New Riverwood band director has ‘rookies’ marching to beat

New Riverwood band director has ‘rookies’ marching to beatAndrew Parsons, Riverwood International Charter High School’s new director of bands, had about one month to come up with a marching band.

Hired in mid-July, he put out the call for marching band members, then had a weeklong band camp with 15 students. By the first football game he had 32 members who had learned how to play and march at the same time. Decked out in their new uniforms, they entertained during games and pep rallies, and soon added a 14-member color guard.

“Normally you have experienced band members to help you teach, but this marching band is made up of rookies,” Parsons said. “They have had to learn to respond to their classmates as authority figures and leaders on the field. At the band festival, they saw other band student leaders as examples, and were also surprised how well they did in competition.

“My goal is to build the program overall,” says Parsons, the son of two musicians. “I’d like to expand the program and recruit more students to jazz, marching band and percussion ensembles. I’ve had really great support from administration. They’ve given me all that I’ve needed and have been very positive and appreciative of our efforts.”

Parsons plays the piano, trumpet and French horn. He was in Georgia All-State Band, Gwinnett County Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble and the UGA summer music camp. He received the Presidential Assistant Scholarship at Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education.

North Springs student makes All-Star Cast

North Springs Charter High School’s Savanna Stein was named to the All-Star Cast at the recent Georgia Theatre Conference for her starring role as “Audrey,” in the school’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Stein and the rest of the North Springs cast and crew performed the

Named the Top Drama student at Holy Innocents Episcopal School, where she was a student for nine years, Savanna chose North Springs as a freshman for the high school’s noted performing arts program.

“After I saw the school’s production of ‘42nd Street,’ I had to come here,” she said. “It was incredible, like a Broadway Show.” At North Springs the junior performing arts magnet student participates in chorus, musical theatre and drama.

She is also a member of the Atlanta Workshop Players, a pre-professional touring company for Georgia high school students. A professionally trained singer, Stein also performs and tours with the Dunwoody United Methodist Church Youth Choir.

Tennis center graduates KLT kids

The more than 60 children in the

KidsLuvTennis fall program at Sandy Spring Tennis Center graduated Oct. 30 with staff, parents, sponsors and Mayor Eva Galambos in attendance.

KLT, which included kids from Spalding Drive Charter, Woodland Charter, Lake Forest and High Point elementary schools, is designed to promote physical activity and good nutritional choices. In addition to tennis instruction, the kids get healthy snacks and nutritional lessons.