Roland Ventura is currently in his 22nd year of education and the Director of Bands at Pinckneyville Middle School in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Since his appointment in 2007, the Pinckneyville Band program has grown to include over 340 students. The students participate in numerous different ensembles including the Beginning Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Pinckneyville POPS!, PMS Concert Band, PMS Symphonic Band, and the PMS Symphonic Winds. Students in the PMS Band program also participate in several GMEA band events such as District Honor Band, All-State Band, Solo & Ensemble, and Large Group Performance Evaluation. This past year the Pinckneyville Band Program was awarded the prestigious Exemplary Performance Award from the GMEA Board of Directors.
In addition to his duties as band director, Mr. Ventura serves as Department Chair for the Pinckneyville Connections Department and has been a Gwinnett County Lead Teacher for Middle School Bands since 2014. He has also served as the Middle School Band Chair for District XIII and is the past Multi-Cultural Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association. In 2013, Mr. Ventura had the honor of being selected as the Teacher of the Year for Pinckneyville Middle School.
Mr. Ventura obtained his degrees in Music Education from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Prior to attending college, he proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Band Program. Before his appointment to Pinckneyville, Mr. Ventura was the Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies at the Virginia Beach Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Mr. Ventura has had the pleasure of teaching students ranging from middle school through college. He is a member of the National Band Associaiton (NBA), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and Phi Beta Mu, International Bandmaster’s Fraternity. This past spring Mr. Ventura was honored with the Brent Cannon Music Education Alumni Achievement Award from the Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Directors.
Mr. Ventura is an active guest director, clinician and consultant for groups throughout the southeast. He is married to Angel Ventura and has three children; Ryan, Brianna and Aurielle. In the past two years, the Ventura family has had the pleasure of expanding with the addition of Martha Ventura (Ryan’s Wife) and their first grandchild Rosalinda.
Jerell Horton has been the band director at Vestavia Hills since 2006. He is a graduate of Samford University. Prior to his appointment at Vestavia Hills High School, he served as assistant director at Pizitz Middle School and Vestavia Hills High School. While at Vestavia Hills, the bands have consistently earned superior rating at District and state concert band festivals as well as the ABDA festival, the Vestavia Hills Wind Ensemble performed at the 2011 Alabama Music Educators Conference, and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival in 2013.
The Vestavia Hills High School Rebel Marching Band performed in the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England and the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The Vestavia Hills High School band was awarded the National Program of Excellence Southern Division Blue Ribbon Award presented by the National Band Association. Mr. Horton has served as an honor band clinician within the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. He is also on staff for the Auburn Summer Marching and Leadership camp and the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mr. Horton a National Board Certified teacher and was named to SBO magazine’s 2014 list of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. Mr. Horton was honored to serve on 2017 Music for All Tournament of Roses teaching staff. He is married to Monica Horton (also an educator) and they have two children, daughter Madina Jaimes and Edward Israel.
Mr. Patrick Clark received a bachelor of music education degree from West Virginia University in 2005. While at WVU, he was the principal euphoniumist with the Wind Symphony, and was featured as a soloist with this group on two occasions. Also a very active jazz musician, he did lead and solo trombone work with the Jazz Ensemble 1 and various jazz combos. He studied trombone and euphonium with Dr. H. Keith Jackson, conducting with Lawrence Christianson and Don Wilcox, and jazz improvisation with Paul Scea.
From 2004-2006, Mr. Clark was a professional euphoniumist with the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, PA. He performed as a soloist on two concert tours and later became the publishing coordinator and librarian for the band.
Mr. Clark’s work as a freelance musician includes the Georgia Brass Band, Balcony Big Band, the Roger Humphries Big Band, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Canadian Brass, Boston Brass, Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, and the “President’s Own” Marine Band. He can be heard playing both trombone and euphonium on the 2005 self-titled CD “Adam Evil and the Outside Royalty”, a rock band based in London, England. In 2006, he was a guest artist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic performing Herman Bellstedt’s “Napoli”.
