Jonathan Phillip, Band Director and Department ChairMr. Phillip has the honor of working with the wonderful band students at John Champe High School. Mr. Phillip is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a masters degree from George Mason University. He is also certified to be a K-12 Administrator through The George Washington University. He studied tuba with Mark Theile and Kevin Stees. The band program at Champe has enjoyed much success because of the hard work of the students. With an inaugural marching band of 24 members, the marching band has grown to 250 members in eight years. The students have earned superior ratings in marching band, concert band, Virginia Honor Band, performed at the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Conference, the 2017 National Concert Band Festival, and the 2018 MLB All Star Game. The concert program has grown to serve over 310 students including five concert bands, jazz band, and percussion ensembles. The program also offers more opportunity for musical growth with indoor color guard, pep band, various small ensembles, and a thriving private lesson program. Mr. Phillip is the associate conductor of the Virginia Winds Academy. Mr. Phillip enjoys spending his free time with his Wife, Laurel Phillip, their daughter, Hannah, and their dog Shirley.
Ms. Robison graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Music Education. While at JMU, Ms. Robison studied voice under David Newman and Dr. Dorothy Maddison and choral conducting under Dr. Bryce Hayes and Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ms. Robison reinstated and directed the Madisonians show choir. Ms. Robison also had the privilege to work with ensembles in the Harrisonburg community such as the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir and the New Horizons Band. After completing her degree, Ms. Robison served as the music director for the theatre productions at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia.Brittany Ebhardt, Art TeacherMrs. Ebhardt graduated from Loudoun County Public Schools and went off to art school to study animation and drawing at Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD is ranked one of the top art schools in the nation, and it is there that Mrs. Ebhardt had the opportunity to work with professionals in the animation field. After completing her degree, Mrs. Ebhardt realized that working in the animation field would not be the best suited job for her so she found herself working as a children's book illustrator for a small publishing company and also tried her hand at freelancing. Although she loved her work, something felt like it was missing. She discovered that the missing piece was teaching so she went back to school to complete her master's degree in art education at George Mason. Now that Mrs. Ebhardt has found teaching she can't imagine doing anything else. She is excited to be back in Loudoun County teaching in the very place that started her off in the world of art.Regina Butler, Art TeacherRegina Butler earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is currently a Visual Arts Teacher at John Champe High School. Prior to working at John Champe, Mrs. Butler taught with Hoke County Public Schools in Raeford, North Carolina and with Warren County Public Schools in Virginia.
Nicki Cabaniss, Drama TeacherMs. Cabaniss graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in English with a focus in Secondary Education in both the English and Theatre classroom as well as a Masters in Teaching. Before coming to Loudoun, she worked as a college professor teaching Freshman level English courses on the border of Delaware. Ms. Cabaniss is a native of Loudoun County, VA and a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and is happy to be returning to her roots! This will be her first year with Loudoun County Public Schools.