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Bucky Johnson - Festival Director

Festival Director

Bucky Johnson is Director of Bands, Emeritus at Georgia Tech. He has been a Music Educator for 30 years including work as a High School Band Director. He founded and served as the Director of the 300 member Atlanta Olympic Band from 1992-1996. Bucky, a percussionist, plays professionally and is also the Mayor of Norcross, Georgia.

Janet M. Johnson - Festival Director and Choral Division Chair

Festival Director & Choral Division Chair

Janet M. Johnson is a conductor, clinician, adjudicator and in service instructor throughout the southeast. She conducts All-State, Honor and District Choruses as well as presenting sessions for GMEA, ACDA, and SMENC. She taught high school choral music for six years, college choral methods for four years. Janet has worked in church music for over 20 years and served as a clinician for national church music camps.

Dennis Naughton - Instrumental Division Chair

Instrumental Division Chair

Mr. Dennis Naughton is in his twenty second year of teaching and second year as the Band Director for Flowery Branch High School. In his time at Flowery Branch High School the band has earned consistent superior ratings in marching and concert festivals. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in 1990. He completed his Master’s of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in the summer of 2008.

Mr. Naughton has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence in 3 times in marching band and concert band direction. The North Springs Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the University of Southern Mississippi Conductor’s clinic and most recently at the University of Alabama honor Band clinic. Mr. Naughton is a member of MENC, the Georgia Music Educators’ Association, Percussive Arts Society, the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmaster’s Fraternity and the National Band Association.


March 16th 2018 April 20th and 21st 2018
March 23rd and 24th 2018 April 27th and 28th 2018
April 6th and 7th 2018 May 4th and 5th 2018
April 13th and 14th 2018 May 11th and 12th 2018
May 18th 2018
*Registration opens on July 1, 2017

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