NABBA Board Members
Term Ending 1 July 2022
Dr. John Bell
Dr. John Bell is Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he conducted the Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, taught conducting and music education courses, and coordinated recruiting and auditions for the Department of Music. Prior to this present appointment, he served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Northern Colorado, where he founded and directed the university’s marching band, the Pride of the Rockies and the UNC British Brass Band. In addition, he was appointed the music director and conductor of the Rocky Mountain Brassworks in Denver. He currently serves as Music Director of the St. Louis Brass Band, and has held this position since 2006. Dr. Bell was Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and is listed as a Master Judge on the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy register. He has received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and is a contributing author to the acclaimed series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He earned Doctors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University where he served on the LSU “Golden Band from Tigerland” staff. Dr. Bell is an elected member of both the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors Association. He has adjudicated symphonic and pageantry events throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Thailand for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, US Bands and the World Music Festival, and has conducted honors and all-state bands in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nebraska.
Aaron Campbell is an active freelance Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba performer in the Tampa Bay area, and is the adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Tampa. Aaron is the founder, president, and solo euphonium of the Tampa Brass Band and serves as principal euphonium and low-brass section leader for the Florida Wind Band. Aaron regularly performs with other groups throughout Florida such as the Florida Orchestra, the Florida Wind Symphony, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. Aaron also performs frequently as a solo, chamber, and musical theater musician.
Aaron is a Besson performing artist and performs exclusively on a Besson BE 2051 Euphonium. He is also a Lefreque performing artist. Aaron holds a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from James Madison University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida. Primary teachers include Carlyl Webber (Army Field Band Euphonium, Retired), Jay Hunsberger (Former Principal Tuba, Sarasota Orchestra), and Kevin Stees (Tuba/Euphonium professor, James Madison University).
Dr. Bill Waterman
Bill Waterman is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Assistant Director of the Blue Thunder Marching Band at Boise State University. Prior to his appointment at Boise State, Dr. Waterman served on the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Michigan at Flint (MI), the Flint Institute of Music (MI), and Jackson College (MI) as well as instructed classes and both Michigan State and Texas Tech Universities. During the summer, Bill serves as faculty for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas.
An award winning educator, conductor, arranger, and performer, Dr. Waterman founded the West Star Brass Band (WSBB) of which he serves as the Musical Director and Conductor. Prior to his position with the WSBB, he captured two first-place finishes in the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championships 10-Piece Brass Band Category (2013, 2014), a second place finish in the NABBA Second Division (2014), and a third-place finish in the US Open Brass Band Championships (2013) as the Music Director and Conductor for the Capital City Brass Band.
Term Ending 1 July 2023
Jason has been a lifelong brass band enthusiast, having played in the horn sections of The Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band, National Capital Band, and Pendel Brass. He has also been a member of Atlantic Brass Band, Princeton Brass Band, and Brass of the Potomac, currently playing with Brass Band of Northern Virginia. He has had the privilege of performing and conducting in venues ranging from school cafeterias to some of the world’s most famous concert halls. Any opportunity to make good music with good people is a good opportunity! He currently serves as the Director of Contemporary Worship and Communications for St. John’s Lutheran of Sweet Air and enjoys all of the various opportunities that come with that role.
Tony Granados – President
Tony Granados is the Artistic Director for the Triangle Brass Band based in Cary, NC, a position he has held since 2008. Tony was Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Band from 2001-2013, and got his start brass banding in the Lexington Brass Band in Kentucky. Currently working as a freelance tuba player in central NC, performing with the NC Opera, Boylan Brass, teaching a private studio and working with high school marching bands.
Jon Heaver is the Director of Music & Gospel Arts for The Salvation Army’s Kansas & Western Missouri Division, and is based in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Jon received his formal training through involvement in Salvation Army brass bands from a young age through to the collegiate level. Jon received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Kansas in 2016 and his Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Florida in 2020. Jon has been a member of the Fountain City Brass Band on B-flat and E-flat bass since 2011, competing in numerous NABBA Championships, U.S. Open Championships, two Brass is Concert Championships, and one Scottish Open Championships. Jon is also the Founder and former Artistic Director of the Free State Brass Band, based in Lawrence, Kansas. Jon created the band in 2014 and conducted the band at their debut NABBA Championships in 2018. Jon has served on the NABBA Board of Directors since 2017.
Dr. Patrick Herak – Vice President
Dr. Herak has advanced degrees in Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Foreign, Second & Multilingual Education, and STEM Education. He is an accomplished musician having co-founded the Dublin Community Bands, Dublin Silver Band, Dublin Youth Brass Band, and Dublin Metro Brass. As an undergrad he was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band for 5-years and can still be found playing with the TBDBITL Alumni Band.
Dr. Herak was a secondary science teacher for 18-years, primarily for Westerville City Schools. However, he did take a leave of absence to teach at Aldenham School near London (UK). He has developed curriculum for Westerville City Schools, Dublin City Schools, Ashland University, and The Ohio State University.
Dr. Herak has served as an adjunct professor at Central Ohio Technical College (Environmental Science), adjunct professor position at Ashland University – Columbus Branch (Science Education) and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.
Gavin Pritchard – Secretary
A professional percussionist and educator, Gavin Pritchard regularly performs with the Orlando Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, at Walt Disney World in the orchestras, the Brass Band of Central Florida as well as many others. As an educator he has held/holds teaching positions at Salford University in the UK, Stetson University in Florida, as well as many local schools grades 6-12.
