U.S. Army All-American Marching Band – 2012 Staff
T. André Feagin is Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. His duties include the artistic and musical guidance of the Symphony Band, conductor of the Chamber Players and director of the Sound of the Southwest Marching Miner Regiment and Miner basketball pep bands. In addition, he teaches courses in wind literature, and mentors graduate conducting students. Under his direction the UTEP Marching Miners have performed throughout the southwest region and have recently been invited to perform at the UIL Texas State Marching Band Championship in 2011.
Professor Feagin holds a master of music degree in instrumental wind conducting from the University of Memphis and a bachelor of music degree in performance. He is currently pursuing the doctorate of musical arts degree in wind conducting at the University of North Texas. He is a past winner of the National Band Association young conductors mentor project and a recipient of the Golden Apple Teacher award. He has taught in the public schools of Tennessee, Texas, and California. As a conductor, he has made appearances across the United States and made his professional conducting debut with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. His mentors include Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis W. Fisher, Kraig A. Williams, James Gholson, Denise Gainey and Steve Cohen. He continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor and travels regularly as a clinician and lecturer throughout the United States and Canada. He has been a recording production assistant for the GIA Windworks series and is a contributing author in the eighth volume of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.
Professor Feagin is also an active program coordinator, adjudicator, clinician and music arranger for some of the countries finest high school, drum corps and university band programs. He has recently been named the director of the United States Army All-American Marching Band through the National Association of Music Education. In addition, he has served as wind master of the Spirit of America Band from Orleans, MA. Active in the drum corps activity, Professor Feagin has worked at Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC), Memphis Sound (Memphis, TN), and most recently the Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA). Professor Feagin served these organizations in many capacities including brass staff/program coordinator, executive director and brass caption manager. In addition to winning the visual, high brass and percussion captions with Memphis Sound in 2007, Drum Corps International named him Division III Director of the year. He is a former four-year conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and a past recipient of the Drum Corps International Jim Jones Leadership Award.
Professor Feagin’s professional memberships include the National Association of Music Education (NAfME), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Kenneth G. Bodiford, Assistant Professor, is the Director of Bands at Jacksonville State University. He earned his BS in Music Education at Jacksonville State University and his MM in Music Education and Wind Ensemble Conducting at East Carolina University. Upon completion of his MM degree, Mr. Bodiford served as the Director of Bands at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA. Under his leadership, the KHS band program grew from 80 members to approximately 250 members. After his second year as the director, the Governor of the state declared the KHS Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band as a Virginia Honor Band. The Wind Ensemble consistently received superior ratings at all district festivals under his leadership. Also, the Marching Band without fail received superior awards culminating in a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to represent the state of Virginia in the 1994 USF&G Sugar Bowl.
In 1994, Mr. Bodiford assumed the position at Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Alabama) as the Director of Bands. Since Mr. Bodiford’s appointment to the director’s position, the band program has consistently grown in numbers and quality each year. Since1994 the Marching Southerners have grown from approximately 144 members to a number of members in excess of 350. As the Marching Southerners began to be revitalized, so did the entire instrumental program. Each year the band program draws more and more very talented students. As would be expected, the JSU Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band perform at extremely high levels. Most recently, the Wind Ensemble performed at the Bands of America Southeastern Regional in Atlanta, GA and the 2009 Marching Southerners were included in the Congressional Record of The 111th Congress U.S. House of Representatives for their fall production, “Of Thee I Sing,” which was a patriotic musical and visual tribute to all United States veterans in honor of the many sacrifices that have been made during times of war.
During Mr. Bodiford’s tenure at Jacksonville State University, he has initiated many new events and programs such as the Drums Across America Drum Corps Competition, the Contest of Champions Marching Festival, the JSU Summer Camp Program that draws approximately 10,000 high school students onto the campus each summer, the annual Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, and has vastly expanded the Southerners Honor Band Program. Mr. Bodiford served as the Executive Director of the JSU SPIRIT Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001 until 2007. This group tours the nation and competes during the summer months in Drum Corps International competitions. Under his leadership, the SPIRIT Drum and Bugle Corps consistently ranked among the elite top twelve corps in the nation at the DCI World Championships. Currently, Mr. Bodiford is completing his doctorate degree in instrumental conducting at The University of Alabama.
