Lead Clinicians

Our Lead Clinicians are some of the very best in the business. These folks run their own programs at the high school and college level. They share a wealth of knowledge with our students.

Heidi Sarver, DMA Lead Teacher.

Heidi Sarver

  • Professor of Music
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE

Joseph Muñoz, DMA Lead Teacher.

Joseph Munoz

  • Director of Bands
  • Pearland High School
  • Pearland, TX

Christopher Cansler, DMA Lead Teacher.

Christopher Cansler

  • Director of Bands
  • Independence High School
  • Frisco, TX

Dr. Lauren Reynolds, DMA Lead Teacher.

Lauren Reynolds

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Central Connecticut State Univ
  • New Britain, CT

Justin McAdams, DMA Lead Teacher.

Justin McAdams

  • Band Director
  • Phoenixville Area High School
  • Phoenixville, PA

Evan Doyle, DMA Lead Teacher.

Evan Doyle

  • Band Director
  • Westborough High School
  • Westborough, MA

Katie McCarthy, DMA Lead Teacher.

Katie McCarthy

  • Band Director
  • Attleboro High School
  • Attleboro, MA

Management

No program is successful without strong leadership and support. Our management team has been guiding the DMA vision since our very first days.

Jeanne Parks, DMA President.

Jeanne C. Parks

DMA President, Choral Director at Springfield Central HS

  • BS Music Education, West Chester U
  • MA Music Education/Choral Conducting, UMass Amherst
  • MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, Antioch New England
Kristen Darlington, DMA Administration.

Kristen Darlington

DMA Office Manager and Coordinator,
Business and Finance Manager

  • BS Animal Science, UMass Amherst

Teaching Staff

Every one of our teaching staff members has years of study, performance, and teaching experience. Combined, they have more than 300 years of marching music training.

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Laura Abbey

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    University of Delaware
  • MM, Music Education
    U of West Georgia

Drum Major

  • Color Guard Captain - U of Delaware

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Jennifer Antocci

Education

  • BS, Public Health
    UMass Amherst
  • MSc, Community Health Education
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major

  • Gardner High School
  • University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Katie Bello (Hughes)

Education

  • BA, English
    Western CT State University
  • MA, Non-Profit Management
    Pace University

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Trae Blanco

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    New Mexico State University
  • MM, Wind Conducting
    Indiana University Jacob School
  • DMA, Wind Conducting
    Arizona State University

Drum Major

  • Piedra Vista High School
  • New Mexico State University
  • 2005 Bands of America Tournament of Roses Honor Band

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Jaz Bluhm

Education

  • BA, Music Eduction
    Ohio State University

Drum Major

  • Perkins High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Erin Cooper

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    James Madison University
  • MM, Instrumental Conducting
    University of Delaware
  • DMA, Wind Conducting
    University of Alabama

Drum Major

  • Seneca Valley High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Edward Gelberg

Education

  • BS, Physics
    UMASS Amherst

Drum Major

  • Burlington High School
  • University of Massachusetts

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Kira Golombek

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    University of Redlands

Drum Major

  • Vista Murrieta High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Jonathen Griffin

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    University of North Texas

Drum Major

  • John Horn High School
  • University of North Texas

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Rob Hammerton

Education

  • BA, Journalistic Studies
    UMass Amherst
  • MM, Music Education
    Boston University

Drum Major

  • UMass Amherst

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Emy Hardy

Education

  • BA, History
    UMass Amherst
  • , Clarinet Performance
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major

  • Chaparral High School Platinum Sound and Emerald Guard
  • Clarinet Section Leader, UMass Minuteman Marching Band
  • UMMB Colonial Honor Guard

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Sanford Jones

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    UMass Amherst
  • MA, Wind Band Conduction
    The American Band College of SHSU

Drum Major

  • The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps
  • UMass Minuteman Marching Band
  • Associate Conductor for Blast!

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Tess Jones

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    U of North Texas

Drum Major

  • Abilene High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Daniel Kirk

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    Missouri Western State University
  • MM, Wind Conducting
    Northwestern University
  • DMA, Conducting
    Michigan State University

Drum Major

  • Missouri Western State University

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Matt Kurilla

Education

  • BS, Education
    University of Delaware
  • MA, Education
    Gratz College

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

John Leonard

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    UMass Amherst
  • MM, Jazz Composition/Arrangement
    UMass Amherst
  • MM, Wind Conducting
    Western Michigan University

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

John McCarthy

Education

  • BA, English Education
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Katie McCarthy

Education

  • BA, Music
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major

  • Salem High School
  • University of Massachusetts

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Michael Nicholson

Education

  • BA, History
    UMass Amherst
  • BA, Political Science
    UMASS Amherst
  • MSc, Public Policy
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major

  • Gardner High School Wildcat Marching Band
  • UMass Minuteman Marching Band

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Taylor Nicholson

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    University of Kentucky

Drum Major

  • Grant County High School
  • University of Kentucky

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Ashley Oliveto

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    Stetson University
  • MM, Clarinet Performance
    Boston Conservatory

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Matthew Parent

Education

  • BA, Political Science
    UMass Amherst
  • MA, World Politics
    Catholic University of America
  • MA, Political Science
    UCONN
  • , Human Rights
    UCONN

Drum Major

  • Palmer High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Shyam Patel

Education

  • BS, Pharmacy Studies
    UConn
  • Ph.D., Pharmacy
    UConn

Drum Major

  • East Hartford High School
  • UConn

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Kameron Radford

Education

  • BS, History Secondary Education, Music Minor
    Appalachian State University

Drum Major

  • Hunter Huss High School
  • Appalachian State University

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Rachel Rivard

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major

  • East Hartford High School
  • UMass Minuteman Marching Band

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Lorraine Selke

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    West Chester University
  • MM, Performance/Conducting
    West Chester University

Drum Major

  • West Chester East HS
  • West Chester University

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Trevor Sindorf

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    University of Delaware
  • MM, Wind Conducting
    University of Delaware

Drum Major

  • University of Delaware
  • Reading Buccaneers

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Emily Smith

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    University of Delaware
  • MM, Trombone Performance
    University of Delaware

Drum Major

  • University of Delaware

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Hope Spaw

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    Northwestern State University

Drum Major

  • Parkway High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Aaron Staluppi

Education

  • BA, Music Education/Performance
    UMass Amherst
  • MM, Tuba Performance
    UMass Amherst

Drum Major

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Rachel Sze

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    Michigan State University

Drum Major

  • Quince Orchard High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Katie Takahashi

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    UCLA

Drum Major

  • Walnut High School

Drum Major Academy, George N. Parks DMA.

Sarah Thompson

Education

  • BA, Music Education
    UNCO

Drum Major

  • Bear Creek High School

IMPACT Team

Each summer, 50 college students from across the country assist the DMA clinicians and staff in behind-the-scenes preparations, daily workshop sessions, and evening activities.

These dedicated college students work side-by-side with our professional staff as part of our IMPACT program. Do you think you have what it takes to join them?

IMPACT Team