2022 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 Director of Bands at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama. 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.
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