We are excited to begin announcing the student leadership team for the 2018 Marching Skyhawks season. Student leadership is a vital part of the success of the Marching Skyhawks. Our organization believes that when we operate at our fullest capacity, our students lead, govern, and motivate themselves. While the directors and staff “steer” the ensemble, it is the students that “power” the ensemble.
We are proud to announce the drum majors for the 2018 season. Returning for his second year as a drum major will be Daniel Addai from New Manchester High School. Daniel was a member of the trumpet section in 2016 before becoming drum major in 2017. Daniel is also a two year veteran of Point Winds Theater, the competition ensemble at Point University. He has a proven track record of leadership within the organization.
We are also excited to announce that Kristen Moore from South Effingham High School will be a drum major for the 2018 season. Kristen Moore was one of the original members of the Marching Skyhawks in 2015. She was the flute section leader for the Marching Skyhawks in 2016. In 2017, Kristen served on the instructional staff for the Marching Skyhawks. She is a two year veteran of Point Winds Theater, the competition ensemble at Point University. We are excited to see Kristen return to the field for her senior year as one of the drum majors for the Marching Skyhawks.
“Daniel Addai and Kristen Moore are extraordinary leaders in our organization. If leadership, at its core, is the ability to have people follow you, than both of these young adults are poised to be two of the greatest leaders at Point University. They are next level leaders. People follow them, not because of their title, but because of who they are and the sacrifices they make for those around them. I am excited to work with both of our 2018 drum majors.”
-Dr. Joshua Boyd, Director of Athletic Bands
We are proud to announce that William King from Lagrange High School will be returning in 2018 as the band chaplain. William King is a Biblical Studies major at Point University and will be entering into full time ministry upon graduation. William has played tenor saxophone in the Marching Skyhawks for the last two seasons. William formed the Fellowship of Christian Musicians (FCM) in 2017 and set up partnerships with local churches as a part of the program. He is known to all of his peers as a listening ear and a comfort in times of need. We are blessed to have William serve in this role again.
“William King has been an instrumental key in the student led aspect of spiritual formation within our organization. He has set a strong example for others to follow and challenges all of us, including our staff, to be better people as well as better followers of Jesus Christ. I am excited to see William lead the Marching Skyhawks as chaplain in 2018.”
We are excited to announce our horn, guard, and majorette captains for the fall 2018 season. These students are all great leaders, good students, and are highly respected. Returning as majorette captain will be senior Leanne Woodham from Lagrange High School. Leanne is a founding member of the Marching Skyhawks and has been the majorette captain for the last 2 seasons. Returning as guard captain is Brianna Bonner from Handley High School. Joining her as co-captain will be Ryan Hawkins from Randolph County High School. Brianna Bonner has been a Marching Skyhawk for two previous seasons and was a captain last year. Ryan Hawkins has been a member of the Marching Skyhawks color guard for the past two seasons. In addition, Brianna has been a member of Point Winds Theater for three seasons and Ryan has been a member of the same group for two seasons. Returning as the woodwind captain is senior Nashanthea Roland from Lagrange High School. Nashanthea is a founding member of the Marching Skyhawks and has been in various leadership roles for the last three seasons. In addition, she is three year veteran of Point Winds Theater. Stepping into the role of Brass Captain is sophomore Joseph “Joe” Bennett from Newnan High School. Joe joined the Marching Skyhawks in 2017 and is a veteran member of Point Winds Theater.
“Each of our captains were specially chosen for a variety of reasons, the most of important of which is their character. I am excited because I know that as a result of their sacrifice, each will leave a lasting mark on our organization.”
Horn Section Leaders
We have a great group of section leaders (we call them facilitators) for the fall 2018 season. Returning as flute section leader will be Deanna Sayler from Harris County High School. Deanne has been a member of the Marching Skyhawks and Point Winds Theater for the last two seasons. Returning as clarinet section leader will be Victoria Larcheveaux from Hardaway High School. Victoria has been a member of the Marching Skyhawks and Point Winds Theater for the last two seasons. We are proud to have Ian Merritt from Armuchee High School serve as the saxophone section leader for the upcoming season. Ian has been a member of the Marching Skyhawks and Point Winds Theater for the last two seasons. We are excited to have Ciara Morse from Newnan High School as the trumpet section leader for the upcoming fall season. Ciara has been a member of both the Marching Skyhawks and Point Winds Theater. We are excited to have Tori Roberts from Valley High School serve as the mellophone section leader for the upcoming season. Tori was an original member of Point Winds Theater and has marched all of the last three seasons. In addition, she was a member of the Marching Skyhawks last season. Returning as the trombone/baritone section leader will be Kourtney Ramsey from Valley High School. Kourtney has been a member of both the Marching Skyhawks and Point Winds Theater for the last two seasons. Finally, we are excited to announce that Henry “Hank” Solomon from Hardaway High School will join the leadership team at tuba section leader for the upcoming season. Hank has been a member of the Marching Skyhawks and Point Winds Theater.
“Our sections leaders are the backbone of the Marching Skyhawks. They ensure the success of their respective groups and are truly an important key factor to our success.”