History of Virginia Beach High School Virginia Honor Bands

Kempsville: 20
(83/84 – 92/93, 94/95 – 99/00, 03/04, 04/05, 06/07, 10/11)

Princess Anne: 19
(82/83, 83/84, 88/89, 89/90, 92/93 – 94/95, 97/98, 02/03, 05/06 – 10/11, 12/13, 14/15 - 16/17)

Tallwood: 12
(93/94 – 95/96, 08/09 -- 16/17)

Frank W. Cox: 10
(96/97, 97/98, 99/00, 05/06, 07/08, 08/09, 10/11, 14/15 - 16/17)

Kellam: 9
(91/92, 95/96, 97/98, 99/00, 02/03, 03/04, 05/06 – 08/09)

Ocean Lakes: 9

(96/97, 06/07 – 10/11, 12/13, 15/16, 16/17)

Green Run: 5
(81/82 – 83/84, 86/87, 87/88)

Salem: 4
(90/91, 93/94 – 95/96)

FC: 3
(94/95 – 96/97)

Landstown: 1

(16/17)

Bayside: 0

 

History of Virginia Beach Honor Band Directors

 

John Boyd: 11 (Princess Anne) (active)
Tim Rossettini: 9 (Tallwood) (active)

Mike Lane: 7 (1 @ Kellam, 6 @ Cox) (active)
Michael King: 6 (2 @ FC, 4 @ Kempsville)
Leah (Greber) Nelson: 5 (Ocean Lakes)
Ron Collins, Sr.: 5 (Green Run)
Alan Sharps: 5 (4 @ PA, 1 @ Ocean Lakes)
John Hamilton: 4 (Salem High)
Bill Pease: 4 (Kempsville, now at University of Virginia)
Mark Reimer: 4 (Kempsville, now at Christopher Newport University)
Woody Gehlert: 3 (2 @ Princess Anne, 1 at Landstown) (active)                                      

Tim Gauldin: 3 (2 at Cox, 1 at Kempsville)
Richard Good: 3 (Kempsville, now at Auburn University)
Dwight Leonard: 3 (Tallwood)
Bryan Wills: 3 (2 @ Cox, 1 @ Kempsville)
Pat Burke: 3 (Kellam)
Ryan Rowles 2 (Ocean Lakes) (active)

Cameron Baker: 2 (Kellam) (active)
Jaraun Ransome: 2 (Kellam... he has 6 more with schools outside the Beach)
Chris Smith: 2 (Kempsville... he has 3 more with schools outside the Beach)
Joe Ligart: 2 (Princess Anne)
Jonathan Schiffler: 1 (Ocean Lakes) (now teaches at Dominion HS)
David Terray: 1 (Tallwood) (now teaches at Larkspur MS)
Ronald Scott: 1 (Kempsville)
Doug Armstrong: 1 (First Colonial... he has 16 more with schools outside the Beach)
Frank Chlorie: 1 (Kellam... he has 4 more with schools outside the Beach)

 

Virginia Beach Virginia Honor Band Trivia:


* The first VA Honor Band from Virginia Beach was Green Run High School (1981, under the direction of Ronald J. Collins, Sr.). Princess Anne (82), and Kempsville (83) followed suit.

* Kempsville was a Virginia Honor Band continuosly for 10 years (the longest stretch in VB history), missed it 1 year, and then went on another 6 year streak. Tallwood has the longest active streak with 9.

* 3 of Kempsville's Honor Band Directors have gone on to teach college band programs (Richard Good at Auburn, Bill Pease at Western Michigan and then the University of Virginia, Mark Reimer at Christopher Newport University).

* 6 VA Beach band directors directed Virginia Honor Bands at multiple VA Beach high schools (Mike King: First Colonial and Kempsville... Alan Sharps: Princess Anne and Ocean Lakes... Mike Lane: Kellam and Frank W. Cox... Tim Gauldin: Frank W. Cox and Kempsville... Bryan Wills: Frank W. Cox and Kempsville... and Woody Gehlert: Princess Anne and Landstown)

* 8 different band directors have directed a Virginia Honor Band at Kempsville (Ronald Scott, Richard Good, Mark Reimer, Bill Pease, Mike King, Chris Smith, Bryan Wills, Tim Gauldin).

* Two Virginia Beach High Schools (Green Run and Salem) have each only had one person as an Honor Band director: Ronald Collins (Green Run) and John Hamilton (Salem).

* Ronald J. Collins, Sr. -- who's name with Princess Anne was synonymous with great band in the 60's and 70's and then Green Run in the 80's and early 90's -- earned all of his Honor Bands at Green Run.

* John Boyd (Princess Anne), Tim Rossettini (Tallwood), Leah (Greber) Nelson (Ocean Lakes), Ronald Collins (Green Run), Bill Pease (Kempsville), Mark Reimer (Kempsville), Rich Good (Kempsville), Dwight Leonard (Tallwood), Pat Burke (Kellam), Cameron Baker (Kellam), Woody Gehlert (Princess Anne), Jaraun Ransome (Kellam), Chris Smith (Kempsville), Joe Ligart (Princess Anne), and Ryan Rowles (Ocean Lakes) all directed multiple Virginia Honor Bands at one school during their tenure in Virginia Beach.

* All 4 of Princess Anne's Honor Band Directors directed multiple Honor Bands at PA: Joe Ligart (2), Alan Sharps (4), Woody Gehlert (2), and John Boyd (11).

* Only 1 school (Tallwood, 1995-1996) had two Virginia Honor Band Directors in the same year: Dwight Leonard (Head Director) and David Terray (Assistant Director).

* Number of different Honor Band directors for each school: Kempsville (8), Kellam (5), Princess Anne (4), First Colonial (3), Frank W. Cox (3), Ocean Lakes (4), Tallwood (3), Green Run (1), Salem (1), Landstown (1), Bayside (0).