Todd Ebert , Director Bands, Cuthbertson High School
Todd Ebert is the founder and Director of the Cuthbertson High School Instrumental Education Department. He is presently in his 18th year of teaching in the public school system and his 9th year at Cuthbertson High School. Under his leadership the Cuthbertson band program has grown from its initial 29 members to over 160 students in three class ensembles, a marching band, jazz band, various small ensembles, and a winterguard and drumline program.
Mr. Ebert received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Armstrong State University and a Masters in Music Education from Western Carolina University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. He is the founding advisor for Chapter 6143 of the Tri-M Music Honor’s Society, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Ebert was named “Teacher of the Year” for Cuthbertson High School for 2013/14 and was recognized in 2011 at the Cuthbertson Educator recognition Banquet. Mr. Ebert has been awarded the National Band Associations “Citation of Excellence” 4 times and has been recognized by the Union County Board of Education on numerous occasions for his dedication to the education of his students and their achievements.
Under Mr. Ebert’s baton the Cuthbertson Bands have grown in size, skill, and recognition. In the spring of 2018 the Cuthbertson Blue Note Winds will perform as a Featured Ensemble at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. This is the second time Cuthbertson has been selected for this event; the last time being in 2015. Mr. Ebert’s ensembles have performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Convention twice, the University of Georgia “JanFest” Honor Band Clinic, and the University of South Carolina Honor Band Clinic. Last year the band performed at the Music For All Southeastern Regional Festival held at Georgia State University and at the North Carolina Honors Band Clinic hosted by Highpoint University. In the fall of 2015 the band was awarded a residency with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The music video which was created, performed, and produced by the Cuthbertson band students during this residency can be seen on the John Lennon Tour Bus website, the NAMM website, and youtube.
Cuthbertson Bands were created through the shared leadership and vision of Todd and Katie Ebert. As a team they work hand and hand in both the middle and high school to provide musical opportunities to their students.
Katie Ebert , Director of Bands, Cuthbertson Middle School
Katie Ebert is the Director of Bands at Cuthbertson Middle School in Waxhaw NC, having served in this capacity since the school’s opening in 2009. The Cuthbertson Middle School concert bands have consistently earned superior ratings at local, district and regional music festivals. Under Mrs. Ebert’s baton the middle school program has grown to a current enrollment of approximately 340 music students. Mrs. Ebert also serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Cuthbertson High School. Prior to coming to Cuthbertson, Mrs. Ebert served for five years as the Director of Bands at Snelson-Golden Middle School in Hinesville, GA.
Mrs. Ebert is in her 15th year teaching public school and each of her ensembles continue to experience success. In 2012 the Cuthbertson Middle School 8th grade band was a performing ensemble at the NC music educator’s state convention. The 8th grade band travels to perform annually in Orlando and in 2015 and 2017 the band performed at the Festival Disney competition. The Cuthbertson band is also a regular performing group at the Carowinds Music Festival. In 2017 the band was a performing group at the 2017 NCMEA conference and at the University of Georgia MidFest. Mrs. Ebert has directed or assisted with ensemble performances at Music for All’s National Concert Band Festival, the NCMEA state convention, Festival Disney, the Percy Grainger Festival, the Southern Star Music Festival, Universal Studios Theme Park festivals, and the Carowinds Music Festival.
Mrs. Ebert holds a Master of Music Education degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and a Bachelor of Music Education as well as a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah GA. Mrs. Ebert is a graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta GA, where she served as section leader in the Lassiter Trojan Marching Band, and as principal clarinet in the Lassiter Symphonic I Band. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and holds professional associations in the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Educators, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the South Central District Bandmasters Association, and the Union County Bandmasters Association. Mrs. Ebert was awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence in 2015 and was recognized as Cuthbertson Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in 2016/17. She currently serves as a district representative on the state MPA committee.
Mrs. Ebert serves as a North Carolina adjudicator and a clarinet performer. She resides in Waxhaw, NC and team teaches the Cuthbertson band program alongside her husband Todd. They are the proud parents of their 5 year old daughter Aramina.
Dylan Sims, Associate Director of Bands, Cuthbertson High & Middle School Bands
Dylan Sims is the Associate Director of Bands at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, NC. In addition to teaching band classes at Cuthbertson High School, he also oversees the school’s percussion program. Prior to teaching at Cuthbertson High School, Mr. Sims spent three years teaching in Woodruff, South Carolina as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion in Spartanburg School District 4. Mr. Sims received his undergraduate degree in Music Education with a concentration in percussion from Limestone College and his Masters of Education from Anderson University. While a student, Mr. Sims performed in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Drum Ensemble. As a performer, Mr. Sims has performed throughout the Southeast in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee as well as in London, England.
He has studied percussion with Dr. Doug Presley, Dr. Rebecca Guzewicz, and Jonan Keeny and Music Education with Dr. Presley, and Dr. Patrick Carney. Sims was a participant in the South Carolina Collegiate Honor Band for two years under the batons of Jerry Junkin and Ray Cramer. Mr. Sims continues to perform regularly in the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, directed by Dr. Lorri Crochet. In addition to those listed previously, Mr. Sims has performed in ensembles conducted by Dr. Bill Malambri, James Curnow, Dr. John Culvahouse, and Richard Saucedo.
Ensembles under Mr. Sims have received numerous accolades including Superior Ratings, Grand Championships, State Championships, and Circuit Championships. In addition to his scholastic responsibilities, Mr. Sims taught the front ensemble with Saints Percussion, a WGI Finalist Percussion Independent A ensemble based out of Gaffney, SC in 2018 & 2019. Beginning in the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Sims will assume a new role teaching the front ensemble as well as serving on the administrative team for Civitas Independent, a WGI Finalist Percussion Independent Open ensemble based out of Rock Hill, SC.
Mr. Sims remains active in the professional community by attending variety of professional development opportunities including State Music Conferences, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mr. Sims also holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, the South Central District Bandmasters Association, the Union County Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association and the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Sims is also a member of the Education Team for Vic Firth, Inc.