Staff

Karen Cook

Mrs. Cook studied under America’s finest dance masters including the late Eugene Loring, Donald McKayle, Marion Scott, Isreal El’ Gabriel, Alwin Nikolais, Bella Lewinsky, and Jamie Rogers. She was able to study and perform with some of Los Angeles’ finer contemporary modern dance companies...

Keisha Thomas

Keisha D. Thomas is the Color Guard Instructor for the Valdosta High School Marchin’ Cats.   Mrs. Thomas works at the General Music teacher at J. L. Lomax elementary school. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2003 and Master of Music ...

Alexander Washington

Alexander Washington is the current band director at Valdosta Middle School. He received his bachelor of Music Education at Valdosta State University where he was a member of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, VSU Jazz Ensemble, VSU Jazz Combo, and Blazin' Brigade. During his...

Joy Grimsley

Joy Grimsley is the current Assistant Director of Bands at Valdosta Middle School.  A graduate of Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Georgia, she earned both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master’s of Science in Education from Troy University in 1996 and 1997, respectively.  While at Troy, she participated in the... 

Christopher Simpson

Mr. Simpson is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina.  He attended Edisto High School, where he was a member of the Edisto High School “Blue Machine” Band Program and served as trumpet section leader and band captain.  After graduating high school, Mr. Simpson studied Music Education at the South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC...

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is the Assistant Director of Bands and Jazz Ensemble director at Valdosta High School. He is a talented trombone player who is also a trained singer. A Tift County High School honor graduate, he studied at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton and gained his Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2003 and a Master of Music Education Degree in 2004 from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA...

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Travis Kimber

Travis W. Kimber is beginning his 23rd year as a music educator and his 1st year as the Director of Bands at Valdosta High School.  Bands under Mr. Kimber’s direction have traveled the world performing at prestigious events locally regionally, nationally, and internationally by marching band, concert band, and jazz band.  From 2001 – 2019 Mr. Kimber served as the Director of Bands at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Lithonia, GA.  Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Marching Band, better known as the "Kings of Halftime" became the first American marching band to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa. The band served as the exhibition band for the 2006 Field Band Foundations South African National Championships. The “Kings of Halftime” also participated in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA and were bestowed the honor of being the lead band/step-off band.