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Mrs. Kaitlyn Priest

From Charlotte, North Carolina, Kaitlyn Myers Priest graduated summa cum laude with leadership distinction from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Priest earned her bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on instrumental music education, as well as a certificate in music performance. While at UofSC, she studied horn with Robert Pruzin and JD Shaw, played under the batons of Dr. Rebecca Phillips and Dr. Scott Weiss, and was a drum major for the Carolina Band. After graduation, Mrs. Priest taught in Branchville, South Carolina while assisting with the Summerville High School band. Mrs. Priest has served as the Director of Bands at Midland Valley High School for five years, during which time the band has grown significantly and earned high ratings in both concert and marching settings. Mrs. Priest is a National Board Certified Teacher and is currently pursuing a master's degree in music education through the American Band College and Central Washington University. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Priest enjoys reading, adventuring with her husband, and obsessing over her dog, Wallace.

A Message from Mrs. Priest

"Hello Oakbrook Bands!

My name is Mrs. Priest and I am so excited to be joining the Oakbrook family for the upcoming school year! I have been a teacher for six years, and I am passionate about teaching music and the many positive ways making music influences our lives. It is an honor to help young people at important junctions in their lives and to watch my students grow as musicians and humans. I am so thankful to be joining the DD2 community and I am looking forward to a great school year!"

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Ms. Kylie Dolbier

Kylie Dolbier (soon-to-be Mrs. Smoak) is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music and Honors College. During her time at UofSC, she taught private clarinet lessons in the Columbia area, worked as a visual and woodwind tech for high school marching bands in both NC and SC, and served as Drum Major of the Carolina Band for three years. She is an experienced performer on both the clarinet and trumpet and is passionate about the cruciality of an excellent band experience in a middle schooler’s life. In her spare time, Ms. Dolbier loves hiking, disc golfing, and playing with her cat, Zelda.

A Message from Ms. Dolbier

"Oakbrook Band family, it is a thrill and a dream come true to be joining you this coming fall! Since picking up my own clarinet for the first time in 6th grade, band has been one of the greatest joys of my life and I am so excited to share it with you. I know that change can be daunting, but rest assured that Mrs. Priest and I will work hard to ensure that this is a smooth transition and that the success and fun of your band experience continues to grow. I can’t wait to meet each one of you and to begin making some beautiful music together. Go Eagles!"