John Fannin email@example.com
John Fannin was appointed Assistant Director of Bands at Murray State University in 1995. His responsibilities at Murray State include Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, and instrumental music education classes. Under Mr. Fannin’s leadership the Racer Marching Band has grown from 85 to 300 members. The MSU Racer Marching Band was featured at the 2012 & 2006 Bands of America Grand National Marching Band Championships.
Prior to his appointment at Murray State University, Mr. Fannin was band director at Onate High School (NM), Del Norte High School (NM), White Sand Missile Range Middle School (NM), Thoreau High School (NM), and Ganado High School (AZ).
Mr. Fannin’s awards include the 2017 Max Carman Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2010 Murray State University Distinguished Professor , 2009 KMEA “University Teacher of the Year,” 2006-2007 Outstanding Murray State University Music Teacher of the Year, and the Phi Beta Mu 2007 “Outstanding Contributor to Band in KY.”
John also serves as creative resource (music and visual) for many high school and college bands. He has published concert band works with Arrangers Publishing Company, Curnow Music Press, and Alfred Music Company.
Mr. Fannin is an active band clinician and guest conductor. He has been a guest conductor/clinician in Brazil, Dhaka, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky.
Scott Koter firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Koter retired as assistant superintendent for the Kiski Area SD in Vandergrift, PA in 2016 and previously served as a principal and band director in the same district beginning in 1982. His ensembles received numerous honors including appearances at the Midwest Clinic, MENC, IAJE and PMEA conventions and captured numerous state and BOA regional titles while being named BOA Grand National finalist seven times and a Grand National class champion two times. Scott received citations for teaching excellence from PMEA, NBA, IAJE as well as Duquesne University, St.Vincent College and California University of PA. During Scott’s teaching and administrative tenure, Kiski HS was named as a Grammy Signature School and the district was named as a Best Community in Music by the NAMM Foundation multiple times.
Scott has served as program coordinator for the 2018 DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard since 2016 and from 1999-2015, he served in that same role for The Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL winning five DCI world championships during that time. Scott serves as an educational consultant for Innovative Percussion Inc. and was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2015. He is honored to be a part of the FMP Team! .
Rosie has extensive experience in world class drum corps, marching bands and winter guard across the world. She has been the color guard director and on the visual design team at Carmel H.S. since 2003. During these years, Carmel has won BOA Grand Nationals 5-times. Recently earning 3 consecutive titles back to back (2016, 2017, 2018) along with High Visual and High General Effect. Carmel H.S. Winter Guard has also won 8 IHSCGA State Championships and the WGI World Championships 5 times under her tenure.
From 1999 – 2002 she has served in a variety of roles with the Emmy and Tony award winning show “Blast!” and “Shockwave” as Cast Manager, Visual Ensemble Manager and Visual Trainer/Technician.
Her drum corps experience includes: Cavaliers (1994-2000), Cadets of Bergen County (1993) and Carolina Crown (2002-2014), Madison Scouts (2009-2010), Bluecoats 2018.
Rosie also has worked with many H.S. and independent color guards throughout the U.S. with some being: Aimachi (Nagoya, Japan) 1996-2009, Pride of Cincinnati 1997-present, Carmel H.S. 2002-present, Avon H.S. 2002-2006, Carroll H.S 1990-1995, Center Grove H.S. 1996-2001, Escapade 1994-1995, Bluecoats Indoor WG 2018-present.
“Teaching the teachers” is another passion that Rosie holds important to her. She has participated as a mentor and clinician in many educational events for WGI and BOA over the years. WGI “Spinfest” clinician every year that they have held an event and BOA Summer Symposium Color Guard Director track and show consultations. Rosie is also the lead in WGI’s “Flag FUN-damentals” educational video series along with a new release coming out this year—“WGI Sabre Educational Video”.
Rosie proudly serves on the WGI Advisory board, Board of Directors and currently is the Secretary of the WGI Executive Board. Currently Rosie resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Jeff and two Golden Doodles, London and Indy. Rosie has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a certification in Event Management. Rosie is excited to work with John Fannin and his team to give you the best quality and visually stimulating marching band show that we can.
Matt Hightower email@example.com
Matt Hightower is Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to teaching at A&M-Kingsville, Matt held positions at Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively.
Some of Dr. Hightower’s accolades as an ensemble performer include appearances with the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, The Columbus (IN) Symphony, The Evansville Philharmonic, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Jackson Symphony (TN), The Victoria Symphony (TX), and David Baker’s 20th Century BeBop Band. As a soloist, Matt regularly performs at conferences and universities domestic and abroad. Recent solo performances include Society of Composers Inc. National Conference, The United States Army Tuba Euphonium Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, and University of Louisiana at Monroe. Matt also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician. He is a member of the Atlas tuba quartet, as well as the Corpus Christi and Kingsville Brass Quintets.
