Michael Reid became the Director of Bands at Centennial HS in the fall of 2010. Mr. Reid spent the previous 5 years as Director of Bands at Osborne High School in Marietta, Georgia. Before that Mr. Reid served as Director of Bands at Griffin Middle School in Smyrna, Georgia. He also spent six years on the marching band staff at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia where he served as the Director of the Second Marching Band. While he was at Lassiter the band won the Bands of America Grand National Championship.
Mr. Reid holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Louisiana State University, a Masters in Music Education from Georgia State University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University. He has served as a guest clinician throughout metro Atlanta and served as the conductor of the AASCA Music Festival in 2010 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
During his tenure at Centennial the enrollment in the band program has grown from 75 to over 200 and the Marching Knights Band has grown from 35 to over 120. The band has performed on the National Mall in Washington D.C., in the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and in Universal Studios Florida. The bands have also received multiple Superior and Excellent ratings at both marching contests and concert festivals.
Michael and his wife Lauren reside in Powder Springs, Georgia and are the parents of three children, Faith, Burke and Lilly.
Tyler Ehrlich is the Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School, where he is involved in instruction and administration of the concert bands, marching band, chamber ensembles, and music technology. In addition to his responsibilities at Centennial, Mr. Ehrlich also serves as Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony.
Prior to joining the faculty at Centennial, Ehrlich completed his Master of Music Degree in Conducting from The University of Georgia. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree summa cum laude from Cornell University, where his studies concentrated in music and computer science. While at Cornell, Ehrlich served as the teaching assistant for the Cornell Wind Ensembles, and directed pit orchestras for Ithaca’s largest student musical theater organization, The Melodramatics Theatre Company.
Funded by research grants from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers and UGA’s Ideas for Creative Exploration Lab, Mr. Ehrlich has worked with Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner to bring their ideas involving conducting technology to fruition. They have presented their research at several of the largest band conferences in the world: The College Band Directors National Association National Conference, The World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, and The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Work that he has completed has been published in a variety of sources, including The Verge and USA Today.
A happy resident of Atlanta, Ehrlich enjoys working with new technology, playing piano, being outdoors, scuba diving, and sailing.