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December, 18, 2015
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM




Richard Montgomery

Richard Montgomery

Michael D. Walker

Michael D. Walker

Brian York

Brian York

Using Your Available Resources to Thrive and Survive

Clinic Synopsis:

John W. Wilkerson - Biographical Information

Mr. John W. Wilkerson is currently in his 17th year of teaching. He is a native of north central Florida, and recently moved to Arkansas. Mr. Wilkerson received diplomas from Union County High School, Florida in 1991, a Bachelor Degree in Music from Jacksonville University, Florida in 1999, a Master of Education in Administration/Supervision and Leadership from the University of Phoenix, Arizona in 2012, and a an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Virginia in 2015. He is in his fourth year as the Director of Bands and Head Director for the Star City School District. Prior to coming to Star City he served as the Director of Bands and Head of Fine Arts Department at Middleburg High School, Florida for six years. He also served as the Clay County Band Coordinator for the school district, a position that he has held for five years. He served as the Director of Bands/Electives Department Head at Baldwin Middle/Senior High School, Florida for seven years. His bands have earned both Superior and Excellent ratings at the district, state and the national levels. In 2015, Star City High School Band earned their first sweepstakes award in 29 years. The Star City Bulldog Regiment received the Class “D” Grand Champions at the Championships at the Rock, and Class “A” Champions at the Paragould Pride Invitational. The overall band program at Star City School as grown from 52 students four years ago to over 200 today. While serving as director of the Middleburg High School Band, the band earned numerous superior and excellent ratings at district and state level. In December of 2010 the MHS Band was awarded the 2010 Chick-fil-a Bowl National Grand Champions in concert band, jazz band, parade band, and field show. In 2008 the winter guard program was the Florida Federation of Colorguard Circuit Scholastic AAA Beyond Division State Champions. At Baldwin Middle/Senior High School the band performed at the Concert Band Invitational at the University of North Florida, being the only band invited to perform at the City of Jacksonville Day at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. On July 4, 2005 the Baldwin Middle/Senior High School Band marched in the 4th of July Parade in Washington, DC, representing the State of Florida. Performing in this parade allowed the band to showcase their talents for former Vice President Dick Cheney. The Baldwin Bands were also the 2003 FMBC Class 1A State Percussion Champions and the 2003 FMBC Class 2A State Parade Band Champions. In 1996, Mr. Wilkerson was inducted into the Florida Colligate Music Educators National Conference Hall of Fame and was a part of the 1996 Closing Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010 he was inducted into the Tealsound Drum and Bugle Corps Inaugural Hall of Fame. He marched with Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle, and served on staff at Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps,The Cadets of Bergen County and Tealsound Drum and Bugle Corps. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Wilkerson is an educational artist for Mapex/Majestic Percussion, Jupiter Instruments, and Evans Drumheads. His professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, The American Band Directors Association, The Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Arkansas Small Band Association, The Florida Bandmaster Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association. Mr. Wilkerson and his wife Shari attend Pine Bluff First Assembly of God and he currently resides in Star City, AR with his wife Shari, and 2 children Morgan 22 and Abigail 4.

Richard Montgomery - Biographical Information

Dr. Richard Montgomery is currently in his twentieth year of service as Superintendent of Schools. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. Dr. Montgomery’s district leadership experiences began in his native Texas and expanded to include service in New York, Michigan, and Arkansas. He is presently Superintendent of Schools in Star City, Arkansas – a small rural district on the western edge of the Mississippi delta in southeast Arkansas. A passionate believer in the value of actively engaging students in challenging and relevant learning, Dr. Montgomery has led districts in the implementation and development of Advanced Placement and STEM programs as well as the performing arts. Before entering the field of administration, Dr. Montgomery served as band and orchestra director in Texas districts where his ensembles consistently earned superior performance ratings including his Lake Jackson (Brazosport ISD) middle school orchestra being selected State Honor Orchestra in 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas A&I University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Southern Methodist University where he studied with James Rives Jones and served as assistant conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony.

Michael D. Walker - Biographical Information

Michael D. Walker is starting his 30th year in education. In 1986 he began his career teaching and coaching. After receiving a Master’s of Science in Education from Henderson State University located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He has served as an assistant administrator at Crossett Junior High School located in Crossett, Arkansas. His professional achievements include Solution Tree Professional Learning Communities Conferences, Leadership Academy and a member of the State Board of Directors of Secondary Principals. Currently serving a building level principal at Star City High School, Star City, Arkansas, he attends Star City First United Methodist Church and is married to Jennifer. Jennifer and Mike have three children, Emily, Abby and Caleb.

Brian York - Biographical Information

Mr. Brian York is in his 15th year as a music educator. Mr. York received his BA in Music Performance/Education from the University of West Florida in the spring of 2000 under the supervision of Professors Richard Glaze and Wayne Webster. He studied private percussion from Dr. Gary Werdeshime (Florida State University), Dr. John Wooten (University of Southern Mississippi), and Keith Connelly (drum set player with 70’s rock band 3 Dog Night). While in Pensacola, he performed with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Okaloosa Chamber Orchestra, the Pensacola Opera, and the Pensacola Little Theatre. Mr. York became the Middle School Director/Assistant High School Band Director at Star City School District in June of 2014. Prior to moving to Star City, he was the Director of Bands at Citrus High School (Inverness, FL) for 9 years, the band director/Performing Arts department chair at Pensacola High School (Pensacola, FL) for 4 years, and the Band Director/General Music Teacher at Pensacola Catholic High School for 2 years. He was also the Adjunct Percussion Professor at the University of West Florida from 2000-2002. Mr. York frequently composes musical arrangements and consults at band camps throughout Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, and serves as a percussion arranger for Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Arkansas Chapter of Percussive Arts Society, and is also an active member of Music Educators National Conference, The Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, The Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Arkansas Small Band Association, The Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. Brian York is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Mapex/Majestic Percussion, Jupiter Instruments, and Evans Drumheads. He serves as the Worship Leader at Yorktown First Baptist Church, and he currently resides in Star City, AR with his wife Denise, and 3 children Sebastian, Taylor, and Spencer.