Dr. Douglas Morin
Dr. Douglas Morin
Richard Huggins has served as band director in Hanover county for the past ten years. Originally from Roanoke, Mr. Huggins studied at Longwood College and graduated from James Madison University. Mr. Huggins first taught elementary bands in Fairfax County and then in Washington County, Virginia.
Mr. Huggins served as band director at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA, then moved to Chesterfield County, where he taught for fifteen years. Mr. Huggins’ ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings during his tenure.
Mr. Huggins has marched with and served as an instructor for the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Schaumburg, Illinois. He is an active adjudicator, clinician, and drill writer. His professional affiliations include VMEA, VBODA, NAFME, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Huggins lives in Mechanicsville with his wife Patti. They have two children, Laura and Daniel
Greg Thomas received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Music Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught for 34 years in the Albemarle County Public Schools, including 26 years as the Band Director at Albemarle High School. He is currently on the Faculty of James Madison University where he conducts the Jazz Band, teaches Instrumental Arranging, and supervises student teachers. Mr. Thomas was recently inducted into the VBODA Band Director Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to music education in Virginia. Under his direction, the Albemarle High School Band was recognized seventeen times by the VBODA as a “Virginia Honor Band.” He has presented multiple times at the State VMEA conference on the subject of creativity in the instrumental ensemble. Mr. Thomas is a member of VMEA, VBODA, Phi Beta Mu, VEA and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician around the state of Virginia. Mr. Thomas has been an active performer all over the United States, and has performed with Gladys Knight, the Temptations, and other national and regional acts.
Renee Morin is a Marching Band Instructor, Drill Designer, Visual Consultant, Adjudicator, and mentor to new instructors who is currently serving as the Visual Coordinator for the Spirit of Gold Marching Band at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Over her 20+ years of marching instruction and show design, she has crafted outstanding performances as an Assistant Director, Visual Caption Head, and Marching Instructor for award-winning high school marching programs in Indiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Washington, and Illinois. The students under her tutelage have earned Superior and Excellent ratings in competition and entertained audiences throughout the country. She is especially proud to have prepared and encouraged many former students to further the mission of the Marching Arts by participating in collegiate bands, Drum Corps International, WGI, community street bands (HONK!), professional sports/entertainment bands, and working as instructors themselves.
Cara Taylor lives in Salem, VA with her husband and 3 children. Her oldest is taking percussion lessons and enjoys playing in the Andrew Lewis Middle School band. She currently holds a Masters in Psychology and Counseling for Addictions and Recovery from Liberty University. She has taught many schools throughout southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee as well as camps in North & South Carolina.
Justin Johnson is a performer and composer within the areas of percussion and keyboard. Upon graduating from Bassett High School (Bassett, VA), Justin has participated in multiple ensembles there which performed within the Bands of America (BOA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits. He has also performed in outside ensembles such as the Virginia Helmsmen Independent Open Percussion Ensemble, the Standing Room Only Jazz Orchestra, Urban Essence/Bernard Hairston Group, and Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and Intern Vice President for the North Carolina Chapter.