2020 Brass Staff

Freddy Martin, Caption Supervisor
Freddy Martin was born and educated through high school in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Martin attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Mr. Martin has done post-graduate work at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Martin is celebrating his 48th year in education. Mr. Martin has taught at South Cobb High School in Cobb County Georgia, with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps, for the Buford City Schools in Buford Georgia, and presently at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.  Mr. Martin is the founding director of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and continues to serve the Corps today as director emeritus. Mr. Martin was the Brass Coordinator for the DCI Champion Phantom Regiment Drum Corps from Rockford Illinois. Since 2014 Mr. Martin has been pedagogy coordinator for the Cavaliers Drum Corps from Rosemont Illinois. Mr. Martin is a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame and Phi Beta Mu professional music fraternity. He is in his eighteenth year as band director and brass specialist at The Westminster Schools. Mr. Martin’s son Chris is Principal Trumpet in the New York Philharmonic. His son Michael is third utility trumpet in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Martin has been an adjudicator and clinician for more than forty years. Mr. Martin holds an honorary Doctorate in Music Education from The Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

Michael Martin, Caption Supervisor/ Brass Arranger

Michael Martin enters his second year on Spirit of Atlanta design team as Brass Arranger and his first on the educational staff as Brass Caption Supervisor. A native of Marietta, Georgia, Michael attended Northwestern University where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Trumpet Performance as a student of Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer and was the first brass player in 25 years to win first prize in the prestigious Northwestern Concerto Competition. In July 2010, Michael became the youngest member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as Third/Utility trumpet, at the age of 24. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Michael performed with a diverse array of professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and performing artists including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, and Honolulu symphonies, the New York, Malaysia and Seoul Philharmonics, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific Music Festival, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Axiom Brass, the Burning River Brass, the Still Swingin Big Band, the Pacifica Quartet, “eighth blackbird”, and Sufjan Stevens. As a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael can be heard on numerous recordings under Music Director Andris Nelsons, including the BSO’s GRAMMY-winning albums featuring the symphonies of Shostakovich.

Michael has long been devoted to both performing and creating music at the highest artistic level and has become an extremely sought-after musician in both disciplines, forging a unique niche within the world of professional music. After completing his performance studies at Northwestern University, Michael was invited to study doctoral-level orchestration at the University of Chicago with renowned conductor and composer, Cliff Colnot. Michael has collaborated with and been commissioned by members of the Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies, the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra. Michael’s music for wind ensemble has been performed by collegiate and professional ensembles across the country including the wind ensembles of Northwestern University, Oklahoma State University, St. Olaf College, the University of Georgia, and the University of Texas as well as by the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia. 

Long a devoted educator and designer in the pageantry arts, Michael has also been the Brass Arranger and Brass Supervisor for the seven-time DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois since 2016. Michael also continues to write for numerous high school and indoor pageantry ensembles across the U.S., including the Hebron High School Marching Band and Chromium Winds. 

Daniel Scott, Caption Head
Entering into his 5th year as a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Brass Staff, Daniel is eager to get to work with the 44th edition of the corps as the Brass Caption Head. Daniel was a graduate of Western Carolina University where he received a BM in Trombone Performance and a minor in Bassoon, as well as a BS.Ed with a minor in psychology. Daniel is currently the Director of Bands at Swansboro High School in Swansboro, NC. In a little under 4 years, Daniel has increased the size of the program by 150% and created a culture of excellence. Under his direction, the Swansboro Concert and Jazz Programs have received consistent superior ratings at music performance adjudications. Students within has program have shattered school records by increasing the number of students to make District and Regional honor bands by 400% and the number of students to make the North Carolina All State Band by 200%. In 2019 Daniel was named the Swansboro High School Teacher of the Year and most recently was named the 2019-20 Onslow County Teacher of the Year for his school district. Daniel has worked with numerous award-winning programs across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and in the summer of 2014 was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity INC. In addition to the outdoor sector, Daniel was the Music Director for the WGI Open Class Winds Group, Carolina Gold Winds, which won the silver medal at the 2016 WGI World Championship.

