The 2009-10 Marion County High School Band’s marching season kicked off with a meet and greet introduction of their new band director, Shane Mitchell, on July 10.
“The transition to our new director has been very smooth,” field commander Siana Dunn said. “I am excited about the direction the band is going this year. Even if we do not win finals, I know this year will be very successful.”
The 2009-10 marching show titled “Angelic” is centered on the theme of angels. The band will open their show with “Exultate” by Samuel Hazo and “City of Angels” by Gabriel Yared.
Mitchell is entering his 11th year teaching. Most recently he spent a year in Florida as the director of instrumental music at Melbourne High School. Previously, he was band director at LaRue County High School from 2003-08. He also serves in the 100th Army band as a staff sergeant and saxophonist. His wife, Kelly, is a percussionist with the 100th Army Band and teaches in elementary school. They have two children. Noah is 8 years old and will be entering the third grade. Maddie is 7 years old and will be entering the second grade.
“I am looking forward to a great year getting to know the Marion County band family and community,” Mitchell said. “I am excited to join an organization with a rich history of success and am eager to continue building on this tradition of excellence.”