Board of Directors & Committees

Board of Directors

The following people comprise the elected members of the Tara Winds' Board of Directors:

Position Name
Chairman John Dyson
Historian Linda Kirchner
Hospitality Chairperson Teri Taylor
Members at Large Charlie Brodie, Daniel Ross, Andy Welker, Rusty Wilson
Personnel Manager Alex Yaden
Property Manager Jay Asher
Publicity Coordinator TBD
Secretary Gail Grimes
Treasurer Lynn Conti

Elected Members of the Board of Directors

Position Name
Conductor Andrea Strauss
Associate Conductor John Culvahouse
Business Manager John Dyson
Scholarship Foundation Chairperson Laura Webb


The following people serve on committees in support of Tara Winds:

Committee Member
Personnel John Culvahouse, Gail Grimes
Scholarship Foundation Chairperson Laura Webb
Scholarship Foundation Treasurer Frank Folds

Appointed Member by the Conductor

Position Name
Librarian Stan Kramer

Our Founders


Edward (Ed) Davis is a retired band director from Clayton County, Georgia. He taught for 30 years in this system. He is now Director of Bands at Community Christian School in Stockbridge, Georgia. He has been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers five times. A member of the National Band Association, he has been a recipient of that organization's Citation of Excellence. He has also received the Sudler Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and he was selected into the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor.

Mr. Davis has held several offices with Georgia Music Educators Association, including State Band Chairman, 2nd Vice President, and President. He is a founder of ENCORE! Music Camps which provides summer camp opportunities for middle and high school band and orchestra students, and he is one of the co-founders of Tara Winds.

Mr. Davis is active as a guest conductor and as an adjudicator. Bands under his direction have received 67 consecutive superior ratings and Georgia Music Educators Association performance evaluations. He is currently serving as the conductor of the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church Orchestra


David Gregory, retired Director of Bands/Coordinator of Music Education at Reinhardt University and Director Emeritus of Tara Winds, has conducted elementary, junior high, high school, community college, university, and professional bands. A former director of bands at Hardaway High School in Columbus (GA), Forest Park High School in Forest Park (GA), and the University of Florida in Gainesville, (FL), and former Clayton County (GA) Coordinator of Instrumental Music, Dr. Gregory served as Assistant to the Superintendent in that school system for twelve years until his retirement from public school work in 2003. Dr. Gregory is a Past President of the National Band Association and currently serves as Advisor to the Executive Committee of that organization. At Reinhardt University Dr. Gregory teaches Music Education classes, music technology, conducting, and orchestration and arranging courses; conducts the Wind Ensemble; supervises student teacher interns; and is coordinator of the Music Education program. He has been the state NAfME Collegiate (formerly CMENC) advisor and coordinator of all state NAfME Collegiate activities for GMEA since 2007. Bands under Dr. Gregory's direction have received invitations to perform at virtually every music conference of regional and national significance. Gregory continues to make numerous appearances as conductor, clinician and presenter at regional and national music conferences as well as all-state and honor band events throughout the United States. He has presented clinics/workshops at the Midwest Clinic on four occasions and at the GMEA Conference nine times. Tara Winds was the 1996 recipient of the Sudler "Scroll of Honor," and his Hardaway High School Band was honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as one of the nation's most outstanding high school programs for the decades 1960-1980. A highlight of Dr. Gregory's career is the distinct and singular honor of having his ensembles invited to perform at 40 conventions and conferences of state, regional and national significance.


In August, 2001, Larry Volman retired after serving as the first Coordinator of the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center located in Jonesboro, Georgia. Mr. Volman served as the administrator of this nationally acclaimed facility from its opening in 1990. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Volman holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Memphis. Prior to being responsible for opening and subsequently administering the Performing Arts Center, his tenures included Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina, Band Director at Morrow High School in Morrow, Georgia, and Band Director at Briarcrest and Overton High Schools in Memphis.

