2021 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 McDaniel: Music Ensemble
Throughout his career as a music educator, David McDaniel has taught instrumental music in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. His concert and marching bands have competed nationally earning finalist placement at competitions such as the Grand Nationals Adjudicators Invitational and Bands of America. Mr. McDaniel has presented feature clinic performances with his bands at state, regional, and national professional conferences across the United States and has been invited as a guest speaker and lecturer for university classes.
He has an extensive background in teaching and conducting beyond school ensembles that include; drum & bugle corps, community youth orchestras, individual lessons through private studios, and church music programs. He has also overseen percussion and guard units in the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, who under his direction have won state and championship titles. In addition, Mr. McDaniel has had band arrangements commissioned by various high schools and colleges.
David McDaniel has served as an adjudicator for marching and concert band festivals throughout the Southeast including the 2012 Louisiana State Marching Band Championships. A graduate of Jacksonville St. University, David is in his 29th year of teaching and is currently serving the Oxford City Schools, located in Oxford, AL, as Director of Bands. He is married to Aletha Sharpston McDaniel, has two children, and two beautiful granddaughters.
Rick Chambers : Visual Ensemble
Rick Chambers has been a band director since 1975. He holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Music degrees for the University of Tennessee and has taught in public schools in Tennessee and Georgia.
In Hamilton County, Tennessee, Mr. Chambers was the band director at Lookout Valley Middle Senior High School from 1975-1977, During this time, the band grew from 12 to 100. The marching band marched for the first time under direction of a field commander and with a 24 member colorguard. The concert band competed for the first time in the ETSB&OA concert festival in grade IV.
From 1977 to 1987, Mr. Chambers was the band director at Tyner High School. Under his direction the marching band added a 32 member color guard and won many marching competitions. The concert band competed in the ETSB&OA’s Spring Concert Festival in Grade VI classification.
From 1991 to 2008 he was the director at Soddy Daisy High School. Under his direction, the band grew from 75 to 187 members in the marching band. The marching band won consistent superior ratings and took first place in many competitions. The Soddy Daisy Band was one of the first Hamilton County bands to compete in the USSBA Southern Regional in Chattanooga, TN and won the Class 6 division and received an invitation to compete in the Inaugural USSBA Championships in Baltimore, Maryland. They also competed in Bands of America regional and national levels and competed and performed in the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl and received an invitation in 2008 to march in the 2010 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. The band also performed/competed in Toronto, Canada and aboard ship in the Bahamas.
From 2008 to 2019. Mr. Chambers was the band director at Ridgeland High School In Walker County, Georgia. Under his direction, the marching band grew and competed around the region receiving consistent superior ratings and won their division in the USBands(formerly USSBA) Southern Division. In 2014 the Band was invited and marched in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City. The Ridgeland band also competed aboard ship in the Bahamas receiving a superior rating and winning their classification. The concert band continued a tradition of superior performances around the region.
During his teaching career of forty years, Mr, Chambers also served as the music director at three local Baptist Churches and is presently the music director at Friendship Baptist Church in Hixson Tennessee. Mr, Chambers retired in 2019 and is actively conducting clinics and working with local bands.
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!
Dr. Colin Hill: Percussion
Dr. Colin J. Hill is currently the Assistant Professor of Percussion Studies at Tennessee Tech University. As an active performer, Colin has been invited to perform concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He performs regularly with the BluHill Percussion Duo, Nief-Norf Project, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and the TTU Faculty Jazz Combo. Other performing credits include the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Bloomington Pops Orchestra, REP Theatre Company, and the Bluegrass Area Jazz Association Big Band.
As an educator, Colin has appeared as a guest artist and clinician at universities and high schools throughout the United States and has been invited to present clinics at several PAS Days of Percussion and PAS International Conventions. He has served as a faculty member for Centre College, the Central Music Academy, Music for All Summer Symposium, and the University of North Texas Drumline Camp.
Colin holds degrees from The University of North Texas (B.M.), Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (M.M.), and The University of Kentucky (D.M.A) and is a sponsored artist of Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Pearl/Adams.
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