Marching Band Director: Stephen Goss

Mr. Stephen Goss is the Director of Bands at Ephrata Area School District for grades 6th - 12th grade.  He is also the Director of the  High School Percussion Ensemble in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching at Ephrata, Mr. Goss manages and teaches at STG Music Studio. The studio covers all ages of percussion students from beginners to advance players preparing for higher education in music. Many of the students from STG Music have earned accolades, participated in county, district, regional and state band festivals as well as continue on to pursue music at the collegiate level. Mr. Goss is the co-director and co-founder of the Lancaster All Star High School Percussion Ensemble. This is group is designed to provide exposure to quality percussion literature with opportunity to perform at high profile events with internationally acclaimed artists. The group has shared the stage with such notable artists as; John Riley, Billy Ward, Jorge Sacramento, Tony Miceli, Marassa Duo, Overdekte Brüg PercussieTrio and others .  Mr . Goss is also on staff as an instructor for the Total Percussion Seminar, held at Lancaster Bible College as part of the college’s Lancaster Summer Music Programs.

Starting in the Fall of 2014, Mr. Goss will be an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Millersville University. His duties will include, teaching drum set and percussion  lessons and music technology courses.

He is a graduate of West Chester University with Bachelors of Science in Music Education and Masters of Science in Music Performance. He holds professional memberships with the Percussive Arts Society, NAfME: National Association for Music Education, and Lancaster-Lebanon Music Education Association.  He is clinician for SmartMusic software, designed by MakeMusic Inc. and he teaches clinics for the company to music educators throughout the east coast region. Mr. Goss is honored to have been nominated for a WGAL Teacher Impact Award, as well  as a Grammy Music Educator Award by his students and parents.  In 2014, he was honored with the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educator’s Private Teacher Award. Mr. Goss remains active as a freelance performer with local orchestras, churches and other performing ensembles.  He is a drum set player for LCBC Church, based in Manheim, PA , where he plays on various worship bands at the church’s six campuses located throughout the south central Pennsylvania region. Mr. Goss is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

Staff Members:


Don Carlson
EHSMU Music Arranger

Commander, 29th Divsion Band

Virginia National Guard

Clifton Forge, Virginia


Don is a graduate of West Chester University of PA with a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education.  He taught high school band in New Jersey for nine years before serving on active duty with the 392d Army Band in Fort Lee, Virginia.  He served as a percussionist, music arranger, historian, and was the sound reinforcement NCOIC.  While serving with the band he worked as an instructor with his wife's high school marching band.  He left active duty to pursue a career as a band commander with the 29th Division Band VaARNG.  While training for that position he took a position as the Band and Chorus Director at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Virginia.  He taught concert band, wind ensemble, jazz improvisation, chorus, percussion class, and marching band.  He now works as an arranger and clinician and enjoys serving in the National Guard.  The 29th Division Band performs ceremonies and concerts all over the Commonwealth of Virginia and this year a portion of the band will perform in Normandy, France in honor of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.  Don Carlson lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife Jean. 


Tony Kirchner
Percussion Instructor and Caption Head

With over 20 plus years of marching band instructional experience Tony Kirchner looks forward to working with the students and music community of Ephrata Area High School. 

Tony's marching band instructional career started in 1991 at Lancaster Catholic High School.  For 16 years he helped define, shape and cultivate the marching program as percussion caption head and assistant band director.  During his tenure, LCHS was a Seven-time Top 3 Finalist at Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships. They were first place Champions in 2001, 2004, and 2005. In addition, his marching percussion program won the High Percussion Award in 2001 & 2003.  They were High Percussion runner up in 2004 & 2005. 

From 1998 through 2006 Tony served as Lancaster Catholic's Elementary & Middle School Instrumental Music Coordinator, Director of Percussion & Jazz Ensembles and ultimately took over the role of Band Director in 2005 & 2006. After an opportunity presented itself in the business world, Tony left music education as a full time career.

As an outlet for his musical passion and pursuits in 2007 - 2013 Tony worked with the Lampeter Strasburg High School Marching band as design consultant and percussion arranger/instructor.  

In addition to the above, as a consultant, design team member, instructor and/or arranger, Tony has worked with the following area marching bands: Millersville University, Wilson Area HS, McCaskey HS, Williamsport Area HS, Maplewood HS and Annville Cleona HS.

Kristie Ohlinger
Visual Ensemble Director

Kristie has been performing since the age of two.  Her love of acting, dancing, singing, and storytelling has led her to various performing outlets.   As a young girl Kristie studied dance and gymnastics.  She loved playing the clarinet and joined her HS marching band in 8th grade, this eventually lead her to pursue a degree in Music Education from Millersville University. 

For the past 17 years Kristie has been teaching at the Ephrata Middle School as a general music teacher and choral director.  She has taken her love of performing and storytelling to create a fresh, new choral program at EMS.  This group performs a wide-variety of repertoire while incorporating technology, dance, and various multi-media elements. 

In the past, Kristie has conceptualized and designed HS indoor-guard shows, taught marching band, choreographed musicals and still loves to perform today.

As a local stage performer, Kristie has performed in a multitude of musicals and plays at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC).  Broadway World (BWW) referred to her as “…one of EPAC’s best stage regulars”.  In a recent review by the Reading Eagle they wrote “Her performance is nothing short of hypnotic”.   Lancasteronline said “Whenever she is on stage, it’s hard to take your eyes off of her, Ohlinger is a knockout”. 

Winner of several awards including best play and best ensemble performance, Kristie looks forward to bringing her love of teaching, performing and storytelling to the Ephrata High School Marching Unit.