Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Franco is entering his 11th year of teaching, joining the band faculty at Parkview High School as our new associate director of bands. Previously, he was appointed as the Director of Bands at Hialeah Gardens Senior High School in Miami, FL. During this appointment, Mr. Franco was responsible for conducting the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2, and The Gladiator Outdoor Performance Ensemble, and coordinated all chamber music ensembles, and the winter guard. Under his direction, all facets of the program earned consistent superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association district and state levels of evaluations, as well as earning multiple accolades in competitions throughout the state of Florida. The Wind Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble 1 at Hialeah Gardens are nationally-recognized ensembles. The W.O. specifically: performing and premiering works for wind band and earning top awards at Heritage Festivals in Orlando and Atlanta, and winning the Grand National Adjudicator’s Invitational in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2018.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he began his musical training in the Venezuelan System of Youth Orchestras. He and his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 2003 and he completed his High School education at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He attended The University of Florida and graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelors in Music Education. As a performer, Mr. Franco has experienced the full spectrum of a professional musician: performing with The UF Gator Marching Band; The UF Wind Symphony; The UF Symphony Orchestra; The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2006-07) and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-09). Mr. Franco has also toured the country with the salsa-afrocuban-funk fusion group, The Umoja Orchestra, and has performed with various jazz and pop musicians such as Michael Dease, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Butch Thomas, Ramiro Malagon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and more.
Mr. Franco will be directing the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Concert Winds as well as teaching AP Music Theory.
Mr. Franco is a professional certified educator in Florida and Georgia; holds a Clinical Supervising Educator Certification, and his professional associations include Florida Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and National Band Directors Association (NBA).
Mr. Franco and his family, Katie and Evan are thrilled to relocate to Gwinnett County and join the Parkview Family in the summer of 2021.
Class Schedule for Mr. Franco
AP Music Theory
Associate Director of Bands
Lance Kindl joined the faculty at Parkview High School in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies. Previously, Mr. Kindl was the Assistant Director of Bands at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. Mr. Kindl has been a cast member of the Emmy and Tony Award Winning Broadway show Blast!, having toured as a snare soloist or percussion swing for Blast! in eight tours since 2005. He has performed in all 50 United States, all 47 prefectures of Japan, South Korea, Macau, and Argentina.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Kindl earned his Master of Music in Music Performance and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia. He has studied with Dr. Tony McCutchen, Dr. Arvin Scott, and Scott Pollard. Mr. Kindl was a member of multiple music ensembles at the University of Georgia including the UGA Wind Ensemble, the Salsa Band, the Steel Band, and the award-winning Redcoat Marching Band, where he was section leader from 2001 through 2003. Mr. Kindl is active in Drum Corps International having marched or instructed with numerous corps including Phantom Regiment, and the Bluecoats.
Mr. Kindl is involved with all areas of the program including the concert bands, percussion, and marching band. In addition, Mr. Kindl will direct the music technology program at Parkview.
Professional affiliations include The Percussive Arts Society (PAC), Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), and The National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Class Schedule for Mr. Kindl
1st – Planning
1st – Planning
2nd – Music Technology
3rd – Music Technology
4th – Assist with Wind Ensemble
5th – Music Technology
6th – Concert Band
7th – Percussion Ensemble