Directors & Instructional Staff

ACP_2437Director of Bands – Nicholas Garofalo

Originally from the Metro-Boston area, Nicholas A. 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


Marcus J. Onezime, Director of Color Guard

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.

fileMatthew R. Crisman, Assistant Band Director 

Matthew Crisman is proud to join Chattahoochee High School this year as Associate Director of Bands. His education stems from a humble beginning, just up the road at Alpharetta High School. From there, Crisman graduated to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Music Education while playing an active role in the undergraduate education and performing communities as a member of The Redcoat Marching Band and President of the UGA Saxophone Society. Crisman went on to pursue his Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at Texas Tech University. While there he was an active performer and competitor across the midwest as a soloist, quartet player, and member of the TTU Wind Ensemble – all while maintaining a regular workload as a graduate TA, private studio teacher, and masterclass instructor. Crisman returned to Georgia after the completion of his MM and has taught with the middle and high schools of northern Fulton County until taking the newly created position with Chattahoochee High School.

IMG_8470Robert Dickens Jr.,  Director of Percussion

Robert Dickens Jr. is an educator, arranger, and designer from Dothan, AL.  He received his Bachelors in Music Industry from Troy University.  During his tenure there, he performed with a myriad of collegiate ensembles as well as the DCI World Class Finalist  GLASSMEN Drum & Bugle Corps.

Robert currently resides in Atlanta, GA.  In addition to providing percussion education products and services through FXE™, he serves as snare technician for DCI Open Class Finalist Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.  He is a member of the Salyers Percussion Education team and endorses their products exclusively.