Directors

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Sable Thompson

Middle School Band Director

Sable Thompson is originally from Monroe, Georgia. After graduating from George Walton Academy in 2012 she attended The University of Georgia earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2018. During her time there, she studied clarinet with Dr. D Ray McClellan.

 

She also played with UGA’s top ensembles including the Hugh Hodgson Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner and the Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Jacelyn Hartenberger where she performed many concerts and recorded world premiere pieces. Additionally, she studied conducting with Dr. Hartenberger and traveled abroad to Italy and Australia. She was also a member of the Redcoat Marching Band where she served on the leadership team for two years as the clarinet section leader.

Prior to C.W. Davis Middle School, Ms. Thompson served as one of the band directors at South Effingham Middle School where students have been consistently recognized for their excellence and high level of performance. When she is not working with the middle school program, Ms. Thompson helps out the Flowery Branch High School Band.

She also plays clarinet in the North Georgia Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Harternburger. Furthermore, she is currently a member of the national band service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, the Georgia Music Education Association, and the National Association for Music Educators. In the future, Ms. Thompson plans to get married to her finance, Phillip McIntyre, and attend American Band College during the summers to earn her master’s degree in Music Education.

It is her joy and goal in life to share her musical knowledge with others and use music to mold the lives of the future.

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Miguel Guisasola

HIgh School Band Director

Miguel Guisasola is a native of Ellijay, Georgia, and a 2002 graduate of Gilmer High School, where he lettered 4 years in band and track. During his high school years, he participated in various clubs including 4-H, Youth mentoring Program, and Boy Scouts of America where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

Mr. Guisasola graduated from the University of Georgia with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He was a trombone and voice major with Dr. Philip Jameson and Dr. Stephanie Tingler respectively. While at UGA, he was section leader in the Redcoat Marching Band. He also participated in UGA Wind Symphony, various concert bands, Men’s Glee Club, University Chorus, Basketball Band, and the UGA Trombone Choir. Mr. Guisasola received his Masters in Education at UGA and his Specialist Degree from Piedmont College.

Prior to Flowery Branch High School, he served as the band and chorus director at Henry County Middle School, Band Director at Kings Bridge Middle School and as the Band Director at East Jackson Comprehensive High School. Mr. Guisasola’s bands at his previous teaching assignments achieved high marks both in District and State events/competitions. Mr. Guisasola is a member of the Georgia Music Educators’ Association and Kappa Kappa Psi National Service Fraternity.

He currently resides in Hoschton with his wife, Allison who is an Occupational Therapist in Gwinnett County Schools and his 2 young sons Sammy and Ian.

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