Ola High School Band is a comprehensive music education program dedicated to the development and maturation of its student musicians. The band program offers multiple ensembles that foster students’ musical growth throughout the traditional school day, such as Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Green & Gold Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble I, and Percussion Ensemble II. In addition, many students participate in extracurricular activities that go above and beyond the regular school curriculum, including the Ola Marching Band and Colorguard and the JV and Varsity Winter Guard.
In the fourteen years that Ola High School has been open, the Ola High School Band has established a tradition of excellence and school pride. Participating in concerts, music festivals, honor band clinic, chamber concerts, marching competitions, parades, and football games, the Ola High School bands are recognized in the community and around the state for their superior performances. The marching and concert ensembles consistently earn high marks at Georgia Music Educator Association events, as well as Bands of America regional performances.
ARE YOU JOINING OUR PROGRAM?
Whether you are coming from Ola Middle School, or transferring in, we would love to have you apart of our program! For more information about our program and how we operate, please check out our Ola High School Band FAQ. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.
Mike Bearden, Director of Bands
Joshua Singleton, Assistant Director of Bands
Mr. Singleton is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Appalachian State University where he earned his degree in Music Education in 2017. During his collegiate experience, Mr. Singleton served on the leadership team for the Marching Mountaineers for 3 years and performed with multiple ensembles. After graduating ASU, Mr. Singleton served as a band director at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC.
Mr. Singleton is an active member of Drum Corps International. He was a member of the Boston Crusaders in 2016 and the 2017 Jim Ott recipient, Carolina Crown. Currently, he serves as a visual staff member for the 2022 World Finalist, The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Previously he served as both a brass staff member and a visual member at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps.
Currently, Mr. Singleton is in his fifth year of teaching as Assistant Director of Bands at Ola High School. Mr. Singleton is an active member of NAFME, NCMEA, and a proud alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Emma Barfield, Director of Color Guards
Emma is an Ola High School alumni and spun with the Ola Colorguard for 4 years during all 8 seasons. After graduating, she performed with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps for the summer and Edge Independent during winter. Currently, Emma attends Georgia State University as a film major and hopes to work in the film industry in the future.
This will be Emma's third year on the Ola Bands Staff and she is excited to spend this fall with Ola and make the best of our 2021 season!