Instructional & Design Staff
Kevin M. Still
Director of Bands
Kevin M. Still serves as the Director of Bands at Willow Spring High School in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, since the founding of the school in 2021. In this capacity, Mr. Still conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band. The band program has been praised for its contemporary approach to performances, family-like atmosphere and comprehensive ensemble offerings.
Concert Percussion Instructor
Marching Percussion Instructor
Dominique Ruffin was introduced to percussion through the drum set at two years old. He is a proud product of the Orange County public school sys. Participating in the band programs from elementary school through high school. His middle school band director, Dr. Arris Golden, high school band director, Andy Carter, and mentor, Scott Thomas, saw his promise and potential as a musician. Dominique was later encouraged to audition for Drum Corps International, where he went on to march with Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2015. Dominique has cultivated percussion programs all over the state of North Carolina as a percussion tech and clinician, most recently with Apex Friendship High School in Apex, NC. During the school year, Mr. Ruffin works as a Security Official for Chapel-Hill High School and owns his own tree cutting service! He is so thankful to be a part of the Willow Spring Sound of the Storm team!
Concert Brass Instructor
Robin Gorham retired from teaching middle school band in June of 2020 after a 25 year career and taught most recently at Fuquay-Varina Middle School. Throughout her career, her students earned placements in district and state level honor bands and her concert bands earned Superior and Excellent ratings at concert band festivals. Ms. Gorham has presented at several professional development conferences as well as hosted and mentored student teachers from area universities. Her service and leadership in education included serving the Central District Band Directors Association as chairman as well as multiple other roles within the organization. Lastly, Ms. Gorham commissioned several pieces of new music written specifically for middle school bands, adding quality music literature for all to enjoy.
Concert Woodwind Instructor
Mitchell Stokes graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2016 with a degree in Music Education, and a concentration in Clarinet Performance. He taught Middle School music for 6 years in the Charlotte area before deciding to pursue a new career in technical recruiting. He now works for a company based in Phoenix, AZ where his role is to connect employers with high quality candidates in the Tech Industry. Mitchell still enjoys performing and teaching private lessons.