Mr. Rob Truan

Director of Bands

Robert Truan ( is currently the Director of Bands at Decatur High School where he teaches Symphonic Band, Marching Band, AP Music Theory, IB Music, and other chamber ensembles.  In his first year at Decatur, his ensembles have won a Grand Championship at the Southern Invitational Music Festival, have performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association Convention in Savannah, Georgia, and have performed at the Cork School of Music in Ireland.
Before teaching at Decatur, Mr. Truan was a band director at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, GA for five years.  His concert ensembles have earned consistent Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation and his marching bands have earned 7 Grand Championships.  He has received a Citation of Excellence Award from the National Band Association for his ensemble’s performance at the University of Georgia’s JanFest.  He is an active judge for GMEA’s All-State auditions, Governor Honors Program’s auditions, and Large Group Performance Evaluations.  Mr. Truan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia and has a Master’s degree in Music Education.

Jessica Tinney

Dance Team Instructor
Jessica began her colorguard career as a sophomore at Effingham County High, graduating in 2009. Soon after, she joined the Southern Pride Marching Band at Georgia Southern University, marching for two years.  Jessica transferred to Georgia State University in the fall of 2011 and continues to march with the Georgia State Marching Band.. The program has achieved much in its’ three year existence with the emergence of the Georgia State football team. The band has performed in the Georgia Dome for home games, participated in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, was invited to march the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014. Jessica also marches the winter season as a member of TOVA Winterguard in 2010 and just wrapped up her third year as a member of Aureus, a WGI competitive independent open winterguard based out of Atlanta. She has also participated in Drum Corps International with the Blue Stars in 2012 & where she aged out in the summer of 2013.

Mark Little

Percussion Instructor
Mark grew up in Cumming, GA, where he began studying percussion at the age of 10.  Thanks to the support of wonderful teachers and patient, loving parents, he actually learned how to do this musically, and was soon captivated by the beauty and power of people joined together to bring a piece of music to life.  Throughout middle school and high school, Mark participated in District Honor Bands, All-State Orchestra, All-State Wind Ensemble, and All-State Jazz Clinic.  He went on to study percussion at Western Carolina University and then Berry College.
Over the last 20 years, Mark has performed and taught in various capacities with groups such as the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, The North Georgia Wind Ensemble, the Big Peach Swing Band, and many others.  He has worked as a freelance and studio session drummer in the Atlanta area, and also taught private students and drumlines at high schools throughout Georgia.
Mark lives in Decatur, and when not drumming, is often thinking about words, people he loves, or delicious snack items.

Deidra Dobbelmann

Deidra graduated from Forsyth Central High School with a college prep diploma and a Tri-M Honor Music Society seal. She started her color guard career in 2006 as a sophomore in high school, and became captain in 2008. She has also marched two years of Aureus Winterguard, an organization that has placed in multiple SAPA Competitions and WGI Regionals. Currently, Deidra attends Kennesaw State University and holds a place on the dean’s list, and marches as a sophomore with the Georgia Tech Marching Band.