Ryan Borger has been directing the Cambridge High School Band Program since the school opened in the Fall of 2012. In addition to the marching band, Mr. Borger directs the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and two Jazz Ensembles. Every year, the band program has received superior ratings at every level of evaluation. The jazz program has been featured at the University of Central Florida Jazz Festival and have opened for Joe Gransden’s Big Band. The Marching Band has been recognized as a regional finalist in both Florida and Ohio as well as performing in the 2014 London New Years’ Day Parade.
Mr. Borger earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and began his teaching career at Kettering Fairmont High School. From there he led the band program at Miamisburg High School before moving to Georgia to take on new challenges. He was Director of Bands at Milton High School 2007 -2012 before accepting the opportunity to start the Band Programs at Cambridge High School.
Mr. Borger is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, Georgia Music Educators Association, Jazz Educators Network, and Central States Judges Association. In March of 2011, he was inducted into Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Directors Fraternity.
Katie Groves joined the Cambridge HS and Hopewell MS band families in 2016. While Mrs. Groves has the pleasure of working with all students in both programs, she spends the majority of her time with the Cambridge Concert, Symphonic, and Marching Bands, and the Hopewell 6th Grade Band. Prior to this appointment, she held teaching positions in Clarke and Gwinnett counties and has worked as a clinician with numerous marching and concert bands throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.
In 2016, Mrs. Groves received the Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Georgia State University where she studied with Robert Ambrose and Chester Phillips. During her tenure she was awarded a Graduate Assistantship and worked with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, and several chamber ensembles. She was a Teaching Assistant for the Panther Marching Band and accompanied them in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mrs. Groves is also a graduate of the University of Georgia where she received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with Cum Laude distinction. As a member of the award-winning Redcoat Marching Band, she served her senior year as the Band Captain and director of the Derbies Pep Band and Volleyball Band.
Mrs. Groves is affiliated with Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the National Band Association. She resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her husband Matt and puppy Ellie.