Mr. Clark received a bachelor of music education degree from West Virginia University in 2005. While at WVU, he was the principal euphoniumist with the Wind Symphony, and was featured as a soloist with this group on two occasions. Also a very active jazz musician, he did lead and solo trombone work with the Jazz Ensemble 1 and various jazz combos. He studied trombone and euphonium with Dr. H. Keith Jackson, conducting with Lawrence Christianson and Don Wilcox, and jazz improvisation with Paul Scea.
From 2004-2006, Mr. Clark was a professional euphoniumist with the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, PA. He performed as a soloist on two concert tours and later became the publishing coordinator and librarian for the band.
Mr. Clark’s work as a freelance musician includes the Georgia Brass Band, Balcony Big Band, the Roger Humphries Big Band, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Canadian Brass, Boston Brass, Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, and the “President’s Own” Marine Band. He can be heard playing both trombone and euphonium on the 2005 self-titled CD “Adam Evil and the Outside Royalty”, a rock band based in London, England. In 2006, he was a guest artist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic performing Herman Bellstedt’s “Napoli”.
In the fall of 2006, Mr. Clark began teaching in the Cobb County School District where he has been the Music Specialist at Pitner Elementary School, Assistant Band Director and now Band Director at Tapp Middle School. Mr. Clark is also the director of the Tapp Middle School Jazz Band. Under his direction, the Tapp Middle Band Program continues its tradition of excellence in earning consistent superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble, Jazz and Concert Performance Evaluations. Mr Clark is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence.
Mr. Clark directed the McEachern HS Jazz Program from 2006-2017 and built the program to two full Jazz Ensembles and several small groups during that time. He currently serves as a brass instructor for the McEachern HS Marching Band. From 2007-2014, he was on staff with the Carlton J. Kell HS Marching Band and the National Champion Kennesaw Mountain Marching Band. Mr. Clark was the Euphonium Instructor at the Lassiter Music Institute from 2008-2014 and taught brass sectionals during that time for the Lassiter High School Symphonic Bands. Prior to moving to Georgia, he was an Elementary/Middle School Band Director in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese and the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Outside of music, Mr. Clark is an active competitive fly-fisherman and professional fly- fishing guide. He is a member of the National Champion North Carolina Fly Fishing Team, has competed all over the country winning 10 individual competitions to date and was ranked #1 in the U.S. Fly Fishing League for the 2015 season.
Mr. Clark lives in Dallas, GA with his wife Cecilia, who is the Director of Bands at Allatoona High School, and their two weimaraners “Coltrane and Mingus”.
Dr. Cameron Longabaugh, Assistant Director
Dr. Cameron Longabaugh received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Musicology at the University of Minnesota, his Masters of Music degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Minnesota, and his Bachelor of Music Education at Kansas State University. Dr. Longabaugh has studied saxophone with internationally renowned concert artists such as Eugene Rousseau, Anna Marie Wytko, and Preston Duncan. During his graduate studies Dr. Longabaugh competed in numerous prestigious solo and chamber music competitions and was named a finalist and a prizewinner at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Concerto Competition, a finalist and a prize winner at the 2017 Plowman National Chamber Music Competition, and winner of the 2016 Masters Concerto and Aria Competition sponsored by the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra.
This is Dr. Longabaugh's fourth year of teaching and second year at Tapp Middle School.