Instructors

Mr. Todd Wood, Music/Visual Technician

Mr. Todd Wood, Music/Visual Technician

 

Bass Trombonist and Composer Todd Wood earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Georgia State University in 2015, and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance in 2019. While at Georgia State he played in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band in addition to playing with the GSU Trombone Choir, GSU Symphony Orchestra, and the GSU Graduate Brass Quintet. His primary Trombone instructors were Dr. Cory Mixdorf and Dr. Bill Mann. In summer 2018 he attended the Third Coast Trombone Retreat and he will attend the Round Top Festival Institute in the summer of 2019. Todd performs and teaches throughout the Metro Atlanta area and is in demand as a Low Brass Clinician and Marching Instructor.
 
Todd's compositions have been premiered in Georgia and Florida, with notable performances taking place at Georgia State University, the University of Miami, and South Florida University. In 2014 his piece Presque Vu for solo flute was premiered at the Southeast Composer's Symposium. His most recent premiere, We Remember, was premiered in April this year. Mr. Wood studied composition with Brent Milam and Dr. Nickitas Demos.

 

Mr. Bradley Rikard, Music/Visual Technician

Mr. Bradley Rikard, Music/Visual Technician
Mr. Bradley Rikard is currently serving in his first year as the Associate Director of Bands at Barber Middle School in Kennesaw, GA. Before working at Barber, Mr. Rikard was the Assistant Director of Bands at Lindley Middle School in Cobb County from 2009-2015. While at Lindley, the Band Program experienced tremendous growth in quantity and quality, with the program almost tripling in size and students being accepted to All-State and Honor Bands.

In addition to his middle school responsibilities, Mr. Rikard assists with several outstanding marching bands. Most recently, he was on staff with the Hillgrove High School marching band under the direction of Mr. Patrick Erwin. Mr. Rikard has also worked with Mr. Greg Williams and the North Cobb High School marching band.

Mr. Rikard recently completed his Master’s of Music Education from Florida State University in the summer of 2015. In 2007, Mr. Rikard completed his Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Georgia Southern University. As a performer in both classical and jazz idioms, Mr. Rikard has shared the stage with world-renowned musicians such as Eugene Rousseau, Otis Murphy, The Zagreb Quartet, The New Century Quartet, Tom “Bones” Malone, Mark Camphouse, Steve Bryant, Harry Watters, Sam Hazo, and Jamey Aebersold.

In the Fall of 2015, Mr. Rikard will be serving on the Visual/Music Staff for the inaugural year of the Kennesaw State University Marching Owls. His professional affiliations include: National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Rikard is an active performer as Principal Saxophone with the Tara Winds adult community band, which was recently selected to perform at the 2015 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. He currently resides in Kennesaw with his wife, Megan and golden retriever, Grainger.


Mr. Vincent Rose, Music/Visual Technician

Mr. Vincent Rose, Music/Visual Technician
Vincent Rose is an active freelance musician in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he studied euphonium under Adam Frey, and received his bachelor’s degree in music education. He then continued to the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he studied under Jay Hunsberger, and graduated with his master’s degree in euphonium performance.

Mr. Rose’s marching band experience includes accomplishments such as being a Bands of America Grand National Championship finalist with the Harrison High School Marching Band in 2007, being a featured soloist with the Harrison band in 2010, and marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice with both Harrison High School in 2009 and Georgia State University in 2014. Mr. Rose has been working with marching bands since 2011. He has been on staff with a variety of high school bands, including Harrison High School, Cass High School, Northview High School, J.W. Mitchell High School, and Pope High School.

Mr. Rose enjoys spending his free time camping, hiking, and participating in other outdoor activities.

 


Mr. Alan Sears, Percussion Caption Head

Mr. Alan Sears, Percussion Instructor
Alan Sears is a co-founder of Atlanta Quest. He has been the music and program director since the beginning in 2002.

He obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University in 1999. While there he performed under the direction of Dr. Daniel Pittman, and studied with Dr. Matt Fallin.  He was a member of the “Southern Pride” Marching Drumline and Indoor Drumline. He instructed and arranged for the group from 1996-1998. He also toured extensively as a performer over the Eastern United States and throughout Europe.

Alan now serves as the Director of Percussion for the Sprayberry High School “Band of Gold”, as well as consults and arranges for many groups throughout the state. His students have been named to the Georgia All-State Band and Orchestra, the Georgia Governors Honors Program, and received scholarships and placement in some of the most prestigious college band programs in the country. He also serves as the Co-Caption Head and Arranger for  Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Sears also has his arrangements published with CounterMotion Inc.

Mr. Sears is member of the Percussive Arts Society and a co-founder of the Georgia Alliance for Performing Arts Education, a non-profit foundation that provides support for Atlanta Quest.

Alan is married to Monna Sears and the proud father of two sons Hayden Alan Sears and Cole Alexander Sears.


Mr. Zack Marshall, Assistant Percussion Instructor

Mr. Zack Marshall, Assistant Percussion Instructor
Mr. Marshall is an Organizational Communications major at Kennesaw State University. He has served as the Visual Caption Head of Atlanta Quest since 2013. Mr. Marshall spent the summer of 2014 on visual staff for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He continues to write drill and design shows for Atlanta Quest, as well as many high school programs in the Southeast.

As a performer, Mr. Marshall spent numerous years as a snare drummer competing in WGI, where he marched his last season with Music City Mystique in 2011. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society where he competed for the first time in 2014, winning with his original composition, “A Night in the Boro,” performed by the Middle Tennessee State University Snare Ensemble.

Mr. Marshall still continues to pursue his passion of performing as he returns to Kennesaw from his tour of Europe with Blue Devils International.


Mr. Zac Carr, Assistant Percussion Instructor

Mr. Zac Carr, Assistant Percussion Instructor
Zac Carr is the Bass Drum Tech for “The Marching Owls.”  Mr. Carr has worked with Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Roswell High School, Woodland High School in Cartersville, Sprayberry High School, Creekview High School, Barber Middle School, Reinhardt University in Waleska, and the University of Alabama “Million Dollar Band.”
 
While a performing member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Mr. Carr was fortunate to be under the instruction of Christopher Lennox, Ellis Hampton, Chauncey Holder, Jonathan Anderson, & Jonathan Leal.  During his time performing with Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Mr. Carr was fortunate to learn from Marcus Hawkins, Alan Sears, Larry Summerlin, & Jeffrey Peterson.  At Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline, Mr. Carr was fortunate to learn from Michael Madaio, Marcus Hawkins, Alan Sears, Larry Summerlin, Jeffrey Peterson, & Zack Marshall.
 
In December of 2014, Mr. Carr graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis.  In May of 2018, Mr. Carr graduated from Arizona State University with a M.S. in Business Analytics.  He now works full-time as a Data Specialist for HD Supply in Atlanta.

Mrs. Kaley Lynn, Colorguard Instructor and Coordinator

Mrs. Kaley Lynn, Colorguard Instructor and Coordinator
Kaley Lynn serves as colorguard instructor and coordinator of “The Marching Owls.” Previously, she worked as an assistant flagline coordinator for the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band and served as an instructor at the UGA Summer Marching Camp for several years.  She has provided choreography for various high school band programs and served as the colorguard instructor at both North Oconee High School and Cedar Shoals High School.

Mrs. Lynn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. During her time in undergrad, she was a member of the UGA Flagline and participated on the school’s rifle line.

Mrs. Lynn is a Marietta native and currently teaches first grade at Ford Elementary in Cobb County. She and her husband were married in July 2017.

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