Paul Rozecki – Director of Bands
Paul Rozecki is in his 13th year teaching Instrumental Music and 10th year at Atlee High School. Mr. Rozecki is a native of Gloucester County, Virginia and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University with a Minor in Jazz Studies. Mr. Rozecki began his career at Varina High School in Henrico County where he oversaw growth in the program over his three years in the position. The band earned superior ratings at festivals and assessments and grew from just over 50 members to over 100 during his last year.
Mr. Rozecki was appointed Director of Bands at Atlee High School in 2008, where he serves presently. He is responsible for two concert bands, two jazz ensembles, pep band, two indoor ensembles, percussion ensemble, and the award winning Marching Raiders. While at Atlee, all performing ensembles have earned consistent superior ratings in the jazz, marching and concert idioms. As a result, the Atlee Band Program has been designated a Virginia Honor Band for eight consecutive years and sixteen overall in the school’s history. In addition, program enrollment has increased from just over 80 students his first year to over 170 presently.
Mr. Rozecki’s professional affiliations include the National Arts for Music Education, Virginia Music Educator’s Association and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association. He has served as District Chair and on the VBODA Council of Review. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble Event at the VMEA In Service Conference. For the past 10 years Mr. Rozecki has served on the Macy’s Great American Marching Band staff providing logistical and instructional support for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is an active adjudicator and clinician for jazz, concert and marching events throughout Virginia.
An avid marching band drill designer, Mr. Rozecki recently won the R.E.B. Award for teaching excellence for his contributions to the classroom and the music education profession. With this grant, he attended the Pyware Visual Design Retreat in Cape Cod, Massachusetts to further his knowledge and understanding of Pyware and drill design elements.
Mr. Rozecki is an active member of New Highland Baptist Church and has been serving on staff as Minister of Music since 2016. He is also a member of the Remnants Rock n’ Soul band, where he plays saxophone and performs locally for special events. When not directing bands and choirs or performing, Mr. Rozecki enjoys Crossfit and spending time with his beautiful wife Lori and son Mason. They reside in Hanover County, Virginia.
The Director of Bands has these talented individuals to assist him:
Bobby Mawyer – Low Brass/Marching Instructor
Ron Simmons – Woodwinds/Music Instructor
Erica Lambert – Color Guard Choreography
To be appointed– Battery
Ritchy Jones – Front Ensemble
To be appointed – Percussion Instructor
To be appointed – Indoor Guard Instructor
To be appointed – Indoor Percussion Instructor
(Pictured left to right) Bobby Mawyer, Paul Rozecki and Ron Simmons