Timothy Leonelli, MM’15 is a Boston-based composer, arranger, conductor, and educator and holds degrees in music composition from The Boston Conservatory (MM) and Berklee College of Music (BM).
Leonelli is an advocate for new music in colleges, universities and public schools. His most recent commissions were from Stony Brook University, Boston College, North Andover High School (MA) and Burlington High School (MA). Leonelli’s research in the use of just intonation, the overtone series and tuning variables for wind instruments through composition and orchestration techniques has been presented at the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Symposium.
Timothy’s output of orchestral and wind ensemble literature combines the drive and force of modern drum and bugle corps in combination with serious contemporary abstraction and post-modernism. He was the winner of the 2014-15 The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble Composition Contest and premiered his “Uprising” at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater. Leonelli’s principle composition teachers were Marti Epstein and Jan Swafford, and he studied music theory with Curtis Hughes and piano with Carlos Vargas.
At the Berklee College of Music, Timothy served as the Assistant Conductor and Principal Trombonist of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. His principal composition teachers were John Bavicchi, Andrew List, Yakov Gubanov, one of the last composition students of Dmitri Shostakovich, and his principal conducting teachers were Sean Newhouse and Francisco Noya and his principal trombone teacher was John Faieta. Leonelli was distinguished as the Richard Levy Scholarship Award Recipient from the Berklee Composition Faculty and was commissioned to write a piece at their annual Writing Division Awards Concert with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.
Leonelli is on the faculty of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as the Brass Caption Manager and has previously taught the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2015 as and the Boston Crusaders from 2012-2014. In 2012, the Boston Crusaders were selected to perform at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Involved with the Drum Corps International activity since 2005, Timothy was a member of the Blue Devils from 2007-2011 and has won three Drum Corps International World Champion titles in 2007, 2009, and 2010 and was the Individual and Ensemble Champion for Trombone in 2011. He was also selected as section leader in 2010 and 2011.
Leonelli currently serves the Boston College Bands Program as the Marching Band Music Composer and Arranger, Pep Band Director, and Low Brass Coordinator and Instructor. In 2013, both the Boston Crusaders and the Boston College Marching Band were selected to perform at the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC.
Originally from San Diego County, Leonelli now resides in Boston, MA where he serves on the staff of Boston College Bands Program and Abington Public Schools brass programs.
Timothy is a member of CBDNA, ASCAP, and is a Music Individual and Music Ensemble Adjudicator for USBands.
Bill Hawkes is excited to return to the Troopers instructional team and bring his experience to this historic organization. A three-time DCI champion with the Garfield Cadets in 1983, 1984 and 1985, he was on the staff of the Crossmen from 1986-1991, and served as a brass caption leader, visual tech, recruiter, instrument repairman, and, unfortunately, occasional bus driver. During that time, the corps climbed from 21st place(1986) to 8th(1991). After a 21 year hiatus from DCI, Bill rejoined the Crossmen brass staff for the 2013-2015 seasons, closing his time there as assistant caption head.
Starting in 2016, he has been a part of Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in Austin Texas, serving as brass caption consultant.
Bill’s other experience in marching arts and music instruction includes 9 years as music and visual instructor for the North Penn Marching Knights in Lansdale, PA and 30 years of brass teaching from the private studio to large church ensembles. He is currently conductor of the orchestra, wind ensemble and brass choir at Custer Road UMC in Plano, TX, where he lives with his wife and too many cats.
Mitchell Jones is a 2017 graduate of Illinois State University’s School of Music where he studied music education. Jones has performed in DCI for five years with Blue Stars (2012-2014), and Bluecoats (2015-2016). Jones was also given the opportunity after the Bluecoat’s 2016 champion title to travel and perform with a small ensemble in the Hong Kong Chinese New Year’s Parade earlier this year. Jones has worked with High School students throughout the Central Illinois area in both marching and concert band settings.
Daniel Galloway has been teaching band in Texas for the past 26 years and 18 years at Clements High School.
The Clements Band under his direction for the past 18 years has earned numerous accolades both in marching and concert idioms. Most recently the Clements Symphonic Band will perform at the prestigious 2019 Midwest band and Orchestra Clinic.
