Former Conductors
Andrew Craft is the Director of Bands at Ronald Wilson Reagan High School in Pfafftown, NC.  Since his appointment in 2010, Mr. Craft continued the success of the Reagan band program by earning over 20 Superior ratings at Concert, Jazz, and Marching Band Music Performance Adjudication, multiple marching band grand championships, and coordinating the City of the Arts Jazz Festival.  During the 2014-2015 school year, he was honored as the Forsyth County Band Director of the Year, Reagan High School Teacher of the Year, and the American School Band Directors Association’s (ASBDA) Encore Award and was inducted into the ASBDA in 2016.  The Reagan Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble both performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference in 2015.  The marching Band of Raiders was invited and performed in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade.  Prior to his appointment at Reagan, Mr. Craft enjoyed success at Wilkes Central High School and Middle School, where the students earned the first Superior rating at MPA in the middle school’s history. 
 
In addition to his responsibilities as Director of Bands at Reagan, Mr. Craft instructs conducting and leadership activities at both the Bands of America Drum Major Institute and the Western Carolina University Drum Major and Leadership Academy.  He also in demand as a clinician, arranger, and drill writer for competitive marching bands in the southeastern United States. 
 
Mr. Craft earned his Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Instrumental Music Education from Western Carolina University.  He studied with Frank Battisti, Bob Buckner, John West, Laura Rexroth, Lynn Klock and performed in jazz ensembles under Pavel Wlosok and Dave Sporney. His professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the American School Band Directors Association and is a NC Teaching Fellow.  He resides in Pfafftown with his wife, Beth, and twin children, Anderson and Ada. 
 
Ed Kiefer graduated from Wake Forest University with honors in 1976. He received his Masters in Music Education in 1990 from the University of Greensboro. He served as the Director of Bands at East Davidson High School and Brown Middle School in Thomasville, NC for 28 years and as Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University for 6 years. Kiefer was awarded the Jaycees Young Educator of the Year Award in1994, has been recognized by his fellow band directors with the Award of Excellence, and is sought after as an adjudicator, clinician and conductor for state and national concert, marching and jazz events.

Ed uses his experience as a middle and high school director to compose music that is playable and fun for students and audiences alike. Those years in the classroom have allowed him to learn what is easy for the students and what challenges them musically. His publications have been performed world-wide and featured at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Ed has 18 pieces published for band and for percussion ensemble, many of which are on state festival (MPA) lists.


Derrick James is currently in his third year as the Director of Bands at Wiley Magnet Middle School. Mr. James was previous to the 2016-2017 school year director of bands at RJ Reynolds High School where he completed his 8th year of teaching.  

Mr. James received his Bachelors degree in music education from Appalachian State University where he studied clarinet with Dr. Douglas Miller. While at Appalachian Mr. James performed with the ASU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Basketball Band and Volleyball Pep Band. He also studied Conducting, Marching Band Techniques, and Instrumental rehearsal Techniques with Dr. Scott Tobias. While at Appalachian Mr. James was fortunate to attend the Midwest International Band Clinic and has attended every year since.

Mr. James was very lucky to student teach with Mr. James Daugherty at Central Davidson High School in Lexington NC. During his time at Central Mr. James assisted Mr. Daugherty in the administration of the North West Band District. He was also assisted with the 9-10 NC All State Honer Band. Mr. James maintains a working relationship as well as a personal friendship with Mr. Daugherty.
 
Mr. James strives for excellence and the highest performance standards from all of his groups while trying to make the experiences of band as meaningful as possible. 

Mr. James is a member of MENC, NCMEA, NBA, and MMM.
 
Howell “Howie” Ledford currently teaches Electronic Music I and II at Career Center High School (CCHS) in Winston-Salem, NC.  He also is the Assistant Band Director for the East Forsyth Blue Regiment.  Prior to his position at CCHS he has taught band and orchestra consistently earning Excellent and Superior Ratings at state Music Performance Assessment. 

Mr. Ledford is also very active saxophonist.  He currently is the Secretary of the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble.  With the ensemble he has played the 34th and 35th annual International Saxophone Symposium, which is sponsored by the Navy Band.  Also he is a published arranger/composer. His arrangement of Pavel Tschesnokoff’s Salvation is Created is published by Dorn Publications. He also maintains a private saxophone studio. 

Mr. Ledford currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife Jenny and their dog Nora.

 
Chris Garmon is a graduate of Elkin High School in Elkin, NC. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, and earned his Master of Music Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Mr. Garmon taught at Surry Central High and Middle Schools from 1996-2000. In the fall of 2000, Mr. Garmon began his tenure as band director at West Forsyth High School.   While at West Forsyth, the band program grew and experienced great successes both in marching and concert bands.

