Robert Maynard – Brass Staff
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 – Education and Design Consultant
Ward Miller (b. 1978) grew up in 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 and Pleasant Grove High Schools. 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, as well as the Southeast Iowa Concert Band at Iowa Wesleyan University. He earned the 2008 outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Miller graduated in 2011 from the University of Iowa with his D.M.A. in Band Conducting.
From 2008 through 2013, Dr. Miller was the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Alabama, in Mobile. While at South Alabama, Dr. Miller founded to 230-member Jaguar Marching Band, overseeing all recruiting, teaching, and writing for the band. In addition, he directed the basketball pep bands. His teaching duties included Marching Band Techniques, Brass Methods, Trombone Quartet, Symphony Band (the second concert ensemble, auditioned and approximately 65% music majors), and undergraduate conducting. He also guest conducted the Wind Ensemble, the school’s top instrumental concert ensemble.
Dr. Miller served as the Musical Arranger, Drill Writer, and Assistant Director of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in New York City from 2006 through 2018. 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 to multiple concert honor bands throughout the United States. His marching band arrangements have been performed at competitions, including in Bands of America regionals, by high schools and colleges across the country, as well as the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. His arrangements have been performed at regular season and bowl games by the marching bands at Auburn University, Emory and Henry College, The University of Hawaii, The University of Illinois, The University of Iowa, The University of Kentucky, The University of Louisville, The Ohio State University, and Youngstown State University. He has served as an adjudicator at marching and concert band assessments in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, and Wisconsin.
From 2014 through 2019, Dr. Miller served as the Brass Caption Head for the World Class Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, WI. Every year under his leadership, the hornline has placed in the top 12 and made finals. The hornline achieved “Box 5” scores in the regular season and in finals in the 2017-2019 seasons. In 2018 and 2019, the hornline and drum corps placed in the top 8. He oversaw the brass ensemble and staff, recruited for the horn line, and administered the Blue Stars brass audition camps throughout the country. In addition, he traveled with the corps for the majority of their tour. In addition to his work with the Blue Stars, Dr. Miller has also served as the Brass Arranger and an instructional consultant for Minnesota Brass. He currently arranges for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.
In addition to his writing and his many appearances across the country, Dr. Miller has ongoing consultancies with multiple programs including Lowndes HS, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band, Youngstown State University, and North Dakota State University.
His arrangements and compositions 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), the Illinois State Music Educators Journal, the Journal of Band Research, as well as regular articles in School Band and Orchestra Magazine. He is an associate member of College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He holds memberships in 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 clinicing and judging bands.