Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams
Nicholas Enrico Williams is a Professor of Music and serves as the Director of Bands at the University of Georgia, where he coordinates one of the country’s largest comprehensive band programs, conducts the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, and oversees the graduate wind band conducting area. Prior to his time in Athens, he was the Director of Wind Bands at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Melbourne, Australia). Before venturing to Australia, Dr. Williams flourished for sixteen years as the Assistant Director of Wind Studies, the Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Brass Band, and Concert Band, as well as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of North Texas. For a decade, he was the Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and continues to be a frequent guest conductor of the Dallas Winds (formerly Dallas Wind Symphony), one of America’s few professional civic wind bands. Professor Williams earned the Bachelor of Music (music education), MM (performance-conducting), and DMA (conducting) degrees from the University of North Texas.
As an advocate of chamber music, Professor Williams was the founder and conductor of the East Plano Brass and was the principal guest conductor for the Harmoniemusik chamber ensemble. In the wind band world, he has been a guest conductor with the Royal Australian Navy Band; United States Air Force Band; Dallas Wind Symphony; Lone Star Wind Orchestra; at the annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois; the College Band Directors National Association regional conference; the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention; and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Clinic/Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Williams is active in Australia, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and arranger; his arrangements and transcriptions for wind band, percussion ensembles, drum corps, and school pageantry ensembles are performed by outstanding organizations throughout the world. A member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), he is a sought-after recording session producer, associate producer, editor, and conductor, having been involved with numerous CDs and DVDs on the Klavier, Mark Records, and GIA labels, as well as UNT projects, including the 2019 worldwide release of “FIESTAS” by the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble. In addition to his work in the recording arts, he has written several conductor study guides published in the multivolume series of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He is a primary consultant of Women of Influence in Contemporary Music and is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for women. His professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity.
Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger
Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as Associate Professor of Music and Interim Director of Bands at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Jerry F. Junkin. While serving as a graduate conducting associate, she conducted various ensembles, wrote transcriptions and arranged and charted for the Longhorn Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where she performed and recorded with the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony. Dr. Hartenberger’s teaching experiences in developing successful award-winning band programs at the secondary education levels include serving as Associate Director of Bands at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX and Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School in Frisco, TX.
As an accomplished clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Hartenberger has served as a visiting conductor in concert with the West Point Band in New York; the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, Missouri; and most recently traveled to Zlin, Czech Republic to work with Larry Rachleff and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic. Dr. Hartenberger has presented professional workshops/clinics that focused on ensemble concepts for the developing performer at the Missouri State Music Educator’s Annual conference; at the Texas Independent School District In-Services, and at the National Association for Music Education – Southwest Division Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Her professional affiliations are the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Dr. Shiree X. Williams
Shiree X. Williams serves as Interim Associate Director of Bands and Lecturer in Band Conducting at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, and teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting. Prior to joining the UGA faculty, Dr. Williams served as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin.
A native of Waycross, GA, Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Valdosta State University, Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. Before teaching at the university level, Dr. Williams served as Associate Director of Bands at McKinney High School and Director of Bands at Faubion Middle School in McKinney Independent School District in McKinney, TX. During his public school teaching career, bands under his leadership consistently received superior ratings for their high-level performances.
Dr. Williams is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He conducts district, regional, and professional bands throughout the United States with recent appearances as Guest Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds, and Guest Conductor of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” Dr. Williams is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2015 College Band Directors National Association Mike Moss Diversity Fellowship, the 2018 Reynolds Conducting Institute Fellowship (inaugural), and named a semi-finalist and finalist in 2018-2019 for The American Prize in Conducting — professional and college/university band division. In addition to teaching and conducting, he is a contributing author to the latest volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, a teaching resource guide, and has presented at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference on topics regarding the first years of teaching for aspiring and novice music educators. As an arranger, Dr. Williams has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize, Grawemeyer Award, Grammy Award, and Academy Award winning composer John Corigliano to transcribe, premiere, and publish his orchestral piece To Music for Wind Ensemble — available for distribution at G. Schirmer. Additionally, Dr. Williams is currently arranging and transcribing music for the wind band with the goal of introducing musicians to composers who have been historically underrepresented due to their race or gender. Recent transcriptions include Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s O Ye That Love the Lord - Short Anthem for Wind Ensemble and Lift Up Your Heads - Short Festival Anthem for Wind Ensemble. Both works are available at Murphy Music Press.