Daniel instructed the 2010/2011 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass instructor for the mellophone section and high brass and recently instructed the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, 17 ,18 and 19 Santa Clara Vanguard Brass both as a mellophone high brass instructor and ensemble specialist for the hornline. He was on visual staff with Spirit from JSU from 2006-2009 as an instructor and Asst Caption head in 2007 and 2008 and judged for DCI from 2004-2005. He was both a music and visual Caption head with the Kiwanis Kavaliers in 2000 and 2001.
He is currently member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Color Guard and Percussion Association where he judges Visual and Effect Visual and both Music and Effect for Wind Groups. Daniel also held the position of Vice President of Marching Band Judge Education for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association for 5 years. He judges for UIL, BOA, Western Bands Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, New York Field Band, numerous festivals both in Texas and out of state and has judged in the following circuits, TCGC, MCCGA, SCPC, CIPA, CIWA, GCCPA and NTCA. Daniel also judged for 15 years Ensemble Analysis Guard in many of the same circuits and has been an active judge overall for both visual and music for 20 years.
Dr. Healey has been serving as Director of the Boston College Marching Band since 1999 and Director of the Boston College Symphonic Band since 2003. As a sophomore chemistry major at Boston College, he founded the jazz ensemble “BC bOp!” and served as its president for two years before being honored with the Creativity Award from the Office of the Dean for Student Development for “outstanding innovation and leadership.” Dr. Healey later served as president of the BC Marching Band, where he played a key role in securing a full-time Director of Bands position at Boston College.
Upon graduation from BC in 1990, Dr. Healey worked as an applications chemist at Orion Research for three years before pursuing a masters degree in Music Education from the New England Conservatory and serving as a brass instructor with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. While at NEC, Dr. Healey studied with Dr. Richard Colwell and Frank Battisti. Following his graduation from NEC in 1995, Dr. Healey designed and coordinated the Boston College Marching Band performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and later served as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. He also served as a music education consultant for the Midori Foundation and the New York City Ballet.
Under Dr. Healey’s leadership, the Boston College Marching Band has revitalized the college game day experience and been invited to perform for the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, ESPN College GameDay, and the Heisman Trophy Dinner in New York City. The Marching Band has also performed Stars & Stripes Forever with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart and joined the Dropkick Murphys onstage for multiple concert performances of Shipping Up to Boston. In 2013, Dr. Healey guided the Boston College Marching Band through its first appearance in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC. In addition to his work with the Eagles Marching Band, Dr. Healey conducts an annual concert of the Boston College Symphonic Band at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
Dr. Healey received his doctor of philosophy degree from Boston College in 2016, and he remains active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He is an avid cyclist and runner and has bicycled across the United States from Seattle to Boston, run to the top of Mount Washington, and completed the Boston, Chicago, and New York Marathons. Dr. Healey and his wife, Joy (BC ’92), reside in Hull, MA with their five children: Daria, Max, Alyssa, Troy & Victor.
Christopher Agwu grew up in Lewisville, TX, where he attended and graduated from Lewisville High School. Upon graduation, he then attended the University of North Texas. He had the opportunity to study with great trumpet professors, John Holt and Keith Johnson, and learn from many great conductors and music educators. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music Education.
Prior to teaching, Mr. Agwu was a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003, and later marched with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during the Summers of 2006 and 2007. He also worked as a marching band field technician for Marcus High School, Lewisville High School, the University of North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band, and taught trumpet private lessons.
Mr. Agwu taught 3 years at Shepton High School in Plano, TX before coming to Lewisville High School. This will be his third year as an Assistant Band Director at Lewisville High School. Working at Shepton High School gave him the great opportunity to work with Ellie Murphy, who helped shape and mold him into the teacher he is today. Mr. Agwu also attributes his professional development and personal growth to several influential people in his life, which include Kevin Rabon, Dwight Emmert, Amanda Drinkwater, Dr. Marty Courtney, Dr. Nicholas Williams, Jed Weeks, David and Elizabeth Mairs, Asa Burke, and Mary McCracken.
Gary Barnard currently serves as Associate Director of Bands at Carroll High School in Southlake, TX. Prior to joining Carroll ISD, he spent one year in Denton ISD, and ten years in Birdville ISD. His ensembles have consistently experienced competitive success both on stage and on football fields, and are active in TMEA, UIL, Bands of America, US Bands, as well as other local and regional events.
