Director of Bands
Aaron Noë is currently in his first year with the Orange High School Bands. A conductor, educator, and trumpet player, Mr. Noë enjoys composing and arranging music for wind bands. A graduate of Greensboro College (B.S., Music Education, '97), Mr. Noë has completed graduate work at the University of South Carolina, where he was the Jazz Teaching Assistant, and holds a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University ('05), where he studied trumpet with Rex Richardson.
Mr. Noë has 18 years of band directing experience in South Carolina (1 year) and Virginia (17 years). Under his direction, his bands have consistently received superior and excellent ratings at state and national festivals for Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, and Marching Bands. His marching bands competed in the USBands circuit and won several state and regional championships and a national championship. Mr. Noё remains active with the organization serving as an adjudicator throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Mr. Noë was the founder and conductor of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony (MAWS) in Fredericksburg, VA. MAWS is an invitational wind ensemble comprised of professional musicians from the mid-Atlantic region, volunteering their time to promote professional-level wind band literature. MAWS is dedicated to the promotion of the finest classical band repertoire through the performance of compositions by modern composers while respecting the rich heritage of the American Wind Ensemble as established by John Philip Sousa and his contemporaries. The Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony performs three concerts each season in addition to special civic and patriotic events. Under his direction, the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony premiered numerous wind band compositions including the U.S. premier of Allen Vizzutti’s Three World Winds commissioned and premiered by Rex Richardson.
Aaron Noё has composed and arranged over 20 compositions for wind band. Some of his favorites include All Through the Night (2012), Civil Rights: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and His Journey through 1963 (2013), Taken By the Sky (Commissioned by Rusty Chevalier and the Skiatook HS Band, 2018) and Time Machine (2017, performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic new music session).
Assistant Director of Marching Band
Marching Band Percussion Instructor
Scott Thomas has been working as a percussion educator, composer, performer, clinician and consultant since 1996.
Currently, Scott is the Director of Percussion Education and Arranger for Orange High School in Hillsborough, North Carolina and Apex Friendship High School in Apex, North Carolina. He also works as a Percussion Consultant and Arranger for high school and collegiate band programs across the country.
Mr. Thomas is the former Director of Percussion Education and Arranger for Eastern Randolph High School, West Johnston High School, and also the former Director of Percussion Studies and Arranger for George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia. He has also been in charge of starting and building numerous percussion programs over the years.
Scott also has experience in the Drum Corps and Indoor activity as a performer, arranger, and instructor. He was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Shockwave Percussion Ensemble. Scott has taught and arranged for many successful programs, and has led all of his groups to award winning seasons. His groups have accumulated many first place and high percussion awards, along with a DCA High Percussion Title.
Scott is an Independent artist with Dynasty Percussion, an artist with Remo Drumheads, a Marching Percussion Specialist on the Vic Firth Education Team, and also an artist with Sabian Cymbals. He has also studied History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and taken courses in Education at the University of Alabama.
Mr. Thomas has a long history and connection to OHS. He is a graduate from Orange High School (1996) where he played drums and percussion in every class and ensemble offered, and was a percussion captain in the band. He worked with the band program from 1996-1999, and has been the Percussion Director since returning in 2010 to take over the percussion program.
Outside of his career in music, Scott helps run the family business, along with designing logos and websites.
Visit his website at www.atlanticstar1.com for more information.
Marching Band Front Ensemble Instructor