Staff

Mrs. Kaylee Bramlett
Administrative Assistant

 

Mr. Jamil Facdol
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jamil Facdol is currently in his first year of graduate school at Georgia State University. He is a dual degree candidate for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He is a Graduate Research Assistant for the GSU Bands where he serves as a rehearsal assistant in the Panther Marching Band and the Principal percussionist in the University Concert Band. Prior to attending GSU, he was the band director at Griffin Middle School in the Cobb County School District for 9 years. Before his appointment at Griffin, he taught at various schools for a total of 15 years of service to the CCSD.  Jamil is a native of Humacao, Puerto Rico.  His family relocated to Marietta, Georgia when he was nine years old. He graduated from Wheeler High School and went on to attend the University of Georgia. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at UGA, Jamil studied percussion with Dr. Thomas McCutchen and conducting with Dr. Dwight Satterwhite and Dr. John Culvahouse. He performed in various groups including the Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble, the Steel Drum Band, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Redcoat Marching Band. Along with his teaching responsibilities at Griffin, Jamil was active as a marching percussion instructor at McEachern High School and at Harrison High School. He also served as the District 12 GMEA All-State band and Honor Band audition organizer. He has performed with the Cobb Wind Symphony and had the honor of playing with the band at the 2003 Midwest Clinic and the 2008 CBDNA Convention. His past professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Percussive Arts Society, and Professional Association of Georgia Educators. He was a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence for his band’s featured performance at the 2011 University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival. Jamil currently resides in East Point, GA. His interests include running, cycling, playing softball, and the culinary arts. He is training to do the Atlanta Track Club’s Publix Half-Marathon in March.

 

Mr. Jami Fennell
Percussion Coordinator

Jami Fennell is originally from Walterboro, South Carolina. He attended Western Carolina University where he studied percussion with Dr. Mario Gaetano. While attending WCU he performed in the percussion, jazz, wind and gamelan ensembles. He was also a member of the Pride of the Mountains Marching band where he served as the section leader and was Most Outstanding Performer for the 2001 season. Jami was also a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 1999-2001, and in 2001 he was named Most Outstanding Performer. Jami also attended Jacksonville State University where he studied with Clint Gillespie and Tracy Tyler. While attending JSU he was a member of the Marching Southerners and the JSU PASIC line, and was the 2003 Most Outstanding Performer. Jami holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from JSU.  He has also taught several highly respected drum lines throughout the South including: Spirit of JSU, Jacksonville State University, Kennesaw Mountain High School and Lassiter High School. From 2008-2010 he worked in Birmingham, Alabama as a member of the DoubleStop Percussion team. Currently Jami lives in Atlanta where he is the Percussion Coordinator for the Georgia State Marching Band and also works with the theMcEachern High School band.

 

Ms. Andria Foerch
Color Guard Coordinator

Andria has participated in the pageantry arts for over 20 years. She began her winterguard career with Seminole High School from Seminole, FL. In 1995 she began marching The Company Colour Guard from Tampa, FL until they disbanded in 1999. Her marching drum corps experience spans from 1996-2000 with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

Continuing her involvement in the pageantry arts as an instructor, Andria has taught various successful colorguard programs such as Tarpon Springs High School, Clearwater High School, Seminole High School, Kiski Area High School,  Westfield High School, Kell High School, Harrison High School, the Phantom Regiment Winterguard, and Paramount Winterguard.  She has spent her summers working with such groups as Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, the Phantom Regiment , the Bluecoats, and theCrossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Andria currently works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Project Manager. She enjoys spending time with her “boys” when away from color guard.

 

Mr. Carlos Gonzales
Visual Coordinator

Carlos Gonzalez is very excited to be apart of the visual staff for the Georgia State University Marching Band. Carlos has over 15 years experience in the marching arts.  He has worked with many Bands Of America regional and Grand National finalists as a visual caption head/consultant/designer including: 3 time Grand National Champion Plymouth Canton HS, 2004 Bands of America Grand National Runner-up Kennesaw Mountain, Walton High School, and Carlton J. Kell HS. In 2008 and 2009, Carlos worked as a designer/caption head with the undefeated SAPA Scholastic A and Open class Walton HS indoordrumline. In the drum corps arena, Carlos marched for three years as a lead soprano with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.  He then taught for one year on the visual staff for the Bluecoats, two years with Carolina Crown, and three years with the 6 time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard.

Carlos is currently the visual caption head for Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Atlanta, Ga.  He is also caption head for the McEachern High School band from Powder Springs, Ga.  He is currently a student at Georgia State University. Go Panthers!

 

Mr. Thomas McConnell
Director of Band Operations

 

Mr. Justin Murray
Graduate Conducting Assistant

Justin Murray serves as a first-year graduate student, working toward his master’s degree in Wind Band Conducting in the studios of Robert Ambrose and Chester Phillips at Georgia State University. An accomplished teacher and flutist with a lifelong passion for the arts, Justin holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia State University. He’s delighted to bring his passion for musical excellence and his ability to use music as a life-changing tool back to his studies at Georgia State University. 

As an undergraduate student, Justin student taught at Hightower Trail Middle School in Marietta and Woodland High School in Cartersville. He has served as a marching, concert band, and woodwind clinician for numerous middle and high school band programs around the Atlanta and Southeast Florida areas. During his time in South Florida he also instructed elementary aged students through the Miami Music Project, a nonprofit using music for social transformation. Most recently, Justin served as an Instructional and Administrative Assistant with the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble for the 2015-16 season. 

Justin resides in Atlanta, where in addition to his musical and teaching commitments he enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, and traveling. Upon completing his master’s degree he plans on teaching middle or high school band with aspirations of teaching at the collegiate level.

 

 

Mr. Rick Subel
Color Guard Artistic Director

Rick began in the world of pageantry as a performer with the Emerald Marquis Winterguard, where he performed five seasons. In addition to marching winterguard, he spent two seasons in thecolorguard of the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, and one season with the Brass Theatre (Star of Indiana/”Blast”).

Rick has designed and choreographed for may prestigiouswinterguards and high school colorguard programs including the Blessed Sacrament Winterguard, Juxtaposition Winterguard, The Academy Winterguard (UK), Emerald Marquis Winterguard, Chimeras Winterguard, The Knights (UCF)Winterguard, Phantom Regiment Winter Guard, Kennesaw Mountain High School Winter Guard, Kell High School, and has directed such programs as Lassiter High School, Westfield High School, Harrison High School, and South Forsyth High School. In addition, he has choreographed and taught many successful drum corps colorguard programs including The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Santa Clara Vanguard, the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2005-2007, 2009-2010) and the Bluecoats (2008).  Rick will be working as a choreographer for the 2011 Santa Clara Vanguard.

Rick resides in Atlanta, GA.  He enjoys experiencing ant of all kinds, traveling and spending time with his fiancee, Andria, and their two dogs, Buckley and Simon.