Dr. Arris Golden, originally from Supply, North Carolina, is currently the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. In this capacity, Dr. Golden teaches courses in conducting, marching band techniques, conducts the Spartan Brass ensemble and the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, and is the coordinator of the MSU Performing Arts Camps. Golden holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Michigan State University and has led ensembles at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the North Carolina Music Educators Association convention. Her professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Professor Ogechi Ukazu, originally from Houston, TX, has most recently served as the Associate Director of Instrumental Studies at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Professor Ukazu holds a degree in Music from the University of Houston (2008), a Master’s in Conducting from Sam Houston State University (2014), and has been accepted as a doctoral candidate for the Wind Conducting program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Talley is currently the Manship Director of Bands for the Louisiana State University School of Music where he is responsible for managing all aspects of the band department, teaching graduate level conducting, and leading the Wind Ensemble. About his decision to teach at the LSU School of Music, Dr. Talley shared that the Band Department there “has an incredibly deep rooted tradition of excellence in artistry and music-making” which he is proud and daily humbled to represent. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA), Phi Beta Mu, and being an honorary member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Talley is a supporter of music education in public schools and regularly serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad.
Professor Craig Kirchhoff is currently the professor emeritus of conducting at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. He is an internationally recognized educator, conductor, and clinician. In addition to the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff has held positions with The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Washington State University, Ohio State University, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, The American Composers Forum, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Big Ten Band Directors Composition Commission Project, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and the American Bandmasters Association. He has been recognized with several honors including the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award 1985) and the Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award (1983).
Corey Graves is currently the Head Middle School Band Director for the Roma Independent School District in Roma, TX where he is responsible for conducting the Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds, teaching beginner euphonium and low reed courses, and assisting with the Symphonic Band. Graves is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, was named the 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year by Roma ISD, and was honored as the 2017 Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association. In addition to teaching full-time, Graves is also the Region XV Middle School Coordinator, an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest euphonium player. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), the Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Gareth McLearnon, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is an internationally renowned flutist, composer, arranger, and educator. He is an International Artist Ambassador with Concordia Foundation and the European Artist-in-Residence for Wm. S. Haynes Co., as well as a Haynes Artist and MicroCork endorsee. McLearnon spends his time traveling to teach masterclasses, playing professionally as a soloist, recording artist, and for several ensembles around the world, and composes and arranges his own works for flute in what spare time he finds. McLearnon has been awarded the Ian Fleming Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund (2003) and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award (2003). He is currently based out of London with his wife, also a flutist, Abigail Burrows.
Originally from Troy, MI, Professor Chris Kaatz is currently the Assistant Director of Bands for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches, TX. His responsibilities include instruction of wind conducting, assisting with the Lumberjack Marching Band, and directing both the Symphonic Band and the Roarin’ Buzzsaws Pep Bands.
Randall Standridge, originally from Little Rock, AR, is currently an internationally-recognized composer, music editor, drill designer, music arranger, colorguard designer, and clinician. Seventy-two of his works have been featured on the J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice list, many of which have been performed at the Midwest Clinic (Chicago, IL), and multiple works have made it into the Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band series. Standridge’s music is published by several companies including Grand Mesa Music Publishers, Alfred Music, FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Music, Band Works Publications, Twin Towers Music, and Northeastern Music Publications.
Jason Tucker is currently the Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Rice Middle in Plano, TX. Mr. Tucker holds a degree in Music Education, with Distinction in University Honors, from New Mexico State University and a Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), The National Band Association, The American School Band Directors Association, and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In addition to teaching, he is an active clinician, adjudicator, and curriculum consultant.
Donald J. McKinney, from Valencia, Pennsylvania is an internationally recognized educator, conductor, and writer. He is currently the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is responsible for conducting the CU Wind Symphony and coordinating both the graduate wind-conducting program and the university band program. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Thelma A. Robinson Award by the Conductors Guild, was nominated for an LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award in 2012, and became an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi in 2012.
Dr. Chee Weng Yim is currently the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. His duties include conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching undergraduate music courses, and overseeing the wind program. Originally from Singapore, Dr. Yim has performed as a guest conductor and clinician in Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and in the United States. Previously, Professor Yim held the Assistant Band Director position at Raffles Girls’ School (Singapore) and was the Director of Bands at Assumption English School (Singapore). His education includes a Bachelor of Arts (2010) in Psychology and Specialist Diploma in Band Directing from Nanyang Technological University (2011), where he was also the concertmaster for the Symphonic Band and a clarinetist in the Windstar Ensemble and Orchestra of the Music Maker. In 2015, he earned a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Georgia State University, where he also acted as the music director for the SALON chamber music concert series. Recently, Dr. Yim completed his education with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting (2018) at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
Dr. Lee Goodhew, originally from Denton, TX, is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) in Nacogdoches, TX. Her responsibilities include coordinating undergraduate and graduate bassoon studies as well as teaching undergraduate music history classes. Professor Goodhew is a talented bassoonist, clinician, and adjudicator who has been featured by the International Double Reed Society, The MidWest Clinic, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), The National Flute Association, and at the Percussive Arts International Convention. She is a member of the International Double Reed Society, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Federation of Musicians, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Dr. Frank Felice is currently an associate professor of composition, theory, and electronic music for the School of Music (Jordan College of Arts) at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is an internationally recognized educator, composer, and musician. Dr. Felice is a member of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, The Society of Composers, Inc., and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. He has served as a resident composer with the Wyoming Arts Council, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and several universities and high schools across the nation.
Originally from Yukon, Oklahoma, Chelsea Williamson is a contemporary composer of instrumental music and a talented bassoonist. She is currently a DMA candidate in music composition at the University of Oklahoma. Williamson is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the Society of Composers, Composers and Schools in Concert, ASCAP, the College Music Society, and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma. Williamson holds a degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s of music composition from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.
George Little, originally from Henderson, TX, is currently the Director of Bands at Lufkin ISD in Texas. Prior to that position, he served as the Director of Bands for New Diana High School and as the Head Middle School Band Director at Henderson Middle School. Mr. Little serves the musical community in several ways; as the Sergeant-at-Arms on the Board of Directors for the Texas Bandmasters Association, a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), member of Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), and member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Military Marching Bands (NAMMB) and has also presented clinics at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention (Chicago, IL), the TMEA annual convention, and the TBA annual convention.
Originally from Temple, TX, Jack Wilds is an American composer, clinician, and educator. At the age of only 31, he has already achieved international recognition for his compositions, several of which have been performed at state educators’ conferences around the United States, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Trombone Festival, and the Slider Asia Clinic in Hong Kong. Wilds holds a Bachelor of Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently earning a Master of Music Composition from Texas State University in San Marcos, where he is also an Adjunct Professor for music theory and ear training. He also serves as the Director of Music for the First Presbyterian Church in San Marcos and publishes his music with the FJH Music Company. Previously, Wilds was the Assistant Band Director for both Kealing Middle School (Austin ISD) and Hays High School (Hays ISD).
Danny Mesa, from Miami, Florida, is currently a musician serving with the 25th Infantry Division Band (U.S. Army Music Hawaii) stationed on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Until recently, he served as the Senior Ceremonial Band Instructor at the U.S. Army School of Music (USASOM), and before that, was the Ensemble Rehearsal Director for the Student Concert Band. Mesa holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida International University (2004) and a Master of Music from Boston University (2007). For his service, he has earned several prestigious awards including the Cadre of the Quarter (USASOM), Basic Instructor Band and the Senior Instructor Badge (USASOM), the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Benjamin Harrison Regimental Medal for Excellence in Academics, Physical Fitness, and Leadership.
Dr. Don D. Coffman is currently the Chair of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and also the Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa. He is an internationally-recognized educator, conductor, and writer credited with over one hundred publications and more than a hundred presentations in thirteen countries. Professor Coffman has received several prestigious honors including the Inaugural Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service (NAfME), the President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement from the University of Iowa, and the State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award.
Dr. Mitchell Robinson is currently the Chair of the Music Education Area and Associate Professor at Michigan State University where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate music education courses, advises masters and doctoral research, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Robinson had planned on becoming an educator since the fourth grade and selected Michigan State University (MSU) for its reputation as “one of the better programs in the country.” Throughout his career, he has been awarded several honors including the Heldref Publications Reston Prize (1998), the Individual Research Award from the International NETWORK of Performing and Visual Arts Schools (1999), and was the Recipient of the First Annual MSU Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award (2008).
Professor Robert Duke is currently the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a clinical professor in the Dell Medical School at UT Austin and the director of the Psychology of Learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. His achievements also include being named University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, the Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and becoming the Director of the Center for Music Learning. Professor Duke is an internationally renowned educator, writer, radio host, clinician, and has published multiple books on how the brain learns.