Mr. Brian Myers – Band Director
Brian Myers has been the Director of Bands at Green Hope High School since August of 2007. Myers completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education with a concentration in piano from East Carolina University in May 2004 where he was also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He completed his Masters of Music Education degree from Boston University in September 2007. In November 2011, he became a National Board certified teacher in the area of Early Adolescence to Young Adulthood Music.
Myers began his career as the Director of Bands at Roanoke Rapids High School. During his second year at RRHS, he was nominated as a finalist for Teacher of the Year for the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District. Myers was also the Youth Director and pianist at Rosemary United Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids.
During his time at Green Hope High School, he has led the marching band to several grand championships and finalist appearances at regional and national competitions. He led the marching band to the Gator Bowl in 2009 where they earned the Sweepstakes Award and were chosen to perform a portion of their competition show for the pregame ceremonies of the Gator Bowl. Since 2012 they have been a Bands of America Regional Finalist five times and have been a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist twice.
The Symphonic Band and Concert Band achieve consisent superior ratings at the annual Music Performance Adjudication, and Mr. Myers has also partnered with many professional conductors and musicians in the area to provide students with master classes and other opportunities. Myers and the GH Symphonic Band commissioned a work in 2009 by Philip Sparke in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Green Hope High School and a piece in 2014 by Martin Ellerby for the school’s 15th anniversary. The Symphonic Band has also been a part of a commissioning consortium who premiered works for wind band by John Mackey and Tyler Grant. In 2014, the Green Hope Symphonic Band performed at the NC Music Educator’s Conference in Winston-Salem.
Myers also pioneered the iBand project with the AP Music Theory classes. The iBand groups have presented at the NCTIES technology conference and the North Carolina Music Educator’s Conference.
Mr. Myers has conducted the Craven and Johnston All-County Bands and the Blue Band at the UNC-Wilmington Honor Band Festival. Mr. Myers is the 2014-15 GHHS Teacher of the Year and the 2015 Central District Bandmasters’ Association Band Director of the Year.
Le Roy Barley, Jazz Director
A native of Washington, DC, Le Roy graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in June 1997. In 2001 he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from North Carolina Central University located in Durham, North Carolina. While attending North Carolina Central University he studied under world renowned artistis Tom Browne, Dr. Ira Wiggins, and Jay Meachum. He later obtained a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from NCCU in 2011. Le Roy has performed with a variety of groups including but not limited to the Temptations, John Brown Quintet, Marcus Anderson Group, NCCU Faculty Jazz Combo, NCCU Jazz Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble. Currently he performs with the following: North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, John Brown Jazz Orchestra, The Groove Shop, and the Upper Room “Church House” Band. He has performed all over the world touring, recording, and performing in venues such as Euro Disney, Paris, France; Montreaux Jazz Festival, Geneva, Switzerland; North Sea Jazz Festival, Utrecht, Holland; Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, France; and the Virgin Gorda Jazz Festival in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Le Roy has performed with many notable artists such as: Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Terrell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis, Wynard Harper, Davey Yarborough, Alvin Atkinson, Sean Jones, Eve Cornelius, Chip Crawford, Charlie Brown, Vincent Heiring, and Pete LaRoca Simms to name a few.
Mr. Barley holds the following teaching positions: Lecture, Director of Jazz Combos at Duke University, Jazz Director at Green Hope High School, Trumpet Instructor at the Musicians Learning Center, Jazz Band Director at North Raleigh Christian Academy, and Band Teacher at Powell GT Magnet School. He is often called upon as a Consultant, Guest Lecturer, and Guest Speaker for various schools and organizations. Further, he has had the opportunity to teach at North Carolina Central University as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, Upper Room Christian Academy as both Music and Band Teacher, as an Adjudicator for the 2009 Guitar Center Drum Off, Durham, North Carolina and to be a Clinician and Adjudicator for the “City of the Arts” Annual Jazz Festival, North Carolina.
Mr. Barley’s teaching philosophy is simple. Everyone should be exposed to music and have a basic understanding of it. The teacher must strive to meet the student where they are, in regards to their learning style and level, and encourage and challenge them as they grow. When a student studies music they should gain a basic knowledge even if they don’t continue music for a long period. The discipline and skills required to play music can be used to better them in life.
Recording credits include “Beyond the Horizon,” recorded April 20-27, 1998 and “Central Standard Time,” recorded February 21-22, 1995 by the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble, both “Shiloh,” 2005 and “Worship in the Upper Room: Standing in His Presence,” recorded 2007 by the Upper Room Church of God in Christ Music & Fine Arts Department, “My Everything” by Marshetta Parker, released 2010.
