Mr. Woods is a product of Georgia public schools, graduating as Star Student from Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Georgia. He was a member of the Georgia All-State Band six times and Governors Honors recipient for two years. He began playing professionally in his seventh grade year performing with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
He attended Georgia State University where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Trombone Choir, and Brass Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Ambrose, Dr. Michael Palmer, and Dr. Phillip Brown. He was also a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band at the Georgia Institute of Technology under the direction of Dr. Andrea Strauss. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Speech Communication. He also holds two graduate level certificates from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Anderson University South Carolina School of the Arts in Anderson, South Carolina. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Music Education from The University of Georgia.
Mr. Woods began his band career at Lee Roy Myers Middle School in Savannah, Georgia. While at Myers Middle School, his ensembles consistently received excellent and superior ratings at the District I Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations. Students in his Wind Ensemble also received their first overall superior ratings in performance and sight-reading in school history. Students in his ensembles have participated in various honor bands and community groups. He also served as the Myers Middle School Council Secretary and Induction Coordinator. At the district level, he served on multiple interview committees and educational panels. Mr. Woods developed the first Savannah Chatham County Pre-Festival Concert Series and revived the Savannah Chatham County Middle School Honor Band that had not been held in over 20 years.
He has served as an evaluator of teacher certification test in Georgia (GACE) and certification test developer for Educational Testing Services for the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. He also has presented sessions on increasing literacy through music, teaching with themes in music based classrooms, and differentiated instruction in the music classroom. Presently, he is a published researcher having published articles in the Georgia Music News. Mr. Woods serves on the Georgia State University Alumni Board and the Anderson University Scholarship Committee.
Mr. Woods professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, the International Trombone Association, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southeastern United States.