Tim Lautzenheiser is a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence and a passion for high level achievement. His career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University.
Following his tenure at the university level, 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 workshops, seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training. Over two million students have experienced his acclaimed student leadership workshops over the last three decades.
He presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. In addition, he continues his rigorous travel schedule 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 world. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, and is the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The International Music Products Association).
Tim 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 is presently an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University (Earl Dunn Distinguished Lecturer), Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he serves on the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors.
Charlie Brodie was a high school band director for 35 years - first at Hanover High School in Hanover, PA (16 years) and then at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA (19 years). During this time his bands received numerous awards, including Bands of America Regional and National championships, appeared on national television, and toured internationally.
During his time at Woodward Academy the band program grew in size at every grade level - the Upper School band enrollment quadrupled. The program also grew in scope to include two middle school concert bands, a marching band, symphonic band and wind ensemble at the Upper School level, four jazz ensembles at the Middle and Upper School, and several smaller ensembles.
Since retiring from teaching in 2002, Mr. Brodie has remained active as an adjudicator, arranger, guest conductor, and clinician. He also serves as a travel consultant and arranges performance tours for bands to Australia, China and Europe.
Mr. Brodie earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from West Chester University and holds memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and National Band Association. Mr. Brodie is also a performing member of Tara Winds, a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu, and in 2008 was inducted into the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame.
Conductor, Middle School Symphonic Band
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 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 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 andConcert Bands, and the Redcoat Marching Band. She has studied cello with Christopher Rex, David Starkweather, and Alice Williams and has studied flute with Ronald Waln and Martha Lynn Volman.
Ms. Cole's professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota and the Georgia Music Educators Association.
Erin has written articles for The Instrumentalist magazine and is now a contributing editor for the publication. She also serves as a clinician each summer for the Bands of America/Music for All Summer Symposium. She has also presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic and several state conventions. In 2007 and 2010, Erin wrote a chapter for the popular GIA publication series Teaching Music Through Performance.
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 one of the founders of the Cobb County Summer Band Camp. She was awarded the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence in 2008 and 2003. Ms. Cole is also very active in the McEachern High School Band program. She has been on staff with the marching band for the past 15 years as the flute instructor and conducts flute sectionals with Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands.
Conductor, High School Symphonic Band
Freddy Martin was born and educated through high school in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Martin attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Mr. Martin has done post-graduate work at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Mr. Martin served as director of the South Cobb High School Band from 1969 to 1979. Under Mr. Martin's ten-year direction the band grew from a membership of 17 students to one of the finest high school bands in the country with a membership of 300 students. The band program had a nationally recognized marching band, a fine jazz band, and four very fine concert bands, along with three winter color guards. Mr. Martin has served as band director for Buford High School and is presently the band director at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
Mr. Martin is the founding director of the famed Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Under Mr. Martin's direction the corps was recognized as one of the finest marching music units in the world. Mr. Martin has served as brass coordinator for the world champion Phantom Regiment Drum Corps from Rockford, Illinois and is presently consulting with Carolina Crown and the Academy Drum Corps. Mr. Martin was elected to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mr. Martin has served as a clinician and adjudicator in most of the fifty states and in England. He has been an active adjudicator for Bands of America for more than twenty five years and has judged the Bands of America National and Regional Championships numerous times. Mr. Martin and his sons have been presenters at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Mr. Martin is married to Lynda and they have two sons involved in music. Chris is principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Michael is fourth utility trumpet in the Boston Symphony. Mrs. Martin is a long standing member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Mr. Martin is on the faculty of the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta Georgia where he serves as High School Band Director and brass specialist.
Conductor, High School Symphonic Band
David J. McGrath has directed high school bands the past twenty-four years in both the states of Michigan and Georgia. He holds a BA from DePauw University and an MA from Eastern Michigan University. He is currently the Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School, in Cobb County, Georgia.
