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Darius Freeman - Assistant Marching Band Director/Drum Major Instructor

Mr. Freeman is a native of Conyers, Ga. He is a 2002 graduate of Heritage High School.  He attended Valdosta State University where he earned a Bachelorís degree in Chemistry with a minor in musical performance.  While at VSU, he was a member of the Blaziní Brigade Marching Band and served as Drum Major for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.  He was also a part of several other groups including the American Chemical Society, VSU Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and was a chartering member of the Lambda Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.   

Currently, Mr. Freeman is a science teacher at Heritage High School and has been an educator in the system since 2009. He is entering his 7th year of service with the marching band. He has served as drum major and marching instructor.

Mr. Freeman currently resides in Covington, Georgia with his wife Tiffany and son DJ.

Shannon Lemon - Head Percussion Instructor

Shannon is a native of the metro Atlanta area. He graduated from Henry County High School in 1997. After graduating he obtained his Bachelorís degree in Music Performance from Clayton College and State University in 2002. While at CCSU he performed with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, South Metro Concert Band, New Music Ensemble, Jazz Band, and various percussion ensembles. Shortly after that Shannon obtained an Associateís degree in Mortuary Science in 2003 from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is now a licensed Funeral Director and  Embalmer and he is part owner of his familyís 50 year old business.

Shannon marched in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (1998-2000) where he was the recipient of the Avedis Zildjian Award in 1999 and he aged out in 2000. He has taught various high school drum lines as a clinician, arranger, and instructor throughout metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. He also was a percussion technician for Court of Honor Drum & Bugle Corps (2003-2004) and Odyssey Percussion Theatre (2006).  Shannon is currently on staff with CorpsVets Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-current)

Entering another year as Head Percussion Instructor with the  Heritage High School Band, he plans to continue setting a standard of excellence that is achieved each year by the percussion program on and off the field. 

Gincy Moon - Front Ensemble Percussion Instructor

Gincy Moon grew up in Jackson, GA and graduated from Jackson High School in 1999.  She attended Georgia College and State University, where she graduated with honors with both a Bachelor of Music Therapy and Bachelor of Music Education degree. While attending GC&SU she was a member of the University Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble.  Membership in other organizations include: Music Educators National Conference, Sigma Alpha Iota-Women's Music Fraternity, and the Atlanta Area Orff Chapter. She is currently the Music teacher at Pine Street Elementary in Conyers.

Heather Bragg - Flag/Dance Line Choreographer

Mrs. Bragg has been working as the HHS Flag/Dance Line choreographer since 1998.  She is a HHS alumni and graduate of Berry College, where she earned her Bachelors in Music Education.  Mrs. Bragg is currently working as the elementary music teacher at Honey Creek Elementary School in Conyers, Ga.  Along with the Flag/Dance line at HHS, she has served as the choreographer for the drama productions of the HHS Patriot Players since 2003.  Mrs. Bragg is the musical director/choreographer for the Patriot Players Summer Childrens Theater program as well.   During the winter season, Mrs. Bragg is also the coach for the HHS Competition Dance Team, a group selected from the Flag/Dance Line, which competes in both Pom and Hip Hop Categories and has placed 1st or 2nd in the state for many years running.  Mrs. Bragg resides in McDonough, Ga  with husband Chris, and children Benjamin, Sam, and Charlee.

 

Susan Smith - Flag/Dance Line Instructor

Susan has been working with the flag and dance line since 2009. She graduated from Lovejoy High School in 1997 where she was a member of the colorguard and dance team. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of Georgia. She has worked as a music teacher in public and private schools in the Rockdale area since 2002. She lives in Conyers with her husband, Scott and daughter, Kara Ann.

  

Ashlee Bagwell - Flag/Dance Line Instructor


Ashlee is one of the newest members of the Heritage band staff. She graduated from HHS in 2007 after being a member of the Flag Corps and Dance Team for 4 years and an officer for 2 years. She was a UDA instructor the summer of 2007 and has over 15 years of dance experience. Ashlee graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with a degree in Child Development. While earning her higher education, Ashlee choreographed and coached her social sorority's dance competition each spring. Ashlee now lives with her husband, Chase, in Covington, GA. She is excited to bring her experience to the Heritage Marching Band.

Darvin McRoy-Marching Band Assistant/Band Director at Ray Davis Middle School

Mr. McRoy is currently the band director at Ray Davis middle school, and has been a part of the Heritage Band staff since coming to Davis. Mr. McRoy is the trumpet instructor and a marching instructor.  
Jon Ferguson-Marching Band Assistant/Band Director at Edwards Middle School

Mr. Ferguson is currently the band director at Edwards Middle School. Mr. Ferguson is a part of the band staff at Heritage teaching saxophones and working as a marching instructor.

Tim Hinton - Drill Designer and Music Arranger  

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Tim Hinton is an  Orlando-based composer and arranger writing for middle school, high school, and college concert and marching bands.  He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1960. Tim began playing the piano in 2nd grade and joined the band in 4th grade playing the French horn. Because of the inspiration of many excellent music teachers and band directors, he decided to become a band director himself. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his Masters from Georgia State University.   

During college Tim had the privilege of marching with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford Illinois for three summers (1980-82). He also taught marching with the corps during the 1983 season, learning many tricks of drill writing and cleaning that still serve him well as a consultant. Tim is especially proud to have won the DCI Individual and Ensemble Competition on french horn in 1982, being the first person in DCI history to receive a perfect score of 100 in individual competition.

     Tim taught in the public schools for 10 years and developed a highly successful program at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Georgia. While there his bands consistently received superior ratings in concert and marching performances and he is proud to have introduced his students to a great variety of quality music. His marching productions at Dunwoody H.S. were heralded for their creativity and originality. During those years with a relatively small band Tim learned many tricks of arranging to overcome weaknesses and showcase strengths. He firmly believes that any band can have a  very effective show under any circumstances.
    

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