Band Director

Phil Snyder
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Phil currently serves as a band director for the Waconia School district in Waconia, Minnesota. His duties include conducting 8th- and 9th-grade bands, team teaching high school Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Jazz band.
Phil is currently on the instructional staff for the Colts drum and Bugle Corps where he has taught for 8 of the past 11 years. He has also served on the brass staff for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle corps from 2009 through 2015. During his time with Minnesota Brass, the corps enjoyed two DCA brass titles as well as a DCA World Championship title in 2011.
In the marching band realm, Phil has become an accomplished drill designer and instructor writing 8-10 competitive and non-competitive field shows each year throughout the country. Bands that have used Phil’s designs have been responsible for eleven state championships.
Phil is an outspoken advocate for music education at all levels and enjoys a busy schedule as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and freelance trumpet player. He studied trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and music education at the University of Minnesota.
Outside of the music world Phil enjoys distance running, Nordic skiing and spending time with friends in the greater twin cities area.

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Travis Coakley
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Mr. Coakley has been the Director of Bands for the Biloxi Public School District and Department Chair for the Performing Arts at Biloxi High School since 2011. Beginning in 2015 he will serve the Biloxi Public School District as the Fine & Performing Arts Director. In that time, the Biloxi Band has consistently received the highest ratings for marching band and concert band performances. Biloxi High School was awarded the Sweepstakes Award for the first time in school history in 2012-2013. Biloxi High School was recently named a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years and the Biloxi Public School District was named by the NAMM Foundation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014. In 2015 Biloxi High School was named by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education as its “School of Excellence” for making arts an essential part of education and received the SupportMusic Merit Award by the NAMM Foundation.

Mr. Coakley directs the 200-member Biloxi High School Marching Band and the Biloxi Wind Ensemble. He is currently serving as the National Treasurer for the American School Band Director’s Association, the Awards Chairman for the National Band Association, and as President of the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association.

Mr. Coakley was recently named the “Thad Cochran Distinguised Arts Educator for Music” in the state of Mississippi (2013), the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce Secondary Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi Public School District Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi High School Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association High School Band Director of the Year (2013-2014), and one of SBO’s 50 “Director’s Who Make a Difference” in 2014.

Mr. Coakley is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (Bachelor of Music Education, 1999, Master of Music Education, 2002). He has memberships that include Phi Beta Mu (PBM), the American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association (MBA), Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association (GCBDA) and the International Trombone Association (ITA).

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Matthew Schott
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I am is the Director of Bands at Wilson Middle School in Newark and have been a band director since 1998. I earned my Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The Ohio State University and my Masters Degree of Music Education Degree from Capital University. I have been the Visual Caption Head for several marching bands and indoor groups in Ohio. I have extensive experience designing for and teaching high school marching band, color guard and indoor percussion, including WGI IPA World Champions and IPO Finalists, Elements Percussion. I have been a marching band adjudicator for 9 years and have served on the Ohio Music Education Association Marching Band State Judging Panel for 4 years. I have served as the Visual Caption Head for OMEA Marching Band Events.

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Taylor Smith
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Currently the Assistant Director at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Ca. Marched RCC Fall 3 years and was featured trombone soloist. Traveled to BOA twice with RCC and Rose Parade 4 times. Marched the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps for two years on Euphonium 2010 and 2011. Taught Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest D&B Corps, and The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for two years. Earned Music Education Degree and Jazz Performance Degree from CSULB under Jeff Jarvis. Has been seen on several Television commercials, movies, and tv shows as a performer/background actor. I have written drill for indoor drumline, and marching band.

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Michael Th. Embrey
45 years

Former University Marching Band Director (NIU) having created the first Drum Corps style college Band. Music arranger and show designers for universities and High Schools. Drum & Bugle Corps experience including Music arranging for Cavaliers and other corps. Former musician/music arranger USAF Drum & Bugle Corps. Music Judge for various groups, past & present: CSJA, DCI, and independent organizations. Currently hosting several National Music Festivals and Executive Director for the ALL-Illinois Marching Band.

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Ryan H. Turner
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Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching and pageantry arts activity that covers over 35 years of experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator.

Ryan graduated from Pasadena High School in 1984 after a successful high school music career, performing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and serving as drum major and marching instructor for the marching band. He moved on to Pasadena City College, where he served two years as the drum major for the PCC Lancer Marching Band as well as the world-renowned Official Tournament of Roses Honor Band. During those same years, Ryan began his three-year stint with the very popular Drum Corps International World Class Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, California, serving one year as a lead baritone in 1985, and then the next two years as drum major. He was also a member of the highly regarded California State University at Long Beach “Big Brown Music Machine” Marching Band for two years. In his performing career, Ryan has performed in multiple idioms of music with over sixty performance ensembles as a specialist in low brass with some of the top names in southern California music education and entertainment.

Ryan’s love of drill design is evidenced in the over 225 shows he has designed since 1984 for high school and collegiate marching bands, drum and bugle corps, winter guards, and indoor drum lines across the country, garnering awards and praise in multiple judging circuits. He has instructed and designed as well for both DCI and DCA corps, including the Velvet Knights, Anaheim Kingsmen, Pacific Crest, Impulse, Capital Sound, City Sound and So Cal Dream All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps.

