Nicholas Golding is a native of Mebane, North Carolina, and a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. Mr. Golding also holds an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College, a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Piedmont College, a master’s degree in music education from Piedmont College, and an educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. Since 1994, Mr. Golding has been active as a performer, adjudicator, designer and educator in the band and drum corps activity.
Mr. Golding was a member of the Tarheel Sun Drum and Bugle Corps from Cary, North Carolina during the 1997-1999 seasons. After one year as a member of the Western Carolina University marching band, Mr. Golding joined the US Navy Bands as a French horn instrumentalist and staff arranger, serving in both capacities for seven years. Upon his 2006 departure from the Navy, Mr. Golding performed for three more years as a member of the Appalachian Brass Orchestra and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Golding has been an adjudicator for seven years, judging across the entire southeastern portion of the United States. His adjudicator training and affiliations include or have included the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, the United States Scholastic Band Association, the Florida Marching Band Coalition, and the Central States Judges Association.
As a designer, Mr. Golding has composed and arranged for many bands and drum corps across the United States. He received his training at the Armed Forces School of Music’s arranging course, and provided arrangements for some of the US Navy’s finest rock, jazz, and concert bands. Groups performing Mr. Golding’s compositions and arrangements have seen great success, winning state championships, performing at multiple Bands of America regionals, and placing in open class finals and world class quarterfinals at multiple Drum Corps International World Championships.
As an educator, Mr. Golding has served as a technician and consultant for nearly 30 bands across the southeastern US, and spent the 2006-2007 school year as an instructor for the University of Tennessee’s “Pride of the Southland” marching band. He served as the brass caption head for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006, and as program coordinator/brass caption head for the Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008.
Mr. Golding comes to Jackson County Comprehensive High School after serving five years as the director of bands at Madison County High School, where he was awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on two occasions. During his tenure at Madison County, his concert and jazz ensembles consistently received “superior” ratings at district performance evaluations. The MCHS Symphonic Band performed as a guest of the 2011 and 2012 Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational, and was selected to be a featured guest ensemble for both the 63rd annual University of Georgia January High School Band Festival and the 36th annual University of South Carolina High School Band Clinic and Conductor’s Symposium. The MCHS Marching Band consistently received “superior” ratings, “best in class” awards, and were the winners of the United States Scholastic Bands Association’s Group IV A National Championship in 2011.
Mr. Golding currently resides in Commerce, Georgia with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Caroline and Knox.
West Jackson Middle School band members participated in the Athens Tuba Christmas Concert at the Classic Center on December 3.
Tuba Christmas was founded in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, Professor of Tuba at Indiana University to honor his teacher, William Bell who was born on Christmas day in 1907. The first Tuba Christmas performance was given by over 300 musicians in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza. In the years since, Tuba Christmas has grown into an international event performed by hundreds of thousands of tuba and euphonium players in cities throughout the world.
Band Director William Kilgore has had students perform in this concert in previous years, and was privileged to have students Claire Hansen & Isiah Thao to participate in this year's festivities.