MEET THE STAFF
Director of Bands
Lee T. Hughes has been the Director of Bands at Robertsdale High School since 2017. He teaches Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, AP Music Theory, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and oversees all other ensembles. Mr. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Alabama. While there, he served as a trumpet section leader, as well as, teaching assistant in the acclaimed Jaguar Marching Band and was principal trumpet player with the Wind Ensemble, USA Symphony/Opera Orchestra and Jazz Band. After graduation he has since taught at many award-winning band programs, such as Baker High School in Mobile, Alabama, Daphne High School in Daphne, AL, and now Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, AL. He is also an avid clinician and performer along the Gulf Coast. In Spring of 2016, he was chosen to be an honor band clinician with the Mobile County Middle School Honor Band. Mr. Hughes is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). He also served on the Alabama Bandmasters Association Election and Music Committees from 2020-2021. Mr. Hughes lives in Loxley, AL with his son Weston, and his beautiful wife Kristen.
Associate Director of Bands
Bryant Ramey has been an Associate Director of Bands at Robertsdale High School since 2017. He teaches Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble B. Mr. Ramey graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. where he is also currently pursing a Master of Music Education. During his undergraduate studies, he was a member of the acclaimed Jaguar Marching Band, where he marched on the Jag’ Drumline; he also performed in the University Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. After graduation, he has since taught private lessons in percussion in Baldwin County. He has also served as a percussion technician to local band programs in both Mobile and Baldwin County. Mr. Ramey continues to perform locally with groups such as the Baldwin Pops Community Band. Mr. Ramey is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). He is married to his lovely wife, Katelyn.
Associate Director of Bands
Director of Choirs
Jeffrey Lepa has been at Robertsdale High School as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Choirs since 2021. He formerly served as Associate Director of Bands at Baldwin County High School for 4 years and Director of Bands for 12 years. Mr. Lepa graduated from Graceland University in Southern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Music Education. While there, he served as student assistant to the band, choir, and orchestra programs and served on the student senate. Locally, he can often be found performing with the City Rhythm Jazz Band out of Loxley. Mr. Lepa is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Alabama Music Educator’s Association (AMEA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He lives in Loxley with his wife and 2 children.
Director of Color Guard/Choreographer
Marsha Foster has been at the University of South Alabama since 2010, where she is the color guard coordinator/instructor/choreographer for the JMB fall and winter guards. She also works with the Robertsdale HS guard and the Gulf Shores HS guard as instructor/choreographer. Mrs. Foster earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis. While at MSU she served as the color guard captain and choreographer. She also performed in the wind ensemble, symphonic band and the MSU Camerata Singers. She marched on the weapon line with the Memphis Blues Brass Band Drum and Bugle Corps in 1982. Her 30+ year career of color guard choreography and instruction began at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN and extends throughout the Southeastern United States to numerous award winning High Schools as well as several Universities. For 18 years she was at Daphne H.S. in Daphne, AL serving as the color guard coordinator/instructor/choreographer for the fall and winter guard programs. Under her direction the DHS guard consistently earned Best in Class and Best in Show awards at marching band contests. The DHS winter guard has medaled in the Scholastic A Class the last 15 years in the GCGPC Circuit. Seven times as A class Champions, once as AA Champion and once as Regional A Champion. They were the WGI Pensacola Regional Scholastic A Champion for 2010 and have been semi-finalists at the WGI World Championships 6 times. Mrs. Foster also served as the color guard caption head for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 2017-2019. Mrs. Foster has been married to Mark Foster for over 34 years and they have two daughters.
Director of Percussion, Drill and Show Design
Mark Foster has been a music educator for over 30 years and recently retired from Daphne High School as the Associate Director and Percussion Instructor. He received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Memphis State University and his Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech University. He was a charter member of the Memphis Blues Brass Band in 1980 and 1981 as a tenor player.His organizational activities included the ABA District 7 Chairman from 2001 - 2003, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit from 2010 to 2012, and a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Committee in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Foster is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, NAFME, and the Percussive Arts Society. Individual accomplishments include: Daphne High School Teacher of the Year, Daphne High School Hall of Fame, the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit Hall of Fame, and was awarded the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award.
Director of Bands
Central Baldwin Middle School
Ashley Tyler Cummings has served as Band Director at Central Baldwin Middle School in the hub of Baldwin County since 2007. Since Mrs. Cummings' appointment to the director’s position, the CBMS Band program has consistently grown in numbers and quality each year, receiving superior ratings at district, state, and regional music events. While in Baldwin County, Mrs. Cummings also taught the first band programs at Loxley Elementary School and Rosinton School. Prior to coming to Baldwin County, she served as the Assistant Band Director at Homewood Middle School and Homewood High School, where her band performed for the Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference. In addition to her duties as assistant band director, she also served as the Homewood High School Auxiliary Coordinator and Choreographer and conducted the show choir and jazz bands.
Originally from Lakeland, Florida, Mrs. Cummings grew up in Brewton, Alabama and graduated from T. R. Miller High School. She completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Auburn University. While in Auburn, Mrs. Cummings was a member of the Auburn University Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Flute Ensemble, and also participated in the Auburn Community Orchestra. In addition, Mrs. Cummings performed with the Auburn University Campus Band where she served as undergraduate conductor. Mrs. Cummings worked on the Auburn University band staff as an undergraduate assistant and served as flute section leader for two years. Mrs. Cummings served as the Alabama Collegiate Secretary for the National Association for Music Education for two years as well as President of the Auburn University NAfME chapter. She is also a charter member for the Kappa Phi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She completed her Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has continued with post-graduate and doctoral work there as well.
In addition to her duties as band director, Mrs. Cummings has performed with the Baldwin Pops Band. She has served as a presenter and clinician for the Alabama Music Educators Association as well as for NAfME’s Biennial Music Educators National Conference. She continues to serve as an active clinician, adjudicator, and teacher throughout the southeast region.
Mrs. Cummings’ professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Tau Beta Sigma and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
6th Grade Band Director- Robertsdale Elementary, Elsanor Elementary, Silverhill Elementary, Loxley Elementary
Ms. Tomecek earned a Bachelor's of Music Education and Master of Science in School Counseling from Mississippi State University. Her primary instrument is the flute. Although she is from Mississippi, an Alabamian stole her heart. Her husband is from the Fairhope area but initially started school at Silverhill his first year. After they graduated Mississippi State University , they both found work locally and she happened to land a job teaching at her husband's original home school! With each year she hopes to improve as a teacher, educator, band director, musician, wife, and person. She believes this is exactly where she needs to be and appreciates this community's support and dedication to the arts.
6th Grade Band Director-Rosinton Elementary, Baldwin Virtual School
Mrs. Lepa graduated from University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance. She then did her graduate work at the University of Florida. While there, she performed in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Clarinet Ensemble, and New Music Ensemble. She has performed with various orchestras and in many pit orchestras for musicals. She is currently the band director at Loxley Elementary School, Rosinton Elementary School, and Stapleton Elementary School. She lives in Loxley with her husband and 2 sons.