Barry L. Houser is the Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Illini, and Director of the Fighting Illini Athletic Bands. Professor Houser’s teaching experience encompasses both extensive public school and university experiences.
A native of Indiana, Houser served as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Director at NorthWood High School in Nappanee, Indiana, where his bands developed a reputation for great musicianship which in turn earned the program state and national recognition.
Houser is active nationally as a guest conductor and clinician in both the marching and concert mediums. He has served on the staff of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band and the National Events Mass Band, which performs annually at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, GA. He is a contributing author to the marching band textbook The System by Gary Smith as well as numerous submissions to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is currently serving on the Athletic Band Board for the College Band Directors National Association and as the North Central Division Chair for the National Band Association. During the summer, Houser is the Director and President of the renowned Smith Walbridge Clinics.
A 40 year veteran of the percussion and audio industry, Ward has extensive experience in virtually every facet of the field. Mr. Durrett held the position of Western Regional Sales Manager for McCormicks Enterprises from 1978 through 1980: served as Educational Director of the Slingerland Drum Co. from 1980 through 1983; was Director of Admissions at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago from 1984 through 1989, then became Marketing Mgr. for the Ludwig Drum Co. from 1989 through 1992.
Mr. Durrett’s percussion teaching credentials include the University of Northern Colorado “Pride of the Rockies” Marching Band; Instructor of Percussion at Colorado State University as well as Colorado Christian University, and percussion instructor/ arranger at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He also contributed to the early percussion programs of the Guardsmen and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
A graduate of Millikin University and the US Navy School of Music, Mr. Durrett has performed with such noted artists as composer Ralph Carmichael, singer Dave Boyer, pianist Chuck Lamb, singer Carol Lawrence, big band leaders Bob Crosby, Les Elgart, Ray McKinley and Al Pierson (Guy Lombardo Orchestra); entertainer Sheri Lewis, and Lawrence Welk accordionist Myron Floren.
In December of 2000, Ward was the first percussionist to be inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the development of the indoor competitive percussion activity, and he served as both Percussion Coordinator and Chief Judge for that organization.
As a commercial audio consultant, Mr. Durrett works with the Special Events Department of the town of Estes Park Colorado as audio specialist. In 2003 Ward directed the development of the specialized wireless electronics utilized by the “The Stampede”, the Official Drumline of the Denver Broncos, and the first official drumline of the National Football League. He also serves as senior consultant to the Highland Sound Company, the sound reinforcement contractor created exclusively for the Long’s Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival in Colorado, the largest festival of its kind in North America.
Doug Goodwin currently serves as the Director of Bands at the Helfrich Park STEM Academy in Evansville, IN. He has established a fine reputation as an educator, guest conductor, drill designer, clinician, and judge throughout the United States. In 2018, he was named the Vanderburgh County Teacher of the Year.
Receiving his undergrad and masters degrees from Ball State University and the American Band College of Sam Houston State University, he began his career as an Assistant Director at Gibson Southern High School. During his tenure they earned the titles of BOA Regional Class Champions and Indiana Class C State Champions. Under his tutelage his indoor percussion and winter guards have been named as State Champions, Regional champions and WGI Open Class World Championship finalists.
Doug Goodwin feels blessed to currently be serving as the visual designer for The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps. He is very proud of many previous students who currently serve as music teachers and performers in many drum corps, bands, and professional orchestras across the US. Mr. Goodwin currently resides in Evansville, IN with his wife Lydia, daughter Magnolia and son Anderson.
Gary Smith received his B.A. degree from Butler University and his M.A. degree from Ball State University. He started his career as Director of Bands at Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1964. He then became the Director of Bands at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, from 1968–72. Next, Gary served as Assistant Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at Indiana State University.
From 1976 to 1998 and again in 2004, Gary was the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois in Urbana -Champaign, where he conducted the nationally renowned Marching Illini, Basketball Band, and Symphonic Band II. He also taught marching band procedures, and band arranging in the School of Music.
In 1988 Gary was elected to be a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and served as the president in 2018. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi music honorary fraternities, and participates in the College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association. His self-published textbook, The System–Marching Band Methods, which is used in many university marching band classes.
Roberto Paz has performed with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Concord Blue Devils, winning three Drum Corps International World Championships. With the Blue Devils, Roberto was a part of the undefeated Fred Sanford High Percussion title. Roberto had the privilege of being section leader with the Blue Devils during their undefeated world championship season.
Roberto has performed with many groups such as the Arizona Cardinals Drumline, Boom Percussion Entertainment, Blue Devils Entertainment, and the Phoenix Suns Entertainment. With these groups, Roberto has performed at NBA events, Conferences, Trade Shows, and even NFL events that included Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIX.
Roberto is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Music Education. While a student, Roberto directed the percussion section for the Sun Devil Marching Band. He has been involved with this organization since 2007 and continues to arrange their percussion music.
Roberto is professionally affiliated with Arizona Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Percussive Arts Society, and the Arizona Band Orchestra Directors Association. He is an active clinician and arranger throughout the country as well as endorsed as an artist by Lot Riot, Mapex Drums, Randall May International Stands and Carriers, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Zildjian Cymbals.
Shirl Chumley has been involved in color guard, marching band, and drum corps pageantry arts, either through marching, instructing or adjudicating, since she was a freshman in high school. We won’t say how long ago those high school years were but suffice it to say that she has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 35 years.
Shirl has judged color guard, drum corps, and marching band competitions across the country and in The Netherlands. She lived in Parker, Colorado, where she taught high school English in the Douglas County School District for 18 years before joining the international school teaching ranks. She spent two years opening and teaching in an international boarding school on Jeju Island, South Korea, and she lived for three years in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, where she taught high school English at The American School of The Hague and judged for Color Guard Nederlands.
In the summer of 2016, Shirl returned to Colorado and is again enjoying judging pageantry arts competitions across the country.
BYU Cougar Marching Band
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