mandarin High school

4831 Greenland Rd

​jacksonville, florida​   32258

Mandarin Mustang Band

Amanda Olsavsky is the going into her 4th year as the Assistant Percussion Instructor at Mandarin High School. She has been apart of the Mandarin Band Family since she was a freshman in High school. Amanda graduated in 2015, after being Drum Captain for two years. 

Amanda graduated from the University of North Florida with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and now teaches 4th grade at Julington Creek Elementary School. 

Music has always been a huge part of her life and she enjoys helping young musicians grow and develop into musical leaders- gaining skills that will carry them through the rest of their lives. Amanda's favorite part of working with the students of the MHS Band is seeing the amazing growth from the beginning of the season, where some students come with almost no experience, to the end of the season where they have grown together to be one cohesive unit. 

Mr. Robert Tobias is currently in his 4th year as the Director of Bands at Mandarin Middle School.  For the past 3 years, in addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Tobias has served the students at Mandarin High both as the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Assistant.

Mr. Tobias has been studying percussion for 16 years and holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from Louisiana State University.  While at LSU, he marched in the Tiger Band Drum Line and was the principal player in the Wind Ensemble.  He has studied under world renown percussionists  Rich Thompson and Brett Dietz.  

He recently married his true love, Kaitlyn and became a father to his puppy, Nix


Head Percussion Instructor:  Robert Tobias, 




Director of Bands

Ms. Pam Chaffin has been teaching for 24 years. She is currently in her 14th year as the Director of Bands at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, FL.   Ms. Chaffin holds a Bachelor's of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and a Master's of Music with an emphasis in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Tennessee.
Ms. Chaffin’s teaching responsibilities at Mandarin High School include: the direction of 2 Concert Ensembles, Jazz Band, Chamber Winds,  the Mighty Mustang Marching Band, and Guitar Ensemble. Her bands consistently receive superior ratings and receive accolades at evaluative and competitive events.

Ms. Chaffin is a National Board Certified Teacher, is active as a clinician and FBA adjudicator.  She has been named to “Who’s Who” on several occasions, been recognized as "most influential teacher," won the Coca Cola National Educator of Distinction, and been selected by her colleagues for the “Tom Bishop Award” recognizing remarkable, positive impact on a high school band program.  On September 26, 2013 Ms. Chaffin was chosen Mandarin High's Teacher of the Year and in January 2014 became a semi finalist for the Duval County Teacher of the Year.

Her professional and honorary affiliations include: FBA, FMEA, WBDI, CBDNA, NBA, and Sigma Alpha Iota. 

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Chaffin at