DIRECTORS

CHRISTIAN GORDON

DIRECTOR OF BANDS

Christian Gordon joined the faculty at Westglades Middle School in 2018. He is currently in his fourth year of teaching. From 2015-2018, Mr. Gordon was Director of Bands at Lee County Middle School East in Leesburg, Georgia. Ensembles under Mr. Gordon's baton have consistently received Superior ratings at adjudicated events. He has also led many students to earning chairs in District, Region, and All-State bands. Mr. Gordon's mission is to provide a high-quality musical experience that is fun, challenging, and life-changing. As a graduate of Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, Mr. Gordon was principal trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Lead Trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble. Conducting is also a passion of Mr. Gordon's, and while at Columbus State, he studied with Dr. Jamie L. Nix. Mr. Gordon also competed as a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet competition, placing among the top six in the nation in 2015. Some of Mr. Gordon's hobbies include cooking and reading. He is a native of Charleston, SC.

KALYN TODD

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF BANDS

Kalyn Todd joined the faculty at Westglades Middle School in 2018. Ms. Todd began her career at Lee County Middle School West in 2013, after graduating Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Music from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. While in Lee County, Ms. Todd doubled the size of the band program, expanded to three concert bands, began a private lessons program for Lee County Band students, and increased student acceptance into District Honor Band, Region Band, and the Georgia All-State Band. Ms. Todd also increased student performance in Solo and Ensemble Festival. In addition to official teaching duties, Ms. Todd also accepted leadership responsibilities in District II of the Georgia Music Educators Association through organizing the Elementary Honor Clinic and Solo and Ensemble. Besides teaching band, Ms. Todd’s other interests include reading and weight lifting. Ms. Todd is a native of Springfield, Georgia.