Carlisle student inducted into AIMA All-State Honor Band

Carlisle School is proud to announce that Gareth Barnard of Ferrum has been inducted into The 2020 American Independent Music Association (AIMA) All-State Honor Band. Gareth is in the 7th grade and is completing his second school year of playing trombone. He participates in Carlisle School’s band program, under the direction of Tanner Odle.

According to the AIMA, out of hundreds of students across the nation, only 63 were nominated. Criteria for acceptance included preparation for the Solo/Ensemble Festival, as well as progress shown each week in Band classes. Barnard said, “It is nice to get to try out and play an instrument. I was inspired to learn to play an instrument after seeing other people playing.” Barnard comes from a family of musicians. His mother, Dr. Jennifer Ayers-Barnard is a music professor at Ferrum College and Virginia Western Community College and his father, Mark, has played trombone, electric guitar, and saxophone in bands around Martinsville and for the United States Navy.

In April, Barnard and one other Carlisle student will attend a three-day Honor Band Tour in Pigeon Forge & Knoxville, Tenn. On the tour, the band will have several performances, including at the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, The Island in Pigeon Forge, and a District Festival Performance at a school. During the tour, they will enjoy several opportunities for advanced musical studies and meet other Honor Band students from around the country. According to his mother, Jennifer Ayers-Barnard, “We are so very proud of Gareth’s interest and accomplishments as a musician and are thrilled that he is able to participate in this Honor Band as a representative for Carlisle School.”

The band is one of many fine arts opportunities offered to students at Carlisle School. Other offerings include piano, strings, voice lessons, choir, drama, stage design, dance, creative movement, and visual arts. Ayers-Barnard said, “We are also grateful that Carlisle offers many opportunities to experience the arts, as Gareth has been able to participate in band, choir, and art during his 7th-grade year. This is one of the many reasons why we chose Carlisle School for Gareth’s education.” Carlisle is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-2021 school year and new families can learn more about joining the Carlisle Family at

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