The Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble was formed in 2003 by Danny Green and Phillip Riggs.
Mr. Green and Mr. Riggs were the first conductors and Adam Joiner served as the first administrative assistant.
The ensemble held their first rehearsals and concerts in the Fellowship Hall of Clemmons Moravian Church.
Over the years the Wachovia Winds has given several outstanding band directors from throughout our community the opportunity to work
with students from other schools.  Each conductor has provided the students with excellent musical leadership.
Danny Green, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble was born in Winston-Salem and graduated from North Forsyth HS.  He performed for three years as a Bandsman in the U. S. Army, received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from ECU and his Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from the UNCSA.  Mr. Green was formerly the Band Director at Mt Tabor HS.  Under his direction the Mt Tabor Band program grew from 40 to 180 members, received numerous superior ratings in grade levels IV through VI, placed over 200 students in the Northwest NC All-District Honors Band, and, for fourteen consecutive years placed more students in the WS/FCS Honors Band, and, the NWNC District Honors Band than any school in the WSFCS system.  During the last year of his tenure the Mt Tabor Wind Symphony commissioned a new work for Band, and performed the world premiere, under the direction of Mr. Green, in historic Carnegie Hall. 

After leaving Mt Tabor, he served as the Band Director at Clemmons Middle School where in just three years the program grew from 130 to nearly 400 members.  Mr. Green has twice been elected “Band Director of the Year” by the Forsyth County Band Directors Association.  At the 1999 commencement ceremonies for the North Carolina School of the Arts Mr. Green received an award and was recognized for his outstanding contribution to music education in North Carolina.  He has also served as an assistant conductor for the UNCSA Musica Piccola summer music camp. 

In 2001, Mr. Green was awarded the “Silver Baton Award” from the Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity at Appalachian State University.  He is a former conductor of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony, and for several years performed with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, where he served as a clarinetist and guest conductor.  In February 2005, Mr. Green was chosen to conduct the 100 member Western Region Repertory Orchestra at Appalachian State University. 

Mr. Green retired in 2013 from fulltime work, but remains very active and continues to work with bands throughout Piedmont NC. In 2015 Mr. Green was named as one of 12 “Chief Judges” for the NC Bandmasters Association.  Also in 2015 Mr, Green was elected to the “Hall of Fame” at Mt Tabor High School. 

Mr. Green resides in Clemmons, NC with his wife Rebecca.  They attend Clemmons Moravian Church where he has served as an Elder and President of the Men’s Fellowship.

​Phillip Riggs, Co-Founder of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble is currently music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC.  Phillip is a recipient of the Exceptional Contribution in Outreach Award presented each year by the University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors for his work with music education programs throughout North Carolina.  Prior to joining the NCSSM faculty, he was the first band director and fine arts chair at Ronald Reagan High School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System.  Before assuming that position, Mr. Riggs taught in Davidson County for sixteen years. Twelve of those years were with the Ledford Bands.  

During his tenure, the Ledford Middle and High School Bands and High School Choirs under his direction received numerous Superior Ratings at the state concert festival (MPA).  The Ledford Panther Regiment was awarded many best in class and grand champion awards at marching festivals throughout North Carolina and Virginia.  In 2003, the Ledford Wind Ensemble was selected to perform for the North Carolina Music Educators Conference with guest conductor/composer, Mark Camphouse.   Phillip was a co-founder and conductor of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble in central North Carolina.  This ensemble is made up of talented musicians from the triad area of central North Carolina.

He has served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers from Appalachian State University, Elon University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Western Carolina University.  Phillip is a national board certified teacher. He received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Mr. Riggs is a Past President of the North Carolina Band Directors Association. He also served as chair of the North Carolina High School All-State Band (10 years), chair of the NCMEA Technology Committee and the NCMEA New Teacher Committee.  In the summers of 2011 and 2012 he was the coordinator of the National Association for Music Educators, (NAfME) National Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  

Phillip is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southeast.  His professional affiliations include; North Carolina Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, National Band Association, and in 2005 he was voted into the American School Band Directors Association.  In 2016 Phillip won the Grammy Music Educator Award. 

Phillip’s wife, Carol is a retired choral director.  She is also active as a choral clinician and adjudicator.  She currently serves as chair of the North Carolina High School Honors Chorus.

​Patricia Hughes Ball is the Director of Bands at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina and has been a director of bands in North Carolina for the past 22 years. A recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, Ms. Hughes Ball attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning the Bachelor of Music Education degree and later a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2007.

Prior to her coming to West Forsyth, Mrs. Hughes Ball was the founding director of the Cedar Ridge High School band program in Hillsborough, NC. She was responsible for the creation and development of that program which grew from 21 students to over 120 students and one concert band to three concert bands, three jazz bands, percussion ensemble, marching band and several small ensembles. Countless numbers of students were members of local, regional and state honor bands.

As a member of the Central District Bandmasters Association (CDBA), Ms. Hughes has served in many capacities throughout her career. She has been chairperson of the Central District High School All-District Band Clinic and served as the chair and site host of the Central District Middle and High School Concert Band MPA from 2005-2012. Most recently, she served​ ​as the Secretary for this organization, from 2004-2012.

Patricia was chosen by her colleagues as the North Carolina Central District A​ ward of Excellence recipient in 2006 and was selected as the Central District’s B​ and Director of the Year in 2005. In 2008, Mrs. Hughes Ball was the North Carolina Representative featured in School Band and O​rchestra Magazine’s annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” article. She was also featured in the ​Conn-Selme​r Keynotes Magazine as the “Director of Note” in the spring of 2006. Ms. Hughes Ball has been honored by her peers by being elected to the American School Band Director’s Association and has been a presenter at the prestigious Midwest Band Clinic held annually in Chicago, Il. Ms. Hughes Ball is also active as an adjudicator for both concert and marching band and is a member of the UNCG Summer Music Camp conducting staff. 

Johnathan Hamiel is a native of Ellenboro, North Carolina were he served under the band direction of Kathy Weir and Paul Tallent. He attended Winston-Salem State University earning a BS in Music Education. In 2007, he earned a Masters of Music in Music Education at the UNC-G.

Mr. Hamiel is in his ninth year of teaching in Winston-Salem. He is currently the Director of Bands at Parkland Magnet High School. In just three years he has grown the band program from 28 to 126 students. Performance opportunities at Parkland now include Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Wind Ensemble, Freshman Band, Saxophone Quartet, Brass Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, and Marching Band. Under his guidance these ensembles have performed at Festivals receiving superior and excellent ratings. His Marching Band has recently been invited, by Mayor Allen Joines, to represent North Carolina in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.

In 2008, Mr. Hamiel was selected “Teacher of the Year” at the Downtown Middle School in Winston Salem NC. He is the founder of Project L.E.A.D, held at Parkland every summer. This camp was created to teach students how to lead their peers through conducting, leadership skills, and field structure. Mr. Hamiel was also a guest clinician for the Youth Piedmont Honors Bands under the direction of Sean Nelson.

Mr. Hamiel is still an active jazz saxophonist and has performed with jazz greats such as; Nicholas Payton, Antonio Hart, Slide Hampton, Derrick and Richard Gardner, the Aspen Wind Quintet, and the Andrew Theiland Big Band.  During the years of 2001-2002, Mr. Hamiel performed for former President George W. Bush.

This year Mr. Hamiel was selected by his peers as the “WSFCS Band Director of The Year”. Mr. Hamiel is currently a member of  North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Forsyth County Association of Educators, and the Peace of Mind Ministries.
Quincy Lundy is in his fifteenth year of teaching band and is in his fifth year as director of bands at Walkertown Middle and High Schools. Under Mr. Lundy’s leadership and musical direction, the Walkertown High School Band has developed from 17 members to 75 dedicated, outstanding young musicians and citizens. Led by Mr. Lundy, the WHS Concert, Symphonic and Marching bands have performed numerous inspiring concerts and shows. The Symphonic Band participated in the NC Music Performance Adjudication in 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years and received the rating of Superior at both performances. Mr. Lundy also led the Walkertown Middle School Band to receive the rating Excellent then Superior in WMS’s first ever performances at MPA. In 2013 at the invitation of Mr. Lundy, the Walkertown High School Band received the honor and privilege of rehearsing and performing under the baton of world renowned composer Mr. Jan Van der Roost in the band’s annual winter concert which featured the music of maestro Van der Roost. In December 2013, Mr. Lundy was selected as the 2013-14 Walkertown Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Lundy is formerly the director of bands at Quality Education Academy where his 4th through 12th grade band, "The Seraphim Winds", performed numerous public concerts and received consecutive ratings of excellent and superior at local band festivals.

Prior to teaching band in public school, Mr. Lundy was a clarinetist in the United States Marine Corps Band at Camp Lejeune and Paris Island. During his military service, Mr.  Lundy gained the rank of E-5 Sergeant in 3 years, performed in hundreds of concerts, ceremonies and parades to include a performance for President Clinton. He also served as platoon sergeant and audio recording/reinforcement engineer. In 2001, he was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal for composing an arrangement of God Bless the USA for the Paris Island Marine Band. The highlight of Mr. Lundy's military career was the powerfully moving premier performance of his original concert band work, A Symphonic Tribute, written in memoriam of his middle school band director, Mr. Russell French, who introduced Lundy to the world of instrumental music and deeply inspired him toward musical excellence. The piece was first performed in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 2000 by the Paris Island Marine Band and later performed and presented to Mr. French's wife and son, Susan and Brian French, in Winston-Salem by the Cherry Point Marine Band in 2003 as a part of the Old Salem Visitors Center Dedication.

Mr. Lundy attributes his passion for teaching music through band to a phenomenal musical up-bringing in middle and high school under band directors Mr. Russell French and Mr. Bill Toney. During his middle and high school years, Mr. Lundy had the opportunity to perform and premier some of the most challenging and popular literature for concert band at the baton of nationally and internationally celebrated conductors and composers for band to include James Swearingen, Robert Sheldon, Francis McBeth and others. Mr. Lundy won 1st chair in the bass clarinet section of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County All-County Band every year from 7th through 12th grades. He also performed in the NC All-State Band every year from 8th through 12th grades. Encouraged by Mr. Russell French to audition during his final year of high school, Mr. Lundy won first chair bass clarinet in the 1994 National Band Association Concert Band conducted by the late W. Francis McBeth. During his senior year at West Forsyth High School, under the musical direction and mentorship of Mr. Bill Toney, Mr. Lundy was elected as drum major and was awarded the Marine Corps' Semper Fidelis Music Award and was encouraged to audition for a military band.

After completing Marine Corps basic and combat training, Mr. Lundy attended and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia where he earned academic awards and later earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Winston-Salem State University where he was recipient of the WSSU Fine Arts Academic Award and also graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Lundy has performed many seasons with the Piedmont Wind Symphony. He has served as co-conductor of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensembles since 2012 and has served as conductor-clinician of the 2013 and 2014 Piedmont Honor Bands' 2nd year band.  He has also served as choral ensemble and congregational singing leader at his church congregation for many years.  Mr. Lundy is a member of the Northwest North Carolina Bandmasters Association and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Former Directors:
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​Howell “Howie” Ledford
Ronald Forsh
​Ed Kiefer
​Chris Garmon
​Greg Murphy
Marc Schaub
Derrick James
Andrew Craft