New Band Director Isn't An Adair Native

New Band Director Isn't An Adair Native

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Curious

Franklin, TN

#1 Apr 16, 2009
How come, since Adair has produced so many outstanding band directors, that the new director isn't one of them? He's coming from John Hardin in Etown...his credentials are good, but I figured we'd get one of our own?
root a toot toot

Glasgow, KY

#2 Apr 16, 2009
And just who in Adair County do you think would qualify to be band director?

Tim Allen recommended this man for the job.
Buster

London, KY

#3 Apr 17, 2009
root a toot toot wrote:
And just who in Adair County do you think would qualify to be band director?
Tim Allen recommended this man for the job.
Probably no one thats currently living in adair but the original post was talking about anyone that was ever a student at adair. That being the case, there are several highly successful directors at other schools in the state that graduated from ACHS. Those people most likely dont want to uproot their family and move when they are already directing an accomplished band program. Mr. Case seems to be a good choice to head the kind of program that is at Adair. A legendary, one-of-a-kind director like Tim Allen has shoes that are going to be difficult to ever fill.
Suggestions

Louisville, KY

#4 Apr 17, 2009
I would have thought Eric Hale would have been a prime choice....former Adair band member, successful director at Harrison County (the band that beat Adair at state this year) and he's been successful. Perhaps he didn't want to return home?

I disagree that Allen's shoes will be real difficult to fill. The thing about this band is that the kids are motivated to win and realize what it takes to accomplish those goals. Nobody is irreplaceable. As long as Mr Case is able to maintain that motivation the tradition will carry itself.
Only in Ky

London, KY

#5 Apr 17, 2009
Yeah, those shoes will be real EASY to fill. Thats why there are so many monumentally successful programs in the state. It has nothing to do with an uncanny ability to pull it all together like he could. Sounds like a little bit of personal thing when you say his shoes will be easy to fill. Anyone who knows very much about music, teaching, and what makes a great marching and band program as a whole understands just what kind of unique talent Tim Allen really was.
Suggestions

Louisville, KY

#6 Apr 17, 2009
The band was WINNING everything they did BEFORE Tim Allen came. Dan Harris started the tradition in 1979-80 and they won everywhere they went. There wasn't a real state championship set up by KMEA back then but the band won big contests in Lexington, Danville, Charlestown Indiana, Beechwood and other places that were "big" back then. Also back then the state fair had a contest and Adair won it every year for several years in a row.

Tim Allen picked up where it was and indeed took it to a new level, but he by no means started it.

And who's to say the new guy can't take it even higher?

Quit pretending like Tim Allen is the founding father.
hey

Hodgenville, KY

#7 Apr 17, 2009
Suggestions wrote:
I would have thought Eric Hale would have been a prime choice....former Adair band member, successful director at Harrison County (the band that beat Adair at state this year) and he's been successful. Perhaps he didn't want to return home?
I disagree that Allen's shoes will be real difficult to fill. The thing about this band is that the kids are motivated to win and realize what it takes to accomplish those goals. Nobody is irreplaceable. As long as Mr Case is able to maintain that motivation the tradition will carry itself.
Eric would have been great but he didn't apply for the job, only one former Adair County alum applied.
Only in Ky

London, KY

#8 Apr 17, 2009
Suggestions wrote:
The band was WINNING everything they did BEFORE Tim Allen came. Dan Harris started the tradition in 1979-80 and they won everywhere they went. There wasn't a real state championship set up by KMEA back then but the band won big contests in Lexington, Danville, Charlestown Indiana, Beechwood and other places that were "big" back then. Also back then the state fair had a contest and Adair won it every year for several years in a row.
Tim Allen picked up where it was and indeed took it to a new level, but he by no means started it.
And who's to say the new guy can't take it even higher?
Quit pretending like Tim Allen is the founding father.
No one is pretending anything. The point WAS and still IS that those shoes will be hard to fill....as would be the case with any of the great directors in the state. You cant take just any pick of director and expect to keep the level of excellence the same just based on "tradition". You see it all the time. Im quite sure that UK basketball is steeped in tradition but not just any coach will do. Are you getting my point yet??? If not, I can continue to try to explain it and I dont mind arguing the point that most would agree with.
Suggestions

Louisville, KY

#9 Apr 17, 2009
My point is that the band was winning when Tim Allen took it. He filled the shoes of Dan Harris who started the tradition that is what it is today. If Tim Allen can fill someone else's shoes, then someone can surely fill his.

I'm also surprised that only ONE Adair County alumnus applied for the job, considering that there are so many good directors from Adair out there....maybe they didn't want to deal with the BS.....
the blind

Lexington, KY

#10 Apr 17, 2009
BS is every where,, and its hard to come home?? its never the same as when you left
What of it

Columbia, KY

#11 Apr 17, 2009
Curious wrote:
How come, since Adair has produced so many outstanding band directors, that the new director isn't one of them? He's coming from John Hardin in Etown...his credentials are good, but I figured we'd get one of our own?
Tim allen was not an adair native but he did a great job for a lot of years.
Suggestions

Lexington, KY

#12 Apr 18, 2009
What of it wrote:
<quoted text>
Tim allen was not an adair native but he did a great job for a lot of years.
Agreed...but at that time there were also fewer graduates of the Adair band that were proven directors in their own right. Now there are at least six out there.

So Tim Allen approved this guy? If Tim Allen is leaving then he needs to keep his nose out of it. That's like Rick Pitino telling Kentucky what to do. I guess Allen will have his nose and hand all over the band this year until he gets LWC's band going....I certainly wouldn't want to have to deal with that.
from off

Columbia, KY

#13 Apr 18, 2009
good grief!! one former adair student applied for the band job, and apparently was not as qualified as the director hired. Why don't you all get over the thought that only people that were born and raised here could do a good job at anything. If there was less "who you are" and more "what you are" here things would not be lost in a 20th century time warp.

the bitterness and jealousy expressed here and in other topix posts are astounding.
Wondering

Irmo, SC

#14 Nov 11, 2009
What ever happened to Dan Harris?
max

Doniphan, MO

#15 Nov 11, 2009
Mr. Allen was a wonderful director and Mr. Case is and will be also. Why does it matter if he is an Adair native? Would that make him more qualified?
Honestly, I think this has got to be one of the most ridiculous posts ever started. People who badmouth the band must have alot of extra time on their hands. Time that could be spent doing something productive toward society.
Scottie Band

Russell Springs, KY

#16 Nov 11, 2009
What tradition are you talking about. We won everything and were National Marching Band Champions in 1980. Macy's pays us to come up there.
Mom

Columbia, KY

#17 Nov 11, 2009
Curious wrote:
How come, since Adair has produced so many outstanding band directors, that the new director isn't one of them? He's coming from John Hardin in Etown...his credentials are good, but I figured we'd get one of our own?
Tim Allen wasn't from Adair County, and he did very well, didn't he?
xyz

Lexington, KY

#18 Nov 22, 2009
so

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