Music director ready to strike up the bands

Music director ready to strike up the bands

May 11, 2015

It has been a busy month for Josh Roberts, the college’s new Director of Bands. He’s begun recruiting musicians and recently held the first of several auditions. He’s also laying the foundation for what he calls his biggest goal.

“I want this to be a well-rounded band program,” he said. “Of course we’ll have the marching and pep bands for athletic events, but we also will have a wind ensemble, jazz band and chamber ensembles.”

Roberts said there will be a band in the stands for the first football game this year, and the search for musicians will be ongoing.

“We’ll be recruiting at this summer’s orientation weekends, and I will be available for auditions at any time. All a student has to do is contact me, and I will set everything up. I’d love to have more current students interested, too.”

There also is a financial incentive for band members.

“A $1,000 tuition grant is available if a student auditions and commits to band for both the fall and spring semesters.”

Roberts is no stranger to band programs. Most recently he was associate director of bands at Newnan High School, where he 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.

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

He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Georgia Southern 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. Currently, 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.”

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

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