Director of Bands
Dixon Pendergrass comes to Mountain View High School from Forsyth County, where he served as the Assistant Director of Bands at South Forsyth High School. Previously, Mr. Pendergrass was an Associate Director of Bands at Milton High School in Milton, Georgia. While at South Forsyth, ensembles under the director of Mr. Pendergrass received consistent superior ratings at performance evaluations and the marching group received three grand championship trophies. He received his Bachelors of Music Education from the Schwob Conservatory of Music at Columbus State University in Fall of 2016. He studied saxophone under Dr. Amy Griffiths and Dr. Joseph Girard and studied wind conducting under Dr. Jamie Nix. While at Columbus State, he participated in the Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Schwob Jazz Orchestra, and various saxophone quartets.
Aside from being a saxophonist, Mr. Pendergrass was a performer with Drum Corps International, having marched with both Spirit of Atlanta and The Blue Devils. He has also spent time participating in conducting workshops at Georgia State University and Columbus State University to further develop his skills as an educator.
Mr. Pendergrass is a member of the National Association for Music Education, The National Band Association, and the Georgia Music Educators Association.
Director of Percussion
TJ Shaheen is a music educator in the metro Atlanta area. He is finishing up coursework at Georgia State University in Atlanta towards a degree in percussion performance, and has served as the principal percussionist in the university's symphony orchestra.
TJ was an active performer in the marching arts, performing with the front ensembles at Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015, and Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline from 2015 to 2018, where he served as section leader for two years. He was also a member of the Rock Band in the GSU Panther Band for three years.
Currently, TJ lives in Marietta, Georgia. Through his time there, he’s worked with many high school percussion ensembles and indoor drumlines in the area, including Harrison High School in Kennesaw. He teaches with Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline.
Director of Color Guard