Josh Boyd, Ed.D.
Dr. Josh Boyd is the Director of Athletic Bands and professor of education at Point University, founded in 1937 as Atlanta Christian College. Among other responsibilities, he is the leader of the newly formed Point University Marching Skyhawks. In 2015, the Marching Skyhawks attracted members from across the southeast immediately acquiring a reputation in the region for excellence and innovation. Beyond half time performances, the group attracted over a thousand high school students to its inaugural clinics and educational events and has become known as a collegiate program that gives back to its community. The Marching Skyhawks have doubled in size in the first two years, and are set to grow even more in 2017.
In 2016, Point Winds Theater was formed as a continuation of the Marching Skyhawks. The group competed in the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association as well as nationally as a member of Winter Guard International, otherwise known as “the sport of the arts.” Point Winds Theater won the GIPA Winds Independent A Championships as well as the WGI Atlanta Winds Independent A Regional. The group went on to compete in Dayton Ohio at the WGI International World Championship and is the current WGI Winds A class silver medalist. In 2017, Point Winds Theater competed for the first time in the WGI Winds Independent Open classification. Point Winds Theater won this division at the WGI Atlanta Regional, GIPA Championships, and won the bronze medal at the 2017 WGI World Championships.
As a consultant, Dr. Boyd is currently a part of multiple marching band, concert band, and WGI groups in the southeast. In 2017, he will be serving on the main instructional team of 3 WGI contenders, as well as several top contenders in their respective circuits.
Dr. Boyd was the Director of Bands at Smokey Road Middle School from 2007-2015. He grew the band from 130 to over 235 members. His students consistently earned top placements in all areas of middle school performance including county, district, and all-state bands as well as encore music camp, UGA midfest honor band, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. In 2010, the Smokey Road Middle School Symphonic Band, under Dr. Boyd’s direction, won the Georgia Music Educators Exemplary Performance Award, the highest award given by the state association to middle school bands. In 2012, The Smokey Road Middle School Band was a guest performer at the 22nd Annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival, where Dr. Boyd was presented the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. In 2014, the band participated in a consortium commission of Allison Stuart’s (Jeff Grant and Debra Alexander) new band work titled, At Peace.
Dr.Boyd was the director of the Smokey Road Middle School Scholastic A Indoor Percussion Ensemble which won 5 Southern Association for Performing Arts (SAPA) scholastic A concert percussion championships under his leadership. In 2012 The Smokey Road Percussion Ensemble became a member of WGI and competed in WGI Regional competition, defeating high school students to become a WGI regional finalist in their first WGI competition.
In 2009, Dr. Boyd served the Georgia State Department of Education as a committee writer of the Georgia Performance Standards for Band. He presented this information at the GMEA In-Service Convention in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Boyd served on the GMEA writing committee for the new Georgia Performance Tasks for middle school band, and again, served as a presenter on the information at the 2011 GMEA In-Service convention. In 2012, Dr. Boyd was published in the National Band Association Journal and presented this information with Dr. Satterwhite of the University of Georgia, at the director’s clinic of the 22nd Annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival. Dr. Boyd presented with a group of educators representing Smokey Road Middle School at the 2013 Metlife/NASSP breakthrough school showcase in Washington D.C. In July 2013, Dr. Boyd began teaching music 102 at Point University in East Point Georgia. In September 2013, Dr. Boyd’s newest article, “Idea Bank: Progress through Incentives: How One Music Program Helps Students Progress to Higher Levels of Musicianship” was published in the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Boyd presented at the GMEA In-Service Convention on the topic of Mastery Based Assessment in the music classroom as well as the topic of Developing Leadership in the music classroom (2014). Both of these are topics which he is now researching and writing about. He research on “The relationship between Music Participation and Mathematics Achievement in Middle School Students,”was presented at the 2014 GMEA Research Poster Session. In October of 2014, Dr. Boyd presented at the National Association for Music Education National Convention in Nashville Tennessee on teaching through the Power in Progress System. This is an innovation method of teaching that is quickly spreading across the country! His most recently presentation, “Small Town BIG Sound” was widely received at the GMEA 2016 In-Service convention. As a result, he has been involved state wide in multiple projects aimed at sharing ideas related to smaller band programs achieving BIG results. Even while taking a year off in 2017 from presenting, he was fortunate enough to preside over many great sessions at GMEA. Several big presentations and clinics are scheduled for 2018 and should be released here soon.