Bands under Mr. Volman's direction received superior ratings at state music festivals for 23 of the 24 years in which he taught. Students in his bands always excelled individually. Each of the high school band programs he directed led their respective states in the number of students selected for All-State honors. His concert, jazz, and marching bands won many competitive events. While Mr. Volman directed the Morrow High School Band, it was invited for appearances throughout the Southeast, including the University of Southern Mississippi.

Professional honors for Mr. Volman include being named "Outstanding Young Educator of the Year" by the Memphis Jaycees and "Most Outstanding Band Director" in Tennessee for 1976. He was also honored to serve as President of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. Mr. Volman has served as President of both the Tennessee and Georgia Chapters of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity. On four occasions he received the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence". Mr. Volman is a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Tara Winds Community Band.

Upon his retirement as an educator, Salem Baptist Church of McDonough, Georgia called Mr. Volman to serve as Minister of Administration for that congregation.



Andrea Strauss


Andrea DeRenzis Strauss, Conductor of Tara Winds, has taught elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult community bands, and has taught at both public and private schools in Georgia. A native of Clarence, New York, Dr. Strauss earned both the Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and attained a Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, Dr. Strauss completed the Educational Leadership Certificate Program at Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Strauss served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shorter University where she made significant contributions to the development of the instrumental music education degree program. At Shorter, Dr. Strauss taught conducting, various instrumental music education methods and pedagogy courses, and directed the marching band, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra.

As former Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology, ensembles under her leadership performed in Australia, Ireland, and China for such events as the Shanghai International Arts Festival. While serving Georgia Tech for six- teen years, the Symphonic Band commissioned numerous works and performed for Southern Division College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Conferences, and Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences. In addition to sustaining a teaching career at Georgia Tech, Dr. Strauss served as Associate Director of the 1992-1996 Atlanta Olympic Band.

Dr. Strauss retired in 2013 from the Cobb County School District. She is an active clinician and adjudicator, and has conducted All-State Bands in California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Dakota, and South Carolina. She has conducted in Italy, adjudicated in Canada, and presented clinics on various aspects of teaching and conducting for the Eastern and Northwestern Division NAfME In-Service Conferences, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and numerous GMEA In- Service Conferences and university symposiums.

Dr. Strauss has had articles published in the Music Educators Journal and the National Band Association's Journal. As a member of the National Band Association's Board of Directors, she has served as the Music Education Research Chair, Mentor Director, and State Chair. In addition, she has served as a National Representative for Tau Beta Sigma, State Chair for the CBDNA, Board of Directors Representative for the Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and Ninth District Officer for GMEA.


Dr. David W. Vandewalker

Associate Conductor

David W. Vandewalker is the Coordinator of Performing Arts for Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, GA) supporting the music education and music therapy faculty in 57 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, and 17 high schools who serve approximately 96,000 students. He earned degrees at Baylor University, Central Michigan University, and Boston University where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education.

Dr. Vandewalker is the founding artistic director and conductor of the professional ensemble, Cobb Chamber Winds, the associate conductor of the nationally recognized Sudler Scroll recipient ensemble, Tara Winds, and the administrator, artistic director, and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. As a performer, he enjoys artistic development as a vocalist, cellist, and clarinetist with twenty-seven years of teaching experiences spanning elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education as a conductor of both choral and instrumental ensembles. Additionally, David studied with Jos Wuytack, student and friend of Carl Orff, for his Orff-Schulwerk Level 2 certification and served as a lead curriculum writer for both Cobb County School District and the Georgia Department of Education.

Most recently, Dr. Vandewalker served as the associate director of athletic bands/ assistant director of bands at Georgia State University (2012-2016) and Director of Bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia (2000-2012). A Conn-Selmer Artist/Educator, he has led concerts before esteemed audiences such as the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, Music for All National Concert Festival, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Marching Bands under his direction received honors including participation in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, 2009 & 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, ranked top-ten nationally by the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and Bands of America Grand National Finalist (Top 12).

