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James E.Thompson, Jr.

James E. Thompson, Jr.
Director of Bands
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JeffHarper

Jeff Harper
Associate Director of Bands
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Kimberly L.Snyder

Kimberly L. Snyder
Associate Director of Bands
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MikeLynch

Mike Lynch
Director of Percussion Studies
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JoelBoss

Joel Boss
Assistant Percussion Instructor
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JosephDonohue

Joseph Donohue
Assistant Percussion Instructor

NathanJennings

Nathan Jennings
Color Guard Director
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KimMoulton

Kim Moulton
Color Guard Staff

BeckyDow

Becky Dow
Color Guard Staff

TrippHutson

Tripp Hutson
High Brass Staff

StevenBontempi

Steven Bontempi
Tuba Instructor

MiaAthanas

Mia Athanas
Woodwind Staff

FredNorton

Fred Norton
Woodwind Staff

GaryPaulo

Gary Paulo
Woodwind Staff
Biography

BrittanyPietsch

Brittany Pietsch
Woodwind Staff

ErinO'Shea

Erin O'Shea
Flute Instructor

MandyPace

Mandy Pace
Clarinet Instructor

GaryPaulo

Gary Paulo
Woodwind Staff
Biography

KimDuggins

Kim Duggins
Horn Instructor

JulieGerhardt

Julie Gerhardt
Horn Instructor
Biography

Dr. DougLindsey

Dr. Doug Lindsey
Trumpet Instructor
Biography

HollieLawing Pritchard

Hollie Lawing Pritchard
Trombone Instructor
Biography

JasonCasanova

Jason Casanova
Euphonium Instructor
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StevenBontempi

Steven Bontempi
Tuba Instructor

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Biography

Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch

Biography

Michael Lynch holds the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Simpson Middle School and Director of Percussion Studies at Lassiter High School, both Cobb County schools located in Marietta, Georgia. The Simpson bands consists of approximately 325 students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The Bands at Simpson consistently earn Superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. The Symphonic Band, which is comprised of advanced 7th and 8th grade students, was a featured band in performance for the Southeastern United States Middle School Band Clinic at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, in December of 2007. The Simpson Middle School Percussion Ensemble performed at the Bands of America National Percussion Ensemble Festival in 2010. The ensemble is one of only two middle school percussion ensembles to ever perform at the event.

Mr. Lynch’s high school drumlines and percussion ensembles have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference on six different occasions in 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2009. Under his leadership, the Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble has performed at the Bands of America National Percussion Ensemble Festival in 2000 and 2002, the Midwest Clinic in 2005 and 2011 and won the Percussive Arts Society “Call for Tapes” in 2007. They also performed a “Showcase Concert” at the 2007 Percussive Arts Society Convention in Columbus, Ohio. 

During Mr. Lynch’s tenure as percussion instructor, the Lassiter “Trojan” Marching Band won the 1998 and 2002 Bands of America Grand National Championships, and seven Bands of America Regional Championships. The band also participated in the 1999, 2004, and 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the 2001 and 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. 

Mike Lynch is co-author of the instructional works “Rudimental Cookbook”, “Just Desserts” and “Field Level”, all published by Row-Loff Publications. He has had numerous articles published in the Georgia Percussive Arts Society Newsletter, Percussive Notes Magazine, and Halftime Magazine. Mr. Lynch is the co-founder of Percussion Workshop, a company established to provide band directors, percussion instructors, and students with services and resources to realize the most educational and rewarding percussion experience possible. 

As an adjudicator, Mr. Lynch has judged throughout the U.S for the following percussion circuits: CIPA, GCGC, IPA, LCGPC, MIA, SAPA, and SCGC. Mr. Lynch is on the staff for the NFL Atlanta Falcons Drumline, which performs at home games and other public functions. He is an educational artist for Mapex, Majestic, Remo, Row-Loff Productions, Vic Firth, and Zildjian. His is affiliated with GMEA, MENC, NBA, PAGE, and PAS, for whom he has served as a past president of the Georgia Chapter.

