Joshua Roberts, associate director of bands at Newnan High School, has been named full-time director of bands at LaGrange College.
He will be establishing a new marching and pep band program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as well as teaching music courses and conducting ensembles.
Roberts earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at Georgia Southern University in 2004. He also graduated cum laude from Columbus State University with a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in teaching and creativity. He is completing his doctoral studies in music education at the University of Georgia, with a minor in conducting.
The instrumental initiative under the direction of Roberts will add an exciting component to the college’s music curriculum, said Dr. Toni Anderson, director of the music program.
“It will be a huge boost to our music department, as well as add great energy to our athletic events,” she said. “We’re excited about launching it next fall, and know that Josh Roberts is the right person to lead this new initiative.”
While at Newnan High, Roberts conducted the concert band, jazz band and two percussion ensembles, as well as co-conducted the symphonic winds. He was the percussion arranger for the marching band and supervised instrumental student teachers.
He also assisted the director of bands with all aspects of Newnan High School Band.
Before going to Newnan, he served as assistant director of bands at Jonesboro High School, where he conducted the symphonic and concert bands, arranged for the percussion section for the marching band and taught woodwind methods classes.
He is married to Carrie Roberts, who teaches music at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg. They have two children.