Concert Bands under his direction have received numerous honors which include: invitations and performances for numerous regional and national concert festivals and clinics (including the 2010 Midwest Clinic, the 2000, 2006 and 2007 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and numerous state music association performances in both Michigan and Georgia). The Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Wind Ensemble had the honor of performing an hour-long concert for President Bill Clinton (1996).
Marching Bands under his direction have also received many honors which include: eleven appearances at the Michigan state marching band championships (capturing nine state championships); being consistent finalists at Bands of America events (the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band was named the 1999 BOA Grand National Champion and the Carlton J. Kell High School Marching Band was a ten-time BOA Regional and Super-Regional finalist, and was named the 2010 BOA Jacksonville Regional Champion and 2010 BOA Akron Regional Champion).
Mr. McGrath is a four-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and has been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. He is very active as a concert band, marching band, and drum-corps adjudicator and clinician. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, the GMEA and the MENC. He and his wife, Kimberley, live in Woodstock, Georgia, with their two sons, Nathaniel and Logan (ages 14 and 12).
Conductor, High School Symphonic Band
Scott C. Tobias currently holds the position of Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at West Virginia University where his responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, teaching courses in conducting, and providing administrative leadership for the WVU Bands program. Prior to his appointment at West Virginia University, Dr. Tobias served on the faculties of the University of Central Florida and Appalachian State University. He also previously served as a high school band director in the public schools of Georgia and South Carolina. Dr. Tobias has worked with a number of community music organizations including the Youth Band of Orlando, the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Appalachian Youth Wind Ensemble. He remains active as a clinician conducting honor bands throughout the United States.
Bands under Dr. Tobias' direction have performed nationally and internationally at events such as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Western International Band Clinic, the London New Year's Day Parade, and the Cabalgata de Reyes (Madrid, Spain). Dr. Tobias is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. While at Appalachian State University, he was also recognized with the Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award.
Dr. Tobias received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia, where he also earned a Masters degree in Music Education. He received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University. Dr. Tobias presently serves as 1st Vice-President and President-Elect of the National Band Association. Additional professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, West Virginia Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Conductor, High School Symphonic Band
Dave Schreier is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida. His duties include assisting in the instruction and direction of the UCF Marching Knights and Jammin Knights Pep Bands. Additionally he is one of the Assistant Directors for the Concert Band Program, including the UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and is the primary conductor for the Concert Band. He also teaches Low Brass Methods to Music Education Majors and is the Director of the UCF Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.
Prior to his appointment at UCF, Mr. Schreier served as the Director of Bands at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL from 2002-2008. During this time he oversaw all aspects of the award winning instrumental music program at OHS including the Marching Kowboys, OHS Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Chamber Groups, Percussion Theater Indoor Drumline, and Euphoria Winterguard.
Mr. Schreier earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from UCF in 2002. After his six-year tenure at Osceola High School, he returned to UCF to pursue his Masters degree. He was awarded a full graduate assistantship to work with the athletic and concert bands. In spring of 2010 he earned is Master of Arts in Music Degree, with an emphasis in Conducting. His primary teaching and conducting influences are Mr. Michael Garasi, Mr. Ron Ellis and Dr. Richard Greenwood. Mr. Schreier is also a Euphonium Player and has studied with Mr. Roy Pickering, Mr. Mike Roylance, Mr. Paul Weikle, and Ms. Gail Robertson.
