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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 and student leadership development at the music educators association conventions in Texas, California, Tennessee, and Arizona, as well as the College Band Directors National Association Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Athletic/Marching Band Symposium and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

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

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 holds a DMA in conducting from 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.

Joseph Millea
Adjunct Percussion Instructor

Dr. Joe Millea is an adjunct faculty member at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he directs the Bearkat Drumline and University Percussion Ensemble and teaches applied lessons and the percussion methods courses. In addition, Joe teaches percussion in the Montgomery ISD in Montgomery, Texas.  He is also an instructor and arranger with the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps of San Diego, California. In 2013/14, Joe studied at the Royal College of Music in London, United Kingdom performing and researching the marimba. At the Royal College of Music he was supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship. Previously, Joe served as a Faculty member at Veritas Prepartory Academy, Collins College (Phoenix, AZ), National American University (Brooklyn Center, MN) teaching courses in music appreciation, digital audio, music theory, music history, music business, and music composition. From 2010 to 2013, Joe was the principal Percussionist and Timpanist with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra in Scottsdale, AZ, under the direction of Brett Robison. He was also a percussion instructor/arranger with the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band and Director of Instrumental Music at La Casa de Cristo Church in Scottsdale, AZ.

Having performed in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, Joe enjoys an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He was a guest artist at the 2009 and 2012 MN Percussion Association Days of Percussion, 2011 International Percussion Seminar in Adria, Italy, the 2012 International Horn Symposium Southwest regional, Southern Utah University (2012), and the 2012 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy in Lubbock, Texas. As a chamber musician, Joe has taken part in the 2009 1st Festival of Percussion Ensembles in San Jose, Costa Rica, the 2012 Southern California Marimba Competition in Orange, California, the 2013 NonClassical: Pioneer of Percussion festival in London, England, the 2014 Minneapolis “Carifest” of Caribbean music and culture, and the 2015 Balance-Unbalance conference on climate and acoustic ecology in Tempe, Arizona.

Joe has performed jazz, world, classical, and contemporary traditions with many chamber groups throughout the country including the Phoenix Symphony, Mill Ave Chamber Players, Salt River Brass, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Classical Revolution Phoenix, Struck Percussion Ensemble, Solis Camerata, Phoenix Artlink, the Seven Corners Quartet, and the Phoenix Symphony B-Sharp Homeless Initiative. 

Joe received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Master's and D.M.A Degrees in Music Performance from Arizona State University. His primary teachers are Fernando Meza, J.B. Smith, Daniella Ganeva, Peter Kogan, Earl Yowell, Mark Sunkett, Simone Mancuso, Brian Duffy, Matt Kettlehut, Dom Moio and Phil Hey.


Chad Truitt
Color Guard Instructor

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.

Jeffrey Summers
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band


Chris Dial
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band



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