Michael Larkin is in his first year as Director of Bands at The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas. Prior to coming to The Colony, he spent six years as Director of Bands at Jupiter High School in Palm Beach County, Florida. During his time at Jupiter High School, the band claimed two state championship marching band titles (2014 and 2015) and finished in the top five each year of his leadership. The concert bands, percussion ensembles, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, winter guards, and winter percussion consistently received superior ratings at district and state level assessments.
Mr. Larkin received a Master of Music Degree in Music Performance -Trombone from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. At UNCSA he performed with the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and the trombone choir. Prior to attending UNCSA he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, Mr. Larkin performed with the wind ensemble, jazz band, symphonic band, brass ensemble, undergraduate trombone quartet, and the trombone ensemble.
Mr. Larkin currently serves as the brass caption head for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, a position he has held for 3 years. He has also served as an instructor for the Boston Crusaders, the Santa Clara Vanguard, as well as the 2007 Division III world champion Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003 to 2006 and the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2008. Mr. Larkin has taught numerous high school marching bands, concert ensembles, and winter percussion ensembles throughout the country, and has also served as a guest conductor and adjudicator for marching band festivals.
Mr. Larkin has studied trombone privately with James Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and UNCSA, and Dr. Randy Kohlenberg from UNCG. He has also taken lessons from other artists such as Thomas Burge, Irvin Wagner, and Tony Mazzochi. He has studied conducting with Dr. Kevin Geraldi and Mark Norman.
Chad Pence is currently Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, SC. The Ashley Ridge Marching Band has been a consistent finalist in class 5A state finals. The symphonic band has consistently received superior ratings in class 6 at state concert assessment.
In the spring of 2014 Chad Pence was honored for eleven years of outstanding service to the band program at Fort Mill HS. While at Fort Mill, the marching band won five state championships and a BOA regional championship. The FM Wind Symphony was a “featured” ensemble at the Music For All (BOA) National Concert Festival. He previously served as an assistant band director at James F. Byrnes HS (SC) and Lost Mountain MS (GA). He earned his undergraduate degree in music education at the University of Kentucky, where he studied tuba with Dr. Skip Gray and performed with the Lexington Brass Band and The Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, as well as the university’s wind ensembles and orchestra. He currently performs in the Charleston Wind Symphony.
In addition to his exceptional work with the Fort Mill HS concert ensembles and marching band, Mr. Pence has more than twenty years of drum corps experience. He marched with Star of Indiana in 1993 and Star’s Brass Theater in 1994. He earned his first DCI title marching with the Cadets of Bergen County in 1998 and two more titles as a brass instructor for The Cadets in 2000 and 2005. He has served on the brass staff of The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Magic of Orlando, and Capital Regiment. In 2013 he completed his third year as brass caption head for the Boston Crusaders. Mr. Pence maintains professional affiliations with MENC, SCBDA, and Phi Beta Mu.
Patrick Sheridan is one of the most celebrated tuba soloists in his instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl.
At 20 years of age, Patrick became a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Since then, Patrick has gone on to become an incredibly diverse artist with concert performances transcending stylistic genres and building fans around the world for his instrument, the tuba. He has been featured in television and radio broadcasts on 4 continents including appearances most recently on NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today.
Beyond his busy performing life, Mr. Sheridan’s commitment to education is extensive. His wind students occupy principal positions in major international ensembles including orchestras in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and many others. Mr. Sheridan has served on the music faculties at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The Rotterdam Conservatory, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Most recently, Patrick served on the music faculty at the Univeristy of California – Los Angeles where he was the Director of the UCLA Wind Ensemble, the UCLA Brass Ensemble and taught tuba and euphonium. In the Phoenix community, Patrick is the Music Director of The Salt River Brass. Patrick also frequently works across the United States as a guest conductor with university bands and orchestras as well as high school and middle school all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras.
Along with Sam Pilafian, Patrick is the co-author of the world’s best selling breathing method for instrumental improvement, The Breathing Gym which was awarded the 2009 EMMY® Award for Instructional/Informational Video Production.
As a composer and arranger, Mr. Sheridan’s music and arrangements have been performed internationally by symphony orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands and drum corps. Patrick’s music, arrangements, CDs, DVDs, and books are published by Focus on Music, GIA Publications, De Haske Music, Carl Fischer, Mythen Hollanda and Dillon Music Publishing.
Mr. Sheridan has over 20 years experience in the music industry as a design consultant. Instruments influenced by Patrick’s designs are played in hundreds of professional orchestras, military bands and chamber ensembles around the world. Thousands of university, high school, middle school and elementary school students play on instruments in which Patrick has been involved in the design process. He currently works as the Chief Design Consultant for XO Brass, Jupiter Band Instruments, and Hercules Stands.
