Rocky Mount, N.C.—North Carolina Wesleyan College is marching toward the day when its first college band will play at football games and other events. The college has hired Tony Sawyer, an accomplished band director and musician, to lead Wesleyan’s effort to organize a college marching band. He will assume his duties August 1.
“Tony Sawyer brings an impressive background to our community,” said Bill Allen, Wesleyan’s vice president of enrollment management. “For the last 10 years he has worked at Elon University as director of bands. He directed their marching band, basketball pep band and a wind ensemble. He is a percussionist and has impressive experience combining music and technology.”
Sawyer also has directed bands at the State University of West Georgia and taught percussion at Clayton State University. His extensive musical experience ranges from teaching private percussion lessons to performing with orchestras and bands all over the United States, including the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Rialto Symphony Orchestra and more.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in music education, cum laude, from Kennesaw State University and a master’s in percussion performance from Northern Arizona University.
The addition of a band will complement other music activities that Wesleyan offers. These include The Wesleyan Singers, which is a choral ensemble open to all students with an interest in vocal performance, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, which performs at college and community events.