Staff

 

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Dr. Joshua D. Blair, Director of Bands
 

Joshua D. Blair received his undergraduate degrees in political science and music from Stetson University in 2004. While at Stetson University Dr. Blair performed and studied under the baton of Dr. Bobby Adams. He completed his Master of Music degree with concentrations in instrumental conducting and saxophone performance from the University of South Florida in 2007 and his received his Ph.D. in Music Education with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida in 2018. Dr. Blair has studied saxophone with Professor Jim Bishop, Dr. Jonathan Helton, Professor Valerie Gillespie, and conducting with Joseph Kreines, Dr. William Wiedrich, and Dr. John Carmichael.

 

Dr. Blair has taught at Sarasota High School, Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, and Walter L. Sickles High School where he was responsible for the marching band, concert bands, jazz band & combos, percussion & chamber ensembles, and AP music theory. Under his direction these ensembles received numerous superior ratings and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and 2012. While at Plant City High School, the band has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall twice (2016 & 2020) and performed for the Music for All Orlando Regional in 2022.

 

Dr. Blair has also served on faculty as saxophone professor at Florida South Western State College, guest conducted the Southwest Florida Youth Symphony, and played with the Florida Wind Band from 2009-2019. He is also a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, The Florida Bandmasters Association, The National Band Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, The College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Delta Sigma Phi.

 

 Dr. Blair enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and playing golf.

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Rachel Rosen, Assistant Director of Bands

Rachel Rosen grew up in Winter Springs, Florida, where she was lucky to learn from many outstanding music educators. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education and her certificate in Music Performance from the University of Florida. She completed the University Honors Program and graduated with highest honors in her major. While at UF, she played flute and piccolo in the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Gator Marching Band.

Ms. Rosen has worked with a variety of bands in Florida, primarily in the Alachua and Marion school districts. Her professional affiliations include the Florida Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Tau Beta Sigma.

Ms. Rosen enjoys cheering on the Gators, spending time with her friends and family, and playing with her cat, Connie.

 

Paul Gavin, Percussion Arranger

 

Paul Gavin is a drummer, teacher, composer, and arranger in the Tampa Bay area. Paul graduated in 2015 from the University of South Florida with a degree in Jazz Studies, with coursework in classical percussion and music education. Since graduating he has made his entire living playing, teaching, and writing music. This season Paul enters his third year as the percussion arranger for the Raider Regiment. 

Yarnell Stallworth, Percussion Instructor
Yarnell is a 2004 graduate of Plant City High School and is excited to join the staff at his Alma Mater. After graduating from Plant City, Yarnell marched with the University of Central Florida Marching Knights 2004-2007 and worked as a cast member for Disney. He has marched with Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps (2007 & 2008) and served as drum captain in 2008, TCI Timber Creek Independent Indoor (2009), and Orlando Magic Rhythm & Blues Drum Line (2006-Present). Yarnell will also be playing snare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drum line for the 2018 season.
Yarnell comes to PCHS with extensive teaching experience that includes 13 years teaching high school and has served on the battery staff for Timber Creek Independent and Infinity 2. 
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AJ Russo, Guard Director

AJ hails from Staten Island, NY and moved to Florida in 2020. AJ began his marching career with Fusion Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and served as captain in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 AJ marched with Alter Ego IW where they placed 7th at WGI world Championships. He also served as director of color guard at his high school, Tottenville High School where they were awarded best color guard in US Bands 6A. 

AJ is an avid sushi connoisseur and runs his own business selling health insurance. He is excited to join the PCHS Raider Regiment and is excited about the potential and growth of the students on and off the field!