Rob Specketer is the High School Band Director at Hayfield Secondary School. Previously, Mr. Specketer attended James Madison University, where he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in instrumental music education. He began his career in Middlesex County Public Schools (Saluda, VA) at Middlesex High School, where he served as director of bands, choirs, guitar, and also taught music theory. He then taught middle school and elementary band in FCPS in the Hayfield Pyramid from 2014-2016, then at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, VA from 2016-2019. He is currently in his eighth year of teaching.
At Forest Park High School, Mr. Specketer led the Marching Bruin Band and the Forest Park Wind Ensemble to three consecutive Virginia Honor Band distinctions. He also served as the director of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble.
As a 2012 graduate of James Madison University, Mr. Specketer studied Applied Trumpet with Mr. James Kluesner and Dr. Chris Carrillo. He performed with the world-recognized JMU Brass Band, under the direction of Mr. Kevin Stees, at the North American Brass Band Championships in Louisville, KY (2009), Raleigh, NC (2010), and Cincinatti, OH (2012), and at the 2012 US Open Brass Band Championships in Chicago, IL. He also joined the band in a tour of Austria and Germany, performing in concerts in Vienna, Graz, Linz, and Munich. He has performed along-side the Madison Brass, JMU's feature faculty brass quintet, in concerts at JMU and at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. As a member of the Marching Royal Dukes, Mr. Specketer marched in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the 2011 New Year's Parade in London, England. He was also a featured soloist in 2008 and 2009, and served as Drum Major in 2010. Mr. Specketer also participated in the JMU Wind Symphony, JMU Symphony Orchestra, JMU Chamber Orchestra, and the JMU Jazz Ensemble.
Andrew Clifford is the band director at Hayfield Elementary and the Middle School band director at Hayfield Secondary School. Previously, Mr. Clifford attended James Madison University, where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in instrumental music education. Mr. Clifford attained his Masters in Music Education at George Mason University in 2018. He taught for three years in Alleghany County Public Schools as the Director of Bands at Clifton Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Alleghany High School.
After leaving Alleghany County, Mr. Clifford moved to Washington DC where he taught elementary and middle school band as part of the Garwood Whaley Music Program. Following this he became the Director of Education & Special Events at District Music Academy where he taught private lessons, preschool general music, and provided music therapy in retirement homes.
Mr. Clifford has had an active playing career. In 2010 he spent a month in Venezuela working with the El Sistema music program and in 2013 toured Austria and Germany with the JMU Brass Band. Mr. Clifford also performs with the Fairfax Wind Symphony and the Fairfax Jazz Band.