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Joel Galway

galwayDirector of Bands

Mr. Galway was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended West Virginia University on a full Presidential Scholarship in the Arts and earned his Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude in 1995. While at WVU, Mr. Galway was a member of the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble I, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and the award-winning “Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band. He studied euphonium and trombone with Richard Powell, jazz with Curtis Johnson, and conducting with Don Wilcox and Lawrence Christianson. He began his teaching career at Owings Mills High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. During his 8 years at Owings Mills, Mr. Galway taught beginning and intermediate guitar, music technology, general music, adaptive music for students with special needs, and directed the OMHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. He worked on a curriculum development committee for high school general music and co-wrote the guitar curriculum used by all Baltimore County high schools. Mr. Galway has been at Freedom High School since opening day in 2005. He currently directs the Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band.

 

Andrew Manning

  Assistant Director

Mr. Manning is beginning his fifth year at Lunsford Middle School as Band Director and his third year as Assistant Director with the Spirit of Freedom. Before working in Loudoun County, Mr. Manning taught high school in Maryland. Mr. Manning holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Mr. Manning also teaches technology classes during the summer and holds a Guinness World Record. His dog’s name is Chef.

 

 

 

 

Tony Smith

Assistant Director

Tony is excited to start his fifth season with The Spirit of Freedom Band program. This will be his fourth as Assistant Director. Outside of marching band, Tony teaches band and choir at Sterling Middle School and Seneca Ridge Middle School, as well as private piano lessons. During his free time, Tony enjoys playing in his flag football league as a wide receiver and cornerback. He also enjoys fitness and strive to maintain a social life while living in Arlington.

 

 

 

Keith Jones

staff_KeithPercussion Caption Head / SOF Indoor Drumline Director

Keith has been involved in percussion since 2002.  He is an alumni of Chantilly High School and holds a B.S in Computer Science from George Mason University. While in high school he marched snare for 3 years, under the direction of Chris Martin. At Chantilly, Keith competed in AIA and WGI and has earned two AIA Scholastic Open Class gold medals, an AIA Scholastic World Class gold medal. While studying at George Mason University he was a member of the inaugural season of the university’s “Mean Green” Drumline where he earned an Independent Open Class gold medal with the GMU Drumline in AIA and has participated in WGI Independent Open Class World Championships making finals both years. Keith has been a member of the Freedom staff since 2009 and was a part of the 2012 indoor program “Out of the Blue” that earned a bronze medal in SA at WGI Championships in Dayton.

 

 

Jennifer McPherson

staff_JennColorguard Caption Head, Visual Choreographer

Jennifer McPherson is a an alumni of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida with a B.A in Political Science, a B.A in English Literature and a minor in Modern Dance Performance. In her undergraduate years she studied under former Alvin Ailey dancer John Parks and former mistress of the American Ballet Theatre Gretchen Warren.  In addition to her dance training and studying, Ms McPherson was active in Dance in Motion and was the assistant director for PIM dance ministries where she helped conduct Dance for Freedom conferences in Tampa, FL. Ms McPherson also participated in her university marching band and has participated in both WGI and DCI. Post graduation, Ms McPherson was a member of the Acrodramance Dancer and Theatre Company based out of Miami, FL performing in modern, ballet, ariel silks, and the trapeze.  Following this she transferred to the Walt Disney World Resort.

 

 

Gerrod L. Fullilove

Visual Caption Head / Visual Coordinator

Gerrod Fullilove is has been a visual instructor with The Spirit of Freedom since 2010. He is a proud alumnus of Herndon High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government Affairs from Christopher Newport University, a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from American Military University. During his undergraduate years, Gerrod performed with Christopher Newport University’s Pep Band and the Dominion-5, a jazz-fusion project based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gerrod’s competitive marching experience began in high school with the Pride of Herndon (VA), continued with Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps, and concluded with the Augsburg Sound Drum & Bugle Corps. In between and following his performance years, Gerrod served as a visual technician and drum major coach for several competitive programs. When Gerrod is not running the box, he’s at McDowell’s washing lettuce – hoping to make Assistant Manager. (That’s when the big bucks will roll in.)

 Austin Morrical

Visual Technician

Austin joined the Spirit of Freedom in 2009 as a student (baritone). In 2012, he marched with Jersey Surf bring his experience back with him to the Spirit of Freedom. In 2013, he graduated from Freedom High School and became a member of the visual staff. He then went on to get a degree in Civil Engineering from George Mason University. This will be his ninth year of involvement with the Spirit of Freedom.

 

 

 

 

Nathan Tsuda

Visual Technician

Nathan Tsuda is an alumnus from our very own Freedom High School and George Mason University. From 2012-2015, Nathan marched with The Jersey Surf and The Cadets DCI Drum & Bugle Corps. With The Cadets, he was awarded two bronze medals and the Jim Ott Memorial Award for Best Brass Performance. In high school Nathan served as a Trumpet Captain for the Spirit of Freedom and was a member of the Virginia All-State Band, the All-District Band, and the All-County Orchestra. He began teaching the Spirit of Freedom in 2013 as a visual technician and a trumpet sectional teacher. He’s loved it ever since.