Mrs. Christi Celone grew up all over the world as an “Army Brat”. Both of her parents were music education majors in college, but her Dad joined the Army when he graduated college. She graduated high school from Zweibruecken American High School in Germany in 1991. Following high school, Mrs. Celone attended her parents’ alma mater, Henderson State University in Arkansas. During her time at Henderson, she maintained a 3.92 GPA while being involved in numerous ensembles. She was the top trombonist in the top concert group as well as the jazz band and was also a featured singer in the first ever NuFusion Jazz group at Henderson. She was also involved in numerous small ensembles including a trombone quartet that toured the Dallas area. Her part time job in college was as a singer and instrumentalist in a family music show in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1995, Mrs. Celone taught for a few years in Nebraska before arriving in Texas! During her teaching in Canton, Texas, she was the assistant director for the Canton HS band, the Mighty Band from Eagle Land. During her first year in charge of the colorguard, the band advanced to the Texas State Marching Band Contest and placed third. She also assisted in taking the band to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland in 1999. Shortly after that, she met her husband and moved to the Dallas area and became the director at Lamar Middle School. The Lamar Band consistently received Sweepstakes at their UIL competition (the Texas equivalent to LGPE). There were a few moves due to her husband’s job that took her to Florida, then back to Texas at a few different schools before settling in at Durham Middle School where she was for the last twelve years before coming to Georgia. During her tenure at Durham, she grew the numbers and quality of the program. Her students consistently received Superior ratings in various competitions and played for numerous different events at the school. The band provided music for pep rallies, football games, play off parades, musicals and even had a jazz band. Mrs. Celone loves teaching middle school and her favorite part of her job is getting to know her students and helping them not only learn music, but how to be successful in life! But, her most important job is as wife and mom to her three girls, Kyleigh (18), Mia (14) and Teagan (almost 4). She is also an active runner. Although, she isn’t quite as active as her husband Matt who has completed numerous marathons and ultra-marathons, including two 100 milers! She is ecstatic to be taking on the job of Director of Bands at Tapp Middle School and can't wait to continue the success for which the Tapp Middle School Band is known!
Mr. Kevin Boyle, Associate Director
Kevin Boyle is in his sixteenth year of teaching instrumental music and his first year as the Associate Director of Bands at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, GA. He is also on the percussion staff at McEachern High School. Prior to arriving at Tapp, he taught middle school band and percussion in both Georgia and South Carolina for fifteen years. Mr. Boyle’s ensembles have received Superior ratings at Georgia’s Large Group Performance Evaluation. His band students participate annually in All-District and All-State Bands, and his middle school percussion ensembles have performed at the Lassiter Percussion Symposium.
Mr. Boyle is a co-author of the Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician book series with Scott Rush and Jeff Scott and he has over 20 years of educational experience in concert and marching percussion. An active clinician, he has presented at The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, as well as in-service conferences in New York, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
Mr. Boyle earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2005, and his master’s degree in Music Education from The University of North Texas in 2019. Professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. Kevin Boyle proudly represents Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Dynasty drums, and Sabian Cymbals. He currently resides in Marietta, GA with his wife Allison.