Our Staff

Director of Athletic Bands


EricMr. Eric Bradshaw joined the Valdosta State University faculty in the Fall of 2002. He currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music. Along with his teaching responsibilities and directing the Blazin' Brigade Marching Band, Mr. Bradshaw performs as the principal tubist with the Valdosta and Albany Symphony Orchestras, Savannah Philharmonic, VSU Faculty Brass Quintet, and directs the basketball pep band and concert band. Mr. Bradshaw received his Bachelor of Science in music education and Master of Music in tuba performance from the University of Alabama. Mr. Bradshaw's principal conducting instructors have included: Dr. Gerald Welker, Dr. Kenneth Ozzello, and Prof. Don Wilcox. He has studied tuba with Prof. Michael Dunn, Mr. James Jenkins, and Prof. Richard Powell.

Eric's professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and International Tuba Euphonium Association. Eric is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is currently the faculty advisor for the VSU chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.

Prior to moving to Valdosta, Mr. Bradshaw spent 1997-2001 teaching in the public school system in Carroll County, GA and working as an adjunct professor at the University of West Georgia.

Eric lives with his wife, Jeanne-Hope, and their twin sons, Andrew and Ryan. The Bradshaw's are also an active foster family for the Valdosta area.

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Graduate Assistants

Mr. Curtis Nichols graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN with Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. After graduating from Ringgold High School (Ringgold, GA), he attended UT-Chattanooga and performed as a member of the Marching Mocs. During this time, he served numerous High Schools in the Southeast TN/North GA area as a Woodwind and Marching clinician reinforcing high standards in music performance and “corps-style” marching techniques.

During his undergraduate studies, he performed with a diversity of ensembles and artists that have ranged from Claude Delangle, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Magical Mystery Tour, and the Brubeck Brothers. Performances as a featured soloist have included Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto in E-flat Major, Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera, and Claude T. Smith’s Fantasia for Alto Saxophone. He has performed in masterclasses given by Otis Murphy, Joe Lulloff, Connie Frigo, and Scott Turpen.

Curtis is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance and studies with Dr. Joren Cain. Along with his responsibilities with the Blazin' Brigade, Mr. Nichols also serves as a co-director of the VSU Basketball Pep-Band and Secondary Applied Saxophone Instructor.


Coordinator of Color Guard

KellyMs. Kelly Ross is a native of Southern California and comes to Valdosta with a great amount of both dance and color guard experience. She has been a dancer since childhood and has been involved in the color guard activity for over 14 years. Kelly was a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001-2004 and a cast member with Fantasia Winter 
Guard from 2001-2004. During her performance career, Kelly won 3 national championships, 3 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals. In addition, she was a color guard member of the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 2000-2002.

As a teacher, Kelly has taught many successful, nationally competing color guards in Southern California, New York, Utah, Florida and Georgia. In 2005, she was a color guard instructor for Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and is currently the color guard instructor for Lowndes High School.

Kelly is a recent graduate from Valdosta State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. In addition, Kelly is a member of 
three honor societies; Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, and Pi Gamma Mu. She is also currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University, working on her Master of Education (ME.d.) degree in School Counseling.


Coordinator of Blazette Dance Line

Ms. TaylorMarie Berry

Coordinator of Marching Percussion

AaronMr. Aaron Savage is a product of the Tift County School System. He graduated from Tift County High School in 2002. He is the son of Rickey & Cathy Savage. Aaron was a member of the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps for 3 years and a member of the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps for 2 years. He attended Jacksonville State University and Abraham Baldwin College and is now finishing up his education at Valdosta State University. He has studied percussion with Clint Gillespie, Nick Angelis, Carl Eppler, Clif Walker, Jeff Ausdemore, Ryan Sirna and most recently Paul Campiglia. He is a current member of the Percussive Society and an educational consultant for the Vic Firth Cooperation. From 2006-2011, Aaron served as percussion caption head & arranger for the Tift County High School “Blue Devil” Brigade drum line.  He is currently the Coordinator of Percussion Studies with the Colquitt County Schools.

Aaron lives in Moultrie with his wife Liz and their son, Jaxon Rylie.