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.

          Currently, he enjoyes spending time at home with his wife, two children, and their dog Bentley.  

Percussion Instructor
Will Watson

Will is a WMHS graduate, attending James Madison University with a major in Journalism.  He has been a 2-year member of the 12th nationally ranked George Mason Indoor drumline.  He also marched tenors for the JMU Marching Royal Dukes.
Assistant Marching Band Director
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.
Colorguard Instructor
Carrie Miller-Blackburn

"Miss Carrie" is a 1992 honors graduate from Western Albemarle High School. She is also an alumni of the Western Albemarle marching and concert bands where she played the clarinet and bassoon in addition to being the drum major her senior year. 
In 1996 Carrie gradated from Longwood College with a Bachelor Of Science in pure mathematics as well as a certification in secondary education. Carrie began her career teaching at Buffalo Gap High School followed by teaching at Charlottesville High School, Piedmont Community College, and being the chair of the math department at Fishburne Military School. Pending a decision to become a registered nurse, Carrie has also worked as a procedure nurse in a private dermatology practice and as an emergency medical technician at the University Of Virginia emergency room. 
Since coaching the Western Albemarle color guard from 2004 to 2007, Carrie's enthusiasm for music has lead her to the Emerald Regiment marching band where she now volunteers as the color guard coach. If Carrie isn't with the band, then she is more than likely with her husband Kevin, four children; Misha, Christopher, Emmalyn, Alyssa, or with her nephew CJ or niece Aaliyah.