NCCU appoints interim band director

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

The N.C. Central University band gets new leadership next month.

Thurman Hollins, most recently the band director for St. Augustine’s University, starts as interim band director for NCCU on July 1.

“Under Mr. Hollins’ leadership, we are confident that our students in the band program will continue to excel both on and off the field,” NCCU Provost Johnson Akinleye said in a statement.

Last week, students in the Marching Sound Machine at NCCU learned of the sudden departures of longtime band director Jorim Reid and two staff, Lamon Lawhorn and Karimah Bennett. Administrators decided not to renew their contracts, but gave no explanation for that decision.

Reid’s attorney, James E. Hairston Jr., indicated that the ousted band director may sue NCCU.

But the university appears ready to move on to the beat of a new director.

Hollins, born in South Carolina, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Norfolk State University and a master’s at Winthrop University. He worked as band director at schools in Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina.

The NCCU job pays $73,000. Ayana Hernandez, spokeswoman for NCCU, said the university plans a national search this summer for a permanent director.

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