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Marching Staff


The performers in the Charlottesville High School Marching Knights are under the instruction of many tanlented instructors.

Mike Allen
Assistant Band Director
Kathi Pontani
Guard Caption Head
Gary Rockwell
Percussion Caption Head

Gary Rockwell is a former percussionist with The United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own in Washington DC. A percussionist for 57 years, he is a graduate of Ithaca College and Catholic University of American, he is former President of the VA/DC Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, VP of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers, former college percussion teacher at George Mason University, Howard University, NoVa CC, and Ithaca College.  He has performed with the National Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra, performed on radio and TV and has taught hundreds of students at all levels.  His students include symphony orchestra percussionists to college percussion professors to Nashville working musicians to drum corps I&E winners with the Blue Devils, snare drummers with the Cadets, and many other corps. He taught Fairfax County drumlines over a 40 year span. 

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