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Our Directors
 Our Directors 
Mr. Mark Nelson
Director of Instrumental Music

Mr. Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson, Director
This is Mark Nelson's twenty-sixth year as Director of Instrumental Music at Satellite High School, where he teaches Wind Ensemble, "0" Hour Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Winds, Jazz Ensemble and AP Music Theory. Mr. Nelson began his music education career in New Jersey, receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at Jersey City State College and his Masters Degree in Interpretive Conducting from Trenton University. While at Trenton, Mr. Nelson was featured as a trumpet soloist in several brass and jazz ensembles. He also served as a guest clinician and soloist throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including performances at Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, 5Th Avenue Presbyterian and appearances on classical radio station WQXR in Manhattan. He received his New Jersey Supervisor of Music Certification K-12 while directing the award-winning Symphonic, Jazz and Marching programs at Parsippany High School.

Mr. Nelson has conducted ensembles at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the Music Educators National Convention in Salt Lake City.  His Wind Ensemble performed at the National Band Association/College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference in 2008 and 2010 and for the American School Band Directors Association’s 2010 National Conference. The Satellite Symphonic Orchestra was once again invited to perform at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The Wind Ensemble is a perennial winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project. Upon hearing the Satellite Wind Ensemble, James Keene, Conductor Emeritus University of Illinois exclaimed: Mark Nelson “is a master musician and teacher. He is dedicated and has courage of conviction with programming literature that is extremely sophisticated musically.”  He exhibits “wonderful interpretation!”  Mr. Nelson was a co-founder of the Brevard Community Band in 1986, and shortly thereafter, pioneered the American Musical Theatre Program for Brevard County Schools while serving as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Satellite High School. Mr. Nelson has twice received the "Citation of Excellence" from the National Band Association, numerous citations of excellence from the Brevard County School District, the Department of Defense and most recently, he received the Florida Bandmasters “Oliver Hobbs Award” for outstanding contributions to bands in Florida. He is the former Associate Conductor of the Brevard Youth Symphony, and a guest conductor for the Space Coasts Pops in addition to performing with the Pops and creating lead roles in local community theatre productions. 

Under his direction the Satellite High Jazz Ensemble was one of ten nationally chosen high school bands to perform at the Monterey, California Jazz Festival  in 2001, and the North Texas Jazz Festival 2004. They were the alternate band for the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands 2005 and performed for the Music Educators National Convention in Salt Lake City 2006. The band annually serves as the only high school "headliner" band for the Lakeside Jazz Festival in Port Orange, Florida. The ensemble performs approximately 50 times a year and has hosted many great jazz artists. The Marching Scorps were invited to perform at the Paris, France New Year's Celebration Parade as well as concert performances throughout France, December 2001-January 2002.

Mr. Nelson serves as an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association and hosts many of the Associations' festivals for Brevard County. He was District Chairman for the Florida Bandmasters Association from 1996-2001 and from 2006-2009. He has been an instructor for the Association's Adjudication Certification Program and serves on the Solo and Ensemble and Jazz Committees. Mr. Nelson served on the team that wrote the current Concert and Marching Adjudication Assessment Forms and he created the Jazz Ensemble Assessment Form. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and was a finalist for the Brevard County Teacher of the Year in 2001. He has also held state office for the Florida Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Mr. Nelson is a state Music Mentor for the Florida Music Educators Association, has presented at State Conferences and is a sought after clinician and guest conductor throughout the US. Mr. Nelson maintains memberships in: Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, MENC, FMEA, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, ASBDA, and the Conductor’s Guild. He currently is a doctoral student at Boston University and resides in Satellite Beach, Florida with his wife, Dianne.

Mr. Ian McCormick
Associate Director of Instrumental Music

Ian McCormick is entering his first year as the Associate Director of Instrumental Music.  Mr. McCormick Graduated from Satellite High School in 2005, and attended Florida State University.  Mr. McCormick studied conducting with Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, and took private lessons with Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Debora Bish.  Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in December 2009, Ian filled a temporary position at Everitt Middle School in Panama City, Florida.  While at Everitt, he taught beginning band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and music appreciation.  After leaving Everitt Mr. McCormick returned to Brevard County and taught private clarinet lessons.

Joseph Kreines
Satellite's "Conductor Emeritus"

Mr. Joseph Kreines
Joseph Kreines,
A native of Chicago, Mr. Kreines came to Florida as associate conductor of the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando, where he served for four years. Subsequently, he was conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of The Florida Orchestra in Tampa and musical director for numerous opera and musical theatre productions.

He has served as a clinician and guest conductor with some 300 bands, orchestras and choruses throughout the state and also appears as piano accompanist at numerous recitals and festivals. Recently he was maestro of the Brevard Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Additionally, Mr. Kreines has composed a number of original works for various media and has made numerous transcriptions for concert band and brass choir, being particularly renown for those of the music of Percy Grainger. He is also the author of Music for Concert Band, a selective annotated guide to band literature.

Maestro Mark Nelson, the Satellite Wind Ensemble and the Satellite Symphonic Orchestra have had the wonderful fortune to have had original and transcribed works dedicated to them by Mr. Kreines.

Mr. Kreines received a Masters degree in music from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Chicago. Mr. Kreines was just honored as an inductee to the 2004 Roll of Distinction in the Florida Bandmaster Hall of Fame.

Mr. Kreines' enthusiasm for music, youth and education has inspired 100’s of students to love and pursue music careers.

