Music – Beth A. Fabrizio (Rochester, NY)
Beth A. Fabrizio holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Clarinet Performance and a Masters of Music in Conducting, Education and Performance from Ithaca College. She has studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Dr. Donald Hunsberger and Clarinet with Michael Webster, Richard Waller, Stanley Hasty, William Osseck, Carmine Campione and performed in master classes with Richard Stoltzman.
Ms. Fabrizio maintains a private clarinet studio with numerous students pursuing careers in music education, therapy, recording and performance. She herself performed as the principal clarinetist and personnel manager with The Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Ensemble, and former Eb clarinet with The Perinton Concert Band. Beth is a freelance performer and is an active artist/ clinician for The D’adarrio Corporation and educational clinician with the Conn-Selmer Corporation. She is a 35 year veteran public school educator, and teaching at Hilton Central School District as a director of Bands at Village Elementary.
Ms. Fabrizio has conducted various honor bands and given master classes and clinics across the United States, Europe and Japan. She has taught marching bands and drum and bugle corps for over thirty years. Ms. Fabrizio has been the brass caption head with The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, brass coordinator with The Pride of Soka from Tokyo, Japan, brass staff with Boston Crusaders, The Glassmen and Spirit of Atlanta. Beth adjudicates for DCI, WGI and numerous other state associations.
Music Field- Eric Henson (Asheville, NC)
Dr. Eric Henson holds degrees from Western Carolina University, the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of South Carolina. Henson is in demand as an educator and clinician from Delaware to Texas, and currently teaches at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. His students have won
positions in various military bands, summer festivals, and high school honor ensembles in Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Henson is an active performer across the country, from 2008 to 2015,
he toured full time with The King’s Brass and can be heard on many of their recent recordings on the Summit Records label. Additionally, Dr. Henson has toured with the North Carolina Symphony, and the Untied States Air Force Heritage Brass. Back home, He holds principal positions in the Augusta Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, and Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra has also performed with the Atlanta, and Charlotte, Symphonies. As a soloist, Henson was the grand prize winner in the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference solo competition, and performed on the University Faculty Showcase Recital Series at the 2018 and 2019 International Trombone Festivals. Dr. Henson is a Performing Artist for the S .E . Shires Co.
Visual Effect – Tim Dolan (Knoxville, TN)
Tim has been involved in the marching arts activities for over thirty years as a marching member, instructor, designer, consultant, and adjudicator. Programs for which he has designed and instructed have been Bands of America [BOA] Regional Champions, WGI Medalists, Multiple State Champions and USBands National Championship Medalists, including Bassett High School, Ooltewah High School, Soddy-Daisy High School, Southeast Independent Winter Guard and Nuendo Winter Guard. He is a Level II graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judge’s Academy. Most recently he served as Chief Judge for the CIPA Winter Guard Circuit. Professionally, he is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Tennessee and serves as a Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture + Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the owner of doghaus [creative!], a design strategy and forecasting firm. Personally, Tim enjoys traveling, jazz music and legos! In his free time, he is in frequent demand as a designer, clinician, and adjudicator for marching band and winter guard programs. His favorite times are shared with his wife Nikki and their chocolate Labrador Lily.
Percussion – Patrick Lowery (Greenville, SC)
Patrick Lowery received a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Georgia,
a Master of Music Performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and
a Master of Educational Leadership from Converse College. As an ensemble performer, Mr. Lowery has participated in a variety of ensembles including the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, the Spirit of Atlanta, and the world champion Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently serves as principal timpanist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Internationally, Mr. Lowery has performed in Montreal at the World
Saxophone Congress and at the Vale Veneto Music Festival in Brazil. Mr. Lowery’s writing and teaching credits include the University of Georgia Recoat Band, the University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band, the Furman Paladin Regiment Marching Band, the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and other countless scholastic and independent pageantry groups both on the football field and in the gym. Mr. Lowery currently serves as the Director of General Music and Chorus at Florence Chapel Middle School. He lives with his wife, Heather, and his three daughters, Elena, Kate, and Wren.
Music Effect – Andy Poor (Suwanee, GA)
Andy Poor is excited to return for his fifth season with Spirit of Atlanta, and 34th for year in the activity. He will be serving as the Caption Supervisor alongside DCI Hall of Famer and SOA Director Emeritus, Freddy Martin, where they will oversee and guide the brass staff in 2020. Dr. Poor holds degrees from the University of Florida (BME’88), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM Trumpet ‘93, DME ‘99). He is currently the Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia, where there are 481 students enrolled in the band program, which has quickly earned a regional and national reputation for musical excellence. His involvement in the marching arts dates back to 1981 when he first marched in Suncoast Sound. He would continue to march for six summers. From 1991-2008, Dr. Poor served as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and was the Brass Caption Lead Judge from 2000-2005. After judging DCI World Championship Finals in 2008, he began to consult and instruct with various drum corps, including the Blue Stars, Phantom Regiment, Pacific Crest, and the past four years as Brass Caption Head at the Spirit of Atlanta.
Overall Visual – Jack Jean (Smyrna, GA)
Mr. Jean is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Brookwood High School. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Jean received his Bachelor of Music Education and Percussion Performance Degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1989.
