Brass Co-Caption Head
Bryen Warfield is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, IN. The Homestead Band and Orchestra program supports over 300 students through the Spartan Alliance Band, 3 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, Anonymous Blue, and the Homestead Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles under Bryen's direction have received honors and distinctions from contests at national and local events including being named a Featured Ensemble at the 2020 Indiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, two-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, 2019 & 2017 Bands of America Toldeo Regional & Class Champion, 2017 ISSMA Class A State Champion, and Gold Ratings ‘With Distinction’ at ISSMA Organizational Contests. Prior to his tenure at Homestead, Bryen was the Assistant Director of Bands at Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, IN where he helped oversee 4 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, Whiteland Marching Warriors, and taught music theory.
Bryen received his Bachelors of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Louisville where he studied with John Jones, Darryl Johnson, and Kimcherie Lloyd. Bryen received his Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from The Ohio State University where he studied with Dr. Russel Mikkelson and Dr. Scott A. Jones. He served as a graduate conducting associate with the band department, taught courses in conducting, and was a Graduate Assistant Director with The Ohio State University Marching Band. Bryen has participated in conducting masterclasses, workshops, and festivals around the country with many esteemed conducting teachers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hugh Wolff, Donald Thulean, Kevin Sedatole, Kevin Noe, John Lynch, and Robert Ambrose.
Bryen was a performing member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for three seasons and later served as a brass educator for Cincinnati Tradition, Columbus Saints, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Bluecoats. Bryen is an active performer, adjudicator, clinician, and conductor throughout the United States. He serves as the Associate Conductor and tubist with the Old Crown Brass Band of Fort Wayne, IN.
Bryen maintains affiliations with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Conductor’s Guild, NAfME, and ASTA.
Brass Co-Caption Head
Ricardo T. Brown is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He was selected to All District Band, All-State Band, and Virginia Honor Band as well as the Governors School of the Performing Arts in high school. His teaching journey began in 2005 as the Assistant Director at Princess Anne High School and includes work as the graduate assistant for the Norfolk State University Spartan Legion band program and the Associate Director of Bands at Prairie View A&M University.
Currently, Ricardo Brown serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Interim Wind Ensemble Director at the University of Connecticut, responsible for show design and music ensemble direction for the “Pride of Connecticut Marching Band” as well as directing the UCONN Pep Band. He also serves on the university music faculty, teaching music education courses, serving on multiple committees, and arranging for the university big band and all athletic ensembles. He helped lead the UCMB to being a Sudler Trophy Finalist in 2018.
Mr. Brown is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer and has worked with multiple programs across the country, developing quality musicianship and performance practices. His passion is to impart his knowledge of band performance onto students while also instilling a love of music. He has also performed with numerous ensembles including the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony, Fancy Pants Productions, The Right on Band, numerous churches, NASCAR, Houston Symphony, Ballet Afrique Cotton Club, New London Big Band.
Mr. Brown began his DCI marching experience with the Crossmen in 1999 as a lead soprano. He moved to the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 and after aging out served as the Cadets’ trumpet instructor, administrative team member, and coordinator of the “Music is Cool” clinics working with thousands of students nationwide. He joined the Bluecoats Brass Team in 2014 and was later promoted to lead trumpet tech and then assistant brass caption head in 2021. From Norfolk State University, Mr. Brown received his B.S. degree in Music Education and his Masters in Trumpet Performance. He anticipates completing his Doctorate (DMA) degree in Conducting from the University of Connecticut in May 2022.
