Myra K. Rhoden, DMA
Director of Bands
Dr. Myra Rhoden serves at the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Located approximately twenty miles south of downtown of Atlanta, the Fayette County High School Band program has performed at national and international venues and consists of a competitive marching band and winter guard, three concert bands, a jazz band, and several chamber ensembles. Recent invitational performances include the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference, the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Festival, and honor band festivals at the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Georgia. Her marching bands have been finalists at Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Championships and have won numerous Grand Championships at area competitions.
Dr. Rhoden has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on four occasions, has been named STAR Teacher at FCHS, was named Teacher of the Year on two occasions, was selected for membership in the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, and was presented the 1995 Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, a national award given to one teacher in each state for an outstanding first year of teaching. She recently presented a clinic at the 2017 GMEA In-Service Conference. She is the founder of the Athena Music and Leadership Camp, a summer band and orchestra camp for middle and high school-aged girls that was created to promote musical excellence while emphasizing self-esteem and leadership skills, and the New Notes Band Camps, summer day camp programs for middle school musicians in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Before joining the faculty at Fayette County, Dr. Rhoden taught at the middle and high school levels in Alabama. A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, she received the Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Music Education from the University of Alabama and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Rhoden serves as a GMEA All-State Band Organizer and has served as the GMEA District VI Band Chairperson. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern United States (SEUS) Honor Band Clinic at Troy University, served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Bandmasters Association, and is honored to be a clinician and adjudicator throughout the southeast. She resides in Fayetteville with her husband, Errol Jr., and son, Errol III.
J. Andrew McMillen
Assistant Director of Bands
Mr. McMillen serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. He is originally from Marietta, Georgia where he participated in the two-time BOA Grand National Champion Lassiter High School Band.
Mr. McMillen recently completed his studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he earned undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Brass Performance. While at LSU, he served as the principal euphonium in the prestigious LSU Wind Ensemble, as baritone section leader of The Golden Band From Tiger Land, and as president of the Beta Gamma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Fraternity for College Band Members. While living in Baton Rouge, Mr. McMillen also participated in various musical endeavors that took him across the country – and the world. Most recently, Mr. McMillen travelled with the LSU Marching Band to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. He also performed in tours across the Southwestern and Midwestern United States with various brass chamber ensembles. Mr. McMillen was also a member of the 2013 Drum Corps International World Champions, Carolina Crown.
Mr. McMillen has worked extensively over the past few years as a clinician and private instructor, working with directors and students in Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. While there is no limit to his enjoyment of teaching, Mr. McMillen is also a perpetual learner. Over the last few years, he has participated in multiple conferences, conventions, and symposiums in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio in order to pursue a greater understanding of music in practice and in performance.
Mr. McMillen’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA), Kappa Kappa Psi, and the Cobb Wind Symphony. His primary music teachers have been Alfred Watkins, James Thompson, Dr. Joseph Skillen, Dr. Dennis Llinás, Dr. James Byo, and Dr. Evelyn Orman.
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