Parkview Bands Faculty

Jason Atha

Director of Bands

Jason Atha joined the faculty at Parkview High School in 2010 and is currently serving as Director of Bands. A native of Peachtree City, Georgia, Mr. Atha completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Georgia with credentials from The Hugh Hodgson School of Music and The Terry College of Business. Mr. Atha is a recent graduate of Sam Houston State University and The American Band College earning a Master of Arts in Conducting.

Currently in his tenth year at Parkview, Mr. Atha oversees all aspects of the program including the award winning Panther Marching Band and Parkview Wind Ensemble. Under his leadership, Parkview has enjoyed success on the field with the Panther Marching Band having been awarded numerous grand championships under his leadership (2010, 2016, 2016). Mr. Atha’s concert ensembles have been invited to perform across the southeast, including performances at the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival, Georgia Music Educators Association, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University. The Parkview Wind Ensemble was a finalist and was awarded honorable mention in the 2015 American Prize for Wind Ensemble Performance and in 2016 was a State of Georgia winner of the Mark of Excellence Award presented by the Foundation for Music Education.

In 2015, Mr. Atha was presented the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to band and band performances. Mr. Atha was selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Parkview High School and serves as the Tri-M National Music Honor Society faculty advisor.

Professional affiliations include The National Band Association (NBA), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Class Schedule for Mr. Atha

1st – Planning
2nd – Planning
3rd – Music Theory
4th – Wind Ensemble
5th – Wind Symphony
6th – Concert Winds
7th – Percussion Ensemble

Lance Kindl

Assistant Director of Bands,
Director of Percussion Studies

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 Spirit of Atlanta,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
2nd – Music Technology
3rd – Music Technology
4th – Assist with Wind Ensemble
5th – Music Technology
6th – Concert Band
7th – Percussion Ensemble

Richard Magner, Director of Bands, Parkview High School

Richard Magner

Director of Bands Emeritus,
Director of Choir

Following a 21 year career at Parkview High School both as the Assistant Director of Bands (1994-2006) and then Director of Bands (2006-2016), Mr. Magner takes over as the Director of Choruses for the 2016-2017 school year.

Mr. Magner received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia.  While at the university he was trumpet section leader of the Redcoat Marching Band, played principal in the Symphonic Bands and Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of Jazz Band I. Immediately following graduation, Mr. Magner was the Director of Bands at McIntosh School in Albany, GA and then Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, GA where the marching band received several placement honors and the concert bands were rated excellent to superior at district festival.

Mr. Magner is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and The National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mr. Magner is married to Laura, and has two children, Noah and Erin.