Design Team

CW2 Andy David

Program Coordinator

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.

Mr. James Hensley

Visual

James Hensley’s experiences in the marching arts spans 20 years as a performer, instructor and drill designer. His performance experiences started while attending Cypress HS, in Cypress, CA. He was a Horn section leader and was a member of the 1991 Olympic Festival Band under the Direction of Dr. Arthur C. Bartner. He was also invited to be a member of the Euro Disney Opening ceremonies band.

Mr. Hensley Received his Bachelors of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied Music Education. Mr. Hensley’s primary instrument is the Horn. Mr. Hensley held the Principal Horn chair in every major performing ensemble and was a member of the University Brass Quintet. He was also a member of the All-American Marching Band for the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles and an alternate for the Walt Disney World All-American College Orchestra. Mr. Hensley has studied privately with Arthur May, Randall Preclaro, Matt Reynolds, Gerald Thatcher, Joseph Meyer, and James Atkinson. Mr. Hensley obtained his California Professional Clear Teaching Credential at National University and has completed graduate work at Chapman University.

Mr. Hensley’s teaching experiences include teaching music to all ages from Kindergarten to High School. He was a member of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and was on the brass staff in 1998. He was also on staff for various High Schools throughout Southern California including John F. Kennedy HS (La Palma, CA), Los Altos HS (Hacienda Heights, CA), Katella HS (Anaheim, CA), and University HS (Irvine, CA).

Mr. Hensley’s ensembles have received numerous awards including excellent and superior ratings at district music festivals, sweepstakes trophies, Winterguard medals and various community service awards. Mr. Hensley was nominated for the Disney Hand award in 2004 for excellence in teaching. In addition to his awards and accomplishments, Mr. Hensley is currently a sought out clinician and designer for many groups in Southern California, Arizona, and the Midwest.

Mr. Hensley currently lives in Northwest Indiana and teaches music at the middle school level. In his spare time he continues to consult and is a drill designer for many groups across the country. He is an avid theme park junkie and is a Disney Parks expert.

Mr. Damon Padilla

Color Guard

Mr. Jeffrey Keegan

Electronic Music

Jeffrey S. Keegan is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion and Music Technology at West Forsyth High School.   From 2006-2011, he held the same position at North Forsyth High School. Before that he was the Director of Bands at Richards M.S. in Gwinnet County for eight years.  Mr. Keegan holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Georgia State University and a Masters Degree from North Georgia College.  Mr. Keegan is an active performer, arranger, and clinician. He has performed with the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, South Wind Drum & Bugle Corps, Atlanta Rhythm Machine, Earthshaking Samba, Atlanta Pipe Band, and various church ensembles. Mr. Keegan enjoys biking, kayaking, camping, woodworking, and being a husband and father.

Military Music Staff

Tim Keyser

Military Music Caption Head

SSG Timothy 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 with the Peachtree Brass, the Rialto Brass, the Atlanta Brassworks, the Atlanta Brass Band, the Georgia Brass Band, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Keyser attended Tennessee Technological University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Georgia State University. He received both Master of Education and Educational Specialist 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 Ron Davis. Mr. Keyser has taught for Forsyth County Schools since 1998 at the middle and high school levels and served as the Brass instructor at Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University in 2000 and 2001. At UNG, Mr. Keyser has served as adjunct professor of tuba and military music instructor since 2005.

CW2 Andy David

Military Music Instructor

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.

Terry Sleister

Military Music Instructor

SGT Terry Sleister has enjoyed a diverse career as both a performer and educator. As a member of the 129th and 132nd Army Bands, he has performed in concerts throughout the United States. Mr. Sleister has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, North Georgia Symphony, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Madison Brass Quintet, and is currently a member of the David Brothers Super Band. Mr. Sleister has also performed as a bass trombone soloist with bands at the high school, college and professional level. Mr. Sleister has taught trombone at UNG since 2005. He has also taught band in both Forsyth County, GA and Hall County, GA and is currently the band director at Chestatee Middle School in Gainesville, Ga. where his students perform in concert band, jazz band, and woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles. Mr. Sleister holds degrees form the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lesley University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the International Trombone Association.

Wind Staff

Ms. Sarah Dunn

Winds Caption Head

In the fall of 2013, Sarah Dunn joined the University of North Georgia (UNG) as the Associate Director of Bands and served as Director of Bands from 2014-2016. Ms. Dunn currently resides in Rabun County, where she is the Assistant Director of Bands and Fine Arts Building Coordinator for the Rabun County School System. Ms. Dunn is also still active in the UNG Community, serving as the Winds Caption Head and Professor of Trumpet for both the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses.Ms. Dunn received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree in 2011 from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia.  She received her Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Georgia in 2013.Her professional affiliations include memberships in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

CW2 Andy David

High Brass

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.

