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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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CATA student returns home after year in Germany  photo

CATA student returns home after year in Germany

Cameron Dion will begin her senior year at Central Academy of Technology and Arts with a new skill – speaking fluent German. She spent the past year as a foreign-exchange student living with a host family in Papenburg, Germany. One of only 50 high school students in the Southeast and one of only 250 across the United States, Cameron was chosen through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. Papenburg is about the size of Waxhaw, she said. Like most Germans, everywhere Cameron went, she rode her bicycle or took a city bus. There were no school buses. Cameron returned home June 21. She is pictured with other foreign exchange students from around the world, all studying a year in Germany. 

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