Robert P. Carroll, Jr.


Rob served as Band Director at Great Bridge High School from 1988 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as Band Director at Stonewall Middle School in Prince William County from 1985 to 1988. Currently, he serves the Great Bridge Band Program as an instrumental music teacher at the middle school.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois.

He is a Past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. In 2008, Rob was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Legion of Honor. He was honored with the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association in 2011.

He maintains active memberships in MENC, VMEA, VBODA, the National Band Association, and the International Horn Society. Additionally, he is an active performer, private instructor and member of the Virginia Wind Symphony.

Q:  How long have you performed with the VWS?

Rob:  I’ve been with the VWS since the very beginning.


Q:  What are some of the reasons you perform with the VWS?

Rob:  I perform with the VWS because I enjoy making music with the members of the group. There have been many personnel changes over the years and I’ve had the opportunity to play with and learn from many great performers within the horn section and the ensemble.

Q:  With your busy teaching and performing schedule, we see you are also into fishing.  Do you have any great fish stories for us?

 Rob:  After 27 years at Great Bridge High School, I now teach at Great Bridge Middle School along with Mike Oare. I make it perfectly clear that Mike is in charge and I’m there to carry out his plan. It’s  wonderful to just teach and let someone else handle the Administrative portion of being a band director.


Early in our offshore fishing experiences on John Chenault’s boat, we hooked a fish early in the morning. I grabbed the rod and just as I looked down the length of the rod to the line I saw the fish jump. Mike yelled “Blue Marlin!” The fished jumped again to give us a good look and then proceeded to peel off our line. That blue marlin knew that we didn’t stand a chance. We chased after it, but it was too strong and a crimp in the tackle broke. It was that moment that I was completely hooked on offshore fishing. And that blue marlin gets bigger each time this story is told. How big was it? HUGE!

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