Tia Roper has been the band director at Darlington since 2017. She studied flute in The Juilliard School's pre-college division before earning her B.M. in Music Education from Manhattan School of Music, M.M. in Music Performance from Boston University, and D.M.A. in Music Performance from Rutgers University. Roper has 15 years of experience teaching music at both the secondary and collegiate levels, most recently serving on the faculty at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York. During the summer, she also teaches at Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Roper's performance resume is extensive and includes orchestral, chamber, and solo recitals as well as international performances.