As an avid supporter of new music for the wind band, Dr. Vandewalker consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists in the wind band medium. Residencies and collaborations with composers and other conductors are integral to his creative work. He presently serves on the national board of directors for the ASPIRE (Advancement of Secondary and Primary Instrumental Repertoire Excellence) Commissioning project. Performances under his direction have received the praise of such notable composers/conductors as Steven Bryant, David Dzubay, John Mackey, Scott McAllister, Ray Cramer, Fredrick Fennell, Col. Arnold Gabriel, Gary Green, Michael Haithcock, James Keene, and Kevin Sedatole.

Dr. Vandewalker is a recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor, nine- National Band Association Citation of Excellence Awards, three National Wind Band Honors Awards, is recognized in multiple editions of Who's Who Among American Teachers, and is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. He has published numerous articles in professional journals, chapters in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series (GIA) and Rehearsing the High School Band (Hal Leonard), books including Boosters to the Rescue, and Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club (GIA), and Foundations for Wind Band Clarity- Arrangements for Concert Band, Foundations for Wind Band Clarity- Instructional DVD, and Everyday Stuff Every Director Needs to Know (Vision Publications). Additionally, Vandewalker is a nationally-renown staff development presenter with multiple clinician appearances for GMEA, Music for All Summer Symposium, Smith Walbridge Directors Institute, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Midwest Clinic.

David and his wife, Pamela, reside in Marietta where she is Minister of Creativity and Worship Programming at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church where she has over 900 children actively involved in music making each week. Pamela (Master of Music in Choral Conducting - UM/Kansas City Conservatory) is a 2014 Dove Award winner for Best Children's/Youth Musical in her collaboration with Veggie Tales/Big Idea. Together, David and Pamela created Teeny Tykes and Tunes, an early childhood music curriculum series published in English and Spanish (Vision Publications) along with Teeny Tykes and Tunes: Africa Edition, Volume 1 and 2 (CLMC/Nairobi).


Linda Volman Lane, Flute Professor, 24, 1

Zandra Bell-McRoy, Band Director, 30, 11
Christie Biffle, Music Teacher, 30, 9
Cole Carver, Software Developer, 15, 2
Katherine Crozier, Band Director, 15, 4
Catherine McKinnon, Ret. Counselor, 56, 27
Sarah Torrance, Flute Instructor, 17, 1
*+ Martha L. Volman, Flute Instructor, 50, 28
Laura Webb, Band Director, 36, 18

Rachel Landers
+ Rusty Wilson, Band Director, 42, 28

Rachel Landers
+ Rusty Wilson, Band Director, 42, 28

Matthew Lamar, Music Educator, 10, 3
John Lenahan, Inst. Designer, 39, 4
* Vicki Smith, Retired Educator, 12, 3
Teri Taylor, Sub. Teacher, 43, 27

John Lenahan, Instructional Design, 39, 4

Bora Moon, Freelance Musician, 18, 5

Kenneth Beard, Band Director, 53, 18
Jean Brumbeloe, Retired, 53, 4
+ Claudia Bullington, Mus. Art Ed., 46, 28
Lynn Conti, Accountant, 45, 13
Lacie Craig, Woodwind Instructor, 18, 3
Carrie DeWinter, Banking, 21, 2
* Dickson Grimes, Tax Accountant, 51, 11
Gail Grimes, Business Continuity Cons., 51, 11
Min Kang, Band/Strings Teacher, 25, 5
Camilla Keever, Band Director, 37, 17
+ Linda Kirchner, Ret. Music Teacher, 53, 28
Rhonda Minch, Accountant, 24, 5
Bora Moon, Freelance Musician, 18, 5
Michael Pace, Band Director, 19, 1
Dina Rosas, Music Teacher, 19, 1
Chantell Scriven, Band Director, 23, 4
Kyle Sullivan, Engineer, 16, 2
Doug Torrance, Math Professor, 25, 1
Aileen Ward, Elem. Music Tchr., 17, 5
Andy Welker, Mortgage Processing Mgr, 23, 6
Myrtle Williams, IRS Employee, 43, 11

