Band Faculty and Staff


Adam Kehl
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Center for the Arts 158
2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-5700
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Melody Causby, Assistant Director of Athetlic Bands 

Melody Causby currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and Adjunct Professor of Music Education. Melody is a North Carolina native and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Campbell University and a Master's of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently a PhD Music Education student at UNC Greensboro, and serves as a Graduate Assistant there.

Previously, Mrs. Causby was a band director in NC Public schools for eleven years, during which time the programs she ran grew in both size and quality. Melody received the Encore Award by the American School Band Directors Association which recognizes young band directors early in their career as directors of great achievements and promise. She was also named Teacher of the Year at her school, and was the inaugural recipient of the Campbell University Music Department Alumni Award.

As a member of the NC Bandmasters Association, Melody served the Central District as MPA Chair, Solo and Ensemble Chair/Host, Mentor Committee Representative, and on the Board of Directors first as a Member at Large then as Secretary. In November 2016, Melody will be presenting a session at the NC Music Educators Association for young band directors about growing successful music programs in rural areas.

Mrs. Causby is active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator for marching and concert bands throughout the region. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association. 


2017 Drumline and Color Guard Instructors 

Amber Smith, Color Guard Instructor

Amber Smith started her color guard career during high school and after graduating she continued building her talents by competing for four seasons with Carolina Visual Productions Winterguard. Following her age out year of Independent A Class, Amber went on to spin with First Flight Independent World Winterguard for two seasons. During those two summers, she also performed with DCA's Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and for two years Amber was a member of the Marching Tarheels at UNC-Chapel Hill. Accomplishments include: WGI Independent A Finalist, two-time WGI Independent World Finalist, DCA Class A Champion with two-time Best Color guard. Amber currently helps instruct Carolina Visual Productions Winterguard, the Elon marching band's color guard, and works as a Registered Nurse.


Volunteer Staff

 Tim Wood
 Greg Piel
 Micheal Smith

Student Leadership Team

Drum Majors:
Alexandra Welgehausen (head drum major)
Matt Martin (assistant drum major)

Section Leaders:
  Jasmin Hager, piccolo
  Emily Kennerson, clarinet
  Joel Green, saxophone
  Jessica Mohr, saxophone
  Byron Ross, high brass
  Rachel Hopkins, high brass
  Chris Edwards, low brass
  Christi, drumline
  Samantha Childers, pit
  Sarah Clark, color guard

Social Media Coordinator/ Webmaster
  Emily Barger 

Student Music Arranger:
  Rachel Hopkins

Student Program Assistants:
  Ayra Boris

Uniform Coordinator: 
  Lillian Engel 

Woodwind Faculty

  Lynda Cycert, flute
  Tom Turnacheck, clarinet/double reeds 
  Jinny Novine-Whitacre, saxophone/double reeds

Brass Faculty

  Wayne Bennett, trumpet
  Lynn Beck, horn
  Michael Butrico, trumbone/euphonium/tuba

Percussion Faculty

  Jon Metzger, percussion
  Marianna Poole, percussion