Staff

 

BAND DIRECTOR

Tyler Ehrlich - June 2020 -

 

 

 

Tyler Ehrlich is the director of bands at Decatur High School, where he is responsible for the instruction and administration of the concert bands, marching band, and chamber ensembles. In addition to his responsibilities at Decatur, Ehrlich serves as conductor of the Emory Wind Ensemble and associate conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony.


Ehrlich previously taught band, music technology, and served as the fine arts department chair at Centennial High School in Roswell, GA. He holds a master's degree in conducting from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Ehrlich served as the teaching assistant for the Cornell Wind Ensembles and directed pit orchestras for Ithaca’s largest student musical theater organization, the Melodramatics Theatre Company.


Funded by research grants from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers and UGA’s Ideas for Creative Exploration Lab, Ehrlich has worked with Cynthia Johnston Turner to bring their ideas involving conducting technology to fruition. They have presented their research at several of the largest band conferences in the world: the College Band Directors National Association National Conference, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Work that he has completed has been published in The Verge and USA Today.


Ehrlich lives in Decatur with his partner, Brent Allman, a PhD student at Emory University.

 

Email Mr. Ehrlich here.



  

PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

Mark Little

 

  

 

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 30 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, judges percussion for marching band competitions, 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

 

Corian Ellisor

 

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. 

 

 


 

 

Previous Band Director

 

 

Robert Truan  was the Director of Bands at Decatur High School, from 2012 (?)- June 2020  where he taught 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 Southeastern US Concert Band Clinic and Honors Band at Troy State in Jan of 2020; 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 has been a judge for GMEA’s All-State auditions, Governor Honors Program’s auditions, and Large Group Performance Evaluations and 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 has been 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.