GREENVILLE — The Greenville School District is welcoming a new band director this school year. Scottie Moore is the new director of the high school marching band and concert bands.
In addition, Moore will direct the fifth grade band and will co-direct the sixth grade band with Brian McKibben.
“I’m just excited to be here,” said Moore, a Xenia native.
Moore began his musical career in the fifth grade when he joined his school’s band. He played the trumpet, which continues to be his favorite instrument to play, although he said he can play any instrument at at least a sixth grade level.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” Moore said. However, he didn’t know what kind of teacher he wanted to be until he went to college.
Moore received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Miami University and his master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Tennessee.
While he does not currently play in any bands, he formerly played in the Sinclair Community College Wind Symphony, the Ohio Valley British Brass Band and the Piqua Community Band.
“I have a 2-year-old and 1-year-old at home and they keep me kind of busy,” he said of not playing in any bands presently. His wife, Jessica, is also a band director. She directs the band at the Fairlawn Local School District near Sidney.
Last week, the marching band held its annual band camp. This year’s marching band has about 70 students including the Wavette Dance Team, according to Moore.
“It’s about the kids and making sure they’re doing the best job they possibly can. Making sure they’re learning, improving and enjoying themselves,” said Moore of directing the band.
Moore’s goal is to make the band “as good as it can possibly be.”
“My dream is to have the band be a seamless part of the community. [So that] when you think about Greenville, you think about the band,” he said.
In his spare time, Moore enjoys spending time with his family, baseball, running and playing music, especially jazz. He resides in Piqua with his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Evan and Noah.