, Outstanding Soloist, Gold Award

NC Central District MPA-

Wind Ensemble Superior Rating - Straight Superiors, 28 A's 100%

Jazz Band- Superior Rating Straight Superiors

Ligon Wind Ensemble -NC- Music Education Conference Performance

All State Band-

4 students selected

All State Jazz Band-

8 students selected (highest in state)

All Region Jazz Band -

13 students selected (highest in region)

All District Band-

21 students selected (highest in district)

All County Band-

21 students selected

2014-2015

Festival Disney -

Wind Ensemble- Superior Rating, Best in Class- High and Middle School Divisions, Gold Award, Highest Score of all Concert Bands(high school and middle)

Jazz Ensemble- Superior Rating, Outstanding Soloist, Silver Award

Central District MPA-

Wind Ensemble Superior Rating - Straight Superiors, 27 A's and 1 B = 99.1

All State Band-

4 students selected

All State Jazz Band-

8 students selected (highest in state)

All Region Jazz Band -

12 students selected (highest in region)

All District Band-

21 students selected (highest in district)

All County Band-

28 students selected

2013-2014

Heritage Music Festivals -

Wind Ensemble- Superior Gold Rating, Adjudicators Award, Best Band/Orchestra of the Day- High and Middle School Divisions, Invitation to Perform at Gold Level

Jazz Ensemble- Superior Gold Rating, Outstanding Soloist

Central District MPA- Wind Ensemble Superior Rating - Straight Superiors, Symphonic Band Excellent Rating

All State Band- 1 student selected

All State Jazz Band- 1 student selected

All Region Jazz Band - 8 students selected

All District Band- 19 students selected

All County Band- 23 students selected

2012-2013

Southern Stars Music Festival- Gold Superior Rating Wind Ensemble, Gold Superior Rating Jazz Band

Central District MPA- Wind Ensemble Excellent Rating Grade IV

All State Band- 1 student selected

All State Jazz Band- 3 students selected

All District Band- 15 students selected

All Region Jazz Band- 5 students selected

All County Band - 16 students selected