Directors & Staff

 

 Bob Loehr

Director of Bands

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Mr. Loehr graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. During his time at JSU, Mr. Loehr was very involved with the music department and performed in numerous ensembles. Those groups included Saxophone Choir, A Capella Choir, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and the Marching Southerners. In 1994, Mr. Loehr held the position of drum major for the Marching Southerners. Mr. Loehr’s marching experience also extends into Drum and Bugle Corps International as a member of Spirit of Atlanta. In 1991, he was assistant drum major, in 1992 he marched soprano, and in 1994 he was head drum major.

 

Mr. Loehr began his teaching career in 1998 as director at Needwood Middle School in Brunswick, Georgia. While there, he was a member of both the Jekyll Island Big Band and the Coastal Georgia Community Band. In addition to his duties at Needwood MS, he also served as assistant director to the Brunswick High School band program.

 

In 2000, Mr. Loehr moved to the Atlanta area to take a director’s position at Smitha Middle School in Cobb County. During this time, he also worked with Osborne High School and McEachern High School in the capacity of a marching/symphonic instructor. Mr. Loehr has been the Director of Instrumental Studies at Woodstock High School since 2002.

 

Mr. Loehr is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Professional Music Fraternity), Omicron Delta Kappa (Honorary Leadership Society), Georgia Music Educators Association, and MENC (The National Association for Music Education). In 1999, Mr. Loehr received the Sally Mae Most Outstanding First Year Teacher for Needwood Middle School. In April of 2004, Mr. Loehr received the Woodstock High “Teacher of The Month” award. 

 

 

  

 Caty Mae Loomis, M.Ed

Assistant Band Director/Percussion Instructor

 

Caty Mae Loomis is an educator and musician in Cherokee County and the surrounding area. She teaches Special Education at ET Booth Middle School and will be at Oak Grove Elementary next year in Special Education. Ms. Loomis marched with Atlanta Quest in 2013-2014, Spirit of Atlanta in 2016, and KSU Drumline in 2016-2017. Ms. Loomis has taught in marching programs throughout the metro Atlanta area and is excited to spend the year at Woodstock! 

  

 

 

 Jamar Morrison

Visual Designer

 

Jamar is a Visual Clinician, Choreographer, and aspiring Drill Writer/Designer based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He started his marching career at Nova High School at the age of 14, developing a passion for the marching arts that would only grow from there. After graduating in 2015, he began his independent ensemble career with STRYKE Wynds from 2016 - 2020 and aged out with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017.

 

Since 2018, Jamar has been working with ensembles that have experienced success in the FMBC circuit. These ensembles include Park Vista High School, West Broward High School, Jupiter High School, and Stoneman Douglas High School. For the 2021 season, he was the Visual Caption Head at West Broward High School, where they earned best visual in the state. He also has begun consulting and coaching in Texas. Currently having the chance to work with Westwood High school. Jamar also currently works with STRYKE Percussion during the indoor season as well as STRYKE Wynds.

 

 

  

 Luke Zamprelli

Drill Writer

 

Luke Zamprelli is a resident of Houston, Texas where he is a full-time designer and program coordinator for pageantry groups across the United States.  He is also the visual coordinator for Monarch Independent Percussion, a perennial WGI World Class Finalist.

 

Luke has been involved in the drum corps activity for over a decade.  He was a member of the Phantom Regiment, and he served on the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders beginning in 2013.  Luke joined the Blue Stars in 2016, becoming Caption Head in 2021.

 

Prior to designing full-time, Luke held band director positions at Morton Ranch Junior High and, most recently, at Paetow High School in Katy ISD.  Luke has been involved in the marching arts as a designer, clinician, and adjudicator with groups all over the United States and Europe.  His groups have earned numerous accolades such as Bands Of America Class Champions and multiple state recognitions including Texas UIL Area Champions and State Finalists.

 

 

   

 Jacob Borland

Visual Instructor

 

Jacob Borland, a proud alumnus of the Woodstock High School Band, is no stranger to the marching arts. Jacob has experienced the marching arts activity at all levels; from being a member of the Woodstock High School Marching Wolverine Band to competing for DCA and DCI world championships, there is not much he has not seen. Jacob marched euphonium for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019 and was also a member of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, marching baritone throughout his time in college. Jacob is also a recent graduate of Hunter College, a CUNY university in New York City and is soon to become a registered dietitian. Jacob is excited to bring his wide range of experiences to Woodstock as a visual coordinator and take the Woodstock High School Marching Wolverines to the next level.

 

 

  

 Mason Upshaw

Ensemble Coordinator/Woodwind & Drum Major Instructor

 

Mason is currently pursuing a music degree at Kennesaw State University and plans to graduate in the fall of 2023. In his years at KSU, he has been recognized as an elite music educator in training, earning him an internship with Youth Bands of Atlanta in 2018 and multiple leadership and conducting opportunities at KSU. He has performed with multiple ensembles at KSU including but not limited to wind ensembles, choirs, jazz bands, and “The Marching Owls.” In addition to his studies, Mason also serves at Woodstock Christian Church as their music minister. 2023 will be his 7th year teaching Woodwinds at Woodstock High School.

