Monday, August 18, 2014

New Band Director

Dear Band Family!
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Brett Cox has accepted the position of Band Director at Northwood High School, and started August 1st, 2014.  

Mr. Cox graduated from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC with a degree in Music Education.  Prior to accepting this position, he served as the marching and low brass instructor and drill writer for the West Stanley High School Marching Band and he served as a substitute instructor at Randolph County Schools.  Mr. Cox brings experience and enthusiasm that will be invaluable in meeting the goals and objectives of the Northwood Instrumental Music Program.  I would like to thank all of the band students, parents, band boosters, and administration who were so helpful and supportive in the selection process.  Your commitment, desire, and participation have been superior!  Please know that your efforts are deeply appreciated.   
I am confident that Mr. Cox will be an excellent match for our program and a strong asset to the Northwood Instrumental Music Program.    

Beverly G. Gore,
President, NHS Band Boosters

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Farewell to Mr. Cottrell

Dear Northwood Band Family,

It is with sincere gratitude that I thank you for your dedication, effort and support over the last 15 years.  I must let you know that I have accepted the position at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines.  The first reason that may come to your mind probably has to do with money.  I can assure that money has no bearing on my decision to move to this next chapter in my life.  In fact, I will actually be making slightly less even with a 12 month contract.

The main reason for my departure is the fact that I need a change in my life to remain happy.  I love my wife and kids and my house is almost paid for so neither of those is going to change.  The challenge of a new school and implementing my high standards into a different program is one that I welcome at this time in my life.  I have found that I really enjoy building the well oiled machine.

I will always cherish what we have built here at Northwood.  The hard work, the big wins, the laughter and all of the parents and students that forever enriched my life here will remain with me for as long as I live. Me leaving Northwood is no reason for you to quit band or to quit supporting the band.  In fact it's more of a reason to display your pride in what you have helped to build.  I wish all of you the best of luck and continued successes in your future with the bands here at NHS.

From the heart,


Eugene Cottrell
2011 Jackson Parkhurst Award Recipient
2005 Mr. Holland's Opus Award Recipient
Director of Bands
Northwood High School

A message and invitation from Band Boosters:

As you have just read, Mr. Cottrell has a new job opportunity to help other students by sharing his Love of Music at another school.  We are very Thankful for all that Mr. Cottrell has done for Northwood for the past 15 years.  We want to celebrate Mr. Cottrell with a Farewell Reception in the band room this Thursday, June 5th from 4:30 to 5:30.  All students, parents and alumni are invited to attend; to thank him and to wish him the very best.