What I Teach:
Piano • Flute
Why I love Music:
I began playing the flute at the age of 7. Being the daughter of a musician, my earliest memories of music involve making my father proud of my excitement for it. During middle and high school, I competed in music competitions for All County Band and All State Band, earning medals and the first chair to represent Mobile, Alabama on both the State and County levels.
After high school, I decided to join the United States Army, where I served as a Flute and Piccolo player. I completed my Advanced Individualized Training at the Little Creek, Virginia School of Music. I spent six years in the United States Army Bands, first with the First Infantry Division Band at Fort Riley, Kansas, and then with the 79th Army Band in the Republic of Panama. Additionally, I served six years in the United States National Guard Band in Atlanta, Georgia.
I also had the opportunity to perform with various community bands, including the South Metro Concert Band in Morrow, Georgia, and the Peachtree Wind Ensemble in Peachtree City, Georgia. One of the highlights of my musical career was performing with the African American Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by John Peek, at events such as the Apartheid – Winnie Mandela speech, the Trumpet Awards, and Reverend Jospeh E. Lowry’s retirement, where I had the privilege of meeting Rosa Parks.
Currently, I am actively involved in music, performing with the Fayette Area Flutist in Peachtree City, Georgia, and the Praise and Worship Band at Light of Joy Church in Riverdale, Georgia. I also had the opportunity to compose a song titled 'She Wears Hope' for the stage play 'She Wears Hope,' produced by Maya Taylor in Atlanta, Georgia. I directed the musical piece, which was performed by members of the Tri-Cities High School musicians during the performance.
My teaching career began when I was just 13 years old, with my first student, Adrienne, who was 7 at the time. Adrienne followed in my footsteps, participating in music competitions and earning medals and the first chair to represent Mobile, Alabama at the State and County levels. Together, Adrienne and I founded the Divine Melodies Flute Duo, performing at weddings, funerals, and special events.
I also passed on my love for music to my children, teaching them to play and forming their band when they were in elementary school. They performed at Open Word Christian Church for 'Special Music' during church services. Later, I was asked to interview for the music teacher position at Foundation Christian Academy, where I served for two years. I decided to pursue a degree in Flute Performance/Pedagogy, studying at Point University, and ultimately obtaining my Bachelor of Music Degree in 2012.