Mr. Chris Doemel is the Orchestra teacher at Mabry. He does an excellent job of preparing our students to participate in the Lassiter Orchestra Program. It just so happens that Mr. Doemel's wife is the orchestra director for Lassister High School.
Mr. Doemel was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeast Missouri State University and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. He spent 4 years in the US Army and was stationed at Ft. McPherson in the Forces Command (3rd Army) band.
Mr. Doemel has been a professional musician for 25 years now, playing french horn for his 18th season with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. He has taught a total of 13 years, all in Cobb County, at Nash, Campbell, Dodgen, and Mabry middle schools. This is his 5th year at Mabry.
Under his leadership, the Mabry Symphony has received an invitation to perform at the 2006 Georgia Music Educators Conference, which is a notable honor. He has arranged for the commission of a new work for full orchestra to be premiered at the Georgia Music Educators' Association Conference this year.
Outside of the school day Mr. Doemel stays busy with family activities including traveling and sports. Other interests include coaching youth baseball, teaching religion classes and playing in a community band. When asked for a little-known fact about himself, Mr. Doemel responded, "I used to have really killer hair."
posted on: June 02, 2005
Mr. Welborn has taught bands at Mabry since 1993. Under his direction Mabry bands have enjoyed consistent superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators District 12 Band Festival. Additionally, Mabry regularly places students in the Georgia All State Band and District Honor Bands.
In both 1997 and 2000 the Mabry Band received and accepted invitations to perform at the National Festival of States in Washington D.C. Most recently the band has been invited to perform at the 2007 Georgia Music Educators Association's annual conference in Savannah, GA.
Mr. Welborn received his Masters in Leadership Administration from Georgia State University (2000) and has Bachelors of Music Education from the
University of Southern Mississippi (1993). A french hornist, he has performed twice at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, IL; once with the Tara Winds Community Band (2001), and once with the Cobb County Community Band (2003). He is also an FAA certified flight instructor and commercially-rated pilot. He and his wife Kerry have one child, Ryan.
posted on: June 09, 2005
Ms. Suzanne Scott was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and grew up the youngest of 2 in an army family. After living in Germany, Alabama, Kansas, and Long Beach, California, she and her family decided to move to Douglasville, Georgia, where she completed her high school career. Ms. Scott earned a Bachelors of Music degree from Georgia State University, and just completed a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois. Ms. Scott came to Mabry in 2000, and this is now her 7th year of teaching!
Ms. Scott began her musical career at a bright and early age of 4, with piano lessons. Several years later she began playing the trumpet (it was in the house, left by an older cousin, and she began teaching herself!) and was immediately hooked! She's performed in jazz bands, brass ensembles, community bands, funk, soul, and ska bands all before the age of 20. Although her sights were set on performance, she fell in love with teaching and discovered the joys of working with young musicians. During the school year she does everything she can to maximize her students' potential, but even when the academic year is done, she is found working with other young musicians in music camp settings.
Although Ms. Scott loves relaxing at home with her two dogs-Ella and Pa-Du-Gee-she will attempt to accomplish two of her "life's goals" in the near future: complete a triathlon and run a marathon.
posted on: June 09, 2005