Etowah High School
Etowah High School, located in Woodstock Georgia, is one of six high schools in Cherokee county.
EHS Eagle Band Association, Inc.
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What defines an Eagle?
n, pl in·ten·si·ties 1. the quality or condition of being intense. 2. great energy, strength, concentration, or vehemence, as of activity. 3. a high or extreme degree, as of cold or heat. 4. the degree or extent to which something is intense. 5. a high degree of emotional excitement; depth of feeling.
The Etowah High School Eagle Band’s mission is to support excellence in music performance, and to do so with INTENSITY…
Etowah’s string orchestra has been growing since it’s revamp a few years ago. This class meets every day during the curricular day and strives to learn and grow. We have a string coach that comes in to assist Mr. Long during the semester and we are able to all learn.
The intermediate band is for all incoming 9th grade students. This band helps to bridge the gap from middle school musical technique and the technique required for high school level literature. This ensemble meets every day during the curricular day.
Advanced Band is designed for students 10th grade – 12th grade and uses those skills learned in middle school and intermediate band. This ensemble is for students continuing to work to improve their skills and pushes towards mastery. This ensemble meets every day during the curricular day.
Mastery Band is for students who are showing mastery of their instrument and musical concepts needed for difficult high school music literature. This ensemble is for 10th -12th grade students who demonstrate this level of skill in a placement audition each spring. This is the top ensemble at Etowah High School and performs at the highest level. This ensemble meets every day during the curricular day.
The Etowah Marching Eagles is the athletic band and participates in parades, football games, pep rallies, and marching competitions. This is an extracurricular activity and enjoys participation from most students in the band programs at EHS. In addition to winds and percussion, this ensemble features the color guard unit along with their choreography and visual enhancements. If you are not a part of this ensemble and would like to be, email Mr. Long. For more information on this ensemble’s schedule click here.
The winter guard program at EHS has been growing and developing quickly. We include a HS unit as well as a Cadet unit made of 6th – 8th grade students from E.T. Booth. This unit competes in the SAPA Indoor Guard circuit, meets from November – April, and is an extra curricular ensemble. Auditions for this group typically occur in November with competitions beginning in January. More information will be posted as we get closer to the season. If you have any questions about this ensemble contact Mr. Long.
The EHS Jazz Band meets beginning in November and is an extra curricular ensemble focused on the medium of Jazz. Students experience everything from swing, to rock, to latin, to pop, and more. Students are encouraged to learn and audition for the district and state level jazz events.
Director of Instrumental Music
Mr. Stephen Long
Stephen Long is in his 5th year at Etowah High School. He has taught 4th and 5th grade band in Fulton County, GA and 6th-12th grade band for 6 years in the Long Beach School District located in Mississippi. Long received both his Bachelors Degree of Music Education and Masters of Music in Conducting from Reinhardt University. During his tenure as high school and middle school director, Long’s bands have received consistent Superior ratings at the state and local level for marching and concert performances.
Long is active in the local and state band director associations, and participates in adjudication for solo/ensemble festivals, honor band auditions, and pre-festival evaluations.
Long’s professional affiliations include: National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Phi Kappa Lambda Honors Music Society, Mississippi Band Masters’ Association, Gulf Coast Band Directors’ Association.
Long grew up around North Georgia and attended Woodstock High School for a short time during high school. While attending Reinhardt University he worked closely with the Sequoyah Band Program and worked with Etowah’s previous director, Michael Foxworth, during his first two years in Woodstock. It has been such a pleasure become reacquainted with Cherokee County as well as work with the find students here at Etowah High School.
He is very excited to continue as part of a community he calls home, and to work with the incredible staff, students, and administration at Etowah High School! Mr. Long is married to Beth Long and expecting their first child this fall!
Christopher Lennox is a musician, educator, and proud part of the Etowah Band family. From an early age, music became an integral part of his identity, and his dedication only increased from his role as the principal alto saxophonist of many symphonic, jazz, and marching ensembles throughout the years. His passion also led to the formation of student led saxophone chamber groups both at Flowery Branch High School and Reinhardt University. Wanting to share what he felt, Chris realized community outreach should be an integral part of performance. He’s had the pleasure of volunteering his time for the community by performing at events including nursing home tours, holiday tours at the Governor’s Mansion, and local city celebrations and food festivals aimed to raise money for band programs and charity organizations.
While attending Reinhardt University, Chris not only fostered his passion for performing, but discovered a love for teaching while taking on many opportunities during his undergraduate attendance. Because of teaching private lessons, heading up sectional masterclasses, and working band camps with many schools across several North Georgia counties, Chris knew he wanted to make a difference through music education.
After graduating from Reinhardt University in May of 2015 with degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance, he continued to professionally teach young musicians through freelancing and individualized private lessons and was hired in the Fall of 2015 as a Woodwind Technician for the Etowah Marching Eagles. Since then, Chris has been incredibly thankful to be a member of the Etowah Band Staff and learns as much from the students as he hopes they learn from him.