Brooke VanKempen – Director of Bands

 Brooke VanKempen is currently Director of Bands at Dacula High School. Before Dacula, she served as Co-Director of Bands at Archer High School since 2015. While at Archer High School, Brooke contributed to the band program by running marching and jazz band rehearsals as well as all band classes. She also wrote and received a grant to add technology devices for the band, began teaching music technology, began the Modern Music Masters Club, and started Archer’s first Winter Guard. 
A native of Forsyth County, GA, she is a 2015 honor graduate of The University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at the University of Georgia, she served as the drum major of the Redcoat Marching Band for two years and worked with the University Band as a Guest Conductor. Brooke also served as Vice President of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education.Her studies include conducting with Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger and Dr. Michael Robinson and tuba with Professor David Zerkel. She is also a Tubist with the Northwinds Community Band. As an educator, Ms. VanKempen serves actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and a private instructor for conducting. Her professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators’ Association and the National Association for Music Education .

Aaron R. Smith, Color Guard Director

Aaron is a native of Zebulon, Georgia, but has called Loganville home for more than fifteen years. In his high school years he was an accomplished Clarinet player and color guard captain. After high school he went on to study fashion design at Bauder College in Atlanta, and Psychology at Gordon State College in Barnesville.

Prior to his arrival at Dacula, Aaron served as the color guard instructor at Pike County High School, Jackson High School, Alcovy High School, Walnut Grove High School, guest instructor at Upson-Lee High School, served as Color Guard Director at Archer High School, and for a brief time served as one of the Color Guard Caption Heads for Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his many contributions on the field, he has also worked with Pike County High School Winter Guard (2014 SAPA SRA Gold Medalist and Fan Favorite), Rockdale Future HeRoS (SAPA 2016 CAD B Bronze Medalist), Phoenix Independent (2016 SAPA IRA Silver Medalist and 2017 IRA Bronze Medalist), and with the help of Ms. VanKempen started the Archer High School Winter Guard in 2018. After having been promoted from SN, the AHS Winter Guard was a 2019 SAPA SRA Bronze Medalist.

When he’s not at Dacula High School, Aaron manages the office at Kelley Channell Studio located in beautiful Downtown Monroe, Georgia. He is also a member of the Yargo Community Concert Band and YCCB Clarinet Choir.