September 18, 2014

Graduate Assistants


Brian Durocher

Brian Durocher is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at Michigan State University, where he assists in coaching the percussion ensemble and teaches non-major lessons. He holds a B.A degree in Music Education from Penn State University (2011), and a M.M degree in Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University (2013).

While attending Penn State University, Brian was a member of the Penn State Blue Band Drumline. As a graduate assistant at Central Michigan University, He instructed the CMU Drumline, taught non-major percussion ensemble, as well as percussion methods to music education majors. He maintains a private teaching studio in East Lansing, MI and works with high school drumlines across the State of Michigan.

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Arris Golden

Arris Golden is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University (MSU), where she serves an active role teaching and assisting with all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. Prior to enrolling at MSU, Ms. Golden taught for 18 years in North Carolina, where she was the Director of Bands at West Cary Middle School (Cary), Hawfields Middle School (Mebane) and most recently Gravelly Hill Middle School (Efland).

Ms. Golden received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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Joshua Kearney

Joshua Kearney is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. At Michigan State, he is actively involved in teaching and assisting within the university band program. Prior to coming to Michigan, Joshua earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

A native of Nashville, Kearney served as Director of Bands at Whitthorne Middle School in Columbia, Tennessee. He holds professional affiliations with the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

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Alex Smith

Alex Smith is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and the Master of Arts degree in Musicology/Ethnomusicology at Michigan State University. He is a teaching assistant for the percussion department, percussion methods, and non-major lessons. Prior to coming to Michigan State, Smith received his undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University.

A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Smith is heavily involved as an educator in the marching activity as he currently works with both Okemos High School and Olivet High School; he has also instructed Craven Indoor, the Eastside Fury, and the East Carolina University Drumline. Along with his continuing studies at MSU, Alex is also interested in the music of the world having studied in both Brazil and Ghana.

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David Thornton

David Thornton is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. At Michigan State University, he serves an active role teaching and assisting with all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, Thornton taught in the state of Florida where he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Eau Gallie High School (Melbourne) and most recently the Director of Bands at Leon High School (Tallahassee).

A native of Springfield, Virginia, Thornton received his Masters of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University. He has professional affiliations with the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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Steven Wulff

Steven Wulff is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Michigan State University. He is a teaching assistant with the percussion department, helping to teach percussion ensemble and non-major lessons. His previous degrees are from Michigan State University (BM) and the University of South Carolina (MM), both in Percussion Performance.

A native of Holt, Michigan, Steven is an active music educator and performer. He currently works with Holt High School and Grand Ledge High School and is adjunct faculty at Albion College, where he instructs the British Eighth Drumline and the Albion Percussion Ensemble. Steven has also worked with Legends Drum & Bugle Corps and Palmetto Percussion.

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