Through his experiences, Mr. Schreier has become a sought after clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator in the state of Florida. He is a member of CBDNA, FMEA, NAfME, FBA, NBA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He is a past Chair of the Marching Knights Alumni Association, and Founder, past President and current Treasurer of the Central Florida Alumni Association of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also currently a faculty advisor for both the Zeta Tau chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and the Mu Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Conductor, High School Symphonic Band
Richard L. Saucedo is currently Director of Bands and Department Chairman at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. He will be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year after teaching for 31 years. Under his direction, Carmel bands have received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz band and marching band. The CHS Wind Symphony has 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 in 1999. The group also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago during December of 2005. The Carmel Jazz Ensembles have won numerous awards at jazz festivals in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. 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 Marching Band has been an Indiana Class A State Champion four times in recent history. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Mr. Saucedo Indiana's "Bandmaster of the Year" for 1998-99. Mr. Saucedo was recently named the "Outstanding Music Educator" in the state of Indiana for 2010 by the Indiana Music Educators Association. Mr. Saucedo's accomplishments have been recently highlighted in articles by HALFTIME and SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA Magazines
The band program at Carmel currently serves 450 instrumentalists and 60 color guard members in six concert bands, four jazz ensembles, a 200+ member marching band, a 100 member pep band, three competitive winter color guards (2011 WGI Scholastic World Class National Champions), music theory classes, a music technology class and a jazz improvisation class.
Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band works and 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. Mr. Saucedo's first orchestral piece, "Nocturne for Orchestra" was named most outstanding new original composition at the National Orchestra Cup Festival held at Lincoln Center in NY during April of 2009. His second orchestral work "Nibiru" was premiered in December of 2009 at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention. Mr. Saucedo has received commissions from all parts of the United States and Japan and he will be releasing numerous works for university, high school middle school bands and orchestras in the near future. He is the author of two DVD's on the subject of rehearsing the marching band wind section "Dynamic Music". He is also featured in a concert band rehearsal techniques DVD "The First 20 Minutes of Rehearsal", now available from Dynamic Music/Marching.
Mr. Saucedo travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for concert band, jazz band, marching band, and orchestra. He will be a guest conductor, clinician or commission composer in over 15 different states during the 2012-13 school year. He has been a featured clinician for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, the Colorado Music Educators Association, the California Music Educators Association, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, The Virginia Music Educators Association and the Indiana Music Educators Association. He has served as Music Caption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and has served as a music judge for Drum Corps International for many years. Mr. Saucedo also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois from 2000 through 2008. The Cavaliers won the DCI World Championship five times during Mr. Saucedo's tenure. He will be the brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013. Mr. Saucedo is also an Educational Consultant for "Music for All" and "Bands of America".
Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington and finished his master's degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is also an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. Mr. Saucedo is married to his wife Sarah and is most proud of his daughter, Carmen, who is studying elementary education at Ball State University. The newest member of the Saucedo family is son Ethan David, who was born on December 8, 2006.
Romines is Director of Bands and Departmental Co-Chair for the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include overseeing departmental operations and serving as artistic director for the Marywood University Wind Ensemble. Additional academic assignments include instrumental conducting courses, instrumental methods, and student teacher supervision.
Romines has directed innumerable musical ensembles during his 34-year professional career. Included are bands from public and private schools, community groups, collegiate entities, military, and professional organizations. Under Romines' leadership, the University of Georgia Redcoat Band toured the People's Republic of China where they introduced the American style of marching band by presenting marching exhibitions in five Chinese cities. These events marked the first stadium performances by an American collegiate marching band in China and at the time was the country's largest foreign musical tour. The band received favorable reviews throughout the country and performed for over 200,000 people.
Romines has guest conducted throughout the United States (30 states) and in Canada, Italy, South Korea, and China. He has served as guest artist in residence at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, Yunnan Arts University in Kunming, China, and Sang Myung University in Seoul, Korea. The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble under Romines' direction performed at the joint conference of the College Band Directors National Association - Southern Division and the National Band Association at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Romines taught instrumental music in the public schools of East Tennessee for sixteen years (Rutledge and Bristol) where he was recognized by the Tennessee Governors School for the Performing Arts for outstanding mentoring and teaching. In addition, Romines received the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence for his contributions to the wind band profession.
Currently, Romines serves as Educational Advisor and Board Member for the U.S.-China Cultural and Educational Foundation. In this position, he works with cultural entities in China to bring outstanding musical and dance ensembles from the United States to China for the benefit of the Chinese people. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Music Educators Journal and serves the John Philip Sousa Foundation as a member of the Sudler Committee.