Administratively, Ryan served as Vice President of Contests for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) from 1990-1994, and was part of the Executive Management team that propelled the WGASC to its current status as the top “local” winter guard circuit in the world. After two years on the Board of Directors with the Pacific Crest and So Cal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps’, he served on the Board of Directors for the Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in a public relations role as well as on the Executive Steering Committee for So Cal Dream. He has worked both with the WGASC as a Contest Director, and the Marching Band Open Series (MBOS), a division of the WGASC, assisting the organization with management, strategic planning, and promotions.

Ryan’s adjudication skills have taken him nationwide, and he is currently certified as a visual performance and effect judge for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the Southern California Judging Association (SCJA), the American Drumline Association (ADLA) and US Bands (formerly the United States Scholastic Band Association–USSBA). He is a sought-after leadership consultant for drum majors and student leaders in the southern California region, and has taught at the acclaimed California Leadership Academy with nationally-renowned leadership expert Dave Kuhns. As well, he has offers his own “Dynamics of Leadership” workshops to great reviews, working with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and several marching band programs across the country.

Often referred to as the “Voice of Southern California”, he has served as announcer and Master of Ceremonies for a multitude of drum corps, marching band and winter guard shows across the southwest region over the past 30 years. He has announced for DCI, WGI, SCSBOA, and WGASC, as well as having the honor of announcing for the 2007 DCI Division II/III World Championships in Pasadena, California and for the Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni Corps’ semi-finals performance at the 2007 DCI World Championships in the Rose Bowl.

While Ryan’s love is in the marching and pageantry arts, he also serves in a very rewarding career in public safety and has been recognized for contributions in the public safety emergency communications and management industry during his 25+ year career. He is currently the Senior Fire Communications Supervisor of Education and Training for the fourth largest fire department in California, the Orange County Fire Authority, in Irvine, California. He assists in managing a workforce of 26 full-time 911 dispatchers and supervisors in a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center. He resides in Brea, California, with his wife and three children.

He brings to the Mentor Program what you need most–friendly, humorous, and honest opinions and advice for the LOVE OF THE MARCHING ARTS.

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Phil Barnes
Since 1991

Phil Barnes has been the Instrumental Music Director at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, MD since 2003. In that time, he has developed the Marching Band program from one that stood still on the field into one that competes annually in the USBands Group I/IIA circuit. In addition to his duties at RHS, he also currently writes drill for non-competitive high school marching bands in the area, and he arranges shows and stand tunes for several bands, including Baltimore’s Marching Ravens. His major areas of expertise in the marching arts are saxophone, mellophone and drum major. Previous experience includes mellophone, drum major and instructional staff for Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, mellophone and drum major for the University of Maryland Marching Band, instructional staff for several competitive high school programs throughout Maryland, and saxophone and mellophone in his middle and high school marching bands.

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Casey Goodwin
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Casey Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer and currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of conducting and music education and is responsible for directing the Wildcat Marching Band, UNH Concert Band, and Beast of the East Pep Band. Additionally, she is a faculty member and assistant coordinator of the University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) and a former conductor of the New Hampshire Youth Band. She is also the director of the Drum Major Track at the Summer Youth Music School.

Goodwin earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and her Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music education and wind conducting from the University of New Hampshire in 2001 and 2006, respectively. While enrolled in graduate school, Goodwin was a graduate assistant with the University of New Hampshire Bands and Department of Music.

Goodwin is a member of the College Band Directors’ National Association, National Association for Music Education, New Hampshire Band Directors Association, and serves as a Director on the Executive Board of and former Collegiate Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association (NHMEA) and former Northeast District Governor of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary fraternity for college band members. She previously served on the NHMEA Association Review/Restructuring committee as well as the national nominations and curriculum committees for Kappa Kappa Psi. Goodwin also advises the UNH chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and serves on the Department of Music Recruiting, Retention, and Scholarship Committee.

Prior to her appointment at UNH, Goodwin was the Director of Instrumental Music at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine, where she directed the MHS Concert Band, Marshwood Marching Hawks, Jazz Band, and pit orchestras for the district and high school musicals; started a string ensemble; and taught general music courses. The Marshwood Marching Hawks competed in the Maine Band Directors’ Association circuit, and Goodwin served as the webmaster for that organization.

In 2010, Goodwin had the opportunity to perform on marching baritone with the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps alumni in exhibition at the Drum Corps International semifinals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to her work at UNH, she is also an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the northeast United States and has written drill and arranged music for several New England marching bands.

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Sue Cechal
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36 years in the classroom as HS band instructor, guard instructor and drill writer. In retirement, write drill and guard choreo for several schools, serve as resource for others.

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Mary Ann Sickon
35 years

High School band director in Florida for 35 years. I have a competitive marching band in the State. We have won 5 State Championships in Class 3A. I judge for Central States Judging Association in the music caption.

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