DRUM MAJOR INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Brad McDavid
Dr. Brad McDavid is entering his 27th year as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Washington in the fall of 2020 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, Dr. McDavid has overseen the Husky 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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 at the public school level. Dr. McDavid also co-authored a series of instructional DVD’s published by GIA entitled 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 established the first-ever marching band program at ODU. 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.
Dr. Shayna Stahl
Dr. Shayna Stahl is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at UNC Charlotte. In this role, Dr. Stahl serves as the Director of the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band and the 49ers Basketball Band. She also serves as the conductor of the Symphonic Band and teaches a course in marching band techniques. Additionally, Dr. Stahl serves as the conductor for the Charlotte Youth Symphonic Band of the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensembles (CYWE).
Prior to her appointment at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Stahl served for three years as the Director of Athletic Bands at Stony Brook University and seven years as the Coordinator of Athletic Bands. As Director, she was responsible for the “Spirit of Stony Brook” Marching Band and pep bands, supervised the volleyball band and was responsible for student leadership training. While serving as the Coordinator of Athletic Bands, she also taught for seven years as a music educator in the Middle Country Central School District where she taught Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Band.
Dr. Stahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music Education/Wind Band Conducting from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Washington. At the University of Washington, she served as the Graduate Assistant Director of the Husky Marching Band, conductor of the Concert Band and assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble. In addition to conducting she also served as a teaching assistant for the marching band techniques and introductory music methods courses.
Dr. Stahl has years of experience both serving as a drum major and training drum majors. As a student at Temple University, she served as drum major for two years in the Diamond Marching Band. While at Stony Brook University, she trained the drum majors since the ensemble’s inception in 2006. In this role, she helped the program establish the responsibilities of the drum major, while serving as the conducting coach.
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.
Dan Fischer is in his first year in the Doctor of Musical Arts/Instrumental Conducting program at the University of Washington where he serves at Graduate Assistant Director for the Husky Athletic Bands, conductor for Campus Band, and assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble. Most recently, he served as the Director of Instrumental Music at John F. Kennedy Catholic H.S. (Burien, WA) from 2015-2018.
Dan Fischer earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Ottawa University (AZ). After earning this degree, he served as a band and orchestra director in the Scottsdale Unified School District (AZ) from 2010 – 2013. From there he went to pursue and earn his Master of Music Education degree at Auburn University from 2013-2015. During his matriculation at Auburn University, he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the band program. His duties included assisting and directing all three university concert ensembles, assisting with the 380-member marching band, and co-teaching undergraduate conducting courses.
In addition to teaching, Dan Fischer has worked as a brass and visual clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Arizona, Alabama, and Washington. He also had the honor of being a performer with The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2005 – 2008. He currently is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Washington Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Corey Jahlas is currently in his first year in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington. He serves as a Graduate Conducting Assistant for the Husky Athletic Bands, and assists with conducting the Campus Band and the Wind Ensemble. Corey holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a minor in Leadership Studies from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, Corey served as Drum major of the 280-member Chippewa Marching Band. He went on to teach middle school band in Oxford, Michigan before returning to Central Michigan for his Masters in Instrumental Conducting. In addition to assisting at the Washington Marching Band Camp Drum Major Academy, Corey serves as the Drum Major Camp Director at Central Michigan University, leading courses in leadership development, conducting, and teaching for high school drum majors from all over the state of Michigan. Corey works as a clinician, consultant, arranger, judge, and drill writer for high school and university marching bands across the country, and has previously marched with, and been on staff, with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Corey currently lives in Seattle with his wife, Elaina, their dog, Scout, and two cats, Copland and Kylo.
For four of his years of college, Tyson Wooters carried a secret. Every Saturday, when the University of Oregon football team put on pads and helmets, preparing to face an opponent on the field, Tyson was also suiting up. Each football Saturday, Tyson suited up with 15 pounds of synthetic feathers.
Tyson was The Duck—University of Oregon’s beloved mascot and 2004 National Mascot Champion—firing up fans and becoming an integral part of the Saturday stadium experience. He danced, he performed stunts, he rallied the stands. He threw himself backwards into the waiting arms of the student cheering section and did the Duck Surf.
Tyson learned to lead while wearing white pants and standing on a ladder in front of his bands. But he admits that those elements aren't necessarily required in the cultivation of every good leader. His formative leadership experience was as drum major of his high school marching band, a position that launched him not only into the glamorous, high-stakes world of college marching band, but taught him the value of putting service to an organization above personal glory.
Along with earning his teaching degree in music education from the University of Oregon (as well as unofficial minors in "trampoline performance" and "mascot studies"), Tyson has spent the last decade working with groups in the US and around the world. He considers himself a teacher first and foremost, though his definition of what it really means to "teach" often doesn't require a blackboard or a textbook.
