Mr. Lee Newman has served as the Director of Bands at Norcross High School since 2011. His duties include directing the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Blue Devil Marching Band, and teaching International Baccalaureate music classes. During his time at Norcross, Mr. Newman has continued a proud tradition of excellence. The program has grown from 240 students to well over 350 students participating in band during his tenure. Mr. Newman’s ensembles have been invited to perform at the Georgia State Honor Bands of Distinction, 64th Annual UGA January Music Festival, the 2015 and 2018 Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert festival, and the 2018 Yamaha National Concert Festival. Mr. Newman has served in multiple leadership roles including NHS Fine Arts Department Chair, District 13 Band Chair, and District 13 Chair.
Prior to his appointment at Norcross, Mr. Newman was the Director of Bands at Elbert County Comprehensive High School in Elberton, Georgia from 2003-2011. Mr. Newman has received two degrees in music education from the University of Georgia (BMus 2001 and MMed 2003). While at UGA, Mr. Newman studied conducting with Dr. John Culvahouse and Professor Alan Crowell and trumpet with Dr. Edward Sandor. He continues to be active as a freelance performer and private lessons instructor.
His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. In his free time, Mr. Newman enjoys running. He and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2003. They have two children, Charlotte (10) and Clark (5).
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Maria "Mimi" Phillips
Maria “Mimi” Phillips currently serves as Associate Director of Bands at Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia. Prior to joining the Norcross Band Staff, Ms. Phillips taught at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia as Assistant Band Director. During her time there, the Harrison Bands performed at the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival and the GMEA In-State Conference. At Harrison, Ms. Phillips served as Woodwind Caption Head, and the marching band was named Bands of America Regional Champion.
Ms. Phillips graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During her time at KSU, she studied flute with Christina Smith and voice with Leah Partridge. She performed with the Wind Symphony, Women’s Choir, Marching Band, and Concert Band.
While at KSU, Ms. Phillips served as the first drum major for “The Marching Owls” and helped colonize the Iota Psi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma as founding Treasurer. She student taught at Allatoona High School in Cobb County with Mrs. Cecilia Clark and Mr. Mark Gurnow.
Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education and Georgia Music Educators Association. Ms. Phillips currently resides in Duluth, Georgia.
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Corey Fair is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at Norcross High School. Prior to joining the Norcross Bands Team, Mr. Fair served as the Director of Bands at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Georgia where he conducted the Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and managed and taught the Wolfpack Marching Band.
Under the supervision of Mr. Fair, the Woodland Concert Bands received ‘superior’ ratings at LGPE. The Wolfpack Marching Band has received ‘superior’ ratings as well as “Best in Class Awards” and “Grand Champions” at festivals around the state of Georgia. The Woodland Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2019 GMEA In-Service Conference and selected to perform at the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival as part of the 2019 Music for All National Festival.
Under Mr. Fair’s direction, the Woodland Percussion Ensemble performed at the 2017 and 2018 Lassiter Percussion Ensemble Symposium in Marietta, GA, was invited to participate in the 2018 Emory Percussion Symposium as a clinic performance, and participated in the 2018 Columbus State University Percussion Ensemble Clinic Workshop where they participated in their first recording session.
Most recently, Mr. Fair was recognized as an Exceptional Educator Honoree in Henry County Schools in the 2018-2019 school year. In addition to his work at Woodland High School, Mr. Fair keeps an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician, performer, and private lessons instructor.
Mr. Fair received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, where he studied percussion under the instruction of Paul Vaillancourt and conducting with Dr. Jamie Nix through independent study. His professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, and the Percussive Arts Society.
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Lexi Gardiner, or Ms. G to her students, is excited to join the Norcross High School Marching Band program as the Colorguard Director. In addition to her time with the Norcross Marching Band, Ms. G will be serving the Norcross HS campus as the Stellar Sub.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Ms. G got her start in the marching arts at The Woodlands College Park High School and has had a love for the activity ever since. She graduated from Texas State University where she pursued a degree in History with a certification in Secondary Education. During her time in college, Ms. G continued to practice her passion for colorguard by teaching at a number of high school programs in the Austin/San Antonio area and as a member of multiple independent Drum Corps and Winterguard performing ensembles.
This past school year Ms. G lived in Victoria, TX and worked at Victoria West High School as a 9thgrade World Geography teacher. Both in the classroom and on the field, she tries to bring a joy of learning and an interest in personal growth to all of her students.
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