Mr. Nathan Groves has been the Director of the Duluth High School Band program since 2012. Under his direction, the band program has experienced considerable growth, offering students the opportunity to perform in three concert ensembles, marching band, winter guard, jazz band, and pep band. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Georgia, where he studied horn with Dr. Jean Martin-Williams and Richard Deane. Mr. Groves was a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2007-2009), in which the hornline was awarded the Jim Ott trophy for brass performance in 2009. In 2011 he served on staff with the world championship drum corps The Phantom Regiment (Rockford, Ill.), and in 2015 with “America’s Corps”, the Troopers, out of Casper, WY. He has been Visual Caption Head with the North Georgia College and State University Golden Eagle Band (Dahlonega, GA). In addition to drum corps and college ensembles, he has worked with multiple marching bands in the Atlanta areas in both ensemble music and visual marching technique. His previous students have been members of the U.S. Army All American Marching Band, Georgia All-State Band, and multiple world class drum corps in the Southeast and Midwest. Mr. Groves is an active participant and organizer of GMEA events, including District 13 LGPE and Honor Bands. In addition to teaching band at DHS, Mr. Groves also teaches Music Technology, and is the school sponsor for the Duluth High School Tri-M Chapter. Professional affiliations include MENC (Music Educators National Conference), GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association), and NBA (National Band Association).
Mr. Myles comes to the Duluth High School band program from Chamblee Middle School in DeKalb County, where he taught band and chorus. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia, where he studied bassoon with Dr. Amy Pollard. While studying at UGA, Mr. Myles performed with many of the university's ensembles, including the UGA Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and the Hodgson Wind Ensemble. He also marched with the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, performed with the Derbies Pep Band, and served as a section leader for the alto saxophones. In addition to his middle school teaching, Mr. Myles has also worked with several high school band programs in Georgia and South Carolina, assisting with visual marching technique as well as musical rehearsals. Professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association). Outside of teaching, Mr. Myles enjoys following his Atlanta sports teams, spending time with his family, and playing golf to get away from them.