Getting to know our staff: Mrs. Hoover



This year, the GNA Marching Band has endured quite a few changes and challenges during their marching season. Between the loss of two directors and many alterations to their 2018 show, Rise of the Trojans, it has been a struggle for each member of the ensemble; however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mrs. Carly Hoover was recently hired months into the season, replacing Ms. Christine Katsock as the band’s director. During her short time here, she has brought an atmosphere of enjoyment to the extracurricular activity while maintaining professionalism.

The GNA Insider was fortunate enough to be able to ask her a few questions regarding her background and her plans for the future of the school’s marching band:

Can you please provide us with a brief autobiography?

I’m from Mountain Top, but originally from Dunmore and went to Dunmore High School where I was a member of marching band, jazz band, concert band, and choir. I attended Marywood University majoring in Music Education. I currently teach general music in grades PreK-8th at Saint Paul/Saint Clare in Scranton.

What interested you to pursue a music related profession as a career?

I was given leadership opportunity to help peers learn their part during sectionals in my high school marching band. I realized how much I loved helping others learn their music and seeing how I was able to help others preform better.

Do you play any instruments yourself? If so, which?

I’ve played trumpet for the last 16 years, but I can play any band instrument at an intermediate level as well as piano.

What inspired you to begin playing your instrument?/How long have you been playing?

My older sister was in the high school band a few years before I was able to join. Band looked like a lot of fun and I joined when I was in a grade to do so.

What interested you about the position of band director?

I was a substitute in the elementary center two years ago and I enjoyed teaching music here. I enjoyed working with both Dr. and Mrs. Bunnell and, when I was informed the position was available, I quickly sent in my application.

What plans do you have for the future of the GNA Marching Band?

To help the band grow and to further cultivate the talents and skills already present.

What would you say to new instrumentalists and band members?

Welcome to the GNA Dootily Doots! The band where goofy kids have fun working hard to create a great performance!