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Stockbridge High School Band Staff

  Christopher D. Dowell is director of the Stockbridge High School band program. His duties include leading all marching band and symphonic band activities. Mr. Dowell is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Therrell High School and graduated from Redan High School. Mr. Dowell has degrees in Music Education and Educational Administration and Supervision. from Albany State University in Albany, GA, where he was an applied student of Mr.Jesse L. Walker, and conducting student of Dr. Harold A. Bray. 

Mr. Dowell served as Director of Bands at Pointe South Middle School from 2006-2009. While at Pointe South, his bands received superior and excellent ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. In 2009, the Pointe South Middle 8th grade band won 1st place and received a rating of superior at the Music USA band festival in Orlando, Fl. Bands at Pointe South Middle School also performed at community functions such as the annual Christmas in the Park Event hosted at the Morrow Tourist Center in Morrow, GA. 
Mr. Dowell served as  Director of Bands at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, GA from 2009-2014.  Mr. Dowell was selected to lead the Drew High School Band program during its inaugural year. His duties included leading all marching and symphonic band activities. Under Mr. Dowell's direction, the concert bands at Drew High School consistently received satisfactory ratings at Georgia Music Educators Large Group Performance Evaluations. The marching band participated in various community functions such as the Clayton County Public Schools Red Ribbon Parade, Fort Valley State University Homecoming Parade(2012) and Albany State University Homecoming Parade(2013).

Mr. Dowell has been director of  Stockbridge High School Band since 2014. Under his direction, the band has earned consecutive  ratings of superior at the Georgia Music Educator's Association(GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation . Also, the band was voted "BEST BAND" in the 2015 Viewer's Choice Battle of the Bands. The band program participated in the City of Stockbridge Veterans Day Parade and the Savannah State University Homecoming Parade(2014). 
Mr. Dowell is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Georgia Music Educators Association, MACE, the National Band Association, and the International Tuba/Euphonium Association.

Deodrick Jackson
 has served as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion studies since 2015.  Mr. Jackson is a Georgia native and attended Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, GA. While attending  high school, he was ranked one of the top musicians in his music program. He was a yearly participant in the District 4 Honor Ensemble as Well as All-State Symphonic Band. He participated in the Marching Panther Band Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, and the Symphonic Band. Upon leaving Southwest Dekalb High School, Mr. Jackson moved on to Morris Brown College where he participated in the Marching Wolverine Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band.  He was also actively involved in Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Jackson served as Section Leader of the percussion Section and Student Director of Bands wile at Morris Brown. Upon graduating,Mr. Jackson continued in music education working as Associate Director of Bands at Stephenson Middle School in Dekalb County, Assistant Director of Bands at Morris Brown College, and South Carolina State University. He has been highly qualified clinician at many schools such as Southwest DeKalb High School, B.E. Mays High School, and Stephenson High School. As a professional Artist and writer, Mr. Jackson has written and performed with “Drumline Live”, the artists Nelly, Young Jeezy, and Outcast, as well as performances with the hit movie “Drumline”.

    Briana Spence
has served as Director of Auxiliary Activities since 2015. Her duties include choreographing flag and dance routines for the field and stands. Ms. Spence is a native of LaGrange, Georgia where she attended LaGrange High School and was a dedicated member of the color guard for 4 years. Ms. Spence holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from the illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she was a treasured member and choreographer of Maroon Mystique, the color guard unit of the Morehouse College “House of Funk” Marching Band, for two years.

Ms. Spence has danced for several football teams in the Atlanta Area, including: Atlanta Xplosion and Atlanta Rage Professional Women’s Full-Contact Football teams, and the Georgia Predators and Georgia Knights of the Men’s Developmental Football League.  With over 25 years of dance and cheer experience, Coach Spence brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to the Stockbridge High School family.

Ms. Spence is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a Charter Mother of the IrresisTAUble Iota Rho Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Incorporated. 
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