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Central Academy Welcomes New Band Director

The CATA band program eagerly welcomes Mr. Craig Retzlaff to the podium as our new band director!  Mr. Retzlaff, a trumpet player, has been teaching band in Union County for the past seven years.  Students in his bands routinely earn Superior ratings at MPA, earn placement in county, district, and state honor bands, and participate in local youth symphonies.

Mr. Retzlaff studied music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University where he earned both his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and Bachelor of Music Education.  After graduating from Peabody, Mr. Retzlaff attended the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University in Long Beach where he earned his Master of Music.


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Hands Helping Others Club Involved with Special Olympics photo

Hands Helping Others Club Involved with Special Olympics

On April 24, 2015, the CATA “Hands Helping Others” Club acted as athletic buddies for the Special Olympics at Cuthbertson High School. The day began with first meeting the athletes and then walking in a parade. The buddies got to bond with their athletes while they waited for the events to start. Next each athlete participated in two events and then received their awards. “We had such a great time working with sweet kids and giving back to the community,” said 10th grader Kayli Tolleson. Tenth grader Taylor MacLellan agreed, "It was a rewarding time for everyone who came, and at the end of the day  what made us feel good inside were the smiles on these children’s faces.” 

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