Welcome Our New Staff Members

Booster Meeting Recap

Our booster club has had some amazing leadership from our parents these last few years.  Unfortunately, some of our leadership’s terms for the executive board have completed.  Please help me in sincerely thanking Meredith Harris, president and Emily Leak and David Leak, vice presidents for their outstanding commitment to our band program.  There were many times that the need of our band organization required them to sacrifice time from their families and we have been blessed by their extraordinary efforts to keep our booster organization running so smoothly!  They are truly volunteers with servant hearts who had the best interest of all of our students in mind with every decision that they made.  Thank you for service to our band program.  Because of you, our program continues to be a shining example of Carrollton’s best.

Please congratulate and thank our new executive board members, who were voted in at the booster meeting.  Their term begins in May, 2019.

  • President – Ed and Jennie Redmond
  • Vice President – Joshua and Dawn Jack
  • Financial Secretary – Kelley Hansen

The handbook has been updated for next year, as has the calendar on charms.  Please be sure to fill out the required forms and have them turned in ASAP.

Forms and Commitment Fees are due to Ms. Dothard by May 17, 2019.  

2019 Marching Show!

New Staff Introductions

We are very sad to have to say goodbye to two great staff members who have decided to pursue new adventures, but are very excited to welcome two new staff members to the Trojan Nation! Creating even more excitement is the fact that both are Trojans whom we are welcoming back home!  Mr. David Trumble returns to our school system to lead our Middle School Bands and Mr. Zachary Nelson, a Carrollton graduate joins our team as our assistant band director at the high school.  Please help me in welcoming them back to the Trojan Nation!

Welcome back home, Mr. Trumble!


David Trumble

We welcome David Trumble back to Carrollton City Schools after having been away from us for the past ten years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Tennessee Tech University and his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of West Georgia.

He is currently in his 20th year as an educator and will be in charge of our 5th and 6th grade band program at Carrollton Middle School as well as being on staff with the Carrollton Trojan Marching Band. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a freelance trumpeter in Memphis, TN, and Atlanta, GA metropolitan areas for over 25 years.

Since moving to Georgia in 2002, he has served as guest conductor, clinician, performer, and adjudicator for band programs and honor bands in the metro Atlanta area. Mr. Trumble is a member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and the Basement Brass Quintet. His wife is Stephanie Trumble, and his children are Izzy Herring and Kenji Trumble.

Welcome back home, Mr. Nelson!


Zachary Nelson

Zachary S. Nelson, a native of Carrollton, GA, has always known that music would be his outlet to touch lives since his early involvement in the arts. He got his start as a young musician in church and has continued to serve in ministry faithfully. His dedication and faithfulness has opened many doors for him to play behind many world-renowned artists.

Zachary completed his undergraduate and graduate programs at Jacksonville State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Music Education. During his undergraduate tenure at JSU, he participated in several ensembles including Marching Southerners, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, A Capella Choir, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo. While pursuing his masters, he served as the graduate assistant for the jazz program, teaching one of four big bands as well as small combos. He also taught class percussion, a methods course required for all future music educators.

Zachary has had the opportunity to march Drum Corps International (DCI) with the Kiwanis Kavaliers in 2005 and Winterguard International (WGI drumline) with Odyssey Percussion Theatre in 2006. The skills acquired from those organizations, along with his musicianship, were sharpened by educators, which has helped shape him into the educator he is today.

His passion revolves around instilling positive morals and values into youth. This has been modeled and exemplified by teaching and doing clinics at a number of high schools. In the Summer of 2018, Zachary was blessed to further his teaching experience with Spirit of Atlanta, serving as a snare tech and will return again for the 2019 season as a bass drum tech and all purpose tech. Zachary is also working with other professional organizations for their 2019 season, including Q2, an indoor percussion group affiliated with Atlanta Quest, Point Indoor Percussion, a branch of the music department at Point University, and Atlanta CV.

He comes to us from Woodland High school in Cartersville, GA as the Percussion Director. He also played an integral role in the percussion program at Coosa High School, located in Rome, GA. Before serving for those schools, he served at Rome High School for nine years as their Percussion Director.

Family is very important so when he isn’t hard at work, he enjoys spending time with his son, Travis, and daughter, Madison.

Zachary is absolutely thrilled to be back in Carrollton and a part of the Trojan Band again. It is in this very organization where his wind band involvement began. He is humbled that he gets the chance to give back to the organization and community that gave him so much.

Go Trojans!


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