CW2 Andy David
Director of Bands (Dahlonega)
Chief Warrant Officer Andy David serves as Director of Bands on the Dahlonega Campus of the University of North Georgia (UNG). David came to UNG in 2002 and was successful in building the university’s marching band and jazz band into nationally recognized collegiate ensembles. Prior to his work at the university, Chief David taught in the public schools of Georgia and Florida and was named Teacher of the Year in 2000 and 2002. For four summers, he served as director of jazz studies and head of the Georgia Governor’s Honors Department of Music. David performed internationally as a member of the United States Army Band Europe, the Army Ground Forces Band, and the 82nd Airborne Division Band. His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Bosnia Service Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. David holds advanced degrees in performance and instrumental conducting from Columbus State University and the Florida State University. In 2013, he earned the Artist Certificate in Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music. He continues to perform and conduct professionally in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Dr. Ashley Jarrell
Director of Bands (Gainesville)
Dr. J. Ashley Jarrell currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at the University of North Georgia – Gainesville Campus, where his responsibilities include conducting instrumental ensembles and overseeing all facets of the instrumental music program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Jarrell served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his teaching and conducting responsibilities included the Hindsley Symphonic Band, Introduction to Conducting, Advanced Conducting and Graduate Wind Literature and History. Previously, he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and the inaugural candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting at the University, where he was a recipient of the Begian Conducting Assistantship. While a graduate student at the University, Dr. Jarrell served on the School of Music Graduate Committee and he received the Edmund C. Williams award for excellence in bands. He received the Master of Arts degree in Wind Conducting from Middle Tennessee State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from East Tennessee State University. Before coming to the University of Illinois, Dr. Jarrell served as Director of Bands at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School in Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently named by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweekmagazines as one of the fifty best high schools in the nation, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School Bands received numerous superior ratings, accolades, and three performances for the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference in the span of six years during Dr. Jarrell’s tenure. Previously, Dr. Jarrell also served as Associate Director of Bands at Middle Tennessee State University and Associate Director of Bands at Harpeth High School. Dr. Jarrell is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He is also an active member of many professional organizations including National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia