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Ligon Magnet Middle School Jazz Ensemble

  • Ligon GT Magnet Middle School is one of Wake County's Gifted and Talented as well as Academically Gifted Magnet Schools. Geographically students come from the North and East sections of Wake County as well as the local neighborhood. Our school offers over 100 electives with an emphasis on Arts. Our school motto is Academics + Arts = Achievement. Our music curriculum allows students the opportunity to sing or play in ensembles from beginning to advanced including 3 choirs, 2 piano classes, 3 string orchestras, a guitar class, 4 concert bands, and 1 jazz band. Our Jazz Band is a yearlong auditioned ensemble that meets on a daily basis during the school day. Ligon's jazz program often encourages students to pursue performing in our community ensembles like Triangle Youth Jazz which is making its 4th appearance at Essentially Ellington in New York this year. Our Orchestra and Band programs have both performed at the North Carolina State Music Convention with our Jazz Band performing this year. We are fortunte to have a parent boosters organization that supports us with fundraising where we have been able to bring in clinicians, commission new works as well as take trips to Chicago, Disney, NYC, and Atlanta.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLES
  • TBD - TBD
  • Ligon Magnet Middle School Jazz Ensemble
  • Renee Todd
  • Ms. Todd is currently in her seventh year as Director of Bands at Ligon GT Magnet Middle School and twenty-sixth year of teaching music. Under the direction of Ms. Todd, the Ligon Band program has grown to over 230 band members, with four wind bands and a jazz ensemble achieving superior ratings at both local and national music festivals. The Ligon Wind Ensemble was an invited ensemble at the Music For All-Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival in Atlanta in 2018 and selected to perform at the NCMEA (NC Music Educators Convention) in 2015. In 2018, the Ligon Jazz Ensemble performed for the NCMEA (NC Music Educators Convention) in November and in 2019 they selected to perform at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Ms. Todd was awarded Band Director of the Year for the NC Central District in 2016 and Jazz Educator of the Year for NC Central Region in 2018 and in 2019 received the Award of Excellence for the NC Central District. In 1993, Ms. Todd received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied under John Wakefield, Emerson Head and L Richmond Sparks. While in college Ms. Todd was drum major and trumpet section leader of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band and recipient of the Otto Sibenachen- Most Outstanding Musician in the top wind band at Maryland. Before her appointment at Ligon, Ms.Todd was nominated Teacher Of The Year at both Dillard Drive and Wendell Middle Schools. She has served for site host for the Central District Band MPA and Wake All-County Band and served on the board for the Central District Band Association. Ms. Todd is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and Tau Beta Sigma. As an active guest clinician and conductor, Ms. Todd is scheduled to direct several NC District Middle School Bands including the Northwest District 2018, South Central District 2020 and South Eastern District 2020 Honor Bands. Ms. Todd has conducted the Red Jr and Blue Jr Bands at UNCG Summer Music Camp, the Eastern, Central and Western Region Middle School Jazz Bands and the North Carolina Area Independent Schools Honor Band. She has also served as a guest clinician for the Cleveland, Davidson, Durham and Johnston All-County, Bands. Ms. Todd is an active freelance trumpeter as well as a private instructor in the Triangle area