Middle School Band

LaToya Johnson

Ms. Johnson is a native of Anderson, South Carolina. She is enjoying her 5th year at Marvin Ridge Middle School, and her 11th year in the teaching profession. Ms. Johnson attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education.  After college and a 3 year teaching stent at Southside Middle School in Florence, South Carolina, she returned to Winthrop full time to complete a Masters of Music Education degree, serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Director of Bands.
During the course of her degree work, she took on additional studies to include Clarinet and Instrumental Conducting, while performing with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Clarinet Choir, and Carolina’s Wind Orchestra. As a Graduate Assistant, she also had the opportunity to work closely with students in various Music Education classes and lead the Winthrop University Pep Band. Upon re-entering the workforce, Ms. Johnson served as the Band and Choir Director at A.R. Rucker Middle School in Lancaster, South Carolina, and in the same capacity at American Renaissance Charter School in Statesville, North Carolina before joining the team at Marvin Ridge. 
In her spare time, Ms. Johnson is a regularly performing Clarinetist with the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, various small ensembles in the Charlotte area, and occasionally subs in the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Her professional affiliations include the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the South Carolina Band Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, and Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. 
"Music Education is one of the most important, most rewarding careers on this earth. I believe that every child is deserving of an opportunity to experience, create, and perform music in some capacity." 

Philip Loftis

Philip Loftis will be in his first year as Co-Director of Bands at Marvin Ridge Middle School in the Union County School District. Prior to his appointment at Marvin Ridge Middle School, Mr. Loftis was the Director of Bands at Oakridge Middle School in Clover, SC from 2018-2021, Assistant Director of Bands at Porter Ridge Middle and High School in Indian Trail, North Carolina from 2017-2018, and he was Director of Bands at Pelion Middle School in Pelion, SC from 2013-2017. 

Mr. Loftis received his academic training from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education K-12, and a Performance Certificate in Euphonium while studying under Professor Sarita Maxwell. While at Winthrop University, Mr. Loftis studied Instrumental Music Education and Wind Band conducting under Dr. Lorrie Crochet. 

​Mr. Loftis currently serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He also is the Personnel Manager for and performs on Euphonium with the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Lorrie Crochet. Mr. Loftis is the current Director of Bands for the ST-Arts Summer Music Program at Winthrop University as well. Mr. Loftis currently resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 


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