Johnny Brewer earned a Bachelor's Degree of Music Education in 1998 and a Master's Degree of Music Education in 2002 from from Troy State University. He is in his 14th year as music instructor at Wallace Community College in Andalusia, AL. Prior to that he served as the band director for Andalusia Middle School. He is a member of Four Seasons Brass of Pensacola, FL and also performs with the Pensacola Symphony and Perdido Brass. He played mellophone in the 1992 Division II Championship Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. He taught at Teal Sound in 2012 and has been a member of the instructional staff at Southwind since 2014.
Originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Joe Raymond is a graduate of Delta State University and is currently a band director at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, MS. He also serves as a soldier in the United States Army Mississippi National Guard as a member of the 41st Army Band in Jackson, MS. He is a former member of the Capital Regiment and Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps where he served as a drum major for both organizations. In addition, he was also a member of the 2010 Star of Indiana Alumni Corps. 2017 will be his second year as a member of the Southwind brass staff.
Robert McDaniel is excited to be joining the staff of Southwind as a baritone tech this summer! He brings seven years of experience teaching band in the public schools of Texas and over two decades worth of euphonium performace to the Southwind hornline. Robert received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, summa cum laude, from the University of North Texas, where he played in the Symphonic Band and studied euphonium with the renowned Dr. Brian Bowman. He has taught private brass lessons around the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has had current and former students earn first chairs in All-Region band and advance to All-State bands. Robert currently serves as a band director in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District northeast of Dallas, where he teaches beginning brass classes and works extensively with the middle and high school bands.
Jorge Alarcon, a resident of Arlington, TX, is completing his Bachelor of Music Education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jorge student taught at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, TX and assisted in various band programs as a brass/visual tech throughout Louisiana and Texas. Over the past four years, he performed with the Spirt of Northwestern Demon Marching Band, Purple Haze Pep Band, multiple ensembles on Tuba/Clarinet, and with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. Jorge played contra as a member of the Blue Knights and Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.
Chandler Weber, originally from Sherwood, AR, is a senior Music Education and Psychology Major at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. While at Arkansas State, Mr. Weber has performed with the A-State Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Concert Band, Tuba-Euph Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Sound of the Natural State Marching Band, and The Howlers Pep-Band, with appearances on euphonium, trombone, bassoon, tuba, French horn, and saxophone. Chandler also currently plays euphonium for the Diamond Brass Band of Jonesboro, AR. Chandler has served as an instructor for multiple high school marching bands in the central and northeast Arkansas areas and is a former member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.
Keegan Bosch, a resident of Muncie, IN, is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication Studies at Ball State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing at the University of Northern Iowa in 2016. Keegan’s Drum Corps experience includes three seasons with the Phantom Regiment (2014-2016) and one year with Pioneer (2013). This is his first season with Southwind.
Aaron Fiveash earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Arts Education from the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as the assistant band director at George County High School in Lucedale, MS. He was previously the assistant band director at Davidson High School in Mobile, AL. Fiveash’s drum corps experience began at Memphis Sound from 2007-2009 and Teal Sound in 2010. Aaron served on the 2011 Teal Sound brass staff and will be returning for his second season as an instructor on the Southwind brass staff.
Don Bell is a resident of Waynesboro, MS and is in his third year as Assistant Band Director at Wayne County High School. Don holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where he performed with various ensembles including the Horn Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. He also is Principal Horn of the Mississippi Symphonic Winds. His drum corps experience includes marching mellophone and Horn Sergeant of Forte Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011. This is Don's second year with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps on the brass staff.
Mr. McMichael is a graduate of Long Beach HS in Long Beach, MS. He has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Troy State University (2003 cum laude) and a Masters Degree in Music Education from University of Texas at Brownsville. During his time at Troy State University, he taught high brass for Ocean Springs HS, Long Beach HS, and Enterprise HS. He went on to march for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Mr. McMichael now resides as an assistant band director at Mercedes HS in Mercedes, TX. This is his 13th year as a band director and brass teacher. His accolades over 13 years include: Jazz All-Region Students, All-Region High Brass students, students who make Division I’s at Region and State Solo and Ensemble, MS All-Region Band students, MS All-Region Jazz Trombone Students, 5 consecutive years of Division I concert bands, and a sweepstakes.
Raised in Jacksonville, FL, Ryan has always had a passion for the marching arts. Starting drum corps as a sophomore, he went on to march with Teal Sound in 2011 and 2012. Immediately after graduating he accepted a position teaching at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida and just finished his 4th marching season on staff with a notable FMBC Finals position in 2015. In the summer of 2016 Ryan completed his marching career with Southwind and is immensely glad and proud to return to the instructional side for 2017.
Justin Williams recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree with special honors in Political Science and a minor in music from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He also recieved the Master of Arts in History from JSU and the Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University. Justin serves as arranger and program consultant for many high school band programs across the country and is staff arranger for the Jacksonville State University "Marching Southerners. When not arranging and composing, he teaches history, political science, and religion at Central Alabama Community College in Talladega, Alabama. He resides with his wife, Alicia, and son, Jack, in Oxford, Alabama.
Chad Faison earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Auburn University, a Bachelor's and Master's of Instrument Music Education from the University of South Alabama. His performing and teaching resume includes Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps and CorpsVets Drum and Bugle Corps from Atlanta, GA. Mr. Faison is sought after throughout the area for his work with brass and woodwind sections and his detailed instruction of marching and maneuvering techniques.
Scott is from Pass Christian, MS and is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where he marched with the JSU Marching Southerners. He served as a section leader and soloist with the band, and was on staff from 2005-2007. After graduating, Scott attended the Florida State University to do Masters work in Euphonium Performance under Professor Paul Ebbers and held the principal euphonium position in the FSU Wind Orchestra. Scott was member of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 1993-1997, served as a Tour Manager with Southwind from 1999-2001, and taught from 2002-2003. In 2004, Scott joined the brass staff at the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps where he taught for four years as a baritone technician and Assistant Brass Caption Head in 2007.
Dell Trotter, a resident of Perkinston, MS, has been reappointed the brass caption head of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps for 2017. Trotter earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Delta State University, where he performed with the faculty ensemble, The Delta Brass Quintet. He also earned a Masters of Arts and Letters from The American Band College at Southern Oregon University. He previously served as the brass caption head for Delta Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps and as a brass consultant for Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. Trotter is currently serving in his 7th year as Director of Bands at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss., where he oversees the 200 member "Band of Gold". Prior to his time at MGCCC, he taught for 13 years in the public schools of Mississippi as a middle school and high school band director. You can contact Dell HERE.