"Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music" - Ronald W. Reagan
3750 Transou Rd. Pfafftown, NC 27040
Band of Raiders
Ronald Wilson Reagan High School
Staff
Robert Johnston - Director of Bands

Robert Johnston is beginning his tenure as Director of Bands at Reagan High School in the fall of 2017, coming to the school from Morganton, North Carolina.  Mr. Johnston began teaching in 2005 at Table Rock Middle School and was the Director of Bands for the past six years at Freedom High School, his alma mater.

​As a graduate of Western Carolina University, Mr. Johnston was very active in the music department while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education.  During his time there he was a drum major of the WCU "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band for two years and served as staff coordinator for one.  In addition he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble, and many others.  Also during that time and in the summer of 2002 Mr. Johnston performed across the country with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from Madison, Wisconsin. 
 
While serving the Burke County Public Schools, Mr. Johnston earned over twenty Superior ratings at NCBA Music Performance Adjudication events in Concert Band and Jazz.  Under his direction in 2009, the Table Rock Middle School Jazz Ensemble was selected and performed for the North Carolina Music Educators Conference.  During his tenure at Freedom High School the marching band received many Grand Champion awards and the Wind Ensemble earned Superior ratings in Grade VI literature.  His band also participated in the 2016 National Pearl Harbor Parade in Hawaii to help commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
 
In addition to teaching band, Mr. Johnston is an active drill designer for marching bands throughout western North Carolina and is a clinician and adjudicator for concert, jazz, and marching bands.  His professional affiliations include the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society.

While away from the band activity Mr. Johnston enjoys riding motorcycles on the Blue Ridge Parkway and supporting his favorite NFL team, the Carolina Panthers.  
Kenny Tysor - Associate Director of Bands

Kenneth Tysor is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Director of Bands for Reagan High School.  Groups under his direction received superior ratings and have consistently seen substantial growth in both quality and quantity.  During his tenure teaching in North Carolina, Mr. Tysor has chartered partnerships with local universities, established vibrant small-ensemble programs, utilized peer-tutoring strategies, coordinated high school mentorship programs, and seen dramatic increases in the number and quality of students selected for honor bands and orchestras.
Mr. Tysor received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from UNC Greensboro and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University. While at ASU, he was the primary conductor of the Concert Band and the Graduate Conducting Assistant for the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Basketball Band and conducting classes.  

Primarily a clarinetist, Mr. Tysor performed as principal clarinetist of the Philharmonia of Greensboro and was also a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.  As a former member of the N.C. All-State Band and All-State Orchestra, Mr. Tysor sees the value in preparing for honor band, honors orchestra, and youth symphony auditions. Mr. Tysor has repeatedly coached students who were selected for principal positions in the N.C. All-State Band and All-State Orchestra.  

Mr. Tysor is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  During the summers, Mr. Tysor writes marching drill for high school marching bands, is in demand as a clinician, and has served as a conductor for the UNCG Summer Music Camp.  Mr. Tysor, an avid sailor, also holds a limited captains license from the US Coast Guard, and can be found cruising and sailing his sailboat "Alibi."


Danny Green 

​Danny Green, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble was born in Winston-Salem and graduated from North Forsyth HS.  He performed for three years as a Bandsman in the U. S. Army, received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from ECU and his Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from the UNCSA.  Mr. Green was formerly the Band Director at Mt Tabor HS.  Under his direction the Mt Tabor Band program grew from 40 to 180 members, received numerous superior ratings in grade levels IV through VI, placed over 200 students in the Northwest NC All-District Honors Band, and, for fourteen consecutive years placed more students in the WS/FCS Honors Band, and, the NWNC District Honors Band than any school in the WSFCS system.  During the last year of his tenure the Mt Tabor Wind Symphony commissioned a new work for Band, and performed the world premiere, under the direction of Mr. Green, in historic Carnegie Hall.  After leaving Mt Tabor, he served as the Band Director at Clemmons Middle School where in just three years the program grew from 130 to nearly 400 members.  Mr. Green has twice been elected “Band Director of the Year” by the Forsyth County Band Directors Association.  At the 1999 commencement ceremonies for the North Carolina School of the Arts Mr. Green received an award and was recognized for his outstanding contribution to music education in North Carolina.  He has also served as an assistant conductor for the UNCSA Musica Piccola summer music camp.  In 2001, Mr. Green was awarded the “Silver Baton Award” from the Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity at Appalachian State University.  He is a former conductor of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony, and for several years performed with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, where he served as a clarinetist and guest conductor.  In February 2005, Mr. Green was chosen to conduct the 100 member Western Region Repertory Orchestra at Appalachian State University.  Mr. Green retired in 2013 from fulltime work, but remains very active and continues to work with bands throughout Piedmont NC. In 2015 Mr. Green was named as one of 12 “Chief Judges” for the NC Bandmasters Association.  Also in 2015 Mr, Green was elected to the “Hall of Fame” at Mt Tabor High School.  Mr. Green resides in Clemmons, NC with his wife Rebecca.  They attend Clemmons Moravian Church where he serves as President of the Men’s Fellowship.
​Jeff Brown - Colorguard/Winterguard

