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North Hall band director resigns
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North Hall High School is looking for a new band director.

Alan Kirkland submitted his resignation Tuesday evening, citing personal reasons.

Kirkland asked to leave his position immediately said Gordon Higgins, public information officer for Hall County schools.

An “immediate search is under way to find a permanent replacement,” Higgins said.

For this weekend’s large spring stage concert, assistant band director Aaron Hughes and fine arts department chair Jan Ewing will lead the band program.

Kirkland was the band director since 2004, and directed the marching band, symphonic band, jazz band and taught music theory. The marching band and symphonic band have won superior ratings for performances during the past few years.

Kirkland received his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Georgia and taught in Gwinnett County at Berkmar and Norcross high schools. He is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and serves as the district and state level organizer for the All-State Band auditions.

“I want to hire someone who can continue what Kirk was doing,” North Hall Principal Joe Gheesling said. “He did a lot of great things and brought a lot of excitement and showmanship.”

Gheesling has received numerous applications and said he plans to fill the position as soon as possible.

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