Joshua Grossnicklaus is currently serving his first year as the Director of Bands of Wekiva High School. Previously, he held the position of Director of Bands at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood, Florida from 2009 to 2017. Under his direction, the Lemon Bay High School band program achieved consistent Superior ratings at FBA events, including numerous appearances at State Concert MPA. During his tenure, the enrollment in the band tripled to nearly 100 students. In addition to district and state honors, Mr. Grossnicklaus also led the Lemon Bay High School band in performances at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2013. Both the Festival Band and Color Guards were awarded 1st place in their divisions at this event. The band was also selected for and performed this past July 4th in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. as a representative of the state of Florida.
Mr. Grossnicklaus is a native Floridian, having grown up along the Treasure Coast in Stuart, Florida. After graduating Martin County High School in 2002, he then went on to earn his Associate of Arts degree from Indian River State College in 2004, graduating magna cum laude. He then attended Stetson University and was awarded a Bachelors of Music Education degree in 2007, again with high honors. In recognition of his academic success, Mr. Grossnicklaus has been inducted to both Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He is also currently a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Men’s Music Fraternity.
Mr. Grossnicklaus is excited to be a part of the Wekiva High School performing arts department and hopes to bring continued success and distinction to all aspects of the band program. In addition to his love of music, Mr. Grossnicklaus enjoys reading, racquetball, and spending time with his wife and son.