Staff

Kaylee Bramlett
Administrative Assistant

 

Mandy Brooks
Color Guard Coordinator

“As the saying goes, “Once a panther, always a panther!” Mandy is very excited to back with the Panther Band in 2017. She kicked it off with Georgia State during their inaugural season in 2010 performing with the color guard and serving as Captain until she graduated in 2014. During her time at Georgia State, Mandy had the opportunity to perform with the Panthers at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and placed first in Independent A Class with the Georgia State Winter guard at the 2014 WGI World Championships. 

Prior to joining the GSU program, Mandy began her color guard career back in 2005 with North Forsyth High School where she graduated and then instructed for eight years. Throughout college Mandy assisted many color guard programs throughout the Atlanta area and spun for groups such as Georgia Tech, Aureus Independent and Georgia State Fall and Winter programs. 

Mandy is currently employed with one of the top ophthalmology practices in the State of Georgia, Milan Eye Center as a Surgical Coordinator. When she is not working or on the field with the color guard you will find her traveling to new places, shopping, or spending time with friends and family on the lake. “

 

Tavius Cooper
Color Guard Instructor

 

Erin England
Color Guard Director

 

Jamil Facdol
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jamil Facdol is currently in his second year of graduate school at Georgia State University. He is pursuing the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Health Administration (MHA) in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He is a Graduate Assistant for the GSU Bands where he serves as a rehearsal assistant for the Panther Marching Band and as the principal percussionist in the University Concert Band. Prior to attending GSU, he was a band director in the Cobb County School District for 15 years. Under his leadership, the bands at Griffin Middle School almost doubled in size and consistently received Superior ratings at LGPE. In 2011, the band was selected to perform at University of Georgia Midfest. 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 served as the District 12 GMEA All-State 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. Jamil is a past recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. Jamil currently resides in East Point, GA. His interests include running, cycling, playing softball, and the culinary arts.

 

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 the McEachern High School band.

 

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 indoor drumline. 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!

 

Thomas McConnell
Director of Band Operations

 

Justin Murray
Graduate Conducting Assistant

Justin Murray is currently pursuing the master of music in wind band conducting degree at Georgia State University, studying with Robert J. Ambrose and Chester B. Phillips. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant he is involved in all aspects of the band program including the concert ensembles, brass and woodwind chamber groups, and athletic bands.

Justin completed his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Georgia State. As an under- graduate student he studied ute with Sarah Kruser-Ambrose and was a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Orchestra. Justin student taught at Hightower Trail Middle School (Marietta, GA) and Woodland High School (Cartersville, GA). He has served as a marching band, concert band, woodwind, and ute clinician for numerous middle and high school band programs around Georgia and South- east Florida. During his time in South Florida he worked with elementary-aged students as a Woodwind Teaching Artist with a Miami Music Project, a non-pro t using music for social transformation. Most recently, Justin served as the Instructional and Administrative Assistant with the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE) for the 2015-16 season. Justin currently serves as a woodwind clinician with many Atlanta area band programs and maintains a private ute studio. Upon completing his master’s degree, Justin has aspirations of teaching high school band.

 

Anya Pogorelova
Graduate Conducting Assistant

Anya Pogorelova is a Canadian pianist, percussionist, and graduate student working towards the master of music degree in wind band conducting at Georgia State University. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of music (honours) degree in 2016, majoring in Music Education and minoring in French Literature. Anya has performed with the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra, Greystone Singers, Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Band of Canada. She was the winner of the 2015 Saskatoon Youth Orchestra (SYO) Concerto Competition and successfully performed Anders Koppel’s Marimba Concerto No.1 with the SYO in the spring of 2016. Anya has also worked extensively with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Program since 2004, both as a cadet and as an instructor.