Director of Bands
Mrs. Johnson is the Director of Bands at Orange High School. Prior to teaching in the Orange County School System, she served as Director of Bands at Walter-Williams High School in Burlington, North Carolina, and Bullitt East High School located in Mount Washington, Kentucky. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education, both from the University of Louisville.
Mrs.Johnson's professional associations include the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Music Educator's Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society.
Ryan Johnson is the Percussion Director at Orange High School. He has been involved with percussive arts education for several years serving as an educator, arranger, and state adjudicator for the Indiana State School Music Association for Percussion Solo and Ensemble as well as numerous high school programs across Indiana and Kentucky. Ryan has worked primarily with the Jeffersonville Marching and Winter Percussion Ensembles, whose accomplishments include Tristate Marching Arts Concert Open and SCA Champions in 2011, 2013 - 2015, as well as Indiana Percussion Association State Finalists 2017 - 2019.
In addition to music education, Ryan is the Special Formats Description Librarian at Duke University providing resource description to music materials at the university. He earned a Master of Library Science degree with a specialization in music librarianship from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he studied instrumental performance with Dr. Greg Byrne and Dick Sisto.
Assistant Director of Marching Band
Tanya Murphy is a native of North Carolina and she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Campbell University, and a Master of Arts Degree from UNC-Pembroke, and is a National Board of Education Certified teacher. Mrs. Murphy loves children and is very passionate about teaching band and motivating students to be lifelong learners and good citizens. She is the past president of the Southeastern District where she also served on the North Carolina Band Masters Board of Directors. She also served ten years as the Southeastern District Middle School Clinic Chair. In 2012, Mrs. Murphy was awarded the Award of Excellence at the National Association of Music Educators for the Southeastern District. In 2003 Mrs. Murphy was awarded the Who’s Who Among American Middle School Teachers. Throughout her career her students have received Superior ratings at band festivals and competitions. Also, her students have qualified for the North Carolina All-State Honors Band, the South Eastern District Middle School Honor Bands, and All-County Bands.
Mrs. Murphy is an adjudicator for marching band competitions around NC and SC. She has been honored to be selected as guest conductors/clinicians for All County and All District Bands in North and South Carolina. She also performs on Flute and is past principal player of the Fayetteville Symphonic Winds.She is a current performer with the Durham Community Concert Band.
Mrs. Murphy is a member of the Music Educators of North Carolina and the Central District Band Directors Association.
Mrs. Murphy resides in Wake Forest, NC with her wonderful Husband, and 4 musically talented children, Joshua, Tommy, Halley, and Graham. In Addition, Cats-Potter and Nymphadora, and Chelsea the dog.
Marching Band - Visual Coordinator/Drill Writer
Patrick Mitchell has been involved with the color guard and marching band activity since 1978 with the 3-time Canadian National Champions, The Scarlet Brigade Marching Band. He also marched in the Scarlet Brigade Winter Guard, along with the Rosemont Cavaliers and Guelph Royalaire's Drum and Bugle Corps.
After marching, Patrick went on to work with many high schools, drum corps, and a variety of winter guards. Some of these groups include: McNeil High School, Georgetown High School, Western Alamance High School, Northwood High School, the Bandette's All-Girl Drum Corps, the Cardinal's Drum Corps, and Phantasia Winterguard and Rhapsody Winterguard. Patrick has written marching drill for open class drum corps and many marching bands including, state finalist in Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and Michigan. He started his judging career in 1994 and has judged for WGI, NYFCJ, ODCA and the Atlantic Indoor Association, as well as various other organizations around the United States.
Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Patrick now resides in North Carolina where he teaches music at River Park Elementary in Hillsborough, North Carolina since 2001.
He holds a Bachelors in Music Education and a Master of Music, from UNC Greensboro.
Patrick Mitchell's professional associations include the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Music Educator's Association, and the National Association for Music Education, He is also a National Certified Music Teacher and a 4 time Grammy Award-Music Teacher quarter finalist,