Jamar Dumas is in his 6th year as the Director of Bands at Daphne High School where he teaches Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, International Music, and Guitar. Dumas attended Lawrence County High School in Moulton, Alabama where Reggie Tolbert and Bob Patton were his band directors. Dumas graduated from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He was a member of the acclaimed Marching Southerners and principal oboist of the Chamber Winds. After graduation in 2005, he accepted the associate director position at Oak Grove High School in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2008, he became the Director of Bands at Satsuma High School in Satsuma, Alabama. Bands and ensembles under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings across the region. He is also a clinician and adjudicator across the southeast. Mr. Dumas is a member of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity. Email Jamar HERE.
Lawrence LeClaire is a scientist and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, where he conducts & manages a research laboratory in the College of Medicine investigating breast cancer cell migration and pharmacological inhibitors of fungal growth. For more than 20 years, he has conducted and managed research projects at major universities in the life sciences. Lawrence was a member of the 1991 DCI Class A Champion Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps (contra), and a member of the 2014 Gold Medal DCI Soundsport team (baritone). Lawrence received his Bachelor of Science & Ph.D. in Biological Science at Florida State University and conducted his postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco. Email Lawrence.
Mark Foster has been appointed the Tour Director for the 2017 season. Mark Foster has been a music educator for over 30 years and recently retired from Daphne High School as the Associate Director and Percussion Instructor. He received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Memphis State University and his Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech University. He was a charter member of the Memphis Blues Brass Band in 1980 and 1981 as a tenor player.His organizational activities included the ABA District 7 Chairman from 2001 - 2003, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit from 2010 to 2012, and a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Committee in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Foster is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, NAFME, and the Percussive Arts Society. Individual accomplishments include: Daphne High School Teacher of the Year, Daphne High School Hall of Fame, the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit Hall of Fame, and was awarded the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award this past year. Email Mark HERE
Mr. Lee T. Hughes Jr. is currently in his 4th year of teaching. Mr. Hughes graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. While there he was a member of the acclaimed Jaguar Marching Band and principal trumpet player with the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. After graduation in 2012, he accepted the associate director position at Baker High School in Mobile, Alabama, and then the associate director position at Daphne High School where he currently teaches. He is also an avid clinician and performer along the Gulf Coast. In Spring of 2016 he was chosen to be an honor band clinician with the Mobile County Middle School Honor Band. Mr. Hughes is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). Mr. Hughes lives in Loxley, AL with his beautiful wife Kristen. Email Lee HERE
Dave Bryan is a Director Emeritus of Southwind and manages corps infrastructure, oversees operations, and advises corps personnel. Dave has been with Southwind since nearly its inception in 1981 serving as the Corps Director and President of Drum Corps in Montgomery. Dave is the first member of the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame.
Apart from Southwind, Dave serves as the Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff for Montgomery County, AL since 2002 and has served the department since 1973 as an investigator. Dave serves as a liaison between the Division Commanders and the Administration of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. He assists the Sheriff, Chief Deputy and Captains with personnel, budgets, equipment and training for the department. In the late 1980's as a Lieutenant, Chief Bryan helped develop a recruiting / hiring procedure for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, as mandated by the Federal Court, and he still supervises the program today. Email Dave.