Kelly Ross – Auxiliary Program Coordinator
Mrs. Kelly Ross is a native of Southern California and comes to Valdosta with a great amount of both dance and color guard experience. She has been a dancer since childhood and has been involved in the color guard activity for over 18 years. During high school she was selected to be a member of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band Color Guard, performing in the 2000 parade. After high school, Kelly was a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and a cast member with Fantasia Winter Guard from 2001-2004. During her performance career, Kelly won 3 world championships, 3 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals. In addition she was a color guard member of the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 2000-2002.
As a teacher, Kelly has taught many successful, nationally competing color guards in Southern California, New York, Utah, Florida, and Georgia. In 2005 she was a color guard instructor for Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2010-2014, Kelly served as the Auxiliary Coordinator for the Color Guard and Dance Line of the Valdosta State University Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band. Kelly has been with the Georgia Bridgemen Auxiliary since 2009, and helped to create the Winter Guard program in 2011. Kelly graduated from Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009. In addition, Kelly is a member of four honor societies; Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Pi Gamma Mu, and Chi Sigma Iota. She is also currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University, and will graduate in May with a Master of Education (ME.d.) degree in School Counseling.
Andy Snow – Auxiliary Staff
Andy is a native Floridian, born and raised in Valrico, FL outside of Tampa. He attended Durant High School in Plant City, FL. In his time there, Andy performed in numerous ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Indoor Drumline, Winter Guard, and Marching Band. Having cultivated a love for the marching arts, Andy toured with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corp from Rosemont, Illinois where he earned a World Championship in 2002. Andy has also performed with such groups as the USF Winter Guard, Northeast Independent Winter Guard, and has worked as a performer at Disney Sea in Tokyo, Japan. Professionally, Andy has worked with numerous groups around the Southeastern United States including the WGI Finalists Robinson High School, USF Winter Guard, and University of South Florida Winter Guard. Andy also works with other such groups as Melbourne High School (FL) , Spanish Fort High School (AL) , Jackson County High School (GA), Durant High School (FL), South Ponotoc HS (MS), and Lowndes High School (GA) and numerous other FFCC, SAPA, and SCGC medalists. Andy is also employed as a Hospital Social Worker at Lakeland Regional Health Systems. In his personal life, Andy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing with his two dogs, and reading.
Mr. John Meehan – Music Arranger/Design Consultant
John Meehan is the Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 18-time Drum Corps International Champion Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. Within the Blue Devils organization, John also serves as the Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps programs since 1999. First joining the brass staff of The Blue Devils in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 12 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards.
John has been composing and arranging for marching bands and drum corps since 1992. Current clients include Lowndes High School (GA), Allen High School (TX), American Fork High School (UT), Clements High School (TX), Eden Prairie High School (MN), Homestead High School (CA), the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (England) and the Yokohama Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (Japan). Past clients include Ayala High School (CA), James Logan High School (CA), McQueen High School (NV), and the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. Through the years, John’s clients have won numerous State marching band titles, as well as Bands of America Regionals, and been finalists at the Bands of American Grand National Championships.
Some of John’s “non-pageantry” writing includes composing music for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, scoring a scene for the short film “Fleur”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces.
Notable career achievements include lead designer for both the System Blue and King marching brass instrument series, development and production for the Sample Logic and System Blue sound libraries (including Fanfare and V.E.T.), and performing on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University” as a percussionist.
John exclusively uses Sibelius.
John lives in California with his wife Jackie, their 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs.
For more information, please visit John’s website, www.jksmsuic.com.
Alex Blue V – Program Coordinator
Alex Blue V is a Predoctoral Fellow at Ithaca College, where he teaches courses in the School of Music’s Theory, History, and Composition Department. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is writing his dissertation on hip-hop, geography, representation, and spatial reorientation in Detroit, Michigan. He also holds degrees in Trombone Performance and Jazz Studies, from Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas, respectively. Alex enjoys a busy schedule as an academic, performer, clinician, arranger, designer, and adjudicator, working with performing arts ensembles and presenting research around the world. Since aging out as a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2007, he has enjoyed many years of teaching in Drum Corps International and WGI, having taught a number of groups including Spirit of Atlanta, Colts, Orange County Independent Winds, and The Cavaliers. Since 2017, Alex has been a brass instructor for the 18-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, CA. He is also the Program Coordinator for Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps based in Houston, TX.
Dr. Ward Miller – Consultant
Ward Miller hails from Loachapoka, a small farming community near the city of Auburn, Alabama. He earned his bachelors of music education from Auburn University in 2001, where he served as webmaster, arranger, and an undergraduate teaching assistant with the Auburn University Marching Band. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2003 with a masters in Trombone Performance. While in the Phoenix area, he served as a part time assistant and clinician with the Paradise Valley High School bands, the Mesa Community College Wind Ensemble, and the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra. He taught public school in Alabama for three years, serving as Director of Bands at Andalusia High School and at Pleasant Grove High School. In 2006 he accepted a graduate teaching assistantship at The University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Myron Welch in Band Conducting. While at Iowa, he also worked as a teaching assistant with the Hawkeye Marching Band, where he wrote, taught, and conducted multiple arrangements and halftime drills. He also conducted the Iowa University Concert Band, and earned the 2008 outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In 2014, Dr. Miller was appointed the Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, WI. The Blue Stars, a world class corps, have placed in the top ten in multiple finals. He oversees the brass ensemble and staff, recruits for the horn line, and administers the Blue Stars brass audition camps throughout the country. In addition, he travels with the corps for a significant portion of their tour.
Dr. Miller has served as the arranger and associate director of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in New York City since 2006. He was the director of the All-Star Band at the 100th annual Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C. He has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician and multiple concert honor bands throughout the Southeast. His marching band arrangements have been performed at competitions, including in Bands of America regionals, by high schools and colleges in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas. His arrangements have been performed at regular season and bowl games by the marching bands at Auburn University, The University of Hawaii, The University of Illinois, The University of Iowa, The Ohio State University, and Youngstown State University. He has served as an adjudicator at marching and concert band assessment in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
His arrangements have been published by the DevMusic Company, and he is a published composer with the Tuba-Euphonium Press. He has had articles published in the Alabreve (Alabama’s state music education journal) and the Journal of Band Research. He is a member of College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the International Trombone Association (ITA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He holds memberships Pi Kappa Lamba national honorary music society, and Golden Key national honorary society. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he spends his time arranging and composing, and working as a music education consultant.