Mason band moves on after being spurned by first choice

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer

Mason’s newly appointed marching band director decided this job would not be his forte.

The Mason City Schools Board of Education approved Greg Benson on March 14. Just a few weeks later Benson quit the job through an email, saying that he will stay at Grove City where he is an assistant band director. He did not respond to a request for further comment or give a reason for his departure.

Mason City Schools is moving forward quickly following this sudden news. Tracey Carson, the Public Information Officer for Mason City Schools, said that they are reevaluating their focus and have already hired a new band director.

“After learning in April of Mrs. Bass’s retirement, we have new opportunities to look for two leaders,” Carson said. “The district stepped back and re-evaluated the scope of our entire band program and shifted the search to find just the right fit for marching band and our concert bands. Yesterday, the Board approved a new Marching Band Director, and the district is now engaged in searching for top talent to lead our renowned Concert Bands program.”

The newly hired band director is Johnnie B. Green. He was approved unanimously on the April 25 School Board meeting. Green formerly served as Associate Director of Bands, and Color Guard Director at Lehman High School in Kyle, TX. He said that he is excited to be joining the Mason family and moving to Ohio with his wife and two daughters.

“The tradition of excellence here seeps through everything,” Green said. “This program has incredible momentum, and I’m really excited to chart the next chapter together. I can’t wait to meet all the members of the Mason Band family. I have always believed that we are teaching life skills through music – team building and leadership for all kids, because they will all be leaders in the world.”