Andrea Brown is currently the Director of Orchestra and Assistant Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Brown recently completed a DMA in Instrumental Conducting at UNC Greensboro where she was a student of John Locke and Kevin Geraldi. She was named a 2010 Outstanding Teaching Assistant at UNCG and was both guest conductor and principal horn on UNCG Wind Ensemble’s fireworks! CD released on the Equilibrium label. From 2004 to 2010, she was a member of the brass staff of the Drum Corps International World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Ill., and was on the instructional staff of the BOA Grand National Finalist Kennesaw Mountain High School Band in 2010. Brown is an active concert and marching clinician and adjudicator throughout the southeast.
In 2005, Brown was awarded a CBDNA grant to attend the UNT Conducting Collegium where she studied with Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Jack Stamp. Her other conducting workshop experiences include study at the University of Michigan with Michael Haithcock and Jerry Schweibert, and at Michigan State University with Kevin Sedatole, Robert Reynolds, Richard Floyd, and John Madden. In 2009 she received the Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship and Doctoral Study Grant as well as the Chi Omega Graduate Education Grant. Brown has also had four rehearsal guides published in the popular GIA Publications series, “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.”
While at UNCG, Brown was a member of the AA Brass Quintet, which won the 2001 International Brass Quintet Competition hosted by Fred Mills at the University of Georgia. As principal horn with the UNCG Wind Ensemble during her doctoral and master studies, she performed at both the 2009 National CBDNA Conference and at the 2000 Southern Division CBDNA Conference. She performed as a guest artist at the 2010 Focus on Piano Literature at UNCG as well as with the horn sections of the Boston Brass All Stars Big Band, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Brown has studied brass performance and pedagogy with Abigail Pack, J.D. Shaw, Jack Masarie, Dottie Bennett, Randy Kohlenberg, Richard Steffen, and Ed Bach.
Originally from Milan, Tenn., she is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where she was named “Outstanding Student in Music” and “Madame Governor.” Brown earned a master of music degree in horn performance and a master of music education degree in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Brown was the assistant director of bands at Austin Peay State University for five years and also taught public school in both Wisconsin and Texas. Brown’s previous marching experience includes membership in the 1994 Cadets of Bergen County and 1993 Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. She has also previously been an instructor with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, McGavock High School Band, and the Father Ryan High School Band (Nashville, TN). Brown is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, NCMEA, NAfME, and CBDNA. She was awarded the Rose of Honor as a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity and was recently made an honorary member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Ian Hale graduated from the University of Calgary in 2001 with his Bachelor’s Degree in percussion performance where he studied with Dr. Glenn Price. He received his Master’s Degree in percussion performance in 2008 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied with Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu and has participated in masterclasses with several artists including Michael Burritt, Steven Schick, Robert van Sice, and composer David Maslanka. He has participated in numerous professional training workshops including the David Robertson Workshop as part of Carnegie Hall’s Weil Music Institute. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and is currently the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband.
Ian has enjoyed and continues to enjoy an extensive performance career. He has performed with artists including Kenny Aronoff, Jens Lindemann, Susan Hoeppner, Michael Burritt, Eduardo Leandro, Salvatore Macchia and former member of the famous percussion ensemble NEXUS, the late John Wyre. He has also performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, William’s College Chamber Players and has recorded for CBC radio and BRAVO! television. He was a finalist at the 2002 Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention multiple-percussion contest, held in Columbus, Ohio, and also received second place at the 2002 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition in Montreal, Canada where he received an additional award for best performance of a Canadian composition. He was a laureate at the 2003 Canadian Music Competition in Calgary, AB, and was a semi-finalist at the 2007 Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium in which over 100 competitors were involved. He has performed at numerous Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and has appeared as part of the Vic Firth concert percussion podcast series.
