NABBA Board Members
Term Ending 1 July 2021
Anita Cocker Hunt (Past President – non voting)
Music Director for The Salvation Army/Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky/Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Southeast
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.
Born in the small cotton mill town of Darwen, in the North West of England (NWEng). Edward’s musical journey started age 9, being given a trombone due to having the longest arms! Edward soon joined the Blackburn and Darwen (B&D) Junior Band, a 3-tier organization tracing its history back to 1840 claiming the Grand Shield in 1987!!! By the age of 15 Edward had been appointed principal trombone of the B&D Senior band winning the NW Eng area finals securing their place in the National finals in London and promotion to the Championship Section to face bands such as Brittania, Leyland and Fairies!!! Edward at this time also performed with the Lancashire Youth Brass Band and attended the International Brass Band Summer Schools lead by 2 of the greats Sir Harry Mortimer and Dr Roy Newsome tutored by Ian Bousfield.
Edward joined the British Army aged 19. Appointed principal trombonist of the Life Guards Band which incidentally included learning to ride a horse!!! Other appointments followed with the Royal Engineers and Adjutant General’s Corps bands, however, it was during his time with the Welsh Guards Band in between Guard mounting at Buckingham Palace, London Olympics 2012 and performing for Royal Weddings his musical satisfaction was still gained from performing with amateur Brass Bands. Edward co-founded a new concept drawing the very best brass and percussion players from around the British Army to establish the British Army Brass Band. The front runner to the now 3 established military Brass Bands.
Edward completed his BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management and Law Administration in 2014 prior to selection at the Corps of Army Music Headquarters, Kneller Hall. Key responsibilities included Change management and Process Improvement of military Music.
Edward relocated to Apex, North Carolina in 2017 following a successful 22-year military career with his wife Tracy and daughters Elizabeth and Olivia. In addition to music, Edward is a keen skier, swimmer and football (soccer) fan (Blackburn Rovers). He has just established a community band and is a Registered North Carolina Football Club Youth coach.
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.
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
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. 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.
Native of South Bend, Indiana. BS in Music Education and American History from Ball State University. MME from Eastern Kentucky University. Served as Graduate Assistant of Bands while at EKU.
Taught band, orchestra and jazz band and social studies for 11 years in public schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.Currently serving for 32 years as Senior Education Manager at Mynett Music (A Sweetwater Company) in Fort Wayne.
Active euphonium and trombone performer and adjudicator. Active adjudicator for Indiana State School Music Association. Played trombone in Conglomernotes big band from 1985-2016.Taught at many summer music camps.
Original member and past President of Old Crown Brass Band in Fort Wayne Indiana. Currently playing Baritone in the OCBB. On the NABBA Board of Directors since 2014, Served as NABBA Secretary 2015-2019.Led the successful effort to have NABBA in Fort Wayne.Married to Sally Gillette since 1982. She is a French Hornist and also a member of OCBB. Two sons, Matthew and Andrew, who live in Fort Wayne.
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.