Directors and Staff

2015-11-26 15.15.44 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.

2015-12-24 13.29.57

Jon Beck, Director of Percussion

Jonathon Beck has served as the percussion arranger/instructor for the Apalachee Marching Cats since 2017. 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 performed with the 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, which included the DCI Division III High Percussion Award in 2004. Jon has been an award-winning percussion instructor and arranger for multiple schools throughout his career, including Elbert County, Oglethorpe County, Oconee County, and Cedar Shoals High School. He has also performed percussion clinics for numerous middle and high schools across Northeast Georgia. He has been an elementary school music teacher since 2008 and is entering his fifth year as the music specialist at Bethlehem Elementary School. Jon also serves as the director of the Apalachee High School Percussion Ensemble. As a performer, Jon is a long-time member of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and has performed with Athens Symphony, Arts Oglethorpe, Tropical Breeze, Classic City Steel, and Athens rock band “Liberator.” Both originally from Baxley, GA, Jon and his wife, Claudia, currently live in Lawrenceville with their daughter, Rilla.

Joseph Hasty, Director of Front Ensemble

Joseph Hasty is beginning his 4th year as the front ensemble instructor for Apalachee HS Marching Cats.  He has over twenty years’ experience working with percussion sections and front ensembles throughout the state of Georgia including in Rockdale County, Effingham County, And Barrow County.  Mr. Hasty was a member of the UGA Redcoat Band front ensemble while earning his Bachelors of Music Education. He furthered his education at VanderCook College of Music earning a Masters of Music Education as well as at Georgia College and State University earning an Education Specialist of Educational Leadership. Mr. Hasty teaches math at Haymon-Morris Middle School while also directing their percussion ensembles and theatre program. He and his wife, Ruth, have one daughter, Lorelai, who at the age of 3 is already becoming a budding percussionist.

Joe Pearce, Director of Bands, Westside Middle School

Joe Pearce is the Director of Bands at Westside Middle School, where he has taught for the past 17 years. In his 30-year career, he has taught band at all levels of public education—elementary, middle, and high school. Schools he has taught at include: Albany High and Middle- Albany, GA, Henry County High, Austin Road Elementary, Cotton Indian Elementary, and Hickory Flat Elementary- Henry County, GA, and Model High and Middle- Rome, GA.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, his Masters in Music Education from the University of West Georgia, and his Education Specialist degree in Music from The University of Georgia. He has been a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Georgia. He mentors many band directors and has multiple former students who are either current music educators or who are preparing for a career in that field.

Mr. Pearce’s primary performance instrument is tuba, although he recently he has begun performing on the euphonium. He has performed with numerous community and area groups over the years; he is currently performing as a member of the North Georgia Winds.

His professional memberships include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Mr. Pearce has been married to his wife Wendy for 27 years and has two sons.

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 14th year of teaching and in his 10th year at Haymon – Morris Middle. Mr. Threadgill’s students have received superior ratings at their Large Group Performance Evaluation, 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

Caroline Cook

Caroline Cook is a Winder native and a graduate of Winder Barrow high school. She has played the mellophone in the Winder-Barrow High School Band and in the University of Georgia Redcoat Band. She has also played the French horn since middle school. This is Caroline’s first year as a teacher and working with Apalachee Bands and she is so excited for what the year holds! Ask her about her time in the Redcoat Band!

Jordan Shafer

Jordyn Shafter is a 25-year-old graduate. She has four years of colorguard and two years of winterguard experience. She has experience with spinning flags, rifles, Sabres, and swing flags. This is her first-year teaching with the Apalachee Bands.

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