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The Awtrey Band program is a place where students from all 
walks of life can find joy and success in learning to play
a musical instrument. Students will learn how to read
music confidently, perform on their instrument
and how to work as a team to achieve a common goal.
We are so proud of the successes that our students
had during the 2021-2022 school year and look forward 
to many more great opportunities in 2022-2023. 
Ms. Melvin
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Ms. Melvin is an Orlando, FL Native has been teaching middle school band for 7 years. She attended the University of Central Florida and received a double degree in Music Education and Music Performance, and also received her Master’s Degree in Music. During her time at UCF, Ms. Melvin played in a lot of musical ensembles. She was part of the Marching Knights, UCF Wind Ensemble, UCF Flute Choir, UCF Orchestra (Principal Flute), and performed in many different chamber groups and graduate ensembles. She also performed in Guatemala with the UCF Flute Quartet. Ms. Melvin’s bands have consistently received Superior ratings at District Performance Assessments. She also was the founder of the Avalon Middle School Jazz Band, which also consistently received superiors at District Performance Assessments. In 2016, the Avalon Middle School Band had the largest representation at the Orange County Public School’s All-County Festival, and also the largest representation of All-County Jazz Band Festival. Ms. Melvin is passionate about music education and an advocate for all students having the opportunity to learn music at a young age. She is looking forward to working at Awtrey Middle School and continuing to keep the tradition of excellence alive!

Mr. Cagle
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Mr. Cagle is a Georgia native that recently graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2015. Mr. Cagle's primary instrument is percussion. During his time at GSU Mr. Cagle had the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles such as the GSU Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.Mr. Cagle has been at AMS for 4 years and has enjoyed working with Mr. Sessoms and Ms. Melvin to cultivate a hard working but fun loving place for students to make music at Awtrey. Mr. Cagle is also on staff with the North Cobb Marching Band and works with their percussion section each fall. Mr. Cagle's wife is a middle school chorus teacher in Cobb County, and they have 2 sons named Warren and Simon who are 3 and 1 respectively

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