Kiyoshi Carter – Trombone

Kiyoshi Carter has been the Director of Bands and Orchestras at Western Guilford since the fall of 2011. Previously he was Director of Bands and an AP Music Theory teacher at Southwest High School from 2004-2008, followed by graduate school at UNCG. Mr. Carter received his Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting (2010) and Music Education (2011), summa cum laude. While at UNCG he taught instrumental methods courses and marching band techniques, and was guest conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, University Band, and Casella Sinfonietta. Mr. Carter can be heard conducting the UNCG Wind Ensemble on their 2011 CD Finish Line. Mr. Carter was named the 2004 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, led the 2009 Guilford County All-County Band, serves on the faculty of the NC Governor's School East, and is the founder and conductor of the Guilford County Youth Brass Ensemble. Mr. Carter is also the trombonist and founder of the Gate City Brass, a professional brass quintet comprised entirely of current music educators.

Kathleen Hopper – Horn

Kathleen Hopper, originally from Louisville, KY, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Art History from Murray State University (Murray, KY), a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts with a cognate in Brass Literature and Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has performed with the Danville Symphony (Danville, VA), Novus Chamber Orchestra, Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, Paducah Symphony (Paducah, KY), Greensboro Choral Society, Bel Canto, Market Street Brass, Stratford Brass, Quaker Brass, and the Elon University Department of Performing Arts. Ms. Hopper has performed in conjunction with many professional societies and conferences including, the Society of Composers, Inc.

Donnie McEwan – Trumpet

Donnie McEwan is originally from Winston-Salem. He received his Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. He is currently a Master's student at UNCG, where he studies with Mark Clodfelter and is a member of the UNCG faculty brass quintet, The Palladium Brass. He is an active freelancer in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area, and has recently performed with the Greensboro Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and Piedmont Wind Symphony. His past teachers include Karl Kassner, Roy Poper, and Mark Inouye.