Alisha Cardwell, Band Director
Ms. Cardwell's greatest passion is teaching and her enthusiasm for music education is apparent in her teaching style. Ms. Cardwell's educational philosophy includes making music an enjoyable experience for everyone by allowing hands on participation and open communication, a safe and open environment for students to express their individuality and skills through music, and to bring new ideas and global awareness to the classroom. Alisha earned her degree in music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 2017. She completed her student teaching at Asheboro High School with Suzanne Benhart and Phil Homiller, where she gained valuable experience conducting percussion, jazz, chamber, and concert ensembles of various levels. Alisha spent three seasons on staff with The Northwest Guilford Marching Band from Greensboro, NC. There she taught music (woodwind and brass) and visual (marching and movement). She has interned at many schools across the triad, included Braxton Craven Middle School, North Asheboro Middle School, South Asheboro Middle School, and Sumner Elementary School. At UNCG, Alisha studied flute with Dr. Erika Boysen, Carla Copeland-Burns, and Dr. Deborah Egekvist. During her time there, she performed with the University Band, Flute Ensemble, Sigma Alpha Iota Flute Choir, and the Bands of Sparta.
In 2016, Alisha ended her second season as head drum major, and fourth season overall, with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her first two seasons, she was a member of the trumpet section, studying trumpet with teachers Jon Gifford, Brandon Luce, Randall Bennett, and Ric Munsey. In the off season, Alisha attended leadership conferences for drum majors, taught private conducting lessons to high school aged students, and has managed the leadership team for Pioneer.
Ms. Cardwell is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, NAfME, and NCBA East. In 2016, she was awarded the Sword of Honor by the Kappa Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Outside of music, Alisha has a very strong passion for leadership and enjoys giving lectures and presentations when invited to do so. Alisha also enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and traveling. In her free time she loves spending time with her friends and family.
Matthew Parunak, Music Arranger
Jonathan Gifford, Drill Designer
Aliyah Ingram, Colorguard Instructor and Designer
David Lee, Percussion Instructor
Abby Scanlan, Colorguard Instructor
Hannah Thornton, Front Ensemble Instructor
Hannah Thornton is currently a Music Therapy Major at East Carolina University. She enjoys taking lessons from her oboe professor Bo Newsome and her percussion professor Jonathan Wacker. Her marching experience includes playing in the front ensemble for eight indoor percussion seasons, five marching band seasons, and snare for one indoor percussion season. Three of those indoor percussion seasons have been in the WGI circuit. She has marched in Fike Gold Line, Fike Blue Line, Fike Concert Percussion, Tar River Independent Percussion, and Fike Marching Band. She also helped tech Fike Blue Line, Riverside High School, and has been giving private lessons for several years.