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DIRECTORS AND STAFF

Greg Dills - Director of Bands

Greg Dills will be starting his 10th year of teaching  as the Director of Bands at Jay M Robinson HS, Concord NC. Prior to teaching at JMR, Mr. Dills was the Band Director at Roberta Road MS where he was tasked with opening up a brand new school here in Cabarrus County. During his time there, he earned a Superior Rating at NC Music Performance Adjudication in their inaugural year. Before moving to Concord, he worked at Paisley IB Magnet in Winston-Salem and Director of Percussion for both Reagan High School and Wake Forest University.

During his time at Paisley, the program doubled in size and earned multiple "Superior" ratings at Northwest North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication events. In 2019, the Reagan HS Percussion Ensemble was invited to perform at the NC Music Educators Convention and he was awarded "Band Director of the Year" for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Bandmasters Association.

He received his Bachelor in Music Education from Western Carolina University and Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Appalachian State University.

Mr. Dills’ professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society and MENC. Greg is an artist for Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Ludwig Drums and Musser Percussion, and Innovative Percussion.

 

Greg currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Kelsey and 2 dogs Eleanor and Piper. In his spare time, you will find him training for Marathons and Triathlons.

Jerry Goodnight - Assistant Band Director

Mr. Goodnight, a National Board-certified and National Award-winning social studies teacher, has served as the Assistant Band Director for the Pride of Robinson since 2017, previously working for the band as a Brass and Visual Specialist during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University (Bachelor's in American History; Minor in Political Science - 2013) and UNC Charlotte (Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies - 2016), and is currently enrolled as a full-time Doctoral Student at the University of South Carolina, while teaching 8th Grade Social Studies and Humanities at Winkler Middle School.


Mr. Goodnight is also the Owner of Goodnight Visual Designs, a visual/program design and consulting business where he has created award-winning show designs, drill, and choreography for programs throughout the Southeastern United States. Previously, Mr. Goodnight has served on the Visual Staff with Music City Drum Corps, and as a Brass and Visual Specialist for multiple ensembles across the state since 2011.

Mr. Goodnight marched trumpet with the 2012 Drum Corps International Silver Medalist Carolina Crown, where the hornline was distinguished with the Jim Ott Award for Excellence in Brass and the corps earned its first Jim Brazale Award for Best Visual Performance. During his time at Western Carolina University, he also performed as a member of the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band for four years, serving on the student leadership staff for three years, and as a Trumpet Section Leader during the 2013 season. Outside of teaching he is a sponsored disc golfer and avid Carolina Panthers fan, and enjoys spending time on the course or at the stadium with his son, Jack!

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Natalie Gillin - Color Guard Director

Ms. Gillin, a second-year Special Education teacher, has served as the Colorguard Instructor for the Pride of Robinson since 2022. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University (Bachelor's in Inclusive Education; Adapted Curriculum Special Education Add-On; Minor in Psychology - 2022). She is currently teaching in the Structured Learning classroom at Patriots Elementary School. As a first-year teacher, she was voted Beginning Teacher of the Year at her school. 

 

Ms. Gillin is a Cabarrus County native where she marched in the "Spirit of Cox Mill" Marching Band for 5 years. She has also participated in the WGI Independent A Winterguard Ensemble, "Gentoo" from 2016 to 2018. While at Western Carolina, she marched in the "Catamount Colorguard" for two years. During her time she was able to march with the "Pride of the Mountains" in the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. When she is not teaching, she enjoys attending Broadway Musicals, playing softball, and spending time with her friends and family!

Brock Atwell - Drumline Instructor

Originally from Wilkesboro, NC, Brock is a marching percussion specialist with a vast amount of experience both performing and teaching across the southeast. He is a very passionate musician and educator, and he hopes to lend his expertise to the best of his abilities to help further progress his drumline students at Jay M Robinson!

In his time as a performer, Brock has performed with the following ensembles:

  • Wilkes Central High School Marching Band 2011-2015

  • Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains”Marching Band 2015-2020

  • Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 2013 & 2016

  • Wake Forest Independent 2013

  • Revelation Percussion Inc. 2015

  • Matrix Percussion 2018

Both during and following his time as a performer, Brock has been granted several opportunities to apply his marching percussion knowledge to a variety of educator roles. Along with currently teaching at Jay M Robinson, he has taught with the following ensembles:

  • Cedar Ridge High School 2016

  • Mitchell High School 2017

  • Walton High School (GA) 2019

  • Gate City Percussion 2019-2021

  • Civitas Independent 2021-present

Outside of the marching activity, Brock is also active in the local music scene of Charlotte, having tons of experience playing drumset and guitar on top of marching drums. With all of his experiences combined, he feels that it has shaped his style of interpreting music as a whole and can apply that into his teaching philosophy.

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