In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Charles Page, Band Director at Valley View High School in northeastern Arkansas. Prior to his current position he was Band Director in the Buffalo Island School District, which is a much smaller district in the same part of the state.
In this conversation, Dr. Page talks about the musical challenges associated with directing a small band with just a few musicians, and how that can lead to some creative solutions and outstanding musical experiences for the students. Our conversation was recorded in late summer 2021, just before the new school year began.
Charles Page is a native of West Monroe, LA. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to his employment at Valley View, Dr. Page was the Director of Instrumental Music for the Buffalo Island Central school district in Monette, AR. During his tenure at BIC, the program saw a vast increase in size, student placements in various honor bands, a high percentage of students achieving 1st and 2nd division awards at their annual Solo & Ensemble Festival, 1st division Concert Assessment awards in both Sight Reading and Prepared Music, and more.
Dr. Page, whose principal instrument is the tuba, is an active performer and adjudicator in the Mid-South and beyond. He is on staff annually for the Midwestern Music Camp in Lawrence, KS and the Dixie Band Camp in Conway, AR. He is the founder and artistic director of Jonesboro’s own Diamond Brass Band. He is the principal tubist for the Delta Symphony Orchestra. He has performed all over the state with Arkansas’ premier performing ensemble; the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is a former member of Little Rock’s Natural State Brass Band and Kansas City’s international award-winning Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB). In addition to competing and performing all over the country, Dr. Page traveled with the FCBB twice to the United Kingdom to tour, compete, and record albums. His playing can be heard on Fountain City’s Blue Christmas, Celebrations, and Over the Rainbow albums, on the University of Kansas’ American Landscapes and Derivations albums, on Scott Watson’s solo tuba album titled Thoughts of a Cow, and on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Voices with Brass album.
Dr. Page lives in Jonesboro, AR with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs, Sadie and Rosie.
Bio credits: valleyviewschools.net
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