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Justin  Burke
Fine Arts/ Band Director
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Mr. Burke is entering his first year as the Director of Bands at Sonoraville High School and his 14th year as a music educator. His previous positions include Director of Bands at Screven County High School in Sylvania GA, Director of Bands at Claxton High School, and Assistant Director of Bands at South Effingham High School in Guyton GA. Mr. Burke’s concert ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation performing Grades 4-6 literature through the years, while his marching bands have ranked consistently at the top of their classifications in state competitions.

His bands have performed at the Universal Studios STAR Performance Parade and the Disney Magic Music Days Parade in Orlando, FL, the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC, and on Ellis Island in New York City. In addition to teaching band, Mr. Burke taught Music Technology for 6 years, and has served as an adjudicator and a clinician.

​In 2016 Mr. Burke completed his Master of Music degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Valdosta State University in 2004, where he studied trumpet with Dr. Kenneth Kirk and conducting with Dr. Joe Brashier. At VSU, he performed in every ensemble, was trumpet section leader of the “Blazin’ Brigade” and received both the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Instrumental Music Education Award, and the Most Outstanding Student Teacher in Music Award in 2004.

Mr. Burke is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and The National Band Association (NBA). He is also a staff member of the Georgia Ambassadors of Music, which is a group of high school and college band students who travel to Europe every other summer to perform and tour 9 countries.

Mr. Burke and his wife Kristen have been married for 12 years and have 3 children- twin sons Lewis and Jackson (10), and a daughter Clara (6). Besides teaching band, Mr. Burke enjoys fishing, playing guitar, watching the Atlanta Braves, and coaching his sons little league baseball teams.