Tyson began speaking and presenting in 1998, and has apprenticed with the nationally-recognized Challenge Day organization, Mike Robbins, The Ovation Company, and other highly sought-after Tyson illustrates upside down scubamotivational speakers. He has worked with professional, scholastic, and civic groups ranging in size from dozens to thousands of people, including university and public school groups around the country, Merit Contractors' Alliance, and Rotary International. He also serves on the board of directors of the Rotary Ethics Initiative.
Tyson lives in Portland, Oregon, where he curates an impressive Hawaiian shirt collection and rides his moped on sunny days. He enjoys travel, scuba diving, and quality time spent with Amy, the love of his life.
John Aguilar is a 2017 graduate of the University of Washington and is the Director of Bands at Eagle Staff Middle School in the Seattle Public School District. While in the Husky Marching Band, he served as the Drum Major for 3 years and as the Undergraduate Assistant his last year. John earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in June 2017, and is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity. Outside of the UW, he is an active advocate for music education around the greater Seattle area. In his work with students, John has mentored and provided private lessons to high school drum majors, and has hosted leadership workshops and band clinics for high school marching bands. In the summer, he serves as the Assistant Director of 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 Associate Director for the Seattle Junior All-City Marching Band.
Currently living outside of Seattle, WA, Craig is a passionate educator and percussion advocate who firmly believes that the leadership and life skills learned through arts education are unique and invaluable, and works to provide impactful experiences through percussion for all his students.
Craig began studying percussion in 7th grade and studied with noted percussion educators Donn Bennett, Scott Ketron, and David Reeves prior to heading to Arizona State University where he earned his degree in Music Education. As an ASU student, Craig studied with Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, Dom Moio, and Bill Wanser. Also during that time, Craig developed a love for marching percussion and went on to compete as a finalist at the highest levels of Drum Corps and WGI. Thanks to the strong and diverse southwest/west coast percussion community, Craig was extremely fortunate to be directly influenced by educators including Rich Hinshaw, Tom Float, Pete Sapadin, Sean Vega, Antonio Hernandez, Ralph Hardimon, and Jeff Queen in the early years of his marching percussion experience.
Over the last 15 years Craig has been a professional performer, band director, adjudicator, and clinician, was an Assistant Director of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, and has taught in WGI and DCI with The Academy, Momentum Percussion Theater, Paragon Competitive Arts, and The Seattle Cascades. He is currently a private teacher, the Founder/Director of Emerald City Boom, an instructor of the UW Husky Drumline, Percussion and Winds Coach with the Maple Valley Youth Symphony, and an instructor/consultant for various high schools.
Justin Bales is a Seattle based percussion educator who teaches drum set, marching percussion, and orchestral snare. Justin graduated cum laude from the University of Washington, and holds an Environmental Studies degree with a Music Minor.
Justin has over 15 years of playing experience, and has performed with several premiere marching organizations in the northwest. Justin was a snare performer with the Cascades Drum Corps in 2012 and 2013, where he was fortunate to perform in over 25 states over the course of his two years of participation.
Justin also participated in the Husky Marching Band from 2010 to 2015. During his time with HMB, he traveled to Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Shanghai, and Vancouver. He acted as the section leader for the drumline in 2014 and 2015. Due to his responsibilities in the band, He was awarded the Bill Cole Memorial Scholarship his senior year.
As an educator, Justin has enjoyed teaching various percussion ensembles around the Puget Sound region for almost ten years. He instructed the battery percussion with the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps from 2014-2017, spent multiple years working with Kamiak Winter Percussion, and has also instructed for drumlines such as Seattle’s All City Marching Band, Bellevue High School, and Chief Sealth International High School.
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 beginning his 8th year as the Director of Operations for Husky Athletic Bands & Spirit Squads in the Fall of 2020.
As the Director of Operations for the Husky Athletic Bands and Spirit Squads, he runs the daily operations of the Band, Cheer and both university mascots, Harry the Husky and Dubs. His duties include taking care of all travel arrangements, booking appearances, managing the website and social media accounts, recruiting and many other duties that keep the Marching Band, Cheer and Mascot Program running smoothly.
In the past, Josh has worked as a Theatre Manager for Seattle Public Schools, a Theatre Technician for the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and the Percussion Instructor at Chief Sealth International High School. He has also been an instructor, arranger and/or drill-writer at Denny International Middle School, Chief Sealth International, Interlake, Roosevelt and West Seattle high schools. Outside of the performing arts scene, he has also worked with the Seattle Seahawks in Show Control, working with video replays as a Content Logger. During the summers, Josh has continued to work with the Seattle All-City Marching Band as their Assistant Program Coordinator, which is a program he has worked with for the past 15 years.