Mr. Jorge A. Benitez has been the Director of Bands at Havelock High School, in Havelock NC, since 1994. He currently directs approximately 200 students per year, in many different ensembles including Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Indoor guard and Indoor percussion. Mr. Benitez is a graduate from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Music in 1994 (magna cum laude) and a Master of Music Education 1999. In 2003, Mr. Benitez received his National Board Certification.
Mr. Benitez has served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for ten years. His experiences in the military led him to the deserts of Saudi Arabia during operation Desert Shield/Storm. After 7 years as a military policeman with 213th Military Police Company, he then completed his career with 440th Army National Guard Band.
He participates in the Eastern District Concert Festivals and East Region Jazz Festivals every year, with multiple bands per year and has consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings. Mr. Benitez is an active clinician and adjudicator for marching, concert and jazz band festivals throughout North Carolina. He has been invited to be a guest clinician for numerous All County bands. He also spends one week during the summer assisting to provide a safe and fun summer camp at East Carolina University.
Mr. Benitez is a dedicated and committed teacher with a strong desire to teach music to young students. "Music has the ability to transform life's emotions. The notes on the page are just the beginning. Music is so much more. Teaching music makes life very fulfilling, it's a great way to live your life."
Mr. Benitez has a wonderful wife, Lyn Benitez, who works with the instrumental program providing any type of visual design needed; Marching Band show design, Colorguard and Indoor guard. They also have 3 beautiful children; Analise, Mariela and Braedon.
Professional organizations and positions:
Grayson Woodcock - Associate Director of Music, HHS
Grayson Woodcock is a native of Onslow county. Born in Morehead City, he moved to Swansboro and attended Swansboro High School. After graduating, he attended East Carolina University where he studied music education with a concentration in percussion.
During his college career, Mr. Woodcock was able to perform in ensembles such as the ECU Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and the ECU Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He also was a performer in the Tar River Orchestra and Symphonic Band.
Upon graduating from ECU, he worked at Farmville Central High School for 1 and 1/2 years before applying and receiving the position he happily holds as Associate Director of Music at Havelock High School. The Fall of 2012 will start his 3rd year at Havelock.
Mr. Woodcock is very happily married to his wonderful wife, Mrs. Brandie Molina-Woodcock and also has a daughter, Elena Lucia Rainn Woodcock.
Havelock Middle School - Mark Lorek, Band Director
Tucker Creek Middle School
Ms. Orr grew up in Havelock, NC. She began playing trombone in the
6th grade while attending Tucker Creek Middle School. Ms. Orr was involved in band and chorus throughout
high school, and participated in Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She attended East Carolina University as a Teaching
Fellow recipient. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 and now teaches at Tucker Creek.
Jenna Sapp, Front Ensemble Technician
Megan Mills, Color Guard Technician
Joshua Page, Wind Instructor