The Livingston Academy Band Program is currently under the direction of Mr. Greg Dingwall and Mr. Mike Holbrook
Gregory S. Dingwall is in his 29th year of teaching Overton County and in his 26th year of teaching at Livingston Academy. While teaching at Livingston Academy Mr. Dingwall has taught the Band, Choir, and Drama (Musicals) as their director. Mr. Dingwall is currently the Fine and Visual Arts Department Chair and teaching the LA “Spirit of the Wildcats” Marching Band some of the Junior/Middle schools bands in Overton County. Mr Dingwall is currently the chapter advisor for the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Mr. Dingwall completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming in 1986 with his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and then taught in Arizona for three years as the Middle and High School Bands Director. In 1992 Mr. Dingwall graduated from Tennessee Technological University with his Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Music Education and conducting. Since then Mr. Dingwall has completed his Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership.
Mr. Dingwall’s background comes from his desire to teach and the enjoyment he has in sharing his love for music. It first started in 1974 with his being part of the Cheyenne East High School music program. He was a member of the band, choir, orchestra and theater departments. The music program was one of the top programs in the State of Wyoming. He was also a member of the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1976. Mr. Dingwall’s undergraduate years were all on scholarships. His first college was Casper Community College in Casper, Wyoming. He participated in all aspects of the music program including the Casper Symphony Orchestra, a semi-professional organization and a community big band. Mr. Dingwall was also a member of the local musicians union, where he enjoyed playing as a professional musician. His next step was at Black Hills State College (now University), where he again was an active member of all the college’s music ensembles as well as involved in the theater department. After four years of just working getting married and starting a family Mr. Dingwall decided it was time to finish his education. While at the University of Wyoming, Mr. Dingwall was a member of the UW Cowboys Marching Band and the Symphony Band as well as various other musical ensembles. While at TTU he was the Graduate Assistant in the Music Department and the Assistant to the Director of Bands. He was a member of the University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, Director of the Concert Band, the Pep Band and the Golden Eagle Brass and assisted with the Golden Eagle “ Pride of Tennessee Tech” Marching Band. Mr Dingwall also was a Guest Conductor for the 28th and 29th Festival of Winds and Percussion’s Concert Band.
Mr. Dingwall is a member of MENC: National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Middle Tennessee Vocal Association(past), NFHS Association, National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, and the Overton County Education Association. He was a member of the Overton County Lions Club, District 12-O Lions as Governor, Multiple District 12 – Tennessee Lions and Council Of Governors and Council Secretary.
Mr. Dingwall is currently an adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Volunteer State Community College in Livingston and at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (VSCC) teaching Music Appreciation. He has been there since August of 2003.
Mr. Holbrook comes to Overton County from South Central Kentucky where he graduated from from Monroe County High School in Tompkinsville. He attended and graduated from TTU, where he studied saxophone under Dr. Roger Martin and was a part of the Golden Eagles Marching Band, TTU's Symphonic Band and served as Lead Alto and Lead Tenor sax player for Tech's renowned jazz band "the Troubadors". While at TTU he recieved his Bachelors of Arts in Music Education and then attended The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY where he received his Masters of Music Education.
Mr. Holbrook has taught in Macon County, Clay, and Putnam Counties in Tennessee and in Monroe County, Kentucky. Under his direction his bands have received superior ratings in Marching band and in Concert Band as well as performed at state level contests. his bands have performed throughout KY and TN and made several appearances in Florida.
Mr. Holbrook is a current member of ther "Big Band Sound" Orchestra based in Cookeville, TN, where he plays Lead Tenor Sax and also plays with the "Four Horns" Jazz Quartet. He and his wife of 26 years, Kim reside in Cookeville, TN.They have three three daughters and a couple of grandchildren.
Mr. Holbrook is currently the middle school Junior High Band Director and Assistant Director with the High School band Program. Mr. Holbrook has taught in the Overton County School system for the past 6 years this will be his 7th year here.
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