Phil Barnes, Rockville High School's 2013 Teacher of the Year, has served as the Director of Bands & Orchestras and Chairman of the Music Department since 2003. He currently teaches band, orchestra, jazz ensemble and special education music, in addition to having taught piano, guitar, Advanced Placement Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music in past years at RHS. He also supervises internship programs for students interested in careers in music. In addition, he directs several extracurricular music programs, including the Marching Band, Pit Orchestra and student chamber ensembles. Mr. Barnes also coaches the school's Unified Bocce team, which gives students with disabilities the opportunity to play a varsity sport. Mr. Barnes has coached, managed and conducted several All-County & All-State ensembles, including the 2009 Montgomery County Junior Honors Band and the 2014 Montgomery County Junior Honors Jazz Ensemble. In 2013, he was one of four arts teachers statewide chosen to write lesson plans for the Maryland State Department of Education to help prepare music teachers for implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Previously, Mr. Barnes taught band, chorus, orchestra and guitar at Earle B. Wood Middle School.
Under Mr. Barnes’ leadership the instrumental ensembles at Rockville High School have consistently received top ratings at festivals throughout the county, state and nation. Rockville High School students have performed all over the world, and several have gone on to pursue careers in music at some of the nation’s finest music schools. In 2009, Rockville High School was named a finalist in the GRAMMY Foundation's Signature Schools program, which recognizes outstanding public school music programs throughout the nation. Additionally, Mr. Barnes is responsible for initiating the first competitive marching band program at Rockville, which represented Montgomery County in the 2007 Maryland Gubernatorial Inauguration Parade and has twice had students accepted into the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Mr. Barnes has also brought in several world-class musicians to work with his students over the years, including the Airmen of Note (the top jazz ensemble of the US Air Force), Robert Blatt (National Symphony Orchestra) and Denis DiBlasio (Rowan University). In 2005 Mr. Barnes received the Wolf Trap Grant for High School Performing Arts Teachers, which resulted in a brand new 10-minute work written by acclaimed composer Jerry Brubaker for the Rockville Band, Orchestra, and Chorus that had its world premiere at the 2006 RHS Spring Concert. In 2007 Mr. Barnes was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. He has been commended twice by the United States Army “for excellence in musical leadership and band direction.”
A native of Salisbury, MD, Mr. Barnes earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and a Master of Education Degree in Human Development, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also completed a post-graduate program in Educational Administration at Towson University. He has studied saxophone with Bryant Wharton, Dale Underwood and Chris Vadala, and conducting with Edward Maclary and John Wakefield. As an alumnus, Mr. Barnes remains active with the Maryland Band program, participating in the alumni Jazz and Marching Bands, and guest conducting the Basketball Pep Band. He has been a contributor to music education texts as well as music theory software. Mr. Barnes is trained in teaching the International Baccalaureate Music curriculum, and he has worked with the College Board as a scorer for the AP Music Theory exam.
Mr. Barnes is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education, the American String Teachers Association and the Maryland Music Educators Association. He maintains an active schedule as a music arranger and drill writer for marching bands in the Mid-Atlantic region, an adjudicator for various music festivals and an “on-call” musician for several local performing groups. A versatile performer on instruments of both the saxophone and brass families, Mr. Barnes has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Wind Symphony and Baltimore's Marching Ravens, and he is the baritone saxophonist and a founding member of the Free State Saxophone Quartet.
Lindsay Hein is the Choral Director at Wood Middle School and Rockville High School. Currently at Rockville, Ms. Hein teaches piano, guitar and chorus and she teaches a Concert Choir and Advanced Chorus at Wood. Ms. Hein has taught vocal and general music for the entirety of her teaching career in Montgomery County Public Schools. She has taught in elementary, middle and high school, and a learning center for non-diploma bound students.
Ms. Hein grew up in Germantown, Md. She is a product of Montgomery County Public Schools. Her early training began at the age of 14 with Lou Natale, who taught her Jazz vocal techniques. She then went on to the University of Maryland. She studied with Martha Lee Randall, renowned for her expertise in vocal pedagogy. Ms. Hein graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009 and began her career in Montgomery County. She began pursuing a masters through Hood College in Educational Leadership in 2012 and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Ms. Hein’s choirs have performed around the state at a multitude of venues. She began an elementary school rock band program at Luxmanor Elementary School along with a show choir. She also sponsored a student run musical and assisted in developing an Opera, written, composed and performed by elementary students. She developed a vocal coaching program at Rock Terrace High School and has sent numerous students to perform with honor’s ensembles. She has directed the University of Maryland ROTC choir and directed the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church Children’s Choir. Ms. Hein has begun a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society here at Rockville HS.
Ms. Hein has performed both as a soloist and ensemble singer for a number of years. Ms. Hein currently performs with the Maryland Choral Director’s chorus and is a member of her church’s praise team. She has conducted both adult and children’s choirs throughout the area. Ms. Hein co-developed, alongside Katherine Murphy and Cheryl Smoker-Arellano, the new Blues Curriculum and Strathmore Concert Program for current 5th Graders in MCPS. She was also project lead for the 2014 Summer Summit, developing new curriculum resources for the Elementary Integrated Curriculum. In 2015, she presented Exposing Student Creativity in the Arts, and Using Arts to Develop Meaning at the College and Career Readiness Conferences for the Maryland State Department of Education.
Ms. Hein’s professional affiliations include the NaFME, MMEA, NEA, MCEA, ACDA, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Marching Band Staff
Andrea Morris, Assistant Marching Band Director
Jasmin Parks, Color Guard Instructor
Genevieve Yost: Color Guard Consultant
Zac Al-Radiedeh: Brass Technician
Trung Vo: Woodwind Technician
Nick Merson: Visual DesignerNick received his bachelors degree in music education from The University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He was in the marching band each year, and was selected section leader his last two years there. Nick marched in the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps on baritone in 2003, 2005 and 2006, selected as section leader his age out year. He marched in DCA with the Empire Statesmen from 2010-2012, working on staff in 2011 and 2012.
Nick has written drill and consulted with many championship level bands throughout the east coast, and specializes in writing for medium and small bands. He has extensive experience in all visual aspects, including drill writing, teaching, visual basics instruction and overall show design.