North  Carolina

2014 NCBA Candidates for Office

Office of Secretary

Jason Barclift
Morehead City Middle School

Chris White
Hickory Ridge High School

Jason Barclift graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education in 1998 and a Masters of Music in Music Education in 2006. He received his National Board Certification in Music for Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood in 2005. From 1998 – 2005 he taught at H. J. MacDonald Middle School in New Bern, NC and from 2005-2011 at E. B. Aycock Middle School in Greenville, NC. Mr. Barclift was the band director at Broad Creek Middle School from 2011-14. His bands at each school have consistently received superior ratings at the North Carolina Concert Band MPA and first place awards at other competitions. He is excited to join the West Carteret High School Marching Patriot Family as the band director at Morehead City Middle School in 2014.
Mr. Barclift holds memberships in the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), North Carolina Bandmasters Association (NCBA), and the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA). Mr. Barclift has served the NCBA Eastern District as the Assistant All-District Auditions and Clinic chair and Auditions host for many years. He is currently serving as Past-President of the Eastern District.  
Mr. Barclift is an active clinician and judge. He has conducted various Honors Bands and adjudicated marching competitions and state band festivals in North Carolina and Virginia. Mr. Barclift, a native of Chesapeake, VA, now resides in Carteret County with his wife Kim, band director at West Carteret High School, and their son Elijah.

Chris White is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. He attended Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA, where he received the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He began his graduate studies as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to University Bands at Radford University, where he studied trumpet and conducting with Mark Camphouse. After moving to Charlotte, NC to begin his teaching career, he completed graduate work at Winthrop University as a student of Dr. Bill Malambri, where he earned the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree. Mr. White is a National Board Certified teacher in Early Adolescent Through Young Adult Instrumental Music.

Mr. White has been the Director of Bands at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, NC since the school opened in the fall of 2007.  His responsibilities at Hickory Ridge include Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Winter Guards, Concert Percussion Ensemble, and several small ensembles. Under his direction, these ensembles have consistently received superior and excellent ratings at marching, concert, jazz, and solo festivals. In addition to performing ensembles, Mr. White also teaches courses in Beginning and Advanced Placement Music Theory.                                             
Mr. White was named the Hickory Ridge High School Teacher of the Year in 2014, and was named as a top five finalist for Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year.  In addition, he received recognition as Charlotte-Mecklenburg New Band Director of the Year in 1999. He was recognized as 2001 E.E. Waddell High School Teacher of the Year, and received the Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching. He has served as clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for many marching and concert events.

Mr. White has performed with a variety of community and professional ensembles, including Carolinas Wind Orchestra (SC), the Theatre Bristol Pit Orchestra (TN), the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra (TN), the Sugar and Spice Big Band (VA), and the Baltimore Community Band (MD).     

His professional memberships include the American School Band Director's Association (ASBDA), North Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, the Cabarrus County Band Directors Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Omicron Delta Kappa fraternities.

Office of Section Delegate

Andy Carter
Orange High School

Brent Harris
East Lincoln High School

Marc Schaub
Mount Tabor High School

   Andy Carter is a 1997 graduate of Orange High School and a 2001 graduate of Western Carolina University where he earned a BSEd with a focus on instrumental music. Mr. Carter was appointed Director of Bands at Orange High School in April of 2004. Prior to his time at Orange, Carter served in the same capacity at North Duplin Jr/Sr High School in Mt Olive, North Carolina. Under his directorship, bands have earned nothing but Superior and Excellent Ratings at District Band Festival. Bands at Orange High continue to grow and mature each year. Students in the Panther Band program routinely earn spots in the honors bands at the county, district, region, and state levels.

Mr. Carter is the current Past-President of the Central District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. In November of 2006, Carter was elected as State Jazz Education Chair and served on the board for NCMEA for two years. In the spring of 2009 Carter was honored as he was selected as the Central District Bandmasters "Band Director of the Year." The Wind Ensemble at Orange High School, under the direction of Carter, performed at the North Carolina In-Service Music Educators Conference in November of 2009.

Mr. Carter is active outside of the classroom serving as a Clinician, Adjudicator, and Consultant in the Concert, Jazz, and Marching Band areas. Graduates from the Panther Band program are currently participating in the music programs at Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Duke University, Purdue University, Elon University and others across the region.

In his spare time, Mr. Carter enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is actively involved with the music department at Harvest Hills Church of God in Burlington, North Carolina serving as the Assistant Minister of Music as well as on the HHC Vision Team. Carter resides in Snow Camp, NC with his wife, Amy and daughters, Addison and Allie.

Brent Harris received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University. A graduate of South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC, Mr. Harris has previously taught at East Iredell Middle School in Statesville, NC; Lincolnton Middle School in Lincolnton, NC; and David W. Butler High School in Matthews, NC. Currently Mr. Harris holds the position of Director of Bands at East Lincoln High School in Denver, NC.

Ensembles under the direction of Mr. Harris have consistently earned Superior ratings at both concert and marching events. While in Iredell County, Mr. Harris coordinated the auditions process and managed the the Iredell-Statesville Schools All-County Honors Band Clinic. Mr. Harris has served on the executive board of the Northwest District Bandmasters Association as the High School All-District Auditions Chair. He is also a past chairman of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Marching Band Committee.

Mr. Harris has had extensive experience within both the marching band and Drum and Bugle Corps activities. Under his direction, the East Lincoln band earned the NC Roll of Honour at the WCU Tournament of Champions, as well as numerous Grand Championship and caption awards. He was a performing member of two world-class Drum and Bugle Crops; the Carolina Crown from Fort Mill, SC and the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, CA. He has served as a musical and/or visual instructor with several schools across the Carolinas. Mr. Harris is the drill designer for several schools.

