Our

World Class

STAFF

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Barry L. Houser

CEO Smith Walbridge Clinics

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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Dr. Corey Spurlin

Head Clinician

Corey Spurlin serves as Marching Band Director, Associate Director of Bands, and Professor of Music at Auburn University.

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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. 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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Dr. Beth Shackelford

Head Clinician

Beth is the Director of Business and Operations at O’Fallon Township High School District #203 in O’Fallon, IL. She also serves as the district's Activities Director, providing leadership for the extra-curricular program.

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Dr. Alicia Neal

Head Clinician

Alicia Neal has served as the Director of Bands at Eastern Illinois University since the fall of 2012. As an Associate Professor of Music her teaching responsibilities include Wind Symphony, Concert Band, conducting courses, and graduate wind conducting.

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Ruth Ann Medworth

Head 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. Gregory Drane

Head Clinician

Dr. Gregory Drane directs the Penn State Marching Blue Band and oversees the Athletic Bands program including the Fall Athletic Band (volleyball band), the Pride of the Lions (POTL) basketball pep bands, and the Power Players Hockey pep band. He is active as an arranger and marching band drill designer.

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Dr. Debra Traficante

Clinician

Dr. Debra Traficante currently serves as Kennesaw State University’s Associate Director of Bands, conducting/directing all aspects of the KSU Marching Band and Basketball Band.

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Dr. Tim Heath

Clinician

Dr. Heath is the Director of Athletic Bands at Wake Forest University where he also serves as an assistant teaching professor within the Music Department.

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Darren Hicks

Head 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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Gary Smith

Head Clinician

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

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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. Kelvin Jones

Clinician

Dr. Kelvin Jones is the Director of the famed Golden Band from Tigerland at Louisiana State University.

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Aaron Kavelman

Head 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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Bob Medworth

Head 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.