Past YMSA Faculty

We have had many talented and dedicated musicians that have worked with the Young Musicians Summer Academy.


2012 - James Bean

James Bean - A native of Beverly, Massachusetts, Jim Bean has been a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Band since 1986, and has served in the capacity of Principal Trumpet with that organization for 22 years. He often performs as Trumpet Soloist with the band, and was the leader of the USNA Band Brass Quintet for many years. He also performs with the USNA Band Jazz Ensemble "The Next Wave." In addition, Jim serves as the Principal Trumpet with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of New Hampshire. He has performed with such luminaries as world-renowned maestro Leonard Slatkin, composer Marvin Hamlisch and jazz greats Phil Wilson, Eddie Daniels and Clark Terry. Additionally, he performed with such world renowned entertainers as Bob Hope and Tony Bennett. His most memorable concerts include performances at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II.

Currently, he is the band director at Matapeake Middle School.

2013 - Andy Pease

Andy Pease - As music director of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and the community band, Columbia Summer Winds, Andrew Pease has helped to put the wind band back on the map in New York City. Mr. Pease graduated cum laude with high honors in music from Dartmouth College in 2001, where he received the Wind Symphony’s Senior Symphonic Award and the Richter Grant for Senior Research. He received Master of Arts degrees in Music Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2004 and in Wind Conducting from Hofstra University in 2010. His past conducting teachers include Max Culpepper, Melinda O’Neal, Dino Anagnost, and Peter Boonshaft, as well as clinics with Glen Adsit, Michael Haithcock, Allan McMurray, Gary Hill, Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Craig Kirchoff, Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds, Emily Threinen, Stephen Pratt, and Richard Blatti. In 2010 he was a Conducting Fellow at the first ever Julliard School Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, where he studied with Jim Smith, George Stelluto, and Virginia Allen.

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2014 - Dr. David Ferguson

Dr. David Ferguson is the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts at IUP. From 2001-2012, he taught trumpet and music education courses in the IUP music department. Prior to that, Dr. Ferguson taught elementary, Jr. High, and High School music (primarily band and strings) in Decatur, IL for 6 years. David earned a BM in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and an MME and EdD in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Dr. Ferguson has published several compositions and arrangements for brass instruments through Eighth Note Publications in Toronto, Canada. He continues to perform with the Hoodlebug Brass and in a jazz combo with his wife, Laura who is also an IUP music professor. David and Laura have two children, Ella and Xavier.

2015 - Mr. Richard Kane

Richard Kane is a music educator, composer, and clinician from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007) and his Masters of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from Messiah College (2015). He has been a public school teacher at Mount Union Area High School since 2007 where he has served as Jr and Sr. High Director.

In addition to his teaching and conducting duties, Mr. Kane has been an active composer and arranger for over 10 years. He has arranged numerous shows for marching band and indoor percussion as well as music for the idioms of concert band and jazz band.

Richard resides in Huntingdon, Pa with his wife Christina. He enjoys playing his native instrument, trumpet, as much as possible.

2016 - Mr. Marvin Feld

York, PA was Marvin’s hometown. He became interested in music at an early age and developed a love for the oboe. While still in high school, he began studying privately, taking lessons at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. He attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship, where he was principal oboist in the band during his college years. While in college, he was voted band president, president of the Student Religious Association, and was selected for "Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges".

After a stint in the U.S. Army, he began his teaching career with the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, PA. During his time with the district, he primarily taught instrumental music, but led choral ensembles as well. Under his leadership as director of bands at Central Bucks East, the band was honored to lead the processional for the Nobel Prize recipient Lech Walenza during his visit to Bucks County, and was one of four high school area bands selected to perform for the "We the People" festivities in Philadelphia during the celebration honoring the 200th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States.

The band also performed in many US cities, receiving Superior or Outstanding awards in Savannah, Norfolk, San Diego, and New Orleans. For twenty-­three summers he directed the Doylestown community band at outdoor concerts given at the courthouse lawn in July.

Marvin is a past president of the Bucks County Music Educators, has been published in The Pennsylvania Music Educators Journal, served as a clinician at state music conventions, as well as an evaluator for four Middle States Evaluation Teams. Until his retirement, he served as music coordinator for the Central Bucks School District.

Since retirement, he adjudicated for "Music in the Parks", directed a community band for six years, and is still conducting a 30 voice choir. Over the years he also directed pit orchestras for twenty different musicals. He and his wife are passionate travelers, having visited over sixty countries and every continent.

2017 - Mr. John F. Banghart

Originally from Central Pennsylvania, music has been a major part of John’s life since starting the baritone in fourth grade in Palmyra, PA. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Masters work at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA with additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He has had the pleasure of teaching and conducting all levels of young musicians in Liverpool, NY and Jersey Shore, PA. and has served as Interim Conductor for the Mid-Shore Community Band in Easton, MD. He remains in that organization as the Assistant Conductor and member of the tuba section and was a founding member of the Band. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of The Tidewater Singers and sang as a member in the bass section. Currently he also plays tuba with the Burnished Brass Quintet and is a freelance musician. He is active in the community as a Certified Piano Tuner and Technician.

In addition to his musical endeavors locally, he has also had the honor of playing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy under the direction of Maestra Marin Alsop for three seasons and studying tuba with Principal Tubist, David Fedderly.

2018 - Thomas Edward Cheezum is serving in his sixth year at Colonel Richardson High School Department of Music where he conducts the Band, Orchestra and Choral ensembles and serves as Musical Director for the Drama Club; he is also a 1992 graduate of the program. Tom holds degrees in Music from Salisbury State University (BA 1996) and Peabody Conservatory (MM 2001). While in college, he performed with Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Burrell and the Moody Blues. He has conducted the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, the Salisbury University Wind Ensemble, the Peabody Wind Ensemble, the Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra, the Maryland Youth Preparatory Orchestra and multiple pit bands and orchestras. He has recorded with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, the Youngstown State Jazz Ensemble I and the Peabody Wind Ensemble. Cheezum currently holds the positions of Vice-President of the Eastern Shore Orchestra Director’s Association (Maryland) and President of the Colonel Richardson High School Alumni Association. He resides in Preston, MD with his wife and four children.



Heather Fullerton is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Born and raised in Hebron, she is a 1995 graduate of James M. Bennett HS. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Salisbury University in 1999 and her Master’s in Education from SU in 2006.

Mrs. Fullerton has been employed by Queen Anne’s County Public Schools for 14 years; spending her first three years in the elementary music class and the last 11 years as the Band Director at Centreville Middle School. Queen Anne’s County has recognized Heather as a finalist for Teacher of the Year several times. As Band Director, the CMS Band has consistently earned Excellent ratings at District Band Festival. Her students have also earned many honors including membership in the Virginia Tech Honors Band and the Junior All-Shore Honors Band.

Mrs. Fullerton’s flute instruction began in 5th grade, like many others. She began studying privately in high school and was also a member of the Junior and Senior All-Shore Bands (which she enjoys telling her own band students about.) Her flute instructors of note include the late Dr. Douglas Smith, himself a student of the Paris Conservatory, and Mrs. Kimberly Valerio, the current principal chair of the Maryland Symphony and Key West Symphony Orchestras. As a performer, Mrs. Fullerton is principal flute in the Mid-Shore Community Band and is often hired to perform at local churches.

Heather Fullerton resides in St. Michaels, MD with her husband, Matt and two children, Molly and Marty.


Christine Paxson Smith is a native of Hedgesville, West Virginia. She graduated from Shepherd University, located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a Bachelor’s of Music Education. While at Shepherd, Christine studied flute with Anne Munro and was the principal flautist of the wind ensemble and preparatory orchestra. She also led the Ram Marching Band on the field for two years as drum major.

Ms. Smith is currently in her fourth year as the director of bands at Milford High School in Milford, Delaware. There, she directs the marching, concert, and jazz bands as well as teaches music appreciation and theory courses. Christine has held positions such as the Visual and Performing Arts Department chair at Milford and chair for the Senior Kent County Honor Band in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, she was honored as the guest conductor for the Worchester County Honor Band. Christine also runs a private flute studio through B&B Music in Camden, Delaware.

