Directors Workshop

The clinicians for the directors workshop rotate annually based on availability and subject matter.
The 2018 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).

  • Michael Cesario

    Michael Cesario is widely known and respected in the world of the marching arts. His uniform designs outfit thousands of ensembles nationwide, including many of the top marching bands, drum corps, and colorguards in the world. Joining his first drum corps at the age of nine in Wisconsin, he grew up in the performing arts, was active in marching band, and trained in theater. He majored in directing, and did graduate work in costume design. Upon aging out of the drum corps activity, he continued to work with corps like Phantom Regiment, the Garfield Cadets, Dutch Boy, the Madison Scouts, and many others.

    In the world of theater, his work has appeared on Broadway, television, and on stages nationwide. He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he was instrumental in contributing to the evaluations for their certification. Purchase College (NY) named Cesario a professor emeritus for heading their graduate programs in design and serving as director of design/technology for the conservatory of theater arts in film. His work appears in textbooks for costume design students: The Magic Garment by Rebecca Cunningham and Costumer’s Handbook by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey. The Julliard School, School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Illinois have welcomed him as a lecturer and teacher.

  • 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.

  • April Gilligan Martinez

A long time guard designer and instructor, April has worked with DCI groups such as the Cadets, served as an adjudicator and is the guard coordinator for the Stoneman Douglas HS Eagle Regiment and WGI Guard ensemble.

  • Marco Martinez

An adjudicator, instructor and designer, Marco Martinez has designed visually impactful programs for drum corps and high school programs across Florida.

  • Boston Brass

For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience.  Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, wind ensemble, brass bands, marching bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Mahidol University in Bangkok

  • 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.  

Past Vivace clinicians have included

  • Jay Bocook
  • Wayne Markworth
  • Frank Tracz
  • KC Michel
  • Drew Shanefield
  • Will Rapp
  • Marc Jacoby
  • Canadian Brass