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Jon Kirk, percussion

Mr. Kirk is a seasoned teacher, performer, Adjudicator and has been in the field of percussion for over 35 years.  

He was a graduate of the award-winning and Bands of America powerhouse Central Cabarrus High School Band.  As a performer, he marched snare drum in the band earning a position in the elite “Top 12” highest scoring bands in America at BOA Finals.  
Mr. Kirk was a member of the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from Miami, FL in 1989 and 1990 and in 1991 he marched with the DCI World Finalist Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, OH.  He was an instructor of percussion for the 1992 Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.  

Jon currently is the Director of Bands at China Grove Middle School and has served the students of that school for 28 years.  He has taught award-winning percussion sections of the following schools: Concord HS, East Rowan HS, Northwest Cabarrus HS, South Rowan HS and Jesse C. Carson HS.  

He is an active performer and is played drum set and percussion for over 25 years at Grace Covenant Church, Concord First Assembly and St. John’s Lutheran Church.  
His professional performances include lead percussionist of the following: A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz, Christmas and Easter productions at Concord First Assembly and at various churches in Piedmont.  

Mr. Kirk served as the Band Director of the Tri-County Concert Band from 2014-18 and taught homeschool, private and charter students in the greater Charlotte region.  
Mr. Kirk is an active percussion judge in North Carolina and lends his services each fall at various marching band competitions in the region.  

He resides in Kannapolis, NC with his wife of 22 years (Beth) and daughters Jordan and Katie.  He is especially fond of his spoiled rotten dachshund Miss Dixie.  
Jon Kirk
Larry Pinkston, guitar

The Band Attic is excited to welcome expert Guitar Instructor, Larry Pinkston to the staff!

A little note from Larry:

My interest in the guitar began with what was known as the “60’s British Invasion” starting with the Beatles, Rolling Stones and all that followed. I was also influenced by the music coming out of-Motown & Stax studios. I started playing locally in 1965 with a band known as “The Majestics.”

After my enlistment in the Navy (‘67-’71), I returned to playing music with an eight-piece jazz-rock band known as HSB. In 1973, while contracting with Rogers Booking Agency in Atlanta, GA; we had the privilege of backing up Jackie Wilson who made famous such songs as “Higher and Higher” and “Lonely Teardrops.”

In 1977, I finally settled down with the love of my life, Sue. However, I never gave up my love of performing and playing music. Through the years, I have played and recorded with numerous local groups, most recently a group called "Nostalgia."

I also play in the "praise team" at Christ United Methodist Church. Check us out on Facebook! Christ United Methodist Church Rocks!

I am retired and now have the privilege of sharing my God-given talent with anyone wanting to learn to play guitar. It would be my honor to share that opportunity with you. May God bless our time together.  - Larry Pinkston