Ms. Devon Schmidt joined the Sammy McClure Band family as the new Director of Bands in July 2017. Prior to coming to Sammy McClure, Ms. Schmidt oversaw a 200-plus member middle school marching band. Seventh and eighth grade students rehearsed and performed as a marching unit for home football games, the Peach State Marching Contest, and the Rome Christmas Parade. Under her direction, the Rome Middle School seventh grade band received Superior (I) ratings on stage at the 2017 GMEA District VII LGPE. Her band also received Superior ratings in sight reading. She directed the Rome Middle School “Red Jazz Band” as an auditioned group of seventh and eighth grade students. The Rome Middle School Jazz Bands perform at GMEA District VII Jazz Evaluation, as well as Rome’s annual “Night of Dreams” jazz concert. Devon worked closely with each of the Rome band directors to assist in the production of the Sound of the Seven Hills Rome High School Marching Band. She primarily worked with the visual needs of the ensemble and worked with the entire band during basic marching fundamentals throughout the marching season. Ms. Schmidt’s students consistently participated in GMEA events including District Honor Band, District Jazz Band, District Clinic Honor Band, and Solo and Ensemble.
Devon is pleased to join the team at the North Paulding cluster for the 2017-2018 school year. As band director at McClure Middle School, she directs sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Beginning Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. Jazz Band also continues to be an important part of the program. Ms. Schmidt assists the North Paulding High School Marching Band during the marching season, including after school rehearsals and competitions the band attends.
For three seasons, Devon performed as a trumpet player with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, a world class drum corps part of Drum Corps International, also known as DCI. In her fourth season, as drum major, she led the corps to a finalist finish in the 2012 DCI World Championships. Devon continues to be active in the DCI community as a visual technician.