Gail Grimes, Business Continuity Cons., 51, 11

Brad Rikard, Band Director, 21, 5

Margaret Blanton, HR Analyst, 43, 1
Jeremy DeWinter, Band Director, 21, 2
Evan Godbee, Band Director, 13, 2
Michael Johnson, Judicial Assistant, 13, 1
* Brad Rikard, Band Director, 21, 5

James Wilson Jr., Band Director, 16, 1

Frank Folds, Retired Band Director, 50, 19

+ Jay Asher, Retired Band Director, 45, 28
Jesse Baker, Freelance Musician, 12, 1
Blayne Bass, Route Driver, 18, 3
Kimberly Beckham, Operations Manager, 16, 2
Michael Biddle, Physician, 33, 18
Charlie Brodie, Retired Band Director, 60, 18
Ashley Godbee, Band Director, 13, 2
Scott Jones, Band Director, 36, 6
Michael Kobito, Band Director, 13, 2
Stan Kramer, Band Director, 38, 26
Ian Labreck, Band Director, 13, 2
Darvin McRoy, Band Director, 28, 13
Robert Davidson, Band Director 12, 1
* John Strauss, Esq./Magistrate Judge, 48, 27
+ Larry Volman, Retired Band Director, 62, 28
Brian Walker, Band Director, 14, 2

Lanae Dickstein, Band Director, 15, 1
Bayne Dobbins, Inst. Repair Technician, 69, 16
Taylor Helms, Freelance Musician, 15, 1
Kathleen Kirchoff, Human Resources, 12, 1
Jonathan Kochik, Freelance Composer, 11, 1
Ethan Watson, Student, 10, 1
Lawton Willingham, Music Technology, 14, 2
* Alex Yaden, Band Director, 11, 3

George Blevins, Architect/Real Estate, 35, 2
Trey English, Band Director
Brendon Gayron, Air Traffic Controller, 25, 5
*+ Larry Greenwalt, Ret. Band Director 53, 28
Chris Johns, Band Director, 16, 5
Christian Stephanos DCI Corp Dir., 14, 1
Robert Williams, Retired Band Director, 57, 14
Todd Wood, Retail Sales Assoc., 12, 1

Bruce Mangan, Music Ed. Para-Pro., 27, 3

* William Allgood, Recording Engineer, 63, 5
Tom Anderson, Retired CFP, 56, 23

Thomas Cremer, Language Professor, 43, 5
* Alan Fowler, Band Director, 38, 22
Melinda Mason, Band Director, 9, 2
Louis Robinson, Elementary Principal, 44, 13
Corey Sherman, Freelance Musician, 15, 1

Corey Fair, Band Director,11, 1
Abby Gaskins, Food Stylist, 24, 10
Matthew Price, Band Director, 22, 3
Daniel Ross, Data Analyst, 16, 3
Ryan Sanders, Music Teacher, 12, 1
* Nicholas Smith, Band Director, 21, 5
Bret Ward, Band Director, 15, 1

Blair Callaway, Band Director, 46, 2

Tyler Hartley, Freelance Musician

Matthew McCord, Attorney, 14

John Dyson, Retired Hotel Controller, 10

Jay Asher
Charlie Brodie
Lynn Conti
Dr. John Culvahouse
Gail Grimes
Linda Kirchner
Matthew McCord
Daniel Ross
Dr. Andrea Strauss
Kyle Sullivan
Teri Taylor
Andy Welker
Rusty Wilson
Alex Yaden

Stan Kramer

Laura Webb, Chairperson
Frank Folds, Treasurer

* Indicates Principal

+ Indicates Charter Member

Numbers indicate years playing an instrument and years of participation in Tara Winds.


