Conn-Selmer Institute 2018
Conn-Selmer Institute Faculty
Dr. Matthew Arau
Chair of the Music Education Department
Lawrence University

Dr. Matthew R. Arau is an Assistant Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Education
Department and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Arau has presented clinics on student leadership at clinics, conventions and schools around the country. He has guest conducted honor bands and honor jazz bands of all levels, and he is an active concert band, jazz band and marching band adjudicator.

Prior to teaching college, Arau taught band in the public schools for 15 years. From 2005-2012,
was Director of Bands at Loveland, Colorado’s Loveland High School, a program known for its championships and creation of the Leadership Symposium. Arau began his teaching career as the Director of Bands at Walt Clark Middle School in Colorado.

Arau has served on the staff of the Western International Band Clinic since 2004 and was on the staff of the American Band College from 2004-2011. Arau received his DMA in Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder and his Masters of Science in Music from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. He graduated magna cum laude from University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music in K-12 Instrumental Music Education, Music Performance (Classical) and Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Government with teaching certification in Political Science.
David Branson
Retired Fine Arts Administrator
Washoe County School District

David is currently an education clinician for Conn-Selmer and is involved in a number of national music education projects including All IN with NAfME and Guitar Center. He is asked to present at various universities and adjudicate competitions across the United States. With a passion for art and wellness programs, David is involved in developing a program centered in arts and wellness in conjunction with the Wyoming Symphony, Casper Medical Center and the Cast College in Casper, Wyoming.

David recently retired as the fine arts and music administrator for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) in Reno, Nevada. His duties included hiring, supervising and evaluation of all fine arts and music staff, coordination of all fine arts and music operations throughout the district and the development and coordination of all professional development training. Prior to that he taught at Clayton Middle School, Edward C. Reed High School and other elementary schools in the WCSD. During his tenure in WCSD he developed over 25 strategic partnerships with business and community groups to improve music education and access for all students. He has been called upon to speak to the Nevada Legislature committees on the benefits of arts education on student achievement. David was awarded the Administrator of the Year, and the Service to Music Education awards by the Nevada Music Education Association.

In addition to his duties with the Washoe County School District he served on the faculty at the Truckee Meadows Community College. Before moving to Reno, David served as music coordinator for the Livermore Unified school district in California as well as teaching Band, Jazz, Orchestra and Choir. Where he was also a part time instructor for Chabot College in Hayward, California. Over the past 30 years David acted as the Western Division President for NAfME; past state president in Nevada; and held various positions on state and community boards and committees.

Jim Catalano
Percussion Artist and Clinician

Jim earned a BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jim was Graduate Assistant Band Director at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, earning his Masters in 1977.

Catalano taught music at the middle, high school and community college level. Jim started his music industry career in 1978 with Premier and has been on the leading edge of percussion instrument development, sales, education and marketing for Ludwig / Musser since 1983. In addition he has served on the board of directors of the Percussive Arts Society from 1999-2002 and received the 1998 PAS President's Industry Award. Jim was also the recipient of the 2010 Midwest Music Industry Award.

Catalano currently performs with the Elkhart Municipal Band in Indiana. Jim has recorded several CDs with “The “Keystone Wind Ensemble”. He plays drums with “Truth in Jazz”, “Jazz Assemblage” big bands in Indiana, vibes with his own jazz group “VibeNation” and conducts recreational percussion workshops. As an active percussion clinician Jim has recently been featured at the 2001, 2006 & 2012 Midwest Band Clinic, Pennsylvania MEA – 2005, Texas MEA – 2009 & 2014, American Band College in Ashland, OR – 2003, 2006 & 2013 and Conn-Selmer Institute from 1998 – 2014.

Erin Cole
Band Director
Tapp Middle School

Erin Cole has been the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia since 1995. Under her leadership, the Tapp Band honors include being selected to perform at the 58th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in December of 2004. The band has been a featured performing group at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival in 2015, 2008, 2003, and 1999. Additionally, the Flute and Percussion Ensemble have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The Tapp Band was also selected for the National Adjudicators Invitational Dixie Classic Festival in 2006 where they received all superior ratings. The Tapp Band continually receives superior ratings each year at the District 12 large group performance evaluation.