Christine is completing her final requirements to obtain a Master’s in Education degree from Wilmington University and graduate this year. Ms. Smith and her husband, Russ, reside in Harrington, Delaware with their dog, Copland and their brand new baby girl, Natalie.


Casey Goryeb, a resident of Morris Plains, New Jersey, is the 5th Grade Chorus and PreK-5 classroom music teacher at Catherine A. Dwyer and Dennis B. O’Brien Elementary Schools in Rockaway Township, NJ. Prior to teaching, she received her B.S. in Music Education and B.A. in Music (Flute) from Lebanon Valley College. Miss Goryeb has her certification in Orff-Schulwerk through the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and is currently working towards her M.Ed. in Educational Instruction through The College of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ. She has also directed the Copeland Middle School Musical in Rockaway for the past 4 years, worked with both Morris Hills High School and West Milford High School marching bands as the Woodwind Tech/Dance Instructor, maintains a private flute studio, and performs in a ukulele duo called The Two Ukes in her spare time.


Kara Eberly was born, raised and currently resides in Stevens, Pennsylvania. She is a 2012 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. While at Lebanon Valley, Kara enjoyed performing in many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Saxophone Ensemble, as well as being a featured soloist for the Lebanon Valley Symphony Orchestra. Kara performed two solo recitals while at Lebanon Valley College under the studio direction of Professor Thomas Strohman. She received multiple honors and awards including being named outstanding junior music major in 2011 and outstanding female woodwind player in 2012. She was also selected as a Drum Major for The Pride of the Valley Marching Band for the 2010 season and named to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities in 2012.

Kara is the adult choir director at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. She is also an assistant director of the children’s musical and a praise team member at Middle Creek. Kara is currently seeking a full-time music teaching position.


Wayne Martin has been teaching in the Caroline County school system for the past 13 years, ten of those as the band director at North Caroline High School. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Salisbury University in 2013.

Wayne Martin has studied saxophone performance with adjunct professors from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Julliard school of music, and studied jazz performance with the lead trumpeter of the Pittsburgh Balcony Big Band. Mr. Martin was recognized as the 2009-2010 Caroline County teacher of the year.

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Thomas Edward Cheezum is the Chair of Colonel Richardson High School Department of Music as well as an alumnus of the program. Prior to taking over the high school department of music, Cheezum spent four years expanding the CRMS music program in partnership with Mr. Woodard.

Before coming home to the Eastern Shore, Tom spent seven years teaching in Anne Arundel County Schools conducting the Severna Park Middle School Orchestra and co-conducting the SPMS Chorus. While living in the Baltimore area he had the pleasure of conducting numerous musicals, multiple elementary orchestra festivals and spent two seasons at the helm of the Maryland Youth Preparatory Orchestra.

Cheezum earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Salisbury State University (1996). He earned the Master of Music Degree in Performance from Peabody Conservatory (2001) where he studied Trombone and Wind Conducting. He maintains an active performance and professional schedule – he is a board member with the Caroline County Council of Arts, he is President of the Eastern Shore Orchestra Director’s Association and remains active in other state and local music associations.

Cheezum currently resides in Preston with his wife Christy and their four children Thomas III, Gillian, Susannah and Violet.


EJ Oesterle - A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, percussionist EJ Oesterle has been the band director at Lockerman Middle School since 2008. Since graduating Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in music education he has performed with the Balitmore Symphony, The Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew, the St. Marys Community Band, and the Mid-Shore Community Band.


Kevin Longwill is an accomplished musician hailing from Altoona, PA. He holds two degrees; Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, both from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Kevin started making music at age 8, when he began formal piano studies. Two years later, he began to study percussion. His past instructors include Jason Burkle, William Ford, Glenn Steele, Lenny Rogers, Shafaat Khan, Oleg Maslov, Phillip O'Banion, and Rolando Morales-Matos. Kevin's work extends through nearly all genres and styles of music, including classical, jazz, marching, world styles, and contemporary. Most recently, Kevin has performed with the Temple University Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble, including performances at Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Kevin's performances can be heard on BCM&D Records and Independent labels.


