Micheal Luley has been Director of Bands at Lake Braddock Secondary School since 2011. He currently serves as the Performing Arts Department Chair. He directs three high school ensembles, the marching band, and assists with the middle school band program. Under his direction, the Lake Braddock Symphonic Band performed at the 2015 Music For All National Concert Band Festival and was invited to perform again in 2020, the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Conference, and a joint concert in 2019 with West Virginia University’s Wind Symphony in Morgantown, WV. The Lake Braddock Band was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence Award in 2016 and in 2017 the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Previously, as Associate Director at Lake Braddock, Mr. Luley’s jazz ensemble performed twice at Blues Alley, in Washington, D.C. and performed with the Lake Braddock Symphonic Band on tour in Beijing, China in 2010.
Before coming to Lake Braddock, Mr. Luley taught band in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Falls Church, Virginia. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Virginia University and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Luley is a member of several professional organizations and served as the Virginia State Representative for the National Band Association for five years, VBODA District 11 Instrumental Representative, and currently chairs the VBODA Concert Assessment Committee. Mr. Luley has received three Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association and has enjoyed opportunities directing Honor Bands in Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Associate Band Director
Brandon Gilbert is a recent graduate of Tennessee Tech University where he majored in instrumental music education. Mr. Gilbert is a native of Church Hill, Tennessee and a graduate of Volunteer High School. While at Tennessee Tech, Mr. Gilbert played saxophone in a variety of ensembles including the Symphony Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Troubadours Jazz Ensemble, the Golden Eagle Marching Band, the Tennessee Tech Saxophone Ensemble, and various saxophone quartets. Mr. Gilbert has also served on executive boards for the Lambda Rho chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a National Honorary Band Fraternity, as well as the Tennessee Tech University Saxophone Alliance. During the 2019/2020 academic year, Mr. Gilbert was chosen to serve as one of four undergraduate teaching assistants—or “Black Jackets”—for the Golden Eagle Marching Band. Mr. Gilbert is excited to be joining the Lake Braddock band family.
Middle School Band Director
Krista Pezold is honored to be joining the Music Department at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Although she is a native Northern Virginian who attended Mt. Vernon High School and George Mason University, she has spent the past sixteen years teaching middle school band in Cobb County, a suburb in northwest Atlanta, GA. Before moving to Atlanta, Ms. Pezold was the Assistant High School Band Director at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax for six years, where she taught both middle and high school bands, marching band, middle school jazz band, high school trombone choir, and AP Music Theory. Ms. Pezold earned a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences in 1987, worked in the field for six years, but then returned to school to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s in music at George Mason. She is thrilled to be coming back home and is looking forward to joining the Lake Braddock family. Ms. Pezold is an avid gardener, and she also enjoys freelance work as a trombonist and volunteering for local non-profit organizations in her free time.
Kelly McMillan is the Color Guard Director. Ms. McMillan is an alumna of the Lake Braddock Marching Band and is excited to be involved with this award-winning program as the Color Guard Director. She is a former captain and four-year member of the LBCG under the direction of Roy Holder. She has an extensive background in the performing arts and musical theatre as a singer and dancer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from East Carolina University, where she was also part of the music program, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia. She’s been a member of the English department faculty at LBSS for over a decade, with a primary focus on English 9 and Honors instruction.
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