Meet Our Instructors
Kyle Rinaudo – Percussion Instructor
Growing up in Acworth, Georgia, Kyle began his musical life learning piano at an early age before formally joining his middle school band program in sixth grade. Truth be told, Kyle initially thought he wanted to play bassoon or trumpet, but his inability to make a sound on either of those two instruments meant he became a percussionist. (In hindsight, this was definitely a good outcome). Kyle continued his music education at North Cobb High School, where he served as first chair of concert percussion, Front Ensemble section leader, and Drum Major for the North Cobb High School Warrior Marching Band. While earning his undergraduate degree in International Politics from Georgetown University, Kyle served as principal timpanist, percussion section leader, and Orchestra Manager for the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, Kyle moved back to Georgia and began teaching high school percussion students part time while working as a legal assistant in two Cobb County law firms. Kyle is very grateful he joined Etowah’s staff in the Fall of 2018 and has loved working with our awesome students every day in our constant pursuit of excellence. Outside of music education, Kyle remains very active in local government and community service and is currently earning his law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. In his free time, Kyle loves performing with Tara Winds, an all-adult community band based in Atlanta, and hanging out with his cats, Kit, and Teddy.
Kris Harris – Guard Instructor
From Nashville, Tn, Kris began his marching career at McGavock High School, a part of the colorguard for 3 years. He began his independent career in 2012 with Eklipse Winterguard, going on to march 5 years with the organizations. He later went on to become a part of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2014, 2016 & 2017 summers, and is going into his fourth year with Paramount Winterguard from Atlanta, Ga. Aside from performing and teaching, he also has an interest in the fashion industry, and is working on building a career as a model. Kris has worked with many colorguards in the Tennessee and Georgia areas, and is excited to get back into the world of drum corps, this time from the other side!
Christopher Lennox – Wind Instructor
Christopher is a musician, educator, and proud part of the Etowah Band family. From an early age, music became an integral part of his identity, and his dedication only increased from his role as the principal alto saxophonist of many symphonic, jazz, and marching ensembles throughout the years. His passion also led to the formation of student-led saxophone chamber groups both at Flowery Branch High School and Reinhardt University. Wanting to share what he felt, Chris realized community outreach should be an integral part of the performance. He’s had the pleasure of volunteering his time for the community by performing at events including nursing home tours, holiday tours at the Governor’s Mansion, and local city celebrations and food festivals aimed to raise money for band programs and charity organizations.
While attending Reinhardt University, Chris not only fostered his passion for performing but discovered a love for teaching while taking on many opportunities during his undergraduate attendance. Because of teaching private lessons, heading up sectional masterclasses, and working band camps with many schools across several North Georgia counties, Chris knew he wanted to make a difference through music education.
After graduating from Reinhardt University in May of 2015 with degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance, he continued to professionally teach young musicians through freelancing and individualized private lessons and was hired in the Fall of 2015 as a Woodwind Technician for the Etowah Marching Eagles. Since then, Chris has been incredibly thankful to be a member of the Etowah Band Staff and learns as much from the students as he hopes they learn from him.