Patrick is a member of ASCAP, an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and the Founder of The Band Director Academy, a continuing education program for music educators. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan and spends his free time with his family hiking and camping in beautiful Arizona.
Mr. Evan Rogovin is in his seventh year as Director of Bands at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Palm Beach Count. Prior to taking the position at DSOA he was Director of Bands at Santaluces Community High School for sixteen years. He also recently finished his two-year term servind as FBA District 14 Chairman.
Under his direction, the Santaluces Marching Chiefs were FMBC Class 3A Runners-up in 2002; FMBC Class 4A State Champions in 2005, 2006 & 2009, and FMBC Class 4A State Runners-up in 2007 & 2008. The Santaluces Winter Color Guard were the 2003 WGI Scholastic A World Champions and were Scholastic Open Finalists at World Championships 6 times in 8 seasons, and SWFGA Circuit Champions 7 times in nine seasons.
In 2003, Mr. Rogovin was awarded the William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Senior High Education presented by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. He was also a finalist in 2002 for this prestigious award. Mr. Rogovin is actively sought after as an adjudicator and clinician around the state of Florida and beyond and is most active as a judge for the esteemed Indiana State School Music Association and FMBC.
Evan Rogovin has also been very active with Drum Corps International. Mr. Rogovin began his DCI career marching with the Florida Wave Drum & Bugle Corps from 1984 through 1986. Florida Wave was the DCI Class A World Champion in 1984. After attending university studies and obtaining the job at Santaluces High School, Mr. Rogovin returned to the drum corps activity, teaching The Spirit of Atlanta in 1997 and 1998. After serving as brass caption head for the Tarheel Sun in 1999, Evan joined the staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2000 through 2003. Mr. Rogovin was assistant brass caption head and in 2002 began running the Music Ensemble with Lee Beddis. Following the 2003 season, Evan left the Crossmen and consulted for a handful of drum corps, most notably The Troopers and The Boston Crusaders.
Mr. Rogovin received his Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from the University of Florida in 1991 where he was involved with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Choir, Basketball Pep Band and the Fightin’ Gator Marching Band. In 1985 he was named Gator Band Rookie of the Year. In 1991, he traveled to Denton, Texas and studied Musicology at the University of North Texas, serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for two and a half years. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Honorary Music Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Ben Hylton is an active trumpeter, composer, music educator, and clinician currently residing in Palm Beach, Florida.
Mr. Hylton performs as a trumpet soloist throughout Southeastern United States as well as teaches music at public schools and with independent music groups throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin. He has performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Percy Sledge and as classical and jazz trumpeter in the Southeastern US, New York City, and with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Over the past 10 years Mr. Hylton has been an elementary music teacher, middle school, and high school band director in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida; most recently, Mr. Hylton was The Director of Music at The Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida where he coordinated an extensive classical and jazz chamber music program.
Ben is currently the music caption head for Park Vista High School Performers, in Lake Worth Florida as well as artist in residence for a number of schools in Palm Beach County.
Ben was a member of the Blue Knights (Denver, CO) and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (Concord, CA) and went on to teach with The Madison Scouts, The Blue Knights, The Phantom Regiment, The Crossmen, and currently works with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from Tempe, AZ.
Ben arranges and composes music for all types of ensembles and commercial music groups as well as designs competitive marching band and WGI winds shows. In 2008, Ben provided musical arrangements to accompany Rock ‘n Roll hall of fame inductee Percy Sledge. Ben is currently the music designer for Czyk Designs ( www.czykdesigns.com ) a marching arts custom design company that creates competitive shows for bands around the country.
Ben received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University where he studied trumpet with Dr. Britton Theurer. He then received a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance with Dr. Edward Bach from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and completed additional graduate studies in Jazz at Florida State University.
Greg Davis is currently Assistant Director of Bands at Ridge Point High School in Houston, Texas. At Ridge Point, Greg directs the Non-Varsity Symphonic Band, and co-directs the Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble. Since it’s opening in 2010, the Ridge Point High School Band has advanced to UIL State Marching Contest twice, in the 4A and 5A classifications. In 2015, Ridge Point was a finalist for the TMEA State Honor Band.
In 2014, Greg was a cast member of the Japan Tour Cast of the Tony and Emmy award-winning stage show, Blast! In this role, Greg performed as a tuba player in percussionist over the duration of a four-month tour, covering all 47 prefectures of Japan, including a month-long run in the International Forum in Tokyo.
From 2006-2011, for six consecutive seasons, Greg was a marching member and section leader with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. During Greg’s time at Crown, the corps improved from eighth place in his initial year to winning two Jim Ott Awards for best brass performance, as well as being consistent fan favorite. The corps continues to see success in the DCI arena, capturing its first World Championship in 2013.
