The Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association (TSSBDA) hosts two regional honor band competitions each year — the junior clinic for seventh-graders through freshmen and the senior clinic for freshmen through seniors.
These honor bands offer the chance to learn with other musicians from throughout East Tennessee. Students compete for chair placement (ranking) in one of two bands, and then the students work with the other musicians to put together a concert in the course of the two-day event. Cumberland Gap High School frequently has students place in the top band at both.
CGHS completed another senior clinic under the direction of Katrina Jolley. She took six students to and from Cocke County High School on March 8-10. They participated in learning music literature from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with a concert on Saturday evening. The following rankings were given to the following students:
Erin Johnston, a senior at CGHS, was fifth chair Blue Band Flute; Joseph Ellison, a senior at CGHS, was fifth chair Red Band Clarinet; Heather Miller, a senior at CGHS, was fifth chair Red Band Flute; Alexandra Robbins, a junior at CGHS, was first chair Blue Band Bass Clarinet; Taylor McMillan, a junior at CGHS, was seventh chair Red Band Flute; and Emilie Jones, a freshman at CGHS, was fifth chair Blue Band Flute.
Each year, students may apply to earn a scholarship to be awarded to students who wish to major in music education. Students move to the interview process if they have shown an outstanding passion for music. Only two students can win and the money will be given in payments during their sophomore and senior year of college. Erin Johnston received the scholarship this year and has been the first student at CGHS to earn it.