DRUM MAJOR INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Brad McDavid
Dr. Brad McDavid is entering his 29th year as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Washington in the fall of 2022 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.
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.
Originally from Highland, MI, Corey Jahlas is in his third year of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting program at the University of Washington. He serves as a Graduate Student Conductor of the Husky Athletic Bands, co-conductor of the Campus Band, and assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble.
Most recently, Corey earned his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Central Michigan University. There, he instructed the 280-member Chippewa Marching Band and served as the conductor for the Symphony Band and the University Band. Prior to his Master’s work, Corey taught for three years in Oxford, MI, leading the middle school band program, the OMS Percussion Ensemble, and assisting with the OHS Wildcat Marching Band. He also holds degrees in Music Education and Music Theory and Composition from Central Michigan.
In 2014, Corey served as Assistant Director of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, having marched with the group in 2011. He also serves as a clinician, arranger, and drill writer for high schools and university marching bands in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, and is the Director of the Drum Major Camp at Central Michigan University. Corey holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Roger Wu Fu
Roger Wu Fu is a Taiwanese-American conductor, teacher, and instrumentalist, born and raised in Santiago, Chile; from teaching and leading ensembles in various academic and performance settings all over the country, music directing and conducting modern music and projects, and conducting and presenting musicology research, Roger is passionate about exploring all aspects of music, inside and outside the concert hall, performative and academic.
Roger’s experience in the marching arts is extensive as well – having worked first as a visual technician, a music technician, and later visual captionhead in various high school marching band programs in the Southern California area, Roger eventually began teaching the Santa Clara Vanguard and Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets from 2016 to 2018, helping both corps win multiple Drum Corps International championships. In both corps, Roger served as a music and visual technician, working closely with the drum majors in their roles as leaders and conductors. At the world-renown University of Washington Husky Marching Band, Roger serves as graduate assistant, working closely both with marching members as well as drum majors as a conductor and educator in the college band style.
Having marched himself both at Santa Clara Vanguard as well as internationally with the Blue Devils (and served as a high school drum major himself!), Roger is passionate about teaching and illuminating the drum major’s role across many different kinds of ensembles and bands – both as musicians and as leaders!
John Aguilar is the Director of Bands at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in Seattle, WA. Under his leadership, the Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, and the Marching Band have earned local and national recognition, in addition to earning First Place and Sweepstakes ratings in numerous music festivals and competitions. The 140-piece “Marching Ravens” is one of the largest marching bands in the Seattle Public Schools and has been invited to perform most notably for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and the Alliance For Education. Regarding membership participation, Aguilar has been able to build a diverse program that amounts for approximately a third of the school’s population.
Prior to his career at Eagle Staff, Aguilar served as Drum Major for the world-renowned University of Washington Husky Marching Band for 3 years and as the Undergraduate Assistant in his last year. While at the UW, he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and was an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Aguilar now serves as the very first Drum Major Coach in the history of the Husky Band, a position that he has held since graduating from the program in 2017.
Aguilar also serves as the Assistant Director of the Seattle All-City Band, a summer marching band program comprised of high school students in the greater Seattle area who perform throughout the summer festivities during Seafair. He has also served as Drum Major Instructor for the Washington Marching Band Camps, Drum Major Clinician for the ODU Monarch Marching Band (Norfolk, VA), marching band music arranger for Jalen Publishing and for local and national school bands, and is a member of a Seattle Public Schools pilot cohort (The Roots Framework) focused on incorporating and implementing successful gap-closing and anti-racist practices into the classroom. Aguilar’s work in the field of music education has been recognized in the past couple of years, including the GRAMMY Museum by being named as a quarterfinalist for the 2022 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award, as well as by earning a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from Western Governor’s University.
Samuel is a senior from Issaquah, Washington, entering his fifth year in the Husky Band and first as Drum Major. Previously, Samuel was a member of the trumpet section. He is majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Music. Outside of the band and school, Samuel enjoys practicing guitar, cooking, and playing pool with friends. He is also involved as the Treasurer for his fraternity, DKE. Samuel is very excited to help lead the Husky Band this next year. Go Dawgs!