Jesse Rackley — Brass instructor, Music arranger
A native of North Carolina, Jesse Rackley is an accomplished tenor trombonist, euphoniumist, and educator. Jesse holds the positions of Principal Euphonium with the Triangle Brass Band and Tar River Symphonic Band and second trombonist with the Tar River Philharmonic. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina and Wilmington symphonies. As a soloist, Jesse has been featured with the Triangle Brass Band, Triangle Youth Brass Band, Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble, 440th US Army Band, East Carolina Tuba Ensemble, and has performed a recital as a part of the Tubas in the Sun Chamber Music Workshop.
Jesse is in his fourth year as Music Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble. The TYBE is a high school aged British style brass band that is open to the very best brass players in the central North Carolina area through recommendation and audition. TYBE performs at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and draws it’s repertoire from standard and contemporary British brass band literature as well as arrangements and transcriptions of wind band and orchestral works. Since its inception, the TYBE has already established a tradition of excellence in performing. The TYBE attended the North Atlantic Brass Band Association Championships competing in the new Youth Open Section, winning 1st place in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012.
As a teacher, Jesse maintains a large and active private studio of over 20 students throughout eastern North Carolina. His students consistently receive top honors in the NC All-District and All-State Bands and participate in various music camps and summer festivals. Jesse regularly travels the state giving brass fundamental clinics and working with many middle and high school bands. He is currently the brass instructor with some of North Carolina’s most active band programs.
Jesse currently resides in Rocky Mount, NC with his beautiful wife, Brooke, and his son, Noah.
Andy Warwick — Woodwind Clinician
Andy is an active clarinetist and saxophonist in the Triangle. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA). As a chamber musician, Andy is a part of a trio and a quartet, both of which give recitals at institutions around NC. Many of the works are arrangements made by Andy himself. Aside from classical music, Andy is also versed in popular styles, often performing works such as “Fiddler on the Roof”. He is also the 2nd tenor saxophonist in the local big band “Preachin’ to the Fire”.
Before setting up a teaching and gigging career in central NC, Andy was in Cincinnati studying with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra whilst pursuing a degree at the conservatory at the University of Cincinnati. During his stay at CCM (College-Conservatory of Music), Andy performed as principal clarinetist of the CCM Philharmonia, and won a concerto competition, earning him a performance with the same ensemble. He also actively performed chamber music and new music with the ensemble Cafe MoMus. Andy was also a member of the top-rated CCM Wind Orchestra on bass clarinet when the ensemble went on tour of the southeast united states, premeiring new works for winds by young composers. Prior to CCM, Andy was at UNC-Chapel Hill studying clarinet and guitar, and an active member of UNC’s orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, jazz combos, and chamber music program.
As an educator, Andy has been honored to be a faculty member at the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop, where he as coached groups from wind quintets clarinet choirs. He will also be interim clarinet teacher at UNC-CH in the fall of 2016.
Other teaching engagements:
Adjunct Clarinet Instructor: North Carolina State University
Clarinet/Saxophone Faculty: Ravenscroft School
Clarinet/Saxophone Instructor: Quarter Note Music
Clarinet Clinician: Cardinal Gibbons High School
Former Clarinet Teacher: Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Austin Greene — Visual instructor
Austin Greene is a professional visual designer and music educator. He attended Western Carolina University where he earned his B.S.Ed. in Music Education in 2003 and the University of Connecticut earning his Master of Music in Conducting in 2006. He is a member of the visual staff at The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps where he was a member and soloist from 2000-2002.
Austin began his teaching career at North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2006 he was named the Director of Bands at Concord High School in Concord, NC. In 2008, he accepted the position as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Durham School of the Arts. In 2010 he was hired as an adjunct instructor at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s National Conservatory of Music in Dublin, Ireland. His professional associations include the Conductor’s Guild, NCMEA, Tau Beta Sigma (hon.), Kappa Kappa Psi (hon.), and Phi Kappa Phi.
In 2011, Austin turned his passion for marching arts into a full-time career. Austin is a seasoned visual designer and arranger for many high schools and universities. He currently serves as Visual Consultant for the Bands of America Grand National finalist Kennesaw Mountain HS band and the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” marching band. Austin is is in regular demand as a clinician and adjudicator in both the fall and winter seasons, and he is affiliated with NCBA, AIA, and CWEA judging associations.
Austin lives with his dog Toby in Raleigh, NC where he serves as Visual Caption Head for the Green Hope, Sanderson, and Wakefield high school bands.
Aaron Tucker — Percussion instructor and arranger
Aaron Tucker is a freelance percussion educator, performer, adjudicator and designer living in Cary, North Carolina. He studied Percussion with an emphasis in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University. In 2002, he had the opportunity to march with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle corps, winning a division 2 world championship, and going on to place in finals in division 1. He has had the honor of learning from some great educators, including Jonathon Wacker, Bill Bachman, Tom Hurst, John Campese, Wayne Viar, and Will Goodyear.
