Staff


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoshua Sall
 
is the director of the Pride of Mel-Hi Band. Prior to his appointment at MHS, Mr. Sall served as the band director at East River High School in Orlando, Florida and also as the band director at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida. While at East River High School, Mr. Sall directed the East River Vanguard to 5th place in FMBC State Marching Finals and Straight Superiors with the Symphonic Band while also directing the Concert Band and Jazz bands. While at J.W. Mitchell High School, he directed the Marching Mustangs, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band consistently to Straight Superior performances.  Mr. Sall spent his childhood growing up in Vero Beach and Port Saint Lucie, Florida, having attended Port Saint Lucie High School where he graduated in 2001. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

 

Garey PicJay A. Garey has over 30 years of teaching experience with bands in the state of Ohio.  Since 1984 he has been the Director of Bands in the South Central part of Ohio, where he has been responsible for Marching, Concert, Symphonic, Jazz Ensembles, Pep Bands, and various small instrumental and vocal ensembles. He received his BME from the University of Mount Union, and graduate work from The University of Dayton and The University of Wisconsin.  He has been the local chair for both OMEA Jr. High and High School Large Group, and Marching Band adjudicated events in District 16 for 22 years along with hosting the District 16 Honors Band Festival.  In addition to this, his performing ensembles, both Middle School and High School have consistently received superior ratings in OMEA adjudicated events, both at the district and state levels.  Mr. Garey has served OMEA District 16 as Secretary, Treasurer as well as President during his teaching career.  Professional memberships include OMEA, NAfME, American School Band Directors Association, and the Honorary Band Fraternity Phi Beta Mu.  He retired from Ohio and moved to Florida along with his wife Tammie, also a retired Visual Arts teacher of 30 years in Ohio.

 

Theresa Vasquez has been the Colorguard Director since 2003, running both the Sensations Colorguard’s fall guard and winterguard programs. She is also a School Psychologist with Brevard County Schools, working in the district since 1999.  Theresa started her colorguard career at Palmetto HS in Miami, Florida, marching for 3 years and serving 2 years as captain.  In college, Theresa was a member of the FSU Marching Chiefs Colorguard for 5 years (1991-1995), serving as Captain for her last 2 years.  She also served as Visual Coordinator for the FSU Marching Chiefs in 1996 & 1997 while she was enrolled in graduate school at FSU.  In 1996, Theresa was a member of the Florida Visual Ensemble Winterguard, and Independent Open guard in Gainesville, Florida.

Under her direction at Melbourne HS, the Sensations Colorguard program has earned many awards, maintained a history of Superior ratings at all FBA events, and has had several graduates continue their colorguard career as a performer with a college marching band or independent winterguard or an instructor at a high school program.  In 2007, the Sensations Winterguard became members of the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC) and participated in their first Winter Guard International event in 2014.  Since joining the FFCC in 2007, the Sensations Winterguard has finished the season in the top 5 at FFCC Championships all but 2 years and has obtained these outstanding achievements: 1st place in Class B in 2007, 3rd place in AAA in 2010, 2nd place in AAA in 2014, and 3rd place in AA in 2016.  The Sensations Colorguard is excited to start a new chapter in their history as they embark in their inaugural season in Scholastic A (National Level) for the 2017 winterguard season.

BobbyBlumBobby Blum

Bobby Blum is an active percussion educator, performer, composer and clinician throughout Florida. Bobby is originally from Orlando, FL but now lives in Melbourne, FL with his wife Gevonne and daughter, Riley. He is a graduate of Lake Mary High School and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. While at Rollins he earned his B.A. in Music Performance and studied with Beth Gottlieb. Bobby has been the Director of Percussion at Eau Gallie High School since 1998 and also serves as the facilities manager for the Eau Gallie HS Performing Arts Theatre. Bobby is a sought after clinician and adjudicator and has judged students at both the district and state level for Solo and Ensemble and marching band contests. He has presented percussion seminars for local band directors and for the Florida Bandmasters Summer Convention.

Under his direction, Melbourne percussion students have earned numerous awards. As an educator and arranger, he has worked with many middle and high school music programs throughout the state. His private students consistently perform in county and state honor bands, solo and ensemble festivals, drum and bugle corps, local and state percussion festivals and summer music camps. Many of his students have gone on to major in music at the univesity level, and several of his former students are now percussion instructors across Florida.