In his ninth year of teaching high school band, Robert Truan (firstname.lastname@example.org) is currently the Director of Bands at Decatur High School where he teaches Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, SL IB Music, HL IB Music, Jazz Band, and other chamber ensembles.
In his tenure at Decatur, his ensembles have performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association Convention in Savannah; Music for All’s Southeastern Regional Concert Festival; Cork School of Music in Dublin, Ireland; and the Walt Disney World Resort. In 2017 the Wind Ensemble was The Foundation for Music Education’s Commended Winner for the Wind Band Honor’s Mark of Excellence Award. In 2018, the Decatur Wind Ensemble was the recipient of two American Prizes: High School Band, and Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for performance of American Music regardless of the musical medium.
Before teaching at Decatur, Mr. Truan was a band director at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, GA for five years. His concert ensembles have earned consistent Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation and his marching bands have earned 7 Grand Championships. He has received a Citation of Excellence Award from the National Band Association for his ensemble’s performance at the University of Georgia’s JanFest. He is an active judge for GMEA’s All-State auditions, Governor Honors Program’s auditions, and Large Group Performance Evaluations and is currently serving at District IV’s Band Chair. Mr. Truan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia and has a Master’s degree in Music Education.
Mr. Truan is a member of the National Band Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor’s Society, National Association for Music Education, and the Georgia Music Educator’s Association. He resides in Decatur, GA with his husband, P. Seth Thompson, and they have 7 wonderful plants together.
Mark has served as Percussion Instructor at DHS since 2010. He grew up in Cumming, GA, where he began studying percussion at the age of ten. Thanks to wonderful teachers and patient, loving parents, he was soon captivated by the beauty and power of people joined together to bring a piece of music to life. Throughout middle school and high school, Mark participated in District Honor Band, All-State Orchestra, All-State Wind Ensemble, and the All-State Jazz Clinic. He went on to study percussion at Western Carolina University and then Berry College.
Over the last 29 years, Mark has worked as a freelance and studio session drummer in the Atlanta area, performed in various capacities with countless musical groups across a wide variety of genres and contexts, and also taught private students, percussion clinics, and drumlines at middle schools and high schools throughout Georgia. Mark is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Georgia Music Educators' Association, the National Association for Music Education, and has served as an adjudicator at the GMEA's Solo & Ensemble Evaluations and All-State Band auditions.
Mark lives in Decatur, and when not drumming or teaching, is often thinking about words, people he loves, or delicious snack items.
COLOR GUARD INSTRUCTOR
Corian Ellisor hails from Houston where he started his guard training at Emblem 281 winterguard and the University of Houston marching band. From there, he went on the march with The Cavaliers drum corps and Code Black winterguard.
He has taught several high school and independent programs including Klein Collins High School, The Woodlands High School and Code Black winterguard. Currently, Corian teaches at Whitewater High School and Decatur High School. In addition to teaching guard, Corian holds a bachelors in dance from the University of Houston and a masters of dance from George Washington University.
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