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.

Brittany Griffith

Visual Coordinator

Brittany began her career with the Brookville Band program in May of 2014 after graduating from Sweet Briar College with a B.A. in Business Administration. Over the past three years, Brittany has helped lead the creativity and vision of the marching program as a visual/brass tech while assisting with and ultimately directing the Indoor Percussion Ensemble.Her love for music stems from her time with the Seminole Warhawk Marching Band in Seminole, FL, where she marched trumpet from 2006 – 2010. Brittany continued to develop her relationship with music through college, where she arranged for and directed Sweet Briar’s

Her love for music stems from her time with the Seminole Warhawk Marching Band in Seminole, FL, where she marched trumpet from 2006 – 2010. Brittany continued to develop her relationship with music through college, where she directed and arranged music for Sweet Briar’s all female a-cappella group, the Sweet Tones. Now, she passes along her passion and knowledge through the Brookville Band program.

When she’s not teaching, you can find Brittany at the Academy Center of the Arts where she works as the Director of Communications and Marketing.

Guy Mavinga

Battery Coordinator

Guy Mavinga is from Lynchburg, VA, and has been working with multiple drumlines and percussion ensembles in the area for years. Guy spent 6 years as a percussion instructor for the Heritage High School marching band, and 4 years for the WGI Open Class Finalist Liberty University Indoor Drumline. Guy has worked with the Brookville Indoor Percussion Ensemble for the 2016 and 2017 season and is starting off his first fall season with the marching band for the 2017 fall season.

In the past, Guy has participated in the all-district band and the Liberty University Wind Ensemble as a percussionist. As a snare drummer, he has toured with several world class performing ensembles, including Carolina Crown and Cadets Winter Percussion.

Guy is highly skilled in both writing and transcribing music. The love and passion for excellence in the arts is consistently demonstrated in Guy’s everyday life. 

Kara Witt

Front Ensemble Coordinator

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 now studying Film Scoring at Liberty University and has been the front ensemble section leader and center marimba in both the Liberty University Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band and the Liberty University Indoor Drumline. 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.

Nicole Lynam

Color Guard Coordinator

Nicole Lynam grew up in Radnor Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Once in high school, she became passionate about color guard and in total participated in six seasons of outdoor and indoor color guard. She also was one of multiple high school students who worked together to instruct the local middle school indoor color guard.Nicole went on to became a member of the Liberty University color guard in the fall of 2011 while she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She continued with Liberty’s guard through her college career, spending four total seasons with the last two seasons as a member of color guard leadership.

Nicole went on to became a member of the Liberty University color guard in the fall of 2011 while she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She continued with Liberty’s guard through her college career, spending four total seasons with the last two seasons as a member of color guard leadership.

In the fall of 2015, Nicole began working with the Brookville High School color guard and has run the Marching Band color guard as well as the winter guard programs for two years. Currently, Nicole is a special education teacher at E.C. Glass High School. She is a firm believer that everyone learns in different ways and enjoys to discover new ways to teach her students.

Kristy-Leigh Tatum

Assistant Color Guard Coordinator
Kristy-Leigh Tatum is passionate and devoted to the arts, her family, and children. Kristy-Leigh’s first love was the arts and she started dancing at the age of 2 ½. She performed in many dance recitals and competed with the competition team at her dance studio. In 1993, she was chosen to study dance from professionals Chuck Davis, and Mia Michaels, as well as others, at Meredith College for 2 weeks. From 1993 to 1997, she performed with the Bassett Marching Band in the color guard, with several dance and flag solos and performed 1 season with the winter guard. In 1996, she made co-captain. She received an Associate degree in Performing Arts where she excelled in the Theater program and was able to use her dance background to choreograph numerous musicals. She also studied dance at Old Dominion University as her minor. While living in upstate New York she taught dance and danced in a small modern company. Kristy-Leigh has volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for the last 7 years, and was a Scout herself where she earned the Gold Award by teaching dance to underprivileged children. She married her childhood sweetheart, Chris Tatum, in 2000, and began her life as a Navy wife and has lived in South Carolina, California, New York, and now back in Virginia. They have two daughters, Cami and Keira.
Kristy-Leigh has a BA in World History, a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on Social History, and is working on her MA in Teaching Secondary English and Special Education. She teaches General Education at a local college.
When Kristy-Leigh has free time, she loves to get outdoors with her family, or just Netflix and chill.