The Walter Hines Page High School Band Program is currently under the direction of Mr. Eddie Deaton. Ensembles offered through the band include Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and an extracurricular Marching Band.
The primary mission of the Page High School band program is to provide students with an education that allows them to better understand the musical language, to experience the joys of creating music in rehearsal and performance, and to lay the foundation for understanding and appreciation of music throughout their lives. It is also the goal and purpose of this program to provide students with a social education given through leadership opportunities, group and personal discipline, and a sense of cooperation and accomplishment.
Music Ensembles at Page High School carry a long tradition of excellence since the school opened its doors in 1958. Originally under the direction of Harry Shipman, many enduring traditions, such as the composition of the school’s fight song, occurred during his tenure. These traditions were carried forward by Odell Shoffner, and reached a peak under the direction of Charles Murph during the 1970s and 1980s. Under Mr. Murph, the cultural arts department was a national finalist for the a $10,000 Rockefeller Foundation Grant during the 1981-1982 school year. Bands from Page toured and performed throughout the Southeastern United States. The band achieved numerous “Superior” ratings at local, state and national festivals.
This tradition continued during the 1990s and early 2000s under the direction of Charles Spicer and Edwin Kimbrough. Mr. Kimbrough led the band in a performance at the NC Music Educators Annual In-Service Conference in 2001, an honor reserved for only a few bands throughout the state each year, signifying the Page Band as an outstanding music program. Mr. Deaton, a class of 2000 graduate from Page, assumed his role at the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year. Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble has achieved multiple “Superior” ratings, and performed at national clinics and festivals including appearances at the University of Maryland, Vandercook College of Music, Northwestern University, NY Philharmonic and Walt Disneyworld. The Jazz Band regularly performs for local community and school events, and the Marching Band has performed in local parades, at numerous football games (including three state championship appearances) and marched in multiple parades in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disneyworld.