Margaret Taylor is a music educator and performer from Richmond, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Lebanon Valley College. Ms. Taylor is currently the Director of Music at Providence United Methodist Church where she serves as the organist and choir director. She is also the Accompanist and Assistant director of City Singers Youth Choirs, a distinguished youth choral program based in the city of Richmond. Ms. Taylor teaches private voice, piano, and flute lessons and accompanies for various organizations and ensembles in the Richmond area. She also performs regularly as a soprano soloist, singing for concert series at local churches. This is Ms. Taylor's first year at the Summer Music Academy.


Kristiann Vogler is the PreK-8th grade classroom music teacher and director of the 5th grade chorus, LPS Harmony, and Select Chorus at Florence M. Burd Elementary School and Long Pond Middle School in Andover, New Jersey. Miss Vogler is also the Sussex County Junior Honors Music-Choral Manager and a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association/Northern New Jersey Orff-Schulwerk Association. She holds a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music with a Clarinet concentration from Lebanon Valley College (2012). While in college, Miss Vogler was a member of Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, College Choir, and Concert Choir. She currently resides in Sparta, New Jersey.

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Bill Williams is a music educator, performer, and band director from Salisbury Maryland. Originally from Pennsylvania, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and studied trumpet with Dr. H. Michael Galloway. Mr. Williams performs regularly with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and other professional performing groups in the Maryland and Virginia area, and has served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He was the director of instrumental music at Washington High School in Princess Anne, Maryland for 19 years where he directed bands that were consistently ranked excellent and superior at the local and state levels. He is currently in his first year as director of bands and teaching music technology at Pocomoke high School in Pocomoke City Maryland.

Currently Mr. Williams resides in Salisbury Maryland with his wife Jennifer and children Brandon and Sienna. He enjoys spending his free time boating and camping with his family.

Mr. Leon Frison is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is currently the Director of Bands at Kent County Middle School in Chestertown, Maryland where his groups include, Level I and II Bands, Advanced Band, Festival Band, Jazz Band and a string group. Mr. Frison is a graduate of the Overbrook High School Music Magnet Program in Philadelphia where he played in the concert band, jazz band and orchestra. He received experience as a studio musician in his early teens and continued to establish himself as a writer, arranger and producer while in Philadelphia.

Mr. Frison is a graduate of Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now known as University of the Arts) where he majored in Trumpet/Studio –Jazz Emphasis. There he composed for the jazz band and worked independently for a major gospel label. In addition to playing trumpet and arranging, Leon has worked as a keyboard player. He has played, recorded and/or arranged for Rev. James Cleveland, The Williams Brothers, Wagner Alumni Choir, Chuck Jackson, The Tymes, Jean Carne and has been sought to play for Ray Charles, The O’Jays, Bob Hope and Suzanne Summers.


Ali Rodriguesis currently the director of bands at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Dorchester County. Originally from Pennsylvania, she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education (with a focus in percussion) from West Chester University in 2008. Ali will graduate from Mansfield University in December 2015 with a Master of Arts in Music Education degree.


Alyson Trout is currently in her fourth year at Colonel Richardson Middle School, directing the Intermediate Orchestra, Festival Orchestra, Concert and Festival Choirs, and teaching general music classes at all three grade levels. During her time at CRMS, Mrs. Trout has led students in performances at the ESODA and ESCDA District Festivals, where the Festival Orchestra and the Festival Choir have consistently earned Excellent and Superior ratings. In addition, she has sent students to the ESCDA and ESODA All-Shore Festivals. Alyson has also had the opportunity to work with many talented students and staff members as the string specialist for the Young Musicians Summer Academy for the past three years. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College (2012), she holds a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Piano. While in school, Mrs. Trout performed regularly as a solo pianist and accompanist, as well as a member of the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Trout is currently an active member of the Eastern Shore Choral Directors Association, the Eastern Shore Orchestra Directors Association, the Maryland Music Educatorís Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

Percussion - Ali Rodrigues

Ali Rodrigues is originally from Central Pennsylvania and now lives in Cambridge, MD. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (with a focus in percussion) from West Chester University in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Mansfield University in 2015. Before moving to Maryland she spent time teaching competitive, championship, and award winning marching bands and indoor drumlines. She is currently the director of bands at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Dorchester County where she works with two concert bands, a symphonic band, and the marching band. When not teaching she can be found performing around the Mid-Shore, mainly with the Mid-Shore Community Band.

