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Director Paul Vesilind

Paul Vesilind was named George C. Marshall High School Teacher of the Year in Spring 2015. He has been the band director at Marshall High School since 2009, conducting the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band. Mr. Vesilind also teaches guitar and IB Music at Marshall. Before his tenure at Marshall, Mr. Vesilind taught high school band in Southern California for nine years. During those nine years his bands consistently earned superior ratings at festival, and his marching bands regularly competed at the state level. While in California, his bands performed music that ended up in the Dreamworks movie, Shrek the Third, and on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Mr. Vesilind holds degrees from George Mason University and California State University Northridge. He has studied trumpet with Dr. Dennis Edelbrock and David Detwiller and conducting with Anthony Maiello and Dr. Lawrence Stoffel. Mr. Vesilind is a member of MENC, VMEA, and VBODA. While in California, Mr. Vesilind performed in many regional rock bands as an instrumentalist and vocalist. He is versed in trumpet, drums, bass, guitar and singing. Mr. Vesilind lives in Burke, VA with his wife and two elementary aged children.

Percussion Director Doug Wallace

Doug Wallace is a vibrant and energetic performer, composer, and educator with diverse experience in all areas of percussion performance and pedagogy. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, Mr. Wallace has performed with a variety of acclaimed ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Theater Chamber Players, the Battery Four Percussion Group, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Amadeus Orchestra. He has also participated in several honors ensembles and festival orchestras including Tanglewood Music Center, The National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West, and the International Symphony Orchestra. With these groups and others, Mr. Wallace has worked under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, John Williams, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, and Placido Domingo.

With vast teaching experience at all levels, Mr. Wallace is in high demand as a music educator and clinician. Currently the Director of Percussion for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras in Annandale, Virginia, Mr. Wallace is an active percussion director, clinician and sectional instructor at several nationally recognized Fairfax County Public Schools. He is also proud to have been the first full time Professor of Percussion at Christopher Newport University, an up an coming music department located in Newport News, Virginia.   Mr. Wallace's private students have been accepted to continue studies at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The University of Miami, and DePaul University. His teaching techniques are highlighted in his method book, Percussion with Class, published by FJH Music, and his compositions and arrangements have been performed at The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, New York University, George Mason University, Christopher Newport University, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Temple University, the Noncert Chamber Series, the Music for All National Percussion Festival, the Virginia Music Educators Conference, and National's Park.

Marching Band Staff

Dave Brown, Visual Caption Head

Doug Wallace, Percussion Caption Head

Tony McCain, Colorguard Caption Head

Instrumental Staff

Flute: Susan Hayes, Alix Baldwin (also Director of Flute Choir)

Oboe: Jim Moseley

Clarinet: Catina Sweedy

Trumpet: Jim Bittner

French Horn: Amy Horn

Trombone: John McGinness

Euphonium/Tuba: Mark Thiele

Percussion: Doug Wallace

Get in touch

Have a music or performance question? Ask the Band Director: Paul Vesilind

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Marshall High School Band
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

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