Mr. Harris’s professional memberships include the Music Educator’s National Conference, the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Men’s Music Fraternity.

Marc Schaub is the Band Director at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, NC. He holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Georgia and UNC Greensboro. Prior teaching positions include posts at Jefferson Middle School and Davie County High School, where he was Teacher of the Year in 2007. He has been a conductor, performer, and staff member at the UNCG Summer Music Camp, The Governor’s School of North Carolina, and the Southern Saxophone Retreat. In 2007, he presented a clinic on chamber music in the band program at the NCMEA Professional Development Conference.

During Mr. Schaub’s tenure, the Mount Tabor Concert and Marching Bands have earned superior ratings in several venues. In recent years, the bands have been involved with commissioning consortiums from composers including Steven Bryant, John Mackey, Michael Sailors, and Nathan Daughtrey. They will premiere a new work by Ed Kiefer in May 2015, commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Mount Tabor High School.

Mr. Schaub is a member of the NAfME, NCMEA, NBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Northwest District, and is the Auditions Coordinator and past Chair of the Forsyth County Band Directors Association.

Office of President-Elect

Matt Edwards
Fuquay-Varina High School

Keith James
Marvin Ridge High School

Rodney Workman
Central Davidson Middle School

Matt Edwards has been Director of Bands and instructor of AP Music Theory at Fuquay-Varina High School in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina since 2002. He was previously Director of Bands at Triton High School, Erwin School and Coats-Erwin Middle School.

During his tenure at Triton High School the Marching Hawks built a successful competitive marching band while developing a reputation for musical excellence in concert ensembles. The Fuquay-Varina Marching Bengals, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and chamber ensembles have continued a tradition of excellence under his direction.  The Marching Bengals have earned more than 80 caption and class 
awards over the last five years during competition performances in Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble receive Excellent and Superior ratings at District MPA while more than three dozen students have earned Superior ratings at the Central District Solo and Ensemble MPA. Students under his direction are regular participants in All-District, All-State and collegiate honor groups.

Mr. Edwards received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was honored with the Central District Bandmasters Association (CDBA) Band Director of the Year in 2008 and the Award of Excellence in 2014. Mr. Edwards is Conductor of the Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band.  He has also conducted various North Carolina county honor bands and at the UNCG Summer Music Camp.

He has a distinguished record of service to the band directing profession, serving as District President, All-District Band Clinic Chair and Host and concert MPA Chair and Host. He has served as CDBA All-District Auditions Chair and as a member of the NC Bandmasters Association MPA Committee.

Mr. Edwards is active as a freelance trombonist, performing regularly with the Triangle Brass Band.  He has also performed with the North Carolina Wind Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Cape Fear Regional Theater.  His private students have distinguished themselves through placement in All-District and All-State bands.

He holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, American School Band Directors’ Association, North Carolina Music Educators’ Association and the North Carolina Bandmasters’ Association.

Mr. Keith James is currently serving in his seventh year as the Director of Bands at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and his Masters Degree in Conducting from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, in 2007. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent and Young Adult Music. Mr. James began his teaching career in 1983 as an assistant band director at Walterboro HS and band director at Colleton MS. He was the band director at Smithfield-Selma HS in Smithfield, NC from 1986-1992; South Granville HS in Creedmoor, NC from 1992-1996; Northwest Cabarrus HS in Concord, NC from 1996-1998; and the director of bands at Independence HS in Charlotte, NC, from 1998-2007. The bands under his leadership have consistently earned superior ratings in all areas. Mr. James is currently is in his thirty-second year of teaching.

Mr. James has served as a clinician and guest conductor for area honor bands, several southeastern regional honor bands, as well as a marching band clinician and adjudicator for both concert and marching bands. He works with several band programs throughout the Southeast and is in high demand as a winter guard judge and band clinician. He also currently serves as the winds and percussion instructor for the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition, Mr. James is a member of the Carolinas Wind Symphony, an adult community band, and is a freelance tubist in the Charlotte area.

Mr. James is an active member of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and served as District Chairman for two terms from 2007 - 2011. He has served as the 9/10 State Honors Band Auditions Chairman for the past ten years. He also served on the Marching Band Committee and the Board of Directors as Past District Chairman. Mr. James was the Jaycee’s Teacher of the Year in 1989, and was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 1995.

Mr. James holds professional memberships in the Union County Band Directors’ Association, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Central District Bandmasters Association, National Music Educators Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Florida Federation Judges Association, American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), Pi Kappa Lambda and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He is also a faculty sponsor and member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Rodney K. Workman is the Director of Bands at Central Davidson Middle School in Lexington, NC.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Appalachian State University. Since coming to Central Davidson his students have increased their involvement in All County, District and State Band. His bands have received Superior Ratings at District MPA every year he has taught in Grades II, III and IV.  He has served on staff at the Mars Hill College Summer Music Camp and is also on staff of the “Carolina Ambassador’s Honor Band” which tours the U.K., France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy giving concerts in each country. 

Mr. Workman has been the recipient of the “First Year Teacher of the Year” award while teaching in Burke County was selected as the 2011-2012 "Teacher of the Year" at Central Davidson Middle as well as being selected as a finalist for the same award for the Davidson County School System. He was also selected to receive the "Encore Award" from the American School Band Directors Association and was recently elected into the membership of that group.

Mr. Workman is active in the North Carolina Bandmasters Association serving as the Section Delegate for Band on the NCMEA Board, High School All State Clinic Chair and district Representative on the Concert Band MPA Committee. He is active in the Northwest District where he has served as Secretary/Chair-Elect, and currently serves as the Middle School Audition Site Host and District Chair. He is also a member of the National Band Association, the American School Band Director’s Association, the Gamma Beta Phi Society, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.