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, Ala. Prior to that, he served as the band director for Andalusia Middle School. He is a member of Four Seasons Brass of Pensacola, Fla., 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, Miss. He also serves as a soldier in the United States Army Mississippi National Guard as a member of the 41st Army Band in Jackson, Miss. 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. 2018 will be his third year as a member of the Southwind brass staff.
Oscar Ortiz is an El Paso area native with a drum corps career that includes 5 years as a performer at many prestigious World Class corps including Memphis Sound (2009), Blue Knights (2010-2011), The Academy (2012) as well as the 2013 DCI World Champion Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2015, Oscar served as performing member of The Blue Devils International Corps, traveling across Europe and performing at the Basel Tattoo in Basel, Switzerland. As an educator, Oscar served as the Brass Caption Head for Horizons Drum and Bugle corps in Sound Sport in 2016. Oscar has also performed with multiple professional music ensembles including the El Paso Wind Symphony, The El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and The Orquesta Sinfonia de Juarez. Locally, Oscar is an educational leader for the marching band community in El Paso and surrounding areas. He has been actively involved with many award winning programs on both the high school and collegiate level since 2010 serving as musical/visual clinician, choreographer and program consultant for several programs including Bel Air High School, Coronado High School, and The University of Texas at El Paso. Oscar is currently attending the University of Texas at El Paso pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He also a member of the nationally recognized music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha.
Robert McDaniel is excited to return to Southwind as a baritone tech for his second year! He brings eight years of experience teaching band in the public schools of Texas and over two decades worth of euphonium performance 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.
Chandler Weber, a resident of Little Rock, AR, is returning for his second season as a member of the Southwind brass staff. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arkansas State University where he performed with the A-State Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, Orchestra, Sound of the Natural State Marching Band, and various chamber ensembles. He currently serves as the band director at J.A. Fair High School in Little Rock, Ark. Chandler is a founding Euphoniumist of the Diamond Brass Band of Jonesboro, Ark., and subs with the Little Rock Wind Symphony as well. Chandler has served as an instructor for multiple high school bands in the central and northeast Arkansas area and is a former member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.
Matt Soderberg joins Southwind as a trumpet instructor for the 2018 season. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from James Madison in Communication Studies and is working on a degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Matt is a former member of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and current lead trumpet for The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. He currently is an instructor for several marching bands in southern Mississippi.
Jorge Alarcon, returning for his second year to work with Southwind's hornline and contra section, holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Northwestern State University. He did his student teaching at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas, and has taught several marching bands and concert ensembles in both Texas and Louisiana. He is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Thomas J. Rusk Middle School in Dallas, Texas. Alarcon previously marched contra with Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. He also participated in the Northwestern State Demon Marching Band/Purple Haze Pep Band, chamber ensembles, and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra throughout his undergraduate work. His primary instrument is tuba and his secondary instrument is the clarinet.
Keegan Bosch, a resident of Muncie, Ind., 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 second season with Southwind.
Aaron Fiveash is currently the band director at Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala. He holds 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. 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 third season as an instructor on the Southwind brass staff.
Colleen Hulihan is a graduate from the University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Music. She is a former marching member of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and assistant drum major for both the Bluecoats and Cadets. Colleen has worked with numerous bands from Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Don Bell is a resident of Laurel, Miss., and is an Assistant Band Director at high and middle schools in the Petal School District. 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 third year with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps on the brass staff.
Aaron McMichael is a graduate of Long Beach HS in Long Beach, Miss. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Troy State University (2003 cum laude) and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the 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. McMichael now resides as an assistant band director at Mercedes HS in Mercedes, Texas. 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 Is 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, Fla., Ryan Lastrapes has always had a passion for the marching arts. Starting drum corps as a sophomore, he marched with Teal Sound in 2011 and 2012. Immediately after graduating, he accepted a position teaching at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., and just finished his fourth 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 2018.
David Phy was born in Elizabethtown, Ky. David attended the University of Louisville on scholarship from 1993-1998 working towards a Music Education degree. He spent two years at the New England Conservatory of Music completing a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 2002. He has studied and worked with Boston Symphony trombonist Norman Boulter and jazz legends Bob Brookmeyer, Gunther Schuller, George Garzone, George Russell and Steve Lacey. From 2007-2010 David Phy was the Graduate Assistant to Jim Pugh at the University of Illinois. While at Illinois he also studied jazz theory and improvisation with Chip McNeil and John “Chip” Stephens. His college teaching experiences range from marching band low brass instruction at Tulane University to Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of New Orleans.
In New Orleans David has been featured on stage at the French Quarter and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals. He is a New Orleans “Big Easy” award winner as a member of Jump Jive and Wail- The Music of Louis Prima. David has performed with national acts and jazz artists such as The 4 Tops, The Temptations, Bonerama, La India, Monica Mancini, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Pugh, Delfeyo Marsalis, Joe DeFrancesco, Tom Garling, Rodger Ingram, The Yin Yang Twins, Chip McNeil, Louis Belson, Lena Prima, Louis Prima Jr., Charo, and Ben Vereen. On the road he performed two years as the Lead Trombone and featured soloist for the national tour of “In The Mood, a 1940’s Review." David was a cast member in the Emmy Award winning stage show Blast! and spent five years in Las Vegas, Nevada performing in venues all over the city including: The House of Blues, The Hilton Las Vegas, The Palms Hotel Casino, Las Vegas Blue Note Jazz Café, the Bellagio, The Paris Hotel and The MGM Grand Hotel Casino.
Justin Williams has been Southwind's brass arranger since the 2017 season. Justin received a Bachelor of Arts degree with special honors in Political Science and a minor in music from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. He also received 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, Ala.
Chad Faison earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Auburn University, and a Bachelor's and Master's of Instrument Music Education from the University of South Alabama. He is an art teacher and assistant band director at Fairhope High School, in Fairhope, Ala. 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 Carter is from Pass Christian, Miss., 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 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 & 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, Miss., has been the brass caption head of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps since the 2016 season. 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 eighth 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.