TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Perry Ditch from White Oak High School

WITN's Teacher Of The Week for February 20, 2013 is Perry Ditch who is currently the band director at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Mr. Ditch graduated from East Carolina University 1986 and taught for 6 years in Brevard, N.C. In 1993 Mr. Ditch moved to White Oak High School and since then the program has grown from 68 members to 155 members. The bands he has directed have received numerous superior ratings and awards. Mr. Ditch is also the director of all the Academies at White Oak High School.

He is driven by his philosophy that “Music Sounds like Life Feels”. The sounds that we make often can move people to feel the music. It is the journey that the ear takes when listening to the music that keeps the audience captive.

Mr. Ditch also loves using technology in his rehearsals. He has given several clinics on using technology in the classroom. Methods of rehearsal that engage the student and keep them learning about music are a key ingredient in his rehearsals.

Mr. Ditch completed his Master’s degree from East Carolina University in 2000 and is National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. Ditch is a past president of the Eastern District Bandmasters association and a past Secretary for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. He is a proud member of ASBDA.

His greatest achievement is being the proud father to his son Jacob Perry Ditch.

The person who nominated Perry wrote that Perry “Perry does so much for his students. He also helps out with our academy program and our musicals at White Oak. He just is amazing with his students while being the best teacher he can be.”

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