Patricia Hughes Ball

Patricia Hughes Ball is the Director of Bands at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina and has been a director of bands in North Carolina for the past 22 years. A recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, Ms. Hughes Ball attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning the Bachelor of Music Education degree and later a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2007.

Prior to her coming to West Forsyth, Mrs. Hughes Ball was the founding director of the Cedar Ridge High School band program in Hillsborough, NC. She was responsible for the creation and development of that program which grew from 21 students to over 120 students and one concert band to three concert bands, three jazz bands, percussion ensemble, marching band and several small ensembles. Countless numbers of students were members of local, regional and state honor bands.

As a member of the Central District Bandmasters Association (CDBA), Ms. Hughes has served in many capacities throughout her career. She has been chairperson of the Central District High School All-District Band Clinic and served as the chair and site host of the Central District Middle and High School Concert Band MPA from 2005-2012. Most recently, she served as the Secretary for this organization, from 2004-2012.

Patricia was chosen by her colleagues as the North Carolina Central District A ward of Excellence recipient in 2006 and was selected as the Central District’s B and Director of the Year in 2005. In 2008, Mrs. Hughes Ball was the North Carolina Representative featured in School Band and O rchestra Magazine’s annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” article. She was also featured in the Conn-Selme r Keynotes Magazine as the “Director of Note” in the spring of 2006. Ms. Hughes Ball has been honored by her peers by being elected to the American School Band Director’s Association and has been a presenter at the prestigious Midwest Band Clinic held annually in Chicago, Il. Ms. Hughes Ball is also active as an adjudicator for both concert and marching band and is a member of the UNCG Summer Music Camp conducting staff.