On August 7, 2021 Amro Music hosted its first-ever Young Directors Bootcamp. It was a chance for new educators to get practical advice from a panel of four highly successful band directors in the Mid-South region. The goal for the Young Director's Bootcamp was to help everyone feel more confident and equipped for the first week of school, and beyond. On our last episode of After Hours, we heard the first half of the bootcamp, and in this episode we'll hear the second half. In addition to a live audience, we also had band directors joining us via Zoom, and we'll pick up the conversation with a question from one of our remote viewers.
Joseph Quinnelly is currently in his fifth year as the Director of Middle School Bands at Hernando Middle School. He teaches band classes at both the middle school and high school while also assisting in the leadership of Hernando Indoor Percussion. Under his direction, the Hernando Concert Band received a Division I rating at the MHSAA Concert Evaluation in 2018, the Hernando Symphonic Band received a Division I rating in 2019 and 2020, and Hernando Indoor Percussion won first place at MIA State Championships in 2018 and 2021. Since joining the Hernando Staff, Mr. Quinnelly has helped lead the band to two consecutive MHSAA 6A State Marching Championships in 2018 and 2019. Mr. Quinnelly is a native of Texarkana, TX, where he attended Texas High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Mississippi, where he graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2017. During his time at Ole Miss, Mr. Quinnelly was a member of The Pride of the South Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, LOU Symphony Orchestra, World Percussion Ensemble, Steel Orchestra, and the Opera Orchestra. Mr. Quinnelly is the Vice President of the Hernando-Desoto Band Directors Association and is a member of the Mississippi Band Directors Association and the I-55 Band Directors Association.
Bio and photo credits: hernandobands.com
Kaitlin Roll is a native of central Arkansas where she spent a majority of her life. Although originally from Indiana, Ms. Roll's family took up residency in Benton, AR when she was a young child. Her parents, grandparents, and younger brother still live in Benton today. She was a successful product of the Bryant Band Program and graduated from Bryant High School in 2010. Kaitlin attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR from 2010-2014 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Education (successfully condensing a normally 5 year degree plan into 4). Following graduation, she began her first job in West Memphis, AR were she served as the Assistant Band Director at the Academies of West Memphis for five years. In 2018, Kaitlin was named Phi Beta Mu's Outstanding Young Band Director for the state of Arkansas, and in 2019, she received her Master of Music in Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has now joined the band staff in Jonesboro Public Schools and is the band director at Annie Camp Junior High. She is excited to be in Jonesboro and be surrounded by such a supportive community of the arts.
Bio and photo credits: The Jonesboro Band Website
Jocelyn comes from Newburgh, Indiana where she grew up most of her life. Her endeavors in music started in the Castle Band program, known for its tradition of excellence. It was in the Castle band where her love for teaching music and performing flourished. In 2008, Jocelyn graduated with honors from CHS and pursued a degree in music education from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. While at Murray, Jocelyn participated in many performing groups and was principal flautist of the MSU Wind Orchestra that performed in Chicago, MSU Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, Jazz Band, and member of the University Chorale that performed in Carnegie Hall. She also was a founding member and participant of an capella group, The Muses, on campus. A big factor in Jocelyn’s college experience was being a member of the Racer Band. Not only was she a member for all five years, but for three years she served as drum major and leader of the band. Jocelyn is also a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity. She served in many capacities over the years including Corresponding Secretary and President of the Iota Beta chapter. Jocelyn concluded her college career graduating in May of 2013 Magna Cum Laude. Before coming to Desoto Central, Jocelyn held positions at well established band programs. In 2013, she was Assistant Band Director at Castle North Middle School in Newburgh, Indiana, while also assisting the high school with marching band. In 2015, she was the Assistant Band Director at Daviess County High School in Owensboro, Kentucky. Jocelyn also gave private lessons to students in her flute studio, provided masterclasses, and consulted for schools in Southern Indiana. Jocelyn was heavily involved in the Crossroads Christian Church music program that she attended with her husband and family. She was also a member of the Crossroads Christian Church Big Band. Jocelyn and her husband, Ben Hembruch, moved to Southaven summer of 2016 when she accepted the Assistant Band Director position. Ben is the Director of Bands at Horn Lake Middle School in Horn Lake Mississippi. The Hembruch’s now live in their first home in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Bio credits: dcspride.com | Photo credits: desotocountyschoools.org
Mr. Ben Hembruch is the Director of Bands at Horn Lake Middle School. Mr. Hembruch received his Bachelors of Music Education from Murray State University in 2013. There he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and the Racer Marching Band known as the Murray State Racer Band. Prior to teaching at Horn Lake Mr. Hembruch taught for 3 years in Kentucky and 2 Years in Memphis at First Assembly Christian School. The 2021-2022 school year will be Mr. Hembruch's 4th year at Horn Lake and his 9th year of teaching. Mr. Hembruch lives with his beautiful wife of 7 years, Jocelyn, and their two golden retrievers Sophie and Sunny.
Photo and bio credits: desotocountyschools.org
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