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Smith Walbridge Staff

Our recent and rapid growth is significantly affected by our clinicians and instructors.  They are carefully selected from across the country based upon their success in their respective specialties.  They all have earned a national reputation and have proved to be positive, enthusiastic, talented, creative and responsible educators.  Their backgrounds come from major drum corps, universities, colorguards, high schools and other performing ensembles.  The positive feedback we get from students and directors is substantial.  The quality of our SW staff undoubtedly accounts for the very high return rate each summer.

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Barry Houser

Barry Houser

SWC President  — All Clinics Administration   Drum Major Clinic   Leadership Workshop   Marching Band Clinic   Marching Band Directors Workshop  
Director of the Marching Illini & Athletic Bands | Assistant Director of Bands, University of Illinois

Barry L. Houser is the Director and Head Clinician for the Smith-Walbridge Clinics and has been on staff since 1995. Currently, Barry is the Director of the Marching Illini & Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands and Visiting Assistant Professor in the … Continue reading
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Gary Smith

Gary Smith

SWC Administrator  — All Clinics Administration   Drum Major Clinic   Marching Band Clinic   Marching Band Directors Workshop  
Associate Director of Bands - Emeritus, University of Illinois

From 1976 to 1998 and again in 2004, Gary was the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, where he conducted the nationally famous Marching Illini, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band II, and taught marching band … Continue reading
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David W. Vandewalker

David W. Vandewalker

SWC Head Clinican  — Marching Band Directors Workshop  
Asistant Director of Bands, Georgia State University

Dr. David W. Vandewalker is the assistant director of bands at Georgia State University, where he conducts the concert band, marching band and university pep band, teaches courses in conducting, wind band rehearsal techniques and pedagogy, and wind literature, mentors … Continue reading
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Alfred Watkins

Alfred Watkins

SWC Guest Clinician  — Marching Band Directors Workshop  
Director of Bands at Lassiter, retired

Alfred has been the Director of Bands at Lassiter since 1982. He has established a fine reputation as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States. Under his leadership, the Lassiter Band has grown from its original 78 … Continue reading
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Ruth Ann Medworth

Ruth Ann Medworth

SWC Head Clinican  — Flag & Rifle Clinic  
Guard Director, Northview High School and Member, WGI Hall of Fame

Ruth Ann is director of the Northview High School Color Guard, Winter Guard and Auxiliary Units. Along with teaching Physical Education, she coordinates several clinics and workshops for middle school and high school students. Ruth Ann serves as a member … Continue reading
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Dr. Craig Aarhus

Dr. Craig Aarhus

SWC Director  — Drum Major Clinic  
Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi State University

Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi State University. At MSU, he co-directs the Famous Maroon Band and basketball pep bands, conducts the Concert/Community Band and Campus Band, and teaches Conducting and … Continue reading
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Dr. Tom Keck

Dr. Tom Keck

SWC Director  — Drum Major Clinic  
Associate Director of Bands & Assistant Professor of Music, Ball State University

Thomas Keck is Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Ball State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphony Band, directing the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, overseeing all athletic bands, and teaching courses in conducting and … Continue reading
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