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Josh Ray – Director of Bands
Mr. Ray joined the Harrison faculty as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Ensembles in 2007. He became the Director of Bands in 2012. Mr. Ray has served the band program as a co-lead teacher with all three concert ensembles, assisted with the fall percussion class, three Jazz Ensembles, and served as the Lead Visual Instructor for the nationally acclaimed Harrison Marching Band.
Originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mr. Ray graduated with a Bachelor degree in Music Education with a concentration in Trumpet from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Ray has experience as a performer with Southwind (Trumpet) and Madison Scouts (Mello) Drum and Bugle Corps. He student taught with David Gorham at the nationally acclaimed Owasso High School Band program, a Sudler Flag of Honor program.
Josh is an active brass adjudicator and instructor for various ensembles in Georgia. Mr. Ray has conducted ensembles performing in state and national in-service conferences including the Midwest Clinic, and the Georgia Music Educators Convention. He is an AP certified Music Theory instructor who also serves as adjudicator, brass specialist, and guest conductor across the state of Georgia. He is affiliated with professional organizations that include: NBA, MENC, and GMEA. Mr. Ray and his wife reside in Dallas, GA.
Jonathan Grogan – Assistant Band Director
Mr. Grogan joined the Harrison band Faculty as the Assistant Band Director in 2012. He recently graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Music Education. During his time there he studied trombone with Dr. Cory Mixdorf and conducting with Dr. Robert Ambrose. He was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Grogan was one of the first drum majors during GSU Marching Band’s inaugural season. He student taught at McEachern High School in Cobb County with Mr. Jeff Harper and at Young Middle School with Mr. Robert Jeffrey in the Atlanta Public School System.
Before attending Georgia State, Mr. Grogan graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he marched with the Pride of the Southland Marching Band for four years. While at Tennessee he studied trombone with Mr. Don Hough and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society fraternity.
Mr. Grogan is an alumnus and former drum major of Harrison High School and has been a staff member for the Harrison Marching Band since 2004.
Shaun Evans – Assistant Band Director
Mr. Evans joined the Harrison band faculty in 2014. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance and a Teaching Certification in Music Education. While at GSU he studied saxophone with Dr. Jan Baker and conducting with Dr. Robert Ambrose. He was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Band, the Marching Band, the Saxophone Ensemble, and the Broad Street Saxophone Quartet.
During his time at Georgia State Mr. Evans played saxophone in the inaugural season of the marching band, and assisted in leading the group the following three years as a drum major. He helped to establish the Nu Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Georgia State as a Vice-President of Membership. He student taught at Harrison High School in Cobb County with Mr. Josh Ray and Mr. Jonathan Grogan.
Shaun is an active private lesson instructor in the Atlanta area. He is a member of professional organizations that include: GMEA, NAFME, and NASA.
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Former Harrison Band Directors:
Mr. John Abert (1991-1996) • Dr. Scott Weiss (1993-2000) • Dr. Chester Phillips (2000-2007) • Mr. Mac McMillian (2005-2006) • Mr. Stephen Meyer (2007-2010) • Mr. Chris Parks (2010-2011) • Mr. Daniel Cuevas (2010-2012) • Dr. David W. Vandewalker (1996-2012) • Mrs. Krista Berezo (2012 -2013)
Jeffrey Hope, Percussion Instructor
After graduating with a degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Jeff returned to UMass and earned his master’s degree in Percussion Performance. At the University, he worked as a graduate assistant to Thom Hannum, taught and arranged for the Sudler Trophy-winning Minutemen Marching Band percussion section, as well as teaching percussion techniques classes and taking on other arranging and organizational responsibilities within the percussion studio.
Since 1997, Jeff has written for and taught numerous high school marching, indoor, and concert percussion groups in Massachusetts and throughout New England. He has also been actively involved with Drum Corps International since 1997 as a performing member with the Boston Crusaders and the Crossmen, as a percussion technician for The Troopers, Magic of Orlando, The Madison Scouts, and The Blue Stars, and as a show designer and percussion arranger for the Targets Drum and Bugle Corps from Springfield, MA.
