Matt Wooten is in his 14th year at Christian Academy of Louisville as the director of bands, and his eighth year as the director of the School of the Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Kentucky University. Matt has been married to his wife Leslie for 19 years, and they have two children, Sammy (13) and Hannah (9). This year, he would, “like to see all of my students find the same love for Christ that they have for music. Realizing that all of this is possible through His perfect creation that is music.”
Nicole Bullard, Assistant Band Director. Some of Nicole’s musical background consists of being a charter member of the Tyler Junior College indoor percussion ensemble, who finished as a PIO finalist in their first competitive year at the 2007 WGI World Championships. For the 2007 drum corps season, she performed with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps in their front ensemble. In 2008, Nicole returned to the TJC indoor percussion ensemble, where they received 1st place at WGI World Championships in PIO. In 2009 she competed in the same WGI group where they were PIO finalists and in the 2010 winter season, Nicole returned for her age out year and had the opportunity to perform with TJC on their WGI tour in Europe.
Nicole earned her degrees from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas under the direction of Tom McGowan and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with Ken Green. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Currently Nicole is living and teaching in Louisville, KY where she is going on her 8th year working with Christian Academy. She is also an active member of the IUS concert band, orchestra, and Commonwealth Brass Band in New Albany, Indiana.
Kristin Ungaro is in her second year at Christian Academy of Louisville as the middle school band director and assistant high school director. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, and her Master of Arts in Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Prior to coming to Christian Academy, she spent nine years in a public school in Buffalo, New York, teaching elementary and middle school band. A favorite experience during her time at Christian Academy: “Christian Academy has formally introduced me to the world of Marching Band, and each year, I am moved by its intensity and its unique way of communicating the gospel. Mr. Wooten does an incredible job of shepherding the hearts of the students so that they are primed to express with profound maturity and humility the most significant message of all.”