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.

Michael Grzelaczyk – Saxophone

Michael performs tenor saxophone with the DynaSax Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degree in Saxophone Performance from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA., and obtained his Masters of Music (M.M.) in Saxophone Performance from Indiana State University. He most recently earned his Music Education Certification from Susquehanna University and is pursuing a career in music education.

Michael has performed at many conferences and venues across the United States, including the United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C., several North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and the World Saxophone Congress Conference. He has also performed in numerous musicals and professional ensembles throughout his collegiate and professional career, including the Louisville Orchestra, Indiana University Southeast Concert Band, and Indiana University Southeast Orchestra. He served as adjunct saxophone instructor at Campbellsville University, and currently teaches throughout the Louisville area. . He has studied with Gail Levinsky, Paul Bro, and Otis Murphy.

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.

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. He has been a percussion instructor with the Jeffersonville High School Band 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. Ryan has also performed at music conferences including the 2015 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in San Diego, California, the 2016 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Charlestown, South Carolina, and the 2017 American Bandmasters Association (ABA) conference in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2017, he served as the principal percussionist for the 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) intercollegiate band.  Since 2015, Ryan has worked in the University of Louisville Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library, where has assisted with the cataloging and processing of special collections, including the Grawemeyer Collection and the music of Mildred Hill and Karl Schmidt.

Trevor Johnson — Double Reeds

Trevor Johnson, Assistant Principal Oboe with the Louisville Orchestra since 1995, is an active participant in Louisville’s musical scene. He also serves as Principal Oboe with Orchestra Kentucky (Bowling Green), the Ceruti Chamber Players, and the Louisville Bach Society. Mr. Johnson has been soloist with the Emerson String Quartet, the Louisville Bach Society, Orchestra Kentucky, the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Symphony Orchestra, and was a featured guest artist at two OctOBOEfest conventions. He has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Mr. Johnson has served on the faculties of the University of Louisville, Indiana University Southeast, and Campbellsville University. He has also performed in such varied venues as International Double Reed Society conferences, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Ohio Light Opera, the Fort Lee (New Jersey) Chamber Music series, and on stage at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Mr. Johnson holds the Master of Music degree from The Hartt School, where he was a student of Humbert Lucarelli, the Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa, where he was a student of Mark Weiger, and is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, as a student of Dr. Eric Ohlsson.

Michael Launius, Percussion

Michael Launius is the principal timpanist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and percussionist with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. An active freelance artist based in Louisville, KY, he performs with the Louisville Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, and Orchestra Kentucky. He has also performed with the Charleston Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Michael has recorded with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and was a member of NODUS, a contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami. He was a concerto soloist with the Palm Beach Symphony and the FIU Wind Ensemble, where he served as director of percussion studies.

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.

Chaz Ritenour — Percussion

Hunter Thompson  — Colorguard

Hunter attends the University of Louisville, and is  majoring in Communication with hopes of being a Speech Pathologist. She  began color guard in the 7th grade, and I has been spinning for 7 years. She has been a part of the colorguard staff at JHS for 2 years, and became the co-director of the colorguard this past marching band season.  She has marched one season at Zydeco Colorguard, one season in the University of Louisville Colorguard, and is currently a member of Allegoria Winterguard.

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.