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Gregory L. Denson is presently the band director at Cheek MS in Denton ISD, Texas. A native of Morven, Georgia, Denson holds a Bachelor of Music from Morehouse College, a Master of Music Education with certification from The Florida State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Georgia State University. Denson has studied with David Morrow, Uzee Brown, Andre Thomas, Richard Clary, Clifford Madsen, Steve Kelly, Kimberly VanWeelden, Pat Meighan, Clarence Johnson and Gholnescar Muhammad. 

Dr. Denson began his teaching career at D. M. Therrell High School in the Atlanta Public School System. While at Therrell students participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation, performed in numerous college homecoming parades, participated in The University of Georgia JanFest Clinic, and a host of community and civic events. Dr. Denson also served as the Co-Director of the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Jazz Ensemble and served as the Lead MS Band Teacher for the Atlanta Public Schools. 

Honor Band 1      Clinician

Honor Band 2       Clinician 

Jon Cotton is in his 18th year of teaching in the Georgia public schools. He is currently the band director at Oconee County Middle School in Watkinsville, GA, and is Assistant Director of the OCHS Warrior Marching Band. Previously, he served as Director of Bands at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson, GA. Mr. Cotton earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia, the Master of Education in Music Education degree from Auburn University, and the Specialist in Education degree from UGA.

Mr. Cotton has been a volunteer with the Georgia Music Educators Association for many years. Previous statewide service includes: GMEA Vice-President for Performance Evaluations, statewide middle school All-State Band coordinator, and GMEA All-State Band Committee Chair. He has also served District 13 as LGPE Organizer and Secretary/Treasurer, and has served District 14 as Band Chair, Solo & Ensemble Organizer, and is a current LGPE Organizer. He frequently serves as an adjudicator for both Large Group Performance Evaluation and Solo & Ensemble Performance Evaluation in numerous districts throughout Georgia, and regularly serves as a conductor for honor bands throughout the state. Professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He is a recipient of the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence.

Fall 2023 Middle School Clinic:  

Fri. Nov. 10-Sat. Nov. 11, 2023


Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA

Falany Performing Arts Center,

Flint Hall (located inside Falany Ctr.)

Directors nominate students online

using this link:

For students selected from nominations, the cost is $85/student. This includes an honor band t-shirt; one provided lunch on campus

honor band experience with clinician!


Friday - November 10, 2023

12:00 - 2:00     Registration & Check-In

2:00 - 4:00      Afternoon Honor Band (HB) Rehearsal

·      HB 1 in Flint Hall

·      HB 2 in band room

4:00 - 5:00      Clinics

7:00 - 7:35      Northwestern MS 8th Grade Band concert

7:45 - 9:30      Evening HB Rehearsal​- same rehearsal sites


​Saturday- November 11, 2023 


9:30 - 12:30   Morning HB Rehearsal

·      HB 2 in Flint Hall

·      HB 1 in band room

12:30 - 1:00   Lunch provided by CNAfME in atrium on site

1:00 -1:35       McCleskey MS Band concert

1:45 - 3:45.     Afternoon HB rehearsal - same locations

3:45 - 4:15 -   Snack Break

4:30 - 5:15 -  Final run through rehearsal

5:30               Students change into HB shirts / doors open

6:00             HB 2 Concert

6:45.             HB1  Concert


For more MS Clinic information contact:

Dennis Naughton

School of Performing Arts

Phone: 770-720-5600

7300 Reinhardt College Circle

Waleska, GA 30183

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