Originally from Camarillo, CA, Nicholas Franks is one of the 2022 Drum Majors of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band. Nick is a senior working towards a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the UW, where he plays alto saxophone in the Wind Ensemble and studies under Michael Brockman. Prior to being selected as Drum Major, he served as the alto saxophone section leader in 2021. He is also an active member and past president of the Gamma Chapter Kappa Kappa Psi, and Honorary Band Service Fraternity.
For the past five years, Nick has also taught numerous students at drum major and band leadership summer camps across the West Coast with the United Spirit Association, under the Varsity Athletic Bands division. He has experience in field conducting and in twirling Grey Baton, signal baton, and the American military mace.
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 21 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, The Seattle Cascades, and The Columbians. He is currently a Pearl/Adams Artist, private teacher, instructor and arranger for the UW Husky Drumline, and an instructor/consultant for various high schools.
Michael Meechan earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Minor in Music at the University of Washington. Currently he is the head drumline instructor for Interlake High School, North Creek High School, Roosevelt High School, and West Seattle High School. He is also a Kenshu (“apprentice” in Japanese) of Ringtaro Tateishi, studying to become a professional Taiko Drummer.
Over the last 10 years, Michael has been a professional drumline, drumset, and concert percussionist. He was a member of the University of Washington Husky Drumline and Basketball Band for five seasons (2012 – 2016) and principal percussionist for the University of Washington Campus Band for five seasons (2013 – 2017). He has also worked with Seattle’s All City Marching Band, Eagle Staff Middle School, and Sultan High School. He has had the privilege to perform at Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, and Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious concert stages in the world.
Outside of his musical career, Michael is a full-time pediatric neuro-oncology scientist in the Vitanza Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He leads the lab’s in vivo studies and investigates novel therapies in patient-derived tumor models of life-threatening pediatric central nervous system tumors with the hope of best informing future human clinical trials.
Emily Warren is a third-year undergraduate student at Oregon State University working to complete her Bachelor’s of Music in both Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance. As a student at OSU, Emily participates in several ensembles, including wind ensemble and marching band, along with being an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Emily is the representative for performing arts within the athletic department at OSU, and she also is a member of the WGI group, Impact Percussion. After completing graduate school, she aspires to be a traveling percussion technician, focusing on cymbals and front ensembles. After this, she aims to become a director of collegiate athletic bands. In her free time, Emily enjoys surfing and paddleboarding along the PNW. As a high school student, Emily participated in the Washington Marching Band Camp, and looks forward to getting to give back to the program.
Josh is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington and holds a BA in Science, Technology and Society. He currently works as an events production manager for the University of Washington. In his role as an events production manager, he is responsible for providing professional planning, management and administration for University-wide events aimed at the University’s key audiences - alumni, donors, community leaders, faculty, staff, students, and the general public.
Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Operations for the Husky Athletic Bands and Spirit Program from 2013-2022. As the Director of Operations for the Husky Athletic Bands and Spirit Squads, he ran the daily operations of the Band, Cheer and both university mascots, Harry the Husky and Dubs. His duties included taking care of all travel arrangements, booking appearances, managing the website and social media accounts, recruiting and many other duties that keep the Husky Marching Band, Cheer and Mascot Program running smoothly. While at the UW as an undergraduate, 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.
In the past, Josh has also 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. He has also worked with the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) in Show Control, Seattle Storm (WNBA) in IT and Washington Music Educators Association as the Conference Equipment Manager for All-State and NAfME-NW. During the summers, Josh has continued to work with the Seattle All-City Marching Band as the Assistant Program Coordinator, which is a program he has worked with for the past 15 years.
Dalton is an undergraduate student in his fourth year at the University of Washington double majoring in Biology and Microbiology with a minor in music. He also performs with the UW cheer team and volunteers as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Mason County.
Dalton will be entering his fourth year as a member of the Husky Marching Band. He has enjoyed his roles as a member of the piccolo section, attendance officer, and leading the student staff as the undergraduate assistant. In addition to marching band, he also performs with the University of Washington campus and concert bands. When he isn’t performing, Dalton is the President of the Gamma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity dedicated to the service of college and university band programs.