Dear Students & Parents,
We hope you are healthy and taking all precautions to keep everyone out of harm's way.
First and foremost, let me say that I miss you all and look forward to the time we are back together and making music!
I wanted to send an email today with some instructions for all band students as we move forward and continue to work through distance learning and taking advantage of all the online/remote resources that we have.
All students need to access/sign-in to MICROSOFT TEAMS. Every band student has been placed in either the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band class on TEAMS.
(disregard the Band 1CP, Band 2CP, Band 3H, etc ... use the Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band classes ONLY!).
If you have never signed in to Microsoft Teams, there are instructions attached on how to do this. It is a very easy process and students will be able to access assignments, instructions, grades, etc. as well as be able to interact with each other, ask questions, and receive feedback!
In Microsoft Teams there are already three assignments for the students.
Those assignments are:
1. Sign-up for their online Smart Music class for FREE
Follow the link above and when prompted, enter the class codes:
for Symphonic Band students: PPLZN-2N3JU
for Wind Ensemble students: J4P2Y-XR6UE
2. Register for their FREE Sight Reading Factory student access code
Follow the link above and you will be taken to our program's page and will be prompted to sign up for FREE!
3. Sign-up for their class' REMIND group
for Symphonic Band students TEXT @benpoun to 81010
for Wind Ensemble students TEXT @benpou to 81010
***I am putting grades in through Teams as students complete these assignments***.
Attached is a Daily Practice Routine for students to use at home. This document as well as the Clinic/Senior Scale requirements are linked on our band website under the E-Learning tab at the top of the page. The Daily Practice Routine includes links to free exercises, music, recordings, etc. that students can utitilze at home for FREE!
We will continue to make resources available through our band website www.arhsbands.org as well as Microsoft Teams as they are available.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ben Pouncey is the band director at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, SC. Prior to Ashley Ridge, Ben was one of the band directors at DuBose Middle School. During that time, the DuBose Middle School Band consistently earned superior ratings at the South Carolina Concert Performance Assessment and was a featured ensemble at the 2018 South Carolina Music Educators’ In-Service Conference.
Pouncey graduated Magna Cum Laude in December of 2012 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Education. While attending the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the USC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Scott Weiss where he was a participant in the 2012 National Concert Tour in China as well as the 2011 recording project for the internationally acclaimed classical records label NAXOS, featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein.
An alumnus of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Ben served as the corps’ drum major from 2009 to 2011 after having been a member of the trumpet section in 2007 and 2008. The Cadets are 10-time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champions, having won their most recent title in 2011. Ben was also the recipient of the 2011 DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award, given each year to one drum major from both the World and Open Class. Ben has served as a member of The Cadets’ instructional staff and has been a clinician for the DCI Drum Major Leadership Seminar held each year for DCI drum majors. Ben is grateful to have been a part of the Music for All Drum Major Institute, the University of South Carolina Drum Major Clinic, and the Western Carolina Summer Symposium Drum Major Track, during which, student leaders from band programs across the country attended to receive instruction, guidance, and training for their leadership roles within the band program.
A native of Columbia, SC, Ben holds professional affiliations with the National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the South Carolina Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA), the South Carolina Band Directors’ Association (SCBDA), and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.