Mr. Brown is an avid technology lover and connoisseur of great music regardless of genre. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their dog, Hooch. Rick states, “It is truly my honor and privilege to be joining the Mandarins family and I promise that any student that chooses to join us will receive a musical experience that is second to none while also having the time of their lives. Together we will build upon the great legacy that has been established here at the Mandarins and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Amanda Stevenson is the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, TX. Throughout her career she has instructed various students in music ranging from beginners to collegiate members. Her instructional experience extends throughout Texas including Texas State University, William H. Taft High School, Georgetown High School, James Bowie High School and Harlingen High School. Ms. Stevenson has been with the Winston Churchill High School music program as Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Director of Jazz Studies, Director of the Charger Marching Band and instructor of Instrumental Ensembles since Fall 2019. Prior to her time at Churchill, Amanda was the Director of Bands at Taft High School since 2015 and Associate Band Director at Georgetown High School since 2007.
Amanda has a strong affiliation with Drum Corps International (DCI). She is currently the Baritone Instructor for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and a Brass Consultant for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. She has also served on Brass Staff for the Troopers, Crossmen, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and was a Visual Staff Instructor with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. Though her primary instrument is Saxophone, Ms. Stevenson played Euphonium with Capital Regiment and started her corps career on Baritone with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. Through these experiences, she has worked with many top educators throughout the country.
Ms. Stevenson received her Bachelor Degree in All-Level Music Education from Texas State University in 2007. She studied Wind Conducting with John Stansberry, Howard Hudiburg and Dr. Rod Schueller. Amanda has continued a close relationship with the School of Music as the Texas State Summer Band Camp Coordinator for about a decade.
Since her time at Texas State, Ms. Stevenson has had continued success with Superior Ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert, Sightreading and Marching Contests as well as top performances at Bands of America, Jazz Festivals, and National Wind Ensemble showcases. She has been a Texas Music Educator Association Clinician, has had her Wind Ensemble selected as convention performance groups, has been the recipient of numerous grants for her programs and has achieved the Mark of Excellence in National Jazz Honors Award.
Ms. Stevenson is an active clinician, performer and adjudicator in the United States. Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Amanda currently lives in San Antonio, Texas where she continues to educate and instruct students of all levels.
Benjamin Horne is a composer/arranger, low brass performer, and music educator residing in Bloomington, Indiana. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He earned his Bachelor’s at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (GA) with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and a Certificate in Music Composition.
Horne studied composition with Dr. James Ogburn, Dr. Don Freund, and Dr. Sky Macklay. His works and arrangements span various styles. Horne’s works and arrangements have received many honors and have been performed around the world including at the Latzsch Trombone Festival in Germany, as well as performances at other events such as the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the International Trombone Festival. Mr. Horne has collaborated on works with several renowned classical artists such as Demondrae Thurman and Charles Vernon.
Horne's primary instrument is the euphonium, having studied with Dr. Adam Frey, Dr. Martin Cochran, Andrew Miller, Dr. Ian McCollum, Bernard Flythe, and Dr. Demondrae Thurman. Horne is a past winner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Artist Competition. He has also been a finalist in the South Eastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Artist Competition and the International Euphonium Tuba Festival Solo Artist Division. Horne was a member of the Columbus State University Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Bradley Palmer. He was among the ensemble members on the Choir’s 2017 CD, Full Tilt. Horne was a member of the Teal Sound and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps including the latter’s 2016 Drum Corps International World Championship corps. He currently performs as a member of the Sequence Euphonium Quartet (where he is their composer-in-residence) and with the Albireo New Music Collective as principal euphonium and trombone.
Mr. Horne's conducting mentors include Dr. Jamie Nix, Paul Hostetter, Dr. Jason Nam, Dr. Eric Smedley, and Dr. Rodney Dorsey. He has worked with various ensembles as a conductor and educator including the Georgia Brass Band. At Indiana University, Horne is an associate conductor for the IU Brass Choir and Brass Band.
As an educator, Mr. Horne served as a middle and high school assistant band director at Holcomb Bridge Middle School and Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia where he also led the jazz program. He has also worked as an instructor and clinician across the United States teaching sectionals, private lessons, masterclasses, and marching band at all levels from beginners to university students.
Dr. Dakota Corbliss currently serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor of French Horn at Appalachian State University. He has earned degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA), University of Miami (MM), and Virginia Tech (BA).
