Address available upon e-mail request
School Teaching Objective
To create a stimulating learning environment for all students in which there are frequent individual and corporate "moments" -- "light bulb moments" (when information is transferred to experiential knowledge) as well as "chill bump moments" (when disciplined work on difficult material results in excellence and musicianship appreciated by performers and audiences alike).
To be obedient and responsive to the Holy Spirit and use the talents and gifts graciously bestowed upon me to bless God and others.
Music Business Objective
To use the talents and gifts graciously bestowed upon me to provide entertainment that is good, clean fun for the audience.
(2014-Present) Choral Director for Vidalia City Schools at J. R. Trippe Middle School and Vidalia High School.
(2011) First Print Music Publication: Humbug!
(2008 - 2014) Swainsboro High School (Emanuel County Schools) -- Choral Director 9-12 (2008-2011 I was choral director and general music teacher at both Swainsboro Middle and Swainsboro High).
Established the first Music Technology course and developed the curriculum taught for 2 years at Swainsboro High School.
Swainsboro Middle School Chorus scored straight Superior Ratings in Performance and Sight-Reading at GMEA District 10 Large Group Performance Evaluation in Augusta, GA in March of 2014.
Students participated in District 10 Honor Chorus
Several GMEA All State Chorus Students
2010 AA Region Literary Meet: Boys Solo - Second Place, Girls Trio - Second Place, Girls Solo - Third Place . Many other GHSA Literary participants over the years.
(2005-2008) J. R. Trippe Middle School (Vidalia, GA) -- Band Director 6-8, Assistant Band Director Vidalia High School.
JRTMS Band went to festival for the first time in many years and scored straight superior ratings.
2007-2008 System Teacher of the Year
(2003-present) Vidalia First United Methodist Church (Vidalia, GA) -- Adult Choir Director, Worship Leader and Pianist.
(2002-present) Vidalia Community Chorus (Vidalia, GA) -- Pianist/Men's Rehearsal Technician from 2002-2013. Conductor from 2013 to present.
(2003-2005) Montgomery County Middle/High Schools (Mt. Vernon, GA) -- Choral Music 6-12, Band 5-12.
Marching band won Gene Wyles (best in class) trophy at Worth County Invitational Marching Contest
>Several students awarded All-State Chorus Membership
Girls' Trio won Region Literary Meet
(1997-2003) Turner County Public Schools (Ashburn, GA) -- Choral Music 8-12, General Music 6-8
Established the first middle school choral program in the district, with an enrollment of over 100.
First GMEA district choral festival appearance in the district (favorable judges comments).
Students awarded GMEA All State Chorus membership for the first time in the district.
Students placed in Region Literary events, including 1st place middle school quartet and boys solo, and State Chapion AA Boys Quartet.
Choirs maintained a busy performance schedule at community events.
Music classes for grades six and seven included music appreciation and guitar classes.
Rehired by school system after a year off.
(2000-2003) First United Methodist Church (Ashburn, GA) -- Pipe Organist
(1992-1997) Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church (Sylvester, GA)-- Choirmaster/Organist
Successful part-time music ministry resulted in full-time job with addition of youth ministry in 1996.
(1990-1996) Turner County Public Schools (Ashburn, GA) -- Band 8-12, General Music 5-8, Kindergarten Music, Choral Music 9-12
Established the first high school choral program in the district.
Re-established the then-defunct high school band program.
First GMEA District Band Festival Superior rating in the history of the district.
Marching band performed in many local parades plus parade at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.
Superior rating at non-GMEA choral festival with extra-curricular middle school chorus.
(1987-1989) Vidalia Church of God (Vidalia, GA) -- Minister of Music and Youth
Church pianist and choir director for all ages, planning and rehearsing all service music.
(1985-1987) First Baptist Church (Vidalia, GA) -- Music Associate/Pianist
(1984-1985) Vidalia Church of God (Vidalia, GA) -- Minister of Music and Youth
(1982-1983) First Baptist Church (Vidalia, GA) -- Pastoral Intern/Pianist
(1981-1982) Blessed Hope Baptist Church (Marietta, GA) -- Minister of Music
(2009) Troy University -- Masters of Science in Postsecondary Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology
(1998-2003) Valdosta State University -- Pursued Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision with approximately half of coursework completed and a 4.0 GPA, but family health issues and subsequent band directing jobs kept me from finishing this degree.
(1978-1982) Shorter College -- Bachelor of Music Education, magna cum laude, with departmental honors in piano performance.
Ruth Barron Music Education Award (for excellence in student teaching at South Cobb High School)
Presser Foundation Scholarship
Helen Dean Rhodes Scholarship
Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society
Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia Professional Music Fraternity
GMTA State winner in piano, 1982
(1978) North Cobb High School (Kennesaw, GA) Valedictorian of the class of 1978.
Marching band arranger and composer - with arrangements played by Cobb County and Floyd County bands. More recently orchestrated several published major broadway-style musicals for Sarasota (FL) Baptist Church.
Proficient trumpet player (All State band and chorus membership as a student).
In-Tech certified by GA DOE.
Proficient in MOODLE (Online Content Management for Virtual Learning) and HTML writing. I manage my own SQL database for student information, and write custom PHP, MySQLi and PDO to access and update the data.
Available upon e-mail request