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Band Director - Chad Paetznick
Chad Paetznick became the band director at St. Pius X in July 2005. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Band Director of the competetive "Pride of Paulding" band at Paulding County High School from 1999 to 2005. Upon first arriving to Georgia in 1998, he instructed percussion at camps for Pope High School, Fayette County High School, Sprayberry High School, and South Cobb High School. Before moving to Georgia, Mr. Paetznick instructed percussion at Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio.
Mr. Paetznick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he performed in the symphony orchestra, concert band, symphonic band, percussion ensemble, basketball band, and was the drummer for the jazz ensemble.
Mr. Paetznick marched snare drum with the competitive 1992 Star of Indiana drum & bugle corps (now known as the award winning theater group "Blast!"). That year, Star of Indiana placed third overall as a group, and finished second place in percussion at the Drum Corps International World Championships held in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Paetznick was also a member of the 1987 Florida Wave drum & bugle corps which placed 13th at the Drum Corps International World Championships. He graduated from Cooper City High School (FL) where he was a member of the award-winning "Sound of Pride" marching band. He was also a member of the South Broward County Honor Band.
Mr. Paetznick was the recipient of the "Excellence in Teaching" award at St. Pius X for the 2008-09 school year. He has been nominated three times for "Teacher of the Year" (2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14). His hobbies include collecting vinyl records and other music memorabilia. He also performs on drums, and enjoys attending concerts.
Percussion Instructor - Eric Turnquist
Eric Turnquist is a recent graduate from Georgia Tech. This is Eric's second season with the Marching Golden Lions. He loves playing and teaching drums. He marched at his high school in 2007, 2008, and 2010 and in Georgia Tech Marching Band in 2011 and 2012. In addition, he has marched with Atlanta Quest Indoor Percussion from 2009-2012 and Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2011. He has marched in WGI finals with Atlanta Quest in 2009 and 2012 and in DCA finals with Alliance in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He plans on going to graduate school in the future to study Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Color Guard Instructor - Jenney Kliesrath
Jenney Kliesrath is a recent graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she studied Industrial Engineering. This is her third season with the Marching Golden Lions. Jenney graduated from Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia. Since 2006, she has been spinning and dancing with several different color guards. She participated in her high school’s fall and winter programs for all four years of high school, and was a captain her senior year. That same year, the winter guard was a semi-finalist in Winter Guard International (WGI), in Dayton, Ohio, and Jenney received a WGI Scholarship. In the summer of 2009, she also competed with Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, a DCA corps of Atlanta, Georgia, and marched with the Georgia Tech Color Guard for three years. Jenney is currently marching with The Edge Independent, an Independent A winter guard based out of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Although color guard is a very big part of Jenney’s life, and she dedicates a majority of her time to the sport, Jenney also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and watching TV.
Choreographer/Dance - Clay McCloud
Mr. McCloud was a performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for 10 years. While at Disney, he performed in shows, parades, and special events, as well as television specials. He was also an Assistant Chorographer during the 1996 Olympics here in Atlanta. Mr. McCloud has been contributing his creative knowledge to dance studios, musicals, pageants, dance teams, and special events in the Georgia dance community for 18 years. Clay choreographs routines for the St. Pius X Fine Arts Department and IHM After-School Dance Program.
Additional Staff Help:
Daniel Grass - Drill Designer
Tricia Crews - Flagline Tech
Elizabeth Hobbs - Woodwinds Tech
Todd Hoff & Donald Creech - Brass Tech