Honor Band Clinic – Shorter University

Shorter University Honor Band Clinic

Honor Band Clinicians

2017 – Dr. Craig Aarhus
2018 – Dr. Larry Petersen & Mr. Derrick Jackson
2019 – Mr. Jeff Cranfill & Dr. Dustin Burgess
2020 – Mr. Johnny Folsom, Jr. & Mrs. Lisa Reams
 Mr. Johnny Folsom, Jr.

John Lewis Folsom, Jr. (Johnny) has recently retired from 45 years of full time band directing and resides in Columbus, Mississippi. He spent twenty-five years as a successful band director in Alabama, first at Geneva (8 years) and then at TR Miller, Brewton (17 years), and spent 13 years with the prestigious Cairo High School Band in Georgia. He also spent 7 years as the director of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Band in Tifton, Georgia.

Folsom is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and served as chairman for district 2.  He is also a past president of the Alabama Bandmasters Association.  He was honored by the Troy State University’s music faculty as its 1996 Alumnus of the Year.  He has judged numerous marching and concert festivals in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina and regularly serves as an honor band clinician.  Mr. Folsom was honored to be selected to the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame and the High School Band Directors National Association Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Lisa Reams

Lisa Reams earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University and a Master of Music Performance from the University of Illinois. Mrs. Reams taught at Urbana Middle School (IL, 2006-2007) and went on to teach band at South Effingham High School (GA) where her ensemble received straight superior ratings at the 2008 and 2009 LGPE festival. In 2009, when her daughter was born, she left full-time teaching and began part time work as a beginning band instructor in the Savannah-Chatham county school district and taught music appreciation courses at Armstrong Atlantic University State University.
In addition to teaching band—and homeschooling her two children—she continues to perform as a clarinetist. She has played professionally with ensembles including the Savannah Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. Recent performances include “The Nutcracker” (Rome, GA), “Into the Woods” (SCAD, Savannah, GA), and “Frozen” (Rome, Ga). She currently works for the Joyful Noise Homeschool Music program as the band director and general music instructor. Mrs. Reams considers it a joy and privilege to share her love of music with her students each week.