MEET THE STAFF

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LEE HUGHES

Director of Bands
lthughes@bcbe.org

Lee T. Hughes has been the Director of Bands at Robertsdale High School since 2017.  He teaches Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, AP Music Theory, 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 has served on the Alabama Bandmasters Association Election and Music Committees since 2020. Mr. Hughes lives in Loxley, AL with his son Weston, and his beautiful wife Kristen.

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BRYANT RAMEY

Associate Director of Bands
bramey@bcbe.org

Bryant Ramey has been an Associate Director of Bands at Robertsdale High School since 2017. He teaches Marching Band and Concert Band. Mr. Ramey graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. with a Bachelor of Music Education and 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.

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JEFFREY LEPA

Associate Director of Bands

Director of Choirs

jlepa@bcbe.org

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.

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MARSHA FOSTER

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.

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BLAIR DE GRAAF

Color Guard Instructor
bdegraaf@bcbe.org

Blair de Graff has been a color guard instructor at Robertsdale High School since 2021. She is also the Elementary Music Teacher at Robertsdale Elementary. Mrs. de Graaf attended Robertsdale High School. While there, she was the weapons captain and played clarinet during concert band season. Mrs. de Graaf earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Judson University and is currently pursuing her Master of Music Education from the University of South Alabama. She loves all things Disney, her husband, and 2 dogs!  

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MARK FOSTER

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.

 

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DAVID COLLINS

Director of Bands

Central Baldwin Middle School

dcollins@bcbe.org

Mr. David Collins is currently in his first year as Band Director at Central Baldwin Middle School. His duties consist of teaching the 7th and 8th grade bands at Central Baldwin Middle School, and assisting with the Robertsdale High School Band. Mr. Collins graduated from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL in 2013 and was under the direction of Mr. Jim Duren and Mr. Kevin Ownby. Mr. Collins attended the University of South Alabama, where he was a member of the Jaguar Marching Band and graduated with his Bachelors in Instrumental Music Education. He served as section leader for three years, was the principal saxophonist for the Wind Ensemble for five years, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant in his last year for the Jaguar Marching Band. Mr. Collins arranged music and wrote drill during his time as teaching assistant for the Jaguar Marching Band at USA.

 

Prior to CBMS, Mr. Collins taught private lessons throughout both Baldwin and Mobile County Public Schools, and also served as the Band Director at Summerdale School, and as Assistant Band Director at Elberta High School. Mr. Collins is a member of the National Educators Association (NEA), Alabama Education Association (AEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. Mr. Collins resides in Daphne, AL with his wife, Mrs. Callie Collins.

MELISSA WHITE

Silverhill Elementary
6th Grade Band Director
mdwhite@bcbe.org

Melissa White graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education. She plays all instruments, but specializes in oboe and piano.

CRYSTAL TOMECEK

6th Grade Band Director- Robertsdale Elementary, Elsanor Elementary

ctomecek@bcbe.org

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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.

DEANNA LEPA

6th Grade Band Director-Rosinton Elementary, Loxley Elementary

dlepa@bcbe.org

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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.

KRISTEN HUGHES

Media/Website Manager

kwhughes@bcbe.org

Mrs. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Music with outside studies in Psychology and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Alabama. She has been a speech-language pathologist since 2016 and has worked in Baldwin County Public Schools since 2022. While in college, Mrs. Hughes received flute lessons from internationally known players such as Goran Marcusson, Bradley Garner, and Patti Adams. In addition, she attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat, where she gained different perspectives regarding practicing, teaching, and performance. She has attended masterclasses by Ian Clarke, James Galway, and Goran Marcusson (participated in two of Goran's). In addition, she was the piccoloist for the USA Wind Ensemble, was the first piccolo section leader of the Jaguar Marching Band (JMB), was an undergraduate teaching assistant for the JMB and a recipient of the John W. Laidlaw Scholarship. She also was selected for many local gigs, performed with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra on several concerts, and the Mobile Opera. She has been teaching lessons for over 10 years and also gained teaching experience while assisting at Phillips Preparatory School in Mobile, AL. with Heather Moore and at local band camps (Daphne HS, Baker HS, Robertsdale HS). Besides playing the flute, Kristen has a great passion for music education and enjoys helping with Robertsdale's camps in her spare time, as well as managing the website and social media platforms. While she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her son Weston and her husband, who is the Director of Bands at Robertsdale High.