Director of Bands
Mrs. Johnson has served as the Director of Bands at Orange High School since April of 2022. 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.
While attending the University of Louisville, Mrs. Johnson served as head drum major for the Cardinal Marching Band, and was President of the School of Music in UofL's Student Government Association. She was named the School of Music's 2018 Most Outstanding Graduate, and was selected to give the student commencement address for the University of Louisville's graduation ceremony. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Chuck Thompson Outstanding MAT Student in Music Award.
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.
Marching Band - Visual Coordinator/Drill Designer
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,