Ian continues to be heavily involved in the drum and bugle corps activity. He was the percussion caption head and arranger for the Allegiance Elite Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2005 and was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts. He is currently in his seventh season as a valued member of the percussion staff for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from Fort Mill, SC. Ian gives numerous clinics throughout North America and has worked with many fine marching music ensembles including Spirit of America Band, Thomas Jefferson High School Band, Nation Ford High School Band and the Calgary Stampede Showband. He is also a sought after percussion adjudicator, having judged for several organizations includeng the Southern California Percussion Alliance. He is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., and Avedis Zildjian cymbals.
Duane Hill is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Texas Tech University. He holds a Bachelor of Secondary Music Education from Texas Tech University under Keith Bearden and Christopher Anderson and a Masters of Music in Conducting from Dr. Sarah McKoin. Previously, Mr. Hill was the Associate Director of Bands at Leander High School (Austin, TX).
Mr. Hill currently teaches classes in Secondary and Marching Band Techniques, Secondary Instrumental Ensemble for choral students, as well as serving as conductor of Concert Band. In service to music education Mr. Hill is currently a leadership facilitator with Solutions and Specialized Innovations (SASI), which specializes in student empowerment in music students, and he serves as a consultant to high school band programs across the state.
His professional affiliations include: College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Dr. Nicholas V. Holland, III is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Charleston Southern University. Previously, Dr. Holland served as the Associate Director of Bands and former Director of Athletic Bands at The University of Memphis. He was music director and conductor of the UM Symphonic Band and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. Dr. Holland graduated from East Carolina University with BM and MM degrees in music education with emphasis in percussion and conducting. He received the PhD degree in music from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. His conducting teachers include John R. Locke, William W. Wiedrich, Robert Ponto, and Robert Hause. Prior to teaching in Memphis, he was Director of Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia and Director of Bands/Instructor of Percussion at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. His research has been published in UPDATE: Applications for Research in Music Education, Keynotes Magazine, and Percussive Notes. He has been a featured clinician/speaker at the Georgia Music Educators Association annual conference, and the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference. His presented his research on sound pressure levels at the 2010 MidSouth Conference on Communicative Disorders. Dr. Holland has five years experience in Drum Corps International, including one year with the Bridgemen from Bayonne, NJ, and four years with the Sky Ryders from Hutchinson, KS. Dr. Holland maintains membership in professional organizations including the CBDNA, NAfME, NCMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha. He has received honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Alpha Phi Omega, as well as being named a “Friend of the Arts” by Sigma Alpha Iota. In 2001, Dr. Holland was selected as a mentor teacher for Freshmen First program at The University of Memphis, and nominated for the Thomas Briggs Excellence in Teaching award in 2006. Additionally, he received the “Outstanding Graduate Teacher” award for the UNCG School of Music in 2000, and was nominated for the same award in 1999. In addition to his 15 years of teaching at the collegiate level, he has experience assisting and/or consulting with many high school bands, and is a frequent clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for marching and concert festivals throughout the US.
Jennifer Leseth has over 19 years of performance, design, and instruction experience. As a drum corps performer, “Jenifo” marched with the Phantom Regiment Cadets, the Phantom Regiment, and the Cadets. Her winter guard performing career included five seasons with the Guardsmen of Schaumburg (IL), two seasons with State Street Review of Madison (WI), and two seasons of Escapade, from Dayton (OH). As a designer and instructor Jennifer’s drum corps experience includes the Bluecoats (OH), Crossmen (PA), and the Phantom Regiment (IL). She worked for eight years with the Bands of America titlist Marian Catholic High School Band from Chicago Heights (IL), and two years with the noted Spring (TX) Band. Most recently, her work has been seen with the guards for the innovative Jackson Academy (MS) and award-winning Plymouth-Canton (MI) High School Bands. Jennifer’s vision for has drawn praise from fans, judges, and the performers themselves.
Dave Hall is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas, where he is a Teaching Fellow. At North Texas he has performed and recorded with the Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and on vibraphone with the acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band. He holds a M.M. in Percussion Performance from TCU and a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Nebraska. Besides performing extensively in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and around the country, he has also performed abroad in Spain, Puerto Rico, Belgium, and Italy. He has played snare drum for the Phantom Regiment and Crossmen drum and bugle corps, the TCU PASIC Champion Indoor Drumline, and the Dallas Mavericks Drumline. Mr. Hall appeared as a performer and teacher on the reality TV show “Tommy Lee Goes to College” and has also performed with Motley Crue.
