OrlandoFest is honored and privileged to work alongside of the many talented professional music educators that assist us in adjudicating our festival performances and serving as clinicians for our Performing Arts Education Workshops. Please see our list of those professionals that provide your group with unparalleled adjudication and clinics.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Traster
Jeffrey L. Traster, DMA is Music Professor Emeritus at The University of Tampa where he served as Director of Bands and Head of Music Education for nineteen years, including Music Department Chair for six years. Altogether, his music education career spans 33 years in Texas, Ohio, and Florida. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, festival adjudicator, composer, and tuba player.
Traster earned degrees from Baylor University (Bachelor of Music Education), the University of Colorado at Boulder (Master of Music), and the University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts). Prior to The University of Tampa, he taught Middle and High School in Austin, TX, was Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University, and Director of Bands at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Dr. Traster is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, FMEA, NAfME, College Band Directors National Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Additional information at: jefftraster.com
Mr. Pranno has served as Music Director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has held faculty positions at universities in Kansas and Florida and as guest clinician, presenter and adjudicator throughout the country. He has guest conducted The Pilsen Philharmonic , the Orchestra del Teatro Marrucina, and numerous All-State and All-County orchestras. Mr. Pranno has received many awards which have included the ASTA Special Service Award and the Beverly Wolff Teaching Award. In 2009 he was named the Florida College Music Educator of the Year.
Dave Schreier is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. His duties include direction and instruction of the UCF Marching Knights and Jammin’ Knights Pep Band, The UCF Concert Band, as well as teaching music education courses. Mr. Schreier holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Music (Wind Band Conducting) both from UCF. Prior to his appointment at UCF, Mr. Schreier was the Director of Bands at Osceola High School in Kissimmee from 2002-2008. He is a sought after clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He is a member of several professional organizations including FBA, CBDNA, NBA, and FMEA.
Dr. McCutchen’s teaching experience spans from middle school to the university level. His public school positions include four years at Thomson Middle School in Thomson, Georgia and five at Atlee High School in Hanover County Virginia.
Dr. McCutchen is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer. He was nominated as the Florida Music Education Associations 2014 College Teacher of the Year, and currently serves on the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest Committee, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Selection Committee.
Michael Davis retired as the Band and Orchestra director for Walt Disney World (R) Resort in 2001. During his tenure with Walt Disney World, he conducted the Walt Disney World Band and Orchestra in the Magic Kingdom and at EPCOT Center for the Candlelight Procession as an operational Duty Manager in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Within the educational programs, he was responsible for the development of the educational workshops offered by Disney’s Magic Music Days. Most recently, he was honored by the National Association for Music Education, receiving the prestigious Lowell Mason Fellowship Award.
Under Michael’s leadership, the St Johns River City Band a non-profit professional performing ensemble has gained a national reputation. In 2003, the Band performed at the prestigious Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Illinois.
Teaching has always been a strong passion for Scott, evident in his large saxophone studio where his students regularly participate in honor bands and prepare for college auditions. He recently founded “Saxophone Colossus”, a summer saxophone choir comprised of talented young musicians from schools in Central Florida. A native of the Chicago area, Scott holds music education degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Central Florida. He regularly conducts clinics for Disney Performing Arts and judges band and solo festivals around Central Florida. Scott is currently the saxophone instructor at the University of Tampa.
John C. Carmichael has been director of bands and professor of conducting at the University of South Florida since 2007. He graduated from Florida State University (1974), USF (1985), and FSU (1994). While at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Carmichael was awarded the university public service award and was named College Music Educator of the Year by KMEA.His university bands have performed at numerous important professional gatherings including five state conferences, four CDBNA SD Conferences and most recently, the USF Wind Ensemble performed at the 2013 ABA National Convention, receiving highly positive reviews. In 2012, the Wind Ensemble released an acclaimed compact disc that was recorded live and distributed internationally. In 2014, the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble was a featured performing ensemble in Carnegie Hall. The Carnegie program is featured on a CD available through Mark Records entitled “Live, Again!” He is in demand as a conductor, and clinician throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Carmichael has conducted or given clinics in: Mexico, Costa Rica, Jordan, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan. In 2008, he founded the Florida Wind Band, a professional concert ensemble, for which he serves as conductor and artistic director.