As part of the Drum Corps International activity, Gary performed on tuba with the Colts (2000) and Phantom Regiment (2004). He served as a brass instructor for Crossmen (2007-2010) and Phantom Regiment (2011). Gary is thrilled to join the Troopers educational team!
He is a graduate of Union HS in Tulsa, OK and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Master of Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.
Gary resides near Roanoke, TX with his fiancé Daphne, who is a Chemistry teacher and Colorguard Director in Carroll ISD. She is also a member of the Cavaliers visual staff!
When not teaching, they enjoy tending to their house full of rescued animals.
Ashton Franssen is a private lesson teacher, Low brass instructor and choreographer from League City, Texas.
Beginning his career in the pageantry arts as a member of the Crossmen drum and bugle corps, he has sense been extremely active in teaching and designing marching band and indoor percussion for programs throughout the Houston, Texas area. Most notably Clear Brook High School and The Woodlands High School.
Ashton studied Tuba and Music Education at the University of Houston while also teaching low brass lessons in Clear Creek I.S.D.
Ashton is excited to be a part of the 2020 brass staff, and to work with such a historical organization for a second year.
Elise Hawkes is a student at Southern Methodist University, where she studies French horn, music therapy, and human rights. She studies horn with Gregory Hustis, former principal of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. At SMU, Elise performs with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. Born and raised in Plano, Texas, she attended Plano Senior High School. During this time, she was also a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and a two-time TMEA All-State musician.
Elise began her DCI experience marching with the Crossmen, where she spent two summers. She went on to march with the Cadets, following in her father's footsteps. Through her experiences performing with various orchestras and marching with two world-class ensembles, Elise acquired invaluable information regarding ensemble playing and brass techniques. Elise is looking forward to sharing this knowledge, as well as learning from both the marching members and the seasoned brass staff members during the 2019 season!
Shaka Hawkins is in his first year as Director of Bands at Victoria West High School. The Band of Warriors this year has earned: 1st Place 5A Bay Area Marching Festival, Grand Champion Bay Area Marching Festival, First Division UIL Marching Contest, and 8th place UIL Area G Marching Contest Finals.
Previous to Victoria West he spent two years as assistant director at Palmview High School located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. While at Palmview, the Lobo Band competed in many contests and earned multiple achievements such as: consecutive 1st divisions at UIL Marching Contest, 1st Place Laredo Marching Festival, Best In Class Laredo Marching Festival, the Howlin’ Lobo Indoor Winds won 1st Place TECA Championships earning best General Effect and best Music, and the PHS Symphonic Band earned a first division at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
Hawkins also served as the Director of Bands at Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Texas for 5 years. While at Shelbyville, his bands consistently found success across the state. The Shelbyville Dragon Band earned 5 consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards, placed 1st at Area Marching contest in 2014 and 2016, finished 4th Place at the Texas State Marching Contest in 2014 and 2016, and finished 2nd in the 2014 TMEA Honor Band contest. He also served on the Brass Staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps of San Antonio, TX for one year. He will be entering his 4th year with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a tubist, Hawkins performed at the regional ITEC conventions in Lubbock and Austin, TX, won the SFA Orchestra of the Pines Concerto Competition, he was an All-State Musician, and was awarded the UIL Outstanding Soloist award 2 times.
He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and is an adjudicator for US Bands.
Amanda Hunt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of New Mexico where she studied horn under J.D. Shaw. During her time at UNM, Amanda performed in the top ensembles including the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009 and 2010, Amanda marched mellophone as a member of the Troopers. She aged out with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 as a mellophone soloist. Amanda has served on the brass staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and on the visual staff for the Troopers during the 2019 season.
Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Amanda currently resides in El Paso, TX where she works as the as an Elementary Music Specialist in the Socorro Independent School District. She provides music lessons in English and Spanish for the district's pilot Dual-Language Program at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School. Amanda previously served as the Assistant Band Director at Sun Ridge MS, where she led the non-varsity band to their first ever Sweepstakes rating at UIL competition. She has worked as a clinician and private instructor with programs in the Southwest including La Cueva High School, Eastlake HS, Montwood HS, and Pebble Hills HS.
Amanda is looking forward to returning to the Troopers educational team for a second season.