Dr. Williams’s professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Dr. Michael Robinson
Dr. Michael C. Robinson serves as Professor of Music Education and conducting. His duties include teaching courses in music education and conducting as well as conducting the Symphonic Band. A native of Florida, Robinson received the B.M. and M.M. degrees in Music Education and the D.M.A. degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami. Prior to this appointment, he served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Florida in Tampa and Director of Bands at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Robinson also taught eleven years in the public schools of Florida, most notably as Director of Bands at Seminole High School in Pinellas County Florida. During his teaching career, Robinson has received numerous honors and awards including; Pinellas County Teacher of the Year, City of Seminole Educator of the Year, USF College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Service Award, The Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha, and The Friend of the Arts award from Sigma Alpha Iota, among others. Robinson is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in the marching arts having served in a variety of capacities with top DCI Drum and Bugle corps such as the Boston Crusaders, The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Iowa Colts, Madison Scouts, and Suncoast Sound.
Dr. Brett Bawcum
Brett Bawcum is Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Georgia. He directs the Redcoat Marching Band, guides and administers other athletic bands, guest-conducts concert bands, and teaches courses in other areas including Songwriting and Marching Band Techniques.
Dr. Bawcum has been a creative force behind many beloved performances and traditions of the Redcoat Marching Band and Georgia Football. He was a key member of the inaugural UGA Spirit Committee that developed the Dawg Walk. He designed the celebrated post-9/11 tribute by the Redcoat Band. He created the “Angel Tag” version of “Glory to Georgia” by fusing existing Tom Wallace arrangements into the modern signal of Bulldog victory. He conceived and realized the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” segment of the football pregame show, along with composing the late Larry Munson’s now legendary spoken celebration of the past and future of Georgia Football. This production, which builds upon Jeff Simmons’ arrangement of the UGA school song, is unique in its integration of pre-recorded stadium video and audio, amplified trumpet solo, and live band performance. It was recently voted “Greatest Georgia Football Tradition” by Georgia fans.
Dr. Bawcum is an active composer and arranger for marching and concert bands. His conducting, arranging, and/or performing work can also be found on commercial recordings by such artists as Band of Horses, Half Dozen Brass Band, and Modern Skirts. He has also served as producer, associate producer, or editor for seven recordings on the Mark, Summitt, and Naxos labels.
Dr. Bawcum’s professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary).
Mr. Rob Akridge
Rob Akridge is a retired music educator with 27 years experience throughout the state of Georgia and assists with all aspects of the Redcoat Marching Band. His most recent position was at North Oconee High School in Bogart. During his tenure at North Oconee, both concert and marching bands consistently received superior ratings. The marching band received numerous class, division, and grand champion awards. A former Redcoat, Mr. Akridge received his Bachelors (1987) and Masters (2010) of Music Education from the University of Georgia. He was a Star Teacher state finalist in 1998. Mr. Akridge is an active drill writer, consultant, and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include GMEA, NAfME, and NBA. Mr. Akridge lives in Bogart, GA with his wife, Carolyn, and children, Abby and Ben.
Dr. Myriam Athanas
Myriam Athanas Faulkner is the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Dr. Athanas earned a Ph.D. in music education and an M.M.Ed. from the University of Georgia, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include pre-service teacher training, scale development, and broad applications of assessment and educational measurement in music education. She continues to present research at the international and national levels.
Dr. Athanas has a background in teaching secondary instrumental music education, specifically at the middle school band level. She was formerly the Associate Director of Bands at Mabry Middle School, in Marietta, GA. She has been on the instructional staff for the Lassiter High School Band, the Wheeler High School Band, and the University of Georgia Redcoat Band. At the collegiate level, she has instructed courses in woodwind techniques and pedagogy, secondary instrumental teaching techniques, and has assisted with Secondary Instrumental Methods, Music Techniques and Field Experiences for Children, music education seminar, graduate Research in Music Education, as well as supervised and prepared pre-service teachers for certification during their student teaching.
