LE ROY BARLEY
A native of Washington, DC, Le Roy graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in June 1997. In 2001 he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from North Carolina Central University located in Durham, North Carolina. While attending North Carolina Central University he studied under world renowned artistis Tom Browne, Dr. Ira Wiggins, and Jay Meachum. He later obtained a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from NCCU in 2011.Le Roy has performed with a variety of groups including but not limited to the Temptations, John Brown Quintet, Marcus Anderson Group, NCCU Faculty Jazz Combo, NCCU Jazz Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble. He currently performs with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, John Brown Jazz Orchestra, The Groove Shop, and the Upper Room “Church House” Band.He has performed all over the world touring, recording, and performing in venues such as Euro Disney, Paris, France; Montreaux Jazz Festival, Geneva, Switzerland; North Sea Jazz Festival, Utrecht, Holland; Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, France; and the Virgin Gorda Jazz Festival in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Le Roy has performed with many notable artists such as: Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Terrell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis, Wynard Harper, Davey Yarborough, Alvin Atkinson, Sean Jones, Eve Cornelius, Chip Crawford, Charlie Brown, Vincent Heiring, and Pete LaRoca Simms to name a few.Mr. Barley holds the following teaching positions: Lecture, Director of Jazz Combos at Duke University, Jazz Director at Green Hope High School, Trumpet Instructor at the Musicians Learning Center, Jazz Band Director at North Raleigh Christian Academy, and Band Teacher at Powell GT Magnet School. He is often called upon as a Consultant, Guest Lecturer, and Guest Speaker for various schools and organizations. Further, he has had the opportunity to teach at North Carolina Central University as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, Upper Room Christian Academy as both Music and Band Teacher, as an Adjudicator for the 2009 Guitar Center Drum Off, Durham, North Carolina and to be a Clinician and Adjudicator for the “City of the Arts” Annual Jazz Festival, North Carolina.Mr. Barley’s teaching philosophy is simple: everyone should be exposed to music and have a basic understanding of it. The teacher must strive to meet the student where they are, in regards to their learning style and level, and encourage and challenge them as they grow. When a student studies music they should gain a basic knowledge even if they don’t continue music for a long period. The discipline and skills required to play music can be used to better them in life.Recording credits include “Beyond the Horizon,” recorded April 20-27, 1998 and “Central Standard Time,” recorded February 21-22, 1995 by the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble, both “Shiloh,” 2005 and “Worship in the Upper Room: Standing in His Presence,” recorded 2007 by the Upper Room Church of God in Christ Music & Fine Arts Department, “My Everything” by Marshetta Parker, released 2010.
BRASS INSTRUCTOR, MUSIC ARRANGER
A native of North Carolina, Jesse Rackley is an accomplished tenor trombonist, euphoniumist, and educator. Jesse holds the positions of Principal Euphonium with the Triangle Brass Band and Tar River Symphonic Band and second trombonist with the Tar River Philharmonic. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina and Wilmington symphonies. As a soloist, Jesse has been featured with the Triangle Brass Band, Triangle Youth Brass Band, Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble, 440th US Army Band, East Carolina Tuba Ensemble, and has performed a recital as a part of the Tubas in the Sun Chamber Music Workshop.Jesse is in his fourth year as Music Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble. The TYBE is a high school aged British style brass band that is open to the very best brass players in the central North Carolina area through recommendation and audition. TYBE performs at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and draws it’s repertoire from standard and contemporary British brass band literature as well as arrangements and transcriptions of wind band and orchestral works. Since its inception, the TYBE has already established a tradition of excellence in performing. The TYBE attended the North Atlantic Brass Band Association Championships competing in the new Youth Open Section, winning 1st place in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012.As a teacher, Jesse maintains a large and active private studio of over 20 students throughout eastern North Carolina. His students consistently receive top honors in the NC All-District and All-State Bands and participate in various music camps and summer festivals. Jesse regularly travels the state giving brass fundamental clinics and working with many middle and high school bands. He is currently the brass instructor with some of North Carolina’s most active band programs.Jesse currently resides in Rocky Mount, NC with his beautiful wife, Brooke, and his son, Noah.
Austin Greene is a professional visual designer and arranger for numerous high schools and universities. Mr. Greene is an adjudicator for Bands of America, Winter Guard International, Drum Corps International, and numerous local circuits. He served as an instructor and Visual Caption Head for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012-2015. Previously, Mr. Greene has served as Director of Bands at Concord High School in Concord, NC, and Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Durham School of the Arts. In 2010, he was hired as an adjunct instructor at the Dublin Institute of Technology's National Conservatory of Music in Dublin, Ireland. He has served for four years as a program consultant for the Bands of America Grand National Finalist Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band and works with the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band. Mr. Greene attended Western Carolina University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 2003. He went on to earn his Master of Music in Conducting Degree from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Mr. Greene is in regular demand as a designer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States.
PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR, ARRANGER
Aaron Tucker is a freelance percussion educator, performer, adjudicator, and designer living in Cary, North Carolina. He studied Percussion with an emphasis in Jazz Performance at East Carolina University. In 2002, he had the opportunity to march with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, winning a Division 2 World Championship, and going on to place in finals in Division 1 (now known as World Class). He has had the honor of learning from some great educators, including Jonathon Wacker, Bill Bachman, Tom Hurst, John Campese, Ben Pyles, Wayne Viar, and Will Goodyear. He currently serves as the Marching Percussion Coordinator for Green Hope High School, Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, and Director of Alchemy Independent Percussion Ensemble.Throughout his career, Aaron has had the pleasure of working with world-class organizations such as Palmetto Percussion and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He also serves as the Percussion Coordinator for Atlantic Indoor Association.In addition to his various instructional responsibilities, Aaron maintains a studio of private students and and consults and designs for percussion ensembles in the mid-atlantic area. He has designed and taught for BOA Grand National semi-finalists and WGI World Championship Finalists.When he isn't teaching or writing, Aaron performs with a variety of musicians in and out of state as a freelance drummer. He can often be found playing with "The Mint Julep Jazz Band", an early jazz ensemble based out of Durham, NC. He resides in Cary, North Carolina with his wife, Ellen, and his furry companions, Niko and Ollie.Aaron is proud to endorse Ludwig-Musser percussion equipment.
A native of Apex, North Carolina and a graduate of Green Hope High School, Christian Boletchek is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in trombone performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. There, he studies with Stephen Lange of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and works as a teaching assistant for Efstratios Minakakis.Prior to his studies at NEC, Christian was heavily involved in the GHHS band program, serving as section leader and brass captain in addition to playing in the symphonic and jazz bands. His commitment to the program's excellence earned him the John Philip Sousa Band Award. A student of the North Carolina Symphony's Jonathan Randazzo, Christian also held the position of principal trombone with both the Triangle Youth Brass Band and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. In 2016, he was selected to perform with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band as well as the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America, and he spent the summer performing with the Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.An aspiring orchestral musician, Christian is an active freelancer in the Boston area, substituting with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Belmont Festival Orchestra in addition to playing in NEC's orchestras and wind ensembles.
Melissa Gaul is a graduate of South Granville HS where she was a member of the marching band and winter guard. She attended East Carolina University and was a member of the ECU Marching Pirates. Melissa has also performed with ensembles such as Tarheel Sun Drum & Bugle Corps, Carolina Visual Productions, First Flight & Assembly Line.Melissa has been a guard instructor at Green Hope since 2009. She has also served as a guard and horn line instructor for South Granville HS marching band and winter guard, Park View HS marching band, North Johnston HS Colorguard, Enloe HS marching band and Colorguard, Scotland HS Colorguard and Winterguard, and Carolina Visual Productions.
Casey Sagolla-Slamp is a free lance percussionist , arranger and educator residing in Raleigh, North Carolina . Casey earned a B.M. in percussion performance from James Madison University, studying with C . William Rice, Dr. Michael Overman and Marlon Foster. While at JMU, Casey performed with the Wind Symphony , Brass Band, Steel Drum Band, Marching Royal Dukes and Percussion Ensemble. Casey performed in the 2014 Macy's Day Parade with the Marching Royal Dukes and a year later performed for Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square , Vatican City. He was also featured, performing David J. Long's "Spirits" in Vic Firth's performance spotlight, as the JMU percussion ensemble timpanist .In 2012, Casey marched with the Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps as a marimbist in the front ensemble . He then returned the following year and served as the front ensemble section leader. As a free lance percussionist, Casey has performed with the Carolina Philharmonic, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Orchestra, Triangle Brass Band, Mifflin Guard Fife and Drum Corps, National Capital Brass Band and the United States Army Field Band. He has also performed at several state and national conferences, including the College Band Directors National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, North American Brass Band Association Championships, Great American Brass Band Festival and the McCormick Marimba Festival. Casey won 2nd place in the 2018 North American Brass Band Association Percussion Solo Competition. Recently, he was commissioned to write a percussion ensemble piece for sculptor, Wayne Vaughn. His piece, “Steel Mask,” was premiered in June 2018 in Graham, North Carolina.Casey is currently the Director of Bands at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School and the concert percussion/front ensemble instructor at William G. Enloe GT Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina . He is also the front ensemble coordinator for Alchemy Percussion and a front ensemble instructor for Green Hope High School, Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his marching arts positions, Casey serves as the director of the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble.Casey is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and an artist endorser for Artifact Percussion, Dynasty USA, and Sabian Ltd.
DR. MARY HUNTIMER
Tykeem Rainey is 28 years old and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Tykeem began his performing arts journey in 2004-2007 in El Paso, Texas at El Dorado High School. In 2008, Tykeem relocated to Alexandria, Virginia and marched Impact Independent until 2012 under the direction of John and Lauren Burns. In 2012, Impact Independent was named the WGI Independent A Class Champion. Tykeem’s drum corps experience includes marching the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2011. He served as color guard captain in 2010 and 2011. Tykeem severed as an intern and instructor for the color guard in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2014, Tykeem had the opportunity to perform in the Tony and Emmy Award Winning production, “BLAST!” that toured prefectures throughout Japan. From 2015-2017 Tykeem has performed in “Mix it Up,” a staged theme show located at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia. From 2015-2017, Tykeem served as weapon technician and choreographer for Stonewall Independent Open guard, located in Manassas. Virginia. In the spring of 2017, Tykeem earned his Bachelor’s Degree (w/Honors) in History from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He was also nominated twice for the History Department’s W.E.B Du Bois Award which is awarded to the top African American male or female student. In 2018, Tykeem was a choreographer for George Mason University’s “Mason Open,” located in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to color guard performing, Tykeem adores reading monographs on Caribbean Slavery and watching any spin-off of the Real Housewives. Tykeem is an active color guard choreographer and technician at Ronald Reagan High School, Winston Churchill High School, Hickory High School and George Mason University. In the fall, Tykeem will be attending University of Texas in San Antonio pursuing his Master’s Degree in History. Tykeem is very excited to work with Green Hope for the 2018 season