Drum Major Academy Staff


Dr. Brad McDavid
Dr. Brad McDavid is entering his 23rd year as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Washington and is the founder and coordinator of Washington Marching Band Camps (formerly the HUSKY BAND DRUM MAJOR/DRUMLINE ACADEMY). During his tenure at the UW, McDavid has overseen the band’s growth from 160 to it’s current size of 240 winds and percussion. In addition to coordinating one of the nation’s most comprehensive collegiate athletic band programs, McDavid is also in demand as a marching and concert band adjudicator and clinician, having worked with bands in 17 states as well as Canada, China, and Japan. In 2008, McDavid was honored by being selected as the lead conductor and head artistic director of the 1700 member Beijing Olympic Orchestra (marching band). Currently Dr. McDavid also serves on the selection committees for the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Trophy, which recognizes outstanding college marching bands as well as the Sudler Shield which recognizes marching bands of merit on the public school level. McDavid is also currently co-authoring a series of instructional DVD’s published by GIA entitled the The Marching Band Director’s Video Toolbox, highlighting the effective teaching and implementation of both traditional and contemporary marching techniques.

Dr. Alexander Trevino
Dr. Alexander Trevino is the Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at Old Dominion University. Dr. Trevino has established the first-ever marching band program at ODU. The band has recently completed its second full season of football performances and preparing for the 2011-2012 season when ODU officially enters the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The band began rehearsing in the fall of 2008 and has since performed in exhibition and in public performances throughout the Commonwealth.

Prior to his post at ODU, Dr. Trevino served as Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Washington athletic band program in Seattle, Washington from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Trevino also directed the Husky Volleyball Band in 2005, which accompanied the Washington Volleyball Team to the NCAA Finals in San Antonio, Texas, where the Huskies earned a National Championship victory over Nebraska.

Prior to his time at The University of Washington, Dr. Trevino worked as a Graduate Assistant with the University of Tennessee “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band. Serving in that capacity from 2002 through 2004, he assisted in the teaching of marching drill and music performance, and in 2004 introduced a maneuver known as “The Zipper T” that has since become a highlight of the Tennessee Pregame show.

Dr. Trevino holds a PhD. in Music Education from the University of Washington and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Tennessee. He also holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Marcus J. Pimpleton
Marcus Pimpleton is director of bands at Denny International Middle School and  Chief Sealth International High School. Prior to the start of his teaching career, Pimpleton served three years as drum major of the famed University of Washington Husky Marching Band where his personal highlights included leading the band in the 2001 Rose Parade and in performances in the People’s Republic of China. Since 2005, Pimpleton has also served as director of the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band where he oversees the instruction and development of the band’s five drum majors. Pimpleton has also served a brief stint as the Director of Athletic Bands at Seattle University, where he coordinated the Redhawks Pep Band . Mr. Pimpleton’s bands have been featured in performances throughout the Puget Sound region and into British Columbia, as well as on performance tours to California, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Stephanie Trevino
Stephanie Trevino is a graduate of the University of Washington and served as the 5th female Drum Major of the Husky Marching Band for three seasons from 2004-2006. Stephanie and her husband Dr. Alexander Trevino live in Norfolk, Virginia where she has developed and coached the Old Dominion Monarch Marching Band Drum Majors since 2007 from the very beginning of their marching band program. Stephanie has training in traditional corps conducting, showmanship and leadership, corps and traditional marching fundamentals, American baton/mace twirling and spinning, and infamous Husky Band and Ohio State Gray Baton. Stephanie has a degree in Biology and a Masters in Teaching and teaches high school science in Virginia Beach.

Cory Meals
Mr. Cory Meals is Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Kennesaw State University where his duties include teaching courses in Instrumental Methods, Music Education Colloquium, Wind Band Literature, supervision of student teachers, conducting ensembles, and assisting with all aspects of the Kennesaw State University Marching Band (KSUMB) and KSU Basketball Pep Band.

Mr. Meals earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL) and a Master of Music in Instrumental Wind Conducting from the University of Houston (Houston, TX). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), where he most recently served as Graduate Assistant Director of the Husky Athletic Bands, Assistant Conductor of the UW Symphonic Band, research assistant through the UW Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture, and Learning (MCCL), and teaching assistant for undergraduate instrumental methods courses. Prior to graduate work, Cory served as Director of Bands at Waller High School (TX), Associate Director of Bands at Klein Forest High School (TX), and Assistant Director of Bands at Indian Springs Middle School (TX). Ensembles under his direction have received consistent “Superior” ratings, numerous University Interscholastic League (UIL) “Sweepstakes” awards, and advanced to the prestigious 4A Texas State Marching Contest in 2007 and 2009. Previous to his secondary and university responsibilities, he was also a performer (1997-2001) and instructor (2002-2006) of the world champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. He also has served on the music instructional staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard (2011), Blue Stars (2012), and Cascades (2013) drum & bugle corps as well.

Mr. Meals has presented music education research at state, national and international venues. Recent presentations have included the International Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music (ICMEM) in Sheffield, UK (2015), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX (2015), the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) in Seoul, South Korea (2014), the College Music Society (CMS) Symposium on Music, Science and Society in Seattle, WA (2014), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference in St. Louis, MO (2014). His research interests include ensemble conducting expressivity and performer perception, sociocultural interaction within music ensembles, music and human learning, music education philosophy, instrumental pedagogy, and preservice teacher preparation. He is published in Frontiers in Psychology.

He maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician and designer throughout the United States and Canada and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Washington Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi.

John Aguilar
John Aguilar is currently in his fifth year in the Husky Marching Band, with this year being his first year as the Undergraduate Assistant; and serving the past three season as Drum Major. Currently a senior in school, John is majoring in Music Education and is an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary band service fraternity. Outside of the UW, he is an active advocate for music education around the greater Seattle area. During the school year, he mentors and provides private lessons to nearby high schools’ drum majors and hosts leadership workshops and band clinics for nearby high school marching bands. In the summer, he serves as one of the Drum Major Staff for the Seattle All-City Marching Band, which is comprised of high school band members from the Seattle Public Schools and neighboring cities, as well as Co-Director for the Seattle Junior All-City Marching Band.

Brian Huynh
Brian Huynh is entering into his junior year at the University of Washington and his third year in the Husky Marching Band, with this fall being his second season as Drum Major. Brian was a freshman direct student in the Foster School of Business and is majoring in Accounting. He is also an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary band service fraternity.He is also active in helping and training the drum majors at Roosevelt High School.





 Josh Chan


Josh is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington and holds a BA in Science, Technology and Society. While at the UW, he was a 5-year member of the Husky Marching Band. During his time in the band, Josh played in the Husky Drumline for four years, serving as drumline section leader for a year and finished out his undergraduate tenure in the band as a staff assistant on the student staff team. He is currently the Program Coordinator for Husky Athletic Bands & Spirit Squads.

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