Daniel Roebuck, Assistant Caption Head                    
Now entering his 5th year on brass staff, Daniel Roebuck returns as Assistant Caption head. Daniel is an alumnus of the Spirit of Atlanta, Madison Scouts and the Cavaliers, where he was a trumpet soloist for all three corps. A graduate of JSU and Ole Miss, he is currently a freelance trumpet player and educator from Memphis to Mobile while living in Oxford, MS.

Evan Rogovin, Trumpet/Ensemble Specialist
Mr. Evan Rogovin is in his tenth year as Director of Bands at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Palm Beach County. DSOA bands and ensembles have garnered numerous accolades under his direction. Mr. Rogovin began his DCI career marching with the Florida Wave Drum & Bugle Corps from 1984 through 1986. After attending university studies and obtaining the job at Santaluces High School, Mr. Rogovin returned to the drum corps activity, teaching The Spirit of Atlanta in 1997 and 1998. After serving as brass caption head for the Tarheel Sun in 1999, Evan joined the staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2000 through 2003. Evan left the Crossmen and consulted for a handful of drum corps, most notably The Troopers, The Boston Crusaders, The Academy and currently is on staff with The Spirit of Atlanta. Mr. Rogovin received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Florida in 1991 where he was involved with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Choir, Basketball Pep Band and the Fightin’ Gator Marching Band. In 1985 he was named Gator Band Rookie of the Year. In 1991, he traveled to Denton, Texas and studied Musicology at the University of North Texas, serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for two and a half years. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Honorary Music Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Tyler Elvidge, Trumpet
Tyler Elvidge is currently a band director at Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. Originally from Cobb County, Georgia he graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Tyler has served as clinician, adjudicator, and technician to programs around the country. Including the Harrison High School Band Program where he assisted with their 2013 grand national finalist placement and class AAA national championship title. Tyler joined the Spirit of Atlanta brass staff in 2019 and is excited to return for the 2020 season. Previously, he taught on the Cavaliers brass staff from 2015-2017. Prior to that Tyler marched trumpet at the Cavaliers in 2014.  Tyler’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha.

Emmy Johnston, Trumpet
Emmy Johnston is the Assistant Director of Bands at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas. She directs the Clear Springs Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Over the last few years, Emmy has taught junior high school, and has been a member of the brass staff for both Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps. Johnston is an alumna of Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, where she aged out in 2016. Emmy’s primary instrument is trumpet, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Emmy currently resides in Houston, Texas, but as a native of Georgia she is very excited to return to her home state and teach with Spirit of Atlanta!

Mike Sessoms, Trumpet/Mellophone
Mike Sessoms is a recently retired music educator from Cobb County, GA. His teaching career began in 1987 as the Assistant Director of Bands at Newnan High School in Newnan, GA. He became the Director of Bands at Awtrey Middle School in Kennesaw, GA in 1989 and retired from that position in 2017. Since retiring, Mike works as a band clinician and brass specialist in the Cobb County area. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL and holds a Master’s Degree in School Leadership and Administration from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Mike was a member of the Spirit of Atlanta from 1982-1986. He played soprano and mellophone and was mellophone section leader and soloist in 1985 and 1986. He was a member of the brass staff from 1987-1992 and rejoined the brass staff in 2016. Mike and his wife Tracie, who was a Spirit of Atlanta color guard member from 1981-1986, reside in Powder Springs, GA with their labrador retriever Sophie.

Shane Choi, Trumpet/Mellophone
Originally from Seoul, South Korea but raised in Chicago, Shane graduated from Northwestern University with a BM in Trumpet Performance, BS in Mechanical Engineering, and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Shane was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was voted Rookie of the Year in 2016. Shane currently works in project management in the energy industry in Houston, where he will be until he attends the Harvard Business School for his MBA in 2021. In Houston, Shane teaches private lessons and the Klein Cain High School Marching Band. Entering his first season teaching with Spirit of Atlanta, Shane is extremely excited to work to further the corp’s legacy of excellence.