As an ensemble performer, Corbliss is the Third Horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and plays with many other regional orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Virginia Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Long Bay Symphony. In the past, he has performed with the likes of New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, South Florida Philharmonic, New River Valley Symphony, the United States Navy Band Southwest, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and many others.
He is an avid chamber musician, helping found Vice City Brass, a collective of brass and electronic musicians aiming to bridge the generational gap between the past, present, and future. Corbliss is also the co-founder of a new group called PIVOT, a horn and saxophone duo dedicated to promoting perspective shifts among their audience.
In an administrative role, Corbliss is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Brass Institutes of America, a series of brass chamber music festivals that take place primarily in the summer. He has also managed logistics on many projects including the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge and the College Music Society Summit.
Joshua Jenkins (JJ) is a performer and educator from Fairfield, New Jersey. He has been involved in drum corps since 2008. From 2008-2012, JJ was a marching member of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2013 and 2014 he was a member of Carolina Crown. After he aged out, he returned to the Caballeros. In 2019, JJ took over the brass program as the brass caption head which he still is to this day. During his time as brass caption head, he and his team brought the Cabs Brass section to top 3 status each year and helped the Caballeros in securing the 2021 DCA World Championship title.
JJ is a graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During his time at Ithaca College, he studied french horn with Professor Alexander Shuhan. JJ is an active performer in north Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey Wind Symphony, one of New Jersey’s premier community ensembles, and is a member of the Sussex County Brass Quintet.
Currently, JJ is the Director of Bands at Ramsey High School in Ramsey, New Jersey. His responsibilities include directing the Ramsey “Big Blue” marching band, the Ramsey Wind Ensemble, and teaching instrumental lessons for grades 9-12. JJ also coordinates for the Ramsey Winter Guard and the Ramsey Indoor Percussion. This is JJ’s first year on the Mandarins staff and is excited to be a part of the team!
Chris is the Assistant Athletic Band Director for Sacramento State University, and an Elementary Music teacher with the San Juan Unified School District. With a dual-focused bachelor's degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education, and a masters degree in Vocal Performance, Chris draws upon a wide breadth of rich musical experiences in his teaching.
An actively-performing operatic baritone, Chris' work on the stage directly informs his brass pedagogy. His recent performances have included the role of Silvio in Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci," and "Belcore" in Donizetti's Elixir of Love. Chris is a Mandarins alumnus, and performed on euphonium from 2006-2011 as a member, soloist, and horn sergeant. In 2011, Chris was the recipient of the Joe Fong Memorial award for outstanding membership. Following his age-out year, Chris worked as a member of the brass staff from 2012-2017, and returned to his "home corps" in the 2020/2021 season.
Chris believes that ear training and vocal technique fit in flawlessly with the world of brass performance, and is excited to bring his varied and interconnected expertise to the 2022 staff.
Aaron Christianson is a Milwaukee-based trumpet player and drummer. He performs as a lead trumpet player with many groups locally including the Milwaukee Jazz Institute Big Band, De La Buena, and will reprise his role as the Principal Trumpet for the Minnesota Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in November.
Aaron works full-time as the Technical Director for The Prairie School in Racine teaching theatre technology and coordinating technical theatre elements for their productions. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Technology from Michigan Technological University and earned minors in Music Technology and Sculpture.
He began his DCI career as a member of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps in New Jersey from 2013-2016. In 2018 he worked for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps as a member of the Audio Staff and in 2019 he aged out with the Sacramento Mandarins as the flugelhorn soloist in their iconic production of "SubTerra." He has been a member of the Mandarins Brass Staff since 2020 and is looking forward to making many more historic moments come to life with the #DragonBrass.
Trevor Bailey serves as the Assistant Professor of Music/Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University. Mr. Bailey previously served as Director of Bands at the University of Pikeville (UPike). While at UPike, Mr. Bailey started the first marching band program in school history and helped cement the band program into the school's rich Appalachian culture. He also served as the advisor for the Black Student Union and Faculty in Residence for the University of Pikeville's Honors Program during his tenure. Mr. Bailey was awarded the 2020 KMEA College Band Director of the Year for District 9.