Paul Jensen is a recent graduate of Texas Lutheran University, where he studied Music Education and Trumpet Performance. In his time at TLU, Paul was a member of the Wind Ensemble for all four years, later becoming the principal trumpet. He was also a four year member of the TLU Jazz Band, where he was featured often as a soloist. Additionally, he has performed with the TLU Orchestra, TLU Hounds of Sound pep band, the Christmas Vespers Ensemble, multiple brass quintets, and the Rebirth Jazz Combo, which he founded.
Paul began his drum corps career in 2013 with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and returned in both 2014 and 2015, becoming a section leader in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, he marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he aged out as a DCI silver medalist.
Paul is very excited to be joining the Troopers Brass Staff, and is looking forward to an incredible summer!
Aging out in 2009 as a member of the World Champion Blue Devils, Will Koehler’s experience in marching arts also includes being a member of Southwind in 2006 and 2007. From 2015-2019, Koehler was a staff member for Bloomington High School North and has assisted multiple programs throughout the Midwest.
Dr. Will Koehler currently serves as adjunct instructor of trumpet and horn at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa Oklahoma. In addition to his position at TCC, Koehler is also an active performer, clinician, and writer in the central United States. An advocate for new music, Koehler released his premier solo CD “Mocking Midnight” in the spring of 2018. In the fall of 2018 Koehler graduated from Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music with his Doctorate of Music Degree.
Recent performance highlights include performing as a new works artist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2017 and 2019. Koehler has also given a number of recitals at academic institutions such as Missouri Southern State University, University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville. As a clinician Koehler has presented master classes at universities such as Kansas State University, Missouri State University, and University of Missouri. Additional teaching appointments have included private studios in Bentonville AR, Bloomington IN, Philadelphia, PA, and Denver, CO. Koehler’s teachers include Joey Tartell, Jeff Curnow, Alan Hood, and Dr. Todd Hastings.
Mike Loffredo has been teaching middle and high school band in North Florida for over 10 years. His most recent teaching positions include Director of Bands at Bradford Middle School (Starke, FL), Visual Caption Head for the Infinity 3 Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2017), Visual Caption Head for the State FMBC Finalist program at Buchholz High School (Gainesville, FL) in 2016, Music & Program Consultant with the 8-time State Champion marching band at Santa Fe High School (Alachua, FL) in 2016, and now a returning member on The Troopers Brass Staff.
Prior to these appointments, he taught in Gainesville, FL for 7 years and spent an extensive amount of time working with The Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band at The University of Florida as both a field-visual tech and an ensemble specialist. Currently, he still serves as the head camp counselor for the UF Instrumental Music Camps each summer.
In addition to these on-campus endeavors, Mr. Loffredo was most recently recognized by the Florida Bandmasters Association as a recipient of the Tom Bishop Award for his success in culture change and program performance at Bradford Middle School. He currently is serving on the state executive board for FBA as the Chairman of District 4. Further, he continues to work as both a concert and marching band clinician and served most recently as the Assistant Director for the WGI World Winds Finalist group Project Arts from Gainesville, FL (2016).
Mr. Loffredo's drum corps experience dates back to the early 2000's, where he spent 3 consecutive summers marching mellophone with The Crossmen DBC. In 2011, he returned to the activity as a member of the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps Brass Staff (Jacksonville, FL) and In the four years to follow, he served on the brass staff at The Crossmen (through the summer of 2015).
Mr. Loffredo is an active member of The Florida Bandmasters Association, The Florida Music Educators Association, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Honorary Music Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Florida in 2003 and his Master’s in Music Education from UF in 2005 and has studied French Horn performance with Mr. Dwayne Dixon (Principal Horn, Florida Philharmonic) and with Dr. Paul Basler at The University of Florida.
Amanda Stevenson is the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, TX. Throughout her career she has instructed various students in music ranging from beginners to collegiate members. Her instructional experience extends throughout Texas including Texas State University, Georgetown High School, William H. Taft High School, Bowie High School and Harlingen High School. Ms. Stevenson has been with the Churchill High School music program as Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Director of Jazz Studies, Director of the Charger Marching Band and instructor of Instrumental Ensembles since Fall 2019. Prior to her time at Winston Churchill, Amanda was the Director of Bands at Taft High School since 2015 and Associate Director at Georgetown High School since 2007.
