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Bearkat Marching Band Faculty and Staff

Brian Gibbs
Associate Director of Bands
Director of the Bearkat Marching Band
Assistant Professor of Music

Brian Gibbs is the Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Bearkat Marching Band and Assistant Professor of Music at Sam Houston State University. He is the conductor of the Symphonic Band and teaches courses in music education. He previously taught at Texas Christian University and in the Birdville, Cypress-Fairbanks, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Richardson public schools.

Dr. Gibbs holds a PhD in education from the Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. He holds a B.M. degree from Southern Methodist University and a M.S. degree in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University. He has presented workshops on music education research at the conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the California Music Educators Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Arizona Music Educators Association, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Dr. Gibbs is active in the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the National Association of Music Educators, the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Association for Moral Education. He also serves as the Director of Special Projects for the World-Wide Concurrent Premieres Commissioning Fund, Inc.

Matthew McInturf
Director of Bands
Professor of Music

Matthew McInturf is Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Director of the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University. He previously taught at Florida International University and in the public schools of Richardson, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Houston and is a doctoral candidate in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has studied conducting with Anshel Brusilow, Eddie Green and Eugene Migliaro Corporon and composition with Michael Horvit and Darrell Handel.

Throughout his career, Mr. McInturf's ensembles have been recognized for their musical accomplishment. He has performed throughout the United States and recordings of his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio. In 1991, conducting the J. J. Pearce High School Band, he performed an acclaimed concert at the Mid-West Clinic, with trombone soloist Christian Lindberg. He has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and at the Southwest Regional Convention of the College Band Directors National Association with the SHSU Wind Ensemble.

An advocate of new music, Mr. McInturf has continued to commission new works for wind ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the World-Wide Concurrent Premieres Commissioning Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation that works internationally to form consortiums to commission significant new works from contemporary composers. He is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and is a region officer in the Texas Music Educators Association. He is active in the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensemble and the College Music Society.

John Lane
Director of Percussion Studies
Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. John Lane is an active percussion soloist, chamber musician, composer, educator, and has performed throughout the Americas and Japan. Recent credits include performances with his percussion trio (with Christopher Deane and Brian Zator), Pulsus, at the Hokuto International Music Festival in Japan, a concerto performance with the National Symphony of Panama, an appearance on the Van Cliburn Foundation's concert series, Modern at the Modern, at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, and presentations at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009.

Currently, John is Director of Percussion Studies and Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he teaches applied percussion and directs the Sam Houston Percussion Group and SHSU Steel Band. Prior to his appointment at SHSU, John taught as a lecturer at the University of Wyoming and as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Commissioning new works for percussion and creative collaborations are an integral part of John's work. Over the last few years, he has been connected with a number of composers including Peter Garland, Emiliano Pardo, Mara Helmuth, Michael Fiday, Christopher Deane, John Luther Adams, Kyle Gann, Michael Byron, Wen Hui Xie, Jude Traxler, Kazuaki Shiota and Alex Kotch.

His compositions have been featured on the Sonic Explorations concert series, the MUSICX new musicfestival at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music; the Loeffler New Music Symposium at Chico State University in California; and at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center. One of his works, Sparrow Song, was recently published in Notations 21 (New York: Mark Batty Publishers, 2008). John has several on-going interdisciplinary collaborations with writers Ann McCutchan and Todd Boss, percussionist Allen Otte, and has created original music for choreographer/dancer Hillary Bryan.

John has recorded for the Klavier and GIA record labels with the North Texas Wind Symphony and can be heard on the television series, Wyoming Voices (produced by Wyoming Public Television). Articles, interviews, and educational writing have been published in Windsong, 21st-Century Music, Texas Band Master's Review and Percussive Notes. John is also a former marching member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

John has presented clinics and masterclasses on topics including contemporary music, orchestral percussion, and jazz drumset at the following institutions/venues: Danilo Perez Jazz Foundation, National Institute of Culture in Panama, Texas Music Educator's Association Convention, Texas Band Master's Association Convention, Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion (Wyoming, Louisiana, and Texas), University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, Chico State University, Southern Oregon University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Hawaii, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Mississippi.

John holds a DMA in percussion performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a MM from the University of North Texas, and a BM from Stephen F. Austin State University. John is also a Yamaha Performing Artist and an Artist for Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads.