Mr. Bailey recently completed his graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Alabama where he studied under the guidance of Kenneth B. Ozzello, assisting in the daily operations of the band program, supervising the 400 students of the Million Dollar Band, and aiding in the planning and execution of the Crimson Cavalcade of Bands, Alabama Honor Bands, and Summer Crimson Music Camps. In addition, he served as the conductor of the University Band and doctoral conducting associate for the Alabama Wind Ensemble. He will be completing his D.M.A. in Wind Conducting later this year.
Before his time in Tuscaloosa, Mr. Bailey earned a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) where he served as a graduate teaching assistant with the band program. During his tenure at UNR, he studied under the guidance of Mack McGrannahan, Kate Pollard, William J. Plenk, and R. Reed Chamberlin. Furthermore, he was a member of the music department's recruiting team, assisted in hosting the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern and American Bandmasters Association conferences. He also instructed undergraduate Conducting and Marching Band Techniques courses.
Mr. Bailey received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Northwestern State University where he studied under the guidance of William E. Brent, Jeff Mathews, and Masahito Kuroda. Throughout his time in Natchitoches, he was a member of the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and served as the baritone section leader for The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band. Outside of his education, in 2007 Mr. Bailey began serving as a brass instructor and recruiting coordinator for The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and played a vital role in helping the corps return to the 2009 Drum Corps International Finals after a 23-year absence. He has also served as a brass instructor with the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and The Cadets. In 2012, Mr. Bailey served as a clinician and judge for Yamaha Music of Asia, mentoring several bands in Thailand and Malaysia, including the Horwang Marching Band from Bangkok, Thailand. They achieved their second consecutive Silver Medal placing during Thailand's 2012 Indoor Marching Band Championships under his leadership.
Mr. Bailey holds memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, and North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Shawn Murphy is serving concurrently as the Director of Fine Arts for Liberty Hill ISD in the north Austin, TX area and Director of Bands at Liberty Hill High School, positions he began in 2021.
Prior to Liberty Hill, Mr. Murphy served as Director of Bands at Burleson Centennial High School in the DFW metroplex, where under his leadership, the band program and its auxiliary units grew to state and national prominence.
A trumpet player, Shawn earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Mr. Murphy is a proud alumnus of Drum Corps International, and has since served on various world class drum corps brass staffs over the years. He is thrilled to be reunited with several former students and colleagues on staff at Mandarins and is excited to begin working with the members and contribute to what will most certainly be a very special year for drum corps.
Mr. Murphy has been married to his beautiful wife Kim Murphy since 2002, and has two amazing sons, Mason & Hayden.
Lead Brass Technician
Scott Carr is excited to be joining the Mandarins family for the 2022 season. Scott has 25-plus years of experience as a performer, instructor, and designer in the pageantry arts. Scott developed a passion for music at a very young age performing with such ensembles as Owen Valley High School (IN), Bluecoats, Crossmen, Troopers, and the Star of Indiana (Jim Ott winner).
His drum corps teaching experience includes the Phantom Regiment (2005 visual staff), Blue Stars (2006-2012, 2019 brass staff) Bluecoats (2015-16 brass staff) and the Madison Scouts (2017-18 brass staff, 2020-2021 brass consultant). Scott is especially proud of being a part of the resurgence of the Blue Stars back into finals in 2008 and the Bluecoats winning their first DCI title in 2016.
