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 Dora Lucas, Percussion Coordinator

Dora Lucas is the Percussion Coordinator at Habersham Central High School. She is in her 20th year as an adjunct faculty member in the North Georgia area. Ms. Lucas has been on the staff of the Band of Blue since 2001. She is an active percussion performer in the Northeast Georgia area performing with the Northwinds Symphonic Band and Piedmont College Wind Ensemble.

Ms. Lucas is the Department Head of the English Department at HCHS. Dora has also been involved with the HCHS Women's Soccer program. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2000 and Piedmont College in 2005 with her Master's Degree in Education.
 
 

 
 
Peyton Holbrook, Guard Coordinator


 Emery Warnock, North Habersham Middle School

Dr. Emery Warnock – is the band director at North Habersham Middle School. Dr. Warnock comes from Peachtree City, GA where he was band director at Rising Starr Middle School for 2 years.

Previously, he was band director at Richmond Hill Middle School in Richmond Hill, GA for 10 years. He is a graduate of Berry College, The Florida State University (M.S.), VanderCook College of Music (M.M.Ed.) and The University of Utah (Ph.D.) where he was a teaching assistant for 3 years and a University Research Fellow in music education for a year. Dr. Warnock was 2007 Teacher of the Year at Richmond Hill Middle School.

During Dr. Warnock’s tenure at Richmond Hill Middle School, the Symphonic Band performed at the 2011 GMEA In-Service Conference, being the first band ever from GMEA District 1 to perform at the event. In 2007, the RHMS Symphonic Band performed an all-commissioned works performance at the 30th annual Georgia Middle School Association Conference. Each year since 2008, the band received superior ratings for performances in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the National Adjudicators Invitational. In 2009 and in 2010, the band received State Level Winner Awards from the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project with three students receiving Most Outstanding Woodwind Soloists on their respective instruments (in 2009). In 2011, the RHMS band program was recognized as a recipient of the 2011 GMEA Exemplary Performance Award.

Dr. Warnock enjoys arranging young concert band literature. He has recently published concert band music with De Haske Publications. His most recent composition is on De Haske Winds label CD, On Stage (De Haske Records 2010). He is also an arranger of brass quintet music with PEL Music Publications. Dr. Warnock is also an active researcher in music education with over 20 conference presentations and publications in Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Research Perspectives in Music Education, the Southern Journal of Music Education, Georgia Music News and The Instrumentalist.

Internationally, Dr. Warnock has been involved in summer in-service teaching in Asia, The Middle East, and Europe. In Scotland, he collaborates with Hugh Johnstone, M.B.E., organizer of the Dalmellington Junior Brass Band, in an exchange of brass pedagogical material and ideas for teachers of young brass students. Dr. Warnock was a 2006 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar observing bands and music education in Japanese schools.

Dr. Warnock is a member of Phi Beta Mu, the international honorary organization for school instrumental music conductors. He is also a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence. Dr. Warnock lives in Clarkesville with his wife Susanna and young son Liam.
 
 James Geiger, South Habersham Middle School

James Geiger is currently the Director of Bands at South Habersham Middle School in Cornelia, Georgia. Before his appointment in Habersham County, Mr. Geiger was the Assistant Director of Bands at West Laurens High School in Dublin, Georgia. Born in Palatka, Florida and raised in Dublin, Georgia, Mr. Geiger graduated with honors from Dublin High School in 1995. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in both Music Education and Music Composition from Georgia Southern University in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Geiger taught elementary music in the Columbia and Jones County school systems. He then went back to school and received the Master of Music degree in Music Composition from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2005.

Concert bands under Mr. Geiger’s direction have consistently received superior and excellent ratings at band festivals. His music compositions have received world premieres in 16 states, from New York to California. Mr. Geiger has also commissioned three pieces for concert band: Moonscape Awakening by Joni Greene, Fantasy on an Old English Melody by Timothy Loest, and Color Jam Suite by Timothy Loest.

Besides his duties as a middle school band director, Mr. Geiger is the Staff Arranger for Rabun and Dawson County High School Bands, and a Part-Time Instructor of Percussion at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. He currently resides in Mount Airy, Georgia with his wife, Jennie, and two children, Lily and Charley.
 
 
  Curt Sanders, Hilliard A. Wilbanks Middle School

Curt Sanders is a native of Tifton, Georgia. Upon graduation from Tift County High School, Mr. Sanders did undergraduate work at Columbus State University and graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1990.  Mr. Sanders also completed his Master of Music Education degree from Valdosta State University in 1992.
 
Mr. Sanders is a former member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and has also performed on numerous occasions with the Columbus (GA) Symphony and Tara Winds Community Band - including two performances at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Sanders has played for the Jonesboro United Methodist Church Orchestra for 22 years.  Mr. Sanders has played in over 25 musicals!
 
Mr. Sanders is currently the Director of Bands at Hilliard A. Wilbanks Middle School in Habersham County. Prior to accepting his current position with the Habersham County School System, Mr. Sanders served eight years as the Director of Bands at Strong Rock Christian School.  Prior to Strong Rock Christian School, Mr. Sanders served five years as the Associate Director of Bands at Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, Georgia. Before his employment with the Henry County School System, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia. Before his eight years of employment in the Fayette County School System, Mr. Sanders served four years on the Instrumental Music staff at Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia. 
 
Bands under Mr. Sander’s direction have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at festivals.  Mr. Sanders has arranged marching percussion literature for numerous high schools across the eastern United States.  Mr. Sanders has performed with Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Santana), Chet Atkins (country music artist), Ed Shaughnessy and Pete Christlieb (The Tonight Show Band), Dave Brubeck and his Quartet, Cecil Bridgewater (Count Basie Band), and more.  Professional affiliations for Mr. Sanders include the Music Educators National Conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters’ Fraternity Zeta Georgia Chapter.
 
Mr. Sanders is married to Aubrea Melissa Sanders.  The Sanders’ have been married for seven years and reside in Demorest, Georgia with their three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Bartels, Phoenix, and Copper.