Dr. Jerry Markoch
Director of Bands

Dr. Jerry Markoch is currently in his 29th year of teaching and 21st year as Director of Bands at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC. During his tenure at Athens Drive, the band program has grown to nearly 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 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 and 2014, the Wind Ensemble performed at the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem.  The Athens Drive Band Marching Band has traveled extensively throughout the eastern United States, performing at such noted locales as Busch Gardens, Hershey Park, Washington D.C., and Walt Disney World.  In November 2014, the Marching Band performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.  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 addition to his teaching responsibilities at Athens Drive, Dr. Markoch has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state.  He is a former member of the board of directors of the Central District Bandmasters Association.  “Doc”--as he is affectionately known by his students and colleagues—is an avid golfer and resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Susan, and his children, Ben and Caroline.

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.  


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.

Dr. Andrew Smith
Tuba Clinician

Dr. Smith holds a Doctorate of Music Arts from UNC Greensboro and is the Director of Athletic Bands at UNC Greensboro.  He plays with the Triangle Brass Band, North Carolina Brass Band, Bay Street Brassworks and Fayetteville Symphony all while maintaining an active career as a low brass educator.

Brian Holtshouser
Saxophone Clinician

Brian Holtshouser is an alumnus of Athens Drive from the Class of 2013 and has been playing saxophone since 2005. Brian was a member of the 2013 US Army All-American Marching Band. He is currently studying Music Education at UNC Chapel Hill where he is an active member of the Wind Ensemble, Big Band Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Tar Heels. He works as a Pep Band Conductor at Olympic Sport events on campus.