Allen Beach, Principal Conductor
His professional affiliations have included: Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu professional fraternity. He resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife of 45 years, Judy, who is also a music teacher. They have two sons, Michael (39), a graduate of the University of Georgia and David (33) also a UGA graduate.
He received the Associate in Music from Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA, where he studied piano with Dr. David George and euphonium with Brian Lambeth and the Bachelors of Music Education from Kennesaw State University, studying conducting and musicianship with Peter Witte and Alexander Mickelthwate (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra) and euphonium with Michael Moore (principal tuba – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Other influential musicians with whom he has worked include Mr. Mercer Crook, Dr. Tom Barnett and Paula Peace in performance; Dr. John Shipp, H. Robert Reynolds, Allan McMurry, and John Lynch in conducting; and Marianne Ploger in musicianship.
Mr. Cantrell maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the state. He has conducted performances with the bands and wind ensembles at several high schools and universities. He has also guest conducted the Northeast Georgia Wind Symphony and the Army Grounds Force Band (Ft. McPherson). He has participated in many conducting clinics and workshops, including the University of Georgia Conductors Workshop, the Georgia State Conductors Symposium, and the Columbus State University Conductors Workshop. He has received the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association on three separate occasions and is a proud member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.
Ensembles under Mr. Cantrell’s leadership have been featured as a featured performing ensemble at the University of Georgia January Music Festival (JanFest) (2011), the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic at Troy University (2012), the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (2015), and the University of Alabama Band Festival (2015). His bands have traveled to perform in numerous national events in New York City, Washington DC, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Orlando. Marching Bands under his leadership have won numerous class championships and recognition at various marching contests throughout the state.
In addition to his teaching duties, he is affiliated with professional organizations which include the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, and the National Band Association. He also conducts the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Summer Community Theater Orchestra. He served as vice chair of GMEA District Fourteen, and has served as District Chair and member the Band Council for the GMEA District Nine. He resides in Gainesville, GA with is beautiful wife, Michelle and his wonderful step children Tyler and Julia.
Vicki Pinson, Associate Conductor
Ms. Vicki Pinson taught high school band for thirty years in North Georgia. Under her direction, her bands consistently received superior ratings as well as two Citation of Excellence awards. She serves throughout the southeast as a band adjudicator and clinician. Vicki is a charter member, associate conductor and a board member of the Northwinds Symphonic Band in Gainesville, Georgia. She is currently Director of Bands at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Vicki is an adjunct Professor of Music at the University of North Georgia also.She has been a member of Windjammers since 2012 and has been a conductor of the band since 2013.