Christopher Carr joined Carrollton High School as the Band Director in 2014. Under his direction the Trojan Marching Band continues to grow, surpassing 230 members this year. The band continues earning superior ratings, has won two grand-championships, the most entertaining band and high music award at recent competitions, in addition to consistently finishing in the top 3 under Mr. Carr’s leadership.
The band program has also grown in curricular offerings through a comprehensive music program consisting of the marching band, three concert bands, two jazz bands, a percussion ensemble, and many chamber music ensembles. Notable achievements of our band program include superior ratings at concert and jazz band festivals, a growth in student participation in district and state honor bands, and the Wind Ensemble receiving invitations to perform at competitive concert appearances such as the SouthEastern United States Honor Band Clinic hosted by Troy University and the Music For All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival hosted by Georgia State University.
Prior to coming to Carrollton Mr. Carr was the band director at South Paulding High School, where he was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year. The band program consistently earned superior ratings at both concert and marching festivals. Under his direction the South Paulding High School Band performed at the Georgia State University’s Georgia Bands of Distinction Honor Clinic in 2010; the University of Georgia’s January Festival for Concert Bands in 2013; and was invited to perform in 2014 at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia; and the SouthEastern United States Band Clinic hosted by Troy University. Additionally, the SPHS marching band was invited to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade in 2015 under his leadership at South Paulding.
Previous to his tenure at South Paulding High School, Mr. Carr earned his Masters of Music Performance in Wind Band Conducting where he studied with Dr. Robert J. Ambrose. Serving as a graduate assistant he had the privilege to conduct the Georgia State University Wind Orchestra, direct the Panther Basketball Band, and assist with the Wind Ensemble. Before studying at GSU he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance at the University of West Georgia. While at UWG he served as an assistant in the music office, the band office, and as drum major of the marching band.
Mr. Carr lives in Carrollton, Georgia with his wife Lindsay Carr, a kindergarten teacher at CES, and their three children: Cadence, Colin, and Charlotte.
Mr. Zachary S. Nelson, CHS Assistant Band Director/Percussion
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.
Previous to joining our team at Carrollton High School, he served at 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.
Ms. Maria Menendez, CJHS Band Director
Ms. Menendez, a native of Ontario, Canada, joined the Carrollton City School System as a band director in 2014. After three years at Carrollton Upper Elementary School she joined the faculty at Carrollton Junior High School. Under her leadership the band program continues to thrive at Carrollton Junior High. The band continues to earn superior ratings, participation in District Honor Band and All-State continues to increase in addition to overall enrollment in the 7th and 8th grade bands.
Ms.Menendez is an active teacher, player and clinician outside of her daily schedule at Carrollton City Schools. In 2015 she presented at the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in Athens, Georgia aimed at aiding young teachers beginning in the field. In 2018 she served as one of the guest conductors for the 2018 Fayette County Sixth Grade Honor Band. Past awards include the Fred Factor Award (2016) awarded for going above and beyond as well as the University of West Georgia’s Graduate Studies Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Students in 2017. In 2019, Ms. Menendez was named the CJHS Teacher of the Year!
She is a graduate of South Paulding High School and attended Columbus State University where she earned her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education. While attending, Ms. Menendez was a member of the Columbus State University’s Trombone Choir, Trombone Octet, CSU Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra. During her senior year Ms. Menendez served as the president of CSU’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. In 2013, Ms. Menendez studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally she spent seven weeks of her summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she worked as a counselor in the High School Girls’ division.
Recently, Ms. Menendez earned her Master’s in Music Education from the University of West Georgia and proudly resides here in Carrollton, Georgia.
Mr. David Trumble, CUES Band Director
David Trumble is in his second year back to Carrollton City Schools after having been away from us for the past ten years. Under his leadership our CUES band enrollment has more than doubled. 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 21st year as an educator and will be in charge of our 5th and 6th grade band program at Carrollton Upper Elementary School as well as being on staff with the Carrollton Trojan Marching Band. Because of his numerous accolades and experience in music education, the University of West Georgia has added him to their Music Education Faculty for the fall of 2020, where he will help prepare the next generation of music educators. 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.
Ramon Ruiz resides in Kennesaw, GA as a business student at Kennesaw State University. His performing career started at Hillgrove High School as a trombone player. He played trombone for 9 years performing at numerous honor band clinics, music festivals, and competitions across the country both in concert and marching band. In 2015, he was accepted into the 2015 Cast for the Independent World Class Winterguard in Atlanta, Paramount World, quickly switching his performance career. Ramon spent the last 5 seasons with Paramount earning them 5 finalist titles, a 2nd place silver medal in 2019, and 1st place gold medal in 2018. For his outdoor performance career, Ramon spent two summers with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016. He spent his ageout summer with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps earning the 3rd place bronze medal. Ramon has taught colorguard in the city of Carrollton for 6 years now, and this will be his 3rd year with Carrollton High School. He recently finished his first summer as a tour administrator for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, Ramon will be teaching colorguard technique classes to new upcoming performers at the Tara Twirls Studio in Carrollton. He is extremely excited and honored to continue directing the colorguard program at Carrollton High School to new levels of excellence and share his world-class knowledge to each and every student.
Barbara Dothard is a native of Carrollton and a 1971 graduate of Carrollton High School. Ms. Dothard was inducted into the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. She is the mother of CHS graduates Fred and Greg Dothard, the proud grandmother of five and great grandmother of a future Trojan. She worked for Southwire Company and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she is an active member. Ms. Dothard loves sports, singing, dancing and cheering for the Trojans. She is excited about being the band secretary and expects great things to happen this year and years to come.