DIRECTORS & STAFF

 
QUENTIN R. GOINS

DIRECTOR OF BANDS @

STEPHENSON HIGH SHOOL

Mr. Quentin R. Goins has been the Director of Bands at Stephenson High School since the start of the 2007 school year. He has been with the Stephenson Cluster his entire teaching Career, which began as a Student teacher at Stephenson High School under the mentorship of Dr. Marvin A. Pryor in 2001. He then was hired at Stephenson Middle School where he served for two years Assistant Director at over the 6th Grade Instrumental Music program.

 

Before becoming the Director of Bands at Stephenson Middle School program, he continued a long tradition of musical excellence, receiving top ratings at GMEA sactioned events. The Stephenson Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational in 2006 at Winthrop College in which the band received the distinction as an Honor Ensemble and was also awarded Most Outstanding Percussion section for the Event. The 2007 National Adjudicators Invitational at Atlanta’s Woodruff Art Center Symphony Hall. While teaching middle school Mr. Goins served as an Assistant Director and Staff Arranger With the Stephenson High School Sonic Sound Marching Band.

 

After taking the reins as Director of Bands of the Stephenson High Music Program, Mr. Goins continued the tradition of excellence established by his predecessors. Under his direction the Band has performed in prestigious events such as the 81st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade New York and 2009 Dixie Classic National Adjudicators Invitational at Atlanta Symphony Hall.The music program continues to receive invitations and accolades for their outstanding Musical performances. Mr. Goins is a native of Monroe, LA. Where he began to study piano and saxophone at an early age. His family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia when he was 10 years of age and he continued to study music in the Dekalb County School System. He attended Redan Elementary, Miller Grove Junior High and is a 1997 graduate of Redan High School. Mr. Goins received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in the Spring of 2001 from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a conducting student of Dr. William P. Foster, Dr. Julian White and Dr. Shelby Chipman.

 

He also studied applied Saxophone with Dr. John Daniels, arranging with Professor Lindsey Sarjeant. Mr. Goins served as student arranger and section leader of the saxophones for the FAMU “Marching 100”. Mr. Goins is currently pursuing a masters Degree in Education Leadership as Argosy University in Atlanta, Ga.     Mr. Goins holds membership in several professional orgainzations and societies: Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), National Band Association (NBA), White and Gold Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Mr. Goins has been nominated twice of Teacher of the Year and recommended for Who’s Who in America in 2006.  Mr. Goins now resides in Conyers, Georgia with his wife.

 
NOAH SPEAKS

ASST. DIRECTOR OF BANDS @

STEPHENSON HIGH SHOOL

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Mr. Noah Speaks is a product of the Stephenson cluster having graduated from Stephenson High School class of 2015. While at Stephenson, he was apart of the wind ensemble from 2012-2015 where he sat 1st chair. Mr. Speaks was also the trumpet section leader for the Sonic Sound marching band. He participated in the jazz band in 2012, Bands Of America band in Indianapolis in 2012, University of South Carolina band in 2013, District Honor bands from 2013-2015 and was selected to be in the Georgia All-State band in 2015 under the direction of Dr. Kevin Sedatole, director of bands at Michigan State University. Upon his departure, Mr. Speaks attended Bethune-Cookman University where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Music Education. While at Bethune, he participated in the premiere symphonic band where he was one of the 1st trumpets and toured annually with this group across the country to places including South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. He also did the Music Outreach Program, led by Dr. Rose Grace, where students had the opportunity to travel to local elementary and middle schools to play and teach about their prospective instruments in an effort to inspire young musicians. Mr. Speaks was also apart of the Marching Wildcats of Bethune Cookman where he served as the trumpet section leader from 2017-2020. While with this group, they performed at the Honda Battle of the Bands, Queen City Battle of the Bands and halftime shows for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was also a member of the National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success and one for the student conductors for the concert band.