He was selected by Northwestern University in 1994 as a Northwestern Summer Fellow, studying conducting with John Paynter, Mallory Thompson, Steve Peterson and Don Owens.His professional experience includes Director and Association Director of Band at Whitewater High School (Fayetteville, GA) Director and Associate Director of Bands at Shiloh High School (Snellville, GA), Director of Bands at Dunwoody High School (Dunwoody, GA) and Director of Bands at Saydel High School (Des Moines, IA). In 1991 the Saydel High School Jazz Band 1 was selected to perform at the Iowa Bandmasters Association In-Service Conference as a featured ensemble. Mr. Jean has also served as an adjunct Percussion Instructor at Drake University (Des Moines, IA), Rehearsal Assistant with the Des Moines Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. He has performed professionally with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Iowa, New Hampshire Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Des Moines Municipal Band, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, Tara Winds Community Band and the Cobb Wind Symphony.
During his tenure at Whitewater High School, the Wind Ensemble had many invitational performances. In 2014, they performed at the University of Georgia January Music Festival as a featured ensemble. The ensemble performed a shared concert in 2013 with the Georgia State University Symphonic Winds at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA. The Whitewater High School French Horn Choir also performed a Lobby Concert performance at The Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference in Savannah, GA. In September 2011, the Whitewater High School Wind Ensemble performed a shared concert with the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA; and in 2009 they performed at both the University of Georgia January Music Festival and the Georgia Music Educator’s Association In-Service Conference as featured ensembles. Mr. Jean has performed four times at the Midwest Clinic. In 1994 and 2001 as a member of Tara Winds Community Band and again in 2011 and 2018 as a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony. Mr. Jean is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States in both Marching Band and Concert Band arenas. Most recently he served as a Guest Clinician/Conductor at the 2016 University of Northern Iowa’s “Northern Festival of Bands” Honor Band. In 2017 Mr. Jean presented a clinic at the (GMEA) In-Service Conference titled “Rips, Runs and Realities….creating and maintaining French Horn Players of all levels”. He served as the GMEA District VI All-State Band organizer, is a past member and Chairman of the GMEA All-State Band Committee, and is currently member of the GMEA Music Selection Committee. In 2017 Mr. Jean was named one of 197 quarterfinalists for the 2018 Grammy Foundation’s “Music Educator Award”. In 2014 he named the Whitewater High School “Teacher of the Year” for the 2014-2015 school year. In 2015 he was recognized by the Georgia Music Educators Association for “Twenty-Five Years of Service to Music Education”. In addition, he was also awarded the “Distinguished Wildcat Award”,recognizing outstanding service to Whitewater High School in 2013-2014. Mr. Jean is a three time National Band Association “Citation of Excellence” recipient and was the “Excellence in Education Award” winner, sponsored by the Atlanta Braves and AT&T, in 2007. In 2004 Mr. Jean was named a Finalist for “Teacher of the Year” at Shiloh High School. His professional memberships include the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association and Honorary Music Fraternities Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Color Guard- Phillip Cohen (Spartanburg, SC)
Phillip Cohen is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School and was a member of the ‘Rebel Regiment’ and ‘Byrnes Indigo’ from 2002-2006. After high school, he was a member of several DCI and WGI performing units: ‘The Cast’ Winter Guard in 2007 & 2008; ‘Carolina Crown’ Drum Corps from 2008-2010; ‘CrownGuard’ Winter Guard in 2009 & 2010; and ‘Pride of Cincinnati’ Winter Guard in 2012. He also performed with the ‘Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble’ in 2014.
Phillip has directed color guards at several high school programs also: beginning his color guard teaching career at Chapman High School from 2006-2008, then at Mauldin High School from 2008-2012, following up with Greenfield-Central High School (Indiana) from 2012-2015.
He has also toured with and taught at his alumnus drum corps ‘Carolina Crown’ in 2014, and has been a guest instructor with other high school and Independent Guard programs throughout the Midwest and Southeast regions.
Phillip now resides in Spartanburg, SC and is now the Color Guard Director at home: James F. Byrnes High School.
Field Visual – Tom Padgett (Spartanburg, SC)
Tom Padgett is the current Associate Director of Bands at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Previously he was the Director of Bands at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Under Mr. Padgett’s tenure the marching, concert, and indoor programs at White Knoll received state and regional recognition and received numerous superior ratings on the field, the stage, and the court. Prior to being the Director of Bands at White Knoll Mr. Padgett served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee from 2013-2016. Mr. Padgett has also served as the Director of Bands at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN prior to his time at Dobyns-Bennett from 2010 – 2013.
Mr. Padgett holds his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise – c/o 2009 and his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University – c/o 2015. Prior to becoming a band director Mr. Padgett was on the colorguard staff for the 2009 Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo Ohio and the 2010 Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Padgett was also the co-director of WGI Finalist Southeast Independent Winterguard from the Tri-Cities Tennessee area. Mr. Padgett has performed with The Cast Winterguard 2005-2007 and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 2005.
Mr. Padgett is an active consultant with many band and colorguard programs in the southeast. He is also an active member in the SCBDA serving on the Executive Board as the Winter Ensemble Chair. Mr. Padgett is also on the executive board for the Carolina Winter Ensembtrale Association (CWEA). Tom’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, a Conn-Selmer VIP, and the National Band Association.