2023 Trojan Marching Invitational
Joseph Hermann: Music Effect
Joseph Hermann is a retired Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he was responsible for a dynamic and varied program consisting of the University Marching Band, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and the Golden Eagle Brass.
Before his appointment at Tennessee Tech in 1989, Hermann was the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band at the University of Arizona, an Assistant Director of Bands and a Director of the Marching Hundred at Indiana University and Director of Bands at East Tennessee State University and Associate Conductor of the Johnson City (TN) Symphony Orchestra. Secondary school teaching incorporated directing the Dowling High School Band, West Des Moines, Iowa, and supervision of the Des Moines Catholic Instrumental Music Program for the Diocese of Des Moines. Under his leadership, the school music program expanded to unprecedented enrollment. In addition, he served as the Educational Director for Bands of America and McCormick’s Enterprises, a music corporation, in Chicago, Illinois.
Hermann is sought after as a conductor, adjudicator, and speaker, and as such has appeared in over thirty states, Canada, the Netherlands, and throughout Japan. His symphonic bands have been featured at state, regional and national conventions; his interpretations have been broadcast on National Public Radio. Recordings of his ensembles have been issued as reference for music educators nationwide through music publishers and on the Mark Custom label. He is a proponent of new music for winds, has premiered numerous works for wind band while remaining an active participant in commissioning projects.
Hermann was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 1996 and served as a member of its Board of Directors, became Vice President in 2007, President Elect in 2008, and served ABA as its President until March, 2010. Hermann is an affiliate of CBDNA, MENC, NBA, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, has served as the editor for the New Music Reviews for the Tennessee Musician, and is a past board member of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a past President of the PAC-10 Band Directors Association, a past Province Governor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. In 2008, Tennessee Tech University distinguished Hermann as the Outstanding Faculty for Professional Service, and he was honored with the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in Conducting by the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Hermann earned his degrees from Drake University where he was a student of Professor Don R. Marcouiller.
David Butler: Music Ensemble
David Butler is currently serving as Educational Representative for Giant Steps Music. Prior to this year, David served as the Director of Bands at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, a position he held since 1994. Previous to his appointment at CSAS he served as assistant band director at Hixson High School and band director at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts. Under his direction the bands at CSAS have consistently received superior ratings and recognition at state and national levels, including recognition as a Dixie Classic Festival Honor Band in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In addition, the CSAS Symphonic Band has also performed by invitation at the 2014 Grand National Adjudicators Invitational Concert Festival, the Tennessee State Concert Festival, the 2017 Carnegie Hall Symphonic Series, and on the campuses of Tennessee Tech University, Belmont University, Mercer University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to his duties at CSAS, Mr. Butler also serves as the lead instrumental teacher for the Hamilton County Schools, and is responsible for the coordination of all inservice activities.
A native of Chattanooga, Mr. Butler received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, where he studied tuba with R. Winston Morris. He is currently an active performer in the Chattanooga area, and has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Chattanooga Brass Quintet, Jericho Brass, Chattanooga Concert Band, and the Southern Star Symphonic Brass Band. He is also an arranger of music for the tuba and for concert band. His works have been performed by groups at all levels, recorded by several prominent collegiate and professional ensembles, and are published by TUBA Press, TRN Music, and Ludwig Music. Mr. Butler is a six time recipient of selection by Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers, and has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts multiple times. Mr. Butler is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, National Band Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and the East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association. He is also an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity as well as the American School Band Directors Association. Mr. Butler has served on the Executive Board of the ETSBOA for ten years as Band Chair and President of the Association, as Conference Equipment Chair for TMEA, and as the ASBDA National Executive Board as the Southeast Region V National Chair. He has guest conducted honor bands at middle and high school levels for concert and jazz as well as serving as an adjudicator for numerous marching contests and concert performance assessments in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Alabama. He has given professional clinics for Hamilton County Instrumental Music Inservices, the Tennessee Music Education Association, and the American School Band Directors Association, and continues to serve as an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast for both band and the tuba.
