Holmes Band Director Resigns
The director of the Holmes High School Band has resigned his position, The River City News confirmed Wednesday.
Jared Murray led the marching band to its best finish in school history when it qualified for the Kentucky state semi-finals last year. He was in his seventh year with Covington Independent Public Schools and most recently taught band and music classes at Holmes Middle and High Schools.
Murray previously worked at Two Rivers Middle School before it closed.
Under Murray's leadership, the Holmes band grew significantly, culminating in the construction of a new $700,000 practice room in the Chapman Vocational Building which opened last spring.
The district would not comment on why Murray submitted his resignation but The River City News has learned that he had been out of the classroom for roughly two weeks.
In an interview with RCN last March, Murray celebrated the successes of the program and looked forward to its future. The seniors that graduated last year were part of the most decorated class in school history, he said, qualifying for the state semi-finals, winning forty-two awards, and taking top honors at the Music in the Park competition. Proficient ratings were earned at state competitions and the color guard and percussion section were also honored.
Murray added that he was privileged to be able to direct the bands at both the middle school and high school, saying that it is a benefit to be able to lead his own "feeder program".
"The program was dormant here for a long time and I just came in from the first day and said I was going to do it my way," he said in March. "I'm very demanding. I've been told that I run the high school band like a college band."
This story may be updated.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Jared Murray and students in the pep band at the Holmes High School Field House/via Holmes Band Facebook page