Joanne Dodge
Director of Scorpionettes Colorguard

Joanne Dodge is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area where she was a performing member and Program Designer of the Sacred Heart Colorguard Programs of Roslindale for over 20 years. During her tenure at Sacred Heart, the guards received numerous Championship Titles as well as becoming Bronze and Gold Medalists at Winterguard International World Championships. She also designed and instructed area teams including St. Anthony's Allston, St. Patrick's Stoneham, Franklin Rangerettes, Needham High School Band, Automation Colorguard and Amvet Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps of Randolph.

Since moving to Florida, Joann has spent the last 16 years as Director and Designer for the Scorpionettes of Satellite High School, Satellite Beach, FL where the team has become locally, regionally, and nationally recognized and rewarded for their achievements within the Sport of the Arts and have been Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit Gold Medalists as well as WGI Regional Finalists and WGI Semi-Finalists for the last 3 years. The Scorpionettes have also been Florida Bandmasters Association straight Superior Rated recipients since their inception.

Joanne is actively involved with numerous guard programs in Brevard County where she designs, teaches and/or consults. She is also on the staff of "Storm" Winterguard of Orlando, FL, a WGI Independent "A" member and is a consultant for "Eklipse" Winterguard of Nashville, TN.

Joanne spent 4 years as President of the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit and is currently a member of the Florida Bandmasters Auxiliary Committee where she helped develop the adjudication training components for certification of judges for FBA events.

Her extensive experience makes her a much sought after as an auxiliary adjudicator for many organizations/events.

Carey Moorman
String Consultant

Mr. Moorman performs with the Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Opera as well as serving as Principal Second Violinist with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Florida, he held the positions of Assistant Concertmaster of the Fort Smith Symphony, Principal Second Violinist with the Conway Symphony, and as Assistant Concertmaster of the Pine Bluff Symphony and the River Valley Symphony, as well as Tenured Violinist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony, the Wildwood Opera Festival and the Pinnacle Players Chamber Orchestra. He has been First Violinist with the Falstaff String Quartet, the Encore String Quartet, and the Pinnacle String Quartet.

Mr. Moorman studied with Professor Kevork Mardirossian of Indiana University and earned his degree in Violin Performance. He was selected to perform in Masterclasses with Jonathan Carey, Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony and former Concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, as well as with Yraf Neaman, famous pedagogue from Great Britain. Mr. Moorman has taught multiple violin clinics for the Pine Bluff Orchetra Workshop and he won First Prize in both the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition and the Little Rock Music Coterie Competition.

Before serving in his present capacity at Satellite, he served as Orchestra Director for El Dorado High School, Space Coast Jr/Sr High School, as well as String Consultant for the Titusville feeder chain. Mr. Moorman also teaches private violin and viola lessons in Central Florida and has had many of his students receive thousands of dollars in music scholarships to colleges and universities.

Milt Farrow
Trumpet Instructor/active working musician

Milt studied with Jack Borodkin and noted groundbreaking trumpet instructor, Carmine Caruso. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and the North Miami Beach Symphony. Milt has appeared with: Robert Goulet, Tito Rodriquez, Tom Jones, Cab Calloway, Bob Eberle, Helen O'Connor, Doug Mettome (Benny Goodman Band), Paul Cohen (Count Basie Band) and John Bellows (Judy Garland band). Milt can be heard on the Greatful Dead/Tower of Power album "Terapin Station." He has worked tirelessly with disabled students and his achievement rate with "Milt's Kids" is well documented.

Cathryn Leasure
Low Brass Instructor

Cathryn was the first female trombonist ever to be accepted into, and graduate from, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. (A Juilliard equivalent music school.) Before graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, Cathryn was offered the position of sub-principal trombone in the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (now the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra) in Durban, South Africa. She accepted the position and later returned to England to complete her degree and further her studies.

After spending 3 years in South Africa, and then returning to England to complete her music degree, Cathryn won the trombonist position in the musical 'Some Like It Hot' in London's 'West End' (England's prestigious equivalent of Broadway).

In 1998 Cathryn came to the US to work with one of the world's leading cruise lines as one of the first female instrumentalists to work for any cruise line. Cathryn now resides in Melbourne, Florida and is an active freelance trombonist and low brass instructor in the area. She also performs regularly with the Central Florida Winds. She is the trombone/euphonium instructor at Brevard Community College and low brass instructor at Satellite High.

Throughout her career Cathryn has worked with, and freelanced for, many symphony orchestras, big bands, brass bands, brass ensembles, dance bands and wind orchestras, and has had the privilege of working with many world renowned musicians; Sir Charles Groves (conductor), Sir Malcolm Arnold (composer), Derek Bourgois (composer and clinician), Louis Fremeaux (conductor), Terence Nagle (principal trombone, Halle Orchestra), David Lloyd-Jones (conductor), Sian Edwards (conductor), Richard Hickox (conductor), David Tidboald (conductor), John Lill (concert pianist), Andrew Berryman (principal trombone, Halle Orchestra), Adrian Morris (bass trombone, Ulster Orchestra & Halle Orchestra) and John Challis (principal trombone, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra) to name but a few.

As a student Cathryn attended master classes with Dudley Bright (principal trombone Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra), Christian Lindberg (trombone soloist), Ian Bousfield (principal trombone, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Halle Orchestra), Howard Snell (principal trumpet, London Symphony Orchestra), Don Lusher (Don Lusher big band and session trombonist), Roger Harvey (co-principal trombone Halle Orchestra and principal trombone Philip Jones Brass Ensemble), Stuart Kempster (solo trombone clinician).