Bearkat Marching Band Faculty and Staff

Bearkat Marching Band Faculty and Staff

Brian Gibbs

Associate Director of Bands
Director of the Bearkat Marching Band 
Associate Professor of Music

Brian Gibbs is the Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Bearkat Marching Band and Associate 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 a doctorate 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, 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. Dr. McInturf was named Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association in 2017.

John Lane
Director of Percussion Studies
Associate 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 Associate 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 drum set 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.

Brian Graiser
Adjunct Percussion Instructor

Dr. Brian S. Graiser is a contemporary percussionist, composer, and teacher, and currently serves as the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion and Marching Percussion Director at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches applied lessons and Percussion Methods and directs the SHSU University Percussion Ensemble and Bearkat Marching Band Drumline. His musical exploits are highly diverse, although he takes pride in being at the forefront of advocacy for extended-range vibraphone as a performer, composer, and researcher.

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, his performances have taken him up and down the U.S., Canada, Australia, Panama, France, Italy, and China. Recent performances of note include touring with the REFLECT harp+percussion duo, the world premiere of his Concerto No. 1 ("Lulu") for Four-Octave Vibraphone, and the world premiere of his ​From Nothing, Everything for solo vibraphone at the Festival Alfredo Saint Malo in Panama City, Panama. He has commissioned new works by several composers including Stuart Saunders Smith, Halim El-Dabh, John Serry, and Christien LeDroit, and has performed with groups such as the Cincinnati Chamber Opera, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Percussion Ensemble, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and many others. Recently, Brian has been a featured soloist with groups such as the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project, and the PAS-Panama Summer Percussion Ensemble. Brian is one half of the REFLECT harp+percussion duo along with his wife Alaina, and is also a member of the Arasmas Percussion Group and the CCM Contemporary Chamber Quartet.

Brian is no less active as a composer; he has written works for the PAS-Panama Summer Percussion Ensemble, the TorQ Percussion Quartet, the Toronto Youth Wind Ensemble, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Percussion Ensemble, the University of Georgia Percussion Ensemble and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, and a number of artists across the U.S. and Canada. Brian currently serves on the Composition Committee for the Percussive Arts Society.

As a clinician, Brian has presented on a wide range of topics such as Vibraphone History and Repertoire, Introduction to American Drumline, Composing for Harp and/or Percussion, the Percussion Works of Franco Donatoni, and more. Recently, Brian presented clinics and masterclasses at the Universidad de Panama/Instituto Nacional de Musica, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Jacksonville State University, and the University of Tennessee.

Prior to his appointment at SHSU, Brian served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Cincinnati, where he directed the Cincinnati Youth Percussion Collective, taught applied lessons through the College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, and coached the percussion section of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (whom he accompanied on their Summer 2016 Australia Tour). Other teaching experiences include earlier Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto, teaching the general music classes at the Leaves of Learning K-12 school in Cincinnati, and serving as the classroom teacher and program director of the Oconee County High School (GA) percussion program from 2005-2008.

Brian earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance at CCM, having studied with Allen Otte, Jim Culley, and Rusty Burge. He holds his MM degree in performance from the University of Toronto and his BMus degrees in composition and performance from the University of Georgia, having studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, John Rudolph, Tony McCutchen, Arvin Scott, Leonard Ball, and Adrian Childs. He has also received significant additional compositional training from Michael Colgrass, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Christos Hatzis.

Brian is an artist-endorser of Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and is also the proud owner of a DeMorrow 4-octave vibraphone. His compositions are available through Keyboard Percussion Publications, Alfonce Productions, and self-publication (distributed through Frontier Percussion).

Tim LeBlanc
Color Guard Instructor

Tim LeBlanc was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where he graduated from Acadiana High School. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he studied music education, was drum major of The Pride of Acadiana marching band, studied horn where he was principal in the UL Wind Ensemble, and was a founding member of the Echelon Brass Quintet. He currently plays horn in The Woodlands Concert Band in The Woodlands, TX. Tim is an Alumni of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched the horn line. Soon after, he started his colorguard career and began teaching in the Lafayette area.


Tim is the current Instructor for the guard programs at Sam Houston State University and is also the Drill writer and designer for the SHSU Bearkat Marching Band. Tim is the past color guard caption head for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Tim has taught and currently designs and choreographs for many successful groups around the country including WGI World Champion, Code Black Winterguard.


Tim resides in the Houston area where he is a hair stylist, is married, and has two awesome dogs.

Lindsey Langford
 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band

Billy Skembos
 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band

Kris Mosley
 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Bearkat Marching Band