Section chair Flute & double reed

Amanda Hill Irby


Amanda Irby is the Band Director at Burney Harris Lyons Middle School in Athens, GA. She has previously taught middle and high school bands in Gwinnett, McDuffie, Forsyth and Douglas County. Professional Affiliations for Mrs. Irby are the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Professional Association for Georgia Educators, National Association for Music Educators, and Women Band Directors International.

Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Valdosta State University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and has been teaching music and impacting student's lives for over 10 years. Solo flute recordings of Mrs. Irby are featured on Thrivent Financial for Lutheran’s Music for Members Website and through the Harvest Home Series at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Amanda is no stranger to the world of Pageantry. She is a former Ms. American Beauties Plus Queen Excellence 2019, Ms. American Beauties Plus 2018, Lifetime U.S. United Queen, Ms. American Coronet 2016, and Miss U.S. United 2013. Aside from her endless practice hours, teaching responsibilities and love of pageantry Amanda and her husband, Richard enjoy playing with their rescue dogs, Belle, Dolce, and Lily, and their cat, Andante. 


Section Chair for Reeds

Matt Fuller


Matt Fuller is a retired music educator having taught 30 years of high school, college and elementary band. He was named the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year and served as Department Chair at Apalachee High School in Barrow County. Before starting the band program at Apalachee High School in the fall of 2000, Mr. Fuller taught in Fayette and Clayton counties. He has received degrees from the University of Kentucky (BMEd), the University of Georgia (MMEd), and from Lincoln Memorial University (EDS). Mr. Fuller’s bands have twice performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival as well as at the Southern Division on MENC Conference. Bands under his direction consistently received Superior ratings in concert, jazz, and marching idioms. Mr. Fuller is the past Secretary/Treasurer with the Georgia chapter of Phi Beta Mu and has performed with Tara Winds and Georgia Winds community band for over 20 years.

He currently works as a music fundraising specialist with Profit Plus and serves as a regional student representative for new electronic portal Scholarship Auditions. In addition, Mr. Fuller is an adjunct music instructor at The University of North Georgia, Toccoa Falls College, and Truett-McConnell University. Mr. Fuller is an active clinician, adjudicator, performer, and private lesson instructor. He also serves as a certified chief adjudicator for GMEA Large Group Performing Evaluations. Mr. Fuller is married to his lovely wife Kristen and reside in Winder where they have two wonderful sons, Jonathan and Patrick.


section chair trumpet & horn

Vaughn Irby

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Section chair low brass


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section chair percussion

Nikki Mote

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