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DaShaun McGee is a talented, well-rounded musician who plays a variety of musical instruments. He is well-versed playing the piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, and his principal instrument, the saxophone. Mr. McGee studied under Bryson Borgstedt and Dr. Joren Cain. Learning the different stylistic qualities of the saxophone lead him to become a skilled performing artist playing the solo parts in many ensembles. At VSU, Mr. McGee was actively engaged in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Saxophone Quartet. Mr. McGee also studied double reeds privately with Dr. Susan Eischeid where he learned how to make Oboe reeds.
DaShaun is in his tenth year as a music educator and is currently the Fine Arts Coordinator and Director of Bands at Wayne County High School in Jesup, GA, where he oversees all aspects of the music programs in Wayne County. He is the event organizer for the Georgia Music Educator Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE) in District 8. He also serves on the executive board as the district chair. He currently plays in the Golden Isles community concert band and the Golden Isles Jazz Band.
DaShaun received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Valdosta State University (2010). He earned his Master's of Music Degree in Music Performance in Wind Band Conducting at Georgia Southern University (2014). He later returned to Valdosta State and earned his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (2016). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Instrumental Music Education at Auburn University.
Before coming to Wayne County, he was the Director of Bands at Burke County High School, where he developed the program from 70 band members to over 150 marching band members over four years. Under his leadership, the three concert bands earned superior ratings at the Large Group performance Evaluations performing levels 4, 5, and 6 literature. He is an active performer and has played alto and tenor saxophone in the Savannah River Winds, an adult community band located in Augusta, Georgia.
Mr. McGee is an active member of a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), National Band Association (NBA), and National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He was recently invited to present "Creating Meaning Music Programs in Rural Settings" a session at the 2020 NafME National Conference. Mr. McGee is involved with the following professional organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (2008), Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity (2006), and the North America Saxophone Alliance (NASA).
Some of his hobbies include running, training his dog Candy, and spending time with his wife Monica, and their two children Kadien and Khloee. Mr. McGee is an active runner and is a volunteer track coach for the sprinters and the hurdles at WCHS.
Patrick Smith is a talented percussionist in his first year of teaching at Wayne County High School. Mr. Smith is a native of Wayne County, having lived in Jesup his entire life and graduating from WCHS in 2010.
He attended Georgia Southern University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. At Georgia Southern and Mr. Smith studied percussion with Dr. Matt Fallin. He participated and performed with the Southern Pride Marching Band, Georgia Southern Orchestra, the Georgia Southern Wind Ensemble, and the Georgia Southern Percussion Ensemble.While performing to playing with the Georgia Southern Wind Symphony , he had the honor of winning an Emmy Award for the Best Live Audio from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Southeast Chapter for their recording of “Lis Escoubo” from Suite Provençal by Jan Van der Roost.
Mr. Smith then spent a semester as the music teacher at Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland, South Carolina. He attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2015 as a Graduate Assistant where he received his Master’s Degree in Music Education. There he studied under Ricky Burkhead, UM Percussion Professor, and the author of Band Calisthenics, David Willson. In addition to his teaching and band assistant duties he performed with the Ole Miss Wind Ensemble.
In Mr. Smith’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, going to sporting events with friends, playing in a band, and going to the beach.
He is an active member of the Georgia Music Education Association (GMEA) and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME).
Chris Harper, a native of Conyers, Georgia, is the newly appointed Band Director at Martha Puckett Middle School. He earned his music education degrees from Valdosta State University (2001) and Troy University (2009). He is active as a consultant, guest conductor, and adjudicator for several marching band contests and festivals throughout the state. In addition, Mr. Harper has served as an interviewer for participant selection for the Governor’s Honors Program in instrumental music. During his 19 years as a teacher, bands under his direction have received consistent Superior and Excellent ratings.
As a conductor, Mr. Harper intensively studied the psychology of musician motivation from a conductor’s perspective and advanced conducting with renowned educator and conductor Dr. Dale Lonis. Dr. Lonis focused on those facets through a rigorous three level program: The Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program located in Manitoba, Canada. Additionally, Mr. Harper is a noted authority on the Saito Conducting Method studying with Wayne Toews and Morihiro Okabe in Saskatchewan, Canada (2006).
As a musician, trumpet, Mr. Harper has performed with the Albany (GA), Statesboro-Georgia Southern, and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras, the Jekyll Island Musical Theater Festival, and numerous church orchestras and ensembles. He has performed with musical personalities such as Doc Severinsen, Ken Trimmins, and John Fedchock.
Mr. Harper holds professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, The World, and American Education. Mr. Harper has been featured in The Instrumentalist magazine, an international publication for band pedagogy, for his ideas of ensemble programming, integration of music technology within a wind band program, and practices for recruitment / retention of band students. Mr. Harper presented a clinic for the Georgia Music Educator’s Association, In-Service Conference in 2013 entitled “Recruiting and Retaining in a Rural Setting.” His hobbies include research, historical world events, and arranging music for the bands he directs. He is married to the Kaye Harper, a mathematics teacher, and has two stepchildren Aden and Kaley.
Alexa Luper is the Band Director at Arthur Williams Middle School. She is currently in her 2nd year of teaching and began her career here in Wayne County.
Ms. Luper is a native of Warner Robins, GA and attended Houston County High School. She attended Valdosta State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in Music Education. While at Valdosta State, she studied clarinet with Dr. Jeffery Olsen, Dr. Sarah Cain, and Dr. Peter Geldrich. She participated and performed with many ensembles including the VSU Wind Ensemble, Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band, Clarinet Choir, VSU Opera, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and various chamber ensembles. Ms. Luper was the recipient of the 2016 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Music Education Award at Valdosta State University.
In her spare time, Ms. Luper enjoys traveling, cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Luper is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the National Association for Music Educators.
Lynice Jackson Williams is currently in her 31 year as the Majorette Coach and Auxiliary Coordinator. The majorette lines have won many best in class and superior ratings under her leadership. The WCHS majorette came in first place in the high school classification at Disney's Twirlmaina in 2018.
Nakita Foreman is a very passionate dancer who practices tap, jazz, and contemporary. Throughout her entire life, she has been submersed into a world of dance and performing. She was drawn to different styles of dance as a child. Her parents were able to enroll her into a dance academy at a very early age. Under the dance leadership of Mrs. Debbie Reddick, she was able to take tap, jazz, and contemporary dance for 10 years. She received many awards within those ten years. She danced her way to a scholarship with South Carolina State University.
Mrs. Foreman has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, a Masters of Arts in Teaching, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership. She is currently working on her doctorate in Early Childhood Development at Walden University. As she started her career in elementary education, she couldn’t shake the dancing fever that was inside of her heart. She was hired at Burke County as the color guard/dance team coach. Her team scored best in class and superior numerous times under her leadership.
Mrs. Foreman wanted to help the community to understand the art of dance. She decided to open a dance studio located in Waynesboro, Ga. Dance-N-Motion was known for its entertainment and passion. They won several national awards while competing.
Mrs. Foreman now lives in Brunswick, Ga. In her spare time, she spends time with her husband, children and dog. She loves to read and write children books. In January 2018, Mrs. Foreman published her first children’s book entitled The Tiny Mouse. She is so excited to work with the Wayne County’s band program.
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