Sean C. Noah
Director of Bands
Sean C. Noah joined the McGill-Toolen family in 2010 when he became Director of Bands. Mr. Noah attended the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Instrumental Music Education and later received his Masters degree in Music Education from Boston University.
During his time at the University of Alabama, Mr. Noah marched in the famous Million Dollar Band. Apart from a promising college career, he played in the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps before serving as Assistant Percussion Instructor for the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). Mr. Noah as also served as Percussion Caption Head for the Scenic City Drum and Bugle Corps. When he’s not arranging music or designing drill sets, Mr. Noah instructs clinics alongside other noteworthy figures such as Thom Hardiman, Arturo Sandoval, Jamey Aebersold, Gerald Welker, Frederick Fennell, and more.
Mr. Noah has been the Director of Bands at Hazel Green High School, Bibb County High School, and Director of Bands and Orchestra at Western School of Environmental Science in Baltimore, Maryland. While under his direction, the marching and concert programs at these institutions and our own earned high accolades and superior ratings at the district and state levels. Presently, Mr. Noah has led the McGill-Toolen Band to a series of top ratings in our competitions and has contributed to an overall expansion in terms of membership size. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Noah calls Alabama home and resides there with his wife, Laura Noah, who is the Principal Timpanist for the Mobile Symphony as well as a freelance percussionist.
Mr. Krause, a graduate of Louisiana South University, hails from McGill-Toolen, where he spent his high school days in the band as well. When he’s not embroiled in a task as our Campus Minister, he helps Mr. Noah as assistant director.
Color Guard Director
Cassidy Holder has led our Color Guard in many new and exciting directions. A member of the McGill-Toolen family for the past two years, she strives to ensure that the Color Guard maximizes its potential.
Mr. Charles “Buddy” Porter is currently Director of Instrumental Music in the elementary schools for the Arch-Diocese of Mobile. In this position he co-ordinates the band program in nine elementary schools. He has been in music education for the past 42 years. He received his music education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He taught in the state of Mississippi for many years before returning to his home town of Mobile in 1975. Mr. Porter is well-recognized as a trombonist for the Mobile Symphony.
Assistant Director/Prep Band
Mrs. Marian Hall is a profound addition to our Prep Band program. She helps our reach extend to the Mobile Bay area at schools like Christ the King, St. Patricks, and more. Mrs. Hall is well known for her skill with the flute. She attended the University of South Alabama and earned a degree in Music Education.
Laura Noah is a freelance musician residing in Mobile, Alabama performing with several Orchestras along the Gulf Coast. Mrs. Noah is the principal timpanist for the Mobile Symphony since 2007 and the Meridian Symphony since 2012. She has spent a decade as principal percussionist for the Gulf Coast Symphony and section percussionist with the Pensacola Symphony. She offers lessons to aspiring percussionists.
Soren Odom is a 2007 McGill Toolen alumnus, and is currently completing his music education degree from the University of South Alabama. Soren is involved as percussionist in the community and has worked with several drum lines in the Mobile Bay area, including the Jaguar Drum Line at USA. He is from Mobile. Soren is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and composes for the USA Jaguar Marching Band.
Student by day, programmer by night, Adrian Eves is on the fast track to earning a degree in Software Engineering from Auburn University. Apart from designing apps for mobile devices at his own developer company, Just For Fun, he designs websites and Facebook pages for small businesses. A graduate of McGill-Toolen in 2012, Adrian played mallet percussion in high school and has helped teach at band camps in the past.