East Cobb Middle School Band, Gregory Denson, conductor
Atlanta Wind Symphony
- JENNIFER JOLLEY - Lichtweg/Lightway
- VINCENT PERSICHETTI - Divertimento for Band
Chris Shumick, conductor
- DAVID BIEDENBENDER - Luminescence
- RON NELSON - Sonoran Desert Holiday
Combined Atlanta Wind Symphony and East Cobb Middle School Band
- TYLER S. GRANT - Sweet Dreams
- TYLER S. GRANT - Breakthrough
East Cobb Middle School Band
The East Cobb Middle School Band Program consists of 434 students enrolled in semi-homogenous classes in 6th grade, a 6th Grade Honor Band, 4 ability-based ensembles in 7th and 8th grade, percussion ensembles, and a jazz band. The Honors Band represents the most advanced students within the band program and has quickly established itself as a program of musical excellence. The Honors Band consistently earns superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation, has students represented in the District XII Honor Band and the GMEA All-State Band. The Honors Band was recently selected to perform at the University of Georgia Midfest Honor Band Clinic, as well as the GMEA In-Service Conference (2023).
Gregory L. Denson
Gregory L. Denson is presently the Director of Bands at East Cobb Middle School in Marietta, GA. A native of Morven, Georgia, Denson holds a Bachelor of Music from Morehouse College, a Master of Music Education with certification from The Florida State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Georgia State University. Denson has studied with David Morrow, Uzee Brown, Andre Thomas, Richard Clary, Clifford Madsen, Steve Kelly, Kimberly VanWeelden, Pat Meighan, and Gholnescar Muhammad.
Dr. Denson began his teaching career at D. M. Therrell High School in Atlanta. While at Therrell students participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation, performed in numerous college homecoming parades, participated in The University of Georgia JanFest Clinic, and a host of community and civic events. Dr. Denson also served as the Co-Director of the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Jazz Ensemble and served as the LEAD Band Teacher for the Atlanta Public Schools.
The East Cobb Middle School band program has grown from 120 students to 480+ in 3 years and is quickly establishing a reputation of musical excellence. The students at East Cobb MS participate in 5 large ensembles; 8th Grade Honors, 8th Grade Concert, 7th Grade Symphonic, 7th Grade Concert, 6th Grade Honors and Jazz Band. Students also participate in a host of student led chamber ensembles. While at East Cobb, the Honors Band has been selected as a featured performing ensemble at the University of Georgia Midfest Honor Clinic (2020, 2021). Students have been selected to participate in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Deveopment Program, District XII Honor Band, Georgia All-State Band, University of Georgia MidFest Honor Band Clinic, Auburn MS Honor Band, Reinhardt University Honor Band, Conn-Selmer Youth Band of Atlanta, and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Denson has presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic, GMEA State In-Service Conference and a host of professional development sessions in Cobb County, Fulton County, Atlanta Public Schools, and Clayton County Schools, as well as sessions in conjunction with the Woodruff Arts Center. He is a Conn Selmer VIP and currently serves as the Chair of the Georgia Music Educators Association Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee.
Dr. Denson is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician and currently plays alto saxophone as a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony.