BAND LEADERSHIP TRAINING, DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS
Dr. John Villella is the Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University. During his tenure at West Chester University Dr. Villella has directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Marching Band. His other duties have included working in the music education department as a supervisor of student teachers and instructor of instrumental methods and technique.
Dr. Villella is also the President of Vivace Productions, Inc. The national leader of summer camps including Band Leadership Training and the Marching Band Workshops. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, guest lecturer, and director of music festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he contributes a new band music review for each issue of the state music education magazine, PMEA News. His professional affiliations include membership in the National Band Association where he is the state chair, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National and State organizations, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.
BAND LEADERSHIP TRAINING, STUDENT AND DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS
Tim is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, conductor, consultant, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence. His career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University. During this time Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in all areas of the instrumental and vocal field.
Following three years in the music industry, he created Attitude Concepts, 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. He presently holds the Earl Dunn Distinguished Lecturer position at Ball State University. Tim also is the Executive Director of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc.
His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, The Art of Successful Teaching, The Joy of Inspired Teaching,Music Advocacy and Student Leadership, and Everyday Wisdom for Inspired Teaching are bestsellers in the educational world. He is also co-author of Hal Leonard's popular band method, Essential Elements.
PROFESSOR HEIDI SARVER
BAND LEADERSHIP TRAINING, GEORGE N. PARKS DRUM MAJOR ACADEMY
Heidi I. Sarver is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Delaware where she is Director of the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, co-conductor of the Symphonic Band and instructor of the Marching Band Techniques course She is also the supervisor for student teachers pursuing an undergraduate degree in music education.
Active throughput the northeast as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Ms. Sarver is best known for her work with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. Her contributions to DMA have spanned over 25 years. She is also an adjudicator and production assistant for the Sugar and Orange Bowls through Heritage Festivals and Bowl Games of America. In 2005 Ms. Sarver was the Assistant Director for the Bands of America Honor Band’s inaugural performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade and again in their second appearance in 2009.
In the past Ms. Sarver has performed with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps as a soprano soloist, music instructor and drum major. Prior to her appointment at the University of Delaware, she was a high school band director in New York, and the Assistant Director of Bands at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Heidi is a member of DMEA, MENC, CBDNA, and is currently serving as the Delaware State Chair for the National Band Association.
BRASS & WOODWIND SESSIONS AND DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS
Andrew Yozviak is a member of the Applied Music Department at West Chester University where his primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching conducting classes. Andrew has also served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University .
As a composer, he has accepted commissions to compose and arrange music in a variety of genres. Andrew's work as an arranger has yielded more than 150 shows for some 40 high schools, eight universities, and five drum and bugle corps. His original compositions for marching band, Water, Winter Sketches andNight Visions are published by Marching Show Concepts.
PROFESSOR THOMAS P. HANNUM
PERCUSSION SESSIONS AND DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS
Thom has long been regarded as one of the nation's foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He is best known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Thom is a member of the design team for the Tony Award Winning show Blast! In the summer of 2001, he was selected for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Thom is the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band and the Director of the Marimba Ensemble program at the University of Massachusetts. He is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Evans Drum Heads, the Pearl Corporation, and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. Thom is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he serves on the Marching Percussion Committee.
Thom Hannum is the founder and director of his Mobile Percussion Seminar which offers clinic and workshop programs for high schools and colleges of all ability levels.
COLORGUARD SESSIONS AND DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS
Todd Marcocci is the President of Under the Sun Productions Inc., a production company serving the special events, marching band, and color guard industries. Over the years, Todd has served as producer, designer, choreographer, coordinator, and director for a seemingly endless number of events and groups, including: Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show; In Philadelphia - World Series Celebration Parade; 6 ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, and July 4th Parade; In Washington D.C. - National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, National Memorial Day Parade, and National Independence Day Parade; Chicago Festival of Lights; the parade scene in the film, Lord of War, starring Nicholas Cage; Halftime shows for the Champs Sports Bowl, Tangerine Bowl, and Citrus Bowl; NBA All-Star Team-up Friday, and a commercial for the Snapple Corporation directed by Spike Lee.
Todd's marching band and color guard talents have also been on display around the world in over 630 choreographed performances, including: the Field of View Color Guard; Bluecoats, Crossmen, Troopers, and Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps; and several marching bands including Kutztown University andWest Chester University.
Todd is also a choreographer for Marching Show Concepts, which markets his choreography and technique instructional videos around the world.
M. GREGORY MARTIN
BRASS & WOODWIND SESSIONS AND DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS
Greg Martin is an Assistant Professor of Music Education / Associate Director of Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Martin has been the the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Florida International University in Miami as well as being the Assistant Director for the Longhorn Band and Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Texas. He spent 14 years as a music teacher in public schools in Florida and Virginia.
Dr. Martin has also served as a Color Guard Instructor and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps ('82 -'88) and Marching Caption head / Visual Coordinator for the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps ('92 -'94). He also serves extensively as an adjudicator and clinician around the Southern and Midwestern United States and writes drill for several High School and college bands around the country including The University of Michigan.
Darren Hazlett teaches and arranges for the drumline of the WCU Golden Rams Marching Band. He also teaches the marching percussion techniques class which runs every spring semester. Darren served as the Percussion Caption Head for the Crossmen prior to their move to Texas. He was a cast member of the Broadway production of Blast. Darren currently teaches music in the Penn-Delco School District.
Rebe is a twirling performer, teacher, adjudicator, and a member of the National Baton Twirling Association