Since the fall of 2009, Mr. Garmon has been teaching Advanced Placement Music Theory and Music Production classes at the Career Center High School in Winston Salem. 

Mr. Garmon resides in Kernersville with his wife, Doreen, and four sons Daniel, James, Michael, and Aaron.
 
Ian Christopher Passmore has cultivated a diverse career in orchestral, operatic, and wind band leadership. His vast repertoire ranges from perennial classics such as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Verdi’s Falstaff, to Twentieth-Century masterpieces including Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat. A passionate supporter of contemporary music, Ian recently premiered An everlasting moment at the change of the millennium by renowned Vietnamese composer Vinh Cat, and 7-7-49 // lingering still and feeling lucky, a work for orchestra and electronics by the young Canadian composer Remy Siu.

Engagements in 2016 have included a live film score collaboration with the Indiana University Latin American Music Center, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alberto Ginastera; as well as leading conducting masterclasses at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, an invitation which culminated in a performance with the Hanoi Philharmonic.

In 2014, Ian was the inaugural recipient of the Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from The University of Delaware. He had previously completed studies in orchestral conducting at The University of North Carolina and earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary teachers were James Allen Anderson, Tonu Kalam, and Robert Gutter. Additionally, Ian has studied with such distinguished artists as Gerard Schwarz, Markand Thakar, Donald Schleicher, David Amado, Michael Haithcock, and Paul Vermel. As part of the 2014 Conductors Guild annual conference, Ian was one of a select few invited to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a masterclass setting; and, in 2013, he was chosen to study conducting at the Atlantic Music Festival.

Ian is currently pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he received a merit-based scholarship to study with David Effron and Arthur Fagen. As an Associate Instructor of Orchestral Conducting, Ian serves as Music Director for the IU All-Campus Orchestra and General Manager of the prestigious IU Conductor’s Orchestra. He was also selected as the Indiana University-Indianapolis Symphony Schmidt Conducting Fellow for the 2015-2016 season. Ian is a member of the Conductors Guild, League of American Orchestras, and the honors music society Pi Kappa Lambda.
 
Greg Murphy has been the band director at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC since the fall of 2006. Under his direction, the concert bands, marching band, jazz band, and symphony orchestra have enjoyed consistent success at local, regional, and state events. In 2011, the East Forsyth Jazz Band was invited to perform at the NCMEA Conference, and shared the stage with guest trombonist Jiggs Whigham (Director, BBC Big Band), and tenor saxophonist Chad Eby (UNCG).

Mr. Murphy has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Mars Hill University ('01), and a Master of Music Degree from UNC Greensboro ('03). He is one of only a handful of directors to receive superior ratings at state contest in the areas of concert band, orchestra, and jazz band.

Mr. Murphy has held the position of Principal Saxophonist with the Piedmont Wind Symphony for the last two seasons. He is co-founder of the Southern Saxophone Retreat, a weekend camp for aspiring saxophonists, now in its fourteenth year. He and his wife Donna reside in Winston Salem.
 
Jonathan Miller graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania: 2001 BS Music Education Studied Trumpet with Calvin Weber, Steve Dube and Kevin Eisensmith Studied Conducting with Jack Stamp and Composition with Daniel Perlongo.

Director of Bands: Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Maryland: 2001-2005
Ensembles Include: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble
Directed Spring Musicals "Brigadoon," "Hello Dolly," "Into the Woods"
Awards and Recognitions include: Grand Champions 2002 Bands of America AXA Liberty Bowl Marching Band Competition, including first place in all captions and Pre-Game Performance 2004 USSBA 3-A Maryland State Champions
Director of Bands: Robert B. Glenn High School, Kernersville, North Carolina: 2005-Present Ensembles Include: Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Honors Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Renegade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Cats, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Bobcats, Pit Conductor for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Brigadoon, Les Miserables Awards and Recognitions include: 2005 USSBA 3-A North Carolina State Champions 2006 Finalist (8th Place) USSBA National Championships, Annapolis Maryland 2008 A-AA Grand Champions at North Forsyth High School Band Competition. 2009 Robert B. Glenn High School Wind Ensemble Superior Rating NWNC District Band Festival 2011 Robert B. Glenn High School Freshmen Orchestra Superior Rating Kings Dominion Band and Orchestra Festival Wife Becky, Daughter Charlotte, Son Evan. 
 
Marc Schaub teaches 8th English Language Arts at North Davie Middle School. Mr. Schaub earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a teaching license from the state of North Carolina in K-12 Music and in English Language Arts.

From 2003-2008, Mr. Schaub was the Band Director at Davie County High School, where he was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007. From 2008-2016, he worked as a band director and curriculum coordinator at Mount Tabor High School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Mr. Schaub taught for several summers at The Governor’s School of North Carolina and the UNCG Summer Music Camp. He is still an active saxophonist and is learning the ukulele.