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Carey Honor Band

This is Carey Honor Band clinic year five and it promises to be the best yet!  Last year, due to incredible growth, we made the leap to two honor bands and it was a huge success!  Again this year, our top band will be the Red Band and the second band will be the White Band.  The conductor for the Red Band this year will be Mr. Jerrell Horton.  Mr. Horton is the band director at Vestavia Hills High School, in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham.  Under his direction the Vestavia Hills band program has experienced tremendous success in all phases of the program.  He is a tremendous musician and a man of very high moral character and we are blessed to have him this year as the conductor of the Red Band for the 2017 Carey Honor Band Clinic.  Congratulations on your nomination for consideration to be a part of this annual event.  The three-day honor band will be filled with great concerts and pleasant surprises.  Students make certain that your director nominates you this year…you don’t want to miss it!  I pray the event has a great impact on your life as a musician and as a young person.

General Information
  1.  All nomination forms must be postmarked by Monday, November 14th.  The nomination forms are available from your band director or on this webpage.
  2. Band directors will be notified about selected participants by email in early December.
  3. If selected, confirmation forms with your non-refundable payment of $60.00 must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
  4. Every school that nominates students is guaranteed at least one participant.
  5. EVERY student that attends the clinic is guaranteed a scholarship to attend William Carey!!!
Honor Band 2016 Guest Director

Jerell Horton has been the band director at Vestavia Hills since 2006. He is a graduate of Samford University. Prior to his appointment at Vestavia Hills High School, he served as assistant director at Pizitz Middle School and Vestavia Hills High School. While at Vestavia Hills, the bands have  consistently earned superior rating at District and state concert band festivals as well as the ABDA festival, the Vestavia Hills Wind Ensemble performed at the 2011 Alabama Music Educators Conference, and the National Concert Band Festival in 2013. The Vestavia Hills High School  Rebel Marching Band performed in the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. The National Band Association recently awarded the National Program of Excellence Southern Division Blue Ribbon Award to the Vestavia Hills High School band. Mr. Horton has served as an honor band clinician within the states of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. He is also on staff for the Auburn Summer Marching and Leadership camp and volunteers his service to the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mr. Horton is a National Board Certified teacher and  was recently named to SBO magazine’s 2014 list of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. He is married to Monica Horton (also an educator) and they have two children, daughter Madina Jaimes (6) and newborn son Israel.

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