Joshua Boyd, Ed.D.
Dr. Josh Boyd is the Director of Athletic Bands at Point University, founded in 1937 as Atlanta Christian College, in West Point Georgia. Under his direction, the Marching Skyhawks were founded in 2015 and quickly grew beyond all expectations. During their first season, the Marching Skyhawks performed for thousands of family, friends, and the Point University faithful. In 2016 Dr. Boyd, along with Mr. Andrew Lightner founded the Point University Winds which competed in the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association and Winter Guard International. In only their first year, the group received the top awards in every GIPA contest, including winning the GIPA Winds Independent A class championships held at the University of West Georgia. Point Winds won the winds Independent A class at the WGI Atlanta regional. The group finished the season by making finals at WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH, winning the silver medalist and becoming the first college in the state of Georgia to bring home a WGI Winds medalist trophy. As a result of medaling at WGI, Dr. Boyd will sit on the WGI advisory board for the 2017 season. The Point University Marching Skyhawks are set to be one of the largest private Christian college marching bands in the southeast during the fall of 2016.
Dr. Boyd was the Director of Bands at Smokey Road Middle School from 2007-2015. He grew the band from 130 to over 235 members. His students consistently earned top placements in all areas of middle school performance ensemble including County, District, and All State Bands as well as several other ensembles such as the Encore Music Camp, UGA Midfest Honor Band, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. In 2010, the Smokey Road Middle School Symphonic Band, under Dr. Boyd’s direction won the Georgia Music Educators Exemplary Performance Award, the highest award given by the state association to middle school bands. In 2012, The Smokey Road Middle School Band was a guest band at the 22nd Annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival, where Dr. Boyd was presented the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. In 2014, the band participated in a consortium commission of Allison Stuart’s (Jeff Grant and Debra Alexander) new band work titled, At Peace.
Dr.Boyd was the director of the Smokey Road Middle School Scholastic A Indoor Percussion Ensemble which won 5 Southern Association for Performing Arts (SAPA) scholastic A concert percussion champions under his leadership. In 2012 The Smokey Road Percussion Ensemble became a member of WGI and competed in WGI Regional competition, defeating high school students to become a WGI regional finalist in their first WGI competition.
In 2009, Dr. Boyd served the Georgia State Department of Education as a committee writer of the Georgia Performance Standards for Band. He presented this information at the GMEA In-Service Convention in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Boyd served on the GMEA writing committee for the new Georgia Performance Tasks for middle school band, and again, served as a presenter on the information at the 2011 GMEA In-Service convention. In 2012, Dr. Boyd was published in the National Band Association Journal and presented this information with Dr. Satterwhite of the University of Georgia, at the director’s clinic of the 22nd Annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival. Dr. Boyd presented with a group of educators representing Smokey Road Middle School at the 2013 Metlife/NASSP breakthrough school showcase in Washington D.C. In July 2013, Dr. Boyd began teaching music 102 at Point University in East Point Georgia. In September 2013, Dr. Boyd’s newest article, “Idea Bank: Progress through Incentives: How One Music Program Helps Students Progress to Higher Levels of Musicianship” was published in the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Boyd presented at the GMEA In-Service Convention on the topic of Mastery Based Assessment in the music classroom as well as the topic of Developing Leadership in the music classroom (2014). Both of these are topics which he is now researching and writing about. He research on “The relationship between Music Participation and Mathematics Achievement in Middle School Students,”was presented at the 2014 GMEA Research Poster Session. In 2015, Dr. Boyd presented the results of his work with the Marching Skyhawks at GMEA under the title, “Small Town BIG Sound.” The focus of this presentation was how to build a band program successfully from the ground up.
In October of 2014, Dr. Boyd presented at the National Association for Music Education National Convention in Nashville Tennessee on teaching through the Power in Progress System. This is an innovation method of teaching that is quickly spreading across the country!
At the age of 15, Dr. Boyd marched in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. During the years he marched at Spirit, the drum corps made finals at the Drum Corps International Championship two times. In 2003, Dr. Boyd along with other members of the Spirit brass ensemble earned the Gold Medal at the DCI Individual and Ensemble Competition. He also was a four year member of the Marching Southerners of Jacksonville State University. He was the mellophone section leader in 2004. In 2005, he was asked by director of bands, Dr. Bodiford, to serve as a visual technician for the Marching Southerners which he accepted.
Since graduating from JSU, Boyd has served as the visual coordinator and/or visual designer for 20 different high schools across Alabama and Georgia. Dr. Boyd became the visual coordinator and show designer for the Newnan High School Marching Cougars in 2007. During this time the band won multiple caption awards and high visual scores. Boyd’s visual design brought Newnan High School an impressive 7 Grand Champions in the short 8 years that he was on staff.
Dr. Boyd is married to Rachael Boyd, the Colorguard Coordinator for the Point University Marching Skyhawks. They have two children, Nathaniel Leyton Boyd and Cadence Victoria Boyd. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia, and an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in public school curriculum from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia.
Professional Presentations and Publications
- “Small Town BIG Sound.” Georgia Music Educators Convention
- “Mastery Based Assessment: Using Power in Progress to Evaluate Individual Performance.” Georgia Music Educators Association State Wide In-Service Convention 2014
- “Increase their Leadership Capacity and Develop a Better Musician.” Georgia Music Educators Association State Wide In-Service Convention 2014
- “The Relationship between Music Participation and Academic Achievement.” Georgia Music Educators Associations State Wide Research Poster Session 2014.
- “Using Power in Progress to Evaluate Student Performance.” University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival Presentation 2013
- “Transforming School Culture: Personalizing the School Environment through Servant Leadership” Co-presenter at the Breaking Ranks School Showcase at the National Association of Secondary School Principals Ignite13 Conference in Washington, DC.
- “The Relationship Between Music Participation and Mathematics Achievement in Middle School Students. Dissertation Defense 2013
- Boyd, Joshua (2012). Relationships Relevance and Rigor: Making students feel valued, and in return, making beautiful music. National Band Association Journal. Vol.LII(4)
- “Using Technology in your class to increase engagement and better instruction” Presented to Building Leadership Team 2012
- “Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor: Establish positive relationships to engage students” Presented to attending band directors at the 2012 University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival 2012
- “Teaching Children in Poverty” Presented to the Smokey Road Leadership Team 2011
- “Understanding the Georgia Performance Tasks for Band” presented at the GMEA In-‐Service Convention in January 2011 by request.
- “Unpacking the Band Standards” presented at the GMEA In-‐Service Convention in January 2010 by request.
- “Smokey Road Middle School Leadership for Georgia Assessment of Performance on School Standards” presented for community, parents, and business partners 2009
- Community presentation on 5 year strategic fiscal plan for band program (2006) Ranburne High
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Christian Educators Association International (CEAI)
National Band Association (NBA)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Georgia Indoor Percussion Association (GIPA)
Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA)