Instructor of Percussion
Katie Jones Byrd is Instructor of Percussion at the University of West Georgia, where she teaches Applied Percussion, Music Appreciation, and Percussion Ensemble. She 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 this position, Ms. Byrd taught at Toccoa Falls College and worked with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, as well as numerous middle and high school programs. Following graduate school, she worked for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she founded and directed Calypso, a steel band program in partnership with the public school system. Ms. Byrd has held the position of Principal Timpanist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and has performed with multiple other ensembles, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Augusta.