Vicki has been involved in music since age 7, starting with piano lessons. She started playing clarinet in 6th grade. In high school, she switched to oboe for concert season and flute for marching band, which she continued playing through college. Vicki attended UGA, and has a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy, with a primary emphasis on oboe. She earned a Masters in Education for Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and pursued a job in that field, where she stayed for her entire career in DeKalb County Schools. Vicki switched from oboe to bassoon in 2004, staying in the double reed family. She has been playing bassoon in community groups since that time. In addition to Tara Winds, Vicki currently plays with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, Callanwolde Concert Band, and fills in with Georgia Philharmonic whenever possible. Upon her retirement in 2008, Vicki pursued her interest in photography, and is a member of several photography groups. She takes frequent trips to photograph wildlife, flowers, and landscapes. Vicki and her husband, Mike, were married in August 1976. Their family includes their daughter, Jessica and son-in-law, John Mark, who live in San Francisco, California.

As part of her interest in photography, Vicki created the slideshow for Heartland Sketches by Mark Camphouse for Tara Winds' Scholarship Concert in May 2017. Vicki requested images of rural and agricultural scenes from heartland of America from members of Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA), a state-wide photography group of which she is a member. Thirteen photographers submitted over 120 images, which were used to create the slideshow on ProShow Web. Many thanks to the following photographers who submitted images for the Heartland Sketches project: Jerry Black, Sue Copley, Mary Jo Cox, Steve Crouch, Joyce Glover, Janet Newton, Ray Silva, Vicki Smith, Judy Wagner, Stephen Weiss, Steve White, Connie White, and Diane Yancey.


Vicki Smith



Julian Bliss is one of the world's finest solo clarinetists excelling as concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, master class leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players, as guest lecturer and creator of the Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a large new audience to his instrument. The breadth and depth of Julian's artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. He has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and performed chamber music with Joshua Bell, Hélène Grimaud, Steven Isserlis, Steven Kovacevich and other great interpreters.

Born in St Albans (UK), Julian began playing at the age of four. He moved to the United States in 2000 to study at Indiana University and subsequently received lessons from Sabine Meyer in Germany. Julian's prodigious early career included performances at the prestigious Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Rheingau and Verbier festivals, and critically acclaimed debuts at London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Lincoln Center. His first album for EMI Classics' Debut series was greeted by five-star reviews and public praise following its release in 2003. Released on Signum Classics in September 2014, Julian's live recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was Classic FM disc of the week upon release. The release was accompanied by a performance at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Julian stands today among the finest musicians of his generation. He launched the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012 at Wigmore Hall and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London and fronted their debut disc, Benny Goodman -The King of Swing. This programme has gone on to be performed across the world, including a sell-out performance at the Concertgebouw. The Julian Bliss Septet will tour the US twice in 2015-2016.

Julian's 2015 engagements see him travel across the world, including performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Paris, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra as well as returning to The Sage Gateshead with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.


Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret), was the twenty-fifth director of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. His acclaimed career spanned nine presidential administrations -- from Presidents Eisenhower to Clinton.

A native of Louisiana, Colonel Bourgeois is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans. He joined the Marine Corps in 1956 and entered "The President's Own" in 1958 as a french horn player and arranger. Named director in 1979, Colonel Bourgeois was promoted to his present rank in 1983. He retired from active duty on 11 July 1996.

As director of "The President's Own," Colonel Bourgeois was music advisor to the White House. He selected the musical program and directed the band in its traditional place of honor at the US Capitol for four presidential inaugurations, a Marine Band tradition dating to 1801. He regularly conducted the Marine Band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, appearing there more frequently than any other musician in the nation.

Under Colonel Bourgeois' leadership the Marine Band presented its first overseas performances in history, traveling to the Netherlands in 1985 where "The President's Own" performed with the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy. In February 1990, Colonel Bourgeois led the Marine Band on an historic eighteen-day concert tour of the Soviet Union as part of the first US-USSR Armed Forces Band Exchange. He also directed the Marine Band on nineteen nationwide tours, bringing the music of "The President's Own" to the American people.

Colonel Bourgeois served as president and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation for over twenty years, president of the American Bandmasters Association (1991), president of the National Band Association (1994-96), and the American vice president of the International Military Music Society. He served on the board of directors of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and the Association of Concert Bands. As director of the Marine Band, Colonel Bourgeois was the music director of Washington D.C.'s prestigious Gridiron Club. He is a member of the Military Order of the Carabao, The Alfalfa Club and the College Band Directors National Association.

