Faculty & Staff

Freddy Martin

Freddy Martin

Conductor, High School Symphonic Band

Freddy Martin was born and educated through high school in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Martin attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Mr. Martin has done post-graduate work at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Mr. Martin served as director of the South Cobb High School Band from 1969 to 1979. Under Mr. Martin's ten-year direction the band grew from a membership of 17 students to one of the finest high school bands in the country with a membership of 300 students. The band program had a nationally recognized marching band, a fine jazz band, and four very fine concert bands, along with three winter color guards. Mr. Martin has served as band director for Buford High School and is presently the band director at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

Mr. Martin is the founding director of the famed Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Under Mr. Martin's direction the corps was recognized as one of the finest marching music units in the world. Mr. Martin has served as brass coordinator for the world champion Phantom Regiment Drum Corps from Rockford, Illinois and is presently consulting with Carolina Crown and the Academy Drum Corps. Mr. Martin was elected to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mr. Martin has served as a clinician and adjudicator in most of the fifty states and in England. He has been an active adjudicator for Bands of America for more than twenty five years and has judged the Bands of America National and Regional Championships numerous times. Mr. Martin and his sons have been presenters at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Mr. Martin is married to Lynda and they have two sons involved in music. Chris is principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Michael is fourth utility trumpet in the Boston Symphony. Mrs. Martin is a long standing member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Mr. Martin is on the faculty of the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta Georgia where he serves as High School Band Director and brass specialist.

Charlie Brodie

Charlie Brodie

Executive Director

Charlie Brodie was a high school band director for 35 years - first at Hanover High School in Hanover, PA (16 years) and then at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA (19 years). During this time his bands received numerous awards, including Bands of America Regional and National championships, appeared on national television, and toured internationally.

During his time at Woodward Academy the band program grew in size at every grade level - the Upper School band enrollment quadrupled. The program also grew in scope to include two middle school concert bands, a marching band, symphonic band and wind ensemble at the Upper School level, four jazz ensembles at the Middle and Upper School, and several smaller ensembles.

Since retiring from teaching in 2002, Mr. Brodie has remained active as an adjudicator, arranger, guest conductor, and clinician. He also serves as a travel consultant and arranges performance tours for bands to Australia, China and Europe.

Mr. Brodie earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from West Chester University and holds memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and National Band Association. Mr. Brodie is also a performing member of Tara Winds, a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu, and in 2008 was inducted into the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame.

Debra Traficante

Debra Traficante

Dr. Debra Traficante serves as Kennesaw State University’s Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands. In this position, Dr. Traficante guides and directs all aspects of the KSU Marching Band ("The Marching Owls"), premiered in the Fall 2015, as well as the KSU Basketball Pep Band. Professor Traficante also serves as the Conductor of the KSU Concert Band, teaches beginning instrumental conducting, wind band literature, arranging and pedagogy, and marching band technique courses, while also advising Music Education students. She also serves as the Kappa Kappa Psi (Nu Mu) and Tau Beta Sigma (Iota Psi) chapter advisor. Dr. Traficante serves on the brass staff for the Boston Crusaders.

Dr. Traficante formerly served as Assistant Professor of Music/Assistant Director of University Bands at the University of Oklahoma where she conducted the Symphony Band, assisted in directing the "Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band, taught conducting lessons to graduate and undergraduate students, taught graduate wind literature courses, served as the lead teacher for the undergraduate conducting and methods course, and oversaw music education students. She also served as the School of Music: Music Minor advisor, Honors College Music Coordinator, faculty sponsor for Sigma Alpha Iota, and faculty sponsor for the Delta Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Professor Traficante earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Florida, and earned a Fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting degree from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK). She served as Director of Bands for five years at New Smyrna Beach High School, Florida and Assistant Director of Bands for two years at Buchholz High School, Florida.

Dr. Traficante frequently judges, guest conducts, and clinics ensembles across the United States, and has conducted at the International World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Singapore in 2005.

Professor Traficante is the immediate past National Vice President of Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma, and an Honorary Member of the Delta Chapters, Alpha Eta Chapter, Iota Psi, and Beta Xi Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority. Additionally, she was honored in 2010 as a Distinguished Member in Sigma Alpha Iota and has been awarded the Martha Starke Memorial Scholarship for Women Conductors.