 

 

 

 Joel Clevenger

Brass Instructor

 

Originally from Hollansburg, Ohio, Joel Clevenger started teaching at Jacksonville State University in Fall of 2021. In this position, he teaches students in the trombone studio, as well as teaching music theory 1 and 2.

 

He remains active in the North Atlanta area and is in high demand as a clinician and performer. Joel maintains a competitive private studio with students achieving regular success in District Honor Band/All State in Georgia and Alabama. As an avid audio engineer, Mr. Clevenger records, arranges and mixes various instrumental groups and ensembles. He studied trombone with Dr. James Roberts, Dr. Dave Lambert and Dr. Josh Bynum. Joel received his undergraduate degree in trombone performance from Jacksonville State University and obtained his master's degree in trombone performance from the University of Georgia.  Mr. Clevenger currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife Chelsea and dog Daisy.

 

 

  

 Justine Lemmo

Director of Percussion Ensembles

 

Justine Lemmo is excited to hold the title Director of Percussion Ensembles for Woodstock High School.  She is a graduate of WHS and has been working with the band for over a decade. She received her Bachelor of Music degree as a music scholarship recipient at the University of West GA in 2010.  She also received her First Steps in Music Certification in 2017 through the Feierabend Association of Music Educators.  As well as being a studied percussionist, she is also a classically trained pianist with over fifteen years of rigorous studio training.

 

Her history contains almost two decades of involvement in various music education programs comprised of jobs such as: elementary music teacher in Douglas and Cherokee Counties, as well as various music minister positions for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, including her current role as the Music Coordinator of Vacation Bible School at St. Michael the Archangel in Woodstock.

 

Justine also owns Sing First! LLC., a music and movement studio for children in Woodstock.  The studio has provided her an opportunity to dedicate herself to building a musical culture in Cherokee County from the ground up!

 

 

  

 Kyle Cunningham

Assistant Director of Marching Percussion

 

Kyle is excited to join the Woodstock Wolverine Band as a battery technician. Throughout his marching career, Kyle has studied under numerous world-class instructors, including Mike Madaio, Jeffrey Peterson, Ben Pyles, Clint Gillespie, and Will Campbell, just to name a few.

Kyle has been a member of many prestigious ensembles, including the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and Atlanta Quest. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge gained through years of experience with the members of the Wolverine Band.

 

 

  

 Zac Carr

Battery Instructor / Technician

 

Zac Carr is a battery instructor / technician for the Woodstock High School Wolverine Marching Band. Mr. Carr has worked with Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline, Roswell High School, Woodland High School in Cartersville, Sprayberry High School, Creekview High School, Barber Middle School, Kennesaw State University Marching Owls, Reinhardt University Screaming Eagle Marching Band, and the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band.

While a performing member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Mr. Carr was fortunate to be under the instruction of Christopher Lennox, Ellis Hampton, Chauncey Holder, Jonathan Anderson, & Jonathan Leal. During his time performing with Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Mr. Carr was fortunate to learn from Marcus Hawkins, Alan Sears, Larry Summerlin, & Jeffrey Peterson. At Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline, Mr. Carr was fortunate to learn from Michael Madaio, Marcus Hawkins, Alan Sears, Larry Summerlin, Jeffrey Peterson, & Zack Marshall.

Mr. Carr attended Creekview High School, graduating in 2010. In December of 2014, Mr. Carr graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis. In May of 2018, Mr. Carr graduated from Arizona State University with a M.S. in Business Analytics. He now works full-time as a Customer Data Analyst for Serta Simmons Bedding in Doraville, GA.

 

 

  

 Darby Garrison

Percussion Technician

 

Darby Garrison attended the University of North Alabama where he played bass drum for 4 years (2013-2016) and assisted the band by being the bass drum tech his last year of college (2017). During his time at UNA, Darby also marched for Spirit of Atlanta (2016) and Music City Mystique (2017) playing bass drum for both groups. After being in Denver, Colorado for 6 years, he is happy to be back home in the south and is very excited to work with Woodstock High School Drumline! 

 

 

  

 Mary Dru McCoy

Color Guard Director

 

Mary Dru is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she was a captain of the Flagline and Winter Guard programs while she earned her bachelor’s degree in insurance. Mary Dru is now an insurance agent based in Atlanta, is a Woodstock alum, loves to dance, and is a Pom Pom enthusiast.

 

 

  

 Shelby Crane

Assistant Color Guard Director

 

Shelby is currently in PT school at Brenau University since graduating from the University of Georgia, where she was captain of the Flagline and Winter Guard programs. She’s a trained dancer who has taught at several schools within our competitive circuit, notably North Gwinnett and Commerce High Schools. 

 

 

 

Ruben Melendez

Multimedia Developer

 

Ruben is a former band parent and EC member, serving as Secretary and Vice President of the Band Boosters. He currently assists in coordinating marketing and media efforts which includes producing videos, creating graphics and maintaining the social media and website presence for the band program. 

 

He played alto saxophone in high school and during college at Armstrong Atlantic State University, he was a member of the Savannah Wind Symphony. His background is in media and video production and has worked for several broadcast operations companies including Turner Entertainment Networks, CNN, The Weather Channel, and WSB-TV Channel 2. 

 

He has been a member of AVIXA and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter.