Ballard County's new band director, Nolan Case, had a busy December: He graduated from Murray State University, got married, and got his first full-time teaching job.
Case, an Owensboro native, was student-teaching at Paducah Middle School last fall when the Ballard job opened up. He said he spoke to several colleagues and MSU contacts, and all spoke highly of the program and community here.
Case graduated from Daviess County High School. He previously taught percussion and drumline, and had worked at Madisonville North Hopkins, Hancock County, and Murray high schools.
In this first three weeks here, the new teacher said he and the students were getting to know each other, and deciding how to make the program their own. In the next few years, Case said he wanted to really work on building up the program, from beginning band in sixth grade to high school competitions. He said he’s already looking at more ensemble groups, and getting back to marching band competitions. "I'm going to do everything I can to make it the best experience for students, and expose them to as many performing opportunities as possible," Case said. Just last Thursday, he took the band to the gym so the school’s media team could record performances of the Ballard fight song and "The Star Spangled Banner" for use at home basketball games.
Case and his wife, Abigail, actually met when both were playing in MSU's Racer Band. The couple was married Dec. 19, and reside in Paducah.