In 2010 Dr. Hightower was named the winner of the KMEA Intercollegiate Composition Contest. Recent performances of Matt’s work include the premier of “The Slide Advantage” by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville trombone choir at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, TX, a performance of “Divertimento” by the Atlas tuba quartet at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Knoxville, TN, and the premier of “Concerto for Tuba” by Nimrod Ron, Principal Tuba of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, IN.
Matt is proud member of the creative team at Fannin Musical Productions. Through FMP, Matt’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by high school bands across the United States. Matt was a member of the 2007 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps and has been a guest brass instructor at many high schools in the United States. Many of the bands Dr. Hightower has composed and arranged for have achieved high acclaim on the respective state, regional, and national level.
Matt resides in Kingsville, TX with his wife Samantha and their clowder of cats.
Josh Powell firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh is a wind and percussion arranger for Fannin Musical Productions. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by hundreds of bands throughout the country including state and Bands of America regional finalists. He is also currently the co-caption head for the Murray State University Racer Band percussion section. He has held this position for eleven years after first serving as the front ensemble head for one year. His duties include teaching and arranging for both the battery and front ensemble. During Josh’s tenure the band has performed at the BOA Grand National Championships and multiple BOA Regional Championships.
Josh has taught many high school percussion sections in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana. His sections at Murray High School (KY) were a regular state marching band finalist, and his Marshall County (KY) indoor percussion ensemble was a two time SCGC Scholastic A champion. Josh, a 2004 graduate of Murray State University, is also an active performer as a member of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He’s also performed with the Jackson (TN) Symphony and was the drummer for “Variety: Music, Memories, and More” in Grand Rivers, KY. Josh lives in Benton, KY with his wife, Tessa, and daughter, Liza.
In 2013, Michael Pote was named Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, IN after spending 20 years serving as Associate Director of Bands. His teaching responsibilities include co-conducting all six concert bands as well as conducting Jazz Ensemble 1. He is also music caption head for the Carmel High School Marching Band.
Carmel High School’s advanced concert band, Wind Symphony 1, performed at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago as well as being a 3-time participant in the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. Wind Symphony 1 was also named the 2013 and 2015 Indiana State School Music Association’s Concert Band State Champion.
The Carmel High School Marching Band has received numerous honors including being the 2005 and 2012 Bands of America Grand National Champions and has been a top 12 finalist at the Bands of America Championships since 1996. They were the 2001, 2002 and 2012 Indiana State Champions. The marching band has marched in the Macy’s Parade, The London New Year’s Parade, and will march in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade.
Michael is active as a composer and arranger for groups throughout the country. Several of his original works for marching band are available at www.centerxproductions.com. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician as well as a program consultant.
Jeff Queen has been involved with percussion since the age of 10. At the age of 15, Jeff began his drum corps career with the Canton Bluecoats and continued on to march with the Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights and the University of North Texas. Jeff was the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995 as well as the Percussive Arts Society Individual Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995. Jeff has taught in the drum corps activity for over 18 years, including being the caption head for the Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps from 2003-04, percussion arranger for the Colts Drum and Bugle corps for 2007-08.
Jeff is an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway Show “BLAST” where he was a solo performer and battery instructor from 1999 – 2003. Jeff has performed across the US, Europe and Asia. In addition Jeff has appeared on numerous Television shows including: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Kennedy Center Honors 2000, NBA All-Star Game 2001, Grey Cup 2007, “BLAST”, and “The Making of Blast” on PBS DVD and Video.
Queen is the author of “The Next Level: Rudimental Drumming Techniques” available through Jeff Queen Productions and “Playing With Sticks”, a more than 3-hour instructional DVD through Hudson Music. More of Jeff’s compositions are available through Drop6 Media, Tapspace Publications, and jeffqueen.com. Jeff is a signature artist for Vic Firth Drumsticks, and proudly endorses Evans Drumheads, Zildjian cymbals and Yamaha Drums.
Jeff holds his BM in Music Theory and Composition and MM in Percussion Performance from Butler University. Currently, Jeff is the Percussion Director for Carmel High School in Carmel, IN, and is on the faculty with Butler University and Marian University. When not teaching at home, Jeff travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician, and performer.
Brent Johnson email@example.com
Brent Johnson is currently in his 15th year as a music educator and serves as Director of Bands at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Johnson served as a Fine Arts Director for Harlandale ISD (TX), Band Director at Douglas MacArthur HS (TX), Assistant Band Director at Winston Churchill HS (TX), Band Director at Davises County HS (KY), and Band Director at Elizabethtown HS (KY). In 2008, Mr. Johnson was selected as the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Band Director in Kentucky. His ensembles consistently receive superior ratings both on the stage and on the football field.
