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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 competitive "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). He has also been nominated for the Grammy Music Educator Award the last 4 years. His hobbies include collecting vinyl records (he hosts the school's vinyl records club) and other music memorabilia. He also performs and records on drums, and enjoys attending concerts.
Assistant Band Director - Ian Labreck
Ian Labreck joined the St. Pius X faculty summer 2015 as the first assistant band director in the school's history. Mr Labreck will be assisting Mr Paetznick with the St Pius Band, as well as the St Thomas More and Immaculate Heart of Mary middle school grade bands.
Mr. Labreck grew up in St. Marys, Georgia where he attended Camden County High School and later graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Labreck earned his Bachelor's of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Georgia in May of 2015, where he studied trumpet with Dr. Brandon Craswell. While at UGA, he was a member of the Redcoat Marching Band where he was a Section Leader and later served as Band Captain. Also at UGA, Mr. Labreck participated in a number of ensembles such as the UGA British Brass Band led by Mr. Phil Smith, Professor of Trumpet and previous principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Labreck holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Men's Music Fraternity, in which he was president of the Epsilon Lambda chapter at UGA. Mr. Labreck remains an avid Bulldog fan, and whenever he's not at competitions or other band events he'll be in Athens cheering on the Dawgs. He looks forward to an incredible first year with the Golden Lions, and is excited to be a part of faculty.
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 fourth 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 Choreographer 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.
Percussion Instructor - Coming Soon...
Assistant Color Guard Instructor - Coming Soon...
Additional Staff Help:
Elizabeth Hobbs - Woodwinds Tech