Greg holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied tuba with Dennis AsKew. At UNCG, Greg was principal tubist of the UNCG Wind Ensemble, during which he performed world premieres of works by John Mackey, Stephen Bryant, Joel Puckett, and Scott Lindroth. This included performances at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in 2011, as well as the College Band Directors National Association Convention in 2013. Greg can be heard on three commercially-available albums with the UNCG Wind Ensemble: “Finish Line!”, “Arts and Letters”, and “Stories and Sanctuaries”.
Greg is incredibly excited to be returning for his third year as a member of the brass staff at The Academy, and looks forward to a fantastic season.
Austin Cilone is currently obtaining his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting at Northern Arizona University as a Graduate Assistant and stand-in director for the university’s Symphonic Band and the NAU Lumberjack Marching Band. After completing the master’s program, Austin plans to search for jobs in the collegiate area as an Associate Director of Bands. Austin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Arizona University.
Though conducting is the career path, Austin continues to audition and perform on his primary instrument. Since 2011 Austin has secured consistent positions in the horn section of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with many ensemble groups throughout the valley and teaches private horn lessons throughout the state of Arizona. During his undergraduate career, Austin maintained principal horn positions in the NAU Symphony Orchestra and NAU Wind Symphony for 4 years. Austin continues to perform as principal horn in ensembles during his graduate studies.
Before accepting a staff position with The Academy in 2015, Austin participated in the activity as a mellophone player during the 2011 and 2013 Academy seasons. Austin is honored to work for the corps he marched and is grateful to have been a part of the 2016 Finalist season. This will be Austin’s 3rd season with the corps as a staff member.
Austin has taught marching band to high schools throughout the state of Arizona since 2011 and has been involved with summer music camps as a counselor and instructor. Austin is a member of NAFME, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Robert Johnson currently lives in Tampa, Florida where he is in his senior year as a music major at the University of South Florida. As a trumpet player in the Tampa area he has had the opportunity to establish himself as a local musician in a variety of way, ranging from performances with the Venice Symphony to dynamic stage shows at Busch Gardens theme park. He has also enjoyed playing in many major ensembles at USF including the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, performing at Carnegie Hall with the latter. He also has a background in jazz playing in USF’s Jazz I in the roles of lead and soloist and has had the opportunities to perform with guests artists such as Maria Schneider, Jamey Abersold, and Rufus Reid in this ensemble. He has also competed with the University of South Florida Trumpet Ensemble at the National Trumpet Competition, advancing to the semi-finals on two separate occasions.
As an educator Robert enjoys working as a private studio instructor, helping young players of a wide range of ability level to develop and prepare for college auditions, solo and ensemble, and music festivals. He also works at several school throughout the area as a clinician for both trumpet and brass pedagogy. Most recently he’s worked on staff at Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida, a BOA Regional Grand Champion and participant in the 2016 Macy’s Parade in New York City. His role at Newsome extends throughout various aspects of the program including the marching band, indoor percussion, wind ensemble, and jazz band. Prior to his position with Newsome Robert was on staff at Gaither High School in Tampa, FL for two years.
As a member of the marching activity Robert spent three summers (2011-2013) marching with the Boston Crusaders, and aged-out with Carolina Crown in 2015 receiving the silver medal. His first summer teaching was on the brass staff at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corpse in 2016, helping the corps to its first world-class finals appearance. He looks forward to another summer of continued growth and excellence with the brass section!
Matt Urbanek, a native of Fairfax, VA, is currently residing in Bloomington, IN pursuing a Masters’ degree in Trumpet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Matt graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2016 with undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. At Ohio State, Matt played with the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble, and completed his student teaching at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, OH. Matt has studied trumpet privately with Terry Detwiler, Richard Burkart, Tim Leasure, and John Rommel.
Matt marched three seasons with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2015), and was a section leader during his age-out season in 2015. Matt has also taught marching band at Dublin Coffman High School, and was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band (2011-2014).
Keith Tye is currently enrolled at Ball State University and is working to earn his bachelors degree in instrumental music education. He is a euphonium primary as the top seated undergraduate in the music school. He has also taught with the Carmel High School Marching Band after he finished his high school career with marching greyhounds in 2012.
Music has been his passion for his entire life. He was brought up in a marching arts family as his father and his uncles all marched with The Star of Indiana. So when it came time for him to march, he was pretty excited about it. He finished his marching career with five total years of drum corps under his belt (Blue Stars 2011, Carolina Crown 2013-2016). In his marching career at Carolina Crown, the corps won two Jim Ott best brass performance awards, two John Brazzale best visual performance awards, two Don Angelica Best Overall General Effect Awards, and its first ever DCI World Championship. Keith was also a second baritone player in his first year and a lead baritone in his last three seasons at Crown.
Keith is extremely excited to start the next chapter of his drum corps career as an educator. He is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the amazing brass staff and members of the 2017 Academy.