Among the many honors and awards Colonel Bourgeois has received are the 1986 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award and the 1987 Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award for "contributions to the growth and developments of modern college and university bands." In 1993, he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor. Colonel Bourgeois was elected to the Academy of Wind and Percussion Artists of the National Band Association in 1988 and received the 1991 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation "for service and dedication to music and country." In 1994 he was awarded the Grainger Medallion of the International Percy Grainger society and in 1996 the A. A. Harding Award of the American School Band Directors Association.

Colonel Bourgeois conducted his final concert as director of "The President's Own" on 11 July 1996 (the band's 198th birthday), at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. More than 3,500 people, including prominent musicians and government dignitaries, attended the gala event. Presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford and Carter and Mrs. Reagan sent letters of gratitude and praise which were read at the concert. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton hailed Bourgeois as "a national treasure" and presented him with the Distinguished Service Medal from President Clinton. Marine Corps Commandant General Charles C. Krulak compared Colonel Bourgeois to the band's seventeenth director, John Philip Sousa, saying, "Our Corps has not only had John Philip Sousa, we have also had a John Bourgeois. His legacy will never be forgotten by the Marine Corps or our nation." The concert was covered by media giants CNN, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. James Brady featured Bourgeois' profile in his "Brady's Bits" in the 7 July edition of Parade magazine. ABC's Peter Jennings selected Colonel Bourgeois as the Evening News "Person of the Week." The newscast was viewed in the Clinton's private quarters in the White House by the colonel and his family and five-year old granddaughter, Sophie. After the change of command concert, The Washington Post's chief music critic, Tim Page wrote, "Bourgeois leaves his ensemble in terrific shape; indeed, it would be hard to imagine any band playing with greater vigor, precision, and timbrel variety...Washington is very generous with its standing ovations. But Bourgeois deserved each and every one he received last night."

In August 2000 Colonel Bourgeois was named "American Man of Music" for the triennium 2000-3 by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity. In December 2000 he was elected to the National Band Association's Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors with induction ceremonies held at Troy State University in February 2001. In March 2005 he was installed as a Lowell Mason Fellow of the Music Educators National Conference and in May he was awarded a Doctor of Music "Honoraris Causa" from Loyola University, New Orleans.

In his retirement Colonel Bourgeois stays busy as guest conductor/clinician, visiting professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, in a chair endowed in his name, and continues to produce wind band arrangements and editions for Wingert-Jones in a series known as "The Bourgeois Editions." He is also published by Ludwig Masters. He is active in his local community of Washington, Virginia, where he has served as president of the Rappahannock Historical Society and president of the board of the Child Care and Learning Center. n. In December 2011, he served as Grand Marshall of the town of Washington's Christmas Parade. Also he has authored a chapter on the history of the United States Marine Band titled, "The President's Own" in the book, The Marines.

Colonel Bourgeois was privileged to be a colleague of the late Lorin Maazel and he conducted his setting of Bach's Goldberg Variatios for the Maestro's memorial service at Castleton in November, 2014. He is director of The Castleton Festival Winds and serves on the advisory board of The Castleton Foundation.


A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1954. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied composition with Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago enabled Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with the late, legendary Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Adolph Herseth.

Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His 30 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the US and abroad, in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago, Royal Albert Hall-London, and conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Principal commissions include those by the William D. Revelli Foundation, The US Army Band, The US Marine Band, Northshore Concert Band, and some of America's finest high school, college-university, and community bands.

Mr. Camphouse has served as guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in 43 states, Canada, Europe, and China. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as founding coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He conceived and edited the unique 4-volume book series for GIA Publications, Composers on Composing for Band. His 5th book with GIA Publications (Whatsoever Things . The Life and Teachings of John P. Paynter) was published in 2014.

