Meet Our Alumni

Ranging from high school band teachers to working in Hollywood film music, our music alumni apply their degree in many ways.

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Ocie Banks

2016, Music, BM

Ocie is the Vocal & General Music teacher and chorus director at Rosaryville Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where he is building a music program and assisting his colleagues to incorporate Music and the Arts into the daily curriculum. Rosaryville Elementary school is one of the arts-integration schools within Prince George’s County.

Ocie was recently nominated by his principal as a recipient of the Male Educator Network of Prince George’s County Public Schools (Men Of PGCPS) Award. He was honored with this award on June 19, 2017. His consistent professionalism with parents, commitment to his school & students, and innovation in education are some of the key characteristics that made him worthy to receive this award.

Ocie graduated from George Mason University with his Bachelor of Music Education degree in May 2016. He studied voice with Prof. John S. Aler. His Music Ed. Mentor was Dr. Lisa A. Billingham. 

Andrew Dougherty

2015, Music, BM

In May 2017, Andrew graduated with an M.M. in Music Performance from the University of Maryland where he studied with David Fedderly, and in 2015 he completed a B.M. in Music Performance at George Mason University where he studied with Andrew Hitz. Throughout his college career, Andrew has played in the Disneyland All-American College Band, Bar Harbor Brass Week, and U.S. Air Force Collegiate Symposium. He won the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Mock Band Audition Competition in 2017 and also won the Tuba and Euphonium Quartet competition at NERTEC 2017.

After serving two years as the Auditions Coordinator & Recruitment Assistant for the Mason School of Music, Andrew won a tuba position with the West Point Band. Duties in this position are to perform for the Corps of Cadets in ceremonies, football games, and concerts, in addition to outreach events and public concerts throughout the year. The West Point Band handles the official musical requirements at the academy, including military and patriotic ceremonies, performing over 1,600 missions every year.

Susanna Kelley

2017, Music, BA

Susanna Kelley graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University in Spring of 2017. Throughout her time at Mason, she was heavily involved in several activities inside and outside of the School of Music…  Read more

Bill Podolski

2005, Music, BM


Bill Podolski is in his eighth year as Director of Choral Activities at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program where he teaches six middle and high choral ensembles… Read more

Matthew Stensrud

2013, Music Education, MM

LOCATION: HARPERS FERRY, WV DATE: November 23, 2013 -- CAPTION: Engagement Session of Matthew and Michael. CREDIT: Jay Premack

Matthew Stensrud is currently in his seventh year teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at Annandale Terrace Elementary School… Read more


Lynn Wildman

2005, Music, BA


Melinda (Lynn) Wildman has been an active participant in the George Mason community from the time she was a student in the School of Music…  Read more


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