Kayla Poor, Mellophone
Kayla Poor is excited to return for her fourth summer working with Spirit of Atlanta. She will be serving the corps by working with the high brass, primarily the mellophones. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Florida. Currently, she is the Director of Bands at River Ridge Academy in Bluffton, South Carolina. She also assists local high schools with their marching and concert programs. Kayla began her drum corps career marching with Phantom Regiment in 2015 and has spent the past three years working on the brass staff for Spirit of Atlanta.

Patrick Phillips, Mellophone
Patrick Phillips is the Director of Instrumental Music at Satellite High School and the Conductor of the Satellite Symphonic Orchestra. Ensembles of every discipline consistently earn superior ratings at District and State Music Performance Assessments under his direction. Mr. Phillips has led ensembles in performance at the Music For All National Orchestra Festival, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Conference, the ABA National Conference and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit. Being an accomplished performer himself, Patrick continues to perform in chamber and orchestral performance throughout Florida. This includes serving as assistant principal horn and guest conductor for the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as a brass pedagogy specialist for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University where he studied horn with Michele Stebleton and conducting with Patrick Dunnigan and Richard Clary.

H.A. Hoffman, Mellophone
H. A. Hoffman is a freelance music arranger, performer, and teacher. He holds degrees from Western Carolina University and Middle Tennessee State University, including a B. M. in Instrumental Performance, a B. S. in Music Education, and an M. M. in Performance. During his time in college, H. A. was a member and section leader in the “Pride of the Mountains” marching band, performing in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and as an exhibitionist in BOA Grand Nationals. He was also a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2015. H. A. has performed with the Chattanooga and Huntsville Symphonies; the “Symphony of the Mountains” from Kingsport, TN; and has worked as a session musician at “Ocean Way Studios” in Nashville.

Adam Swan, Baritone
Adam has been a member of the brass staff since 2016. He currently resides in Thomasville, GA, and is the Assistant Director of Bands at Cairo High School in Cairo, GA. He was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta from 2003-2005. He was also a staff member at Magic of Orlando drum and bugle corps in 2006. Adam is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Adam is very excited to be continuing his journey with Spirit of Atlanta, helping to give to the members the same experiences he was lucky enough to receive as a marching member.

Alex Hedden, Baritone
Alex Hedden is currently an assistant band director at Jersey Village High School in Houston, TX. Previously, Alex taught in Katy, TX for 2 years and graduated from the University of Georgia. His drum corps experience includes serving on the brass staff at Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps (2019) and marching with Carolina Crown (2014-2016).

Andrew McMillen, Baritone
Andrew McMillen is currently in his fifth year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia, where his responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, facilitating chamber music activities, assisting with the Marching Band program, and coordinating the student leadership development program. Andrew earned his undergraduate degrees in Brass Performance and Music Education from Louisiana State University in 2014. He is an alumnus of Carolina Crown, aging-out following their 2013 championship season. Andrew enjoys performing in the Cobb Wind Symphony, with whom he has played euphonium for the past five seasons. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Chris Benedetti, Baritone/Tuba
Back for his 4th season Chris Benedetti will once again be working as a part of the low brass team. He is the Director of Bands at Ohatchee High School in Alabama where he has been teaching since 2014. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and was a member of the 2011 Blue Stars. He lives in Jacksonville Alabama with his wonderful fiancé and his dog Penelope.

Barron Maskew, Tuba
Barron Maskew currently resides in Norfolk, VA where he is a band director at Hickory High School. His responsibilities include directing the 3 concert ensemble, jazz band, marching band, and co teaching the 6th grade band at Hickory Middle School. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He is currently pursuing a master’s in music education with a concentration in conducting. Barron has served as a Visual Tech and co-caption head of the DCA corps Carolina Gold and Midas Winds, a Carolina good performing ensemble that performed in the AIA and WGI Winds circuits. He has been a performing member of Jersey Surf (2009 and 2010), Carolina Crown (2012), and the Blast! inspired show ‘Mix It Up!’ at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. When not teaching, Barron teaches private lessons, writes drill, and plays tuba with the Virginia Wind Symphony, where he has had the opportunity to play at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago under the direction of Col. Arnold Gabriel, Dennis Zeisler, Terry Austin, Frank Tichelli, David Holsinger, and Loras Schissel. Barron looks forward to working with the outstanding team of educators and performs at Spirit of Atlanta!