Gavin was born in Yorkshire into a very musical environment. At the time, his father Gareth, was Principal Cornet with the Brodsworth Colliery Band and then GUS/Rigid Containers Band. As a toddler, Gavin would regularly attend rehearsals with his father often sitting under his seat listening to the band. He even learned how to follow (the percussion line at least) a score before he could read and write. It was also not unusual to find Gavin in the kitchen with pots, pans and wooden spoons playing his own “drum kit”!
At the end of 1990, the whole family moved to Norway and Gavin immediately became involved with music on a more serious level. His first band was Tomrefjord Skulekorps from the small village of Tomrefjord (2,000 inhabitants) in the North West of Norway. His father was the conductor at the time and when he was given a list of players, he noticed that there was a vacancy on percussion. Bearing in mind events with Gavin up to that point and also initially seeing it as a way to meet new friends, he suggested that Gavin take the vacant spot in the percussion group. Thus began his career as a Percussionist.
Gavin’s progress as a percussionist was quite startling and during his very successful time in Norway, he played with: Tomrefjord Skulekorps, Molde Brass Band, Molde Symphony Orchestra, Haukaas Musikklag, Radoy Brass, Sandefjord Brass Symposium, Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, Nanset Wind Band and as an invited guest player with the Royal Norwegian Navy Band.
In 1998, the family moved back to the UK where Gavin studied at the RNCM in Manchester. After graduating, Gavin has worked as a peripatetic teacher and also as a freelance percussionist. He started in brass bands in the UK with Leyland before moving on to YBS where he played with them for over 7 years. After his time with YBS, Gavin played with many of the top brass bands in the UK.
Away from bands, Gavin also regularly worked with the major Orchestras in the UK, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At the beginning of 2012 he also recorded all the percussion tracks for the music used at the Olympic Games in London.
Since moving to Florida in 2015, Gavin has established himself as a professional freelance percussionist as well as an educator, working with many of the top ensembles as well as at numerous institutions throughout the state.
Alex has been a NABBA member since 2008, currently playing solo horn with River Brass. In 2019, Alex spearheaded the formation River Brass Youth Band. Alex is an engineer with Three I Design, and on the weekends, he is the music director for Saint Wendel Catholic Church.
Mark A. Taylor has been a member of NABBA since 2003, when he attended his first Championships as a percussionist with the then newly-formed Chicago Brass Band. In 2009-2011, as part of his doctoral studies in conducting at University of North Texas, Mark served as graduate assistant to Dr. Brian Bowman, euphonium professor and director of the UNT Brass Band. He also completed research for his dissertation, “British-Style Brass Bands in U.S. Colleges and Universities.” In 2012, Mark was named Music Director of Milwaukee Festival Brass, which has appeared annually at the Championships since 2014.
Director of Music & Gospel Arts in Eastern Michigan for The Salvation Army
Music Director- Five Lakes Silver Band
Music Director- Eastern Michigan Divisional Band & Chorus
New York Staff Band- 1995-2018
Eb Soprano Cornet Soloist- 2008-2018
Brass Band of Battle Creek- 2018- present
Bryen Warfield is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, IN. The Homestead Band and Orchestra program supports over 300 students through the Spartan Alliance Band, 3 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, Anonymous Blue, and the Homestead Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his tenure at Homestead, Bryen was the Assistant Director of Bands at Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, IN where he helped oversee 4 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, marching band, and taught music theory. All ensembles under Bryen’s direction have received honors and distinctions from contests at national and local events including being named a Featured Ensemble at the 2020 Indiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, two-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, 2019 & 2017 Bands of America Toldeo Regional & Class Champion, 2017 ISSMA Class A State Champion, and Gold Ratings ‘With Distinction’ at ISSMA Organizational Contests.
Bryen received his Bachelors of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Louisville where he studied with John Jones, Darryl Johnson, and Kimcherie Lloyd. Bryen received his Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from The Ohio State University where he studied with Dr. Russel Mikkelson and Dr. Scott A. Jones. He served as a graduate conducting associate with the band department, taught courses in conducting, and was a Graduate Assistant Director with The Ohio State University Marching Band. Bryen has participated in conducting masterclasses, workshops, and festivals around the country with many esteemed conducting teachers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hugh Wolff, Donald Thulean, Kevin Sedatole, Kevin Noe, John Lynch, and Robert Ambrose.
Bryen was a performing member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for three seasons and later served as a brass educator for the Columbus Saints, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Bluecoats. Bryen is an active performer, adjudicator, clinician, and conductor throughout the United States. He serves as the Associate Conductor and tubist with the Old Crown Brass Band of Fort Wayne, IN.
Bryen maintains affiliations with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Conductor’s Guild, NAfME, and ASTA.
Dr. Doug Lindsey has played as principal trumpet of the Memphis Symphony, section trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on tour with the Mirari Brass Quintet, and the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, as solo cornet in the Fountain City Brass Band, as President and Principal cornet with the Georgia Brass Band, and frequently tours with pianists and friends, Judy Cole and Kristy Olefsky. He joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and has been a featured artist with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, at the International Trumpet Guild conference, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, with the Kennesaw State Orchestra, the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, and the Georgia Brass Band.
Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of John Aley, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville under the guidance of Richard Rulli. Other wonderful, influential teachers include: Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, and Scott Moore.
Dr. Lindsey is a Schilke performing artist.