Director of Bands
Dr. Daniel Kiene
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now." (Chinese Proverb)
Dr. Kiene has been at Richmond Hill High School since 2007 and has taught at various levels from elementary school to college in the South Georgia area for 25 years. He holds degrees from Armstrong State University, Georgia Southern University, and the Shenandoah Conservatory. Dr. Kiene is a member of MENC, GMEA, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, having been inducted in 2006 for contributions to music education by the Zeta Omicron chapter at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Kiene has also a member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Band Masters Fraternity, having been inducted in 2017.
Under Dr. Kiene’s direction, the Richmond Hill High School band program has grown from approximately 100 students to well over 200, offering a highly competitive marching band, three concert bands, jazz band and a guitar program. The bands under Dr. Kiene have consistently scored superior ratings in both marching and concert settings. The Marching Wildcats have won more than 14 Grand Championships in the last ten years. The band places multiple students in GMEA district honor bands, the Georgia All State band and orchestra, and college honor bands throughout the southeast.
Dr. Kiene has been named Teacher of the Year for Richmond Hill High School and for the Bryan County School System for the year 2010-2011, Star Teacher for Richmond Hill High School and for the Bryan County School System in 2015, and received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence in 2013 during the band’s performance as a Georgia Band of Distinction at Georgia State University. Dr. Kiene was also named as a quarter-finalist in the Grammy Foundation’s 2015 Music Educator Grammy Award program. Additionally, Dr. Kiene has served as adjudicator for multiple concert and marching events, and as clinician for the Savannah Chatham School District and the Armstrong Chapter of the college National Association for Music Education and as student teacher supervisor for both Armstrong and Georgia Southern Universities.
Dr. Kiene is married to Annie Kiene, and has three awesome children; Jimmy, Andy and Elizabeth.
Assistant Band Director
A native of New York, Lia Patterson-Snead received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Armstrong State University (formally Armstrong Atlantic State University) in Savannah, GA. During her senior year, Mrs. Snead student taught under Dr. Kiene at Richmond Hill. While pursuing her degree, Mrs. Snead was active within the community as a private trumpet instructor and as a brass instructor at Savannah State University. After graduation, Mrs. Snead became the Director of Bands at Robert W. Groves High School where she revived the band program and had several successful Large Group Performance Evaluation appearances. In 2014, Mrs. Snead earned a position as the music education graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University where she studied conducting under Dr. Ronnie Wooten. After graduation, she briefly returned to teaching in Chatham County before returning to Richmond Hill in 2017 to join the Wildcat family.
Mrs. Snead currently plays trumpet with the Savannah Wind Symphony Community Band where she serves on the board of directors and sometimes serves as a guest conductor. Mrs. Snead is a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in music education.
Mrs. Snead is currently married to her college sweetheart and director of bands at Alfred Ely Beach High School, Mr. Derrick Snead. Together, they adopted an Old English Bulldog named Bruno.