Brass Instructors 



Paul Garrett - Trumpet

Paul Garrett received his Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from Wichita State University where he studied in the studio of Dr. Walter Myers.  Additionally, he has studied with John Aley of The University of Wisconsin, Madison and Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt of Philadelphia, PA.  Paul has also worked in private coaching sessions with David Hickman of The University of Arizona and the world renowned, late trumpet soloist, Timofie Dokshizer.

Paul has been a trumpet instructor for over 25 years. 14 of those years as a trumpet/brass instructor at South Forsyth High School. Not only are his students some of the top players in the band program, his students have consistently won chairs for District and All State band. His goal is to treat each student as an individual, giving them the tools & encouragement they need to succeed.

As a working musician, Paul is the arranger/music director and lead trumpet player for the locally popular band, Bumpin' The Mango. In addition to the various other groups and recording sessions he is hired to do around town, he has performed with many distinguished artists. Notably, he toured and recorded with Derek Trucks, receiving Grammy recognition in 2010 for his work on Derek's album, "Already Free".

Paul Garrett


Shaun Branam - Trumpet

Shaun Branam is a freelance trumpet player in the Atlanta area. Currently he serves as Principal Trumpet with the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as extra and substitute trumpet with the New World Symphony, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Ballet Orchestra, Georgia Brass Band, and the Atlanta Chamber Cartel. In 2012, Shaun traveled to Japan to play with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan and Shenyang and Beijing, China under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. Shaun has also performed at the National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Center, and Texas Music Festival. Additionally, he has participated in masterclasses with Philip Smith, Robert Sullivan, Chris Martin, Mark Hughes, David Bilger, and the Empire Brass Quintet.

Shaun holds a masters degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, studying with John Rommel, and a bachelors degree in music education from Columbus State University, studying with Moffatt Williams, Phil Elkins, and Robert Murray.

Shaun Branam




Richard Williams - HORN

Richard Williams is a freelance musician in Atlanta and adjunct faculty member at Columbus State University. He regularly plays extra and substitute horn with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, and Albany Symphony Orchestra.  He is a substitute musician with the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta fourth horn of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.  Richard has traveled to New York City since 2007 to perform with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the orchestra of Mid-America Productions’ Carnegie Hall Concert Series. As a member of the New England Youth Ensemble, an orchestra based in suburban Washington, D.C., he has performed throughout the world, visiting concert halls in ten foreign countries since 2005.

Richard holds a Masters degree in horn performance from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors degree in music education from Columbus State University.

Richard’s students each participate in their respective District Honor Bands.  They also participate in the Georgia All State Band, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and the Brevard Music Institute.

Richard Williams

Bill Pritchard - Tuba


Bill is a native of New Jersey. He began teaching and freelancing in Atlanta in 2001 while he was a member of the Army Ground Forces Band. Currently he plays tuba with the Midtown Brass Quintet, the free jazz trio Three Way Mirror, the Georgia Brass Band, the John's Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwig Symphony. He has also performed with the Alabama, Columbus, Macon, Cobb, Chattanooga and Hilton Head Symphonies, the Savannah Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Atlanta Brass Society, The Atlanta Ballet and the Peachtree Brass.  As a soloist he has appeared with the Army Ground Forces Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the Ludwig Symphony, and the New Jersey-based South Orange Symphony, delighting audiences of all ages with his dynamic interpretations of both standard and lesser known works for tuba. Bill also performs on sousaphone with Mercury Orkestar and the Fourth Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, tuba in the rock group B. Wayne and the Belfrys and plays bass in the chamber rock group, the Clibber Jones Ensemble. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Pritchard is a dedicated teacher of his craft, giving private lessons and master classes on euphonium and trombone, as well as tuba and is a professor at Georgia College and State University, Lee University, Cleveland State Community College and Agnes Scott College. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music management from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts in classical performance from the Eastman School of Music.


Bill Pritchard

Patrick Hinton - Brass

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Patrick Hinton, a native of Alabama, currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA where he enjoys teaching a studio comprised of all brass instruments, Patrick is a founding member of the Beltline Brass Quintet.  The BBQ is currently associated with the Sound Learning Program at Georgia State University, a NEA-funded program that partners the university with community musicians in teaching music within metropolitan Atlanta elementary schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University, and a Masters of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Alabama. Patrick has served on the faculty of Mississippi State University as Adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium.  He has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Brass Band, and the UA Faculty Brass Quintet, among others. Involved in Drum Corps International since 2002, Patrick is currently a brass instructor for The Cavaliers, seven-time DCI World Champions.  He previously served as Low Brass Coordinator for Spirit of Atlanta, where he saw the corps return to being an annual DCI finalist.