High Brass - Leon Frison

Mr. Leon Frison is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is currently the Director of Bands at Kent County Middle School in Chestertown, Maryland where his groups include, Level I and II Bands, Advanced Band, Festival Band, Jazz Band and a string group. Mr. Frison is a graduate of the Overbrook High School Music Magnet Program in Philadelphia where he played in the concert band, jazz band and orchestra. He received experience as a studio musician in his early teens and continued to establish himself as a writer, arranger and producer while in Philadelphia.

Mr. Frison is a graduate of Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now known as University of the Arts) where he majored in Trumpet/Studio –Jazz Emphasis. There he composed for the jazz band and worked independently for a major gospel label. In addition to playing trumpet and arranging, Leon has worked as a keyboard player. He has played, recorded and/or arranged for Rev. James Cleveland, The Williams Brothers, Wagner Alumni Choir, Chuck Jackson, The Tymes, Jean Carne and has been sought to play for Ray Charles, The O’Jays, Bob Hope and Suzanne Summers.

Matthew Murchison - Matthew enjoys a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and producer. Matthew has been called one of the finest players of his (or any) generation. Matthew was a member of River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA from 2002-2015 where he was a featured soloist hundreds of times. His solo performances with the River City Brass have been broadcast across the country. His comedy songs have been enjoyed by tens of people from every dark corner of the internet.

As a brass musician Matthew plays euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. Matthew has served as producer for CD recordings and can be heard on solo, chamber, large ensemble, and rock band albums. He has also been hired to write jokes and perform as the emcee for concerts. Matthew has performed solo and chamber music concerts all across the United States as well as in South America, Europe, and Asia. He has been able to perform with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, United States Army Band ͞Pershing’s Own, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. His piece "Motions" won a Harvey Phillips Award for Composition Excellence at the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference.

Matthew is a regularly featured performer at regional, national, and international conferences and has served on adjudication panels for international composition and performance competitions. As a member of the award-winning River Bottom Quartet, Matthew has performed as the opening act for the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Matthew’s interest in a variety of music means that he’s performed in bars, concert halls, and for tens-of –thousands of slightly buzzed onlookers as part of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Matthew self-publishes a number of his compositions though his Bandcamp website while others may be obtained only after completing a series of magical quests. Recent performances of his compositions have taken place across the US as well as in Japan, South America, and Europe. He released his solo CD entitled ͞Everyone But Me" in 2003 on his own Mulholland Records and Music label. Matthew performs exclusively on the XO euphonium.

Special Guest Faculty

Jazz Improv

Dave Renz has been playing saxophone professionally on the East Coast since the early 1990’s. His compositions and performances have appeared on cd’s alongside Steve Howe, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Robert Hazard and Annie Haslam (Renaissance). He has recorded with some of the top players/producers in the industry, most recently for Grammy winning producer Phil Nicolo as part of the Klemmer-Hill-Reid project.

Dave Renz has performed internationally in Paris, France, and regionally from New York City to Nags Head North Carolina, and appeared multiple times at the Berks Jazz Festival and Music Fest in Allentown PA. Look for him regularly at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City , Warmdadddy's, The Salt Creek Grill, in Princeton New Jersey, and in and around the Philadelphia area.

Dave Renz resides in Chester County Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Central Bucks West High School and West Chester University. He has had the pleasure of studying with Tom Altman, Lenny Piero, and Larry McKenna.

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Special Guest Instructor

Robert DiLutis has recently been appointed to the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Music, College Park. Previously Mr. DiLutis was Professor of Clarinet at the Louisiana State University School of Music, Assistant Principal and E-flat clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. DiLutis has also served on the faculties of the St. Mary's University in Texas, and Nazareth College in New York. Most recently Mr. DiLutis developed and taught an Orchestral Audition Training Program for the Eastman School of Music. His many clinics and master classes have included Ithaca College, Hartt School of Music, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music and the Academia y Banda De Musica De Norena, Oviedo, Spain.

