It is not a trite statement to say "every child can learn"; because I know every child can. As an educator with experience and (gaining) wisdom, my philosophy is grounded first in that I care deeply about the students I teach in what I say, how I say it, and most importantly how I model it. My philosophical mission statement is this: the environment must be rigorous and focused; objective oriented in tangible assessable measures. But more than that, as a music educator, I see a tremendous investment in people; that they have a purposeful place on this earth at this time, and my job is to help them have a place in the musical arts where they can bloom in this aspect of who they are. As an educator, I believe that in all aspects of our profession we must ask, "is this good, better, or best?” Core attributes of character are unchanging, but we must always be pliable to adapt to reach 'best' in every area of our profession.
State University of West Georgia, Masters of Music Performance, 4.0
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Music Education, 3.58
Armed Forces School of Music, Honor Graduate
Canfield High School Diploma/ Special State Diploma
Mr. Day knew, even from the fourth grade, knew that he was destined to live and work around music. Already taking piano lessons, he arranged the Star Wars Theme for his recorder class, sheet music and all. Mr. Day was fully immersed in the band experience in high school participating fully in solo and ensemble competition as well as being part of the top wind ensemble all four years. During his high school years, he was blessed with the privilege of also belonging to the Warren Junior Military Band that competed in Corps Style competition during the summers. The culmination of this experience was in a European tour that ended with the World Music Competition in Kerkrade Holland.
In his first year at The Ohio State University, Mr. Day earned the distinction as the best overall freshman percussionist. It was during the following summer that he joined the Marion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps finishing in the top 12 in their class. Enthusiastic about the experience, Mr. Day chose to become a Marine musician.
Mr. Day led a successful career in the Marine Corps. Honorman out of boot camp (platoon 3092 Parris Island), he then went to the Armed Forces School of Music and achieved the highest academic score, performance score, and fitness score for his class. As a Marine Musician, Mr. Day traveled in excess of 30,000 miles annually performing across the United States both in the Drum and Bugle Corps and the MCLB Band. During this tenure all of his promotions were meritorious. Mr. Day also earned the distinction of Marine of the Year forMCLB Albany, Georgia.
Mr. Day then finished his Bachelor’s at Ohio State University and began his own music company where he fulfilled roles comprised of composer, arranger, adjunct faculty, clinician, seminars, band camps as well as his private studio.
Desiring to take part in a greater sphere of music education, Mr. Day then became a graduate assistant for the University of West Georgia where he graduated with a 4.0. It was then, in 2003 until 2014, he taught as a Texas Band Director all across the state including College Station ISD, Terrell ISD, Cleburne ISD and Brownsville ISD. During this decade Mr. Day immersed himself in every aspect of music education both as a teacher and learner.
Over his career Mr. Day has been blessed to participate with or under the direction of notable musicians such as Keith Brion, Karel Husa, John Boyd, Robert Shaw, Fred Fennell, Christian Lindberg, Bob Becker, Roger Williams, Craig Kirchoff, Richard Blatti, and John Paynter.
Having traversed the United States, his heart has always been for North Georgia. It was here that he met his awesome wife Laura. Going on 21 years of marriage both Mr. and Mrs. Day are also licensed ministers as the call and purpose of God has first place in their lives. Mr. Day has two beautiful daughters Stephanie and Juliana, two beautiful step-children Chazz and Hope, and now has part in the lives of two new grandchildren. The Day family lives right here in Rockmart and is truly grateful and thankful to finally be home in Georgia!