Matt Holm
Adjunct Percussion Instructor

Matthew Holm has presented many clinics and master classes throughout the United States as both a performer and educator, and is currently the adjunct percussion professor at Sam Houston State University. Matthew has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Americas. As a concert marimbist, he competed in the 2007 Belgium Universal Marimba Competition and recorded a CD entitled Velocities, containing a collection of contemporary marimba pieces and released on the POJ Productions label. Holm is also a strong advocate of new music and has performed with the Janus Percussion Duo, Penumbra Percussion Duo, Crossing 32nd Street, and the Arizona Contemporary New Music Ensemble (ACME).

From 2009-2013, Matthew served as the assistant band director and percussion specialist at Wylie East HS. From 2006-2009, Holm served as a faculty associate at Arizona State University where he was a director/arranger for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band percussion section. As a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Matthew contributed to three world championships from 2000-2002. He has also worked with groups such as Rosemount High School (MN), Eastview High School (MN), Gilbert High School (AZ), and the Independent World Momentum Percussion Theater.

Matthew has served as both Vice President and President of the Arizona Percussive Arts Society and is currently a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. He received his MM from Arizona State, and his BM and BME from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Holm endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and Mallets, Mapex drums, and Majestic concert percussion instruments, including the new 5.0 octave professional series marimba. 

Branden Hill
Graduate Teaching Assistantr, Bearkat Marching Band

Branden Hill is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, where he studied instrumental music education and conducting. A native of Murfreesboro, TN, Branden has worked with high school programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas as both a clinician and designer. Branden recently completed his third year as the Director of Bands at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, TX. The Kempner Wind Ensemble recently performed at the 2014 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN as a featured ensemble. He just completed his sixth year of teaching in the state of Texas.

As a performer, Branden served as Drum Major of the MTSU Band of Blue for four years and was a member of the 2005 Madison Scouts hornline. Branden has also served on the brass staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007-2008 and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2013.

Kendall LeJeune
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band

Kendall LeJeune is a Graduate Assistant at Sam Houston State University where he is pursuing a Master’s of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and The University of Southern Mississippi, where he received degrees in Music Education and Public Relations.

Kendall recently completed his fifth year as a Texas music educator and is an active adjudicator for indoor and outdoor performing ensembles. He currently holds positions as a General Effect judge for Winter Guard International (WGI) and the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC).

A native of Lafayette, LA, Kendall is an alum of Acadiana High School where he served as the Principal Drum Major for three years. He went on to be a Conductor for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from 2005-2006 and was a Drum Major at The University of Southern Mississippi. An active clinician for student leadership and Drum Major instruction, Kendall is currently on the faculty of the University of Texas- Arlington Drum Major camp and is head of the Drum Major Education track of the Marching Arts Academy at Idaho State University.

During his time at The University of Southern Mississippi, Kendall worked for the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra as Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator and Public Relations Intern. Serving as a percussionist in the orchestra, Kendall has shared the stage with performers such as Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Patti Austin, The Pointer Sisters, Joshua Bell and Sir James Galway, to name a few.

Kendall’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator's Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. His personal and professional influences include his mother, Pam DeVille, sister, Alayiah LeJeune, Melissa and Jeff Prosperie, Dr. Mike Lopinto, Dr. Gerald Waguespack, Jody Kovarik, Matthew McInturf, Dr. Brian Gibbs, Mike Brown and Amanda Drinkwater.

Zacharay Mathes
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band

Zachary Ryan Mathes is from Charleston, West Virginia. He began studying percussion at the age of 12 under the instruction of Ken Tackett, who remained his private teacher and mentor throughout middle school and high school. He spent the last two years of high school studying with both Ken and Roger Braun, professor of percussion at Ohio University. In the summers of his sophomore and junior years of high school, Zach attended the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar, directed by the University of Michigan's Joseph Gramley, where he took private lessons with Joseph Pereira, Joseph Gramley, and Jeffrey Irving. He also attended Indiana University's Summer Percussion Workshop during the summer of his junior year. In 2009, he auditioned at and was admitted to Oberlin Conservatory. Zach then began studying with Michael Rosen for the four years he was at Oberlin. Now, he is a student of Dr. John Lane as a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State University. 


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