Staff

Staff

Brian Taylor – Graduate Assistant

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Brian Taylor is starting the first year of his master’s degree in wind conducting. He taught high school and middle school band in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for the past four years. Before moving to DFW, Mr. Taylor received his music education degree from The University of Texas where he also studied Plan II, a liberal arts program. Mr. Taylor was in the wind ensemble at UT under Jerry Junkin, marched in the Longhorn Band for five years, and studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki.

Rebekah Daniel – Graduate Assistant

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Rebekah Daniel is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University as a student of Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Prior to attending MSU, Daniel taught in the state of Georgia most recently serving as the Associate Director of Bands at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA where she conducted concert bands, coached chamber ensembles, and taught marching band. While in Warner Robins, Daniel co-led collaborative projects such as the creation of The Middle Georgia Drum Major Clinic and a CNAfME session at the GMEA In-Service Conference. Bands and chamber groups in the Georgia public schools under her direction have enjoyed notable success with students earning superior ratings at district and state performance evaluations.

As a twofold graduate of Georgia Southern University, Daniel completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting where she studied with Dr. Robert Dunham and Dr. Colin McKenzie. As a graduate assistant with GS Bands, Daniel guest conducted the GS Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony and assisted with athletic bands. Daniel frequently serves as an honor band clinician as well as a concert and marching band adjudicator and was named an inaugural H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute Fellow as part of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Brent Echols – Graduate Assistant

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Brent Echols is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. Before attending MSU for graduate study, Echols was the Percussion Director and Assistant Band Director at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, and most recently served as Director of Bands at Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida. During his time in the public high schools, Echols taught percussion ensemble, marching band, concert band, and chamber wind ensemble. Echols originally hails from Troy, Illinois, and graduated with his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Michigan State University in 2013.

Hunter Kopczynski – Graduate Assistant

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Hunter Kopczynski is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University as a student of Dr. Kevin Sedatole. At MSU, he is active in all aspects of the band and wind conducting programs in the College of Music. Additionally, he serves as a Leadership Development Fellow in the Graduate School. Immediately prior to starting the DMA, he completed a Master of Music degree in wind conducting at MSU.

Previous to graduate study, Kopczynski taught middle school and high school band in the public schools of Virginia, most recently serving as Director of Bands at Warhill High School in Williamsburg. Bands under his direction were recognized for their performances in both marching and concert venues and were designated with Virginia Honor Band distinction. Kopczynski graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master of Arts degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. At Virginia Tech, he studied with Dr. Allen Bachelder and Dr. John Adler (trumpet) and David McKee and Dr. Travis J. Cross (conducting).

Simon Holoweiko – Graduate Assistant

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Simon Holoweiko is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University as a student of Dr. Kevin Sedatole where he assists with all aspects of the University Bands. Prior to beginning his DMA, he spent one year as the interim Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University where he conducted the MSU Concert Band, the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, assisted with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass, and taught courses in the College of Music.

Simon completed his Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at Columbus State University as a student of Dr. Jamie L. Nix where he guest conducted the CSU Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, directed the CSU Cougar Pep Band, and administrated the annual CSU Conductors Workshop.

Prior to his Master’s degree, Simon received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Michigan State University and taught in the Florida public schools as the Director of Bands at Martin County High School (Stuart) where he coordinated all aspects of the band program. He is also the conductor and a co-founder of the Treasure Coast Summer Band Camp in Jensen Beach, FL.