During the past 12 years Brent has designed and written drill for over 150 marching bands all over the country. His work has been utilized by ensembles from coast to coast and and in many major circuits including BOA, USBands, Texas UIL, KMEA, and NWAPA. He has had the privilege of adjudicating marching bands throughout Texas, Kentucky, and New Mexico.
Brent is a 2001 graduate of Murray State University and received his Masters in Music from New Mexico State University in 2013.
Most recently, Brent has started his own Real Estate business in Portland, OR where he lives with his husband Roman.
Aaron Cunningham is currently the Director of Bands at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY. He has been an active drill and show designer since beginning his teaching career in 1999. Aaron has written for groups all over Kentucky as well as Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and North Carolina. This range of experience has given him the opportunity to write for groups of all sizes, styles, and difficulty levels.
Todd E. Hill is Director of Jazz Studies at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He directs the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Big Band, three Jazz Combos, and teaches courses in arranging, musicianship, music education, and jazz history. Under his leadership, the MSU Jazz Orchestra has played at numerous state conferences, won “Outstanding Big Band Performance” at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, and performed at the prestigious MidWest International Band Clinic in 2014. The MSU Jazz Orchestra’s 2015 CD release Why We CAN Have Nice Things is available on Mark Records. He also directs the MSU Town & Gown Community Band. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from MSU, and the Doctor of Education (EdD) from Boise State University. Hill has been active as guest clinician and conductor for concert and jazz bands in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon, and Nevada.
Hill has lead his own professional jazz groups (The Todd Hill Orchestra and Quintet) for over thirty years. As a free-lance pianist, he has performed with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Gary Morris, Denise LaSalle, Stella Parton, The Moody Blues, Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Ron Wilkins, Jamey Aebersold, Denis DiBlasio, Buddy Childers, Greg Abate, Rich Matteson, and the Paducah (KY) and Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestras. He held previous teaching positions at Milan (TN) Middle and High Schools, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Boise State University, and the University of the Cumberlands. His arrangements and compositions for tuba-euphonium ensembles and trombone choirs are currently available through Cimarron Music Press. His arrangements for jazz ensembles are published by Walrus Music/eJazzLines. In addition to multiple album appearances in a variety of genres, he has recorded a solo gospel piano CD, and three jazz CD releases under his own name.
Dr. Hill has been named “College/University Music Educator of the Year” on three occasions and “Friend of Music” by KMEA’s District One Music Educators. Dr. Hill frequently presents clinics at jazz festivals and music education conferences, and authored an article on jazz pedagogy for The Instrumentalist. Dr. Hill is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota (Friend of the Arts), Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, NAfME, KMEA, ITEA, CBDNA, and the Murray Rotary Club.
Jacob Thiede firstname.lastname@example.org
Raised in Murray, KY, Jacob (Jake) Thiede is a composer, saxophonist and current PhD student at the University of North Texas.
Premieres and performances of Jake’s music have taken place in Italy and the United States including the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.
Honors and festivals include the SCI National Conference (2018), Electronic Music Midwest (2018), NASA Biennial Conference (2018), Flute New Music Consortium (2017), BGSU Graduate Music Conference (2017), the NSEME Conference (2016 & 2017), the Electric LaTex Conference (2016 & 2017), New Music on the Point (2015), and the HighSCORE Festival (2014).
He received his BME at Murray State University and MM in music composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has studied with Mike D’Ambrosio, Brian Ciach, and John Fannin at Murray State and with Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Steven Bryant at UNCG. As a saxophonist, he has studied with Scott Erickson and Steven Stusek.
Current interests are grooves and rhythms in metal music, glitch, and the manipulation of sine tones. Jake studies composition with Panayiotis Kokoras, Kirsten Broberg, and Andrew May as well as saxophone with Eric Nestler at the University of North Texas.
His professional affiliations include the American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).
Thiede’s chamber music can be accessed at: jacobthiede.com.
Ryan Wilkerson email@example.com
Ryan Wilkerson is a native of Fort Branch, Indiana who earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Murray State University. He specializes in music composition and arrangements for both marching and concert percussion groups. He has written for dozens of schools all over the United States. Mr. Wilkerson is the Assistant Band Director at Union City Middle and High Schools in addition to being the Director of Percussion at Union City High School (TN). Prior to his coming to Union City he previously served for seven years as the Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at Henry County High School in Paris, Tennessee.
Ryan’s writing style involves creating parts that lay out well on the hands of the performers, line up easily for the teacher, and enhance the overall music package. When writing a custom arrangement for your ensemble, he will focus on maximizing your group’s strengths and building your weaknesses.
Ryan currently resides in Union City, TN with his wife Ashley and daughter Leah.