Dreadnaught Band Staff 2020-2021
Director of Bands
Mr. Luke H. Hart
Mr. Luke H. Hart serves as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Lakeland Senior High School where his teaching responsibilities include the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensembles, and The Dreadnaught Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Lakeland, he spent seven years as Director of Bands at Lake Region High School. Mr. Hart’s concert and jazz bands have consistently earned Superior ratings at District Music Performance Assessments earning the Robert O. Lampi Memorial Award on several occasions. Mr. Hart is also an Adjunct Faculty member of Polk State College, instructing the applied saxophone and clarinet studios. He performs regularly with the Hollingsworth Winds and holds the principal chair of the saxophone section. Mr. Hart received the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida Southern College and is pursuing his Masters of Music Education from the University of South Florida. His professional affiliations include The Florida Bandmaster's Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, North American Saxophone Alliance, and The National Association for Music Education. Mr. Hart serves the Florida Band Masters Association as the District 12 Secretary. He resides in Lakeland with his wife Erin and daughter, Madelyn.
Instructors & Sponsor
Carla Holcomb has been coaching the majorettes since 2008. Carla is a native of Lakeland, Florida and graduate of Lakeland Senior High School. Carla’s background is in dance. She owned and operated a dance studio in Lakeland for thirty years. Her students have always called her “Miss Carla.” Carla also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is a teacher of the Visually Impaired. She works for Polk County Schools, and serves students at many different schools within Polk County. The Dreadnaught tradition is important in her family. Carla’s parents were graduates of LHS, as well as her husband Tim, and two daughters, Coral and Ocean.
Coral Holcomb has been working with the majorettes since 2008 and coaching since 2013. She is a graduate of Lakeland Senior High School and former member of the Dreadnaught Band. Coral attended Florida State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She completed her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education with a focus in Early Childhood at the University of Central Florida. She has worked in School Age Programs and Child Development Centers throughout Europe. Coral is a Kindergarten teacher at Southwest Elementary in Lakeland, FL.
Brandon Lopez is a well-versed musician and educator from Polk County, Florida. He began his musical career performing as a student at Lakeland High School. His passion for the marching arts led him to Lake Gibson High School where he joined the marching band staff as a percussion instructor. During this time, he also worked with several local percussion programs at the junior and senior high school levels. In 2016, he returned to LHS as the Assistant Percussion Instructor for the Dreadnaught Marching Band.