Cabell Midland band director earns award
GLENVILLE, W.Va. — Glenville State College alumni and friends recently gathered on campus for the 2019 Alumni Banquet in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom, where Timothy James was recognized with an Outstanding Teacher Award, given to someone who has distinguished themselves during their teaching career.
James has been directing bands for nearly 40 years. He says it is something he’s known he wanted to do since he was in sixth grade. He has been the band director at Cabell Midland High School in Ona for nearly 10 years. Before Midland, he served as band director for the old Huntington High School Pony Express, at James Monroe High School, Enslow Middle School and at his own alma mater, Guyan Valley High School.
In 2015 he was inducted into the West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education. That same year he was also presented with the Distinguished West Virginian award. That prestigious award is reserved for native West Virginians and
honors a citizen’s service to West Virginia. It is the highest award that can be presented to a citizen by the Governor.
The CMHS band is often recognized for their top-notch performances, and in 2018 won the Overall “Honor Band” Award and Old Gold Division Grand Champion at the seventh annual West Virginia State Marching Band Invitational Championship. James also is a member of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletics Conference Band Committee.
“I’m thrilled to receive this award. My years at GSC were the best of my life as were the friends I made there,” said James.