Alyssa Marie Montgomery grew up in the Raleigh area attending Leesville Middle School and Leesville High School and is an alumnus of the Leesville Band Program. While a student of David Saleeba Albert at Leesville High School, she played Oboe and English Horn in the Symphonic Band. She was also the second drum major in Leesville High School Band history to serve as a two year Drum Major.
Ms. Montgomery graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with two Bachelor’s degrees – one in Music Education and the other in Piano Performance. While at Appalachian State, Ms. Montgomery was recognized as a Chancellor’s Scholar (Full-Ride Scholarship), Academic Scholar, Harbinson Family Music Scholar, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (The Music Honors Society), and an Honors Student. Ms. Montgomery performed in the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, ASU Marching Mountaineers and other chamber ensembles. She also conducted the Marching Mountaineers as the Drum Major for two years.
Prior to her appointment at Leesville High School, Ms. Montgomery was the Director of Bands at Wendell Middle School where the concert bands and WMS Jazz Band performed for many in and out of state concerts and festivals – receiving multiple superior ratings. There, she was nominated for the Diane Kent Parker 1st Year Teacher of the Year.
In May 2013, Ms. Montgomery was named the Conductor for the Leesville High School Band Program. She feels it is truly an honor to conduct the Leesville Band Program where she once sat as a student. As its Conductor and Director of Bands, Ms. Montgomery has led the bands to consistent Superior ratings (highest possible) at North Carolina’s Music Performance Adjudication. The bands have performed nationwide including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Orlando along with invitations for the band to perform with area college wind ensembles and professional groups. The ensembles have been featured in the News and Observer, 919 Magazine, and on UNCTV. In 2017, she was named an “Ed Rooker” Encore Award winner by the NC Chapter of the ASBDA, which is given to the top band directors in the field with under 7 years of experience. She is a frequent adjudicator, guest speaker, and guest clinician. Ms. Montgomery is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association – where she serves on the board as the Advocacy Chair, and the North Carolina Bandmasters Association.