Denise Hembree, Freshman Campus Band Director
Denise Hembree is the Dorman Freshman Campus Band Director. Her duties include: All DFC Bands, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Concert Band. Mrs. Hembree is an alumni of Furman University. Mrs. Hembree has served as an adjudicator throughout South Carolina. Mrs. Hembree performs on her trombone with the orchestra at First Baptist Spartanburg and the Palmetto Posaunen. Mrs. Hembree became the DFC Band Director in 2007.
Kathryn Kopp, Assistant Band Director
Kathryn Kopp is an Assistant Director of Bands at Dorman High School. She assists with the Dorman Marching Cavaliers, Dorman Wind Ensemble and the Dorman Freshman Symphonic Band. Mrs. Kopp also teaches 5th grade beginning band at Anderson Mill and West View Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Kopp is a native of Easley, SC and has earned degrees from Furman University and USC Upstate. Mrs. Kopp has been Assistant Director of Bands at Dorman since 2014. Before that she taught in the Union County School System. Kathryn Kopp is married to Andrew and they have one son, Owen.
Marcus Morris, Assistant Band Director
Marcus Morris is an Assistant Director of Bands at Dorman High School. He assists with the Dorman Marching Cavaliers, Dorman Indoor Drumline, Dorman Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Dorman Freshman Symphonic Band. Mr. Morris also teaches beginning band at Arcadia and West View Elementary Schools.
Victor Perez, District Six Director of Percussion and Dorman Indoor Drumline Director
Victor Perez is a native of Spartanburg, SC, and is a Graduate of Dorman High School. After High School Victor attended Western Carolina University where he earned a degree in Music Education and served as the Percussion Section leader. Mr. Perez also holds a Masters in Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Mr. Perez marched with the independent drum line, Palmetto Percussion and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. In the Fall of 2014, Mr. Perez became the Assistant Band Director/Director Of Percussion Dutchtown High School in Hampton, GA. There he started their indoor Drumline program which won many awards throughout his tenure. In the Fall of 2016 Victor took over as the Percussion Caption Head of Fayette County High School.
In the spring of 2017 Mr. Perez accepted the Director of Percussion position at Dorman High School, in Spartanburg SC where he currently works. Since then he and his incredible team have made WGI World Championship finals 3 times, and have propelled the prestigious Dorman Percussion Program to new heights with over 120 Percussionist District wide. During his time as a performer and educator Victor has learned from and studied with professionals such as Ralph Hardimon, Matt Henley, Jonathan Duke, Dr. My Rhoden, David Starnes, Dr. Mario Gataneo and many more.
Mr. Perez currently resides in Spartanburg, SC, with his wife Tabitha Perez, and son Maxon. In his spare time he enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play on Sundays, and watching Shows such as Big Brother, Deal or No deal, and Shark Tank with his wife.
Elise Archie, Dorman Color Guard Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Elise Archie graduated from Winthrop University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. She created the dance program at Rawlinson Road Middle School and Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC. She is also the owner of Palmetto Dance Productions, an award winning dance studio she opened in Rock Hill in 2014 with her husband Will. Elise also has a Master's degree in K-12 Multi-categorical Special Education. She has worked with and taught many groups & high schools throughout the state of SC as a guest clinician & choreographer. Elise worked alongside her husband, Will, from 2003-2019 co-directing the guard programs at Northwestern High School and Rock Hill High School. Together they also directed The District Independent Winterguard, a 2 time WGI finalist in A and Open classes. In 2019, Elise took over as Colorguard Director at Dorman High school where she also teaches in the Special Service Department. Elise has had some of her work published from Artopia to Dance Teacher Magazine. She has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Alonzo King, Amy Marshall, Abby Lee Miller, Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance, Noel Bajandas & Carol Abohatab. Elise currently resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband, Will, and 2 daughters.