Dreadnaught Band Staff 2021-2022
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.
Dr. David Mitchell
David Mitchell is an active percussion educator, performer, and adjudicator. Currently he is director of percussion studies at Polk State College. Previously, he was the assistant director of the Southeastern University drumline where he worked closely with Brian Blume in the percussion department. Mitchell was also a previous instructor at East Tennessee State University and Science Hill High School. Mitchell was a featured soloist at a PASIC Showcase Concert in 2016. Mitchell regularly performs with the Orlando-based contemporary chamber ensemble, Alterity Orchestra. He was formerly a principal percussionist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Mitchell completed his DMA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received a BM at East Tennessee State University and a MM at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is proud to endorse Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Majestic, Mapex, and SABIAN. For more information about David Mitchell, visit: www.davidmitchellpercussion.com
Morgan Cook fell in love with the sport of twirling at the age of 7. She began competing competitively at the local, state, and national level at 10 years old. After graduating high school, she then took her twirling to the collegiate level and attended the University of South Florida as a Feature Twirler with the Herd of Thunder Marching Band from 2013-2016. During those years, she brought her twirling to the Miss Florida stage and had the honor of serving as the 2019 Miss Polk County where she placed in the top 10 at the Miss America preliminary pageant. She now works within the broadcasting field as a Digital Media Broadcaster for a digital news outlet. Morgan enjoys sharing her passion for baton twirling and continuing the long standing majorette traditions.
Marching Band Tech
Samuel Raker graduated from our very own Lakeland Senior High School in 2017, and is currently studying Aviation Maintenance Administration at Polk State College. He actively performs with the Polk State Symphonic Band and Jazz Band ensembles. Sam spent four consecutive years performing with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa. Drum Corps International has been the leader in producing performance art events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for both student musicians and performers alike, and Sam is excited to bring knowledge from his experience into the Dreadnaught Marching Band.
Color Guard Instructor
Jayme Conklin is a wife and mom of four. Jayme started color guard her freshmen year at Lake Region High School and was also a four-year member of the Symphonic Band as a Saxophone player. She was also involved in dance since the age of 10. After graduating in 2008, Jayme took the role as Coach of the Silver Streaks at LRHS and was a coach until leaving in 2018. She was also coach/tech for different schools around Polk County such as Teneroc HS, Kathleen HS, etc as well as surrounding counties. Through-out her years of coaching she has received Superior/Excellent ratings at all District and State level events. She continues to work with High Schools teaching her love for color guard and dance.