Band staff

     
 Terra Johnson - Color/Winter Guard Director
             

Terra Johnson joined the Centennial Band program in 2015 as Color Guard Director.  Ms. Johnson has worked with many area high schools as a guard instructor including Allatoona High School, Cambridge High School, East Paulding High School, Harrison High School, and Kennesaw Mountain High.  She also provided instruction to Embrace Independent Guard. 

 

Ms. Johnson has performed with various Color Guards for over 13 years.  Groups she has performed with include World Class Guards at Carolina Crown Drum Corps, Crown Guard Winter Guard, Blue Coats Drum Corps, and Paramount Winter Guard as well as Georgia State's open class Winter Guard.

 

Ms. Johnson also works with local Humane Society's and rescue groups in the Cobb County area and has four amazing dogs of her own.

 

Ryan Murphy - Visual Director

 

Ryan Murphy is the K-5 Music Teacher at Hillside Elementary School, and joined the Centennial Band program in 2016 as Visual Director. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2013 from Illinois State University, where he sang in collegiate choirs and performed with athletic bands as a member of the saxophone, bass drum, mellophone, and sousaphone sections.
 
Mr. Murphy has performed with the Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine from 2008-2010, and with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2011, placing into World Class Finals in 2010. Though he began his musical life as a saxophonist, Mr. Murphy learned how to play and teach brass in college and from the world class staff at the Glassmen, and has thoroughly enjoyed passing on his expertise to young musicians in the Atlanta area as a clinician and marching band instructor since relocating from Illinois in 2013. Mr. Murphy has previously served as an instructor with the Allatoona and Wheeler High School Bands in Cobb County, and Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, Georgia.
 
Mr. Murphy enjoys living in Roswell with his wonderful and talented wife, Lauren, and his dog, Scout. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and his hobbies include running, being a Chicago-style pizza snob, arranging music, and reading novels.
 
Ariel Stone - Woodwind Instructor
 

Ariel Stone is an English teacher at Centennial HS and started working with the Centennial Band program in 2017. Ms. Stone has worked with many other high schools on band staff including Dacula High School, Archer High School, and Effingham County High School.


Ms. Stone graduated from Dacula High School in 2012 and performed in the marching band for four years, serving as Drum Major her senior year. Ms. Stone earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education with a minor in music from the University of Georgia in 2017 where she performed with the Redcoat Marching Band as a member of the clarinet and baritone sections for five years. She was also a member of the Derbies Athletic Pep Band, the Wind Symphony, the Women’s Glee Choir, and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional women’s music organization.


Ms. Stone currently lives in Monroe, Georgia with her two dogs, Koda and Zoe. When she isn’t teaching or working with the band, Ms. Stone enjoys reading, being outdoors, and eating tacos.

 
Kevin Hucks - Front Ensemble Instructor
 

Across his seven years of experience in marching band, Kevin Hucks has performed as a percussionist in multiple ensembles across North Georgia. He acted as the center Marimba player for the University of North Georgia's Golden Eagle Band/UNG Winds from 2011 to 2017 and the principal percussionist for its Wind Ensemble from 2013 to 2015. At the professional level, Mr. Hucks performed with the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2016. 

 

As an educator, Mr. Hucks has worked with percussion students as an instructor and clinician at several schools in the North Georgia area for the past five years, including Chestatee High School, Lumpkin Middle and High School, and Dawson County High School.

 

Mr. Hucks lives in Suwannee with two Schnauzers that bark too much.

 
Steven Walker - Percussion Director Emeritus
 

Steven Walker began working with the Centennial Band program in 2011 as Director of Percussion Studies. Prior to that, Mr. Walker was an Assistant Director of Bands at Campbell High School in Cobb County. 

 

Since 1998, Steven Walker has been an in-demand performer, clinician, and educator working across the U.S. though primarily in the Southeast. He enjoys performing and teaching Classical Percussion as well as Jazz/Pop/Rock. 

 

Mr. Walker holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Music Performance from Kennesaw State University and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. 

 

Mr. Walker lives in Doraville with his wife Jacky and his two step-children, Alexis and A.J.

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

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