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Our
World Class
CLINICIANS

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Barry L. Houser

Smith Walbridge Clinics CEO

Barry L. Houser is Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Illini, Director of the Fighting Illini Athletic Bands, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Illinois.

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Chris Beason

Clinician

Chris has been designing marching shows for bands across the country since 1997 working with bands of all sizes.

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Dr. Amy M. Knopps

Clinician

Amy M. Knopps is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Missouri where she directs Marching Mizzou, Mini Mizzou, Symphonic Band, and teaches courses in the music education curriculum of the School of Music.

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Dr. Shayna Stahl

Clinician

Dr. Shayna Stahl is the Director of Athletic Bands/Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky.

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Aaron Kavelman

Clinician

Aaron Kavelman is a percussion educator, clinician, performer and composer. With twenty-two years experience teaching private lessons and twenty years teaching drumlines throughout Illinois, Aaron brings a wealth of experience and passion to whomever he teaches.

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Dr. Michael Alsop

Clinician

Dr. Michael Alsop is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Education Concentration Chair at the University of Louisville. He teaches student teaching seminars and survey courses on contemporary music education topics, as well as graduate courses in music psychology and research methods.

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Ruth Ann Medworth

Clinician

Ruth Ann is director of the Northview High School Color Guard who have won two state championships and have appeared in 26 WGI Scholastic World finals.

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Dr. Jonathan Sweet

Clinician

Dr. Jon Sweet is the new Director of Athletic Bands at Washington State University. Before WSU, he served as Assistant Professor of Bands at Purdue University and was an Associate Director for the “All-American” Marching Band, where he was the drill designer.

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Dr. Craig Aarhus

Clinician

Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi State University.

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Dr. Trey Harris

Clinician

Dr. Trey Harris is the Associate Director of Bands for the Western Michigan University School of Music.

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Darren Hicks

Clinician

Darren is currently the Director of Bands at Urbana High School and the Music Coordinator for the Urbana School District.

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Elliot Lentz

Clinician

Elliott Lentz serves as Director of Orchestras at North Central High School in addition to being Artistic Director & Conductor for the Circle City Orchestra, both in Indianapolis, IN.

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Gary Smith

Clinician

From 1976 to 1998, Gary was the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign.

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Isaiah Odajima

Clinician

Isaiah Odajima is Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University.

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Dr. Richard Suk

Clinician

Dr. Richard Suk is beginning his 26th year as Professor of Music Education at Ohio University. In that role serves as director of the Ohio University Marching 110, "The Most Exciting Band in the Land!"

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Isaiah Odajima

Clinician

Isaiah Odajima is Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University.

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Bob Medworth

Clinician

Bob Medworth was the band director at Northview High School (formerly Brazil HS) for 41 years. During that time his marching bands were Indiana State Finalists 39 times and have won 10 state championships.

Administrative
STAFF

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Abbey Houser

Administrative Director

All Clinics

Abbey Houser is the co-owner and office administrator for Smith Walbridge Clinics

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Rose Craig Tyler

Administrative Staff

All Clinics

Rose Craig Tyler is a master’s student at the University of Minnesota studying wind band conducting.

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Sam Simmons

Clinic Photographer

All Clinics

Samantha Simmons is the 5th-8th Director of Band and Orchestra at Liberty Leadership in Peoria Illinois. She graduate from Illinois State University where she received her bachelors in music educator and minor in psychology.

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Michael J. West

Administrative Staff

All Clinics

Mike West is the 6-12 Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at Round Lake High School in Round Lake, IL.

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Lillian Treon Gant

Adminsitrative Staff

All Clinics

Lillian works as the Digital and Social Media Engagement Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Health.

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Barry L. Houser

Smith Walbridge Clinics CEO & Director

All Clinics

Barry L. Houser is Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Illini, Director of the Fighting Illini Athletic Bands, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Illinois.

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Elisabeth Bieber

Administrative Staff

All Clinics

Elisabeth Bieber is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a major in music education. Elisabeth teaches teaching 4th and 5th grade band at Berkeley School District.

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Wilson Shrout

Adminsitrative Staff

All Clinics

Wilson Shrout is studying Music Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Wilson marches in the Sousaphone section of the Marching Illini and serves as the marching section leader.

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