Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps is ecstatic to announce the brass staff for the 2020 drum and bugle corps season. Headed by new Brass Caption Head, Mark Hoskins. Mark is Director of Bands at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia, and has taught for over nineteen years. Mark has over thirty years of experience in the marching arts. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Mr. Hoskins is in constant demand as an adjudicator, clinician and conductor in the marching band, jazz and concert band arena. Mark was a four-year member and featured mellophone soloist of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and the 2001 visual caption head. In 2005, Mark was the brass caption head for Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Hoskins is a brass adjudicator for Drum Corps International and a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, JEN and a founding member of Minority Band Directors National Association.

Serving as the Brass Caption Supervisor will be Don Taylor. Don brings a measure of the “old school” drum corps to the table. With a thirty year career in education, Don has worked with great brass lines over the years, including Carolina Crown, Magic of Orlando and the Blue Knights. He is also currently the brass manager for Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in Nashville, Tennessee. Taylor was a member and soprano soloist of the famed mid-80’s brass line from Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, led by Robert W. Smith and the legendary Frank T. Williams.

Returning to the brass staff for 2020 are veteran instructors Alex Swindle and Nick Walker. Alex teaches middle school in the Douglas County School District. Alex will be splitting his time this season between the low brass, baritone section and the visual staff. He has been on the brass staff for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps since 2016 and on the Atlanta CV brass staff since 2012. Nick is employed by the Walker County School District (GA), teaching both elementary and middle school. He is a former member of Atlanta CV and is in his third year as an instructor working with the tuba and low brass section.

New to Atlanta CV is Dr. Paul Dickinson. Dr. Dickinson is an adjunct professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Reinhardt University. A native of Darlington, South Carolina, Dr. Dickinson has earned numerous placements in major regional, national, and international music competitions. He has also been a semi-finalist for prestigious military band auditions. Paul currently performs on euphonium for the Georgia Brass Band, and serves as principal euphonium for the Poinsett Wind Symphony based in Greenville, SC. He is a founding member of DIVERGENCE, a professional tuba quartet based in Atlanta. He also runs the Tuba/Euphonium studio at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Dickinson holds degrees in music education and performance from Furman University, Georgia State University, and Florida State University.

Daney Glover, a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is in his second year of teaching in the Cobb County School District, and is a former graduate of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. Daney will be joining Atlanta CV working with the low brass section.

Also new to the Atlanta CV brass staff is Briana Curtis from Marietta, Georgia. Briana is a recent graduate from Kennesaw State University, and is employed in the Paulding County School District. She marched mellophone in the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018. Briana is also on staff with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps based in Houston, Texas. She graduated from East Paulding High School in 2015.

Working with the trumpet section, Morgan Hebert, a recent age out from Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Morgan attends Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and will bring some new energy to the high brass section. Morgan graduated from Starr’s Mill High School in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Joining the staff is Robert Trocina, music director and conductor with both the Georgia Ballet and Northeast Atlanta Ballet, and the music director with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra. Trocina is also the co-founder and director at the New School of Music, which has six Atlanta campuses that serves 1540 students. Robert is an accomplished trumpet player and was on the brass staff for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000 and 2001.

Said Mark Hoskins, “We look forward to creating an atmosphere of musical growth and excitement for Atlanta CV in 2020. We hope to see many returning vets and eager potential members at our audition camps in November and December.”