• The Alpharetta Raider Band was Formed in 2004
  • The Alpharetta Raider Band has over 225 members
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Our Staff

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Director of Bands, Alpharetta High School  

Michael J. Walsh is in his 35th year of teaching high school bands and his 15th year as Director of Bands at Alpharetta High School in Atlanta, GA.  Mr. Walsh moved to Atlanta in 1998 and spent his first 6 years as the Director of Bands at North Springs HS in Sandy Springs with his good friend and long-time NSHS Master-teacher Mr. Herb Cox.  Mr. Walsh spent the first 14 years of his career as Director of Bands at his alma mater Amos P. Godby High School in TallahasseeFL under the Direction of Mr. Jeff Bradford. While at Godby, his bands earned 14 years of consecutive Superior Ratings in Marching, Jazz, and Concert Band settings at the District and 13 years at the State level.  In addition Mr. Walsh started the Guitar program at Godby, at North Springs,  and at Alpharetta HS.  He is currently piloting the first Music Technology and Audio Production program at Alpharetta HS with an emphasis on Pro Tools. 

Since moving to Atlanta his bands have earned Superior Ratings at all rated Festivals.  Bands under the direction of Mr. Walsh have performed in Washington DC,  Albany, New York, NassauBahamasOrlando and JacksonvilleFloridaLondonEngland, Wales, ParisFranceSan Francisco, CA,  Los Angeles, CA, the Georgia Music Educators State Convention, The University of Georgia Jan-Fest, The University of Alabama's January Band Clinic, Georgia State University's Honor Band of Distinction clinic, Bands of America (Music for All) Regional Concert Band Festival, and three times on stage at the National Concert Band Festival at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Mr. Walsh has twice served on the State Board of Directors for the Florida Bandmasters Association as a District Chairman and District Secretary, and with the Georgia Music Educators Association as both District 5 Band Council Chair and as a member of the All-State Bands revision committee.

Mr. Walsh's professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Music Fraternity (past President), and a 35-year member of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education.  In addition, Mr. Walsh is an active adjudicator in both Florida and Georgia. He has presented and conducted several times at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has been included in Who's Who Among American Teachers 11 times and has been awarded the National Bandmasters Association's "Citation of Excellence" on 6 separate occasions.  Mr. Walsh was inducted into Alpharetta High School Foundation's "Hall of Fame" in 2012. 

Mr. Walsh earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The Florida State University and his Masters of Music Education Degree from The University of Georgia Cum Laude.  He and his wife Laurie have resided in Alpharetta for 21 years.  His children Andrew (graphic designer) and Megan (Senior at Kennesaw State University) are still in the Atlanta area.


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Associate Director of Bands, Alpharetta High School

Ira Jenkins been a band director for 18 years and is beginning his 6th year at AHS! Prior to coming to AHS in 2013 Mr. Jenkins taught elementary, middle, and high school bands in Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County, Fulton County, and most recently in Westchester County (NY) as well as Bergen County (NJ).  His Bands have consistently earned superior ratings.  His bands have performed at High Notes Music Festival (CT), Ossining LIVE (NY), Carowinds Music Festival (NC), VH-1 (GA), NYSSMA Majors, Six Flags Music Festivals (GA), and many GMEA LGPEs.  Mr. Jenkins' students have earned chairs in County and District Honor Bands as well as All State Bands.


Mr. Jenkins' previous responsibilities have extended far beyond the classroom.  He has served as an assistant high school marching band director, visual caption head, color guard caption head, and directed numerous winter guard programs over the past 17 years in GA, SC, AL, MD, NJ, and NY.  Mr. Jenkins served as the conductor of the Rivertowns Middle School Honor Band in Westchester County, New York.  In addition to teaching in New York, Jenkins served as publicity chair for Westchester County School Music Association (WCSMA).


Mr. Jenkins' professional affiliations include marching band and winter guard adjudication with the USSBA, NYSFBC, WGAZ, CWEA, FFCC and DCI; and he holds memberships with GMEA, NAfME, SAPA, WGI, NYSSMA, NYSBDA, and FFJA.  Mr. Jenkins completed his undergraduate degree in music education at Florida A&M University and Georgia State University.  He holds a masters degree in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University and an educational specialist degree in Music Education at the University of Georgia.

