William Grimes is in his 10th year of teaching and his 1st year as Director of Bands at Dickerson Middle School. Prior to Dickerson, Mr. Grimes was the Director of Bands at Cooper Middle School. Under his direction the Cooper band program achieved a reputation of excellence in Concert, Jazz, and Chamber performance. Mr. Grimes has also taught at Floyd Middle School and The High Meadows School.
Mr. Grimes is a graduate of The University of Georgia and a member of The National Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha, The Technology Institute for Music Educators, The Jazz Educators Network, and a saxophone player in The Cobb Wind Symphony. Mr. Grimes lives in Marietta GA with his wife Sara, who is the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Walton High School, and their 2 and a half year old son Charlie. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing golf, and running.
Scott Brown is currently the Assistant Band Director at Dickerson Middle School and Percussion Director at Walton High School, both in Marietta, GA. He is also Percussion Arranger and Consultant for Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps from Hilversum, The Netherlands, winner of the 2010 High Percussion title for Drum Corps Netherlands and Drum Corps Europe. In addition, Mr. Brown is co-founder of Percussion Workshop, a percussion consulting company, and co-founder and director of the North Georgia Percussion Camp.
Prior to his appointment at Walton, Scott spent 14 years with the 1998 & 2002 Bands of America Grand National Champion Lassiter High School Band including 12 years as battery percussion arranger and 10 years as assistant percussion director. In addition to the national championships, the Lassiter band won 8 BOA Regional Championships and participated in both the Macy’s and Tournament of Roses parades. The Lassiter Percussion Ensemble performed for the BOA National Percussion Festival, the Midwest Clinic, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, along with concert performances and marching percussion clinics for the GMEA Conference.
Mr. Brown is co-author of “Field Level – The Ultimate Band Director’s Guide to fielding the Ultimate Marching Percussion Section” published by Row-Loff Productions and composer of “Kumi-daiko” published by JW3 Publications. His articles on percussion pedagogy have been selected for publication in School Band & Orchestra Magazine, Percussive Notes Magazine, and Halftime Magazine. Mr. Brown is active as a clinician, having presented clinics for The Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Georgia Music Educator’s Association Conference, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Ontario Music Educator’s Association Convention, and marching and concert percussion clinics in the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, and Germany.
As an adjudicator, Mr. Brown has judged competitions throughout the world for DCA, USSBA, CIPA, CWEA, SAPA, WGAZ, SFWGA, and WAMSB including the 2007 DCA World Championship Semi-finals in Rochester, NY, the 2008 WAMSB European Open Championships in Roselare, Belgium, the month-long World Music Contest in Kerkrade, the Netherlands in 2009, The 2010 Royal’s Cup National Marching Band Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, the 2010 WGAZ Championships in Phoenix, AZ, and the 2010 Kuala Lumpur World Marching Band Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University where he was a recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship. He was a three-year member of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps where he was recognized “Percussionist of the Year” in 1997 and has worked with concert and marching percussion ensembles throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, the Kennesaw Mountain High School Band, and Pasveerkorps, Showband Marum, Con Spirito Drum Corps, and Damiate Band from The Netherlands.
Since its inception in the spring of 2001, the percussion ensemble at Dickerson Middle School has performed for numerous events throughout the United States including the Georgia Music Educator’s Association Convention, the National Band Association Southern Division Conference, and the Music For All National Percussion Festival. Mr. Brown and the Dickerson Percussion Ensemble presented a clinic, “Developing a Successful Middle School Percussion Ensemble” for the 2005 GMEA Conference and presented a clinic/performance for the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX and the 2008 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. In 2006, the Dickerson Percussion Ensemble received a Commendation from the Governor of Georgia and in 2010 received a Proclamation from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. In 2011 the ensemble performed for the Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat NBA professional basketball game in Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Brown received a citation for “Significant Contributions to Bands in the State of Georgia” from the Georgia Music Educator’s Association, the “Citation of Excellence” from the National Band Association, the “Citation of Excellence” from the Percussive Arts Society, and is included in the 2006 National Honor Roll listing of “Outstanding American Teachers”. Mr. Brown is an educational artist for Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, Mapex Drums, Majestic Concert Percussion, Row-loff Productions, and Sabian Cymbals.