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
Dwayne Barnes has grown up in the marching arts. He has been involved with many band and winter guards across Eastern NC. He is an AIA Hall of Honor recipient and has most recently been awarded the NCSU/CALS Award for Excellence. He is the current Executive Director for Carolina Visual Productions winter guard and the Visual Director for the Campbell University Sounds of the Sandhills marching band. Previously he worked with the UNC Marching Tar Heels color guard and was the Executive Director for Carolina Gold drum & bugle corps. Outside of band, guard and work, he spends time with family and his dog Manny. In addition to his colorguard responsibility at Willow Spring, Mr. Barnes' day job is a Graduate Services Coordinator with the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at NC State University in Raleigh.
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!