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
Commander Allen Beck was the 7th leader of the Navy Band in Washington, DC. He became a clarinetist with the band following education at the Eastman School, and later earned his Master’s degree from Catholic University, and continued graduate studies at the University of Maryland. He had numerous assignments as leader of several Navy Bands prior to becoming the leader in 1984. He has marched in Inaugural Parades of Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and has performed for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and for numerous other heads of State. He has conducted such celebrities as Shirley Jones, Wayne Rogers, Sammy Davis and Bob Hope. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity. After retirement he was Director of Bands at Defiance College, Conductor/Music Director of the Lime, Ohio Symphony and clarinet instructor at Ohio Northern University.
Anthony Hose is the Director of Orchestras at Stetson University. Before moving to Florida he was a professor at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has conducted many orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, Berlin Symphony, Icelandic Symphony, Rhine Philharmonic and the Munich Bach Collegium. He has conducted numerous operas for Welsh National Opera, Buxton International Festival, New Sadlers Wells Opera, Scottish Opera, L’Opéra de Lyons, Gothenburg Opera, and the Icelandic Opera. He was chorus master for the Welsh National Opera, the Wexford Festival and the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus. For nineteen years he conducted the Dee and Clwyd Choral Festival in Wales. He is a regular guest conductor with the Orlando Philharmonic and is principal conductor of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra. He is a much sought-after clinician and adjudicator since arriving in the USA.
As Director of Orchestras at All Saints Academy, Art Pranno brings 27 years of public school, university, and professional experience to share with his students. Mr. Pranno is currently the Associate conductor/ concertmaster of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Director of the highly successful Summer String Workshop held at the University of Central Florida. He has studied conducting with James Dixon and Dennis Russell Davies and violin with Steven Staryk, and Paul Rolland.
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.
Daniel J. Farris is in his 16th year as Director of Athletic Bands at Northwestern University where he is responsible for conducting the Wildcat Marching Band and Concert Band, and teaching courses in conducting and music education. He has been the Assistant Conductor of the Northshore Concert Band since 2006. Mr. Farris holds degrees in Music Education from James Madison University and the University of Illinois.
Prior to moving to Northwestern, Mr. Farris served as Assistant Director of Bands at Illinois State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was also the Director of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, FL, and taught in the public schools of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Bands under his direction have performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Bands of America Regional and National Championships, the Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Outback, Ticket City, Alamo, Meineke Car Care, and Sun Bowls.
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. Don McLaurin
Dr. McLaurin earned Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Music Education from Florida State University.
He has served as Director of Bands at the university level at Valdosta State, Oklahoma State, East Texas State, Florida Southern, and Western Colorado State. Under his direction the Florida Southern Symphony Band performed at the Southern Division meetings of MENC and CBDNA, and in England at Westminster Abbey, Saint John’s Smith Square, Wesley’s Chapel, and Dover Town Hall. Dr. McLaurin has conducted All-State Bands in California, Idaho, and Florida (2).
Most recently he returned to Florida and rejoined the music faculty at Florida Southern College, after a 7 year residency in New Zealand where he served as Instrumental Music Specialist for the NZ Ministry of Education and served 2 terms as President of the NZ Concert Bands Association.
In a teaching and conducting career spanning over half a century, Don Wilcox has worked with musicians of all ages and abilities, conducting bands from one-room schools in rural Appalachia to several of the major concert halls in the world, and in all 50 states and 28 foreign countries. Mr. Wilcox has former students in major positions across the country, and has served as guest conductor or visiting lecturer at more than 80 universities in the United States, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Australia and China. In retirement he conducts the Northport Community Band in Michigan.
Awards and recognitions include: the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation; the Distinguished Service To Music Medal from the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi; WVU’s Outstanding Teacher Award; the Midwest Clinic’s Medal of Honor; and he was named National Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 by Phi Beta Mu.
Ivan Wansley is currently in his 38th year as a Music Educator where he has had successful teaching tenures at the middle school, junior high school, high school and college/university levels. His bands received the highest ratings of superior at the district and state levels with the Florida Bandmasters Association and he was named “Teacher of the Year” as a member of the facutly at Cape Coral High School. Mr. Wansley is currently an active adjudicator, clinician and conductor, presenting over 140 clinics annually with middle and high school bands. Mr. Wansley is the conductor of the Lakeland based adult band, The Hollingsworth Winds, co-owns Make Sense Drill Design and Leadership Camps, and owns DOLCE woodwind mouthpieces. He has conducted over 35 all county, regional and all-state bands and will be the conductor of the 2016 North Florida Honor Band in January and will be presenting two clinics at the 2016 FMEA State Convention in Tampa. His professional affiliations include the FL Bandmasters Association, former board member, currently a member of the Classification and Sight Reading Committees; Phi Beta Mu, currently the President of the FL Chapter; American School Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Omicron, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.
Professor Jay Watkins is the Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music at the University of Florida. He is also the Director of the “Pride of the Sunshine” – The Gator Marching Band. He was previously was the Assistant to the Director of Bands, Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, and Conductor of the Longhorn Basketball, Volleyball and Concert Bands at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that he was the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University (SC), where he received recognition as the CSU Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year and as a recipient of the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence”, and was the Music Director and Conductor of The Lowcountry Winds, a professional wind ensemble based in Charleston, SC. He has also served as the Director of the U.S. Navy Drum & Bugle Corps and the Director of Instrumental Music at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and as a teacher in the public schools in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.