Ms. Cole has commissioned four pieces of music for the Tapp Band in the past 12 years. In 1999, Robert W. Smith wrote "The Great Locomotive Chase," in 2002, Frank Ticheli wrote "Simple Gifts - Four Shaker Songs;" and in 2004, Samuel R. Hazo composed “Ascend” for the Tapp M.S. Symphonic Band’s performance at The Midwest Clinic. Most recently, Ms. Cole and the Tapp Middle School Band was part of a consortium of directors to commission the Eric Whitacre piece “The Seal Lullaby.”

Erin Cole earned her bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Georgia in 1995. While at the University of Georgia, she played cello, flute, and piccolo in the University Symphony Orchestra, chamber groups, Symphonic and Concert Bands, and the Redcoat Marching Band. She studied cello with Christopher Rex, David Starkweather, and Alice Williams; and studied flute with Ronald Waln and Martha Lynn Volman.

Ms. Cole's professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, National Band Association, and the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Erin has written articles for The Instrumentalist magazine and has been a contributing editor for the publication. She has also served as a clinician for the Music for All Summer Symposium and Conn Selmer Institute (CSI). She has also presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic and several state conventions. In 2007, 2010, and 2014 Erin has written chapters for the popular GIA publication series Teaching Music Through Performance. Ms. Cole is also currently a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements method book and interactive website team.

Ms. Cole has served as a guest conductor for numerous honor and all state bands, has taught several years at the "Encore" Music Camp, and is the founder and administrator of the Cobb County Summer Band Camp. She was awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence in 2015, 2008 and 2003; and is also the middle school band conductor for the newly formed Conn-Selmer Youth Band of Atlanta. Ms. Cole is very active in the McEachern High School Band program where she has been on staff with the marching band for the past 19 years as the flute instructor and conducts flute sectionals with Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands.

Dr. Paula A. Crider
Professor Emerita
University of Texas Austin

Following a distinguished 33 year teaching career, Professor Paula A. Crider continues to share her passion for making music through an active schedule as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator. She has enjoyed engagements in 47 states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia. Professor Crider has taught in the public schools at all levels, and holds the unique distinction of having been the first female in the state of Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school. Her Crockett High School Bands in Austin, Texas enjoyed both state and national recognition for musical excellence on the concert stage, and were twice named Texas 5A State Marching Champions.

A tenured Full Professor at The University of Texas, Crider conducted the Symphony Band, and was Director of the acclaimed University of Texas Longhorn Band. During her 17 year tenure, she was twice accorded the “Eyes of Texas” Award for distinguished teaching. She continues to serve as visiting guest professor at universities throughout the country. She has written numerous articles for The Instrumentalist, The Band Directorʼs Guide, the National Band Association Journal, and has published manuals for Brass Techniques, Marching Band Methods and Instrumental Conducting. She is co-author for the Hal Leonard “Masterwork Studies” series, and author of The Composerʼs Legacy, Conductors on Conducting for Wind Band published by GIA.

Professor Crider has presented professional teacher seminars throughout the United States, and has served as Chief Adjudicator for the London New Year’s Day Parade. She is coordinator for the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, is an Educational Consultant for Conn-Selmer, Inc., and serves on the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Board of Directors. Crider is a Past President of the National Band Association, and the American Bandmasterʼs Association. Awards and honors include the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award, the Sudler Legion of Merit, The Women Band Directorʼs International Rose, The Grainger Society Medal, the National Band Association AWAPA Award, 2004 Texas Bandmaster of the Year, Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, and the Midwest Medal of Honor. In 2013, she was honored with a Doctor of Music Education Honoris Causa from the Vandercook School of Music. She was inducted into both the Women Band Directors International and the National Band Association Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was elected to the Phi Beta Mu International Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rodney Dorsey
Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands
University of Oregon

Dr. Rodney Dorsey is currently the Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands at the University of Oregon.  Dorsey came to UO from the University of Michigan where he was the Associate Director of Bands.  His responsibilities included conducting the Concert Band, teaching undergraduate conducting, and conducting the Michigan Youth Band.

Prior to this appointment at UM, Dorsey served on the faculties of DePaul and Northwestern Universities. 

Dorsey studied conducting with Dr. James Croft, Mr. John P. Paynter, and Dr. Mallory Thompson. He was a clarinet student of Mr. Fred Ormand and Dr. Frank Kowalsky. He gained extensive experience teaching in the public schools of Florida and Georgia.

Ensembles under Dorsey's direction have performed at several state and national events including the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the United States. 

Recent presentations include sessions at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Intercollegiate Band (guest conductor), Georgia Music Educators District Band Festival (adjudicator), and Kentucky Music Educators Association State In-Service Conference (presenter).