 

Joel Boss

Joel Boss

Biography

Joel Boss is currently an active freelance musician in the greater Atlanta area as well as an artist in residence at Emory University, and percussion instructor at Lassiter High School. He is also co-founder of the Atlanta Percussion Group, an honor percussion ensemble for local students, and tours regularly with his own percussion trio, North Star Percussion.

Mr. Boss holds a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the Florida State University. His primary instructors include Dr. John Parks, Joseph Gramley, Michael Udow, Michael Gould, Ian Ding, Brian Jones, Cary Kocher, Bill Wilder, and Beth Gotlieb.

 

Joseph Donohue

Joseph Donohue

Biography

Nathan Jennings

Nathan Jennings

Biography

Nathan’s presence the past 17 years in the world of pageantry arts has lead him to a great appreciation and understanding for colorguard and music. Nathan has performed with many world-class units such as The Cadets drum and Bugle corps, and the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard, Onyx Winter Guard and Aimachi Winter Guard from Nagoya, Japan. 

He has lent his knowledge of choreography, technique, design, and hands-on experience to many high schools, drum corps, and independent units with an interest in pageantry arts. This is Nathan's second year on staff with the Lassiter High School color guard and national champion band programs. Nathan looks forward to sharing his views and personal experiences with those who also have a passion for the activity and music.

Kim Moulton

Kim Moulton

Biography

Becky Dow

Becky Dow

Biography

Tripp Hutson

Tripp Hutson

Biography

Steven Bontempi

Steven Bontempi

Biography

Mia Athanas

Mia Athanas

Biography

Fred Norton

Fred Norton

Biography

Gary Paulo

Gary Paulo

Biography

Gary is a graduate of Indiana University where he received a BM in saxophone performance while studying with Eugene Rousseau. Since 2010, he has been an Artist Affiliate at Emory University and was also the adjunct saxophone instructor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham during the 2004-2005 school year. Gary has performed for many great audiences with national and international touring acts, spanning a variety of styles of music. His performance credits include Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, The Temptations, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, The Zac Brown Band and Jazz Orchestra Atlanta.

In addition, his full time band, the AJ Ghent Band, is an international touring group that has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Southern Ground Music Festival in Nashville and Charleston, as well as performances at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Gary also performs in "the horn band of Atlanta - Bumpin' the Mango" and the Cobb Wind Symphony. In 2008 he completed a Masters in Music Performance from Georgia State University.

Brittany Pietsch

Brittany Pietsch

Biography

Erin O'Shea

Erin O'Shea

Biography

Mandy Pace

Mandy Pace

Biography

Gary Paulo

Gary Paulo

Biography

Gary is a graduate of Indiana University where he received a BM in saxophone performance while studying with Eugene Rousseau. Since 2010, he has been an Artist Affiliate at Emory University and was also the adjunct saxophone instructor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham during the 2004-2005 school year. Gary has performed for many great audiences with national and international touring acts, spanning a variety of styles of music. His performance credits include Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, The Temptations, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, The Zac Brown Band and Jazz Orchestra Atlanta.

In addition, his full time band, the AJ Ghent Band, is an international touring group that has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Southern Ground Music Festival in Nashville and Charleston, as well as performances at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Gary also performs in "the horn band of Atlanta - Bumpin' the Mango" and the Cobb Wind Symphony. In 2008 he completed a Masters in Music Performance from Georgia State University.

Kim Duggins

Kim Duggins

Biography

Julie Gerhardt

Julie Gerhardt

Biography

Freelance musician and horn evangelist Julie Gerhardt holds positions in the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a substitute or extra musician with orchestras across the southeast, most notably, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Phil. She is also the associate operations director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.

Ms. Gerhardt earned a bachelor of music education degree from Indiana University, the master of arts in music: music studies from the University of New Hampshire, and the performer diploma from Indiana University. Ms. Gerhardt’s teachers include Michael Hatfield, Myron Bloom, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams, Richard Deane, Kendall Betts, Rick Seraphinoff, Dale Clevenger, and Jeff Nelsen.

