We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynel Goodwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lynel, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My entire life is dedicated to preparing the next generation to take over the reigns of society. This is what lead me to not only become a high school band educator, but also to start Band Room Nation. Band Room Nation, which is a non profit music advocacy organization that supports and promotes high school performing arts programs, hosts various opportunities for young people within the community to showcase their talents on a large platform. It is these experiences, that I feel shape who they become as adults. Not only does Band Room Nation have a positive impact on the students that participate in our events, it also fosters an appreciation for the communities that attend as audience members. Our events foster an appreciation for the arts within our local communities. Financially, Band Room Nation has awarded several monetary donations and scholarships to students that participate in arts programs, as well as the awarded money to the programs themselves. As we all know fine arts is always the first to be cut when budgetary concerns emerge. This money is much needed to support the programs they are awarded to. Band Room Nation hosts the following events: Southeastern Regional Danceline Championship, CADENCE Drumline Challenge, The Vanguard Invitational Marching Band Showcase, The Ultimate Band Clash, and the World Class Festival of Symphonic Winds. We also host the World Class Jazz Band Experience, The Band of Champions Summer Band Program as well as the Music Madness Tour, in which we go into the classrooms and share experiences of the professional music industry. No disrespect to any of the teachers working on the front lines of America’s education system, but very seldom do you hear anyone reminisce on the quadratic equation. I would like to think that our financial contributions as well as the numerous opportunities and experiences we provide, equip our communities with life long memories and shape our students to be better people when they grow up.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have the joy of being a Band Director for Clayton County Public Schools. i think what may set me apart from most, is that literally everything I do, is for the children. My actions are completely selfless, with only the thought of my kids in mind. I bought a larger car so I could transport instruments. I’m currently contemplating moving to the community in which my school is located, so that I can be even more of a service to my students. I am most proud about the brand that my band has become and the opportunities it has presented my students. I got to where I currently am , with a very streamlined level of focus. I set clear goals for myself and then developed a very detailed 3 year plan that I followed and it worked out very well for me. It was not always easy, starting from the ground never is, however I will say it was extremely fun. Throughout the process I gained some memories that I can look back and laugh at, as well as memories that I know will inspire others. The best way I can say I overcome those challenges, was by remaining focused on the goal. Throughout all adversities, I always remember why I do what I do, and who I do it for. With this level of focus, it makes it difficult to fail. One of the major lessons I’ve learned is that everybody has an opinion…..literally EVERYBODY; an opinion on how you should do your job, an opinion on you as a person and even an opinion on who they feel could do a better job, however none of that matters and the only way someone else’s opinion can affect you is if you allow it to. The Jonesboro Majestic Marching Cardinals are here and here to stay. The MMC is no ordinary brand. It has already stamped itself into the history books and will live on far after I, am gone. Check us out for yourself Jonesborommc.com.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is literally no city in the world like Atlanta. I was born and raised here and I don’t see myself leaving any time soon. If I had a friend visit, we would most definitely visit Old Lady Gang to eat. The Georgia Aquarium and 6 flags would definitely be a must. We would probably also visit the Trap House Museum, which I hear is pretty kool and sad to say I haven’t visited yet. Perhaps even Stone Mountain park. We would HAVE to brunch at either Egg Harbor Cafe in Buckhead or Another Broken Egg. Brunch in Atlanta is a pretty big thing. Otherwise we’d be chillin in the house. I’m a huge home body.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give credit for who I am and who I’ve become to my mother and father. Besides the obvious, lol, they both played an extremely important role in who I am today. My mother is my strength who taught me to never be afraid to speak my mind and stand up to the most giant of people and circumstances. She taught me the feeling of invisibility and that nothing is out of the realm of me doing. Whatever I wanted to do, she encouraged me that I could make it happen. My mother backed down from absolutely NO ONE, and she passed that trait onto me. My father, is extremely intelligent and methodical. He is the entrepreneur who has always been his own boss since he was in high school. My father really poured into my level of intelligence. He taught me to be strategic and how to keep money rather than spend it. I will also add that my two grandmothers added to the masterpiece as well. One grandmother teaching me compassion and outreach, while the other does me logic.

Website: Bandroomnation.com Jonesborommc.com
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