Grimsley High School Band

In the fall of 1936, Mr. Herbert Hazelman (band) and Raymond Brietz (choral music) reactivated the music program, as it had been cut due to the depression. Forty-two years later, in 1978, Mr. Hazelman retired, as one of the most respected band directors in the country, having taken his band to play at halftime during an NFL game (1956, Washington Redskins), as well as play for a sitting president (1972, Richard Nixon). Mr. Hazelman also wrote Grimsley’s alma mater in 1950. After Hazelman’s retirement, Mr. Sampson took over as concert band director. During a good portion of the 1980s and 90s, Mr. Edgar Rooker (who was the director of the marching band during the latter part of Hazelman’s time at Grimsley) and Mr. Forest Munden, headed Grimsley’s band. An assistant band director during that time, from 1988-1992, Dr. Stefan Stuber, took over as head band director in 1999, after Mr. Munden’s retirement, and retired in 2019. The rich history of excellence continues under direction of Mr. Jeremy Ray is the Director of Bands.

Grimsley High School Band

In the fall of 1936, Mr. Herbert Hazelman (band) and Raymond Brietz (choral music) reactivated the music program, as it had been cut due to the depression…

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Forty-two years later, in 1978, Mr. Hazelman retired, as one of the most respected band directors in the country, having taken his band to play at halftime during an NFL game (1956, Washington Redskins), as well as play for a sitting president (1972, Richard Nixon). Mr. Hazelman also wrote Grimsley’s alma mater in 1950. After Hazelman’s retirement, Mr. Sampson took over as concert band director. During a good portion of the 1980s and 90s, Mr. Edgar Rooker (who was the director of the marching band during the latter part of Hazelman’s time at Grimsley) and Mr. Forest Munden, headed Grimsley’s band. An assistant band director during that time, from 1988-1992, Dr. Stefan Stuber, took over as head band director in 1999, after Mr. Munden’s retirement, and retired in 2019. The rich history of excellence continues under direction of Mr. Jeremy Ray is the Director of Bands.

Register for the Spring 2020 Trip!

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Announcement:
Next Band Booster Meeting will be in January 2020!

Upcoming Events

  • December 18, 2019, Jazz Band @ HPU Basketball
  • January 11, 2020, All District Band Auditions
  • January 11, 2020, Central Region Jazz Band Auditions
  • January 25, 2020, Mattress Fundraising Sale

The Director’s Corner

​We’ve had a really good week of rehearsals.  We dug into the challenging repertoire and have pushed towards our goals.  We only have 8 rehearsals left prior to the Winter Concert. Please continue to encourage your students to practice.  Encourage them to practice the stuff they can not play.  It is easy to say you practiced and only practice the stuff you can play, but progress is only made when we leave our comfort zone.  I believe they can do this, encourage them to meet the challenge. 

Thank you to everyone that attended the November booster meeting.  We had a great group of parents attend and I encourage each of you to attend the next one.  Thank you to Kim and Duana for leading the meeting.  They are well organized and have a great plan for the band, come see what it is all about.  Our next meeting will be in January. 

I hope everyone has a great holiday week.  Enjoy some turkey and time with your families and friends. 

Go Whirlies!!!

About the Bands...

Grimsley High School has many bands in the Band program. They are a group of outstanding performance ensembles consisting of three concert bands, jazz ensemble and the marching band, located in Greensboro, NC. We are deeply dedicated to the education and musicianship for over 125 students.  We perform both locally and in venues throughout the United States, having participated in performances in Universal Studios, Disney World and many other locations.  Expectations are set high for our band staff and students, achieving a level of excellence every day.  Our Grimsley Band Boosters support those expectations and help us reach our goals.  They raise funds that help to support our students in the classroom, on the marching band field and traveling the country. Grimsley Bands and Band Boosters provide an excellence in and beyond the classroom while developing lifelong lovers of music.

Serving Our Community Since 1899

Being part of the Whirlie Band Program, no matter the band, makes each musician part of a close knit group of students that work hard to provide quality entertainment for Grimsley High School as well as the larger community. We play at somber events such as the 9/11 memorial and celebrate football wins; we march in parades that honor great people as well as celebrating holidays. You can find Blue Steel at the beginning of a charity race or the Jazz Band at a book store. It takes a lot of work and dedication to be part of the Whirlie Band and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Behind the Scenes

Very few people know what it takes to prepare for that 12 minute half time show. There are hours and hours of walking the same path, listening to the same songs, playing the same notes and rhythms. Mouths, lips, jaws, arms, backs, shoulders are all sore; feet are tired and the students are hot. It takes a special kind of person to want to be a musician in a marching band.  Our Whirlie Band members are some of the best around. They are dedicated to music and excellence in performance. You will find them supporting each other, encouraging each other and celebrating together when the show goes off without a hitch.
That’s what you don’t see during that half time show…

Band Programs

Marching Band

Students enjoy many performances and camaraderie through Marching Band Camp, evening rehearsals, football games, parades, and the annual spring trip.

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Jazz Band

Membership in Jazz Band is determined by audition in the spring. Auditions for Jazz Band will include prepared pieces in a variety of styles, as well as scales and sight-reading.

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Blue Steel

The Grimsley High School Drum line is a group of percussionists that are also members of other bands.

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Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble membership is determined by audition each spring and are conducted one-on-one with the Director and the auditioning student.

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Concert Bands I & II

Concert Band I, also called ”Freshman” band, includes all freshman.

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2020 Summer Band Camps

All Band Camps for the summer of 2020 are on the calendar! A lot of information is covered during your week of camp. Please plan around these dates as they are mandatory for all band members. 

Classroom Instruction

For any and all band class information, including documents, ‘Remind’ information, assignments, dates and more, see Mr. Ray’s GCSNC page.

Private Lessons

Please contact the Band Director, Mr. Jeremy Ray for a list of local instructors if you are interested in private lessons.  He can guide you according to your instrument and personal needs.

Band Sponsors

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Being part of the Whirlie Band family is both rewarding and fun.  The students are the grateful recipients of all our efforts.  You, too, can be a part of something fabulous!

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