Dr. Doug Lindsey

Dr. Doug Lindsey

Biography

Dr. Douglas Lindsey joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and is already very active all over the Atlanta area. Recently as a soloist, he has been a featured artist with the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, the Georgia Brass Band, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, and at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. Alongside pianist, Judy Cole, he has performed solo recitals all over the southeast as a founding member of Duo Trompiano. In addition to solo work, Dr. Lindsey enjoys an active chamber music career as first trumpet with the Premiere Brass, as founding member of the Atlanta Trumpet League, and as a member of the Isthmus Brass. As an orchestral musician, he regularly performs as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where he played under the baton of some of the world’s finest conductors. As an educator, he maintains a vibrant studio of young trumpeters at KSU and at various high schools in the area. Most recently, the KSU trumpet ensemble garnered praise at the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast where they performed a world premiere by Michael Terry. Other studio accomplishments include a winner from the International Trumpet Guild scholarship contest and successful graduate school placements. Dr. Lindsey’s duties as music history lecturer at KSU as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and the baroque trumpet reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology. As an avid composer and arranger, he enjoys creating work for trumpet ensemble, brass quintet, and brass ensembles. His published dissertation, “Beyond the Galant,” is an arrangement of four Haydn symphonies for trumpet with historical information about Haydn, performance practice, and the history behind many of the works. This work is distributed by Hickey’s music and available at www.hickeys.com.  His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website.
 
Previous to his time at KSU, Dr. Lindsey played concerts all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois with the acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Prior to his tenure with WBQ, Dr. Lindsey performed with the Yale Faculty Brass trio in a series of concerts ending in Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to the faculty brass, Dr. Lindsey also pursued a busy schedule with the Atticus Brass Quintet – winner of the 2009 Aspen Music Festival Quintet Fellowship. With Atticus, Dr. Lindsey had the opportunity to play outreach concerts all over Connecticut, perform alongside the American Brass Quintet, and play an exclusive concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
 
Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Prior to Yale he studied with Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, Scott Moore, and Richard Rulli. Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
 
Dr. Lindsey is an Edwards Trumpet performing artist and clinician and plays Facet Mutes.

Hollie Lawing Pritchard

Hollie Lawing Pritchard

Biography

Hollie graduated with her B.M. in music performance from Georgia State University and did graduate studies at the acclaimed Cleveland Institute of Music. As a performer, Hollie has played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, as well as the Savannah Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony, Johns Creek Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Macon Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony, among others. She has been principal trombonist with the Carla Rosa Opera Company United States Tour, the Sigmund Romberg Tour, and has performed on several occasions with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, including a four-week tour to Taiwan. Hollie is a founding member and trombonist with the Midtown Brass and also plays principal trombone with the Georgia Brass Band. In 2014 she played solo trombone with the DIVA big band in the show "Maurice Hines is Tappn' thru life" in a five week run, presented by the Alliance Theatre. 

In 2017, Hollie performed at the International Women's Brass Conference with the Athena Brass Band.

Hollie is adjunct instructor of trombone at Mercer University and maintains a private studio of trombone at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, as well as a studio in her home in Marietta, Georgia.

Jason Casanova

Jason Casanova

Biography

Jason Casanova is a native of San Antonio, Texas where he studied at St. Mary's University and acquired his Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in euphonium performance. After completing his B.A., he moved to Atlanta, GA where he attended Georgia State University and obtained his Master of Music in euphonium performance. Jason is in high demand as a teacher and teaches master classes/sectionals at many of Atlanta's (as well as the country's) finer middle school and high school music programs. In addition to teaching at many schools, Jason also finds time to keep a large private studio. Many of his private students have made district honor bands as well as All-State Bands in both Texas and Georgia.

As a performer, Jason has won, placed, and made finals in many regional, national, and international musical competitions. Currently he holds the "Solo Euphonium" spot with the Georgia Brass Band and performs with them on a regular basis. Along with being a soloist with the Georgia Brass Band, Jason is asked to perform and solo with various ensembles in the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta area. Jason's most influential musical instructors include Adam Frey, Lee Hipp, Demondrae Thurman, Peter Kline, and Abel Cortinas.

For more information, please visit his website.

Steven Bontempi

Steven Bontempi

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