North  Carolina

2018 NCBA Election Candidates

2018 President-Elect Candidate - Andrew Jimeson

Andrew is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is currently in his eleventh year as Director of Bands at Davie County High School in Mocksville where he was chosen as teacher of the year in 2014. Since Mr. Jimeson has been at Davie High School, the bands have received 13 Superior ratings in grades III-VI/Masterwork at Music Performance Adjudication.  Under his direction, the band has traveled and performed in various places in Europe and the United States, including a performance with the U.S. Army Band in April 2016 where the band was awarded the President's Cup. Andrew has served the Northwest District as the district chair since 2016 and was the district treasurer from 2011-2014. He has also served as the district secretary and has been webmaster since 2010. He is currently the High School Honor Band chair.  Andrew has also served the NC Bandmasters Association on the state MPA committee for the past nine years.  Mr. Jimeson as an active adjudicator and clinician, conducting all-county bands in the Northwest, South Central, and Western districts. His professional affiliations include NAfME, NCMEA, American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 

2018 Secretary Candidate - Susan Fritts

Susan Fritts is a native of Lexington, NC. She studied Music Education Major at UNC-Greensboro, with flute and conducting as her primary areas of study. She graduated with a Bachelor's Music Instrumental Education K-12 Degree in 1993. 

She taught Middle and Elementary School band in the Wake County Public School system from 1993-2001 and served as an assistant band director at Mills Park Middle School from 2014-2018.

Since coming to STS in 2010, the band program has grown from 29 students to 80 under her direction.  During the past five years she has established and oversees  the STS After School Private Lesson Program,  Jazz Band Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble .She teaches the STS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Flute Ensemble. The band has consistently earned Superior Ratings at the Central District MPA since 2016. She has also pioneered a Composer program that allows the students to meet and work with some of the band world's most prominent composers such as Randall Standridge, Brian Balmages, and Ed Kiefer.  

She has been serving as the North Carolina Band Masters Middle School Honors Band Audition Chairperson since 2015. 

2018 Band Delegate Candidate - Alyssa Montgomery

Alyssa Marie Montgomery grew up in the Raleigh area and is an alumnus of the Leesville Band Program. While a student of David Saleeba Albert at Leesville Road High School, she played Oboe and English Horn in the Symphonic Band. She was the second drum major in Leesville High School Band history to serve as a two year Drum Major.

Ms. Montgomery graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with two Bachelor’s degrees - one in Music Education and the other in Piano Performance. While at Appalachian State, Ms. Montgomery was recognized as a Chancellor's Scholar (Full-Ride Scholarship), Academic Scholar, Harbinson Family Music Scholar, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, and an Honors Student. She performed in the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, ASU Marching Mountaineers and other chamber ensembles. She also led the Marching Mountaineers as a Drum Major for two years.

Prior to her appointment at Leesville High School, Ms. Montgomery was the Conductor for the Wendell Middle School Band Program where the concert bands and jazz band performed for many in and out of state concerts and festivals - receiving multiple superior ratings. There, she was nominated for the Diane Kent Parker 1st Year Teacher of the Year.

In May 2013, Ms. Montgomery was named the Conductor for the Leesville High School Band Program. She feels it is truly an honor to conduct the Leesville Band Program where she once sat as a student. As its Conductor and Director of Bands, Ms. Montgomery has led the bands to consistent Superior ratings at North Carolina’s Music Performance Adjudication. Since her arrival the band program has almost doubled in size. The bands have performed nationwide including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Orlando along with invitations for the band to perform with area college wind ensembles and professional groups. The LRHS Bands have been featured in the News and Observer, 919 Magazine, and on UNCTV. In 2017, she was named an “Ed Rooker” Encore Award winner by the NC Chapter of the ASBDA - given to top band directors in the field with less than 7 years of experience.  Under her direction, the LRHS Band was invited to perform at the 2017 NCMEA Conference, the 2018 President's Cup National High School Band Invitational, and the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival in 2019. She is a frequent adjudicator, guest speaker, and guest clinician. Ms. Montgomery is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association - where she served on the board as the Advocacy Chair, and the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, where she currently serves as the secretary of her district.
2018 President-Elect Candidate - Jamie Bream

Jamie Bream, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, is a 2002 graduate of UNC-Pembroke where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. From 2002-2008 he was director of bands at Southern Middle School in Aberdeen. Under his direction, the SMS bands received consistent superior ratings, and performed extensively, both locally and at Walt Disney World. In addition to his middle school duties, he was an assistant band director for Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines and the SMS tennis and soccer coach. From 2008-2015 Mr. Bream was director of bands at Sycamore Lane Middle School in Laurinburg, NC, where he has continued to receive consistent superior ratings at district MPA festival. The SLMS Band has also traveled to Walt Disney World and Williamsburg, Virginia, receiving several 1st place trophies. Mr. Bream has assisted with the Scotland High School Marching Band, coached both boys and girl’s soccer and was the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year at Sycamore Lane. Currently Mr. Bream is Band Director at Spring Hill Middle School in Laurinburg. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Southeastern District Band Directors Association. He is also the North Carolina All-State chairman for middle school and the Southeastern District president and MPA chairman. Mr. Bream is an active adjudicator and clinician across North Carolina, was awarded the Southeastern Districts award of excellence in 2014 and was inducted into the prestigious American School Band Directors Association in 2015.

2018 Secretary Candidate - Jim Kirkpatrick

Mr. Kirkpatrick is in his 21st year of teaching and fourth year as Director of Bands at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, NC. He previously taught at North Forsyth High School and West Forsyth High School in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.His concert bands have earned a combined 25 Superior ratings at North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication events in the span of his previous twenty years of teaching. While at West Forsyth, the Wind Ensemble was featured at the 2011 North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference; and again in 2014 with the Jazz Ensemble.Mr. Kirkpatrick currently serves as Secretary of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. He has twice served on the Board of Directors for the Northwest District North Carolina Bandmasters Association. He served on the NC Bandmasters Association State Marching Band Committee and was the Middle School All-District Honors Band Auditions Co-Chair for the Northwest District. He has regularly conducted bands at the UNCG Summer Music Camp since 2002 and enjoys a busy schedule as guest clinician, adjudicator and consultant for concert and marching band events across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Mr. Kirkpatrick was awarded Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Band Director of the Year in 2006 and was selected by his peers to be the 2011-12 recipient of the “Award of Excellence” for the Northwest District. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 2012.

2018 Band Delegate Candidate - Tyler Stark

Mr. Stark graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Music in instrumental music education and a Certificate of Performance in Percussion. While at ASU, he performed in multiple ensembles including the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, ASU Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Steely Pan Steel Band, ASU Marching Mountaineers, and the ASU Irish Ensemble. Mr. Stark participated in Drum Corps International as a member of the World Class finalists Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Stark is an avid student of Celtic music. While at ASU, he studied abroad in Ireland, learning traditional Irish music at the University College Cork. Mr. Stark was a recipient of the Theodore Presser Foundation and B.G. “Bill” McCloud Music Education scholarships while at ASU. He is also a recipient of the Ed Rooker Young Educator Award.


Mr. Stark is the current band director at Central Cabarrus HS in Concord, NC where he teaches the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Band. During his time at Central Cabarrus HS, he has attended the annual Music Performance Adjudication in the South Central District, receiving superior rating in grades 3, 4, and 5 literature. He has also been expanding the chamber music program at CCHS, as well as assisting with the joint Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stark has been fortunate to see the entire program (including concert, jazz, percussion, and marching band programs) exhibit steady growth during his 3 years at CCHS.