Co-Director of Bands - Ms. Victoria A. Donahoo
Ms. Donahoo is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Florida where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in percussion. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was a member of the percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, concert ensemble and served as President of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter 115.
Prior to completing her degree, Ms. Donahoo participated in Drum Corps International (DCI), as a member Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. She was a charter staff member and the Front Ensemble Caption Head for the Performing Arts Concepts, Inc. (PAC) group Ancient City Ensemble and led them to earn a placement in WGI Finals during their inaugural season as well as the following year. Most recently, Ms. Donahoo was the percussion instructor for Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She teaches private lessons for woodwinds and percussion, and is an active consultant for music programs across the Gulf Coast. She is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association and Florida Bandmasters Association.
This will be Ms. Donahoo's second year working with the Blue Thunder Band Program.
Co-Director of Bands - Mr. John Cullen Gudz
Mr. Gudz is a 2017 graduate of Florida State University, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the world renowned Marching Chiefs, FSU Symphonic and Concert bands, as well as FSU Swing Machine.
Prior to completing his degree, Mr. Gudz participated DCI with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Jacksonville, Florida. Most recently, he completed his student teaching at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. After completing his teaching, he stepped in as an interim director at Destin Middle School.
Auxiliary Director - Mrs. Melanie Dangerfield