Paul Vesilind was named George C. Marshall High School Teacher of the Year in Spring 2015. He has been the band director at Marshall High School since 2009, conducting the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band. Mr. Vesilind also teaches guitar and IB Music at Marshall. Before his tenure at Marshall, Mr. Vesilind taught high school band in Southern California for nine years. During those nine years his bands consistently earned superior ratings at festival, and his marching bands regularly competed at the state level. While in California, his bands performed music that ended up in the Dreamworks movie, Shrek the Third, and on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Mr. Vesilind holds degrees from George Mason University and California State University Northridge. He has studied trumpet with Dr. Dennis Edelbrock and David Detwiller and conducting with Anthony Maiello and Dr. Lawrence Stoffel. Mr. Vesilind is a member of MENC, VMEA, and VBODA. While in California, Mr. Vesilind performed in many regional rock bands as an instrumentalist and vocalist. He is versed in trumpet, drums, bass, guitar and singing. Mr. Vesilind lives in Burke, VA with his wife and two elementary aged children.