Dion A. Muldrow, Director of Bands
Dion Muldrow is entering his first year as Director of Bands at Apalachee High School and entering sixteenth year of teaching. Muldrow began his teaching career right here at Apalachee High School in Winder, Georgia in 2001. Following his time at Apalachee, Mr. Muldrow served as Director of Bands at Shiloh High School. Prior to rejoining the faculty at Aplachee, Muldrow spent nine years as Director of Bands at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA. Bands under Mr. Muldrow’s direction have performed at the Nokia Sugar Bowl, marched through Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios, Universal Studios Theme Park and the 2010 National Fourth of July Parade in Washington, DC. Most recently his bands performed in the nationally televised McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Kennesaw State University Invitational in Kennesaw, GA.
A native of Sumter, South Carolina, Mr. Muldrow graduated with honors from Sumter High School in 1995 and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2001. Prior to receiving his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Muldrow served on the staff of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000 as a music rehearsal technician.
Muldrow’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Service Fraternity and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Mr. Muldrow’s personal honors include selection for Who’s Who Among American Teachers on three occasions and selection for Who’s Who in America. Mr. Muldrow is an active adjudicator in the state of Georgia and resides in Athens with his wife, Rachel, daughters, Raegan and Daphne, and son Berlioz.
Jon Beck, Director of Percussion
Jon Beck serves as the percussion arranger/instructor for the Marching Carts for the 2019 season. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia, where he studied under Dr. Thomas McCutchen and Dr. Arvin Scott. While at UGA, he performed with the Redcoat Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Basketball Band. Outside of his University ensembles, Jon also played with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps of Jacksonville, Florida during the 2001,02,04,and 05 seasons, serving as Front Ensemble Section Leader his last two years. He currently is the drum-set player for the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra. He is also a part time percussion arranger/instructor for the Oglethorpe and Elbert County High School Bands. Jon is the Music Teacher at Bethlehem Elementary School. Both originally from Baxley, GA, Jon and his wife Claudia currently live in Lawrenceville with their daughter, Rilla.
Joe Pearce, Director of Bands, Westside Middle School
Mr. Joe M. Pearce is in his thirteenth year as the Director of Bands at WMS, and 26th year of teaching overall. Before teaching at Westside, he was the band director at Model Middle/High School in Rome, Georgia, a band director with the Henry County (GA) School System, and the band director at Albany High School in Albany, Georgia. Mr. Pearce received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Valdosta State College, and his Masters degree from the University of West Georgia, and his Education Specialist degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Mr. Pearce is married to his wife, Wendy, and they have two boys.
William Threadgill, Director of Bands, Haymon Morris Middle School
William Threadgill is the Director of Bands at Haymon-Morris Middle School. He is currently in his 13th year of teaching and in his 9th year at Haymon – Morris Middle. Mr. Threadgill’s students have received superior ratings at their Large Group Performance Evaluations , Jazz Large Group Performance Evaluation and Solo and Ensemble.
Mr. Threadgill began his teaching career at White County Middle School in Cleveland, Georgia. While there he taught 7th and 8th grade band, jazz band, pep band, general music, guitar class, and worked with the White County High School Marching Band.
Mr. Threadgill is a native of Hoschton, Georgia where he attended Winder-Barrow High School. Upon graduation, he studied at Truett-McConnell College where he received his Associates degree in music. After graduating from Truett-McConnell in 2004 he attended The University of Georgia and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2008. While there Mr. Threadgill participated in the Redcoat Marching Band, Trumpet Choir, Wind Symphony and studied trumpet under Dr. Edward Sandor. In 2015 Mr. Threadgill received his Master’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in conducting from Piedmont College.
In his spare time, Mr. Threadgill enjoys camping, hunting, playing trumpet in the North Metro Baptist Church orchestra, and spending time with his family. Mr. Threadgill and his wife, Amanda have three children Mckenzie, Copeland, and Silas.
Mr. Threadgill is a member of: Georgia Music Educators Association, and The Professional Association of Georgia Educators