GCHS band marches on

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Dr. Tim Dailey hired Sept. 16

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Dr. Tim Dailey has been hired as the band director at Grant County High School and was on the job on Sept. 16.
Dailey, was recommended for the job by Bob Gregg, former band director at Williamstown and Bob Elliott, former band director at GCHS, as well as other band colleagues.

He is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he earned his doctorate of musical arts in trumpet performance.

Dailey completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky earning dual bachelor degrees in trumpet performance and music education. He received his master of music in trumpet performance from the University of Arkansas.

While new to GCHS, Dailey has actually seen the GCHS Marching Band perform as recently as last weekend when he served as an adjudicator for Kentucky Music Educators Association events at Beechwood High School.

His band experience started at Mercer County High School. He has been a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He’s also worked in various instructor roles over the last nine years at Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Eastern High School, Madison Central High, Beechwood and Ryle High Schools.

“Having grown up in the competitive marching band scene, I recognize the diverse benefits this activity offers to young musicians,” Dailey said. “It is quite possibly the most effective platform offered in public schools for teaching students to become mature, confident, leaders.”

In his experience, Dailey said that every good band program has strong, determined student leaders.
Dailey spent Monday after school on the field working with the band.
“In one rehearsal with the Grant County Band, I can already tell that this element is a huge factor and will serve them well as the season moves forward,” Dailey said. “Unlike other sports that have a bench or shuffle between offense and defense, quality marching bands are built on the depth of the team, rather than the star power of individuals.”
Dailey said for the band to have a successful season, every member has to contribute at a high level.
Dailey takes over the GCHS Marching Band after Dave Owens resigned last week. See related story.
His focus for the next couple of weeks will be learning the rest of the drill for this year’s program. The band will perform the complete program on Sept. 28 when GCHS hosts the 14th annual Grant County High School Festival of Bands.
“Once the framework of the show is complete, the staff and I will take a hard look at any flaws in design and make adjustments to help boost our scores in the visual effect and music effect captions,” Dailey said.
He expects by the first of October to have improved the content and difficulty of the show.

“The rest of the season will be dedicated to polishing and refining our visual and musical performance. By the time state championships take place on Oct. 26, we will be performing a challenging and exciting program with an extreme level of precision,” Dailey said.
Dailey he recognized that the week had been hard on the GCHS Marching Band members.

“The students grew tremendously today as individuals and as a group simply from the way they showed up to rehearsal ready to support each other in the face of adversity,” Dailey said.
“I always want my students to learn how to play and march better, but this group and this situation offer the opportunity for everyone to learn more about how to endure trials and rise above the obstacles that life will inevitably put in your path. I am extremely proud of how these young adults have pushed forward and I want them to know that their strength and determination will be rewarded on Oct. 26,” he added.

Dailey and his wife, MazKenzie are expecting their first child in 2014. She is a teacher at Ockerman Elementary. They met in 2007 while both were working with Paul Laurence Dunbar’s band.