Scott is an active designer, clinician, adjudicator, and instructor throughout the Midwest. Over the years Scott has worked many groups including Orleans Jr.Sr High School, Owen Valley High School, North Harrison High School, Bullitt East High School, Gibson Southern High School, Paoli Jr,Sr High School and Evansville North High School. Scott has had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best educators in the activity. The list includes Dr. Ward Miller, Donnie Van Doren, Frank Sullivan, Jay Emmert, Doug Thrower, and Dr. Scott Boerma.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN (2001) with a focus on vocal and instrumental music. During his time in Terre Haute Scott was a member of the ISU Wind Ensemble and Marching Sycamores. He also studied tuba privately with Dr. Richard White and Brett Stemple, principal tuba of the Malaysian Philharmonic.
Scott currently works as a freelance drill designer, program coordinator and educator in southern Indiana. Scott happily lives in Orleans Indiana with his beautiful wife Jessica and their two children Sammy and Ellie.
Ryan Halson is finishing his Bachelor's of Music in Tuba Performance and Music Business from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. While attending school, Ryan performed with the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet, the Crane Symphony Orchestra, and the Crane Wind Ensemble. He also helped form various chamber ensembles such as the Apollo Brass Quintet and the Fat Tire Tuba Quartet.
Ryan's drum corps career started at 7th Regiment, where he marched in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he marched with Carolina Crown and then in 2019 and 2021 he marched with the Bluecoats where he aged out.
Ryan teaches the visual program for the Arlington High School Marching Band from upstate New York and has experience tutoring and teaching private tuba lessons. He is excited for an amazing opportunity to teach with and learn from the fine educators of the Mandarins brass staff.
Key Poulan IV
Key Poulan, IV is currently finishing his Bachelor of Arts in music education at California State University, Fresno. He is currently the director of the Bulldog Beat, the senior member of the Clendenin Brass Quintet on trombone, and served as president of Phi Mu Alpha, Gamma Pi. With his primary instrument being trombone, he has 13 years of experience, and 7 on euphonium.
Key marched at the Sacramento Mandarins from 2017-2019, was contracted at the Santa Clara Vanguard for 2020/2021, and returned to the Mandarins as the trombone soloist in 2021 for his concurrent age-out with the two corps. Key is currently on his fourth season of teaching brass and running the visual program at Clovis North Educational Center.
In his spare time, Key is a Lego TikTok creator with a significant following, and raises multiple freshwater aquariums. Key is excited to give back to the corps he marched, as well as teach alongside an incredible team of educators.
Justin is an active music educator, trumpet performer, and clinician from Connecticut. He is currently a middle school band director in southeastern Connecticut and is looking forward to a phenomenal season with the 2022 Mandarins!
Justin’s drum corps experience includes performing as a lead trumpet player and flugelhorn soloist with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019, and teaching with the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during the past two years.
Justin earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Music Education, from the University of Connecticut. As a graduate student at UConn, he assisted the band program as a Director Intern of the UConn Marching Band, Graduate Director of the Hockey and Basketball Pep Bands, and as a conducting assistant with the Concert Band.
He has studied trumpet with renowned performers and brass pedagogues including Dr. Louis Hanzlik, Derek Gipson, Ricardo Brown, Andrew Sorg, Kenneth Bell, and Dave Negri.
He can be seen assisting various marching and concert bands throughout Connecticut, performing in local ensembles, as well as adjudicating for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) festival auditions.
Frank Williams currently serves as the Coordinator of Jazz Education for Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Marcia P. Hoffman Fine Arts Institute. Frank Williams also serves as the education consultant for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from Florida A & M University and a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. During his long career as a music educator Mr. Williams held many district and state offices and received many teacher of the year awards.
Mr. Williams has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for many high school, college, and honors ensembles in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Frank Williams has worked with drum and bugle corps since the late 70’s including Suncoast Sound, the Cadets, the Glassmen, the Empire Statesmen (DCA), and many others. He was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in August of 2009. He was inducted into the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Hall of Fame in October of 2009 and was awarded the Sonny Award in honor of Sonny LaRosa by the Suncoast Jazz Society in 2013. Mr. Williams continues to work as a freelance composer, arranger, consultant, and clinician.