Romines earned Bachelor and Master of Music diplomas in Music Education from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. Romines has received additional conducting instruction from Richard Blatti, Ray Cramer, Tom Lee, Allan McMurray, and Steven Pratt.
A native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, David Kish is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University in Denver, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He has twice served as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation, is founding director of the Metro State Wind Band Celebration, and is a recipient of the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award. David was recently appointed Conductor and Musical Director of the Colorado Wind Ensemble, a highly acclaimed, semi-professional wind ensemble based in Denver.
David has taught instrumental music at all educational levels, including a position as Associate Director of Bands and Franklin Fellow at the University of Georgia. His writings on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and music education have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal, and four volumes of the popular resource texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. David recently authored Volume Six of his book series, Guides to Band Masterworks, published by Meredith Music Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation.
Dr. Kish earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He has presented sessions at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association of Music Education Conference, and various state music education conferences. He was Conductor-in-Residence at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, and maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States.
Tremon Kizer is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida, where he oversees all aspects of the athletic band program, including the direction of the 300-member UCF Marching Knights. He also conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches courses in music education and conducting. Furthermore, he is the principal conductor of the Youth Band of Orlando. Previously, he served on the music faculty at the University of Dayton, where he oversaw the Marching Band, the University Concert Band, taught courses in music education, and instructed the UD New Horizons Band.
Recently, he was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of South Carolina, where he assisted and conducted in all aspects of University Band program, which included guest conducting the USC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and as an Assistant Producer of an NAXOS Wind Band Classics Recording. Furthermore, he assisted with the organization and instruction of the 375-member Carolina Marching Band. He holds additional degrees from the University of Central Missouri and Kansas State University.
Tremon Kizer is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and leadership consultant throughout the United States. As a guest conductor, he has conducted numerous district and regional honor bands. As a champion for improving leadership skills for high school and college students, he teaches his model for how to maintain a year-around leadership program through leadership seminars for high school band programs. He has been on staff for numerous music camps, drum major clinics, and collegiate and high school concert and marching band camps.
He holds memberships in CBDNA, FMEA, OMEA, FBA, WASBE, Phi Mu Alpha and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Tracy and son, Tremon, Jr.
Dr. Debra Traficante serves as Kennesaw State University's Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands. In this position, Dr. Traficante guides and directs all aspects of the KSU Marching Band ("The Marching Owls"), premiered in the Fall 2015, as well as the KSU Basketball Pep Band. Professor Traficante also serves as the Conductor of the KSU Concert Band, teaches beginning instrumental conducting, wind band literature, arranging and pedagogy, and marching band technique courses, while also advising Music Education students. She also serves as the Kappa Kappa Psi (Nu Mu) and Tau Beta Sigma (Iota Psi) chapter advisor. Dr. Traficante serves on the brass staff for the Boston Crusaders.
Dr. Traficante formerly served as Assistant Professor of Music/Assistant Director of University Bands at the University of Oklahoma where she conducted the Symphony Band, assisted in directing the "Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band, taught conducting lessons to graduate and undergraduate students, taught graduate wind literature courses, served as the lead teacher for the undergraduate conducting and methods course, and oversaw music education students. She also served as the School of Music: Music Minor advisor, Honors College Music Coordinator, faculty sponsor for Sigma Alpha Iota, and faculty sponsor for the Delta Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Professor Traficante earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Florida, and earned a Fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting degree from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK). She served as Director of Bands for five years at New Smyrna Beach High School, Florida and Assistant Director of Bands for two years at Buchholz High School, Florida.
Dr. Traficante frequently judges, guest conducts, and clinics ensembles across the United States, and has conducted at the International World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Singapore in 2005.
Professor Traficante is the immediate past National Vice President of Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma, and an Honorary Member of the Delta Chapters, Alpha Eta Chapter, Iota Psi, and Beta Xi Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority. Additionally, she was honored in 2010 as a Distinguished Member in Sigma Alpha Iota and has been awarded the Martha Starke Memorial Scholarship for Women Conductors.
