Johnnie B. Green, Director of Marching Band
Mr. Green has been recently named as Director of the Award Winning William Mason High School Marching Band. Prior to coming to Mason, Mr. Green was the Associate Director of Bands, and Color Guard Director at Lehman High School in Kyle, TX. As part of the Lehman team, Mr. Green has experienced immediate success earning Superior ratings in both concert and marching band, and establishing the Lehman Color Guard as a Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championship Medalist in 2011, Scholastic Regional A State Champion in 2012, Scholastic A  State Finalist in 2014, and WGI Regional Finalist in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and is also the Host of the WGI Austin Regional. Most recently, the Lehman Varsty Winter Guard is the 2017 National A State Championship Bronze Medalist, and the Lehman JV Winter Guard is the 2017 Novice Class Bronze Medalist. In 2012 Mr. Green received the UIL Sponsor of Excellence award from Hays CISD, and was nominated for the State UIL Award. Mr. Green is also a Quater-finalist for the 2015 Grammy in Music Education award. Under Mr. Green’s direction, the Lehman Wind Symphony was recently named a “Commended Winner” in the Foundation for Music Education’s Citation of Excellence contest for non-varsity bands.

A native of Danville, IL, Mr. Green grew up with a strong background in music and performance, studying voice and trumpet at an early age. While in high school, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the National Youth Performance Debut Series, and performed as principal trumpet in the first Bands of America concert band in 1990 under the direction of William D. Revelli and Tim Salzman. Mr. Green studied trumpet with Dr. Amy Gilreath at Illinois State University, and with Dr. Jonathan Gresham and Drew Cremisio at Northern Kentucky University. While at NKU, he was selected as a finalist in the Corbett Concerto Competition, and performed as a member of the NKU Faculty Brass Quintet. His additional teachers have included Parker Melvin and Michael Tunnell at the University of Illinois, Judith Saxton at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Richard Lehman (Illinois State University), former Principal Cornet of The United States Marine Band. From 1991-1994, Mr. Green was a lead soprano for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL winning the 1992 Drum Corps International World Championship , and Individual & Ensemble World Championships in 1992 and 1994.

Mr. Green began his teaching career in 1990 as a member of the staff at Normal Community High School in Normal, IL with Lisa Preston, John Bixby, and Kent Baker (currently with the United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C.). While in “Normal” Mr. Green taught color guard, marching band, and private brass lessons. In 1995, he was appointed Brass and Marching Caption Head at both Normal Community and Normal Community West High School, winning back to back State Marching Band Championships and State Color Guard Championships. Both Normal and Normal West earned recognition as Bands of America Regional Finalists and WGI Regional Finalists in both Color Guard and Percussion. In addition, the Normal West High School Band was a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist, and the Wind Ensemble achieved State Honor Band status. Mr. Green continues to serve as a clinician and consultant for the Normal West Band Program.

From 1999-2004 Mr. Green was the Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director at Conner High School from Hebron, KY. While at Conner, Mr. Green lead the marching band to numerous award winning performances, and the color guard was a three time Scholastic A Medalist at the Tri-State Circuit Championships. While residing in the Cincinnati area, Mr. Green served on the staff at several area high schools, including; Colerain, Moeller, Beechwood, Sycamore, Amelia, Elder, and Taylor County. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Tri-State Circuit for the Pageantry Arts.

Mr. Green was as the Visual Caption Head for Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps from 2002-2004, and for the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps from 2001-2002. Most recently, Mr. Green was the Assistant Visual Caption Head for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, TX.

From 2009-2010, Mr. Green was an Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director at Akins High School in Austin where he was responsible for team teaching three concert bands, the color guard, and coordinating the marching band visual program. Under Mr. Green’s direction, the Akins Color Guard was the 2010 WGI Austin Regional SRA Champion. Mr. Green also taught in the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio where he served as the Visual Coordinator/Color Guard Director and brass specialist from 2004-2008. In addition to his duties directing the Color Guard program (including two high school winter guards, and middle school color guard) and coordinating the visual program for Judson High School, Mr. Green served as the Assistant Band Director at Kitty Hawk Middle School from 2006-2009. During Mr. Green’s time at Judson, the Judson Honor Band (Under the Direction of Dana Pradervand, Scott McDonald, Mark Buley, and Craig Turner) performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band & Percussion Festival, the Marching Band was a Bands of America Regional Finalist, and the Color Guard was a consistent WGI Regional Finalist. Mr. Green was a designer and consultant for the Seguin High School Color Guard (WGI Scholastic A Regional Finalist) from Seguin, TX from 2008-2011, and has been a clinician and consultant for the Morton Ranch High School Band from Katy, TX. Mr. Green has also been a designer/choreographer for Marching Band Designs.