Making his Carnegie Hall Recital debut in 1989, Mr. DiLutis has also performed as featured soloist with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, Laredo Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently Mr. DiLutis toured with the New York Philharmonic on its historic trip to Pyongyang, North Korea. Mr. DiLutis is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber. In addition to his performance career Mr. DiLutis in the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed making device used by top professionals around the world. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet Group USA and plays Buffet clarinets exclusively.

As part of Professor DiLutis' new comprehensive program, he will be offering classes in Clarinet Choir, Instrument Repair, Single Reed Making, Orchestral Repertoire, Clarinet Master Class, How to Win an Orchestral Audition, Chamber Music, Clarinet, Eb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet lessons. You can hear Mr. DiLutis on his new CD Robert DiLutis at LSU, available online at

Mr. DiLutis is coming to the Young Musician's Summer Academy thanks to support from B&B Music.

Guest Clinician

Andrew Hitz is an internationally renowned soloist, clinician and speaker having appeared in over 40 states and 30 countries including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. He recently ended an almost 14 year tenure as the tuba player for Boston Brass.

Andrew currently teaches tuba and euphonium at George Mason University and Gettysburg College. As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, he appears all over the world as both a teacher and performer. Andrew has presented at over 20 state music educator conferences and taught master classes at some of the finest music schools in the world including Juilliard, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. Recently, he was a thought leader specializing in social media and arts marketing at the Savvy Musician in Action Retreat at the University of South Carolina.

Andrew is the author of "A Band Director's Guide To Everything Tuba: A Collection of Interviews with the Experts" and is in the process of putting out volumes for the trombone and oboe. His latest venture, Pedal Note Media, is a digital media company founded with former Boston Brass colleague Lance LaDuke. Pedal Note Media provides products and programs to educate, entertain and inspire music teachers, players and fans. This includes the Brass Recording Project, whose goal is to record all of the world’s great brass music. The first recording "Brass Recording Project: The Arrangements of JD Shaw" is available now through iTunes and other outlets.

His latest project is "The Brass Junkies" podcast from the Pedal Note Media Podcast Network. "The Brass Junkies" is a podcast interviewing the best brass players in the world on everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business. It is available now through iTunes or streamable through the Pedal Note Media website.

Andrew is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization which has awarded over $750,000 in grants to enhance music education to underserved populations.

Andrew lives in the Washington, DC area with his son Nicholas, his dog Izabella, and his wife Tiffany, who he thinks is the best band director in the country.

Guest Clinician

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has made his mark on the New York jazz scene for over three decades, while bringing his "casual perfectionism" to clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide. Bowen's discography of over 70 titles includes associations with Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Michael Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold.

His seven solo CDs (Movin' On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, and Power Play) feature a wide variety of top shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; Organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall.

Artistic Director

2012-2014 - Andrew Woodard is the Co-Founder and Artistic director of the Young Musician's Summer Academy. He is currently the Director of Bands at Colonel Richardson Middle School where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, various chamber ensembles as well as 6-8 grade general music. In addition to his duties at CRMS Mr. Woodard teaches beginning band lessons to 5th grade students at Federalsburg and Preston Elementary Schools. Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007) with a primary concentration on Trumpet as well as a minor in Piano. Mr. Woodard has attended a number of conducting workshops where he worked with renowned conductors and music educators. In 2013, Andrew received the honor of being selected as a reviewer for the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards. Mr. Woodard holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education and Eastern Shore Band Director's Association, in which he served as secretary from 2010-2014.

Saxophones - Oren Vigo

Mr. Orren Vigo is currently a music educator at Colonel Richardson Middle School in Maryland, where he instructs both the general music classes and the instrumental ensembles, as well as co-directs the musical theater productions. These ensembles include the marching band, jazz band, concert band, and wind ensemble.

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Vigo acquired a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Education concentration. He took additional coursework in conducting and composing to supplement his degree, as well as being a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College and an active brother in the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - a group that works to further music in America and benefit education of music and the arts.

Mr. Vigo has led and performed in many performing groups from chamber ensembles and barbershop quartets to marching bands and symphonic bands. In 2015, under the direction of internationally renowned composer David Holsinger, he performed with the national Sinfonia Winds ensemble. He is currently a member of the Mid-Shore Community Band and Mid-Shore Big Band, which perform all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and is also a member of the Eastern Shore Band Directors Association.