Staff

Cindy Scroggins—Administrative Assistant

Cindy joined the staff of the JHS Band program after serving actively as a band booster for 6 years with her sons Nick and Ben, both graduates of the JHS band program. Cindy brings many years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations and an accounting background to this position with the band program.

Dennis Akers – Low Brass

Dennis R. Akers currently resides in Jeffersonville, Indiana and is a retired band director of 40 years in Indiana and Kentucky. His last position (9 years) was as the director at Parkview Middle School in Jeffersonville where he also served and continues to serve as low brass instructor for the Jeffersonville High School marching band and concert bands. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Kentucky and Master of Arts in Music Education from Ball State University. He is actively involved as an adjudicator with the Indiana State School Music Association and is an active member of the Central States Judging Association.

Dixie Akers – Flute

Dixie Akers has been a music educator for over 43 years.  She received a B.S. in music from the University of Kentucky and a M.M.E. from Ball State University. Though Dixie is well known as a private flute instructor and serves as an adjudicator for both regional and state ISSMA events, she also performs in local and regional orchestras. The Akers’ have one son who is the band director at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. “Grammy” is currently teaching grandson Aaron to sing and play several instruments.

Brandon Bell – Saxophone

Brandon is a Louisville-based saxophonist and music educator, holding a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. Brandon is an active educator in the metro Louisville area, maintaining a private studio of students in age ranging from 3 to adulthood. Brandon has also enjoyed opportunities to perform in a variety of musical settings. He has played saxophone, clarinet, and flute in orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, Broadway shows, big bands, jazz combos, gospel groups, and rock bands with artists including Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Bolton. Brandon can regularly be heard around Louisville playing with Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, the Joe Dunn Band, and the Zach Longoria Project.

Jon Gustely – French Horn

Jon  has performed with the Louisville Orchestra since 2007 and is Principal Horn. Mr. Gustely has received degrees from Boston Conservatory, St. Louis Conservatory, and The Royal Conservatory of Belgium. He has also performed with The Mexico Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and toured both the United States and Europe. Mr. Gustely’s teachers include Roland Pandolf, David Ohanian, Arnold Jacobs, and James Callahan.

Mickey Hall – Percussion

Amber Hampton — Guard Instructor

Tim Handley – Visual Coordinator

Tim has been involved in the pageantry activity for more than 25 years. He is a proud alumnus of the DCI World Champion Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Tim has been an Assistant Director, Visual Instructor, Drill Writer for several    marching bands, drum corps, winter-guards, and percussion ensembles across the country. Currently, Tim is on the visual staff of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and is thrilled to be the Visual Coordinator for his alma mater, Jeffersonville High School.

Michael Harbeson — Visual Tech

Michael is a 2007 graduate of North Harrison High School where he participated in marching band for 5 years and winter drumline for 2 years. He was a visual tech for North Harrison from 2010-2015.   Michael has also worked with Corydon Central High School winter drumline. In the winter of 2015 Jeffersonville restarted their indoor movement drumline. Michael came on board to write drill and be a visual tech. He continued to tech throughout the 2016 marching band season and is looking forward to the future with Jeffersonville!

Ryan Johnson — Percussion

Ryan Johnson is currently a graduate student at Indiana University where he is pursuing a Master of Library Science degree with a specialization in music librarianship. At Indiana University, he works at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library and the Archives of Traditional Music. He has been a percussion instructor with the Jeffersonville High School Band program since 2015, working primarily with the marching band and winter percussion ensembles. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he studied percussion performance with Dr. Greg Byrne. He participated in numerous musical ensembles including the University of Louisville New Music Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensembles, and Symphonic Band. From 2013-2017, he performed and premiered both chamber and large ensemble works at the UofL New Music Festival.

Taylor Kellam – Guard Instructor

Heather Kulengowski — Double Reeds

Michael Launius, Percussion

Michael currently maintains an active freelance schedule which includes engagements with the Louisville Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, the Evansville Philharmonic and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Symphony of Southwest Florida, and the Palm Beach Symphony. He previously held long time positions with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (principal timpani 2001-2015) and the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra (percussion 2006-2015). In 1999 and 2001, Michael was a percussionist for the Festival Musical de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic under the direction of Philippe Entremont.  He also has performed as timpanist with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. Michael has performed under the direction of such notable conductors as Anton Guadagno, Julius Rudel, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Teddy Abrams, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

As an educator, Michael currently serves as head drum line instructor for the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band as well as the director of percussion activities for Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, IN.  He has also served as percussion instructor for numerous high schools in Oregon and throughout South Florida. Other teaching posts have included marching percussion instructor and percussion ensemble director for Oregon State University as well as the founding drum line instructor at Florida International University in Miami, FL where he also served as director of percussion studies from 2003 to 2008.

Jake Mitchell – Trumpet

Marilyn Nije – Clarinet

Marilyn Nije, clarinetist, was formerly Assistant Principal and Eb Clarinet with the Mexico City Philharmonic until 2009. Since moving to Louisville in 2009, she has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Owensboro, Bowling Green and Evansville Orchestras. Marilyn is currently adjunct clarinet faculty at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University.

Steve Zeneri — Sound

Steve is a graduate of Jeffersonville High School and was a proud member of the marching band. He also studied percussion and participated in marching band at the University of Louisville. His love of the activity led him to volunteer full time for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003 through 2007. In 2004, utilizing his past experience with concert sound, Steve was instrumental in designing, purchasing and operating the first DCI pit amplification sound system for the Phantom Regiment. In the years following, he assisted several other Drum Corps with their sound systems. In 2010, Steve toured full time with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps assisting with amplification and percussion. Moving back to Indiana in 2013, Steve is honored to be involved once again with the Jeffersonville band program.