Katie Jones Byrd is Instructor of Percussion at the University of West Georgia. Ms. Byrd received the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005 and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2003. Prior to her appointment at West Georgia, she was Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Toccoa Falls College and Front Ensemble Instructor of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band. She held the position of Principal Timpanist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, and the Carroll Symphony Orchestra. She marched with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and Pariah Percussion Theatre and was on staff with Pariah when they won the Independent Open World Championships in 2009.