Damascus Middle School | Renowned Composer Visits School Band

Two men standing in front of students.Ed Kiefer, renowned composer, clinician, and retired educator, came to work with the Damascus Middle School Band on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The 7th and 8th grade students were preparing one of his compositions, “Whitewater Run,” for the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Concert Assessment at Virginia High School.

Mr. Kiefer provided feedback and thoughts on improving the music for the state assessment. Mr. Kiefer, a retired music educator, resides in North Carolina and is a clinician across the country. Most recently, he received an invitation to travel internationally and conduct ensembles around the world.  His expertise proved invaluable to the band, as they received Superior ratings at the District Concert Assessment! The DMS band was one of only two middle school bands to receive the top score of 1 on every area of the assessment.  Congratulations to band members and directors Mr. Ballengee and Mr. Childress for this outstanding accomplishment!

Contact Person: 
Logan Childress