Mr. Taylor is a native of Memphis, TN. He started his musical journey in 2009 as a member of the Mighty Sound of Midtown Marching Band under the direction of Mr. James Robertson. After a great foundation was laid, he continued his musical journey at Memphis Central High School under the direction of Mr. Ollie Liddell, a native of Jackson, MS and Mr. Roderick White. Under their direction, Mr. Taylor really started to see the connection of how band can affect the life of a student in a positive way. Going forward he decided that he wanted to show that same connection to students of his own when he brought his talents to Jackson State University. During his stay at JSU, he was a member of the Sonic Boom of the South for 4 years where he served as the baritone section leader for 3 years under the direction of Mr. Dowell Taylor, Dr. Roderick Little, Mr. Lowell Hollinger, and Mr. Kevan Johnson. He also had to pleasure to receive private instruction from Dr. Patrick Rettger on the euphonium. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelors of Music Education with Honors in the Fall semester of 2019.
Mr. Robinson is a native of Flowood, MS. He participated in the band program at Northwest Rankin High School under the instruction of Chuck Reynolds, Scott Presley, Matt McDonald, Jerry Pickering, and Dr. Ben Burge. Upon graduating, Mr. Robinson attended the University of Mississippi where he earned his Bachelors degree in Music. While at Ole Miss, he performed with The Pride of the South Marching Band, The University of Mississippi Symphonic Band, The Collegians Jazz Ensemble, The Lafayette-Oxford-University Symphony, as well as various brass quartets. During his studies at Ole Miss, Mr. Robinson had the pleasure of studying under Dr. John Schuesselin, Dr. Lauradella Folks-levy, and Mr. David Willson. After Ole Miss, Mr. Robinson began his career as an Assistant Band Director at Kosciusko High School and Kosciusko Jr. High School. While at Kosciusko, he helped all bands receive all superior ratings, including a silver medal at MHSAA State Marching Championship. In July of 2015, Mr. Robinson joined the staff at Florence High School as the Director of Bands. Since then, he has led the Big Red Band to earn multiple superior ratings as well as the prestigious SweepStakes Award (first in school history).
Mr. Robinson resides in Flowood with his wife Madalyn, daughter, Macey, and dog, Willson.
Leslie Bustin is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a degree in Instrumental Music Education (K-12). She is married to her husband Cameron and they have 2 cats, Snot and Jet. Leslie currently teaches 3rd-5th grade music at Florence Elementary School. Leslie began her color guard career at Madison Central High School where she performed with the marching band and Sapphire Winterguard. She was a member of The Pride of Mississippi color guard and was a co-captain for 2 years. Leslie spent her drum corps career with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, and she was an inaugural member of Conversion Independent Winterguard where she marched from 2015-present. Leslie has been a color guard instructor for various schools including North Pike, Oak Grove, Richland, and currently Florence.