Director of Instrumental Music
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 and elected membership with American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Assistant Department Head
Dr. Andrew Santander was born in Valencia, Venezuela, but has spent most of his life living in the Atlanta area. He was always fond of music and began studying the piano in the third grade. From that point music became a primary focus and source of enjoyment for him. After high school he went to study piano at the Indiana University School of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Sebok and Lev Vlassenko, as well as acquiring an interest in early music and the harpsichord. Two Masters Degrees in Piano and Harpsichord/Early Music were also earned at Indiana University. He returned to Georgia to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Georgia. The change in schools reflected an interest in focusing on twentieth century piano repertoire, an area that his primary instructor, Richard Zimdars, was actively involved in. Upon graduating, he took a job as Director of Instrumental Music at Gainesville State College (now The University of North Georgia), Gainesville, Georgia. He is currently Assistant Head of the Music Department. He also is Director of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo on the Oakwood campus. His musical interests run the gamut from early music to the avant-garde. His collaborations in new music have led to several new piano works written specifically for him. He continues to perform solo and chamber music recitals both nationally and internationally, has won awards in several national and international contests and has recorded several CDs. In addition to his performing activities, Dr. Santander is also an active adjudicator for several piano competitions, and has served as a contributing editor for the Forney & Machlis The Enjoyment of Music textbook.
SG Tim Keyser
Military Music Caption Head
Tim Keyser has worked as a freelance musician and music educator in the Atlanta area since 1994. He has been a member of the 129th Army Band since 1993 and has performed throughout the United States and overseas. As a freelance musician, Mr. Keyser has performed the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and several brass quintets and chamber ensembles. Mr. Keyser studied music at Tennessee Technological University and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University. He received M. Ed. and Ed S. degrees from Lesley University and Educational Leadership certification from Kennesaw State University. Mr. Keyser’s primary tuba instructors include Don Strand, Michael Moore, R. Winston Morris, and Dr. Ron Davis. Mr. Keyser has been an educator for Forsyth County Schools since 1998 and served as the brass instructor at Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program in 2000 and 2001. At UNG, Mr. Keyser serves as tuba and euphonium instructor, military music instructor and is a member of the faculty brass quintet.