Barry Vingle - Drummer

Barry W. Vingle is a native to Fairmont, West Virginia. He received his B.A. Degree from Fairmont State College and his Masters Degree from West Virginia University. Mr. Vingle is a member of the National Education Association, Phi Beta Mu music honorary, the West Virginia Band Masters Association, and the West Virginia Music Educators Association. He is also a past President of the West Virginia Jazz Festival.In 1995 Mr. Vingle was named West Virginia Band Director of the year and in 1996 he received the 25 years of Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia Music Educator's Association and in 1997 Mr. Vingle received The City of Fairmont Arts and Humanities Commission's Music Award. In 2002 he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Educator's Hall of Fame.Under the direction of Mr. Vingle the Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bear Jazz Band was selected as the outstanding high school jazz ensemble in West Virginia in 1992 and 1997, first place at the Orlando Jazz Band Festival in 1992, first place at the Virginia Beach Band Festival in 1993, first place at the West Liberty State College Jazz Contest in 1994 and 1995 and first place and Grand Champion at the Orlando Festival of Music in 1996. The Jazz Band was selected in 1997 to perform at the Southern Music Educators National Conference in Nashville Tenn., as well as one of the twelve finalists jazz bands for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Competition in New York City.

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