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Melody Causby

Interim Director of Bands: After serving two years as the Assistant Director of Bands, Melody Causby is currently the Interim Director of Bands. 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 student in Music Education at UNC Greensboro.

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.

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, for which she has presented sessions at their annual conference.

2018 Color Guard and Drum Line Instructors

Amber ThomasAmber Thomas

Amber Thomas 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.


Ben Cantrell

Ben Cantrell has been a performer, educator, and clinician in the Appalachian region for over 15 years. He has spent the last several years as the Director of Percussion at UVA’s College at Wise (Wise, VA). He has performed with numerous ensembles across the country, as well as in multi-city tours in Spain and China. Some of his most notable performances have been for the VA/DC Day of Percussion and Jazz Educator Network Conference. Recently, he has performed for Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA), the Sacred Winds ensemble (Pikeville, KY), and the Johnson City Orchestra (Johnson City, TN). Currently, Mr. Cantrell is a DMA candidate in Percussion Performance and Teaching Assistant at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Radford University. Mr. Cantrell is proud to be an educational artist for Mapex/Majestic Percussion & Innovative Percussion. He is on the educator networks for Black Swamp Percussion & Evans Drumheads, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.


Volunteer Staff

  • Tim Wood
  • Greg Piel
  • Michael Smith

Feature Twirlers

  • Kellie Kaufman
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Student Leadership team

Drum Majors

  • Matt Martin (head drum major)
  • Sydney Hallisey (assistant drum major)

Section Leaders

  • Samantha Collins, piccolo
  • Ryan O’Malley, clarinet
  • Carrie Williams, clarinet
  • Brad Newton, saxophone
  • Rachel Hopkins, brass
  • Clara Mueller, brass
  • Christian Frey, drumline
  • Lindsay Carter, drumline
  • Paige Graham, pit
  • Lauren Ventresca, color guard

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Student Music Arranger

  • Rachel Hopkins

Student Program Assistants

  • Julie Averette
  • Samantha Collins
  • Carrie Williams

Uniform Coordinator

  • Lillian Engel

Recruiting Coordinator

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