Cara Morantz joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as Assistant Director of Bands in the fall of 2014. She is a part of the instructional team for the Marching Blazers, the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band, and the Blazer Bands. In addition, she provides instruction in music classes including courses in music education.
Prior to her arrival at UAB, Ms. Morantz spent nine years in the public schools of Cobb County, Georgia, where she taught at both the middle school and high school levels. From 2005-2007, she served as assistant director of bands at Lassiter High School, and she has also served on the faculty at Cooper Middle School from 2007-2012, and Durham Middle School from 2012-2014. Ms. Morantz continues to play trumpet actively, and while in Cobb County she also thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony.
Ms. Morantz was educated at the University of Miami, where she graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She completed her masters degree at the University of Georgia in 2011, where she currently pursues her Ed.D.
C. Lloyd McDonald is the band director at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, Georgia. He received the Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Georgia College, and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia. During his teaching career, he has taught at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels, returning to his hometown in 2008 to lead the band at Feagin Mill.
As a professional musician, Mr. McDonald remains active as a clinician, adjudicator, and performer at festivals and clinics throughout the southeast. His bands and students consistently perform at high levels of achievement, with the Feagin Mill Band receiving the GMEA Exemplary Performance Award in 2013.
He is a founding director of Camp ExtravaBANDza, a summer camp for middle school band students. In his community, he serves as the president of the Warner Robins Community Concert Association, and he is the conductor of the Wellston Winds, a local community band. In 2014, he was recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the VFW State Teacher of the Year for his commitment to the promotion of citizenship and patriotism through his teaching. He was selected as the 2016 Feagin Mill Middle School Teacher of the Year and Top 10 Finalist for the Houston County Schools TOTY.
Mr. McDonald's professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He has served GMEA in many capacities, including District Chair, event organizer and host, and "Conference Concierge." He and his wife, Sue, live in Warner Robins with their children Cody and Bailey, and with their dogs Token, Flash, and Dottie.
Dr. Douglas Hill, Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Coordinator of the Music Education Program at Mercer University, joined the faculty in 1988 after completing six years of successful public school teaching in Ohio and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
As Conductor of the Mercer Wind Ensemble, Hill has broadened the program to include the performance of both traditional and contemporary wind ensemble literature from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. Since 2001, a full complement of more than 12 chamber ensembles has been established from within the Mercer Wind Ensemble.The Wind Ensemble can regularly be heard on Georgia Public Radio, in concert at the Neva Langley Fickling Recital Hall, and on regional performance tours.Hill also conducts the Mercer Chamber Players, a faculty ensemble of mixed instrumentation depending upon the literature performed.In January 2004, this premiere ensemble was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in Savannah.
Hill's experience and expertise as both a conductor and music educator and his broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary band literature have made him much in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for high school, university and community bands across the country. On seven separate occasions, Hill has been the recipient of Mercer University Faculty Research Grants to research new and existing wind works from around the world; most recently with a focus on chamber music in the National Libraries of Prague, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria.As a result of this research, he has been able to incorporate a wealth of literature into conducting and music education classes as well as wind ensemble rehearsals and performances at Mercer.
While at Mercer, Hill and the Mercer Wind Ensemble have presented the Georgia premieres of works by Henk Alkema, Warren Benson, Daren Hagen, RockyReuter, Robert J. Frank, Michael Weinstein, Eric Ewazen, andPeter Fischer.Hill and the Mercer Wind Ensemble have been regular participants in consortiums to promote new works by composers Nebojsa Zivkovic, Warren Benson, John Mackey, Eric Ewazen, Adam Gorb, and most recently Lowell Liebermann, Roger Cichy, and Peter Fischer.
Hill is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the International Trumpet Guild.He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and trumpet performer across the Southeast, currently performing in the Colony IV Brass and the Mercer Faculty Brass Quintet.