Dr. Jerry Markoch
Director of Bands

Dr. Jerry Markoch is currently in his 33rd year of teaching and 25th year as Director of Bands at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, N.C. During his tenure at Athens Drive, the band program has grown to over 200 members and has earned significant honors, including consistent “Superior” ratings at the N.C. Concert Band Festival and numerous “Grand Champion” and “First Place” awards at local and regional marching band events. In April, 2017 the Wind ensemble earned the distinction of being named an “Honor Band of North Carolina;” in March 2014, the Wind Ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall, NY; in 2009 and 2010, concert groups performed for the Music for All/Bands of America “National Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble Festival” in Indianapolis, IN; and in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 the Wind Ensemble performed at the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem. The Athens Drive Marching Band has traveled extensively throughout the eastern United States, performing at such noted locales as Tampa, Florida (2018 Outback Bowl Pregame and Parade Grand Champion); Philadelphia (2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade); Washington D.C. (2012 Memorial Day Parade) and Walt Disney World. Students in the band have received much praise for their enthusiasm, fine character and outstanding musicianship.

Dr. Markoch completed a Ph.D. in music education at Louisiana State University, a M.M. at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and a B.M. at the University of Akron, Ohio. Prior to his graduate studies, he served three years as Band Director at Manchester High School (Akron, Ohio). Dr. Markoch has received many awards for his scholarship including a prestigious fellowship at LSU and the distinction of "Valedictorian" at the University of Akron. In 2003, he was selected by his colleagues as “Teacher of the Year” at Athens Drive High School. In 2007, he was named “Band Director of the Year” by the N.C. Central District Bandmasters Association (CDBA). In 2008, he received the “Award of Excellence” from the same organization. In 2015, Dr. Markoch was awarded the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement in Music Education from the North Carolina Symphony.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Athens Drive, Dr. Markoch has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state. “Doc”--as he is affectionately known by his students and colleagues—is an avid golfer and resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Susan. The couple have two children, Ben—a professional graphic designer, and Caroline—a dance educator.

Contact Dr. Markoch by e-mail at jmarkoch@wcpss.net or at 919-233-4077. 

John Antonelli
Percussion Instructor

John Antonelli has been the Director of Percussion at Athens Drive High School since 2007.  In his time at Athens Drive, he has developed the percussion Ensemble and Drum Line into highly successful groups.  Both indoor and outdoor marching percussion sections have won numerous awards all over the South Eastern United States.  In 2009, the Percussion Ensemble was invited to perform in the Music for All Bands of America "National Percussion Ensemble Festival" in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Antonelli holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.  He has been an educator, writer, arranger, and performer throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois.  He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention wit h the Philidor Percussion Group and has also performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his post at Athens Drive, Mr. Antonelli is currently the Percussion Instructor of North Carolina State University and has previously held the position of Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Wake Forest University.

Jennifer Mason Harris
Guard Instructor

Jennifer Mason Harris is an established Colorguard and Winterguard Performer as well as Instructor. Her efforts, especially with the Athens Drive Winterguard, have resulted in multiple finals performances in Atlantic Indoor Association Championships. Ms. Harris has provided growth and stability to Athens Drive Colorguard and continues to inspire her students to be their best. 

Ms. Harris is an experienced spinner and has marched with Tar Heel Sun Drum Corps, Carolina Visual Productions Winterguard, and Assembly Line Winterguard. She and her husband, Chad, are the proud parents of a lovely baby girl.

Dr. Wes Parker
Jazz Director
Marching & Brass Clinician

Dr. Wes Parker has been working with the Athens Drive HS Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble since 2010.  He holds a  DMA in Trombone Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Dr. Parker serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina State University and was the Assistant Director of the NC State Marching Band from 2006-2010.  He is an active freelance musician and clinician and has performed with many notable artists including Placido Domingo, the Temptations and the Pointer Sisters.  


Justin Berry
Saxophone Clinician

After teaching and performing while based in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years, Mr. Berry relocated to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area in August of 2015. He has performed professionally in the United States and abroad with various groups since the age of 17.

Mr. Berry has been teaching music privately since 1993, and enjoys teaching people of all ages and skill levels. He holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Arizona ("Fine arts in music" and "Speech, language, and hearing sciences") and also has a master's degree in speech-language pathology.  In addition to being a music teacher, he is also a licensed speech-language pathologist in the states of Arizona and North Carolina. In the period from 2007-2010, he taught several children with Asperger syndrome, developmental disabilities, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The richly rewarding experience of introducing these children to the language of music inspired him to seek a degree in speech-language pathology to complement his skills as a music teacher. Mr Berry enjoys the challenge of combining his music and speech-language pathology skill sets in order to provide specialized music instruction to individuals on the autism spectrum, those with attention, or developmental deficits, as well as typically developing students of all ages. Performing and teaching music are great passions in his life and he loves to share his experience with anyone who is interested to learn!

Lisa Burn
Brass Clinician

Ms. Burn is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.  While playing with the Winnipeg Symphony she developed a successful private trumpet studio and served as a local music educator.  Ms. Burn held the position of Band Director of Franklin Academy in Wake Forest and currently serves as principal cornet of the Triangle Brass Band and is also a private instructor and jazz educator.

Jimmy Gilmore
Clarinet Clinician

Mr. Gilmore holds a Masters of Music from Julliard School of Music.  He was Principal Clarinet of the North Carolina Symphony until he retired in 2010.  Mr. Gilmore has also played with the Rochester Philharmonic, the US Military Academy Band at West Point and also teaches Clarinet at Duke University.


Amy Holt
Flute Clinician

Ms. Holt received her BA in flute performance from the University of Georgia studying under Angela Jones-Reus. In addition to teaching and performing, Ms. Holt serves on the Board of the Raleigh Area Flute Association (RAFA) and directs the intermediate and advanced flute choirs sponsored by RAFA.