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Barry W. Vingle

Barry W. Vingle is a native of Fairmont, West Virginia, graduating from Fairmont Senior High School in 1965 he was an active member of the Polar Bear Band 1962 through 1965. He received his B.A. Degree from Fairmont State College and his Masters Degree from West Virginia University. Mr. Vingle is a member of the National Education Association, Phi Beta Mu music honorary, the West Virginia Band Masters Association, and the West Virginia Music Educators Association. He is also a past President of the West Virginia Jazz Festival.

In 1995 Mr. Vingle was named West Virginia Band Director of the year and in 1996 he received the 25 years of Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia Music Educator's Association and in 1997 Mr. Vingle received The City of Fairmont Arts and Humanities Commission's Music Award. In 2002 he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Educator's Hall of Fame. He has played professionally with the United Mine Workers Concert Band, the Morgantown Municipal Band, the Jim Talkington Jazz Quartet, the Royals rock band, the Virgil Vingle Orchestra, The JR Farley Band, The Sydfx Rock Band and the Orlando Colombo Orchestra. Currently with the Subway Band out of Morgantown, WV. He has played with or provided backup for such big name performers as , Christina Fontanelli, The Four Aces, Gianni Russo, Franco Corso, Joe Piscopo, Rudy Amato, Damian, Eddie Mekka, Cindy Williams, Fabian, These Three Tenors, Fred Travalena and Jeff Jarvis.

He is a member of the local 580 musicians union and has played drum set for The Four Aces, The Shanri-Las,These Three Tenors, Fabian, Eddie Mekka, Oliver Nelson and numerous community musicals including: Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain and Hello Dolly for the Harrison County Arts Society and Always Patsy Cline for the West Virginia Public Theatre. Mr. Vingle's principal teachers were Phil Faini of West Virginia University and Guy Romonko of Ohio University. During the 1994-95 school year he was a percussion instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

Under the direction of Mr. Vingle the Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bear Jazz Band was selected as the outstanding high school jazz ensemble in West Virginia in 1992 and 1997, first place at the Orlando Jazz Band Festival in 1992, first place at the Virginia Beach Band Festival in 1993, first place at the West Liberty State College Jazz Contest in 1994 and 1995 and first place and Grand Champion at the Orlando Festival of Music in 1996. The Jazz Band was selected in 1997 to perform at the Southern Music Educators National Conference in Nashville Tenn., as well as one of the twelve finalists jazz bands for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Competition in New York City. Before coming to Fairmont Senior High in 1976, Mr. Vingle was band director at Mannington High School for six years where the Mannington High School Jazz Band won the state title in 1975.

Under his direction, the Polar Bear Band performed and/or competed at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, the Grand Feature Parade at Disney World, the Virginia Tournament of Bands, the Florida Festival of States, the Virginia Beach Band Festival, The Orange Blossom Festival and Citrus Bowl Parade in Orlando, and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. From 1980 to 1993 the Polar Bear Band successfully competed in the Marching Bands of America contests in Harrisonburg, Virginia; Toledo, Ohio; Johnson City, Tennessee, and Morgantown, West Virginia, receiving awards in auxiliary and percussion as well as overall band honors.

Mr. Vingle has been an adjudicator for West Virginia State Concert Band Festival and many Area Concert and Marching Festivals and the Virginia State Marching Band Festival: At the east site at Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the west site at Pulaski County High School in Dublin, Virginia, the northeast site at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia, the Charlottesville Cavalcade in Charlottesville, the southeast site at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. the central site at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia and at the northwest site at Millbrook High School in Winchester, Virginia.

Mr. Vingle has currently composed a series of original percussion ensemble pieces for High School and Middle School which can be view at the link below.



Fairmont Senior High

Percussion Ensemble


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performance of the FSHS

under the direction


MR. Vingle