Dorsey holds a number of professional memberships that include the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Dorsey is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.


Dr. Ken Dye
Director of Bands
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Dye is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he holds a Doctorate in Music Education and a MBA in Marketing. He has also earned degrees of Master of Arts in Music from California State University and Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California.

As a composer/arranger, Ken Dye serves as a staff writer for several publishers and served as composer/arranger for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Band and pops arranger for the Dallas Symphony. His writing activities have produced over 1800 works for Band and orchestra performed throughout the U.S. and overseas.

The Notre Dame Band has also performed Concerts in the Sydney Opera House, Beijing Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall as well as toured Europe, Asia, and Brazil. In 2012 the Notre Dame Band performed with the Band “Chicago” at Soldier Field and performed at the 2013 National Championship. In 2011 and 2012 the Notre Dame Band was awarded the prestigious “Sudler Trophy”, considered the “Heisman Trophy of collegiate bands.

Dye also serves as a concurrent professor of Computer Applications developing the course “Music through Technology” and teaches music from a business perspective in a course entitled “The Business of Music”. Most recently Dye’s research has involved the musical history of the Olympics and is incorporated in a new course: “Music and the Olympics: A Soundtrack for Competition, Ceremony, and Celebration”.

Prior to Notre Dame, Ken Dye taught at Rice University, University of West Georgia, high school in California, and schools in Mexico City. He has also served as director of the Opening Ceremonies of the U.S. Olympic Festival and conductor of the All-American College Band at Disney World.

Dr. Jeremy Earnhart
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Music for All, Inc.

Jeremy Earnhart is Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Music for All, Inc. Previously, Dr. Earnhart served as Director of Fine Arts at Arlington ISD from 2013-2017 and Director of Fine Arts for the Irving ISD from 2009-2013. Prior experience also includes director of the state and national champion L.D. Bell High School Band from 1998-2009. 

Dr. Earnhart graduated from the University of North Texas with a BM & MME, has certifications in International Baccalaureate Music, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He has been active as a clinician, adjudicator, and presenter for staff developments/conferences such as the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Music for All Summer Symposium, The Midwest Clinic, and NAMM. He has also served as a consultant for groups including the 2011& 2015 National Champion Broken Arrow High School Band, and as Music Coordinator for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dr. Antonio Garcia
Director of Jazz Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University

Antonio J. García is a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music and of Loyola University of the South, he has received commissions for jazz, symphonic, chamber, and solo works—instrumental and vocal.

A Bach/Selmer trombone clinician, Mr. García has freelanced as trombonist, bass trombonist, and pianist, is a Research Faculty member at The University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the Associate Jazz Editor of the International Trombone Association Journal, and a Network Expert (for Improvisation Materials) for the Jazz Education Network. His newest book, Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading (Meredith Music), explores avenues for creating structures that correspond to course objectives. His Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers (Kjos Music) offers musicians of all ages the opportunity to improvise over standard tunes using just their major scales. He is Co-Editor and Contributing Author of Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study (NAfME) and authored a chapter within The Jazzer’s Cookbook (Meredith Music).

A member of the board of The Midwest Clinic, Mr. García previously served as Coordinator of Combos and directed the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Northwestern University. Formerly the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, there he received the 1992 “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” award and was nominated for 1992 CASE “U.S. Professor of the Year” (one of 434 nationwide). He was recipient of the VCU School of the Arts' 2015 Faculty Award of Excellence for his teaching, research, and service.

Col. Lowell Graham
Director of Orchestral Activities
University of Texas at El Paso

A native of Greeley, Colorado, Lowell E. Graham is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso and is the recipient of the “Abraham Chavez” Professorship in Music. In 2006, he was named the Director Honorifico Anual" for the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Paraguay. He has held numerous conducting positions to include that of the Commander and Conductor of the The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. Graham has released recordings on six labels: Naxos, Telarc, Klavier, Mark, Altissimo and Wilson -- that have been recognized for both their artistic and sonic excellence. These recordings have been recognized in Stereophile's “Records to Die-For" list, The Absolute Sound's The Super Disc List," as well as one having won a Grammy. In 2014, he was named as the President and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation and in 2016 was named Vice President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Soo Han
Instructor and Doctoral Conducting Assistant
Michigan State University

SOO HAN is currently an instructor and doctoral conducting assistant at Michigan State University, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, and the former Director of Orchestras & Department Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Carmel High in Carmel, IN. 

Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including 9 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championship and being named Grand Champions at the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies with the CHS Symphony Orchestra, has commissioned and premiered several works for strings and full orchestras.

He is a frequent guest conductor of international, all-state, regional, and festival orchestras, and has presented string teacher clinics and workshops throughout the country. In 2015, he was the featured presenter and conductor at the Australian Strings Teachers Association Conference and the Maryborough Music Conference (Queensland, Australia).

He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president. He is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and holds his Master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Michigan State University.    

Dr. Ron Hufstader
Director of Bands
University of Texas at El Paso

Ron Hufstader retired from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2016 and was granted Professor Emeritus status. He served as Director of Bands at the UTEP since 1976 and served as Chairman of the Music Department from 1990 to 2002. He served as a member of the Conducting & Ensemble area, conducted the UTEP Symphonic Winds and taught undergraduate and graduate conducting. It is under his direction that the Symphonic Winds was selected on several occasions to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association conventions. Over the past several years, the UTEP Symphonic Winds has coupled with Mark Records to record “composer CDs” which include the music of David Holsinger, Roger Cichy, Frank Ticheli, Andrew Boysen, Jr., Julie Giroux, David Gillingham and James Barnes, Mark Camphouse and Robert W. Smith.

In 1995, Dr. Hufstader established the El Paso Wind Symphony, a professional concert band composed of music teachers and business people from the El Paso area. In 2006, the ensemble was invited to perform for the Texas Bandmasters Association Band Symposium and in 2015 for the Texas Bandmasters Association convention.

Dr. Hufstader has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Dr. Hufstader’s professional activities include coordination of halftime shows for some of the major bowl games including the Sun, Alamo, Liberty, Gator and Sugar bowls. Dr. Hufstader is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda and is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Mary Land
Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music
Young Harris College

Mary Land is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Mary received the Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2015.  Dr. Land, a native of North Augusta, South Carolina, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and her Master of Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in various state and local offices.  Dr. Land is currently the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the CNAfME state chair.  She continues to make numerous appearances as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States and has recently joined the Conn Selmer Division of educational clinicians. Her professional affiliations include: GMEA, NAfME, IAJE, CBDNA, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Teacher Association.  Dr. Land serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and is a member of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.  Dr. Land is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a national representative on the NBA executive board of directors.  Mary Land is also on the faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as the conductor of the Intermediate Division Wind Symphony and conductor of the Interlochen Faculty Brass Ensemble.

Many professional awards and recognitions have been awarded Dr. Land during her career.  She has recently been presented with The Distinguished Alumni Award from the Vandercook College of Music. Dr. Land has been featured in many issues of the Instrumentalist magazine discussing her teaching techniques and her band program in the public schools and her band program at Young Harris College.  She has been presented the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on tweleve separate occasions and has been presented the Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence five times. Dr. Land was awarded the GMEA Music Educator of the Year Award for 2002 and was presented with the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Award at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic for her contributions to music education.  Mary Land was selected by the national publication School Band and Orchestra in their December 2003 issue as one of “50 Directors Who make a Difference”. Mary Land’s band program was the recipient of the Georgia Senate Resolution 212 commending the success of the Pickens County School Band Program.  Mary Land and the Pickens County Middle School Band were the 2003 recipient of the Magna Cum Laude Award, a prestigious International Award for Middle School Bands.

Dr. Land is published in the journals for the National Band Association, the Instrumentalist, Teaching Music (NAfME), School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.  Commissioning projects include works by Sam Hazo, Bill Locklear, Barry Kopetz, and Christopher Tucker.

Bands under Mary Land’s direction have received invitations to perform at many music conferences and clinics on multiple years, including the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, the Southern Division MENC Convention, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, the University of Southern Mississippi Conductors’ Conference, and the University of Georgia Band Festival.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
Vice President Education
Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music.

Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions.

Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child.

His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants).

He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors. He is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).

Larry Livingston
Chair, Department of Conducting
USC Thornton School of Music

Larry Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series at the Festival de Musique in France, the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. As the lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts.

Since 2004, Mr. Livingston has served as guest conductor at the College Band Directors National Conference in Alice Tully Hall, led All-State Ensembles across the United States, including Texas where he appeared for a record ninth time. From 2004 to 2012 Mr. Livingston was Music Director of Thornton School Orchestras (USC). In 2012-16, Maestro Livingston will conduct the All-State Ensembles of Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas, and California, as well as the Katowice Academy Orchestra in Poland.