Tom Padgett : Visual Ensemble
Tom Padgett is the current Associate Director of Bands at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Previously he was the Director of Bands at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Under Mr. Padgett’s tenure the marching, concert, and indoor programs at White Knoll received state and regional recognition and received numerous superior ratings on the field, the stage, and the court. Prior to being the Director of Bands at White Knoll Mr. Padgett served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee from 2013-2016. Mr. Padgett has also served as the Director of Bands at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN prior to his time at Dobyns-Bennett from 2010 – 2013.
Mr. Padgett holds his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise – c/o 2009 and his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University – c/o 2015. Prior to becoming a band director Mr. Padgett was on the colorguard staff for the 2009 Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo Ohio and the 2010 Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Padgett was also the co-director of WGI Finalist Southeast Independent Winterguard from the Tri-Cities Tennessee area. Mr. Padgett has performed with The Cast Winterguard 2005-2007 and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 2005.
Mr. Padgett is an active consultant with many band and colorguard programs in the southeast. He is also an active member in the SCBDA serving on the Executive Board as the Winter Ensemble Chair. Mr. Padgett is also on the executive board for the Carolina Winter Ensembtrale Association (CWEA). Tom’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, a Conn-Selmer VIP, and the National Band Association.
Tim Dolan: Visual Effect
Tim Dolan has been involved in the marching arts activity for over thirty years as a marching member, instructor, designer, consultant, and adjudicator. Programs for which he has designed and instructed have been Bands of America (BOA) Regional Champions, WGI Medalists, Multiple State Champions and USSBA National Championship Medalists. These programs include Bassett HS, Ooltewah HS, Soddy-Daisy HS, Elizabethton HS, Southeast Independent Winter Guard, Nuendo Winter Guard and others. He is a Level 2 graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy. Most recently, he served as Chief Judge for the CIPA Winter Guard Circuit.
Professionally, Tim is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Tennessee and is the owner of doghaus [creative!], a design strategy and forecasting firm. He also serves as an Adjucnt Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture + Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville!
Jayce Clemons: Percussion
Jayce Clemons currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Tennessee Tech University. His career spans a variety of creative disciplines. Currently, Jayce focuses on percussion instrument repair, building new instruments, and retuning keyboard percussion instruments. He is also active as a freelance performer and composer, often working with filmmakers from around the world.
After completing a B.S. in Music Education at Tennessee Tech in 2010, Jayce became a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas while pursuing a M.M. in Percussion Performance. At UNT, Jayce taught undergraduate private lessons, coached ensembles, and taught courses in percussion methods. He was a member of the University of North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon. With this ensemble, he recorded numerous works under the label GIA Publications as well as performed at the International Horn Symposium and the 2012 University of North Texas Conductor’s Collegium. Other ensembles that he performed with while at UNT include the Graduate Classical Percussion Ensemble, the 8 O’clock Steel Band, and the Symphony Orchestra with which he performed at the Superbowl XLV Countdown at Cowboys Stadium. As a soloist, he competed in the 2007 PAS International Marimba Competition, and in 2008, he received honorable mention in the Joan Derryberry Concerto Competition for his performance of Eugene Levitas' Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. In the marching arts, Jayce was a member of Southwind Drum and Bugle corps from 2005 to 2006, and Music City Mystique in 2006. He has also arranged for and taught at numerous schools throughout Tennessee and Texas including serving as a private lesson instructor in McKinney and Frisco, Texas from 2012 to 2014 before focusing exclusively on instrument building and composing.
Jayce’s percussion teachers include Eric Howard, Eric Willie, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Mike Drake, Paul Rennick, Henry Okstel, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, and She-e Wu. He studied composition with Greg Danner.
Amy Stewart - Color Guard
Amy Stewart has been involved in colorguard and pageantry activities since 1992. She currently serves on the board of directors of CIPA to facilitate indoor marching opportunities. Her marching experience includes Infiniti Winterguard, the 2000 WGI Independent A Class Champion. She was also the co-director of Southeast Independent Winterguard, a three-time WGI Independent A Class Finalist.
Amy has enjoyed judging and teaching marching band and winterguard in Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. Professionally, Amy is a manager of hospital volunteers and auxiliary services. She resides in Johnson