Phone: 334-898-2371 ext.4015


Degrees and Certifications:

Alabama High School Diploma with advanced academic endorsement 2009 - A. P. Brewer High School (Somerville, AL) Associates of Science Music Education 2011 - Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL) Bachelors of Science Music Education 2014 - Troy University (Troy, AL)

Mr. Blake Van Winkle

Mr. Van Winkle is a 2009 graduate of A. P. Brewer High School in Somerville, AL. While at Brewer, he was Drum Major and 1st chair French Horn. He continued his music career at Wallace State Community College (Hanceville), where he 1st Chair French Horn graduating in 2011. From there Mr. Van Winkle went to Troy University where he marched with the Sound of the South and performed in various ensembles. Mr. Van Winkle graduated from Troy in 2014. After Graduating Mr. Van Winkle spent a year teaching first grade at Westgate Christian School and Assistant Director at Headland High School. The next Year he was Assistant Director and Arts Survey teacher at Dale County High School. In 2016 Mr. Van Winkle was hired as Head Director at Kinston High School where he led the band for 4 Years. Mr. Van Winkle was hired as Director of Samson Tiger Band in the Summer of 2020. Mr. V is excited to Direct the Samson Tiger Band!