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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.

Gerrod L. Fullilove

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Gerrod is an Army brat and veteran from Heidelberg, Germany. He holds a M.A in National Security Studies, Terrorism & Urban Warfare from American Military University, and a B.A in Political Science and Government Affairs from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. During his undergraduate years, Gerrod performed with the Captains Pep Band (Alto Saxophone) and with the “Dominion-5,” an R&B / jazz-fusion project based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (Alto/Tenor). Gerrod’s marching experience began at Herndon High School (VA) where he marched alto saxophone, tuba, and was a two year drum major for the Pride of Herndon. Gerrod is fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete in DCI (Magic of Orlando ’95), learn and consult in DCE (’98), and serve on the instructional staff of several competitive high school marching programs across the country.

Keith Jones

staff_KeithPercussion Instructor, Battery Technician

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.