About the Brookwood Band Staff

Bill Dickinson



Mr. Dickinson is entering his fifth year as Associate Director of Bands at Brookwood High School. A graduate of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant S.C., Mr. Dickinson received a BA in Trumpet Performance from The University of Georgia in 2003 and a Masters in Trumpet Performance from DePaul University in 2006. Most recently, Mr. Dickinson completed his Specialist degree in Music Education at the University of Georgia in 2011.

Mr. Dickinson first began working with the Brookwood Band program in 2004 as a trumpet instructor and marching band camp assistant.  Since moving to Atlanta in 2006, Mr. Dickinson has served as a private studio teacher, brass coach, marching band assistant and freelance trumpet player in the Greater Atlanta area. At the collegiate level, Mr. Dickinson has held the positions of Adjunct Trumpet Professor at Clarke Atlanta University and Adjunct Trumpet Professor and Chamber Ensemble Coach at Truett McConnell College. Many of his private studio students have enjoyed success as members of Georgia’s All-State Band, All-State Jazz Band, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and the Governor’s Honors Program.

At the University of Georgia, Mr. Dickinson studied trumpet under the late Fred Mills, one of the founding members of the Canadian Brass. He performed as a member of the UGA Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Salsa Band, and the Georgia Brass Ensemble.  Mr. Dickinson served two years as Principal Trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and was a featured soloist at UGA’s Janfest Wind Ensemble concert as one of the winners of the 2002 UGA Concerto Competition. While studying under the tutelage of John Hagstrom at DePaul University, Mr. Dickinson served as Principal Trumpet of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra and DePaul Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Dickinson remains an active trumpet teacher and performer throughout the Atlanta area. His professional affiliations include: GMEA, MENC, PAGE, NEA, and American Federation of Musicians (Atlanta Chapter).

Mr. Dickinson is coming to Brookwood High School after serving two years as a Music Specialist at Bethlehem Elementary School in Barrow County.  He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Liz, a Nurse Practitioner at Emory University Hospital.

Laura Moates Stanley

Director of Bands
Dr. Laura Moates Stanley is currently Director of Bands and is beginning her 15th year at Brookwood High School in Snellville. A native of Blue Ridge, GA, she is a 2001 honor graduate of The University of Georgia where she received her BMUS in Music Education. She also graduated from the same institution in 2003 where she received an MM in Wind Conducting. Dr. Stanley graduated from Boston University with a DMA in Music Education in May 2015 after completing her Dissertation, Between the Hedges: Stories Music Cooperating Teachers Tell of Their Identities as Teacher Educators.

Dr. Stanley served as the drum major, Assistant Band Captain, and Band Captain of the UGA Redcoat Band from 1998-2001. Dr. Stanley was a member of the UGA Wind Ensemble from 1997-2003 where she performed as principal clarinetist during the ensembles appearance at CBDNA in Denton, TX. She is also a clarinetist with the Northwinds Community Band and teaches a studio of private clarinet and conducting students. Dr. Stanley has taught clarinet and conducting clinics for Joycliffe Summer Camp, the University of Georgia Marching Band Camp, the University of Georgia Summer Music Camp, ENCORE! Summer Music Camp, and JSU Spirit Camp. She has been honored to serve as guest clinician for the District I, District VII, District IX, District XI, and District XIII Clinic/Honor Bands.

Recently, under her leadership, the Brookwood High School Symphonic Winds was chosen to perform as a guest band at the 2005 University of Georgia January Festival, the 2007 Honor Bands of Georgia Clinic at Columbus State University, the 2008 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2008 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, and the 2010 University of Georgia January Festival. Dr. Stanley received the 2004 Class Act Teacher award from Channel 11 Alive, was chosen as Brookwood High School’s STAR Teacher in 2007, was selected as the Region IIIA STAR Teacher, and as a Georgia State Finalist STAR Teacher in 2007. Dr. Stanley was chosen as the 2012-2013 Brookwood High School Teacher of the Year as well as one of 25 SemiFinalists for the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. She has also received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on three separate occasions.

Dr. Stanley is a member of GMEA, MENC, NBA, PAGE, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Collegiate Scholars, Delta Epsilon Iota, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the International Clarinet Association. She was elected in 2009 to the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster’s Fraternity. She has served as the GMEA District 13 Band Chair and is currently Past-President on the board of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band Alumni Association. Dr. Stanley served for three years as Associate Conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (MAYWE) who performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in 2009.

She is the daughter of Elden and Wanda Moates, retired band directors in Fannin County. She has one sister, Amy, who is a school psychologist in Dalton, GA and one brother, John, who is a percussionist and Public Relations Specialist in the Atlanta area. Dr. Stanley resides in Lilburn, GA with her husband, Darren, a freelance musician. They have two children, Chloe (7 years old) and Sean (4 years old).


  Chris Costigan

Director of Jazz Studies and Music Technology

Dr. Chris Costigan proudly serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Music Technology at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.  He earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Valdosta State University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Saxophone Performance from The University of Georgia.  His dissertation entitled “The Development of the Rhythm and Blues Saxophone Style: An Analytical and Performance Based Study” contains historically significant R&B saxophone transcriptions with historical and theoretical annotations.  Prior to his appointment at Brookwood, he served as the Director of Instrumental Studies at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia.  Additionally, Dr. Costigan has taught music/band at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and Pi Kappa Lambda (UGA Chapter).

Dr. Costigan is active as a clinician and performer.  He has appeared on numerous jazz and pop recordings and maintains a regular performance schedule.  Recent performances include the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia and numerous private engagements throughout the southeast.  Recent studio credits include recordings for the Dallas, Texas based Deathray Davies, Matt Fink of Prince and The Revolution, Jim White, Casper and the Cookies, Band of Horses, Notar and collaborations with producers John Keane, Dave Barbee, and Bill Doss.  Recent live credits include performances with Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Col. Bruce Hampton, the REM Tribute with Cindy Wilson, and with members of Widespread Panic.

Dr. Costigan resides in Bishop, Georgia with his wife Renee, the Choral Director at North Oconee High School and Malcom Bridge Middle School, and two beautiful daughters, Brooke and Kate.

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