KEVIN FORD, saxophonist and music educator, is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Kevin taught saxophone lessons privately in the Denton Independent School District to many local high and middle school students. He taught several masterclasses and judged for local All-Region contests in the North Texas area as well. He recently has taught lessons at the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Kevin has performed in masterclasses for Dr. Eugune Rousseau, Laurent Estoppey, and Debra Richtmeyer and has put on multiple solo recitals while at UNT. He has also performed and recorded with numerous collegiate ensembles including the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and Conductor’s Collegium. His teachers include Dr. Eric Nestler and Dr. Steven Stusek. Kevin can be reached at email@example.com.
BRANDON WEST is a percussionist and music educator based in Mebane, NC. He has taught concert and marching percussion throughout the southeastern portion of North Carolina. Some of these schools include: Cape Fear High School, South View High School, Terry Sanford High School, Douglas Byrd High School, Grays Creek High School, and Scotland High School. Brandon has served these programs as a percussion instructor, arranger, show designer, and drill writer.
As a performer Brandon has performed in many wind ensembles, concert bands, percussion ensembles, and marching ensembles. More notably, he was a member of the 2017 NC Day of Percussion All-Star Percussion Ensemble directed by Mark Ford, a performing member on the Focus Day Concert at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, and was a member of the 2014 edition of the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. Brandon has had the opportunity to learn from many world-renowned percussionists; a few of those include: Nancy Zeltsman, Pius Cheung, Casey Cangelosi, and members of NEXUS.
Brandon received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, studying percussion under Dr. Joseph Van Hassel and Dr. Tracy Wiggins. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying percussion under Dr. Eric Willie. Brandon is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is endorsed by Evans drumheads and Promark drumsticks. Brandon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIANE REYES, originally from central California, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida in the spring of 2013. Ms. Reyes was an active member of the Jacksonville community performing with UNF’s top ensembles, as well as several local ensembles. She has given recitals at the University of North Florida and Mayo Clinic’s Proton Center. Ms. Reyes was also a performing artist with Body & Soul: The Art of Healing, a Jacksonville based arts organization seeking to support local healthcare facilities, their patients and families, through music. A strong supporter of music education, Ms. Reyes has worked diligently with local Title 1 schools, UNF’s Music Mentors program, the Davis Performing Arts Center, and the Bridge of Northeast Florida to provide music instruction and mentorship for Jacksonville’s at risk youth. Her private students have performed in local honor bands and have received superior ratings as soloists. Currently, Ms. Reyes is pursuing graduate studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She can be reached at email@example.com.
ABIGAIL SIMONEAU, a New Hampshire native, is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This fall, she became part of the adjunct music faculty at Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina. Ms. Simoneau earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire. Her teachers include Linda True, Peggy Vagts, Douglas Worthen, Carla Copeland-Burns, and Erika Boysen. Ms. Simoneau has performed with numerous ensembles throughout her college career, and has played with the Southern Illinois Music Festival for four seasons.