Dr. Athanas studied flute performance with Christina Smith and Alison Gillon, and was a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony from 2013-2018. She is also an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA).
Anthony Morris is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Wind Conducting at the University of Georgia where he studies with Dr. Nicholas Williams and Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UGA Bands. Mr. Morris received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a dual concentration in Instrumental and Choral education with Cum Laude distinction from Kennesaw State University. Prior to graduate study, Mr. Morris served as Director of Bands & Choirs at Wildwood Middle High School (Wildwood, Florida) where he was responsible for the instruction and administration of the middle & high school concert bands, marching band, music theory, and choir program.
Recently, Mr. Morris was named a Conducting Fellow for the H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute at the 76th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Morris is also the co-creator of Relative Pitch Podcast and has presented a session entitled “Pushing for Change From the Inside: Bringing Equity to Middle and High School Bands” at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference.
Professional affiliations include Collegiate Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Educators, Georgia Music Educator Association, Florida Music Educator Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Jeremy Smith is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a proud product of the DeKalb County School District, where he graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School. He attended Florida A&M University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Jeremy later received his master's in music education from Norfolk State University while serving as a graduate assistant with the band program. In this capacity, he co-conducted the symphonic wind ensemble, assisted with the marching band, and aided in the recruitment efforts for the band program. Most recently, Jeremy completed his Education Specialist degree (EdS) in Music Education from Piedmont College (Demorest, Ga).
Jeremy began his teaching career as an elementary band director in the DeKalb County School District. He later served as the Orchestra and Assistant Band Director at Stephenson Middle School and as the Assistant Band Director at Stephenson High School. As Assistant Band Director at Stephenson High School, he assisted with the wind ensemble, conducted the symphonic band, served as the primary drill writer for the marching band, and conducted the trumpet choir for its lobby performance at GMEA in 2020.
Jeremy is a member of the College Band Directors Association (CBDNA), National Association for Music Educators (NAFME), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.
Jeremy is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Georgia and is in the conducting studios of Dr. Nicholas Williams and Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger.
David J. Stanley works as a teacher and musician to champion public music education, affirm regional identity, and promote community.
Raised in Emory, Virginia, Stanley is an eleventh-generation Southwest Virginian who knows rural Appalachia is frequently stereotyped as simple or unsophisticated—characteristics he was encouraged to challenge. It seems appropriate to note that David was an overly inquisitive child. His father (probably just hoping for quiet) offered the sage advice, “sometimes you learn more just by listening to people than by asking them a lot of questions.” A healthy combination of curiosity and listening proved meaningful. Developing these skills as a teacher in an urban high school, Stanley came to understand seemingly opposite communities as more connected than separate. Together, they underscored the importance of musicians who listen, invest, and act: artistic citizens of place.
Now, Stanley aims to empower such citizenship. At the University of Georgia, he is a doctoral graduate assistant, actively involved in band program planning, logistical support, performances, and instruction. Within the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, he serves on two committees that foster coalitions and partnerships for actionable antiracism, equity, and engagement. The capstone project for his master’s degree (UGA ’20), joined musicians from across the School in “Appalachian Spring: Music Exploring Regional Identity and Race,” which was presented alongside an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art. He studies with Cynthia Johnston Turner, Nicholas Williams, and Jaclyn Hartenberger.
From 2014-2018, Stanley served as Director of Bands for William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Responsible for overseeing the program’s complete structural reorganization, his tenure facilitated enrollment and adjudication improvements for concert, marching, and jazz ensembles. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education from Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina). There, he studied with Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, serving as the Paladin Regiment’s Drum Major and Conductor of the Basketball Band from 2011-2014.
Stanley is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He recognizes these institutions must listen honestly to their past, and he is focused on using his membership to pose direct questions about work toward a more just future. David is married to Molly, who is the Academic Advisor for the Hodgson School. Along with their son, Tucker, they are active citizens of Athens, GA, particularly in their church community.