A familiar face will be leading the band onto the field at Noble Stadium this fall.
Chauvin Aaron, Ardmore City Schools’ new assistant director of fine arts and director of bands, was hired during the June 27 ACS’ board of education meeting. Aaron, a 2003 graduate of Ardmore High School, is no stranger to the community. Aaron last taught band at ACS three years ago, after having spent the last three years at O’Banion Middle School in Garland, Texas.
“I am looking forward to reconnecting with the community of Ardmore and rebuilding our band program, and I am currently reaching out to former band students to get them back involved in our band program,” Aaron said. “One of our goals this year is to provide our students with some of the best musical experiences our state and country have to offer.”
“Chauvin knows how to build the program and knows about the rich history of fine arts in Ardmore,” Kim Holland, ACS superintendent, said of Aaron. Holland was principal at AHS when Aaron was previously band director and Holland said he expects “the entire fine arts department to benefit from his return” and specifically expects the band “to take off.”
Aaron said he is excited to be back in the Ardmore community and sees a lot of potential for the band this coming season. Fine arts has been picking up steam in Ardmore, fueled even more by the possibility of the district pursuing a bond issue to build a fine arts center, and Aaron said he hopes to make the band a part of that momentum.
“I am excited about this marching season and the many musical opportunities we are providing to our band students and the community of Ardmore this fall,” Aaron said.
“I am extremely excited about the upcoming year in band,” Landon Johnson, senior trumpet player, said. “Bringing Mr. Aaron back to lead our band program will continue a trend of rebuilding excellence in Ardmore City Schools.”
The Pride of Ardmore already has a busy schedule upcoming, starting with a band parent and community meeting tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in the Ardmore High School band room. Band parents of students from sixth to 12th grade are encouraged to attend. The band will continue to roll along with a color guard clinic and auditions on July 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (for the clinic) and auditions will be conducted July 24 beginning at 4 p.m. Aaron said all current Pride of Ardmore color guard members will retain their spot and position.
Breakout box: Pride of Ardmore band events

n Band parents and community meeting: 6 p.m. tomorrow (July 10) in the Ardmore High School band room

n The Pride of Ardmore color guard clinic: July 20 and July 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n The Pride of Ardmore color guard auditions: July 24 beginning at 4 p.m.

n The Pride of Ardmore Welcome Picnic: Aug. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Ardmore High School cafeteria

n Ardmore Middle School sixth grade beginning band instrument test drive/petting zoo: Aug. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ardmore Middle School cafeteria

n Ardmore Youth and Community Band rehearsal: Sept. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Ardmore High School cafeteria

n One Tiger Nation (an introduction of AHS foreign exchange students): Sept. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Ardmore High School cafeteria

n AHS Homecoming football game v.s. El Reno: Sept. 22 beginning at 7 p.m. at Noble Stadium

n 59th Annual band barbecue and pep rally: Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall