Nick Little, Director of Bands, CCHS

Mr. Nick Little is in his ninth year of teaching at Campbell County High School and his twelfth year overall. Mr. Little received his Bachelors in Music Education from Northern Kentucky University in 2004, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Little has also completed a Master's in Education from NKU and a Specialist Degree in School Administration from Morehead State University. At CCHS, Mr. Little teaches AP Music Theory, directs the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, and runs the Marching Band of Pride. In addition, he assists with the Concert Band, two Percussion Ensembles, and the CCHS Pep Band. Mr. Little also oversees the Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Winter Guard, and Junior Varsity Winter Guard.

 

Under his direction, the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble have consistently received Distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Assessment. Additionally, the CCHS Wind Ensemble has performed at the University of Kentucky WindFest and has been selected to perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state conference. This is the first time CCHS has been selected to perform at the conference since 1996.

 

The CCHS Marching Band of Pride has doubled in size since 2007 to 150 members in 2015. The marching band has won numerous Grand Champion awards and has been named a KMEA 5A Semi-Finalist multiple times. In 2013 and 2014, The CCHS Marching Band of Pride was named a back to back BOA Regional Finalist for the first time in school history. 

 

During his nine year teaching career, Mr. Little has been selected as a "Teacher Who Made A Difference" by the University of Kentucky in 2006, KMEA District 6 Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2005-2006 school year, and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Ernie Fletcher for contributions to the educational community. In 2013, Mr. little was also selected as the KMEA District 6 High School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Little has been published in "The Bluegrass Music News" and nationally in "The Instrumentalist" for his work founding music theory programs and integrating music theory pedagogy into full ensemble rehearsals. Mr. Little is also a proud alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Professionally, Mr. Little is a member of the Kentucky Music Educator's Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the International Trumpet Guild. Most importantly, he is a proud husband of ten years to his wife, Melissa, and father to their beautiful daughters, Zoey and Adelynn. 


Dean Marotta, Associate Director of Bands & Director of Percussion, CCHS

Mr. Dean Marotta is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion for Campbell County High School. Mr. Marotta is a native of Milford, Ohio and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Morehead State University, in Morehead KY. While at MSU, Marotta was a member of the Symphony Band, Jazz Ensembles, and Percussion ensemble, touring Brazil with the ensemble in 2003. Marotta was also a member of the 2003 PASIC Championship drum line.

 

At CCHS, Mr. Marotta directs the Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble I, Advanced Percussion Ensemble II, and oversees all extra-curricular winter percussion activities. He also assists with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Marching Band, and co-arranges for the front ensemble and drum line. Under his direction, the Campbell County Percussion Ensemble has twice been named Tri-State Marching Arts circuit silver medalists, and has earned two TMA Circuit Championships in 2013 and 2017. In addition, the Campbell County Percussion Ensemble was a 2014 WGI Dayton Regional Finalist, the 2017 WGI Mid-East Power Regional Champion, and was a 2017 WGI World Championship Finalist, placing 4th in the Scholastic Concert Open Class.

 

Mr. Marotta has authored and contributed to articles in "The Bluegrass Music News" and "Physics Teacher Magazine". Additionally, Marotta has twice been selected by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society for inclusion in educational etude compilations: The PAS MassChap 2008 Snare Drum Collection and The PAS MassChap 2010 Xylophone Collection. Both compilations are published by Bachovich Music Publications. Mr. Marotta resides in Alexandria, KY with his wife Melissa, also a music teacher, and daughters Kinley and Elyse. His professional affiliations include KMEA, NAfME, the Percussive Arts Society, and he is an educational endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets.


Stephen Dietsch, Director of Bands, CCMS


Mr. Stephen Dietsch joined the faculty of Campbell County Middle School in 2013 after having been actively involved with the band program since 2010. Under Mr. Dietsch's direction, both the 7th & 8th grade concert bands received distinguished rating at KMEA's Performance Assessment. In addition, the CCMS jazz band, a.k.a. "Jazzercise", was selected as the best middle school jazz ensemble at the inaugural Three Rivers Jazz Festival hosted by Taylor High School in Cleves, OH. In addition to teaching private lessons on various band instruments, Mr. Dietsch has also been an adjudicator for events such as KMEA’s Solo & Ensemble Festival and Select Band auditions.

Mr. Dietsch is a graduate of duPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. He received his B.M. Music Education from Northern Kentucky University in 2010 and completed his M.A.T. in Elementary Education through the University of the Cumberlands in 2013. Currently Mr. Dietsch is pursuing an M.A.E.D. from the University of the Cumberlands. His professional affiliations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, North American Saxophone Alliance, and Kappa Kappa Psi.


Michael Pinkston, Associate Director of Bands, CCMS


Mr. Michael Pinkston is the Assistant Band Director at Campbell County Middle School. Mr. Pinkston is a native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky and holds his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Morehead State University, in Morehead KY. While at MSU, Mr. Pinkston was a member of the Concert band, conducted by Susan Creasap.  In his final year at MSU, Mr. Pinkston was also in the Symphony Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Miles, and performed at the KMEA State Convention in Louisville, KY in 2013.  In 2010, Mr. Pinkston was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and was awarded the silver medal at the DCI World Class Championships in Indianapolis, IN.
 
Mr. Pinkston also is a graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy, and was mentored by Dr. Joe Allison in the adjudication of marching music ensembles. Since, Mr. Pinkston has been an active marching band contest judge in Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, and Indiana.  Mr. Pinkston also manages his marching band drill design business, MP Drill Design, which he designs marching band drill, as well as indoor drumline and winter guard staging, throughout the year.
 
Mr. Pinkston resides in Florence, KY with his fiancé, Ashley. His professional affiliations include KMEA, NAfME, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.