Our Staff

The Encore Staff

Mindy Niles, ECMA Executive Director; Founder/Director, Encore Academy
Mrs. Niles received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has been a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Woodwind Quintet.  Mrs. Niles has taught instrumental music in the public schools and has served as an adjudicator for the Maryland All-State Bands and Solo & Ensemble Festivals.  She performs frequently as a freelance oboist and is a member of the Mistral Woodwind Quintet. Mrs. Niles is adjunct faculty at McDaniel College and Carroll Community College and maintains a private studio in Carroll County. She currently resides in Hampstead, Maryland with her husband and has two grown daughters. 

Andrew B. Spang, Encore Community Band Director
Mr. Spang earned his Bachelor’s of Music from The Boston Conservatory of Music and Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.  Mr. Spang currently serves as the Director of Bands at Folly Quarter Middle School where his bands and jazz ensembles consistently earn Superior ratings at local and state festivals.  Folly Quarter boasts two jazz ensembles and a jazz combo that rehearse and perform throughout the school year.  In 2008 Mr. Spang was named the Maryland “Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year” by the Maryland Music Educators Association.  Mr. Spang performs regularly as a member of the Lyric Brass Quintet and American Studio Orchestra.  He has served as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Maryland and beyond.

Jamie Brown, Encore Community Band Director

Kathy Hughes, Encore Community Orchestra Director
Mrs. Hughes received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Missouri State University. After playing with Springfield Symphony for 10 years, she performed professionally with Wayne Newton in Branson, Missouri, simultaneously earning her teaching certificate. She taught orchestra classes in the Springfield Public Schools (elementary, middle, and high) for 5 years before relocating to Maryland. Mrs. Hughes has extensive work as a volunteer and substitute with various school music groups in Carroll County and is currently teaching general music at Carroll Springs School. She has performed with the Columbia Orchestra and Westminster Symphony and enjoys freelance opportunities. She lives in Taneytown with her husband and four children.


Mindy Niles, Camp Director
Director of Bands, Encore Academy

Andrew Spang, Camp Band Director
Director of Bands, Folly Quarter Middle School
Encore Community Band Director

Matthew Boggs, Camp Orchestra Director
Orchestra Director, Clarksville Middle Schools

Laura Baker, Camp Chorus Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, Ilchester Elementary School

Amelia Baronowsky, World Music Instructor

Jamie Brown, Conducting Instructor
Vocal and Instrumental Music Director, Northwest Middle School
Encore Community Band Director

Damon Foreman, Guitar Instructor
Director, Damon Foreman Music Academy

Mike Hirsh, Percussion Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, North Carroll Middle School

Kathy Hughes, String Instructor
Encore Community Orchestra Director
Music Director, Carroll Springs School

Robert Maglocci, Brass Instructor
Music Director, Anne Arundel County Schools

Tasha Maglocci, Musical Theatre Instructor
Vocal Music Director, Ilchester Elementary School

Courtney Niles, Woodwind/Brass Instructor
Director of Bands, Thomas Viaduct Middle School

Bill Rose, Assistant Orchestra Director
Orchestra Director, Centennial Lane Elementary School

Brian Thompson, Brass Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, Westminster Elementary School

Rick Twigg, Percussion Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, Fulton Elementary School

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