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Matthew Howell is beginning his second year with the AHS staff!  A native of Memphis, TN, Matthew has been an active percussionist since 1997. Matthew has worked with multiple World Class organizations including Gateway Indoor, Tyler Junior College Indoor,  Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, battery coordinator for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, and this year drum tech for the 2018 Madison Scouts.  Prior to coming to Alpharetta Matthew was the percussion director for North Shore Senior High School in Houston, TX.  He is an active percussion arranger and visual designer for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the U.S. and in China.  Matthew is an Innovative Percussion Artist. 

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Pauly is has been a part of the Raider Band since 2007 and is entering his 7th year of teaching Marching Percussion at the high school level.  He graduated from Alpharetta High School in 2011, performing in over 6 different music ensembles. Pauly graduated from Kennesaw State University,where he was the Principal Percussionist in the Kennesaw State Universtity Concert Band, and where he received his Bachelors in Information Security and Assurance. 

Pauly marched with Alpharetta High School and Georgia State University Drumline and has taught various High School and Middle School ensembles in both Cobb and Fulton County. He has taken percussion lessons from McKinley Stinson Jr, Tim Adams, and Troy Bennefield. During High School Pauly was a leader of the Award winning Alpharetta High School Drumline and Wind Ensemble, performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco, Florida, GMEA, ASTA, and UGA’s Janfest.

Pauly currently resides in Kennesaw, GA, where he lives with his Fiance Elizabeth and their pup Harley. He currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot License and is living his dream as a commercial jet pilot and teaching percussion at the same time. 


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Taylor Green is an experienced educator in the percussive and pageantry arts. While being a California native, he is very active in the Metro Atlanta marching arts scene. Taylor has performed with many accomplished ensembles such as The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Forsyth County Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps. Taylor also attended Georgia Southern University were has was the Captain of the Southern Pride Drumline.

Prior to working with Alpharetta High School, Taylor has worked with multiple high school percussion programs including South Forsyth High School, Georgia Southern University, Chattahoochee High School, Fayette County High School, Lakeside High School, North Hall High School, and more.

Taylor Currently resides in Cumming, Georgia where he works as a Web Developer and Contract Worker.


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Color Guard Co-Director

Kaleigh Winter started her training at age three. As a student at Chattahoochee High School she was a captain for the color guard and a member of the winter guard under the direction of current AHS assistant band director, Ira Jenkins. She began dancing at Barbara Bramble Dance Center and later moved to Fleetwood Dance Theatre where she has been trained in a variety of styles. Kaleigh has also studied at the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive. While maintaining the HOPE Scholarship and achieving Dean’s List, Kaleigh graduated in 2014 with double major - a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Health Science from Kennesaw State University.  While maintaining the HOPE Scholarship and achieving Dean’s List, Kaleigh is also a member of the Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society at KSU, and served as the Secretary of the KSU Dance Company during 2012-2013. She is interned with Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and serves as the Social Media Director of Project Dance Atlanta. As a member of the KSU Dance Company, she has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Ivan Pulinkala, Christen Weimer, Reiko Kimura, Sandra Parks and Lauri Stallings and performed in a variety of pieces, including contemporary works such as Cocoon, Sablon, Maa and Solitare, as well as the classical ballets, Paquita and Swan Lake. She has performed outside of KSU in a production of 42nd Street and participated in Disney Magic Music Days. Kaleigh is excited about her 5th season with the AHS color guard program.


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Color Guard Co-Director

Lizzy has been involved in the color guard activity for 12 years now. As a resident of Alpharetta, Lizzy graduated from Chattahoochee High School where she participated in eight seasons of color guard and winter guard.  From there she moved to Atlanta and joined the Georgia Tech Color Guard where she marched for four years. At the same time Lizzy tried out for her first season of drum corps where she ended up spending her next four summers. She toured with Spirit of Atlanta, eventually becoming captain her last year, and with Carolina Crown who earned a fourth place medal at world championships the year she marched. Lizzy also kept up with her love of winter guard as a member of Paramount Independent World Guard, and she is now starting her third season with Aureus Independent Open Guard. With previous experience at Forsyth Central High School, this will be her 5th year at Alpharetta High School. Aside from guard, Lizzy is a 2014 graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Managerial Science with a focus in Business Analysis.  

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