June 29, 2016

Instructors


Glen Brough – Visual and Field Coordinator

Glen Brough has served as the visual coordinator for the Spartan Marching Band since 1988. As a former member of the ensemble, he is one of seven SMB drum majors to have held the position for four years.

Brough is assistant director of admissions at MSU, and in 2013, was awarded the university’s prestigious Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award. In addition to attending MSU as an undergraduate, Brough earned a masters degree in higher education administration from Michigan State in 1986.

Brough is a member of the board of directors of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, where he has also served as a visual instructor. As a drill designer, he has written 100+ field shows for numerous Michigan high school bands. Brough coordinated the MSU Performing Arts Camp for over 30 years and taught drum majors nationwide for nearly four decades.

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Jon Weber – Percussion

Jon Weber has taught the Spartan Marching Band Drumline for the past 18 years. Dr. Weber also teaches applied percussion in the MSU College of Music. He has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on creating a model drumline in the university setting and using rudimental drumming as part of the overall percussion curriculum. University marching bands across the country have performed his arrangements.

Jon has also taught at Oklahoma State University and the Detroit Pistons Drumline, for which he still writes many of their performance works. His students have performed in Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, The Cadets, Bluecoats, Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Rhythm X, Northcoast Academy, East Side Fury, and many other ensembles. He received his DMA from Michigan State in 2008. Jon Weber is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Peter Eichler – Color Guard Director

Peter Eichler has performed with two drum and bugle corps, Carolina Crown and Glassmen, and served on the instructional staffs with Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment. He has also performed with the national and international touring companies of BLAST! His winter guard experience includes membership in Third Edition and Pride of Cincinnati, as well as instructing Third Edition, Jenison High School, and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

Peter directs the State of Art Winterguard, which has won five state championships, four WGI regional championships, and one WGI national championship. Peter holds a BA in Music from MSU and was a mellophone player in the SMB. He is the Event and Promotion Coordinator for the East Lansing-based Douglas J Companies.


Krystle Forbes – Color Guard Assistant Director

Kryslte Forbes has returned to the Spartan Marching Band as the Assistant Color Guard Director. She marched with the Colorguard and State of Art Winterguard for three years, including the three state and one national championship. At this time she completed a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics and International Relations.

Prior to returning to Michigan State, she worked for City Year, a non-profit, AmeriCorps program serving students in Detroit and coached the Harper Woods Color Guard and Impulse Winterguard. She is currently pursing a Masters of Art in Student Affairs Administration.

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John Schwarz – Visual Assistant

John Schwarz has served as the visual assistant with the Spartan Marching Band since 1999. He was a member of the Spartan Band from 1994-1998 as a trumpet player. During that time, Schwarz was a squad leader for three years, and in his final year was the trumpet section leader. He was selected by his peers as the band vice president and also played trumpet in Spartan Brass.

Schwarz has worked for Michigan State University since 2002. He is currently the hardware/software coordinator for the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in the College of Social Science. He has a pair of bachelor of arts degrees from MSU, one in criminal justice in 1999 and the other in telecommunications in 2002.

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