The 2015-16 academic year marks his 38th year of full-time teaching in higher education. In 2006, Professor Camphouse joined the faculty of George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) where he serves as conductor of the wind symphony and teaches courses in composition and conducting. Other principal artistic, teaching, and administrative positions have included serving as Music Director and Conductor of the New Mexico Music Festival at Taos Symphony Orchestra, Associate Director and Music Division Head of the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, Acting Dean of Music of New World School for the Arts, and Interim Director of the George Mason University School of Music.

Professor Camphouse attained regional finalist status in the prestigious White House Fellowship Competition in 1992. In 2002, he received an Outstanding Faculty Award sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's college and universities for demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and public service. In 2011, Camphouse received the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award in recognition of, and appreciation for valuable contributions to the growth and development of the modern college/university band in the field of composition. This December, Camphouse and Mason School of Music Professor Anthony Maiello will receive awards for their achievements in composition and conducting from Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity during the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Mark Camphouse has been married to Elizabeth Ann Curtis (Director of GMU's Potomac Arts Academy) since 1982. They have twin daughters, Beth and Briton.


Dennis J. Zeisler has been on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for almost four decades, serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department. Under his direction, The Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble has developed into a premiere performing ensemble. They have recorded for TRN Music Publishers and Frank Erickson Publications and recently been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. As former Chair for fifteen years, he led the steady growth of the Old Dominion University Music Department at the under- graduate and graduate levels. Professor Zeisler has a B.M., B.M.E., and M.M. from the University of Michigan, where he was solo clarinetist of the Symphony Band under the direction of Dr. William D. Revelli. He was solo clarinetist of the Detroit Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Leonard Smith and clarinet soloist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Mr. Zeisler had his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1974 and has performed at three International Clarinet Society Conferences. He has been on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan where he was principal clarinetist of the faculty orchestra and conductor of faculty and staff ensembles. In 1998, Professor Zeisler was awarded membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1999, he received the Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha for "significant and lasting contributions to the cause of Music in America", and the Virginia Music Educator of the Year Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association. In 2004 he received the National Band Association Mentor Award and in 2009 he was awarded a University Professorship at Old Dominion University for excellence in teaching. He is founder and conductor of the Virginia Wind Symphony, a professional wind group made up of primarily music educators from throughout the southeastern Virginia area. The Virginia Wind Symphony has recorded seven commercial compact discs, has been featured in concert at two American Bandmasters Association Conventions, at two Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinics and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Scroll for Adult and Community Bands in North America. Professor Zeisler is on the Board of Directors for the National Band Association, John Philip Sousa Foundation, American Bandmasters Association and the Midwest Clinic. He is currently the immediate Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.


Christopher Bill is a musician based outside of New Yok City. He has been playing piano since he was six years old, trombone since he was ten, and composing/arranging since he was twelve.

Mr. Bill has a Bachelor of Music for classical trombone performance from the State University of New York Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York. While at the conservatory he studied with critically acclaimed trombonists Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera), Denson Paul-Pollard (Metropolitan Opera), John Fedchock (Grammy Nominated Jazz Trombonist), and Timothy Albright.

Mr. Bill is best known for his all-trombone arrangements of popular songs. His YouTube Channel has been gaining popularity since the summer of 2012 when he posted his version of Owl City's Fireflies for six trombones. More recently, a cover of Pharrell Williams' Happy, where Christopher uses a looping station to compose the song on the spot went viral in the spring of 2014. His videos have amassed over 16 million views and a following of over 100,000 subscribers. In April, 2014, Christopher independently released his first cover album, Breakthrough, which was followed by his Christmas album, Smiling's My Favorite.

Since graduating from Purchase Conservatory, Mr. Bill enjoys a busy schedule of performances, clinics, and master classes. In addition to producing a new video every Saturday for his YouTube Channel, he often performs at festivals such as the American Trombone Workshop, MidWest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Con Brio Festivals, Conn-Selmer Institute, Western International Band Clinic, and the International Trombone Festival.

Christopher Bill is a Conn-Selmer, Inc. Performing Artist and Clinician.