Mr. Livingston has held positions as Vice President of the New England Conservatory of Music, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, where he is currently Chair of the Conducting Department. Mr. Livingston leads the national educational quest, ALL IN, and heads the Education Committee of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.

In 2013, Mr. Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.”

Gary Markham
Retired Fine Arts Administrator
Cobb County School District

Mr. Markham is currently Retired Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Cobb County School District in Marietta, GA. He is the former Director of Bands at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has over four decades of experience in music education, and serves internationally as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and consultant. The Cobb County Music program has been named one of the “BEST Communities for Music Education in America, 11 times.

Mr. Markham received his B. S. degree from Mansfield State University, M. Ed. degree from Penn State University, and studied for Ph. D (ABD) in conducting and music supervision at George Mason University with Tony Maiello and Arnald Gabriel. His leadership experience includes membership on several state and national music education executive boards including the Midwest Clinic Advisory Committee. He is currently the Senior Education Consultant and Chief Judge for Bands of America, Executive Director of the Music Administration Collaborative, Judge Education Director for Drum Corps International, and an author of “Band Expressions” published by Alfred Music. He is a 1992 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's "Sudler Order of Merit" and the Robinson Symphonic Band is the 1992 recipient of the "Sudler Flag of Honor.”

In 2006, Mr. Markham was presented with the Georgia Music Educators Administrative Leadership award and was inducted into the Bands of America “Hall of Fame.” In 2007, Mr. Markham received the DCI & Coltrin & Associates “Excellence in Music Education Award.” In 2009, MENC presented the first “Excellence in Marching Music Education” to Mr. Markham for serving as chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission for writing National Standards and a lifetime devoted to marching music excellence.

Dr. Charles T. Menghini
VanderCook Colelge of Music

Charles T. Menghini is President, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his appointment as President in August of 2004, Charlie served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. He began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and his teaching has included conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes.

Charlie brought with his appointment to VanderCook 18 years of successful high school band experience in Missouri and Kansas. Bands under his direction received consistent Division I ratings in regional, state and national music festivals, performed at various state music educator conventions and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Bands of America International Festival and the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, Menghini attended Northern Michigan University and the University of Missouri – Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He also holds a Master degree in Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gary Hill. In addition to Hill, Menghini recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser and Gary Green as being most-influential teachers in his growth and development.

Charles Menghini writes for numerous professional journals and magazines including the “Instrumentalist” where he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors. He is also co-author of the Essential Elements Band Method, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all –state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, and Minnesota, and has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state and regional music educators in-services throughout the world.

Menghini is a Lowell Mason Fellow and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music - the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly achievement, and is an honorary member of the Xi Kappa (VanderCook College) Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Charlie is an educational consultant for the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, Conn-Selmer of Elkhart, IN and is an educational member of the Music Achievement Council of the NAMM Foundation. An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons.

Richard Saucedo
Director of Bands, Emeritus
Carmel High School

Richard L. Saucedo is currently Director of Bands, Emeritus after retiring from the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz band and marching band. The CHS Wind Symphony performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times (1992, 1999, and 2004) and was named the Indiana State Champion Concert Band most recently in 2013. The group also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago during December of 2005. The Carmel Marching Greyhounds have finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past 15 years and were named BOA National Champions in the fall of 2005 and again in 2012. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Mr. Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99, and the Indiana Music Educators Association named him the “Outstanding Music Educator” in the state of Indiana for 2010. HALFTIME, SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA and BRASSWIND/WOODWIND Magazines have highlighted his accomplishments in recent articles. Mr. Saucedo was inducted into the Music for All Hall of Fame in March of 2015.

Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released over 300 marching band arrangements, concert band and orchestral works as well as many choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff for the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. His concert band works have been performed all over the world by middle school and high school bands as well as by college and university groups. He is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education and currently serves as assistant chief judge for Bands of America Marching Band Competitions.

Michael Sweeney
Hal Leonard Corporation

Michael Sweeney is currently Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, WI one of the largest publishers of printed music in the world. Michael is directly responsible for the development, production, recording and marketing of new publications for school bands. In addition, he contributes as a composer and arranger in all instrumental areas, and is particularly known for his writing at the younger levels for concert band and jazz. Since joining the company in 1982, Hal Leonard has published over 500 of his compositions and arrangements.

Mr. Sweeney is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education and studied composition with Bernard Heiden, John Eaton and Donald Erb. Prior to working for Hal Leonard he was a band director in Ohio and Indiana, working with successful concert, jazz and marching programs at all levels from elementary to high school.

