Brookville Band Program Staff

Meet the Staff of the Brookville High School Band Program

Matthew Farley

Director of Bands

Mr. Farley’s life goals are simple: to exemplify living life with integrity, to instill a love of music in young people, to be the best husband and father he can be, and to make music at the highest level.

Mr. Farley was a student at BHS and graduated in 2003. He returned as the Director of Bands in 2011. Since that time, the groups have averaged more than 20 students in All-District band and have earned superior ratings in grades III-VI. Under Mr. Farley’s direction, the school has also achieved Virginia Honor Band status three times—the first in the school’s history. Mr. Farley has also served as guest conductor All-District band events, clinics, and All-County bands.

A alumnus of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Farley had the privilege of learning his craft from master educators Dr. Ann Porter, Dr. Terrence Milligan, and Mr. Greg Snyder. Since graduating Mr. Farley has continued studying the art of conducting through clinics with master teachers.

Mr. Farley is proud to be married to the love of his life, Charlotte. The Farley have two wonderful sons (Liam and Griffin) and are active in their community and church. In his free time, Mr. Farley loves weight lifting, reading, cooking, and mobile gaming.

Josh Detwiler

Assistand Band Director

Josh was born in Lynchburg and is an avid adventurer. He was taught to love and appreciate music since he was a child and enjoys passing on that respect and admiration to a younger generation. He graduated Liberty University with a B.M. in Music Education and has instructed performing groups all around the Lynchburg area including Jefferson Forest, LCA, Brookville’s Indoor Percussion group, and, the WGI Open Class Finalists, Liberty University Indoor Drumline.

Josh loves the marching arts and has been teaching students the art of playing and moving since 2011. He also has a knack for electronic sound and enjoys writing synthesized music and designing sounds for everything from worship teams to marching bands.

When Josh is not teaching music, he’s probably spending time with his wife Sydney, riding a bike or skateboard, working with computers, flying a kite, swimming in a river, or playing drumset with a friend or two.

Kara Witt

Percussion Instructor/Arranger

Kara Witt is a former Brookville Bee, and while in high school was heavily involved with the symphonic band, marching band, and indoor drumline.

Kara is a graduate of Liberty Univerity with a degree in Film Scoring and has performed with and been the coordinator for both the Liberty University Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band Front Ensemble and the Liberty University Indoor Drumline Front Ensemble. She has also volunteered and worked for several high school indoor and outdoor front ensembles in the Lynchburg area, such as Brookville, E.C. Glass, and Liberty Christian Academy.

When she’s not teaching or composing music, Kara loves going to the Peaks of Otter or the Blackwater Creek Trail.

Ryn Duong

Colorguard Instructor

Ryn Duong grew up in the Lynchburg and Forest area where they attended Brookville Middle School and Jefferson Forest High School. Their passion for the marching arts was sparked in middle school band while playing clarinet, but they discovered colorguard at Jefferson Forest HS where they marched many seasons with the JF outdoor and indoor guard. After high school Ryn marched outdoor guard with The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps(2014), JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes(2015-2017), and The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2018 World Class Finalist). Their indoor guard experience includes JMU Nuance Purple (2015, 2016 A Class Finalist, 2017 A Class Finalist, 2018 A Class Bronze medalist) and JMU Nuance Open (2019 Open Class Finalist). In addition to performing, Ryn began their instructional experience in 2018 with the Turner Ashby HS Colorguard.

Beyond teaching and performing, Ryn is very passionate about how the arts can enrich one’s life. They earned a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Fibers and Weaving from James Madison University and seek to find ways to incorporate more fine arts into the marching arts. On off days and in their free time you can find Ryn weaving, knitting, embroidering, essentially making with their hands in any way possible or snuggling up with their dog and a good fantasy book.