Adam Nobile ’08 (Ephrata, Pa.) turned a band that was an afterthought into a cornerstone program.
In 2010, Adam, a general music education graduate, accepted the director of bands position at Graystone Academy, a low-income school in Coatesville, Pa.
“Many students don’t have a lot of what we typically take for granted,” he said.
When Adam was hired, the band program had 18 students, but within two years, the band has blossomed to 80 students.
“The band has gone from being an afterthought to being a cornerstone program within our school,” he said.
During his time as director, Adam has faced many challenges, including “butting heads” with two of the older students because he was not the previous instructor.
“Last year those same students were in tears at 8th grade graduation because they were leaving,” he said. “They are currently members of the high school band program, and when I saw both of them at a recent band competition, they came running. Knowing I had such an impact was a touching moment in my career.”
Adam credits his career success to former York College music professor Wayne Romer.
“He is definitely to thank for me finishing my degree, because during the times when I was down, he helped bring me back up,” he said. “His passion for music is the inspiration I still use today.”
Adam believes that students pursuing a music education degree should get experience with local bands above and beyond the required field experience time.
“Set yourself apart from other qualified candidates,” he added.
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