Meet The Staff

Keep up to speed on all the latest G.W. Bands news and updates. From performance information, to prestigious awards, member announcements, and more. There’s always a lot going on with this School Marching Band, so be sure to stay updated with all the goings on at G.W. Bands by reading the stories here.

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Director
Cody Kesling

Cody Kesling is the director of Bands at George Washington High School. A native of Pulaski County, Virginia, Mr. Kesling holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Radford University, and a Masters of Music from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at Radford University, Mr. Kesling was active in the Music Education and Music Business Programs, holding titles of Assistant Jazz Band Director, President of Radford Records, President of the Music Entertainment Industry Student Association at Radford, and President of the Radford Percussion Club. Mr. Kesling was awarded the Presser Scholarship in his senior year for his merit and achievement in Music, the most prestigious title awarded at Radford University Department of Music. Mr. Kesling is a Member of the National Association for Music Educators as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.  Mr. Kesling is in his ninth year of teaching in the Danville Public Schools. Mr. Kesling maintains an active performance schedule outside school performing with various local groups. Mr. Kesling now resides in Danville with his wife Abigail and daughter Evelyn.   

Assistant Director
Carl Scales

Carl is a 2004 Graduate of Magna Vista High School where he was a member of the Warrior Band. He then attended Radford University. Carl has worked for numerous bands during the summers, one being G.W. After graduating from Radford he began teaching in Rockingham County, NC , Williamsburg County, SC, Sumter County, SC and now he is back in Virginia teaching at G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School in Danville Public Schools.

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Assistant Director
Samuel Roche

I have experience teaching both oboe and marching band students at George Washington High School as a staff member. I’ve shadowed expert music educators in Central VA for Practicum study, including Paul Bakeman at Rural Point Elementary School, Richard Huggins at Oak Knoll Middle School and Jimmy Pennington at Deep Run High School.  I student taught for two 8 week periods under the mentorship of Allen Hall at Glen Allen High School and with Celeste Underdown at Washington-Henry Elementary School.

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Consultant
Dr. Tia Hairston

Tia is a 2006 graduate of George Washington High School, where she was a member of the Marching Eagles Colorguard and Winterguard. Upon graduation, she attended Christopher Newport University where she attained a B.A. in Sociology, followed by Liberty University, where she attained a M.A. in Teaching and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.  Tia has been the Colorguard instructor at GW for ten seasons, Winterguard instructor for two seasons, and has also instructed the Pittsylvania County Winterguard for two seasons. She is currently the Director of Services for Exceptional Children with Danville Public Schools.