Amy Clement has taught orchestra in Gwinnett County since 1997. She is currently in her 8th year as one of the orchestra directors at North Gwinnett Middle School, where she also serves as co-sponsor of Tri-M honors society. Orchestras under the direction of Ms. Clement have consistently received superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation and her students also participate in solo/ensemble, county-wide honors orchestras and Georgia all-state orchestra. The NGMS orchestra received the GMEA Exemplary Performance Award in 2009 and 2015, and the NGMS 8th grade orchestra was selected to perform at the GMEA conference in Savannah in January, 2012. The NGMS honor orchestra was selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in December of 2013 and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in April, 2017.
Ms. Clement has co-presented at GMEA conferences and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Georgia. She has served as the Georgia ASTA treasurer and GMEA District 13 orchestra division chair. She currently serves at GMEA District 13 treasurer. In 2012, she was awarded GMEA’s Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Clement is a member of GMEA/NAFME, PAGE, and ASTA. In addition to a full private studio, she has taught at the Encore! summer music camp for 19 years and at the GA ASTA summer camp for several summers. She co-conducted Main Street Symphony Orchestra, an adult orchestra based in Duluth, GA, from 2012 to 2016.
A native of Louisville, KY, Ms. Clement began studying the violin at age four at the University of Louisville. She is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans where she studied violin with Valerie Poullette and string education with Dean Angeles. Ms. Clement received her BM in music performance and MME in string education. She and her husband Andy live in Lawrenceville, Georgia, with their two dogs Oscar and Willow.
Carolyn Ellington Landreau is the Director of Orchestras and Fine Arts Department Chair at Centennial High School in Roswell, GA. In addition, Landreau also serves as the Fine Arts Support Teacher for Orchestras for Fulton County Schools. Mrs. Landreau holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Florida State University (2002), a Masters of Music Education from the University of Colorado (2004) and an Education Specialist degree from Valdosta State University (2014). She was instrumental in creating the District Five Middle School Honor Orchestra as well as the Statewide Honor Orchestra which paved the way for the addition of three All-State Orchestras. Mrs. Landreau has also served as counselor, clinician, and conductor for various summer programs including the GA ASTA Camp, Encore, Upbeat!, Mercer Band and Orchestra Camp, and Bravo Camps. She has served in various capacities writing curriculum and Student Learning Objectives, as well as serving as a new teacher Virtual Coach for Fulton County Schools. She has served on the State Board of GaASTA as the Newsletter editor and State Treasurer. Her leadership roles within the Georgia Music Educators Association have included District Five Orchestra Chair, Statewide Honor Orchestra creator/organizer/host, 2015 & 2016 GMEA All-State 11/12 Full Orchestra Coordinator and GMEA District Five Chairperson. In addition to her teaching roles, Mrs. Landreau enjoys performing as a professional cellist throughout the metro Atlanta area. Carolyn resides in Cumming, GA with her husband, James (Orchestra Director and Magnet Coordinator at North Springs Charter High School), and their two energetic children- Alexandra (7) and Carson (3).
Mr. Jon Cotton is in his twelfth year of teaching in the Georgia public schools. He is currently Director of Bands at Oconee County Middle School in Watkinsville, GA, and assistant director of the Oconee County High School Warrior Marching Band. Previously, he served as Director of Bands at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson, GA, for six years. Mr. Cotton earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia, the Master of Education in Music Education degree from Auburn University, and the Specialist in Education degree from UGA.
Mr. Cotton serves the Georgia Music Educators Association in many capacities. He is in his tenth year as Large Group Performance Evaluation organizer, formerly in District 13 and currently in District 14. Additionally, he organized and hosted Solo & Ensemble Performance Evaluations upon the creation of the new District 14 in 2014. He frequently serves as an adjudicator for both Large Group Performance Evaluation and Solo & Ensemble Performance Evaluation in numerous districts throughout Georgia.
In addition to his experience with GMEA Performance Evaluations, Mr. Cotton currently serves as state organizer for middle school band All-State auditions, and he is a member of the All-State Band committee. He also serves as District 14 Band Chair, and regularly conducts District Bands throughout the state. Professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence.
Under his direction, the Oconee County Middle School Band received the 2013 GMEA Exemplary Program Award. The OCMS Symphonic Band was a 2014 featured ensemble at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival (“Mid-Fest”), and presented a rehearsal clinic performance along with Dr. Mary Land from Young Harris College at the 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. Mr. Cotton has served on the staff of the UGA Summer Music and Marching Band Camps since 2003. He was honored to be selected as Jefferson Middle School’s “Teacher of the Year” for the 2008-2009 academic year. A lifelong resident of Georgia, Mr. Cotton graduated from Troup County High School in LaGrange, GA, where he played saxophone and served as Drum Major of the Tiger Marching Band.
C. Lloyd McDonald is the band director at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, Georgia. He earned the Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Georgia College, and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia. During his teaching career, he has taught at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels, returning to his hometown in 2008 to lead the band at Feagin Mill.
In his community, Mr. McDonald actively seeks to cultivate a vibrant environment for music enjoyment and performance. He serves as the Vice-President of the Warner Robins Community Concert Association, working to bring high caliber performances to middle Georgia. As conductor of the Wellston Winds, he leads instrumental concerts for the community to enjoy throughout the year. To further students’ musical interest during the summer, Mr. McDonald co-founded Camp ExtravaBANDza, a camp for middle school band students. He continues to perform as well, playing with a variety of groups ranging from Dixieland combos to brass quintets.
Mr. McDonald’s bands consistently perform at high levels of achievement. In recognition of that fact, the Feagin Mill Band was awarded the 2013 GMEA Exemplary Performance Award. In 2014, he was recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the VFW State Teacher of the Year for his commitment to the promotion of citizenship and patriotism through his teaching. This year, Mr. McDonald is honored to represent Feagin Mill as Teacher of the Year and as a Top 10 Finalist for Houston County TOTY.
Within GMEA, Mr. McDonald has served in numerous capacities, including organizer and host for district level All-State auditions, LGPE, and Solo & Ensemble festival. He has worked for many years as a volunteer for the GMEA In-Service Conference, helping with registration and assisting members as the “Conference Concierge.” He was elected treasurer of District 4 and recently completed his second term as Chair of District 11 and member of the GMEA Board. He regularly adjudicates LGPE events throughout the state. As a clinician, McDonald has led honor bands across Georgia as well as the UGA Mid-Fest Clinic. He is a contributor to Georgia Music News and presented “Solo & Ensemble – The Secret Ingredient for a Fantastic Program!” at the 2016 In-Service Conference.
His professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He and his wife, Sue, live in Warner Robins with their children Cody and Bailey, and their dogs Token, Flash, and Dottie.