189 Hornet Road
Fishersville, Virginia 22939
(540) 886-4286
Matt Baraclough,  Director

Wilson Memorial High School Band
Director of Bands
Mr. Matthew F. Baraclough

Mr. Baraclough began playing trumpet as a student in the Cortland City school district in Cortland, New York in 1976.  He graduated from North Hagerstown High School, in Maryland, in 1985. 

          He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah College and Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia in December of 1989.  He immediately went to work for Six Flags Music Festivals and helped run band, orchestra, and choral competitions in Atlanta, Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  He began his teaching career at Moorefield High School in West Virginia in 1990.  Leaving Moorfield in 1995, he headed for Virginia.  He taught in Nelson County for 2 years before finally moving into Augusta County.

          Mr. Baraclough has been teaching at Wilson since 1997.  He has been an active trumpet player with the Staunton Brass Quintet, and the Colonnades Brass in Charlottesville, as well as solo and orchestral work along the way.  He is a member of VBODA, The National Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He was the 2019 VBODA District V Band Director of the Year

          He enjoys woodworking, binging Netflix, and spending time with his family! 
Consultant
Sarah Fauber

     Sarah is a 1999 graduate of Wilson Memorial High School and an alumni of the Emerald Regiment marching band. While in high school she was very active in music, including being drum major her senior year. 
     Upon graduation Sarah went on to attend James Madison University. While there, she was also a member of the Marching Royal Dukes.   She graduated in 2003 and went into the field of teaching. 
     She is currently a teacher in Staunton city schools as well as attending graduate school at JMU to receive her Masters in special education.  Her love for marching band, her brother Andrew Fauber, and the students brought Sarah back to Wilson in 2009 to become the assisstent marching band instructor.
Ailee Roberts
Colorguard

Ailee is a 2020 graduate of James Madison University where she graduated with a bachelors in social work. At JMU Ailee was an active member of the Marching Royal Dukes Colorguard and the JMU Nuance Purple and Open indoor guard teams. She is also a proud alumni of the service sorority For the Love Of Colorguard (FLOC) at JMU.
She is currently the Re-Entry Specialist for Blue Ridge Court Services in Staunton. Where she provides essential resources to formerly incarcerated individuals. When she's not working Ailee enjoys reading and going on walks around town with her fiance and two dogs. 


Assistant Marching Band Director
Tim DeSimone

Mr. DeSimone is a 2021 alumnus of James Madison University, where he graduated with a degree in Music Education, and a minor in Jazz Studies. At JMU he was active within the JMU Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Saxophone Quartets, and the Marching Royal Dukes, where he was a Drum Major in his senior year. 

He is currently the Band Director at Wilson Middle School, where he teaches 6-8th grade band, and a new 12-week exploratory offering. He is a member of the Charlottesville Municipal Band, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Saxophone Ensemble, and a few Harrisonburg-based Jazz and Funk groups. 

He holds affiliation with the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (VBODA), the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 

Elijah Steele
Arranger

Originally a native of Newport News, Virginia; Elijah is a May 2020 Music Composition graduate of James Madison University. Elijah specializes in designing custom marching band shows and drill for programs of all sizes and he currently resides in Albemarle County, Va.

Elijah Currently works with the JMU MRD front ensemble, as well as with the percussion sections of high schools around the Shenandoah Valley. He also writes music and drill for various high schools throughout Virginia.