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Directors

Mark Sizemore is currently the Director of Bands at South Laurel High School and Minister of Music at Laurel River Missionary Baptist Church.  He served as Adjunct Professor of Woodwind Performance and Jazz Studies at Union College from 1994 - 2002.  Prior to his employment with the Laurel County Schools, Mr. Sizemore taught saxophone performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Mr. Sizemore is a 1987 graduate of Laurel County High School where he was a member of the band under the direction of Mr. Jack Walker.  He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cumberland College in 1992, studying saxophone with Dr. Edwin Bingham and Mr. David Threlkeld and conducting with Mr. John Schechter.  In 1998, he received the Master of Music Performance degree from Eastern Kentucky University where he studied saxophone with Dr. Connie Rhoades and flute with Dr. Richard Bromley.  In 2012, Mr. Sizemore received the Master of Arts in Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.

During his tenure at South Laurel, the band has consistently earned distinguished and superior ratings for their performances.  The chamber music program has been particularly successful with a permanent brass quintet, saxophone quartet, percussion ensemble, and various small ensembles.

His professional affiliations include KMEA, NAfME, SKMA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the North American Saxophone Alliance.  Mark was named KMEA District 10 Teacher of the Year in 1999 and 2008. Mark enjoys fly fishing in the Daniel Boone National Forest and is involved in several shooting disciplines, holding seven State Championship titles.  He resides in London with his beautiful wife Caprecia and their four dogs.

 

Michael Wooley is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education studying trumpet with Dr. Joseph Van Fleet and conducting with Dr. Joseph Allison.  He is a native of London, Kentucky and a former student of South Laurel Middle School and South Laurel High School.  While completing a masters degree in music education at EKU in 2011, the opportunity arose for him to become the band director at South Laurel Middle School.

He is currently in his seventh year of teaching; the entirety of that tenure being at South Laurel Middle School.  Under the direction of Mr. Wooley, the South Laurel Middle School band has been recognized for many outstanding achievements.  The SLMS beginning band and symphonic band have received unanimous distinguished ratings during the past four years at the KMEA District 10 assessment.  The symphonic band has received three consecutive “Best Overall Middle School Band” awards at ‘Music in the Parks’ festivals, receiving all superior ratings. In addition to these accomplishments, the band has consistently seen the largest representation in the SKMA Middle School All- Festival Band.  Michael has been named the KMEA Middle School Teacher of the Year for KMEA District 10 in 2011 and 2015. Mr. Wooley was named the 2016-17 Laurel County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.  In addition to his duties at South Laurel Middle School, he is also assistant band director at South Laurel High School where he supports all facets of the program and is highly involved with marching band. 

Mr. Wooley is also an active member of the community, playing in the community band and orchestra as a regular performer under the direction of his mentor, Mr. Jack Walker.  His professional affiliations include KMEA, NAfME, and SKMA.  Michael resides in London and is very active and involved with his South Laurel band family.