John Culvahouse recently retired as Professor of Music Education at Kennesaw State University. From 1991 until 2007, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he was a tenured Associate Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty. Prior to his appointment at UGA in 1991, Dr. Culvahouse taught in the public schools in South Carolina and Tennessee for 17 years, where he directed high school, middle school, and elementary school bands. He received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. As a long time NBA member, he conducted bands at the 1980, 1988, and 1994 conventions, including a 1988 performance by the Sumter, SC High School Symphonic Band. His NBA service began as Tennessee State Chair in the late 1970's, continued as an elected High School Representative, elected Representative At-Large, and Southern Division Chair. He served as President from 2009-2012. In 2014, he was elected to the membership of the American Bandmasters Association.
Bernard H. Flythe is the The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music Artist Faculty member in Tuba and Euphonium at Columbus State University. Mr. Flythe has taught at Kennesaw State University, Appalachian State University, Emory University, University of Georgia, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and Specialist Certificate in Performance from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He currently serves as Substitute Tubist for the Atlanta and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras and has served as Tuba and Euphonium instructor for the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival since 2013. Mr. Flythe has also served for over a decade as Low Brass Sectionals Coach in various high schools throughout Georgia.
Carlos Gonzalez has been involved in the world of pageantry arts for over 20 years as an educator, designer, adjudicator, clinician and consultant. Carlos originally started as a soprano player with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched for three seasons. After ageing out as a lead soprano, Carlos served as a visual caption head/instructor for the following outstanding DCI organizations: Bluecoats (2004), Carolina Crown (2005-06), Santa Clara Vanguard (2007-09), Spirit of Atlanta (2010-11), Crossmen (2012-2014) and Atlanta CV (2012-2014).
Carlos’ groups are perennial finalists and have won numerous Bands of America Regional overall championships and made finals at the BOA Grand Nationals competition. Carlos is currently the visual caption head for the GSU Marching Panther band and has been with the program since inception. Carlos is also the visual caption head for Bands of America regional finalists Mill Creek HS. Carlos resides in Acworth, Ga with his wife Alexis, son Oliver and dog Atlas.
Michael Kobito is the Assistant Band Director at Woodland High School. Before coming to Woodland, he served one year as Associate Band Director at Newnan High School. Mr. Kobito is a native of Cartersville, GA and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. While at the University of Georgia, he served as Drum Major of the Redcoat Marching Band for two years and worked with the Concert Band as a Guest Conductor. He also served as President of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education and Vice President of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His studies include conducting with Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger and Dr. Michael Robinson and trumpet with Dr. Brandon Craswell and Prof. Michael Tiscione.
As an educator, Mr. Kobito serves actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and private lessons instructor for both trumpet and conducting. His professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha.
Freddy Martin is the founder of the Spirit of Atlanta in 1976; he was the catalyst for an explosion of drum corps activity in the South in the late 70s and 80s.
Martin served as Spirit's director from the corps' founding through the 1993 season. A noted band director in the Atlanta suburbs, Martin brings a love of music and especially for the education process. Freddy continues to forge the way in music education in his free time away from building a private school music program at the Westminster School, teaching the Cavalier's and serving as a guest educator, clinician, and evaluator around the country.
Mike Lynch is recently retired after thirty-two years of teaching band and percussion in grades five through twelve. The last twenty years were spent at Simpson Middle School and Lassiter High School, located in Marietta, Georgia. Mr. Lynch’s middle and high school percussion ensembles have performed at The Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference on 7 different occasions, the Music for All Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival four times, the Midwest Clinic twice and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention once. While Mr. Lynch has been the percussion instructor at Lassiter, the marching band won the 1998 and 2002 Bands of America Grand National Championships and 12 Bands of America Regional Championships. The band also participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California three times each. Mr. Lynch is co-author of three method books published by Row-Loff Productions.
David J. McGrath has directed high school bands the past thirty years in Michigan and Georgia. He holds a BA from DePauw University and an MA from Eastern Michigan University. He is currently the Director Bands at Klein Cain High School (the newest high school in the Klein, ISD), located in Tomball, Texas. Mr. McGrath is also in his second year of serving as the Program Coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Marching Bands under his direction have also received many honors which include: eleven appearances at the Michigan state marching band championships (capturing nine state championships); being consistent finalists at Bands of America events (the Lakeland High School Marching Band was named the 1992 BOA Class AA Toledo Regional Champion, the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band was named the 1999 BOA Class AAA and Grand National Champion, the Carlton J. Kell High School Marching Band was a ten-time BOA Regional and Super-Regional finalist, and was named the 2010 BOA Jacksonville Regional Champion and 2010 BOA Akron Regional Champion). Most recently, the Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band was named the 2015 Jacksonville, Alabama Regional Champion, and the 2012 and 2014 BOA Class AAA National Champion (selected as a Grand National Championship Finalist Band both of those years).
Mr. McGrath is a six-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and has been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. He is very active as a concert band, marching band, and drum-corps adjudicator and clinician. He has judged finals at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, DCI World Championships, the Japan Marching Band Championships, and served on the DCI Judge Liaison team (during the 2013 season). He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, the GMEA and the MENC. He and his wife, Kimberley, have two wonderful sons – Nathaniel, and Logan (ages 19 and 17).
Don Roberts served as the Executive Band Consultant for the Twentieth Century Fox hit movie, “Drumline.” He was responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills, rehearsing the band, etc. As the chief band consultant, he played a vital role in the making of “Drumline” and its success. The movie received national and international acclaim. In 2003, it was nominated by the NAACP as “Most Outstanding Motion Picture.” It was also nominated for an “American Choreography Award” for outstanding achievement in a feature film. Most recently, Mr. Roberts was appointed as the Band Consultant for the 2017 Black Entertainment Television (BET) hit TV series, “THE QUAD,” and the Executive Band Consultant for the VH-1 and Fox Television Studios movie, “Drumline: A New Beat,” which is the long awaited sequel to “Drumline.” The movie premiered on VH-1 in October 2014 and was nominated for “Best Music Supervision” for Television, by the Guild of Music Supervisors.
Don P. Roberts presently serves as the Music Coordinator for the DeKalb County School District in Metropolitan Atlanta, where he also served as former Director of Bands of Southwest DeKalb High School.