|ORHS Band Staff.
Spence Milligan (B.S. - Regents College; M.A. - Carson-Newman) euphonium
Mr. Milligan is the ORHS Band Director and is in his 21st year of teaching in the East Tennessee area. Prior to his appointment to Oak Ridge, he taught at Karns Middle School, Karns High School, Bearden High School, Powell High School, and most recently the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Milligan attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville participating in the "Pride of the Southland" Marching Band and various ensembles. He holds degrees from Regents College of the University of New York and a Masters in Education from Carson-Newman College.
Mr. Milligan is a member of MENC, TMEA, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, ETSBOA, Phi Beta Mu Professional Music Fraternity, and a current member of the 572nd Air Force Band - The Air National Guard Band of the South. Spence and his wife Gina live in Knoxville, Tennessee with their three children, Ross, Cameron, and Caroline.
Michael Spirko (B.M. - Univ. of TN, Knoxville) trumpet
Mr. Spirko is the Assistant Band Director at ORHS and is in his 16th year of teaching in the region. After beginning his career in Sevier County, he served as Director of Bands at Halls High School and has most recently taught for 11 years at West Valley Middle School. Mr. Spirko holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While at UT, Mr. Spirko played in many ensembles and pursued a double major in Studio Music and Jazz. He was an active member of the "Pride of the Southland" Marching Band for 6 years and was honored to serve as Drum Major in 1997.
Mr. Spirko has been an active trumpet player and performer in the Knoxville area for 20 years. He is currently a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and leads his own swing big band, The Streamliners. He has played in the orchestra for Clarence Brown Theater for over 10 musical productions and served in the Worship Orchestra at First Baptist Concord for 12 years. He has also enjoyed performing over the years in many local jazz combos and dance bands.
Sean Rutherford (B.M. - Univ. of TN, Knoxville) percussion
Mr. Rutherford is the Jefferson Middle School Band Director. He also assists at ORHS and is in charge of teaching the percussion section. After serving one year as the assistant at Fulton High School, Mr. Rutherford spent six years as the Director of Bands at Clinton Middle School and the assistant at Clinton High School. While at the University of Tennessee he was a member of the "Pride of the Southland Band" along with the many wind, percussion and chamber ensembles.
He also spent four years in DCI, including 2 years in Division III, one year as a member of the front ensemble for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and aged out in the tenor line for the 2000 Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. During these years, Mr. Rutherford had the opportunity to study with Thom Hannum, Lee Beddis, Colin McNutt, Brian Tinkel, James Ancona, and Ian Moyer.
Mr Rutherford is a member of MENC, TMEA, ETSBOA, PAS, and is part of the Vic Firth Education Team. Sean and his wife, Missy, reside in Knoxville with their son, Silas.
Elizabeth Reams (B.M. - Univ. of TN, Knoxville) flute
Ms. Reams is the Band Director at Robertsville Middle School and also assists at ORHS. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ms. Reams was a member of the “Pride of the Southland Band” and participated in various performance ensembles. She is a professional flutist and private teacher in the greater Knox County, Sevier County and Maryville areas, and has had the privilege to teach master classes in public and private settings in flute pedagogy and performance in East Tennessee. Ms. Reams taught in the Knox County School system as Assistant Director of Bands at Gibbs High School in Corryton, TN, and worked with multiple ensembles in the state of Virginia in the areas of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Norfolk.
Ms. Sharp is the Color Guard Director for ORHS. She is in her 10th year teaching guard in East Tennessee. She has performed in world class Drum and Bugle Corps and Independent WGI Guards. Prior to joining the WildBand staff in 2015, she directed the Color Guards at Dade County (Trenton, GA), Knox Central, Alcoa, Morristown, and Lenoir City High Schools.
Alicia also plays French horn and resides in Knoxville with her husband, Jason, and their two sons Elliot and Atticus.
Merny Hughey (B.S. - Bus Admin - Accounting/Computer Science - ECSU, CT)
Merny is the Teachers Assistent for the ORHS Band. She has been involved with the program since 2002 as an 8 year band parent of two daughters on trombone, Band Booster President, and TA since the Spring of 2007. She lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, Charlie.