Directors Workshop

The clinicians for the directors workshop rotate annually based on availability and subject matter.
The 2017 clinicians include:

  • Dr. Tim LautDr Tim Lautzenheiserzenheiser
    • 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).

  • KC Michel11536489_10205328498545439_7562101146418618262_o
    • KC Michel Currently resides in Spring Texas.  From 1995-2002 and 2008 to present, KC has been the director of color guard at Westfield High School.  During his tenure at Westfield, the color guard has won a record 13 state winter guard championships and numerous regional titles.  Prior to his time in Texas, Mr. Michel lived in Colorado where he taught and designed for Broomfield, Legacy, Cherry Creek, Fairview and Pomona high schools.  In 1994 the Pomona winter guard was the WGI Scholastic open class world champion.

      KC has been involved in the drum corps activity since age 12. He performed with and instructed the Blue Knights, the Sky Ryders, and the Madison Scouts. Most recently KC was the visual coordinator for the Phantom Regiment from 2011-2013 and for Madison Scouts from 2014-present.  (Bio taken from CBA Student/Director Visual Clinics)

 

  • Frank TraczFrank Tracz
    • 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. Under his direction, 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. He has several years 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 the Faculty Board for the Conn-Selmer Institute, 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. 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.

  • Alfred Watkins
    • Educator, conductor, clinician, and lecturer Alfred L. Watkins, retired band director at Lassiter High School, in Marietta, Georgia, enjoyed a storied 37-year career that surpassed even his “wildest dreams.”  Hailing from the small time of Jackson, Georgia and an alumnus of Florida A & M University (FAMU), Watkins built an outstanding and multi-faceted high school band program of international stature. The program was anchored by outstanding concert bands, which provided strong backgrounds for a lifetime of excellence and artistic appreciation to his over 10,000 former students.     

      Ensembles under his baton are recognized for their sonorous sound, excellent intonation, impeccable precision and meaningful musical interpretations.  His bands have performed four times at the Midwest Clinic, National Band Association Convention, National Concert Band Festival and GMEA.  The Trojan Marching Band performed four times in the Tournament of Roses, three times in the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parades and has been viewed on television by over 1.5 billion people. The Trojan Band was named Sweepstakes Winners in 103 of 110 competitions entered included being named the Bands of America Grand National Champions on two occasions.   

      Watkins is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the FAMU Gallery of Distinguished Alumni, the Bands of America Hall of Fame and the Phi Beta Mu Georgia Bandmasters Hall of Fame.  He has received 16 Certificates of Excellence from the National Band Association and is the recipient of the Edwin Franko Goldman Award, Sudler Order of Merit, Legion of Honor Award, and the Turnett LeadershipCharacter Award.  He holds the unique distinction of having led bands that received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor, Sudler Shield, and Sudler Silver Scroll Awards.   

      Watkins is Co-founder, Musical Director and Conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony, an award-winning all-adult community band based in Marietta. He is also Co-founder and President of the Minority Band Directors National Association.  The $1.5 million Alfred L. Watkins Band Building at Lassiter bears his name. He and his wife, Rita live in Atlanta. They have two adult sons, Christopher and Jonathan.

  • Dr. Andrew YozviakAndrew Yozviak
    • Dr. Andrew Yozviak is the Director of Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Yozviak's primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes. Prior to this appointment, Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught thirteen years in the Pennsylvania public schools.

      Dr. Yozviak maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly presenting at conferences and workshops. His research in the area of eighteenth century Harmoniemusik has produced two modern editions of wind partitas by the Bohemian composer, Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792). His scholarly edition of Antonio Rosetti's Partita in E-flat is published by Amadeus Verlag, Winterthur, Switzerland.

      As a composer, Dr. Yozviak has accepted commissions to compose and arrange music in a variety of genres. He has composed commissioned works for winds, chorus, jazz ensemble, and a variety of chamber ensembles. Dr. Yozviak's work as an arranger has yielded more than one hundred fifty marching band shows for some forty high schools, eight universities, and five drum and bugle corps. His original compositions for marching band, which include Africa, Artificial Intelligence, Koto, Four Suits, Water, Winter Sketches and Night Visions are published by Marching Show Concepts' Center X Productions.

