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COVINGTON HIGH AND CRESTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS

MISSION STATEMENT

In everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo by thinking differently.

The way we challenge the status quo is by mastering skills that prepare us for life.

We do this by building relationships, demonstrating a strong work ethic, and having great character.

We just happen to do all this together while making music.

 

  1. Why does the band program exist?

    1. The Covington High School Marching Band exists for several reasons. It is an entertainment source for  football games and halftime performances, community events and school related activities like graduation.

    2. It creates an opportunity for students to express feeling and emotion without words. It taps into the emotional, psychological, mental, and physical of each and every human that invests in it sparking the senses of a higher order thinking process.

    3. It prepares students for life by teaching them how to work with others, set goals, self-discipline, and integrity.

  2. What lessons in life do we want to instill in the band student?

    1. Responsibility: The importance of being prepared with the proper materials, showing up on time, and learning your role in the group prepares a student for life skills in the workplace, marriage, and life in general.

    2. Discipline: With proper behavior, attitudes, and humility a student will build stronger relationships within their circles of interest. They will learn how to adapt to different situations, learning styles, and personalities making them a better citizen.

    3. Accountability: Showing up is half the job. Being present, prepared and focused reflects well on the student's character. If an employer can turn their back and know the job will be done, then they are accountable.

  3. What musical concepts do we want to provide students?

    1. Each student should be prepared to enter college knowing the prerequisites required to audition for any program on their chosen instrument. This includes, but is not limited to: Major and Minor Scales, Chromatic Scales, Arpeggios, multiple rhythmic combinations, and proper repertoire for their instrument.

  4. What will make the Covington program unique or recognizable?

    1. The students will demonstrate as a whole all 12 major scales, The Chromatic Scale, and Arpeggios individually and as an ensemble at any given moment.

    2. The students will work together to build relationships with each other and the community that are built on the core values of respect, integrity and character.

  5. What do we want to achieve in:

    1. Two years?

      1. A program built upon respect, accountability, and sustainability.

      2. A minimum of 25% of enrolled students making All-West TN Band

    2. Five years?

      1. An increased enrollment of wind players in the high school band of over 50.

      2. A minimum of 30% of enrolled students making All-West TN Band

      3. 20% or more seniors receiving music scholarships to college

    3. Ten years?

      1. An increased enrollment in the high school band to 100 plus players

      2. A consistent 30% making All-West TN Band

      3. 20% or more receiving music scholarships to college

  6. When we hire additional staff, have parent volunteers, or booster officers, what should their most important qualities be?

    1. Accountability

    2. Respectability

    3. Skill set

    4. Flexibility

    5. Team oriented contributions.

  7. If we could clearly communicate one message to students, what would it be
    In everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo by thinking differently.  The way we challenge the status quo is by mastering skills that prepare us for life. We do this by building relationships, demonstrating a strong work ethic, and having great character. We just happen to do all this together while making music.

 

Who is our Director?

Kreston Smith began his study in music at the tender age of 3. His grandmother taught him piano and he learned his first complete song, “Amazing Grace” at 5 years of age. Both his grandparents and first cousins on his father's side were musicians and his uncle on his mom’s side. This introduction ignited a passion for creating music. During his high school years, he studied Saxophone, Guitar and Piano

After graduating high school from Raleigh Egypt in 1991, Mr. Smith taught private music lessons as a hobby. In 1995, he enrolled in Shelby State Community. College where he studied with Memphis Symphony Woodwind Specialist, Michael Scott. After completing two years of college, he did a stint in sales for the Millington Star Newspapers and New York Life until 2002. In 1998, he married Beth Smith. As of today, they have three children, Ethan, Logan, and Jackson

In 2002, after teaching private lessons as a hobby for almost 10 years and trying to make a career in sales, he shifted his focus to teaching fulltime. With his sales and marketing experience, he opened Bartlett Music Academy which to date has taught over 4,000 students, employed over 100 musicians, has had over 300 students pursue music in college and is still in operation today. In 2014, he sold the company to Allegro Music to focus his attention on being the band director for Covington and Crestview schools. From 2005 until 2009, Mr. Smith served as the Arlington High School Jazz Band Director earning Superior ratings at festivals at the University of Memphis and Germatown Performing Arts Center. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Smith graduated with his music education degree from the University of Memphis  with top honors, Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. He resigned Arlington High to accept a full-time position with Tipton County Schools in 2010 as the General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Munford Elementary School. While at Munford Elementary, the choir performed at the traveling Veteran’s Wall, local events, and he had two students make All-West Tn Honor Treble Choir. In 2014, Mr. Smith transferred to Covington High School and Crestview Middle School where he serves as the Director of Bands for both schools. At his hire date in 2014, the combined enrollment of the middle and high school band was 41 students. As of the fall of 2016, the enrollment has increased to a combined 98 Students

Contact:

Kreston Smith

Director of Bands

803 S College

Covington, TN 38019

901-840-9226

krsmith@tipton-county.com