Mike Aymett

Mike Aymett

Director

A veteran teacher of 20 years, Mr. Aymett has spent the past 16 years as band director with the Riverdale Band. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Mike attended Middle Tennessee State University where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees. As a saxophonist, Mr. Aymett has performed in numerous styles, from classical, to jazz, to salsa. Mike has previously taught in Nashville and at Mt. Pleasant High School, where he served as Director of Bands for three years, teaching grades 5-12. During his tenure at these schools, students distinguished themselves in both concert and marching performances.

Professionally, Mr. Aymett has served as coordinator for the Rutherford County Honor Bands, chairman for the MTSBOA Honor Bands, Performing Group Auditions Chair for the TMEA Conference, MTSBOA Executive Board, and the MTSU Band of Blue Club Board of Directors. He was Equipment Chairperson for the 2000 & 2001 TMEA Conference, and served on the host committees for the 2002 National MENC Conference and 2009 ASBDA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Aymett is a member of MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, the American School Band Directors Association,, and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Briana Engelbert Vogt

Briana Engelbert Vogt

Director

Briana Engelbert Vogt enjoys sharing her passion for music with whomever she meets. Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, Ms. Engelbert received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Tennessee Tech University, where she studied with the illustrious R. Winston Morris and met her husband/stand partner, Austin Vogt. She then traveled through India, Paris, England, and Amsterdam, where she learned about diverse music cultures, taught masterclasses, and studied with the euphonium virtuoso, Steven Mead. While completing the Master of Music and Master of Music Education degrees from Indiana University, Briana was under the tutelage of the famed Dan Perantoni. At Indiana University, Mrs. V taught at the collegiate level as the Associate Instructor of Brass Instrument Techniques and co-taught the Lab Band at IU.

As a euphoniumist, Briana has performed in Carnegie Hall twice and has performed solo works with multiple ensembles: IU Wind Ensemble (brass concerto competition winner), TTU Tuba Ensemble (resulting in a Carnegie Hall tour, and the published recording - Evolutions), TTU Wind Ensemble, and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. As an avid chamber musician, Briana has performed at regional and international conferences as a member of various groups, including: guest ensemble at the 45th International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, winner of NERTEC 2015 quartet competition, winner of SERTEC 2013 quartet competition, winner of 2010 DCI ensemble competition. Briana currently plays professionally as the Solo Euphoniumist with the Southern Stars Brass Band; Mrs. V also enjoys playing with community ensembles on euphonium, trombone, and tuba with the Music City Brass Ensemble.

Mrs. Vogt is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the International Tuba Euphonium Association; she credits her early interest in education to her mentors, Greg Bimm, Bobby Lambert, and Kristen Engelbert. Briana is excited to work with the students at Riverdale, in hopes of invigorating the band program through an informative and holistic curriculum, compassionate mindset, and incredibly high standards. Briana enjoys camping/hiking with her husband and dog, and eating all of the pizza.

Band Staff

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Guard Instructor

Amanda Jones joined the Riverdale Band staff in the fall of 2010 and shortly thereafter joined the science faculty at RHS. In addition to her classroom duties, Ms. Jones oversees the Color Guard and Winter Guard program at Riverdale. Under her expert instruction, Guard members have achieved at an extremely high level, earning the Gold Medal at the 2017 and 2019 SCGC Championships.
Ms. Jones is also the Director of the independent class Eklipse Winterguard.

Tim Hale

Tim Hale

Percussion Instructor

Tim Hale
Percussion
Tim Hale is the percussion specialist at Riverdale High School. He is one of the top percussion instructors in the area and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion. He has served as a drumline instructor and percussion clinician throughout Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico, and California.

Mr. Hale is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has studied with Mike McIntosh, Lalo Davila, and Eric Johnson. He has performed with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Nite Express Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Hale is a member of Lifepoint Church in Smyrna where he is active in the worship arts and children’s ministries