Dr. Brian D. Nichols, a clarinetist, is now in his 15th year at Smitha Middle School and his 31st year as a music educator.  Prior to his appointment at Smitha Middle School, Dr. Nichols served for 15 years in the Orange County (Florida) Public School system, most recently as the Director of Bands at Freedom High School in Orlando.  He also served the band programs at Dr. Phillips High School, Westridge Middle School and Hunter’s Creek Middle School.  Before joining the Orange County Schools, Dr. Nichols led the band program at New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Volusia County, Florida.  Dr. Nichols has served as a District Secretary for the Florida Bandmasters Association and as the District Coordinator for the OCPS Middle School Honor Band and the Middle School Jazz Band.  Dr. Nichols has also served as a clinician for bands in Florida and Georgia.  He has presented guest lectures in music education at the University of Central Florida.  In 2003, the Wind Ensemble from Hunter's Creek performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Clinic and Conference in Tampa.

Dr. Nichols has been selected Teacher of the Month in 2015 and 2018 by his colleagues at Smitha.  In 2000, the Florida Music Educators Association identified Dr. Nichols as an Emerging Leader in Music Education.  While at Hunter’s Creek Middle School, he was selected as the 1998 Teacher of the Year, nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award and was selected as an Outstanding Young American. 

Dr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, a Master of Music degree in Wind/Band Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and a Doctor of Education degree in Teacher Leader for Learning: Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University.  He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society; an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Sorority; a member of The National Association for Music Education and the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Morgan Fargo is in her 2nd year as Associate Band Director at Smitha Middle School and her 9th year as a music educator.  Prior to her appointment at Smitha Middle School, Ms. Fargo taught in the Alief Independent School District in Houston Texas at Owens Intermediate School and Killough Middle School. While in Alief ISD, Ms. Fargo served on the curriculum writing committee, textbook selection committee, and as team leader for Intermediate bands.

In 2014, Ms. Fargo was awarded the MSMISP Grant from the Texas Music Educators Association for sheet music as well as the Alief ISD Campus Innovation Grant for recording equipment for the Killough Middle School band program. She was awarded the Campus Innovation Grant in 2013 for a class set of BodyBeat Sync metronomes while at Owens Intermediate School.  During her time at Killough Middle School, Ms. Fargo was twice awarded teacher of the month. In 2015, the Killough Middle School Symphonic band placed first in the middle school band category at the Renaissance Festival Performing Arts Competition.

Ms. Fargo holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women. While in Houston, Ms. Fargo performed clarinet with the Houston Civic Symphony and Houston Symphonic Band, and currently performs with the Tara Winds Symphonic Band.


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