Mr. Cook is a four-time recipient of the National Band Associations’ Citation of Excellence and has been honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as a Sudler Flag of Honor Laureate. He was named “Aide de Camp” to the Governor of the State of Tennessee in 2005. His professional and honorary affiliations include the National Band Association, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, National Education Association, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Cook was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2009.
Mr. Gilbert has arranged the marching band music for 11 shows performed by the Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band. These shows have produced numerous first place awards including two Governor’s Cup wins at the Contest of Champions, 1st place overall at the WCU Tournament of Champions, and 1st place music at the Towson, MD Bands of America Regional.
Mr. Gilbert’s teaching responsibilities include Music Technology, AP Music Theory, Marching Band, and director of the Symphonic I band. Mr. Gilbert’s theory students have typically maintained 95% passing rate on the AP exam since he began teaching the course in 2002. His concert bands have received superior ratings every year they have participated in concert festival.
Mr. Padgett brings an array of World Class musical and visual experience through his teaching of Drum Corps and Winterguard. Mr. Padgett’s performing experience in DCI and WGI was with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005 and The Cast Winterguard from 2005-2007. Mr. Padgett’s most recent teaching affiliations in DCI and WGI include The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2009, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps 2010, and is currently the Director of Southeast Independent Winterguard from 2009-present.
Mr. Padgett’s professional affiliations include NAfME, East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the National Education Association, and the Tennessee Education Association. Mr. Padgett also serves on the Advisory Board and is the current Scholastic A/AA Representative for the Carolina Indoor Performance Association.
Dave has spent time working with several other high schools in the Tri-Cities area and most recently served as the Percussion Director at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN. His professional affiliations include the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association and the Percussive Arts Society. Dave is also proud to a part of the education family at Innovative Percussion.
Dave lives in Elizabethton with his wife Jen where he is a part-time music email@example.com