A winner of multiple ASCAP awards, his Ancient Voices (1994) and Imperium (1992) are featured in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA Publications. Other works such as Black Forest Overture (1996), The Forge of Vulcan (1997), Distant Thunder of the Sacred Forest (2003) and Celtic Air & Dance (2007) have become staples in the repertoire for middle school bands. He has received commissions ranging from middle school and high school bands to the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Canadian Brass. His works appear on numerous state contest lists and his music is regularly performed throughout the world. Michael is also in demand as a clinician and conductor for honor bands and festivals.

Michael resides in the Milwaukee area where he enjoys fishing and playing traditional Irish music.

Nancy Taylor
Professor of Trumpet and Occupational Therapist
University of Texas at El Paso

Nancy Taylor is the trumpet professor at University of Texas at El Paso. Before joining the music faculty at UTEP in 2008, Taylor was on the music faculty at the University of Alabama, Wright State University, Centre College, and Calhoun Community College. She earned two degrees in trumpet performance - a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University and a Master of Music from Indiana University.

An accomplished performer, Taylor was a member of the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own” before entering the arena of academia. She holds the unique distinction of having been the first female to win a position with the cornet/trumpet section in the nearly 200-year history of the organization. Her final and most memorable performance with the Marine Band was its 200th Anniversary Celebration Concert with Frederick Fennel conducting at the newly renovated concert hall in the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts.

While on the music faculty at UTEP, Taylor earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy. In addition to teaching at UTEP, she currently works in outpatient rehabilitation facilities and is sought after by faculty, students, and area music professionals to address their playing-related issues. Taylor presented her graduate research, Successful Career Adaptations of Musicians with Focal Dystonia, at the 2011 International Conference for Medical Problems of Performing Artists in Aspen, Colorado.

Dr. Frank Tracz
Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Kansas State University

Dr. Frank Tracz is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Kansas State University. At K-State he coordinates undergraduate and graduate conducting activities, teaches classes in music education, and administers and guides all aspects of the K-State band program.

Under his direction the Wind Ensemble has performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference, the MENC National Conference, A CBDNA regional Conference, as well as regional and international tours. During his tenure, the “Pride of Wildcat Land” Marching Band has enjoyed the privilege of traveling to nationally acclaimed bowl games in support of the University. Dr. Tracz received the Doctor of Philosophy (music education) from The Ohio State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. Tracz has several years of experience teaching in the public schools of Ohio and Wisconsin. He has also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Syracuse University and Director of Bands at Morehead State University. He has served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for all-state and honor bands across the nation, as well as in Canada and Singapore.

Dr. Tracz is on Faculty for the Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI), as well as a past member of the Music Education Journal Editorial Board and is a contributor to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. His Honors include Stamey Award for Outstanding Teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director Award, named a Lowell Mason Fellow, Wildcat Pride Alumni Award, Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award and election to the Prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Dr. Tracz was also elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity in April 2015 for academic and scholarly achievements. This past December the Kansas State University Marching band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence, contribution, and innovation in marching band. Most recently, Dr. Tracz was awarded the 2016 Professorial Performance Award for his outstanding achievements over a sustained period of time with the KSU Band program, and was recently inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame.

Frank Troyka
Retired Director of Bands
Berkner High School

Frank Troyka is the retired Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. A teacher of over 30 years, Frank came to Berkner in May of 2006 following seven years as Director of Bands at Cypress Falls High School in Houston. Ensembles under his director have been selected to perform at the Music For All National Festival; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention; and at the Midwest Clinic on two occasions with his symphonic band at Cypress Falls in 2004 and with the Berkner Band in 2011. Frank is an active lecturer and clinician, presenting annual student leadership workshops across Texas, throughout the United States, and internationally. He is a frequent presenter at faculty development workshops for public school music teachers as well as a guest lecturer and “hands-on” instructor for both students and teachers.

Frank is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, and a member of the National Association for Music Education. He is an Educational Consultant with Conn-Selmer, Inc.; the Director of Education for System Blue, the educational arm of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California; and the coordinator of the Generation Next series of presentations for The Midwest Clinic. He was honored as the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year at Cypress Falls High School and, while at Berkner High School, was one of fifteen recipients in the state of Texas to receive the 2010 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2014, Frank was honored by the Texas Bandmasters Association as a recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2015, Frank was named to the International Board of Experts for the World Music Contest of Kerkrade, The Netherlands. In March of 2016, Frank was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.