Carl Fischer Music recently published Mr. Williams’ method book - Chops: The Ultimate Guide to Building Tone, Technique and Flexibility which is available for trumpet and trombone.
Errick is currently the Fine Arts Department Chair at McCollum High School in San Antonio, Texas; in addition to serving as the Choir Director and Music Theory Teacher, he works with the Band, Theater, Mariachi, Art, JROTC, and Dance Studio programs.
He has worked as a Band Director in Texas and Georgia in addition to serving as a High School Marching/Concert/Symphonic Band Judge in Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida.
Errick also works as a music professor at both Randolph/Lackland Air Force Bases. He was awarded a trumpet assignment in the US Air Force Reserve Band prior to being selected to serve as a Commissioned Officer. He performed as a Ceremonial Trumpeter/Honor Guard Bugler at several assigned duty stations. He also worked as a contractor for Air Force Entertainment primarily as a “Tops In Blue” Music Ensemble Specialist. He has experience as a Studio Musician for multiple recorded projects.
Errick was the Music Caption Head for the famous “Marching Southerners” of Jacksonville State University during his tenure as a Graduate Assistant under Dr. Ken Bodiford. He taught Jazz Band III and performed/assisted with Jazz I under Dr. Chip Crotts. For 2 years, he was the Trumpet instructor for the US Army All-American Marching Band under Dr. Bodiford’s leadership.
Errick was a marching member and soloist for the Spirit of Atlanta and the Bluecoats. He has been on the Brass Staffs of The Cadets, Bluecoats, and Santa Clara Vanguard, Spirit of Atlanta, and has served as the Brass Co-Caption Head for the Spirit of Atlanta along with being a Consultant for many Drum Corps.
Errick is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA where he was a trumpet student under Dr. Kenneth Kirk. He is a Charter Member of the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Music Sinfonia Fraternity. He currently resides in San Antonio, TX.
Jimmy has had an extensive career as a brass/visual instructor in both DCA and DCI. Jim has been a member of the Rochester Crusaders (‘87, ‘88) and also the Empire Statesmen from 1991-1999, 2007-2013. During those years with the Statesmen, Jimmy was on the brass and visual staff from 1993-1996. In 1997 Jimmy took over the Brass Caption Head position. During his 12 years with the corps he was honored to be part of 4 DCA World Championship Corps (’91, ’94, ’97 and ‘98). Jimmy was also a member of the hornline as a marching member for all the years that he has been with the Statesmen. He left the Statesmen at the end of the 1999 season to begin working in the DCI ranks. From 2000-2005, he was the Brass Caption Head of Spirit of JSU. During those years, Spirit re-entered the top 12 for the first time in many years. The corps earned finalist status in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2006 Jim joined the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps as the Brass Caption Head. After 2006 Jimmy came off the road and re-entered the senior drum corps activity in 2007-2013 to work again with the Empire Statesmen and to start his family. He lives in Brockport NY with his wife Terry and his 2 children Robert and Kailey.
Outside of drum corps Jimmy has been a major contributor to many marching, jazz and concert band programs throughout the country. Jimmy has been a band director in the Medina Central School District for the past 30 years and was involved with the Medina Mustang Band for their New York State Championships in ’95, ’97, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, 13’, 19’ and again in 2021. He has won the 2nd most championships (12) as a director, in the history of the NYSFBC. His concert and jazz bands are award winning and have performed both on the local and national level. Jimmy has worked with numerous band programs throughout the Northeast and has also been a judge in the National Judges Association. He has been a guest conductor at numerous festivals and also enjoys judging concert and jazz competitions.
Professionally Jimmy is a freelance trumpet player. He is currently a member of Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band. In addition to that he has played in numerous pit orchestras and has also played with professionally with and for Randy Brecker, Mic Gilette (Tower Of Power), Tom Politzer (Tower Of Power) Wycliff Gordon, and Alan Vizutti.
He is very excited to be “back in the game”and working with the Mandarins for this coming year.