Stan Kramer joined the Callanwolde Concert Band as Assistant Conductor and trumpet player in fall 2017. Stan is the Director of Bands at Union Grove High School in McDonough, GA, a position held since the school opened in August 2000. Stan previously served as assistant director at Jonesboro High School and director at Burke County Middle School. He is a native of Clayton County Georgia and graduated from Morrow High School. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Reinhardt University.
For three decades Stan has worked as a music clinician and adjudicator in Georgia and South Carolina. His past and present professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, International Association of Jazz Educators, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity.
Stan is also a member of Tara Winds and the Sentimental Journey Orchestra and has performed with The Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus; musical artists including The Temptations, The O’Jays, Mel Torme, Shirley Jones, Pat Boone, Marvin Hamlisch, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Larnel Harris, South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbia Brass Band and with numerous other community and professional groups.
Kurt Wackerly graduated from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and became a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, the Hancock County Music Teachers Association, and the Findlay Community Band. While in Ohio, he was the band director and choral instructor for grades 5 through 12 in the McComb Local School District near Lima, Ohio. He relocated to Atlanta in 2001 to pursue professional opportunities, and, before joining the Callanwolde Concert Band, performed with multiple community musical ensembles in similar roles, including the Atlanta Concert Band, (2007 – 2011), Atlanta Wind Symphony, and Atlanta Freedom Band, where he also currently performs as French Horn player and is the Associate Director. Kurt is also a founding member of the Pine Lake Brass Quintet. In his business career, he is a senior manager at Condominium Concepts Management, Inc., a professional property management company.