Mrs. Melissa Corney
Guard & Visual Technician
Mrs. Corney graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2015 and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching in 2016. Mrs. Corney has been involved with color guard and marching band for 12 years. Mrs. Corney was a member of the Grassfield High marching band and indoor color guard. She continued on at JMU as a member of the Marching Royal Dukes and Nuance Winterguard programs, where she held the title of color guard captain. At JMU, Mrs. Corney got the chance to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as the Governor’s Inauguration Parade. Mrs. Corney earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2015, then earned her Master's degree in Elementary Education in 2015. Mrs. Corney is currently an elementary school educator in Hampton Roads. Mrs. Corney joined the First Colonial Marching Staff in 2018.
Mrs. Rachel Holley
Rachel Holley, originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, began playing clarinet in the 8th grade and continued playing throughout high school and her college career. Mrs. Holley graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2010. While at WVU, Mrs. Holley participated in various performing ensembles and was a 4-year member of the Pride of West Virginia: The Mountaineer Marching Band where she was selected as Clarinet Section Leader and Assistant Rank Leader. Mrs. Holley went on to teach General Music (K-5) and Elementary Band in Prince William County, Virginia. She was privileged to form the first Elementary Band in the history of Prince William County. Mrs. Holley graduated with a Masters of Music Education degree from Penn State University in the summer of 2014. Formerly the band director at Lynnhaven Middle School, Mrs. Holley is currently a substitute teacher for VBCPS. . Mrs. Holley is a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and Sigma Alpha Iota. Mrs. Holley has been on the First Colonial Marching Staff since 2015
Mr. Chris Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell is currently a student at Old Dominion University, studying music education. During his time a ODU, Mr. Mitchell has been an avid performer in many of the university's ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, & Monarch Marching Band--where he was Drumline Captain. Mr. Mitchell joined the First Colonial Marching Staff in 2018.
Mr. Joshua Williams
Mr. Williams is currently a student at Old Dominion University, studying music education. During his time at ODU, Mr. Williams has been heavily involved in many of the ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir, Jazz Band, & Monarch Marching Band. Mr. Williams is a proud graduate of First Colonial High School. Mr. Williams joined the First Colonial Marching Staff in 2019.
Mr. Paul Lehman
Mr. Lehman is currently a student at James Madison University, studying music education. At JMU, Mr. Lehman is involved with the Marching Royal Dukes, Symphonic Band, & Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Lehman is a proud graduate of First Colonial High School. Mr. Lehman joined the First Colonial Marching Staff in 2019.