Mx. Bowling

ALLIANCE, OHIO – (May 13, 2021) – After a thorough selection process, Alliance City Schools has named Jocelyn “Joss” Bowling as the new director for the band programs pending board approval.

ACS received 48 applications for the position; however, Bowling exhibited the characteristics and creativity the district was looking for in the new band director. 

“Ensuring that the “Pride of the Sky” continues to be a strong, positive presence in our schools and community is a high priority for us,” Superintendent Rob Gress said. “From the start of the process, Joss impressed the selection committee as someone who could and would do just that. We are looking forward to seeing all of our bands continue to flourish and grow in the coming years.”

As the band director, Bowling will be in charge of overseeing all band programs including the AHS marching band, concert band and jazz band as well as the AMS bands. 

“I am excited to return to the Alliance community and look forward to being part of a legacy of excellent music educators in the district,” Bowling said.

Bowling graduated from the University of Mount Union in December of 2019 where they received a degree in music education. They are familiar with the band and music department having completed their student teaching at Alliance High School and Alliance Middle School during the fall semester of 2019. 

“The administrative team, including Shaun Fontaine, found Joss to be confident, prepared and reflective,” said AHS Principal Kristy Woodford. “We look forward to seeing how the band grows with the new ideas and energy that Joss will bring to the program.”

Bowling has been hired for this position following the announcement that Shaun Fontaine, the band director for the past 18 years, will be transitioning to the role of assistant principal at AHS beginning next school year.

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