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Briefs: New Band Directors at Holmes, Newport; New AD at Ryle

Newport High School has a new marching band director.

Patrick Belding was selected for the role.

“Patrick was one of twelve candidates selected to interview for the position,” said Newport High School Principal Heather Orman. “The administration is excited about the wealth of experience and innovation he brings to the Newport High School community.”

Belding, who hails from Glasgow, Ky., will teach introductory music courses in middle school, choir, and high school band. He will also direct the Newport High School Marching Band and Pep Band and serve as music director for theater performances. He replaces former band director Ian Stokes.

“I want to ensure students are successful in music education, marching band, concert hall, and life,” said Belding. “With hard work, dedication from students, and support from their educators, we can create students who will be successful post-high school graduation in music or any other path they choose to pursue.”

He was a drum major in the marching band while an undergraduate at Eastern Kentucky University. While completing his master’s degree, he studied piano and took vocal lessons. His primary instrument is the euphonium, and for the past two years, he’s conducted the university’s top band, the EKU Wind Ensemble.

“I’m excited to be working in the Newport High School community,” said Belding. “I am eager to learn what music influences exist around the community and what I can bring to the table for the music program.”

Belding is currently the assistant camp director for the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp.

New band director at Holmes

Conrad Krieger’s love of music started when he learned to play classical guitar at the age of 10. He moved on to playing the trombone in the band at Cincinnati Christian Schools. In college, he was a student band director for two basketball seasons at Northern Kentucky University. He also was a member of the Jazz Band and the Wind Ensemble.

Today, Kreiger is the new band director for Holmes High School.

"What I love the most about band is the community it builds, the character it teaches, and the love it shares,” Krieger said.  

“Music is collective. It is about sharing your heart and communicating with others. Music is character building.”

Krieger said he decided to come to Holmes because of the school’s rich tradition and the pride alumni have in the band program.

“I believe that I can motivate and lead the students in creating a program that they can once again take pride in,’’ he said. 

Krieger also worked with the William Henry Harrison High School Marching Band in Ohio.

He is excited about meeting Holmes band student at band camp which started this week from 8 a.m. – noon and continues the weeks of July 29 and August 5 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 

Students interested in attending the camp may go to the band room on the Holmes campus or contact Krieger at [email protected].

Kirkendall named athletic director at Ryle

Mario Kirkendall was named the new athletic director at Ryle High School.

In the 27-year history of the Union school, Kirkendall is only the third athletic director.

He is a Cincinnati native, graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

He was previously athletic director at Newport High School and has taught physical education in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

-Staff report

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Conrad Krieger