Directors and Staff

Our staff represents a wealth of experience and passion in our respective fields

Band Directors


Mr. Josh Hobbs

Director of Bands


Mr. Hobbs has been at JW Mitchell HS since the spring of 2021. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Central Florida and the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida. Ensembles under the direction of Mr. Hobbs consistently earn Superior ratings at Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment for Concert, Marching and Jazz (District and State). Mr. Hobbs’ marching bands have been FMBC State Finalists three times, including once as Grand Champion in Class 4A in 2019 – the first state championship in Pasco County history.

In addition to his work as Band Director, Mr. Hobbs is a widely-recognized and highly sought composer whose music has been performed across the country by some of the finest ensembles, including the USAF Band, in some of the most historic venues, including Carnegie Hall. His music is published with Excelcia Music, Neil A. Kjos, Triplo Press and more.

His teaching responsibilities include leading the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and Percussion.

Mr. Ryan Harring

Director of Bands


Mr. Harring began teaching at J. W. Mitchell High School in 2016.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the Florida State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  While studying music, he performed with numerous performing ensembles inside and out of the university, including the FSU Symphonic Band, the Renegade Four Trombone Quartet, the FSU Scottish Ensemble and the FSU Marching Chiefs. Mr. Harring has also performed with top level drum corps Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment.  His class responsibilities include teaching the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble II, AP Music Theory Class and leading the Orchestra Program. 


Additional Teaching Staff



Private Lesson Instructors


We strongly encourage private lessons for the most rewarding music experience. Lessons are not for remediation, but for students who are ready to excel at their own pace. Please contact the instructors below directly. These teachers are well versed in the curriculum and expectations of our program. All teachers try to find lesson times that are convenient for each student’s individual schedule. 


Dr. Mandy Swaim, Flute/Piccolo –

Ms. Nicole Fisher Pugh, Flute/Piccolo –

Mrs. Megan Richardson, Flute –

Mr. Jeff MacKechnie, Saxophones/Clarinet/Double Reeds – 

Mrs. Mariah Walukonis, Clarinet –

Mr. Bob Jautze, French Horn/Trumpet/Baritone –

Mr. Billy Luckett, Trumpet –

Mr. Eric Aucoin, Trumpet – 

Dr. Phil Beatty, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba –

Mr. Travis Henry, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba –

Ms. Terry Adams, Trombone, Baritone – 

Mr. John Keon, Percussion/Drumset – 

Mr. Logan Sharpe, Percussion –

Mr. Josh Bannister, Percussion –