Mr. Tony Carere

Woodwinds

Tony Carere joined the UNG music faculty in 2009 as adjunct professor of saxophone and flute. He is a native of Buffalo N.Y. where he taught high school instrumental music for 14 years as well as performing on the local jazz and show scene there. He moved to Atlanta in 1979 and taught saxophone for 14 years at Georgia State University and continued to play as a professional musician. He primarily plays the Reed I chair for Theater Orchestras, Show Bands & Jazz Ensembles. His main instrument is alto sax with strengths in flute and clarinet doubling. He is also well known as a jazz soloist. Recently he played lead alto for the Quincy Jones Concert here in Atlanta as well as The Rat Pack Show. He has played for countless big name performers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Elvis, Bob Hope and many more.

 

Courtney White

Woodwinds

Courtney White, clarinetist, received her Bachelor of Music from Auburn University and her Master of Music from Georgia State University. She has worked as a freelance musician and active studio teacher in Atlanta and the surrounding areas since 2013. Previously, she performed and taught studio in Charleston, SC. She has a keen interest in contemporary music and has performed works by Gregory Wanamaker, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Joseph Eidson and Katherine Saxon at regional and international conferences and symposia.  Her performance with the Atlanta Chamber Winds of Mozart’s Gran Partita received airplay on WABE Atlanta.

Tim Keyser

Low Brass

SSG Timothy 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 with the Peachtree Brass, the Rialto Brass, the Atlanta Brassworks, the Atlanta Brass Band, the Georgia Brass Band, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Keyser attended Tennessee Technological University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Georgia State University. He received both Master of Education and Educational Specialist 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 Ron Davis. Mr. Keyser has taught for Forsyth County Schools since 1998 at the middle and high school levels and served as the Brass instructor at Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University in 2000 and 2001. At UNG, Mr. Keyser has served as adjunct professor of tuba and military music instructor since 2005.

Terry Sleister

Low Brass

SGT Terry Sleister has enjoyed a diverse career as both a performer and educator. As a member of the 129th and 132nd Army Bands, he has performed in concerts throughout the United States. Mr. Sleister has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, North Georgia Symphony, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Madison Brass Quintet, and is currently a member of the David Brothers Super Band. Mr. Sleister has also performed as a bass trombone soloist with bands at the high school, college and professional level. Mr. Sleister has taught trombone at UNG since 2005. He has also taught band in both Forsyth County, GA and Hall County, GA and is currently the band director at Chestatee Middle School in Gainesville, Ga. where his students perform in concert band, jazz band, and woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles. Mr. Sleister holds degrees form the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lesley University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the International Trombone Association.

Percussion Staff

Dr. Joseph Covert

Percussion Caption Head

Joe Covert has been involved in marching percussion since before the invention of the marching tenor stand.  A time when drums were hewn from mighty logs, felled in ancient and foreboding forests.  When men were men and boys stayed home.  Joe was a performer with the Spirit of Atlanta and Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners.  His music teaching career began with a stint on the staff of the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, the 1992 DCI Division II World Champions.  Joe has worked with the marching bands at Lassiter High School, West Forsyth High School, North Forsyth High School, and North Hall High School.  In addition to instructing the UNG Golden Eagle Band, Joe is an Assistant Professor in the UNG College of Education and a proud father of three.

Mr. Bret Ward

Front Ensemble Instructor

Mr. Steven Walker

Battery Instructor

Steven Walker teaches Applied Percussion Studies and conducts the Percussion Ensembles at University of North Georgia. Prior to arriving at UNG, Mr. Walker was an assistant band director in Cobb and Fulton Counties in metro Atlanta. He earned bachelor degrees in music education and percussion performance from Kennesaw State University under the direction of John Lawless and Peter Witte and a masters in music in jazz from Georgia State University under the direction of Justin Varnes and Gordon Vernick. Mr. Walker continues to be an active performer and clinician in metro Atlanta and the Southeast, playing in a wide variety of ensembles and teaching a broad scope of percussion, drum set, and marching percussion applications.