Dr. Jo Jossim
Dr. Jossim received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida and the Masters Degree in oboe performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. While in Denver she became the Music Director/Conductor of the Broomfield Civic Orchestra and the Golden Youth Symphony. In addition to her orchestral activities she also taught middle school band and general elementary music. In 1991 she taught high school before attending The Florida State University where she earned the Ph.D. in Music Education (1999). Currently the she is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Florida Southern College. Dr. Jossim maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and belongs to numerous professional and honorary organizations. She was recently awarded the Outstanding Contributor Award for Band by Phi Beta Mu, Omega Chapter and the Wade Outstanding Teacher Award at Florida Southern College.
Dr. John Carmichael
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.
Mr. Galasso is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Dr. Phillips High School.
Dr. Matthew McCutchin
Matthew McCutchen is the Associate Director of Bands & Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Florida where his responsibilities include directing the 330 member “Herd of Thunder” Marching Band, overseeing the university’s “Rumble” Pep Band, conducting the Symphonic and Concert Bands, and teaching courses in conducting and music education. He also is the founder and conductor of the Bay Area Youth (BAY) Winds, an honor band that features the finest high school band students from throughout the Tampa Bay Area, and is the Assistant conductor of the Florida Wind Band. Dr. McCutchen earned a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in Conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Furman University.
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.
Dr. Michael Davis
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.
Dr. Rusty Logan
Dr. Rusty Logan holds degrees from Auburn University and the University of Mississippi. He served as Director of Bands at Monroe Academy (GA), Victoria High School (TX), and Auburn High School (AL). The bands at Victoria and Auburn High were consistently rated Superior at their state’s Music Performance Assessments. During his time at Auburn High School, the top band performed (3 times) for the Alabama Music Educators Association’s In-Service Conference, twice for the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and once for the Southern Division of the College Bandmasters Association. After serving 24 years at Auburn High School, Dr. Logan accepted a position at Huntingdon College (AL) as an Instructor of Music where he teaches select music education classes. In-addition to his classroom duties, Dr. Logan also serves on the staff of the Huntingdon College Bands.
Scott Devlin is the leader of the Magic Kingdom Saxophone Quartet and has performed as a professional musician at Disney World for 25 years. At Disney, he has conducted and performed with many different groups including the Walt Disney World Band, Disney’s Collegiate All-Star Band and the EPCOT Candlelight Orchestra. Besides playing in several Broadway musicals, Scott has appeared with a wide array of talent including the London Symphony, Idina Menzel and the classic rock band CheapTrick. This spring, he can once again be seen performing with the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Sax Quartet and also as a saxophone soloists with several high schools in the Central Florida area.
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.
Dr. Scott Tobias
Dr. Scott C. Tobias currently holds the position of Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida where his responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, teaching courses in conducting and music education, and providing administrative leadership for the UCF Bands program. Prior to his appointment at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Tobias served on the faculty at Appalachian State University and taught in the public schools of Georgia and South Carolina. Bands under Dr. Tobias’ direction have been invited to perform at numerous events, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Tobias has been honored on multiple occasions with awards such as the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Tobias currently serves as the 2nd Vice-President of the National Band Association.
Scott Wilson has served as Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan, staff composer for Grand Link World in Qingdao, China, and has been a featured trumpet soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Orlando. Wilson has hosted the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Camp, four Juilliard Jazz Summer Workshops and has served as the Education Manager for the Jazz Education Network national conferences. Wilson’s jazz texts, The Ultimate Jazz Tool Kit and Ultimate Music Workbook, are published by Kendall Hunt Publishing and accompanied by 35 Jazz Instructional Videos. His nationally published online platforms include Jazz Fundamentals 1, Jazz Fundamentals 2, Jazz Aural Skills and Jazz History. Wilson has diverse international performance credits having shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Jeff Coffin, Benny Green, Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Shelly Berg, Denis DeBlasio, Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, Terrell Stafford, John Pizzarelli, Ed Shaughnessy, and many others. Scott Wilson heads the Jazz Studies program at the University of Florida.
Tony Peluso earned his Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University and Master of Music Education degree from the Eastman School of Music.After teaching instrumental music in Illinois, he was hired by the Walt Disney Company as musical coordinator at Disneyland. After further musical productions including the grand opening of EPCOT and several Super Bowl halftime shows, he joined the opening team for Tokyo Disneyland as musical director. Following the Tokyo project he was promoted to Senior Show Director where he wrote and directed hundreds of major shows for Disney including the world premiere of the “Star Tours” attraction, and a $1,000,000 fundraiser for the United States Olympic Team.
Tony relocated to Walt Disney World as General Manager of Pleasure Island where he was responsible for the total operation of Disney’s night time entertainment center. Presently, Tony is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and a popular adjudicator and clinician for musical festivals around the country.
William A. Gora served for 30 years as the Director of Bands at Appalachian State University, conducting the Wind Ensemble. During his tenure, the Wind Ensemble hosted many of the nations’ most notable composers and performers and performed for CBDNA, NCMEA, and the ABA.
Gora has conducted throughout the U.S., Europe, Taiwan and a clinician at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is experienced as a saxophone recitalist and in jazz /commercial music, performing in the N.C. and Modesto Symphonies and soloist with the Vivaldi Travelling Circus. He is a past divisional President of CBDNA and a member of the American Bandmasters Association
He received the Governors Award for Teaching Excellence and the Outstanding Teaching Medallion from the ASU School of Music. He is a member of the University of Miami Band and NC Bandmasters Hall of Fame. Gora is a recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity’s Distinguished Service Medallion.