Ashleigh Naude is from Ramsey, NJ, and originally came to Maryland to study at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her Bachelors of Music Education. While at the University of Maryland, she studied trombone with Matthew Guilford and was a member of the Honors College. Ashleigh performed in brass quintets as well as with the UMD Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and Jazz Lab Band—she also occasionally played clarinet with the University Band. As a Music Education major, Ashleigh’s favorite part of her degree program at the University of Maryland was having the opportunity to study all of the major wind and string instruments. In her last year she served as President of UMD’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education as well as serving as Horse Health Director for the Maryland Equestrian Club.


Since graduating, Ashleigh has been teaching elementary instrumental music for Prince George’s County Public Schools. In the summers, she works at various camps including the University of Maryland’s High School Music Academy and Summer Youth Music Camp, as well as marching band camps in her hometown. Ashleigh has stayed involved with the Eleanor Roosevelt High School band program where she student taught, and has traveled with the band to perform at the College Band Director’s National Association conference as well as the HBCU National Band Director’s Consortium, with an upcoming trip to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Ashleigh’s favorite non-musical hobby is horseback riding, and she rides at a barn where she also helps take care of their 40 horses.

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