LaGrange College names new Director of Bands

April 6, 2015

Joshua Roberts
Joshua Roberts

Joshua Roberts, associate director of bands at Newnan High School, has been named full-time Director of Bands at LaGrange College. He will be establishing a new marching and pep band program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as well as teaching music courses and conducting ensembles.

Roberts earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Georgia Southern University in 2004. He also graduated cum laude from Columbus State University with a master's degree in education with an emphasis in teaching and creativity. He is completing his doctoral studies in music education at the University of Georgia, with a minor in conducting.

The instrumental initiative under the direction of Roberts will add an exciting component to the college's music curriculum, said Dr. Toni Anderson, director of the Music program.

"It will be a huge boost to our music department, as well as add great energy to our athletic events," she said. "We're excited about launching it next fall, and know that Josh Roberts is the right person to lead this new initiative."

Jennifer Claybook, Athletic Director, said the bands will add an even greater level of enthusiasm to Panther sporting events.

"Our coaches and players are looking forward to hearing the marching and pep bands at our games," she said. "This will be a whole other way for Panther students and fans to enjoy the game-day experience."

While at Newnan High, Roberts conducted the concert band, jazz band and two percussion ensembles, as well as co-conducted the symphonic winds. He was the percussion arranger for the marching band and supervised instrumental student teachers. He also assisted the director of bands with all aspects of Newnan High School Band.

Before going to Newnan, he served as assistant director of bands at Jonesboro High School, where he conducted the symphonic and concert bands, arranged for the percussion section for the marching band and taught woodwind methods classes.

He also worked as band director at Oglethorpe County Middle School, teaching six band classes, arranging percussion and helping with the high school marching band.

Roberts was on the marching band staff at Georgia Southern, where he was percussion arranger and drumline instructor.

He is married to Carrie Roberts, who teaches music at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg. They have two children.

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