Director of Bands – Nicholas Garofalo Originally from the Metro-Boston area, Mr. Garofalo completed his bachelors of music education at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in May of 2006. Mr. Garofalo has arranged, adjudicated and instructed many high school bands in the Tennessee and Georgia region including: East Ridge High School, Notre Dame High School, Red Bank High School, The McCallie School, Warren County High School, Model High School, Northview High School, and Hixson High School.
After graduating from The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Nicholas became the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist at Chattahoochee High School and Ocee Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia. After numerous budget and financial situations Nicholas recently became the Director of Bands and no longer teaches at Ocee Elementary.
In 2006 Nicholas was the Front Ensemble Director for the Chattanooga Independent Percussion Ensemble based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee placing 4th at Winter Guard International World Championships for there inaugural year. After his work with Chattanooga, he became an instructor for Atlanta Quest Indoor Percussion ensemble from Atlanta, Georgia with yet another World Finalist title in W.G.I. In the summer of 2007 Mr. Garofalo joined the instructional staff of the Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. During 2008 he assumed the Music Director position for the drum corps leading the ensemble to a Gold Medal in the “A Class Division” at the Drum Corps Associates Championships.
Mr. Garofalo is a currently a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Georgia Music Educators Association, Winter Guard International, Member at Large for the Southern Association for the Performing Arts and The Music Educators National Convention. Nicholas is a percussion and music ensemble adjudicator through the United States Scholastic Band Association and is also a Vic Firth Educational Team Member.
Tubist Marshall Gagné was raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. In the fall of 2006 he began studies at Lander University and in December 2011 earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education. Shortly after graduation from Lander University he was invited to become the Principal Tubist for the Lander University Faculty Brass Quintet and the Emerald City Brass of Greenwood, SC. During the summer of 2012 Marshall was a participant at the long established Sewanee Summer Music Festival at The University of the South. In the fall of 2012 Marshall began his studies in the Master of Music program at Georgia State University, where he was privileged to study performance with Tubist Eric C. Bubacz. While at GSU he was the co-director of the Tuba- Euphonium Ensemble, under the guidance of Eric Bubacz & Adam Frey. Since graduating from GSU in May of 2014 Marshall has developed a reputation as an in demand performer, studio teacher, and clinician. Marshall has appeared with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA), the Sewanee Symphony, and was a founding member of the M.A.R.T.A. Tuba Quartet. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, camping, whitewater canoeing, and a strong cup of coffee.
Marcus J. Onezime is currently studying at Kennesaw State University where he plans to obtain his BA in Modern Dance. He has performed in the Drum Corps activity with both Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, World Class Finalist, (2013) and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, World Class Champion (2014). He has performed within the WGI activity with Paramount WinterGuard (2013 & 2014). During his second season with Paramount WG,featured as the dance soloist, the ensemble finished the season in 7thplace at WGI Finals. He also was a member of the Georgia State University Colorguard, again performing as a featured dance soloist, and had the privilege of performing with this group in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Marcus has had the privilege of working with many guard programs such as Houston HS (Germantown, TN), Terry HS (Terry, MS), Richland MS(Richland, MS), Sprayberry HS, Jackson Academy (Jackson, MS), Mill Creek HS and most recently River Ridge HS where he served as a dance technician and choreographer. Currently, Marcus resides in Suwanee, GA where he holds the position of Colorguard Director at Chattahoochee Highschool in Johns Creek, GA. Excitedly, Marcus will also join the colorguard staff with The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corp sas movement technician and choreographer during the 2016 season.
Mark Hunter is an accomplished percussionist, composer, and educator that excels in the marching arts. A native of Chicago, he began his percussion education under Bret Kuhn. As a student of James Campbell and The University of Kentucky, Mark performed in a number of the university’s ensembles, including the percussion ensemble that won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion ensemble Contest two times during Mark’s tenure. While at Kentucky, Mark was also fortunate to privately study with a number of well-respected guest artists and clinicians, including Anders Åstrand and Michael Spiro. Outside of his college studies, he marched snare with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (97-2000), during which time the group was awarded two high percussion awards and a World Championship. Upon graduation from The University of Kentucky with a MFA in 2004, Mark won an audition with the Tony and Emmy Award-winning show, Blast!, and toured Japan as the show’s marimba soloist.
Currently the battery arranger and Assistant Caption Head for The Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, Mark has previously worked with a number of other DCI groups, including The Phantom Regiment, Spirit of Atlanta, and the Colts. On the WGI front, Mark will return this year for his 5th season teaching Music City Mystique. More locally, he is the SAPA Vice President for Percussion where he has also served as the Percussion Member at Large. Recently in 2016, South Forsyth HS was SAPA Class A Champion, and North Shore HS was TCGC Scholastic World Champions.
Mark resides in Atlanta, GA where, in addition to arranging for many other groups across the Southeast, his writing has been published in the Blue Book, a Tapspace Publication.