Beginner, Intermediate, and Marching Band Director
Greg Coile, our beginner, intermediate and Marching band director, went to the Armed Forces School of Music and worked as a Army Band member for 20 years. His primary instrument is Trumpet. Mr. Coile also received a degree in Music Education from Georgia State University. Then worked in the school system for 19 years teaching. He had a great time with his middle school students, and is excited to be back working with middle and high school students at Joyful Noise. With Commercial experience in advertising, television shows and movies too, Mr. Coile is uniquely talented and able to direct our students to opportunities in music as a career. He wants to encourage all his students to excel.
Ukulele and “Joyful Noisemakers” Preschool Instructor
Glenda Garwood, our Ukulele and “Joyful Noisemakers” preschool instructor, was born and raised in Alaska where she met and married Paige Garwood. Paige and Glenda have been married since 1976. Music has been part of the fabric of family life from the beginning. Glenda began teaching preschool -K4 in the fall of 1995. God took her teaching into a new direction in fall of 2004 when she began teaching music for homeschooled children. Currently, she is teaching music at three different home school academies in the metro-Atlanta area to students from age 3 up to 4th grade. She also enjoys teaching private piano lessons to children from age 4-5 on up. Glenda has a passion to help your child discover a love for music and to find their own unique gifts. She believes music is a gift from God, to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability.
Itty Bitty Instructor
Stephanie Holland, our Itty Bitty Instructor, is a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Sociology. She has always been fascinated with cultures and traditions. Music has always played a part in her life with many accomplished musicians in her family. Stephanie married into a musical family. She and her husband have six children, all of whom are musically talented. Besides homeschooling her own children, Stephanie has taught other children in varied settings subjects ranging from adventure courses and creative movement to life skills for sixteen years. She believes music and memories are tied together whether God has given us talents for music or just an appreciation for it. She looks forward to helping our youngest make musical memories.
Choral Instructor and Composer
Chris Owenby , our choral instructor and Composer, Chris Owenby holds a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from LaGrange College. His music has been performed by the Goliard ensemble, the Northwestern College Choir, the Dekalb Choral Guild, the Flint River Trio, the Brass Standard, the LaGrange College Singers, the Sons of Lafayette, and members of the Atlanta, Columbus (Georgia), and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. His music has received recognition at the College Music Society’s 2010 and 2011 National Conferences, the College Music Society's 2012 Southern Regional Conference, Vox Reflexa’s New Millenium Composer’s Forum CD Project, and the Dekalb Choral Guild’s 2009 Young Composer’s Competition. His music has been published by Emerson Music and Imagine Music publishing companies and has aired on National Public Radio, the Immanuel Broadcasting Network, White Dove Radio, and Bigloo Christian Radio among other stations.
James Palestrini, our guitar instructor, is a veteran guitar instructor who has been teaching and performing in and around Atlanta for the past 20 years. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia and received a degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2004. He realized his passion for teaching while enrolled at UGA. Soon after graduating he went back to school to get certified in Music Education at Kennesaw State University. Since finishing his certificate in 2007 he has been the guitar instructor at Roswell High School. James also has been teaching private guitar lessons for the past 16 years. He currently runs his own private studio out of his home in Marietta. James is also a prolific performer of many styles of music. He currently is the lead guitarist in the only Soundgarden Tribute band in the United States…Rusty Cage.
Strings Orchestra Conductor
David Hancock came to Atlanta in 1991 as cellist with the Atlanta Chamber Players. During 1993-2008, he was the Principal Cellist of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, a group committed to programming new "cross-over" works in concert with traditional masterpieces. From 1996-2010 Hancock served as Principal Cellist and Assistant Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee.
He earned the Master of Music degree in conducting from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Texas. His extensive study of solo and chamber repertoire placed him under the coaching of Lynn Harrell, Claus Adam, Leonard Rose and Samuel Mays. David received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Fritz Magg.
Since coming to Atlanta, David frequently performs in the Southeast as soloist, and chamber musician where he also serves as pedagogue, composer and arranger. He recorded as soloist and chamber musician on several CD recordings and has also recorded with Trey Anastasio, Steve Green, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and others.
In 2005 David founded the Elysium Chamber Orchestra and Chorus and serves as its Artistic Director. He and Carolyn Hancock are the founders of Chamber Music Atlanta.
Elite and Advanced Bands Director
Deborah Scarazzo, the director of our Elite and Advanced Bands and the woodwind ensemble, is an accomplished musician. In addition to Joyful Noise Band, Deborah has taught college music for 13 years at various schools, including North Georgia College and Reinhardt College. Her classes included Woodwind Private lessons, Symphonic Band, Chamber Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Music Appreciation In addition she has worked with Middle School and High school Students for 6 years and her church choirs for 7 years. Her education includes a Master of Music Education Degree from Columbus State University, Graduate studies in flute performance at DePaul University, Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Denver. She has studied flute with various master flutists in various settings. She is an active member at Christ the King Lutheran Church where she performs as flute soloist, in chamber ensembles, and serves as children’s choir musical director. Deborah is a member of the National Flute association, the Atlanta Flute Club, and Georgia Music Educators Association.
Laurel Wilbanks, our recorder instructor, is a homeschooling mom who loves children and music. She began taking piano lessons when she was five years old using the Yamaha piano method which concentrates on ear training. She continued her studies through high school playing in her church and in recitals. She also played the flute, oboe, and played one season as a percussionist in her high school marching band. Laurel has taught children’s choir for over 15 years, and is very involved with her church choir. She taught recorder, children's chorus, and was an assistant band director for the beginning band at Grace Notes Homeschool Band for three years before joining us at Joyful Noise. She currently teaches intermediate and advanced recorder at Joyful Noise and is a band parent for the Marching Saints. She loves to impart the love of music in everything she is involved in.
Tara Scavelli, our Theory instructor, is a homeschooling mom of seven ages 3 to 18, six of whom have at one point been
in JN. She has a BA in Music (as well as Communications) and has been engaged in music as a Church Musician in
various director and accompanist capacities for the past 20+ years. Her primary instrument is piano, though I also played
the violin for 11 years and previously sang. In the various roles she's played, she's always sought to give her ensemble members, most of whom were volunteers with little formal music training, a basic understanding of the music they were providing. Tara has always thought it important to have a least some background knowledge in order to add depth and breadth to the music - even in the non-professional worship setting. It took her a little while to fully trust that God was calling her to offer Music theory at Joyful Noise, but now here she is!! She believes that understanding the larger
“language” of music is an integral part of being a well-rounded musician. She's excited to have the opportunity to help form future musicians!!!