Mr. Colt Campbell
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Mr. Colt Campbell is in his 12th year (2nd at Glenvar) as a professional music educator. After graduating Glenvar High School in 2007, Mr. Campbell set off to attend the University of South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor's of Music with an emphasis in Music Education, a Performance Certificate in trombone, and a Master's Degree in Music Education. He then taught in South Carolina for the first 10 years of his career. Now back at Glenvar, Mr. Campbell oversees the activities and growth of the band program at Glenvar Middle and High Schools.
Well-known for building and growing programs, Mr. Campbell served a few different roles while teaching in South Carolina. As the Director of Bands at West-Oak High School in Westminster, SC, band enrollment tripled. In 2014, the Marching Band made AAA State Finals for the first time in school history and every year after that, placing 1st in Musical Performance in 2016. The WOHS Band Program earned the prestigious "Outstanding Performance Award" for the first time in school history in 2016, and again in 2017. As the Director of Bands at James Island Charter High School in Charleston, South Carolina, enrollment quickly doubled. In 2019, the JICHS Band Program was the only SC band program to earn the "Concert Achievement Award" given by the South Carolina Band Director's Association. Before returning home, Mr. Campbell served as Music Performance Director at the brand new Lucy Beckham High School in Charleston, SC. While overseeing the music program and a dynamic team of music educators, Mr. Campbell implemented one of the only high school Symphony Orchestra programs in South Carolina. Mr. Campbell was selected as the 2014 "Teacher of the Year" at West-Oak High School.
During his 1st year back at Glenvar, the band program experienced quick success. For the first time in program history, concert bands from both Glenvar Middle & High School received Superior Ratings at State Concert Assessments hosted by the Virginia Band Directors & Orchestra Association. All-District & All-State numbers were higher than they have been in over a decade. Projected numbers show a 40% increase in Glenvar Band enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year.
Mr. Campbell most recently served as the bass trombonist of the Charleston Wind Symphony and has performed with many orchestras, jazz/rock bands, and various ensembles throughout South Carolina. In 2010, Mr. Campbell was selected as one of 3 finalists in the American Trombone Workshop: National Solo Competition, hosted by the U.S. Army Band.
Mr. Campbell happily resides in Salem with his wife, Katie, their three children, Conner, Cooper, and Piper, and their dog, Birdie. Mr. Campbell's hobbies include spending time with family, music-making, home improvement, and personal fitness.
Stephen Chisum is excited to return to the Glenvar area after spending his 4th through 9th grade years here. After moving to Henrico County in central Virginia, Mr. Chisum graduated from Deep Run High School in 2011. He then attended and graduated Christopher Newport University in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Biology and attended the University of Richmond for their Teacher Licensure Program. After graduating in 2018 and teaching Life Science at Cave Spring Middle School for 4 years, Mr. Chisum has returned home to teach Earth Science at Glenvar High School beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.
Mr. Chisum’s band experience includes 2 years at Glenvar, 3 years at Deep Run, and 4 years at CNU; all of which he marched baritone. The drum major during Mr. Chisum’s first year of band at Glenvar was in fact Mr. Campbell. At Deep Run his leadership positions included section leader and brass captain and at CNU he served multiple years as rank leader/section leader. After returning to Deep Run after college to help instruct the marching band, Mr. Chisum got his start in color guard during the spring 2016 indoor season. With instruction from a former Deep Run and JMU Nuance color guard member and a love of creating choreography and visual effects, Mr. Chisum had many successful fall and winter seasons with the award winning Deep Run color guard. In addition to Deep Run, Mr. Chisum has also worked/consulted with Atlee High School and Cave Spring High School.
Mr. Stephen Chisum
COLOR GUARD INSTRUCTOR
Ms. Miranda Hughes
Miranda Hughes is an active percussion soloist, chamber musician, educator, and composer specializing in classical and contemporary genres. Based in Blacksburg, Virginia, she has appeared with the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble, Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble, Virginia Tech Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Tech New Music Ensemble, The Marching Virginians, and the Blacksburg Community Band. Miranda has performed with musicians such as Claire Chase, Christopher Jones, and Escape Ten. She has also been a part of world premieres with composers Hilary Tann, Marcus Norris, and Gala Flagello.
In the last year, Miranda received Third Price at the PASIC Concert Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition with the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble. She was also awarded Second Prize in The Green Vibes Project Solo Vibraphone Competition in 2020.
As an educator, Miranda has taught numerous middle school and high school percussionists as a private instructor. She currently teaches privately in Blacksburg, VA. Miranda is also an experienced marching band instructor, teaching drum lines and front ensembles since 2019 throughout southwest Virginia.
Apart from performing and teaching, Miranda has experience in arts administration and social media management. In this capacity, she interned with Chicago based, Grammy Award-winning, Third Coast percussion in the spring of 2021. Additionally, she serves as the Virginia Tech percussion club president and social media coordinator. Miranda is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Diversity Alliance.
Miranda is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in percussion performance from Virginia Tech, under the instruction of Dr. Annie Stevens. Miranda is also interested in non-western music, having studied West African hand drumming, singing, and dancing with Otu Kojo. Her teachers include Annie Stevens, Rob Sanderl, Brant Blackard, and Adam Clark.
Rhiannon Bayless is excited to spend her first year as a member of the Glenvar band staff. She graduated from Salem High School in 2019, and is now a senior at Hollins University, where she majors in percussion performance.
Rhiannon has 9 years of band experience, which includes 2 years of auxiliary percussion at Andrew Lewis Middle School, 4 years as the lead vibraphone in Salem’s marching band and indoor percussion ensemble, and 3 years playing marimba in Hollins University’s World Music Ensemble and 1 year in Roanoke’s Valley Chamber Orchestra. She also has experience with teaching private piano, percussion, and guitar lessons.
In her free time, she enjoys composing and listening to music. She is excited to join the Glenvar Marching Highlanders this year!
Ms. Rhiannon Bayless
Rev. Audrey Reece
Rev. Audrey Reese is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In her spare time, she has a passion for the marching arts, color guard and indoor winter guard specifically. Rev. Reese has been in the marching arts activity for over 20 years, teaching programs all over South Carolina. She lives in Westminster, SC, with her husband and two dogs, a 12 year old lab named Scout and 2 year old rottweiler named Bridgett. She is excited to continue working with programs like Glenvar in a consulting capacity and looks forward to being involved in the activity in a new way.