Jeff Brown grew up in Kentucky where he graduated from Ohio County High school where he performed in the colorguard. He continued his career in colorguard by performing with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 1991 - 1994. He also performed with Escapade Winter Guard from 1992 - 1995. In 1992, he moved to Dayton Ohio and taught Centerville High School in 1996 (Bands of America and WGI Finalist). He also taught at Kettering Fairmont High School from 1998 - 2002 (WGI Finalists from 1998 - 2002).
Greg Dills - Director of Percussion

Greg Dills is currently the Director of Percussion for Wake Forest University Athletic Bands, Reagan High School and is the Director of Bands at Paisley IB Magnet School.  Among these jobs, Greg teaches private lessons in the Piedmont Triad Area and is a heavily sought out Percussion Arranger, Clinician, and Adjudicator in North Carolina.  He has arranged for groups across the county including North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Arkansas.
 
Recently, he graduated Appalachian State University with a master’s degree in Music Performance. While at ASU, he was the graduate assistant for the percussion studio and the Marching Mountaineers Percussion Section. Among his assistantship duties, Greg participated in a number of ensembles including the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Steely Pan Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, Mid-East Ensemble and the New Paradigm Percussion Quartet.
 
Prior to ASU, Greg attended Western Carolina University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at WCU, Greg participated in a many of the ensembles offered including the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band for 4 years. During his time in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the POTM won the prestigious Sudler Trophy. In 2011, Greg was awarded the highest Instrumental Performer award.
 
Greg has been involved with Drum Corps for 8 years.   He started his career as a member of the 2007 Division III DCI World Champions Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, 2008 Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010.  After aging out in 2010, he joined the staff at Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.  He served as a battery tech for 3 seasons and stepped up in 2015 to serve as the current Percussion Caption Head.
 
His WGI experience includes working with Palmetto Percussion, Wake Forest Independent, and Green Hope High School Indoor Percussion.
 
Greg has had the privilege to study or work with many great educators such as Mr. Bob Buckner, Mr. Matt Henley, Mr. Jon Henson, Shane Gwaltney, Dr. Omar Carmenates, Dr. Luis Rivera, Dr. Mario Gaetano, Dr. Robert Falvo, Dr. Tracy Wiggins, Mr. Byron Hedgepeth, and Mr. Rick Dilling. 
 
Mr. Dills’ professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society and MENC. Greg is an artist for Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Mapex and Majestic Percussion and Innovative Percussion. 
Sean B. McBride is the DIrector of the Band Program at Summit School in Winston-Salem, NC. There, he leads the after school band for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. He is developing new ensembles for students in grades 6-9. Along with traditional ensembles, Mr. McBride also directs the Jam Band Club, assist the Summit Choir Director, and teaches private lessons.
    Mr. McBride is a graduate from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Music Industry Studies. He studied french horn and was a member of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Brass Ensemble, Basketball Pep Band, and Marching Mountaineers. During his junior and senior years, Sean lead North Carolina’s Band of Distinction as a Drum Major. During summers, Mr. McBride worked as music intern with the North Carolina Symphony and Centenary United Methodist.
    As a member of the West Johnston High School Marching Band, he had the opportunity to perform at the BOA Grand Nationals, multiple BOA regional events, USSBA Nationals, the Macy’s Day Parade, and the ABC Christmas Parade. He performed on trumpet and mellophone and later served two years as Drum Major.    Mr. McBride professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Association for Music Education, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association
Joshua Dickens is the Director of Bands at Northwest Middle School in Winston Salem, NC. He currently directs four different groups at the school and recently took his Eighth Grade Band to the “City of the Arts Band Festival”.
Mr. Dickens has earned a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Western Carolina University. During his time at WCU he studied with Brad Ulrich, Larry Black, David Starnes, Bob Buckner, Will Peebles and Clif Dodson. Mr. Dickens studied Jazz Improvisation from Pavel Wlosok and performed lead trumpet in the WCU Jazz Ensemble.

After graduating in 2013 and prior to his arrival at Northwest, Mr. Dickens joined Edgecombe County Public Schools and served as Directors of Bands at Pattillo Middle School. The Band nearly doubled in size during his tenure there.

Mr. Dickens started his Drum Corps Career in 2011 with Carolina Crown. That year the hornline received the “Jim Ott Award” for Excellence in Brass and placed 4th overall. In 2013 he worked on Visual Staff with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps under Nick Scottella. In the summer of 2015 Mr. Dickens was a part of the Brass Staff with the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Dickens’ professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, the International Trumpet Guild and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in Winston Salem, NC.
Sarah Smith

​Sarah Smith is a Reagan alumnus and former member of the school’s ensembles including jazz band, wind ensemble, Honor’s ensembles and marching band.  She is a former Drum Major of the Band of Raiders.  She is currently attending Western Carolina University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music and a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education.  There, she is a member of the saxophone studio, studying under Dr. Ian Jeffress and participates in ensembles including saxophone quartet and the wind ensemble.  In addition, she is a member of the Pride of The Mountains marching band, where she plays the alto saxophone and is a member of the service leadership team.  Sarah is a member of the Honor’s College, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Chancellor’s list.  Sarah plans on graduating in 2018, and hopes to teach music in any grade level that she can.