Wayne has been teaching percussion for over eleven years, with eight of those years at Gwinnett Discount Music. Wayne teaches drum set for all styles of music, traditional drum corps techniques, as well as orchestral percussion. He has taught students from age four through adult, including college level music students. Wayne has worked in both middle and high schools with concert band, and has served several schools as instructor for marching band drumlines. Wayne has a B. A, in Music from Lee University.
Eric graduated from Brookwood High School, and earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Georgia State University. Eric began teaching in 1993. He has taught percussion at several high schools including Wheeler, Central Gwinnett. Norcross. Harrison, Spartanburg and Collins Hill. Eric has been the head percussion instructor and battery arranger for the Georgia Tech Drum Line since 2002. He has also marched in several different performing groups: Georgia Tech, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, Atlanta Rythm Machine and Carolin Thunder.
Megan is a 2006 honor graduate of the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. In her college career, Ms . Jones has served as Clarinet Section Leader for the Redcoat Marching Band and served for two years as Drum Major and Assistant Band Captain. Megan has taught clarinet and conducting privately to students from Oconee, Oglethorpe, Effingham, Chatham, Gwinnett and Jefferson Counties. Megan is a clarinetist with the UGA Wind Ensemble, and has studied privately with Dr. D. Ray McClellan for the past four years.
Violin and Viola
Whitney Ford graduated from Georcia State with a degree in violin performance. Whitney has played violin for over 15 years. She has studied with Oliver Steiner (Juliard School of Music and Eastman School of Music) and Dr. Nancy
Schechter (Eastman School 0f lViuslc). Whitney has pertorrned in many master classes under famous violinist XU Wei.
Sandra Couch graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA Degree. She also attended Arkansas State Unversty and Middle Tennessee State University. Sandra has 20 yars experience teaching. She has taught in church and ni Gwinnett County Public Schools. Sandra is a staff musician and Children's Choir Coordinator at Berkmar United Methodist Church.
Trumpet and French Horn
Mrs. Jennifer Carwile is originally from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. She attended Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and received her Master's in Music Education from Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Trumpet was Mrs. Carwile's main instrument with French Horn as second, and she has studied privately with the following: Daniel Kovats, Trumpet instructor and Music Department Dean, Grand Valley State University, Michael Bowman, Principal Trumpet Player of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and Bryan Miller, Commander/Conductor of the National Guard Band of the Midwest. She wore wooden shoes for 6 years teaching in Holland, Michigan, as the Assistant Director of Bands, Holland High School. She currently teaches at J.E. Richards Middle School, and also is on staff with the Central Gwinnett High School Marching Band. Carwile's private lesson studio started in 1993, and continues to be successful to this day.
Woodwinds, Bass, Percussion
Mr. Carwile is currently serving as the Director of Orchestras, the Percussion Director, and the Music Technology Director at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. He has held this position since 2000 and has taught privately since 1995. Kevin earned his BMEd from Georgia State University in the spring of 2000. There he studied woodwinds with Sam Skelton and Dr. Gregory Pritchard. He went on to earn his MMEd in 2004 from the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, 11. There he completed his orchestral studies with an emphasis in bass performance while studying with Scott Mason, Adam Nitti, and Marlene Rosenberg. IVIr. Carwile has been teaching private lessons at Gwinnett Discount music since the doors opened in 1995 and has had many successful students who made all-state, district honor bands, and got accepted into many different college programs around the county.
A native of Great Falls, Montana, Luther moved to Athens, Georgia in 1994 to study classical guitar with John Sutherland. Attending the University of Georgia, Luther received a Bachelor degree in music performance. His other studies include numerous master classes with Christopher Parkening as well as classes with John Duarte, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and Patrick Kearny. Luther has won awards in the Georgia Music Educators Association Competitions including the Award of Excellent in 1996 abd 1998. Additionalm Luther was chosen to represent the 1998 Christopher Parkening master class in concert at Montana State University. Luther currently resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he makes his living as a freelance performer and teacher.
Brian graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2005 at the top of his class. He studied many different styles at AIM including rock, classical, pop, jazz, country, blues, etc. Brian is the lead guitarist for Atlanta based rock band Altered. Brian has been teaching guitar for 5 years.
Violin & Viola
Grace is currently the Orchestra Director at Richards Middle School. She has been performing and teaching for several years.