Dannie Mixon,  Assistant Tour Manager

Dennis Chandler, Recruiting & Membership Manager

Luke Ishee,  Administrative Intern

Melissa Lavey, Medical Coordinator

Jamar Dumas, Assistant Director & Program Manager


Melissa Lavey is a resident of Gulfport, MS where she is a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery at Memorial Hospital with previous experience in Cardiac Services. Musically, Melissa has spent time playing French horn in the University of Alabama Concert Band and Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, and singing alto in the University of Alabama Women's Chorale and the USM Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. Her drum corps experience includes playing mellophone for Expressions Drum and Bugle Corps (1990-1991) from Hammond, LA, Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (1992-1993) from Montgomery, AL, and the Cadets of Bergen County (1994) from Bergen County, NJ  Email Melissa

Mark Foster, Assistant Director & Tour Manager

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.

Dennis is excited to return as the Recruiting and Membership Coordinator for the 2018 season. He was a member of the DCI Division II World Champions Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps in 1992 and again in 1994, playing contra. He attended Jacksonville State University and was a 20J player with the Marching Southerners. Dennis resides in Mobile, AL with his wife, Cathy and son, Colin.

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 the band director at Foley High School in Foley, AL.  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. 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 retired as the Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff for Montgomery County, AL where he has served since 2002 and the department since 1973 as an investigator. Dave  served as a liaison between the Division Commanders and the Administration of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.  Email Dave.


Lee T. Hughes,  Staff Coordinator

Dave Bryan, Corps Manager

Lawrence LeClaire, Corps Director

2018 Administrative Staff

Dannie Mixon, a resident of Daphne, AL, has been appointed Assistant Tour Manager of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps for 2018. A graduate of Daphne High School in 2004, Dannie performed with the Sound of the Eastern Shore. He then attended The University of Alabama and marched tenors in 2004 and third bass in 2005 under the instruction of Mr. Neal Flum. He graduated in December 2007 with his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. After passing on the idea of attending law school, Dannie returned home to pursue another academic opportunity at The University of South Alabama in Secondary Educaiton Social Sciences. He remained an active instructor with Daphne High School upon his return home. Dannie received his Master of Arts in Secondary Euccation Social Sciences from the USA in December 2012 and was hired at Satsuma High School in September 2013. He currently teaches AP World History and serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Instructor. He fielded the first competitive indoor percussion unit from Satsuma and currently competes in Scholastic Concert A in the Gulf Coast Colorguard and Percussion Circuit.  He currently resides in Daphne, AL with his wife Claire and two pugs, Penelope and Zoey.

Jamar Dumas is in his 7th 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.


Luke Ishee is currently a student at the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Computer Science. He previously attended Jones County Junior College where he marched for two years with the Maroon Typhoon. He marched Southwind in 2015 on Baritone and 2016-2017 on Trumpet. Luke is very excited to join the Administrative team.