In 2004, Jeff took the job of Director of the Spirit of America Indoor Percussion Ensemble in Orleans, MA, leading them to four consecutive WGI Independent Open Finals appearances including a second place finish in 2005. In conjunction with the indoor group, he also worked as the Percussion Director for the Spirit of America Marching Band. His arranging and coaching helped propel the group to win first place at the 2007 World Association of Marching Showbands Championship in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to teaching and arranging, Jeff has also been an active percussion performer in New England since 2005 playing with groups such as The Berkshire Symphony, The Amherst College Orchestra, the Smith College Orchestra, The Dartmouth Handel Society, and The Manchester Music Festival.
In 2010, Jeff became a Percussion Instructor at Harrison High School. He is a Vic Firth Education Team member as well as an endorser.
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Colby Kuzontkoski, Percussion Instructor
Colby began working with Harrison Bands in 2010. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance. At UMass he studied under professors Peter Tanner, Eduardo Leandro, Ayano Kataoka and Thomas Hannum. During his time at UMass he studied performance practice in all forms including contemporary chamber music, solo repertoire, new music and traditional percussion ensemble. He also extensively studied the art of arranging for percussion in the form of marimba ensembles, percussion ensembles, marching ensembles and marimba bands. He has published an article on the application of articulations in percussion called: “Connecting the Arranger Coach and Performer.” Published in the Percussive Arts Society journal: Percussive Notes.
For the last six years Colby has had the great opportunity to write for and teach competitive percussion ensembles around the country. He has also taught and given clinics at numerous high schools throughout New England. He has recently taught at Thom Hannum’s Mobile Percussion Seminar in Amherst MA, directing and teaching the Front Ensemble track of the program.
Colby is also an experienced drum set player having studied with Boston favorite Bob Gullotti for three years, attended two Berklee 5 Week Summer Performance Programs in Boston and has performed extensively in jazz and GB bands throughout the Northeast. He has also recorded several albums with touring bands from the area.
Staying current in the world of percussion is vital for the modern percussionist. Colby has participated in and performed in seminars such as the Cloid Duff Timpani Master Class in Kansas City and the International Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College in Manhattan. Colby has made it his mission to further this art form and is proud to bring his expertise to the percussionists of Harrison High School.
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Colby Kuzontkoski: Front Ensemble arranger and instructor
Jeff Hope: Battery percussion instructor
Kelsey King: Color Guard & Winter Guard coordinator
Freddy Martin: Band Director, Brass Caption Head for Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
Tyler Elvidge: Music Ed Student at KSU, trumpet performer with Cavaliers
Brittany Mori: Band director at Lost Mountain Middle School
Matt Segars: Band director at Durham Middle School
Rose Walker: Color guard performer and instructor for Phantom Regiment
Lindsay Kusmierczak: Color guard performer and instructor with Phantom Regiment
Anne Gordon, Flute (M.M. University of Georgia)
Lisa Sayre, Oboe (M.M. Louisiana State University)
Susan Brough, Clarinet (M.M. University of Georgia)
Shelly Unger, Bassoon (D.M.A. University of Georgia)
Jennifer Marotta, Trumpet (M.M. Northwestern University)
Chris Watkins, Trumpet (M.M. Manhattan School of Music)
Mike Diblasi, Trombone (B.A. Indiana University)
Mark Burroughs, Low Brass (M.M. Indiana University)
Bernard Flythe, Low Brass (M.M. University of Michigan)
John Howell: BOA/DCI Judge
Thom Hannum: Battery percussion writer, Percussion Coordinator for Carolina Crown
Jodie Rhodes: BOA Judge, Band Director in Texas
Wes Cartwright: Program Design and Consultant, Visual coordinator for Broken Arrow
Scott Toosley: Program Design and Consultant
Leon May: Drill Designer, Visual design for Carolina Crown
Don Hill: Music Arranger, Music design for Phantom Regiment
Colton Hines: Electronics/Sound Amplification/Percussion Instructor from Oklahoma