Aaron Currently serves as the marching percussion coordinator for Green Hope High School. He is also a member of the percussion staff for Palmetto Percussion and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his various instructional responsibilities, Aaron maintains a studio of private students and and consults and designs for percussion ensembles in the mid atlantic area. He has been on the design teams for Bands of America regional finalists, WGI world championship finalists and WGI medalists.
When he isn’t teaching or writing, Aaron performs with a variety of musicians in and out of state as a freelance drummer. He can often be found playing with “The Mint Julep Jazz Band”, an early jazz ensemble based out of Durham, NC. He resides in Cary, North Carolina with his wife, Ellen and his furry companions, Niko and Ollie.
Ben Russell — Percussion instructor
In high school, Ben was active in the jazz band, wind ensemble, pep band, as well as various student led groups. He was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as well as the John Philip Sousa Band Award.
During his undergraduate career, Ben performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Pirates, and was fortunate enough to perform with such artists as Arthur Lipner, Greg Bissonete, Marvin Hamlish, and Mark Ford. Ben also participated in Zamba Yawar, the Afro Andean ensemble, as well as Baque do Axe, a student led Maracatu group. He was the winner of the 2008 NC Day of Percussion Mock Audition, where he competed with other percussionists from around the state.
Between undergraduate and graduate school, Ben was a freelance percussionist and teacher. He played with the Tar River Symphonic Band, Tar River Symphony Orchestra, and was a substitute percussionist with the Virginia Symphony. He taught marching percussion throughout Eastern and Central North Carolina, instructing the Farmville Central Jaguars, Craven Indoor Percussion, and Green Hope Falcon Regiment. He also held a studio of private students in Washington, NC.
In his graduate career, Ben has conducted the percussion ensemble in John Cage’s First Construction in Metal, given lessons to undergraduate percussion students, taught the Percussion Methods course, and performed extensively with the New Paradigm Quartet, the Percussion Construct (graduate percussion group), the ASU Tabla Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Appalachian Philharmonia, and the Steely Pan Steel Band. He was one of the winners of the 2012 Concerto Competition, performing Marta Ptaszynska’s Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra. He has also lent his abilities to the Dance department, playing traditional African instruments, rhythms, and melodies for the African Dance class.
Scott Mills — Colorguard Instructor
Scott Mills, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is excited to work with the Green Hope High School Falcon Regiment. Scott has worked with various ensembles throughout Missouri and North Carolina. Some of these schools included Parkview High School, Cleveland High School, North Johnston High School, and of course Green Hope High School.
Scott graduated from Pattonville High School, where he was an active member in the marching band. As a senior, he served as the Drum Major for the Pride of Pattonville marching band. He then went on to march in the Missouri State University Pride Color Guard. Since then, he has performed in several other ensembles including National Avenue Winterguard (2008), The Pride of Missouri State Winterguard (2009-2011), and First Flight Winterguard (2012-present). Scott was also able to spend three summers (2008-2010) marching with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Melissa Gaul — Colorguard Instructor
Melissa Gaul is a graduate of South Granville HS where she was a member of the marching band and winter guard. She attended East Carolina University and was a member of the ECU Marching Pirates. Melissa has also performed with ensembles such as Tarheel Sun Drum & Bugle Corps, Carolina Visual Productions, First Flight & Assembly Line.
Melissa has been a guard instructor at Green Hope since 2009. She has also served as a guard and horn line instructor for South Granville HS marching band and winter guard, Park View HS marching band, North Johnston HS Colorguard, Enloe HS marching band and Colorguard, Scotland HS Colorguard and Winterguard, and Carolina Visual Productions.
Allie Moore — Colorguard
Allie has been an instructor at Green Hope since 2013. She graduated from Green Hope in 2011. While at Green Hope, she participated in the marching band, winter guard, percussion, and symphonic band. Allie attended NC State University and participated in the Power Sound of the South for three years. She has also marched with First Flight Winter Guard.
Allie graduated from NC State in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She will continue to pursue her love of teaching as a 4th grade teacher.
Carrie Carpenter — Visual Tech
Carrie Carpenter began her teaching career teaching at Leland Middle School in 2004. She continued her career for six years as Director of Bands at Cherryville High School in Cherryville, NC receiving numerous “Superior” ratings in both marching and concert bands. Carrie is an adjudicator and a clinician for various marching and concert bands across the state. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University and Duke Divinity School, a North Carolina Teaching Fellows Alumni, and a National Board Certified Teacher. Carrie lives in Sanford, NC with her adorable Newfoundland dog, Minnie, who also loves band. She is also an avid kayak, mountain biking, and commuter cycling enthusiast. Carrie is currently serving on the ministerial staff at Saint Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford as the Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries.
Kelly Medlin — Guard Instructor
Daniel Adams — Guard Instructor
Andi Howard — Guard Instructor
James Harris — Visual Tech
Brendan Vincent — Visual Tech
Bobby Harper — Visual/Brass Tech
Francis Kim — Visual/Brass Tech