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Director of Bands


Ryan DDirectorukes joined the Habersham Central High School Fine Arts Faculty as the Director of Bands in 2007. Under Mr. Dukes’ leadership, the HCHS Band program has grown to over 180 members participating in three concert bands, a jazz band, many different chamber ensembles, Indoor Drumline, Winterguard, and the award winning Marching Band of Blue.  

A native of Nicholson, Georgia, Dukes graduated with Honors from Jackson County Comprehensive High School in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in Trumpet from Augusta College in 1994. In 2001, he completed his Master of Science Degree with an emphasis in the Foundations of Leadership from Troy State University.  

Mr. Dukes has experience as a performer with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, the Augusta Concert Band, Savannah River Winds, The Northwinds Concert Band, Men in Brass (Brass Quintet), Sophisticated Swing Big Band, The Toccoa Symphony, Toccoa Jazz Ensemble, The Augusta Symphony, and The Augusta Jazz Project. He has also performed with many musical greats such as Maynard Ferguson, Ed Shaughnessy, Bill Watrous, Willie Thomas, Phil Driscoll, Peter Cristlieb, Vaughn Nark, Don Menza, Cecil Welch, Wycliffe Gordan, James Brown, and Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Dukes is an active clinician and adjudicator.  

Mr. Dukes is in his twenty-eighth year of teaching where he has taught at all levels of public education: one year of elementary music, three years of middle school band, and twenty-four years of high school band. He is affiliated with professional organizations that include: Phi Mu Alpha, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Educators, Georgia Music Educators Association, National School Band Directors Association, Professional Association for Georgia Educators, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Association for Curriculum and Development. He is a member of Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among American Teachers, and Who's Who Among Professionals.

He resides in Clarkesville, Georgia with his wife Nora, an elementary music teacher. Mr. Dukes has three children: Brendan, a fourth year Medical student at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, Katherine, a Music Therapy Specialist at Interim Healthcare in Greenville, South Carolina, and Cecilia, a Sophomore Dance Major at Brenau University, in Gainesville, Georgia.