Mr. Green has continued to stay active as a performer, playing with the San Antonio Wind Symphony, Heart of Texas Concert Band, and was a featured soloist with the Cavalier’s 60th Anniversary Corps.

Currently, Mr. Green is relocating "back home" to the Cincinnati are with his wife Jessica, and his daughters Olivia, and Ella. In his “free” time, he enjoys grilling, chasing his daughters around the house and working on his golf swing.

Ed Protzman, Director of Concert Bands

Mr. Protzman has been recently appointed to the position of Director of Concert Bands for the award winning Mason High School Bands.  In this position, he coordinates and directs the five high school concert bands and assists with the marching band.  Prior to joining the Mason High School music staff, Protzman served as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He served in this position for seven years opening the school and starting the band program in the fall of 2010. His ensembles consistently received top ratings in Kansas Music Educators Association large and small group festivals. Before coming to Kansas to teach in the Blue Valley School District, Protzman was the Director of Bands at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. His bands and ensembles have been selected by audition to perform and present clinics at state music educator conventions in Kansas and Pennsylvania including four concerts over the past three years at the KMEA All-State Conference. In 2014, he was selected as a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Grammy Foundation Music Teacher Award, and in 2016 he was voted teacher of the year at Blue Valley Southwest High School. His ensembles have performed across the United States and abroad including performances in Beijing, China by the Central Bucks School District Honors Wind Ensemble in the summer of 2008.  While teaching in Pennsylvania he was the founder and conductor of the Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble (an auditioned ensemble made up of students from across eastern Pennsylvania) and the Doylestown Symphonic Winds (a semi-professional wind ensemble made  up of  music educators and Philadelphia area professional musicians). In 2017, he capped off his tenure at Blue Valley Southwest with a concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri featuring composer John Mackey.

Protzman’s education includes a Bachelors Music in Music Education from Moravian College Bethlehem, PA, a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting Degree from West Chester University, West Chester, PA, and an Artist’s Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Along with his formal education, he has attended conducting seminars and master classes at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Kansas, Temple University, and Kansas State University.  He is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, The National Band Association, The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American School Band Directors Association.

Andrew Acheson, Color Guard Director

Mr. Acheson has grown up in the marching community, beginning his career marching with the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps from 2002-2005 serving as both flag captain, and guard seargent. He then taught the corps from 2006-2009.  During that time he performed with world champion Pride of Cincinnati from 2005-2007. In 2010 he Joined the staff at The Woodlands High School, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Cypress Independent from Houston Texas.  He then continued on to The Woodlands College Park and The Crossman Drum and Bugle Corps.   

Mr. Acheson then went on to serve in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic with a tour in Afghanistan, teaching when he could with various groups in the U.S.  Many Groups that he has taught include Millenia Drum and Bugle Corps (Italy), Marcus H.S. (Texas), Lehman H.S. (Texas), Beechwood H.S.(Kentucky), and Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S. (Kentucky). 

Joe Woodie, Percussion Director

For Joe Woodie, percussion is his career and his passion. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s of music degree, Joe joined William Mason High School this year as the percussion specialist for all six concert bands and for the marching band.

Joe marched with both the Bluecoats and with Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble and now serves as a battery instructor for both ensembles. In August, Joe was a part of the staff that guided the Bluecoats to win the 2016 DCI World Class Championships. He has also worked as a battery instructor for many area high schools, including Northmont, Findlay, Miamisburg, Sycamore, and Centerville.

Joe believes music is a subject uniquely bound to emotion and has discovered that creating an emotional connection between his students’ individual experiences and the music they are performing is a powerful tool as a music educator. Teaching also provides the opportunity for Joe to guide the individual character development in each student through music.

Joe has been inspired by the work of Claude Debussy, Igor Stavinsky, Paul Hindemith, and Frederic Chopin, and is especially grateful to his parents for providing support and inspiration as he pursued his love of music. When Joe isn’t teaching or playing music, he appreciates time to exercise, socialize, and compose percussive/electronic music.