Michael C. Luley has been Director of Bands at Lake Braddock Secondary School since 2011. He directs two high school ensembles, the marching band, and works with the middle school band program teaching percussion ensemble and a seventh grade clarinet class. Previously, Mr. Luley held the position of Associate Director at Lake Braddock for five years under Roy Holder.
While the jazz director at Lake Braddock, Mr. Luley’s ensemble performed two times at Blues Alley, in Washington, D.C. and performed on the U.S. – China Friendship tour in Beijing, China in 2010 with trumpet soloist SGM Craig Fraedrich of the U.S. Army Blues. Additionally, Mr. Luley had the opportunity to direct Honor Bands in Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
Mr. Luley has taken the Lake Braddock Symphonic Band to the BOA National Concert Band Festival in 2015 and the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference in November of 2015. He received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in 2015 as well.
Before coming to Lake Braddock, Mr. Luley taught band in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Falls Church, Virginia. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Virginia University and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Luley is a member of several professional organizations and served as the Virginia State Representative for the National Band Association for five years.
Associate Band Director
Brandon Gilbert is a recent graduate of Tennessee Tech University where he majored in instrumental music education. Mr. Gilbert is a native of Church Hill, Tennessee and a graduate of Volunteer High School. While at Tennessee Tech, Mr. Gilbert played saxophone in a variety of ensembles including the Symphony Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Troubadours Jazz Ensemble, the Golden Eagle Marching Band, the Tennessee Tech Saxophone Ensemble, and various saxophone quartets. Mr. Gilbert has also served on executive boards for the Lambda Rho chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a National Honorary Band Fraternity, as well as the Tennessee Tech University Saxophone Alliance. During the 2019/2020 academic year, Mr. Gilbert was chosen to serve as one of four undergraduate teaching assistants—or “Black Jackets”—for the Golden Eagle Marching Band. Mr. Gilbert is excited to be joining the Lake Braddock band family.
Middle School Band Director
Krista Pezold is honored to be joining the Music Department at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Although she is a native Northern Virginian who attended Mt. Vernon High School and George Mason University, she has spent the past sixteen years teaching middle school band in Cobb County, a suburb in northwest Atlanta, GA. Before moving to Atlanta, Ms. Pezold was the Assistant High School Band Director at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax for six years, where she taught both middle and high school bands, marching band, middle school jazz band, high school trombone choir, and AP Music Theory. Ms. Pezold earned a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences in 1987, worked in the field for six years, but then returned to school to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s in music at George Mason. She is thrilled to be coming back home and is looking forward to joining the Lake Braddock family. Ms. Pezold is an avid gardener, and she also enjoys freelance work as a trombonist and volunteering for local non-profit organizations in her free time.
Kelly McMillan is the Color Guard Director. Ms. McMillan is an alumna of the Lake Braddock Marching Band and is excited to be involved with this award-winning program as the Color Guard Director. She is a former captain and four-year member of the LBCG under the direction of Roy Holder. She has an extensive background in the performing arts and musical theatre as a singer and dancer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from East Carolina University, where she was also part of the music program, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia. She’s been a member of the English department faculty at LBSS for over a decade, with a primary focus on English 9 and Honors instruction.
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