      Dr. Yozviak is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

  • Dr. Greg MartinM. Gregory Martin
    • M. Gregory Martin, Assistant Professor of Music Education / Associate Director of Bands received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied conducting with Jerry F. Junkin. He recently completed a six-year tenure as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Prior to returning to Florida, Dr. Martin was the Assistant Director for the Longhorn Band and Lecturer in the School of Music at UT. His past teaching experience includes fourteen years in the Florida and Virginia public school system and two years as a teaching assistant at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he taught music education courses and conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands.

      In addition to his public school and collegiate teaching duties, 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. Dr. Martin is a member of the College Band Director's National Association, National Band Association, Music Educator's National Conference, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

  • Thom Hannum
    • Thom Hannum has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1984; he serves as the coordinator of the Marimba Band/Marimba Ensemble Program as well as Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band.  His contributions were acknowledged when he received the Distinguished Service to the University Award.

      Mr. Hannum 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 known internationally for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Thom is also a charter member of the design team for the Tony Award-winning show Blast!

      In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame for the Cadets of Bergen County, and the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Thom 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. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he has served on the Marching Percussion Committee for 12 years.

      Through the Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Hannum has published a Textbook and corresponding Student Workbook, Championship Concepts For Marching Percussion, which provide many band programs with a comprehensive foundation for percussion education. His instructional video, produced by Alfred's Publishing, Fundamental Techniques For Marching Percussion, demonstrates many of the concepts outlined in the books. Thom has published percussion arrangements and solos with Warner Brothers, Rowloff Productions, and Drop6 Media, Inc. He is currently working on two new book projects with Alfred's Publishing.

  • Ed Otto - Pyware and Drill Design SpecialistMr. Ed Otto
    • Mr. Otto is in his 7th year as the Director of Bands 9-12 at Downingtown West HS in Downingtown, Pa. He has been a High school Band director for 24 years having also been the band director at Coatesville and Oxford high schools in PA and Pennsauken High School in NJ. Mr. Otto has been involved in the marching arts as a Designer, Instructor and Clinician since 1981 in the DCI, DCA, ICA, DCUK, WGI, BOA, USBands, TOB, TIA, CIA and COB Circuits. Mr Otto has served as the Assistant Band Director at the University of Delaware 1989 – 1992, and West Chester University 1999-2005. He was the Band Director at Millersville University from 2008-2011. Mr. Otto has been a guest conductor for Regional and Local HS and MS band festivals and has been a Clinician for Symphonic and Marching bands both here and abroad since 1989 – most recently in England and Ireland.

      During the Spring and Summer months, Mr. Otto designs and evaluates music curriculums for grades k-12 level. He has also taught and continues to teach summer graduate level courses for current and future music educators at various universities both here and abroad.  Topics in the past have included: Building and Maintaining a Superior High School Music Program, Student Centered Instrumental Leadership and Instruction, Student Leadership and Aesthetic Education, Pyware Drill Design Program, Integration of Finale and Pyware for Classroom Instruction and Smart Music / Coda music for the Classroom and Logistics for Travel for Large and Small groups and Marching Band and the Three Domains: Aesthetically  Speaking. As of 2014, Mr. Otto has Written 350 marching band shows, 125 indoor guard and percussion shows. He is one of the founding staff members of the Downingtown Indoor Colorguard (1987) and the Downingtown Indoor Percussion Ensemble (1988).

      Mr. Otto has been involved in 6 middle states evaluations as well as being a part of the evaluation team for the design of the current praxis test for music certification.  

      When there is free time, Mr. Otto likes to spend it with his wife Mary Ann (DASD elem. music teacher) and his daughter Julia, a Downingtown West student. Mr. Otto's son Eddie, a 2012 Downingtown West graduate, is a Music Ed. Major (Trumpet) at West Chester University. 

Past clinicians have included

  • Jay Bocook
  • Wayne Markworth
  • Michael Cesario
  • April Gilligan Martinez
  • Drew Shanefield
  • Will Rapp
  • Marc Jacoby
  • Ed Otto
  • Tim Lautzenheiser