 
CALVIN MORRIS

ASST. DIRECTOR OF BANDS @

STEPHENSON HIGH SHOOL

CALVIN MORRIS

ASST. DIRECTOR OF BANDS @

STEPHENSON HIGH SHOOL

                                                                                      Calvin L Morris Jr. Is a product of the Dekalb County School

                                                                                      System, having graduated from Redan High School,

                                                                                      where he was an active member of the Marching

                                                                                      and Symphonic Bands. Mr. Morris went on to receive his

                                                                                      Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education from Florida

                                                                                      A&M University and his currently in a  Masters in Music

                                                                                      Education at the University of Florida.

 

 

While at Florida A&M University, he was recognized as the Most Outstanding Musician in his class for his

freshman and Junior year. He served as  “Marching 100” Band Trombone Section Leader,

while performing in multiple ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and  Brass ensemble.

He was also a collegiate member of the National Association for Music Education and served as the student

conductor of the symphonic band, freshman brass ensemble, and the trombone choir. As the Director of Bands

at Stone Mountain High School, Mr. Morris’ educational philosophy is to promote and facilitate the successful

matriculation and progression of youth into substantive individuals of society, using music as a conduit for

mentorship. Entrusted with the task of taking the Stone Mountain High School Band to a higher musical

Stratosphere, Mr. Morris will attract quality musicians and future musicians to participate in the schools

symphonic, Jazz, and other chamber ensembles. Mr. Morris is very active in the music community. He currently

serves or has served as a Music clinician at different schools in the Metropolitan area of Atlanta, plays at World

Changers Church, and participates in the local band Big Swing. Mr. Morris has also performed at the first

President Inauguration in 2008, the Super Bowl, the Espys in California, and many other performances.

Mr. Morris is proud member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi

Fraternity  Inc., and the National Association for Music Education, and Georgia Music Educators Association.

 
ANTOINE GIBSON

ASSOCIATE. DIRECTOR @

STEPHENSON HIGH SHOOL

Saxophonist/Arranger Antoine Gibson is a proud Alumni of the Stephenson community.He began his musical journey in 2004. January of 2010, he, along with three friends from Stephenson High school, Paul Calhoun, Chibale Wiggins and Andre Barney, formed the hip-hop and r&b based jazz band TraVerse. For two years, TraVerse changed the Metro Atlanta music scene by adding a new flavor of jazz fusion. Their unique style, a mix of jazz, hip-hop, and r&b, attracted crowds and interests alike of all ages as it appeals to a multitude of musical tastes.

TraVerse's resume includes performances as small as school honor day ceremonies and private birthday parties to as large as the 2010/2011 Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta, a televised Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, and The annual Sweet Auburn Festival - just to name a few.Post graduation from Stephenson High School in 2011, Antoine continued his education at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, studying music business. There in Tallahassee, he became active in FAMU's Marching 100, university jazz band, wind symphony, and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. while playing at New Mount Zion A.M.E. Church and many other local venues. During his tenure in college, Antoine has been blessed to open up for acts such as Rick Ross and Kim Waters as well as sharing the stage with Bobby Brown, American Idol's Taylor Hicks, After 7 and many others.Antoine graduated from FAMU in May with a degree in Music Industry. He currently live back in Atlanta working as a professional musician.

 
MICHELLE ANDREWS

AUXILIARY DIRECTOR @

STEPHENSON HIGH SHOOL

Michelle Andrews is a proud Alumni of the Stephenson community. She started her dancing career at the age of three at the Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts in Decatur, Georgia, where she was classical trained in Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, and African up to the age of fifteen. In the summer of 2006, she was accepted into the Broadway summer camp at the Fox Theatre where she mastered the art of theatrical dance and acting. 

In December of 2007, she became a member of the Dazzling Diamond Dance Team here at Stephenson High School where she danced until she graduated in 2008. Soon after finishing high school she attended Augusta State University now known as Georgia Regents University to pursue a degree in Psychology and became the Captain and President of the Augusta State Dance Team in 2011-2013. While working with the Augusta State dance team she received the opportunity to work for Fierce National Dance competition where it was her job to help put on successful dance competitions around the nation for rivalry dance studios that want to be recognized as number one around the nation. It is a privilege and honor for her to return as the Coach of the Dazzling Diamond Dance Team at Stephenson High School.

 

PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

@ STEPHENSON HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Jeremy Smith
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