Ms. Kelsey Brunson

Front Ensemble Tech

Mr. Jeffrey Keegan

Percussion and Electronics Tech

Jeffrey S. Keegan is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion and Music Technology at West Forsyth High School.   From 2006-2011, he held the same position at North Forsyth High School. Before that he was the Director of Bands at Richards M.S. in Gwinnet County for eight years.  Mr. Keegan holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Georgia State University and a Masters Degree from North Georgia College.  Mr. Keegan is an active performer, arranger, and clinician. He has performed with the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, South Wind Drum & Bugle Corps, Atlanta Rhythm Machine, Earthshaking Samba, Atlanta Pipe Band, and various church ensembles. Mr. Keegan enjoys biking, kayaking, camping, woodworking, and being a husband and father.

Visual Staff

Mr. Robert Marshall

Visual Caption Head

Mr. James Hensley

Visual Instructor

James Hensley’s experiences in the marching arts spans 20 years as a performer, instructor and drill designer. His performance experiences started while attending Cypress HS, in Cypress, CA. He was a Horn section leader and was a member of the 1991 Olympic Festival Band under the Direction of Dr. Arthur C. Bartner. He was also invited to be a member of the Euro Disney Opening ceremonies band.

Mr. Hensley Received his Bachelors of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied Music Education. Mr. Hensley’s primary instrument is the Horn. Mr. Hensley held the Principal Horn chair in every major performing ensemble and was a member of the University Brass Quintet. He was also a member of the All-American Marching Band for the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles and an alternate for the Walt Disney World All-American College Orchestra. Mr. Hensley has studied privately with Arthur May, Randall Preclaro, Matt Reynolds, Gerald Thatcher, Joseph Meyer, and James Atkinson. Mr. Hensley obtained his California Professional Clear Teaching Credential at National University and has completed graduate work at Chapman University.

Mr. Hensley’s teaching experiences include teaching music to all ages from Kindergarten to High School. He was a member of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and was on the brass staff in 1998. He was also on staff for various High Schools throughout Southern California including John F. Kennedy HS (La Palma, CA), Los Altos HS (Hacienda Heights, CA), Katella HS (Anaheim, CA), and University HS (Irvine, CA).

Mr. Hensley’s ensembles have received numerous awards including excellent and superior ratings at district music festivals, sweepstakes trophies, Winterguard medals and various community service awards. Mr. Hensley was nominated for the Disney Hand award in 2004 for excellence in teaching. In addition to his awards and accomplishments, Mr. Hensley is currently a sought out clinician and designer for many groups in Southern California, Arizona, and the Midwest.

Mr. Hensley currently lives in Northwest Indiana and teaches music at the middle school level. In his spare time he continues to consult and is a drill designer for many groups across the country. He is an avid theme park junkie and is a Disney Parks expert.

Nate Groves

Visual Instructor

Mr. Nate Groves is currently Director of Bands at Duluth High School.  In the fall of 2011 he joined Duluth as the Assistant Director of Bands and assumed the role of Director of Bands over the summer of 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Georgia, where he studied horn with Dr. Jean Martin-Williams and Richard Deane. He served as principal horn in the University of Georgia Wind Symphony for two years, as well as serving in the Redcoat Band and the UGA Horn Choir.

Mr. Groves was a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2007-2009), in which the hornline was awarded the Jim Ott trophy for brass performance in 2009. He has continued his work in the drum corps community through teaching on brass staff with the world championship drum corps The Phantom Regiment (Rockford, Ill.). Mr. Groves also currently serves as visual caption head for the North Georgia College and State University Golden Eagle Band. In addition to drum corps and college ensembles, he has worked with multiple marching bands in the Athens and Atlanta areas in both ensemble music and visual marching technique. He currently has a horn studio in the Johns Creek area where he teaches horn lessons to middle and high school students. His previous students have been members of the U.S. Army All American Marching Band, Georgia All-State Band, and multiple world class drum corps in the Southeast and Midwest. Professional affiliations include MENC (Music Educators National Conference), GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association), and NBA (National Band Association).

When he’s not teaching music in the classroom, on the field or privately, he can be found enjoying the outdoors through hiking, backpacking, and camping.

Ms. Helen Adams

Color Guard Instructor

Ms. Bridget Bott

Color Guard Caption Head

A Georgia native, Bridget got her start in colorguard her freshman year of high school and the momentum hasn’t stopped since. She participated in both marching band and winter guard while at Flowery Branch High School. She then went on to dabble in indoor winds with UNG Indoor (then- NGCSU Golden Eagle Band), eventually transferring to the University of Georgia where she marched with both Aureus Independent and University of Georgia Winterguard. In the summer of 2015, she aged out with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps’ show, “Because…” Bridget has had the opportunity to teach with several high school groups within the past few years, most notably at her alma mater of Flowery Branch and Brookwood High School.