Amanda has a strong affiliation with Drum Corps International (DCI). She is currently on Brass Staff for the World Class Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Ms. Stevenson has served on Brass staff for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and the Phantom Regiment and Visual Staff with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. Though her primary instrument is Saxophone, Ms. Stevenson played Euphonium with Capital Regiment and started her corps career on Baritone with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. Through these experiences, she has worked with many top educators throughout the country.
Ms. Stevenson received her Bachelor Degree in All-Level Music Education from Texas State University in 2007. She studied Wind Conducting with John Stansberry, Howard Hudiburg and Dr. Rod Schueller.
Since her time at Texas State, Ms. Stevenson has had continued success with Superior Ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert, Sightreading and Marching Contests. She has been a Texas Music Educator Association Clinician, has been the recipient on numerous grants for her programs and has achieved the Mark of Excellence in National Jazz Honors Award.
Ms. Stevenson is an active clinician, performer and adjudicator in the United States. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Amanda currently lives in San Antonio, Texas where she continues to educate and instruct students of all levels.
Timothy Nemzin began his musical studies at the age of five under the guidance of his father, a Navy Show Band trumpet soloist Mr. Larry Nemzin. He later pursued and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Florida State University in 2012 and as an undergraduate student, Timothy won the Florida State University Trumpet Competition, the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition for the state of Florida as well as the National Trumpet Competition solo division in 2011. After graduating in 2012, he attended the Lynn University Conservatory of Music where he studied under internationally acclaimed trumpeter, Marc Reese and received a Master’s of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance in 2014. That summer, Timothy was hired for Royal Caribbean International where he continued his playing career for the next year and a half, touring around Europe and the Caribbean on the Adventure of the Seas and the Independence of the Seas. Timothy’s Drum and Bugle Corps career started with the Boston Crusaders from 2005-2007 and after some time away, he began teaching the Boston Crusaders from 2012-2013 as well as the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017. Nowadays, you can find Timothy at Piedmont Lakes Middle School in Orlando, Florida where he has been the Director of Bands since 2015.
Laura Sturch is currently in her third year as the Director of Bands at Clark High School in Plano, TX. Laura oversees the entire band program, conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band at Clark High School. Prior to teaching in Plano, Laura was the Head Band Director at Brown Middle School in Forney, TX. In 2011, Symphonic Band I placed first in the Region 3 CC Honor Band process, advancing to Area. Bands under her direction have earned superior ratings at UIL, Best in Class and Superior ratings at local festival and has been recognized as “Commended” in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Contest.
Prior to teaching in Forney, Laura was an Assistant Band Director at Alice High School for eight years. Laura conducted the Symphonic Band at Alice High School and the Symphonic Band at William Adams Middle School where her bands earned superior ratings. Laura also taught all of the french horn students in Alice in which her students consistently earned membership into the district, region, area and all-state bands.
Laura performed with The Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps from Ontario, Canada (1992, 1993) and The Cadets of Bergen County (1994). She was a member of the visual staff (1997-1998) and brass staff (1999) for The Spirit of Atlanta as well as a member of the brass staff for The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio (2005-2010). Laura has been a member of the brass staff for The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps since the 2016-2017 season. She was a member of the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony under the direction of Bryce Taylor from 2000-2008 and currently performs with the Carrollton Wind Symphony under the direction of Jim McDaniel.
Laura holds the Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Masters of Music Education Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She has served as a band organizer for MS and HS All-Region Bands for Region 3 and was the TMEA Region 3 MS Band Chair in 2014. Laura was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Brown Middle School, 2013-2014.
Laura enjoys running and volunteers for the Dallas Running Club coaching half and full marathon training groups and pacing local races.
Kait Oresky is a music professional residing in Alexandria, Virginia. Kait recently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Central Florida, where she performed as principal euphonium in various ensembles, including the UCF Wind Ensemble, Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble, and the UCF Symphonic Band. Kait’s completed her drum corps performance career as a 6-year member of the Boston Crusaders, where she began as a baritone player in 2013 and aged out as drum major in 2018. Additionally, she spent her last eligible year of WGI participating with Infinity Percussion (PIW) as a rack player. She joined the Troopers family last summer as drum major instructor and is looking forward to learning and teaching with the Troopers brass staff!