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Mr. Andy Esserwein, Band Director

Andrew C. Esserwein has been the Director of Bands for Sprayberry High School since 2002. Mr. Esserwein has a wealth of training and practical experience. During his previous tenure at North Cobb High School, Mr. Esserwein was selected as the teacher who made the greatest impact on a Star Student's life on two different occasions.

A native of Cobb County, Georgia, Mr. Esserwein holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory from Furman University. While at Furman, he served as Drum Major of the Furman University Marching Band for 2 years, as well as serving as an active officer in the Gamma Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity.

Mr. Esserwein also holds a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he served as Graduate assistant with the "Wildcat" Marching Band, and conducted the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands.

Mr. Esserwein has studied saxophone with Bob Cowles and Cliff Leamon, and conducting with Les Hicken, Daniel Boda, Stephen Peterson, and John Paynter.

Mr. Esserwein joined the faculty of North Cobb High School in 1995, and served as Assistant Director of Bands. During his tenure at North Cobb High School, the band program tripled in size. Mr. Esserwein was responsible for 3 Concert Bands consisting of 260 members, 2 jazz bands, a 180 member Marching Band, as well as supervising various small ensembles and soloists. He was also Associate Conductor of the North Cobb Symphony Orchestra, which performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association State Convention in Savannah, Georgia.

Mr. Esserwein has performed with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Cobb Wind Symphony. He is affiliated with professional organizations which include the Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. He was chosen as the Star Teacher for North Cobb High School in 1997 and 2002, as well as the District 3A Star Teacher in 1997, and was chosen for membership in Who�s Who Among American Teachers in 1999 and 2002. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the southeast.

Mr. Esserwein and his wife Michelle have one child, Sara.

 

Mr. Terrace Ellis, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Terrace Ellis is the Assistant Band Director of the Sprayberry High School Band. He was formerly an Assistant Band Director in the Milton High School Cluster of schools Including Hopewell Middle School and Crabapple Crossing Elementary. Mr. Ellis was also the Assistant Band Director at Pebblebrook High School from 2003-2005. Mr. Ellis holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music education from Georgia Southern University. He maintains an active musical career as a conductor, teacher and performer. Mr. Ellis has been guest conductor of several bands, including the Georgia Southern University Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands, as well as the OASIS Community Band in Statesboro, Ga.

Additionally, he has developed a strong connection to the marching arts. Terrace has served on the teaching faculty of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, the Milton High School Marching Band and currently serves as the Visual Director of the Atlanta Quest Independent World Winter Guard Drumline. Mr. Ellis has also designed and written marching shows for several marching band programs. These programs include the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band, Tattanal County High School Band, Pebblebook High School Band and the South East Bulloch High School Marching Band.

Having held Drum Major positions throughout high school and college, Mr. Ellis frequently serves as drum major clinician and adjudicator in the southeast. He teaches several drum major camps every summer including 9 years at the distinguished Spirit Camps of America. Mr. Ellis has also judged several marching competitions in the Southeast including the Southern Sounds Marching Festival, The Coastal Empire Classic, Sandy Creek Invitational of Bands, Music in the Castle in Bristol TN, The White Columns Invitational and the Fulton County Marching Exhibition.

Terrace continues to perform on his primary instrument, the Euphonium, and is currently a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony. Mr. Ellis' performance credits include tours of the United States, Prague, Austria, Germany, England and Italy. His professional Affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference and the Georgia Music Educators Association. Mr. Ellis currently resides in Alpharetta, Ga.