Marshall Butler, Jr., director, presently teaches choral music in the Wake County Public School System at Jesse O. Sanderson High and taught choral music in the Rocky Mount City Schools for nine years prior to teaching in Wake County. He has served as Middle and High School All-County Clinician for Alexander, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Forsythe, Gaston, Guilford, New Hanover, Onslow, Pitt, Randolph, and Rockingham County Schools. In 2009, Marshall served as the Bass Section Leader for the American Choral Directors Association National Honors Chorus.
Marshall was among the first group of teachers to receive National Board for Professional Teachers Certification in Music in 2002 and was Jesse O. Sanderson High Schooln's 2002–03 Teacher of the Year and the North Carolina Music Educators Association's 2009–2010 High School Choral Director of the Year. He also represented Sanderson High School in a delegation that traveled to China during September 2009. His groups have performed throughout the state–including such events as the North Carolina Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem and for a gathering following the Inauguration of Governor Purdue and other elected officials at the capitol–and across the country and Europe, including New Orleans, Orlando, Washington, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Italy and London. They have also made several recordings for Walton Music.
Marshall earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Winston–Salem State University, where he studied under Robert L. Morris. He has two lovely daughters–Knachelle, who teaches in the Wake County School System, and Melody who is pursuing her degree at Ohio State's School of Dentistry–and he has a beautiful granddaughter, Chanel. Marshall also serves as the Minister of Music at Riley Hill Baptist Church in Wendell.
The Sandpipers of Jesse O. Sanderson High School Vocal Music Department is an auditioned mixed ensemble; made up of upper-class students. During the highly competitive auditions, students must prove that they are extremely proficient in sight-reading music. The Sandpipers' studies include music on the high school as well as college level. Ninety-Five percent of this year's class receives Honors Credit in this course. This course is a challenging experience that requires more effort and independent study than a traditional high school course.
The "Spartan Madrigal" is open to all students who have an interest in singing. Students are not required to audition prior to enrolling into this class. Although the Spartan Madrigals includes 10-12 grade students, this group was originally created to help 9th graders make a smooth transition into a high school music program. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on developing confidence through singing. All students develop skills in musicianship and sight-reading ability. Participation in after-school rehearsals and performances is expected. Depending on the student's musical growth and ability to sight-read, students move into higher level performing group during the next term. Students will participate in: School Fall & Winter Concerts.
The "Women's Chorale" is a continuation of Vocal Music II & III, with emphasis placed on vocal technique. This group studies and performs advanced levels of choral literature. Participation in after-school rehearsals and performances is expected. Students will participate in: School Fall & Winter Concerts, All-State, and Choral Festivals.