In the fall of 2006, Mr. Clark began teaching in the Cobb County School District where he has been the Music Specialist at Pitner Elementary School, Assistant Band Director and now Band Director at Tapp Middle School. Mr. Clark is also the director of the Tapp Middle School Jazz Band. Under his direction, the Tapp Middle Band Program continues its tradition of excellence in earning consistent superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble, Jazz and Concert Performance Evaluations. Mr Clark is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence.
Mr. Clark directed the McEachern HS Jazz Program from 2006-2017 and built the program to two full Jazz Ensembles and several small groups during that time. He currently serves as a brass instructor for the McEachern HS Marching Band. From 2007-2014, he was on staff with the Carlton J. Kell HS Marching Band and the National Champion Kennesaw Mountain Marching Band. Mr. Clark was the Euphonium Instructor at the Lassiter Music Institute from 2008-2014 and taught brass sectionals during that time for the Lassiter High School Symphonic Bands. Prior to moving to Georgia, he was an Elementary/Middle School Band Director in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese and the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Outside of music, Mr. Clark is an active competitive fly-fisherman and professional fly- fishing guide. He is a member of the National Champion North Carolina Fly Fishing Team, has competed all over the country winning 10 individual competitions to date and was ranked #1 in the U.S. Fly Fishing League for the 2015 season.
Mr. Clark lives in Cartersville, GA with his wife Cecilia, who is the Director of Bands at Allatoona High School, and their three weimaraners “Coltrane, Mingus and Monk”.
Tara Melvin, Flute Awtrey M.S.
Sidney Maurice, Double Reeds Student, Univ. of North Texas
Michelle Rickard, Clarinet Durham M.S. (Retired)
Greg Denson, Saxophone East Cobb M.S.
Dr. Chuck Jackson, Trumpet Kennesaw State University
Bo Sodders, Horn Pope H.S.
Steven Bontempi, Tuba Atlanta Tuba Studio
Daney Glover, Euphonium Cooper M.S.
Selena Sanchez, Percussion Durham M.S.
Cecilia Clark, Director of Bands at Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia. She attended Duquesne University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education. Her percussion teachers include Stanley Leonard, Gerald Unger, and Andrew Reamer. She studied conducting with Robert Cameron, Craig Kirchhoff, and Larry Rachleff. Ms. Clark also received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Duquesne.
Ms. Clark’s professional experience includes Assistant Band Director at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA where she also served as Fine Arts Department Chair. Prior to joining the faculty at McEachern, Ms. Clark was the Director of Bands at Deer Lakes High School and Thomas Jefferson High School. She also taught beginning band in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Clark has served as a percussion consultant and technician for several schools including Norwin Senior High School in North Huntingdon, PA. She was also the Front Ensemble Instructor for the General Butler Vagabonds Drum Corps and the Pit Caption Head for Conquest Percussion and Project Percussion Independent Open and World Class WGI Finalists.
Ms. Clark is an active adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician. She has served on the Review Committee for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as a member of NAfME Band Advisory Committee, and as a Program Coordinator at the Music for All Summer Symposium. Her professional affiliations include the NAfME, GMEA, PAS, NBA, ASBDA, WBDI and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Ms. Clark is married to Patrick Clark, Band Director at Hightower Trail Middle School. They have three beautiful Weimaraners, Coltrane, Mingus, and Monk.
Dr. Cameron Longabaugh currently serves as the Director of Bands at Inver Grove Heights Middle School in Minnesota. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Musicology at the University of Minnesota. He received his Masters of Music degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor of Music Education at Kansas State University. Mr. Longabaugh has studied saxophone with internationally renowned concert artists such as Eugene Rousseau, Anna Marie Wytko, and Preston Duncan.
During his graduate studies Dr. Longabaugh competed at numerous prestigious solo and chamber music competitions and was named a Finalist and a prizewinner at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Concerto Competition, a Finalist and a prize winner at the 2017 Plowman National Chamber Music Competition, and winner of the 2016 Masters Concerto and Aria Competition sponsored by the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Longabaugh previously taught at Tapp Middle School in Powder Springs, GA (2017-2019) and Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS (2011-2013).