Dave is an active composer, published through C. Alan Publications. His work has been commissioned extensively and has been performed and recorded internationally. He has been a frequent clinician and adjudicator for concert and marching percussion in Texas as well as around the United States and Europe. Currently, he is on the percussion staff for the state and national champion L.D. Bell Band, and has also recently composed for and instructed the PASIC Champion TCU Drumline. He’s been blessed to study with some of the greatest percussion teachers in the world including Leigh Howard Stevens, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Richard Gipson, Brian West, Joey Carter, Al Rometo, and Tony Falcone. Dave Hall is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
Jeremy Spicer, a Magna cum Laude graduate from Texas State University, is currently in his second year as Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School in the Leander Independent School District. Vandegrift High School opened in the fall of 2009 with freshmen and sophomores. In its inaugural year the marching band was named UIL State Alternate in Class 4A for Area D. Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer spent eight years as a member of the staff at Cedar Park High School. While at Cedar Park he served as the Conductor of the Symphonic Winds and the Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles. During his tenure at the marching band won numerous marching contests and was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional competitions. The marching band is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield, an international award for marching excellence awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Under his direction, the Symphonic Winds never earned anything but a superior rating at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.
Mr. Spicer has also been very active in DCI. He began his drum corps career playing mellophone in the Santa Clara Vanguard. Since his age out year, Mr. Spicer has been on the brass staffs of the Carolina Crown (2000), Southwind (2001), Boston Crusaders (2002) and Santa Clara Vanguard (2003 and 2006). He has served in various capacities ranging from Brass Instructor to Assistant Brass Caption Head. In addition to his music education responsibilities, Mr. Spicer is the co-owner of S.A.S.I., a student leadership consulting firm focusing on in the empowerment of young leaders. S.A.S.I. believes that students become empowered to succeed in their organization and their personal lives when they are properly equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes. Mr. Spicer is instrumental in the development and presentation of this concept to thousands of students across the nation. Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Leander with his beautiful wife Elizabeth, precious daughter, Coral Amber, and their handsome son, Aiden Joseph.
Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams is the assistant director of wind studies, conductor of the Concert Band and the director of athletic bands, including the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band and the Basketball Pep Band at the University of North Texas. He is also the conductor for the GDYO Wind Symphony in Dallas, Texas. In addition, he is a frequent conductor and guest conductor for the Dallas Wind Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Choir.
Prior to his assignment at the University of North Texas, Dr. Williams, a multiple-edition honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Educators, was the director of bands at Clark High School in Plano, Texas. In his last year of public school teaching, he was honored as the Clark High School Teacher of the Year, a Finalist for the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year, and was named a “Ross Perot Excellence in Teaching Award” recipient—an award given to only four secondary teachers annually in the Plano ISD. During his tenure at Clark High School, the band program received consistent sweepstakes awards for marching, concert and sight reading; under his baton, the Honors Band was awarded best in class or best in contest in every festival in which the band performed.
Dr. Williams is active in the Drum Corps International activity, where he is currently the Senior Brass Consultant for the Madison Scouts, based in Madison, Wisconsin. He has also taught for Southwind (Lexington, KY), the Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA), and the Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA), where he has served in various capacities ranging from brass instructor to brass caption head/staff coordinator.
As an advocate of chamber music, Dr. Williams was the founder and conductor of the East Plano Brass and was the principal guest conductor for the “Harmoniemusik” chamber ensemble. In the wind band world, he has been a guest conductor with the Dallas Wind Symphony; Lone Star Wind Orchestra; at the annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois; the College Band Directors National Association regional conference; and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Williams is active in the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, consultant and arranger; his arrangements for wind band, marching percussion ensembles, drum corps and marching band are performed by outstanding organizations throughout the world.
Dr. Williams is a sought-after recording producer, associate producer, and editor, having been involved with numerous CDs and DVDs on the Klavier, Mark Records, GIA and UNT labels. In addition to his work in the recording arts, he has written several conductor study guides that are published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is also a primary consultant of American Composers Today: Ten Women of Influence. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity. Recently he became an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota.