NCBA Hall of fame 2017
Bill Witcher is a native of Virginia. He attended Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor of Music in 1974, and his Master of Music in 1987. While earning his master’s degree, he was a graduate assistant in the School of Music working with the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and teaching brass methods,
private trumpet, and music appreciation. His master’s thesis, a correlation study of music instruction and brain development, was nominated for an outstanding thesis award. He has done further post graduate study at Florida State University. Witcher was fortunate to do his student teaching with the famed Lenoir High School Band before the school’s closing. He taught in the public schools of Madison County, Va., Thomasville City, Rowan and Iredell counties. He retired in 2006, after 32 years as a band director from the Caldwell County Schools.
He was the band director at Hibriten High School, which has long been acknowledged for its musical excellence. Their band has earned consistent "Superior" ratings at the North Carolina State Music Festival in grade VI music since the opening of Hibriten in 1966. The last nine ratings of "Superior" occurred during Witcher’s tenure. He also taught AP music theory at Hibriten. During his time there, the Hibriten Band traveled to New York City three times, as well as Atlanta and Toronto, participating in national music festivals, and earned additional "Superior" ratings from a national slate of adjudicators. In 2000, the Hibriten Band received the honor of being selected to perform for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. Additionally, they received the coveted Ensemble of Excellence while at the 2002 New York Festival as the top overall band of the Festival.
Since retirement, Witcher has been a member of the adjunct faculty at ASU, teaching brass method courses and serving as the academic advisor for the school of music. He has also been on the staff of Cannon Music Camp directing the symphonic band and teaching music theory. He is a former president of the Northwest District Bandmasters and ran the Middle School State Band Festival.