Marching Band Staff

brettBrett Cox – Director

Brett Cox is the Band Director of the “Marching Chargers”, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC. He is currently in his 3rd year of teaching. Under his leadership, the Marching Chargers and Concert Band have earned multiple Superior ratings.
Mr. Cox began his teaching endeavors at West Stanly High School, where he was Low Brass Instructor, Lead Instructor, and Drill Writer from 2010-2015.

Mr. Cox is a native of Denton, NC and attended Southwestern Randolph High School, where he served as Drum Major. Upon graduation, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education. While at UNC-CH, he studied trombone with Mike Kris and conducting with Tonu Kalam and Dr. Evan Feldman.

In his spare time, Mr. Cox enjoys spending time with his wife of 2 years, Kerrin, and their Goldendoodle, Bella. He also dedicates time to serving in the band at the Point Church in Cary, NC.
Mr. Cox is a member of: North Carolina Music Educators Association, Central District Bandmaster’s Association.

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Amy Savage – Lead Percussion Instructor and Arranger

Amy Savage, a professional percussion specialist living in Holly Springs, NC, is active in the development of the contemporary concert and marching percussion ensemble. Currently, Amy serves as percussion instructor and arranger for the Cary and Northwood High Schools in North Carolina. Additionally, she consults, instructs and arranges for several high school marching band programs in the Raleigh-Durham area, and arranges for the Miami University Marching Band in Oxford, OH. Amy was the Director of Marching Percussion at Duke University in Durham, NC, and CO-founder of the Rhythm Alive Percussion Group for junior high and high school students in Pittsboro, NC. In the summer, Amy teaches at the Matt Savage and Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camps in North Carolina and Oregon. Amy also clinics and adjudicates around the country including with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camps, Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA), Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA), and Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA).

Amy recently won the WGI Richmond Percussion Regional and the AIA Percussion Scholastic Class A Championships with the Cary Indoor Percussion. As a member of the World Champion Garfield Cadets, Amy was awarded the DCI Individual’s Championship in ensemble percussion. During this time, she received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Her extensive teaching and arranging experience with several Drum and Bugle Corps includes Jersey Surf, Cadets (formerly Garfield Cadets), Bluecoats, Glassmen, Poynton Commodores (England), and Starriders (Germany). Amy was featured in the May 2009 issue of Halftime Magazine in an article by Dennis Delucia entitled “Women of Marching Percussion”. Amy is published with Jalen Publishing and Row-Loff Productions.

Amy is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is a proud Educational Clinician/Endorser for Malletech, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Incorporated.

11071150_10153802197069942_1149160785831292518_nTerri Frasca – Colorguard Choreographer

This will be Terri’s third year working with Northwood, and her 10th year being in the colorguard world. In addition to spinning in her high school colorguard and winterguards, Terri has spun in the UNC Marching Band Colorguard, Carolina Visual Productions Winterguard, and Encore Winterguard. She loves bright sunglasses, lipstick, and cats, and is a Tarheel despite working for the competition.

 

Casey pic 2Casey Spillman – Marching Tech/Woodwind Specialist

A native of Findlay, Ohio, Casey Spillman moved to Concord, North Carolina in 1995 and settled in Greensboro in 1996. He earned his BM in Music Education from East Carolina University in 2007, where he graduatedmagna cum laude. As a student at ECU he was a member of the Concert and Symphonic Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and the ECU Marching Pirates. He is currently in his tenth year as Director of Bands at Horton Middle School, where he has approximately forty-five percent of the school’s population enrolled in the band program. During his time at Horton he has also served as a coach for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and as a faculty council member for the National Junior Honor Society. Mr. Spillman is an avid marching band enthusiast and served as the assistant director to the award-winning Northwood Marching Chargers for seven years. He lives in Sanford with his wife Jessica and daughter Clara.

BeccaRebecca Clemens – Marching Tech/Brass Specialist

Becca is a music educator and freelance musician from Chapel Hill, NC. In 2016, she began teaching K-8 music at Silk Hope School in Siler City. Becca received a Bachelor’s of Music with education licensure from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Bass Trombone performance from Texas State University. At Texas State she worked as a graduate assistant with the Bobcat Marching Band,Basketball Band, and the undergraduate brass methods classes. Becca currently serves as the Associate Director for the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop and as a sales representative for Sheridan Brass Instruments. She also enjoys an active freelance career playing and teaching throughout the triangle area. 

 

Bryan DeCristofaro – Marching Tech/Percussion Specialist

Bobby Scoggins – Guard Instructor

Michael Grimes – Percussion Specialist

 

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