Neil Ruby is in his twentieth year as the Director of Bands and Fines Art Chairman at Central - Carroll High School, in Carrollton, Georgia, earning consistent superior ratings at concert, jazz and marching events. He is also the Fine Arts Liaison for the Carroll County School System. Mr. Ruby received a B.M. Degree in Music Education from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, and a M.M. Degree in Music Education from the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He is a frequent performer, adjudicator and clinician for events throughout the United States.
Mr. Ruby is a former Georgia Music Educators Association State Band Chair. He has served four terms as the GMEA District Seven Chairman and on the Music Selection Committee, Nominations Committee, Marching Band Committee, All-State Committee, and as a Mentoring Teacher for the State of Georgia. He is also a GMEA-Certified Head Adjudicator for the Large Group Performance Evaluations. Mr. Ruby has received the prestigious National Band Association Certificate of Merit for Music Excellence on three occasions. He is a 2012 Teacher of the Year recipient in Carroll County and was chosen as the STAR teacher of Central High School in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010 and STAR Teacher for the Carroll County School System in 2004 and 2010. Mr. Ruby was also chosen as the Teacher of the Year by the Wal-Mart Foundation and the 2012 STAR 94 “Teachers Make a Difference” recipient as a Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Under his direction, the Central-Carroll Band Program has earned over 500 superior ratings, 200 class placement awards, and 41 Grand Championships in the past 20 years. The Central – Carroll High School Bands have received letters of commendations from both Governor Sonny Purdue and Governor Roy Barnes and two resolutions from the Georgia State House of Legislature. Mr. Ruby and the Central –Carroll Marching Pride have represented the State of Georgia on two occasions in the Tournament of Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
Mr. Ruby is an active member of numerous professional organizations including: Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and American School Band Director’s Association. Mr. Ruby attends Midway Church in Villa Rica, Georgia.
Lanae Dickstein – Director of Bands Central Middle School
Lanae Dickstein is the Director of Bands at Central Middle School and a proud alumnus of Central-Carroll High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in wind band conducting from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. As an undergraduate student, she was recognized for her achievements as a music major and was named the 2012 Presser Scholar. After winning the inaugural GSU Undergraduate Conducting Competition in 2013, she was asked to return to Georgia State to be in the conducting studio of Dr. Robert Ambrose where she also studied under Dr. Chester Phillips and Dr. David Vandewalker. As part of the master’s program, Lanae worked closely with all of the GSU Bands events, including helping operate the 2015 and 2016 Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival.
Lanae is a member of the Georgia Music Educator’s Association and the National Association for Music Education and proudly sits in the French horn section of Tara Winds, a full-piece symphonic band comprised of musicians from all over the metro-Atlanta area. She is also a member of the worship team at 1027 Church and lives happily with her husband Matt in Atlanta.
Mr. Christian P. Videtto, Director of Percussion
Mr. V as he’s known, is a native of Boynton Beach, FL. He is in his fifteen year of teaching music with a focus in the percussive arts. Shortly after high school Mr. V enlisted in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he was tasked with various operational positions including, as an Operator with Multinational Joint Security Taskforces during the 2003 invasion of Baghdad, Operation Iraqi Freedom and later Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served as an adviser to the Atlantic Fleet Command and played a key roll to help evaluate and institute new security force procedures for all post 9/11 security policies fleet wide. After 6 years, Mr. V decided to pursue a career teaching music. Mr. V attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has taught in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Florida receiving multiple superior ratings and high percussion awards in several national circuits in both Marching Band and Indoor Percussion arenas. Mr. V also loves to write music. He has written music for many middle schools, high schools, and colleges including the U.S. Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He has had the great honor of being involved with such groups as Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, The Virginia Symphony, and The Savannah River Winds. Mr. V is married to Mrs. Cynthia Videtto, Director of Bands at Bowdon Middle School in Bowdon, GA. Mr. V has two children, Anna(16) and Michael(13), and Mr. and Mrs. V welcomed their son Charlie in March of 2017.
Brandon Dailey – Direcotr of Color Guard
Brandon Dailey was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved Newnan, Georgia in 2007. He works with multiple programs around the Atlanta area including Northgate High School and Roswell High School. He started marching color guard in 2002 with the JSU Marching Southerners and has also been a two time WGI Finalist with JSU Center Stage. From 2005-2010 he taught Northgate Independent which was also a two time WGI finalist. Brandon is currently a senior at Jacksonville State University where he will be receiving his degree in Secondary Education. This is Brandon's second year with Central Carroll Pride.
Courtney Zhorela, Associate Director
Courtney Zhorela is in her second year as Associate Director of Bands at Central-Carroll High School and Central Middle School. She is an alumna of Kennesaw State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at Kennesaw State, Ms. Zhorela studied flute with Todd Skitch of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Zhorela performed as a member of the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, “The Marching Owls,” and a number of small ensembles.
During her time at Kennesaw State, Ms. Zhorela was an inaugural member and piccolo section leader of the marching band. In addition, she was a founding member and served as President of the Iota Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Service Sorority. Ms. Zhorela student taught at Hillgrove High School in Cobb County, GA and has enjoyed teaching marching band and flute sectionals with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, East Coweta High School, Alan C. Pope High School, and Barber Middle School.
Ms. Zhorela’s professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Madison Robison – Percussion Instructor
Madison Robison is a 2016 graduate of Central-Carroll High School. She was a member of the Central-Carroll Marching Pride throughout her entire high school career. She served as Librarian and Percussion Captain her junior and senior years. She is in her second year instructing with the Marching Pride. Madi is currently pursuing a degree in Chemistry at the University of West Georgia where she also works as a Chemistry Workshop Leader.
Savannah Couch– Guard Instructor
Savannah Couch is a proud alumnus of Central-Carroll High School. She started marching colorguard in 2011 as a freshman at Central. After high school, she marched a year with the JSU Marching Southerners and JSU Centerstage Performance Ensemble. This past year, she moved back home to continue schooling in Carrollton. She marched this winter season with Reveire Independent and became a WGI Finalist. This is her second year instructing with Central.