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J. Michael Cahal

J. Michael Cahal Marietta, GA
J. Michael Cahal is the Director of Bands of Marietta High School. Mr. Cahal, native of Kennesaw, GA graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in 2006. He attended the University of Georgia where he was inducted as a member of the Dean William Tate Honors Society for leadership, scholarship and service. Mr. Cahal performed with several university and community bands, choirs, and other ensembles, and served as an instructor for several summer music camps. Mr. Cahal graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2010. In 2010 he started his teaching career in Americus, GA at Staley Middle School. During this time, Mr. Cahal assisted the high school marching band and co-directed several musicals while enrolled in summer and online classes for a Master’s degree. In 2012 Mr. Cahal completed his Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and in 2013 was awarded teacher of the year by his colleagues at Staley Middle School. From 2013 through 2016 Mr. Cahal has served as assistant band director of Barber Middle School and North Cobb High School in Acworth, GA and director of bands at Blessed Trinity High School and Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell, GA. During his tenure at Marietta High School the band program has grown in numbers and excellence. The Blue Devil Marching Band won the Brevis Division of the 2016 St. Pius X High School Marching Invitational. The Marietta Saxophone Quartet and Woodwind Ensemble performed holiday chamber music at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion in 2016. Mr. Cahal is an active member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and currently resides in Marietta, GA.


James McDaniel

James McDaniel Marietta, GAJames McDaniel serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Marietta High School. Mr. McDaniel has been playing percussion for 26 years and has been teaching music in various forms for over 13 years. During his time at Mercer University, he studied under Brian Nozny, and was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combos, as well as becoming the first legacy of Mercer’s chapter of the honors music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. Studying under Clint Gillespie at Jacksonville State University, Mr. McDaniel earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and was a member of the Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, Advanced Percussion Quintet, New Music Ensemble, and the Marching Southerners, for which he was the battery section leader in 2009. During high school, Mr. McDaniel competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and placed 3rd in the marching division and 1st in standstill. He later marched snare for Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, both under the direction of Paul Rennick, and Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of Clint Gillespie and Dr. Ken Bodiford. He is on the 2018 Spirit of Atlanta Staff. Mr. McDaniel served as the battery coordinator for Carrollton High School from 2008 to 2012, which rose to national ranking, placing 10th at WGI World Championships. He served as the percussion coordinator for Starr’s Mill High School and battery technician for Whitewater High School, and Northgate High School until joining the Marietta Band Family. Mr. McDaniel composes and arranges percussion for Decatur High School and Marietta High School as well as other schools in the greater Atlanta area


Devin A. Witt

Devin A. WittDevin Witt serves as the Artist-in-Residence in brass and administrative assistant for the Marietta Bands. A low brass artist and native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Witt is an active freelancer, educator and arranger, holding versatility and the relentless pursuit of musical mastery as his core values.

Serving as the Principal bass trombonist for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Witt is also a busy music teacher in the Metro-Atlanta area and continues to study consistently with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trombone section and with top freelancers in the Atlanta area. As Artist-in-Residence at Marietta High School, he is in charge of developing brass curriculum and teaching students through private lessons, masterclasses, and sectionals.

His primary teachers have included Brian Hecht, Dr. Tom Gibson, Nathan Zgonc, and Wes Funderburk. In addition, he has taken individual lessons or attended masterclasses by George Curran, Colin Williams, Bill Thomas, Allan Dean, Nick Finzer, Matthew Neff, John ‘Doc’ Marcellus, Darren Kramer, and Rebecca Wilt.

Orchestral experience includes:
– Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bass Trombone
– Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Trombone
– Macon Symphony Orchestra
– LaGrange Symphony Orchestra
– Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra
– Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra – winner of the 2016 Concerto
– Competition and featured soloist

Jazz/Big Band experience includes:
– the World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
– Joe Gransden’s Big Band feat. Randy Brecker, Deborah Bowman, John Driskell
– Hopkins, and more
– Bumpin’ the Mango
– Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra
– Rebel Big Band
– FUNKCAKE
– Douglas Cameron Orchestra
– GSO Jazz!
– Mad Men Brass Band
– Kennesaw State University Jazz Ensemble I

Musical theatre experience (Player/music director) includes:
– In the Heights
– Little Shop of Horrors
– The Wiz
– Big!
– Miss Saigon
– Chicago
– Cabaret

Other engagements include:
– Georgia Brass Band
– Steel Toe Stiletto (Trombone/Arranger)
– Parliament Brass Quintet
– Tara Winds (Midwest Clinic performance 2015)

Mr. Witt’s professional affiliations include the American Federation of Musicians, the National Association for Music Educators, the International Trombone Association, the Georgia Music Educators’ Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.
To visit Mr. Witt’s personal website, please visit devinaaronwitt.weebly.com.


Matt Mattice

Matt Mattice Marietta, GAMatthew Mattice is the Director of Bands at Marietta Middle School. During his tenure in Marietta, he has helped develop the band program for all three secondary schools, assisted with the renovations of the Sixth Grade Academy and High School, and helped start the Orchestra program. Mr. Mattice received his Bachelors of Music Education from Kennesaw State University in 2008, and his Masters from Sam Houston State University in 2015. While at Kennesaw, he performed in many ensembles including the National Wind Ensemble, Atlanta Wind Symphony, KSU Wind Ensemble, KSU Jazz Band, and the KSU Saxophone Ensemble. Mr. Mattice had the privilege to study the saxophone under Sam Skelton, Bill Van Dyke, James Houlik, and Eugene Rousseau. He studied conducting and music education with Michael Alexander, and Peter Witte, Anthony Miaello, and Dr. John Culvahouse. Mr. Mattice is a member of the National Band Association, The National Association for Music Educators, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and The Professional Association of Georgia Educators. He and his family reside in Woodstock, GA.


Carrie Anderson

Carrie Anderson Marietta, GA
Ms. Anderson serves as the director of bands at the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy. Prior to her position at MSGA, Ms. Anderson was the music specialist at Norton Park Elementary for 1 year, Director of Bands at North Cobb Christian School for 6 years, 5th Grade teacher at Vaughan Elementary for 1 year, and Associate Director of Bands at Peachtree Ridge High School for 3 years. Ms. Anderson is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association. In the past, Ms. Anderson directed the three-time nominated and two-time award winning Shuler Hensley Pit Orchestra. She has a Master’s degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia where she was a member of the Redcoat Marching Band. She has been a resident of Cobb County since 1985 graduating from Harrison High School. Ms. Anderson also maintains an extensive private studio. Ms. Anderson attends Due West Methodist Church and is an exercise enthusiast actively running and playing tennis.


Pierre Brown

Pierre Brown Marietta, GA
Pierre Brown is the Color Guard Director at Marietta High School. From Sarasota Florida, Pierre has worked with numerous colorguard and winterguard groups in both Florida and Georgia. Pierre has taught guard for over 10 years, attended the University of Central Florida and is affiliated with SAPA, WGI, DCI, SCGC, FFCC, and DCA. Within his first two years at Marietta he has grown the guard program from a single winterguard group to three groups Varsity, JV, and Cadet. In 2017 the Varsity winterguard won the SAPA 2017 championship for the Scholastic Novice Division. Pierre currently resides in Marietta, GA.