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Mr. Tom Straight

Band Director

Mannington Middle

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Mannington Middle

Background Information

Employment History

Band Director of the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band

East Park

Band Director of the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band

Mannington Middle School

Band Director

Monongah High School

Band Director



Barrackville High School

graduate degree

West Virginia University

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.Thomas Straight is a 1968 graduate of Barrackville High School where he participated in all music programs and was allowed to tour with the All State Band in 1967.He received his AB in music education, with specialization in trumpet, euphonium, and string bass, from Fairmont State in 1974.He has done post-graduate work at both West Virginia University and Marshall University.Mr. Straight was assigned the position of Band Director at Monongah High School from 1976 through 1979.In the fall of 1980 with the opening of North Marion High School, he was transferred to Mannington Middle School where he was the band director of the 7th and 8th grade band as assistant band director to North Marion High School.He spent the next 9 years working with the early days of the North Marion Band program.In the fall of 1990 Mr. Straight was transferred to East Park where he was the band director of the 7th and 8th grade band and as assistant band director of the East Fairmont Band.In the fall of 2004 Mr. Straight took over as the band director for Mannington Middle, Monongah Middle, and North Marion High School where he hopes to remain for many years to come.
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Band director Tom Straight said 92 band members and chaperones will travel to our nation's capital by bus to visit various sites around Washington and participate in the annual Veterans Day parade.

"We applied to go and were chosen," Straight said.
"We're working on music and marching fundamentals," Straight said.Those fundamentals include staying in step and keeping perfect posture.
While the students are marching, parents and band boosters are raising funds to cover the $30,000 cost for the trip.They've sold everything from hot dogs and pepperoni rolls to submarine sandwiches.The band-sponsored concession stand at Husky Field has also been a big help, Straight said.
Donations from a variety of groups and corporations are also helping make the trip a reality.

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Students at North Marion High really enjoy that challenge, band director Tom Straight said.

"We're looking forward to going and doing the best we can," he said.
McConnell, Dunn and Straight said they look for pieces that fit with their programs.
Straight said he looks for music to fit the instrumentation of his band, so he's always choosing pieces that will sound best with the instruments he has.
"I want to choose something challenging, but not over their heads," Straight said.

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Band director Tom Straight said the band wants to go to Dublin, Ireland, for the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

He estimates the trip, including round trip flight and accommodations will cost nearly $90,000.
To make the cost of the trip reasonable for families, the band members are raising funds.Straight said a trip committee is raising money for the overall trip fund to lower the cost for the individual members.Band students are raising funds for their individual accounts, he said.
The band has already begun raising funds.Members made about $2,000 selling pepperoni rolls and are now selling candy, Straight said.A "cow patty bingo" is planned for June.
Straight said he's optimistic the band will meet its goals and become Ireland-bound.
"When parents, kids and teachers are all working toward one goal, great things happen," he said.
Straight said they chose Ireland for the history, including the castles, fortresses and other historic places.
"I want them to see real history," Straight said."There's nothing like touching part of a fortress."
He estimated about 80 percent of his students have Irish ancestry.
If they don't raise enough money for their dream trip, Straight said the band will choose an alternative.

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