Recipient of the 2017-2018 SBO “50 Directors Who Make a Difference in America” award, Barbara Baker is celebrating her 22nd year at McIntosh High School where she currently serves as Director of Bands. In 2016 Ms. Baker was selected as the teacher most likely to place a musician in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Ms. Baker studied music at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Under Ms. Baker’s instruction her bands have earned superior ratings at Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Evaluation and have received several prestigious performance invitations throughout the United States.
Ms. Baker is a concert and marching band adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast. Ms. Baker conducted the Georgia Music Educators Association District Honor Band for District Eight and she was a National Grammy Educator Finalist. She has been a Star Teacher, Who’s Who Among Teachers, Organizing Chair for District Festival, Solo Ensemble, Honor Band, and Georgia Music Education Association District Treasurer. Ms. Baker is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and previously held positions as President of Delta Omicron, Honor Band Clinician, Marching Band Adjudicator, Concert Band Adjudicator, Concert Band Clinician, Marching Band Clinician and Spirit Camp Instructor. Ms. Baker has performed with the Cobb Wind Symphony at the CBDNA in 2002 and at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Convention in December 2003. She has also performed in 2004 and 2007 at the GMEA Music Conference with the Cobb Wind Symphony.
Under Ms. Baker’s direction, the concert and marching bands have consistently earned superior ratings at LGPE and Marching Band competitions. The bands have also performed at several invitational events including Kennesaw State Invitational and The University of Georgia's JanFest.
Lawrence Williams is a music educator and tubist in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Williams is a native of New Orleans, LA and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2017. He obtained a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and a Music Business Certificate from the Terry College of Business. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Williams served as Drum Major of the Redcoat Marching Band and worked with the Concert Bands and Tuba/Euphonium ensemble as a guest conductor. He also served as Vice President of the Collegiate National Association for Music Educators. His studies include conducting with Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger as well as tuba with Prof. David Zerkel.
Mr. Williams is in his first year as the Assistant Band Director at McIntosh High School. Previously he served as the Associate Band Director and Instructor of Music Technology at Summerour Middle School in Norcross, Ga. During his time at Summerour, Mr. Williams helped increase the size of the band program to over 270 students! Under his direction, along with Mr. Ricardo Rodriguez, the Summerour Symphonic Band and Concert Band have consistently earned Superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association, Large Group Performance Evaluation.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Lawrence maintains an active performance and presentation schedule. Mr. Williams was a featured soloist at the University of Georgia’s 2018 “Midfest” Band Festival as well as the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference. Most recently, Mr. Williams presented two sessions at the 2020 GMEA In-Service Conference. Mr. Williams is also a proud member of the Cobb Wind Symphony.
As an educator, Mr. Williams serves actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and private lessons instructor for both tuba and conducting. His professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.