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Originally from southeast Michigan, Mr. Schooley started his musical journey as a tuba player in 1992. Mr. Schooley has been a performing member of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, OH, Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps from Syracuse, NY, and the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps "The Commandant's Own" in Washington, D.C. After the Marines Mr. Schooley attended the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education in (2011). During his time at UNT Mr. Schooley was a member of the concert bands, brass band, Tuba and Euphonium ensembles, and Drum Major for the Green Brigade Marching Band. Mr. Schooley's primary teachers were Don Little, Nic Williams, and Dennis Fisher. Mr. Schooley has enjoyed a long history of teaching in all forms of marching band at every level through-out the country. Highlights of his educational journey through Drum Corps International include Blue Stars, Bluecoats, and Carolina Crown. Before coming to Woodmont Mr. Schooley was the Director of Bands at Rosemont Middle School and South Hills High School in Ft Worth TX. Mr. Schooley was the campus Teacher of the Year in 2016 at Rosemont Middle School, 2018 at South Hills High School, and the 2019-20 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts.
When not working with students Mr. Schooley enjoys spending his time with his wife Cherie and three dogs, and woodworking projects in his garage
Elizabeth Conrad is the orchestra director and piano teacher at Woodmont High School. This season she is stepping in as the front ensemble instructor for the marching band. Throughout high school she played percussion for her school’s concert band and has 24 years of music experience to draw from. She is thrilled to be joining the Band of Pride and working with the pit.
A 2020 graduate of WCU, KerriAnn is in her 2nd year as the director of bands at Ralph Chandler Middle School. Her marching band experience includes marching with and being a staff member of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. KerriAnn uses her skills and experience to instruct both marching and woodwinds of the Woodmont High School Band of Pride.
Miranda Thomas is the Band Director at Woodmont Middle School. Ms. Thomas is a clarinetist who graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. Throughout her four year career at the university, she performed with a large variety of ensembles including the Furman Symphonic Band, Paladin Regiment Marching Band, Rubato Clarinet Quartet, and the Furman University Clarinet Ensemble. Her participation in these ensembles has led her to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago. Ms. Thomas also performed in the Symphonic orchestra as well.
Ms. Thomas is excited to be working with the Woodmont High School Band of Pride!
Beavan Zulu is excited to spend his second year with the Woodmont Band of Pride as the Assistant Color Guard Director and overall Visual Consultant. As a native to Atlanta, he graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in music education and has marched with the Georgia State Panther Band as well as Phantom Regiment Drum and Bulge Corps. When not working with the marching band and winter guard, he teaches Music Appreciation and World Music at Woodmont, coaches the WHS Step Team, and hangs out with his roommate Claudia and their cat Dr. Bu.
Joe joins the Woodmont Band of Pride staff this year as the high brass tech. As a second generation trumpet player, he brings over 20 years of playing experience coupled with over 10 years of marching experience. In high school and college, he played and marched with nationally recognized bands. After college he continued to play in jazz and community bands in both Florida and Georgia. Band runs strong in his blood. He’s never found without his trusty pirate flag ball cap.