At the age of 15, Dr. Boyd marched in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. During the years he marched at Spirit, the drum corps made finals at the Drum Corps International Championship two times. In 2003, Dr. Boyd along with other members of the Spirit brass ensemble earned the gold medal at the DCI Individual and Ensemble Competition. He also was a four year member of the Marching Southerners of Jacksonville State University. He was the mellophone section leader in 2004. In 2005, he served on visual staff for the Marching Southerners. Since graduating from JSU, Boyd has served as the visual coordinator and/or visual designer for 20 different high schools across Alabama and Georgia. Dr. Boyd became the visual coordinator and show designer for the Newnan High School Marching Cougars in 2007. During this time the band won multiple caption awards and high visual scores. Boyd’s visual design brought Newnan High School an impressive 7 Grand Champions in the short 8 years that he was on staff.
Dr. Boyd is married to Rachael Boyd, the Colorguard Coordinator for the Point University Marching Skyhawks. They have two children, Nathaniel Leyton Boyd and Cadence Victoria Boyd. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia, and an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in public school curriculum from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia.
Committee Service and Leadership Experience
WGI Advisory Board-2016-current
Georgia Indoor Percussion Association (GIPA) Executive Board Member-2016-present
Smokey Road School Improvement Team (SIT) 2013-2015
Georgia Music Educators Association, District 6 LGPE Co-Chair 2013-2015
Coweta County Leadership Academy member 2012-2013
National Band Association Citation Award -2012
Georgia Performance Tasks Team Writer 2011, funded by Georgia Music Educators Association
Southern Association for Performing Arts (2010-2014)
Smokey Road Leadership Team (SBLT) 2009-2013
Smokey Road Fine Arts Chair (2009-2015)
Georgia Assessment of Performance Standards (GAPPS), 2013 Assessment chair, Smokey Road
Georgia Assessment of Performance Standards (GAPPS), 2009-2011 county
Georgia Assessment of Performance Standards (GAPPS), Leadership Key Committee chair
Georgia Department of Education 2009: writer of the Georgia Performance Standards for Band
SACS Accreditation Committee (Smokey Road Middle, 2009-2010)
Smokey Road School Council elected teacher representative 2008-2009
Coweta Association of Educators (CAE-C), 2008-2009, treasurer
SACS Accreditation Committee (Ranburne High School, 2006)
Other Related Experience
- Wrote and received grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus funded by Katz Foundations for Band and Orchestra instruments (2010, 2011)
- Received grant monies from Walmart.com and the UBS corporation
- Received grant monies from the Coweta Community Foundation
Professional Presentations and Publications
- “Small Town BIG Sound” Georgia Music Educators Association State Wide In-Service Convention 2016
- “Mastery Based Assessment: Using Power in Progress to Evaluate Individual Performance.” Georgia Music Educators Association State Wide In-Service Convention 2014
- “Increase their Leadership Capacity and Develop a Better Musician.” Georgia Music Educators Association State Wide In-Service Convention 2014
- “The Relationship between Music Participation and Academic Achievement.” Georgia Music Educators Associations State Wide Research Poster Session 2014.
- “Using Power in Progress to Evaluate Student Performance.” University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival Presentation 2013
- “Transforming School Culture: Personalizing the School Environment through Servant Leadership” Co-presenter at the Breaking Ranks School Showcase at the National Association of Secondary School Principals Ignite13 Conference in Washington, DC.
- “The Relationship Between Music Participation and Mathematics Achievement in Middle School Students. Dissertation Defense 2013
- Boyd, Joshua (2012). Relationships Relevance and Rigor: Making students feel valued, and in return, making beautiful music. National Band Association Journal. Vol.LII(4)
- “Using Technology in your class to increase engagement and better instruction” Presented to Building Leadership Team 2012
- “Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor: Establish positive relationships to engage students” Presented to attending band directors at the 2012 University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival 2012
- “Teaching Children in Poverty” Presented to the Smokey Road Leadership Team 2011
- “Understanding the Georgia Performance Tasks for Band” presented at the GMEA In-‐Service Convention in January 2011 by request.
- “Unpacking the Band Standards” presented at the GMEA In-‐Service Convention in January 2010 by request.
- “Smokey Road Middle School Leadership for Georgia Assessment of Performance on School Standards” presented for community, parents, and business partners 2009
- Community presentation on 5 year strategic fiscal plan for band program (2006) Ranburne High