Doctor of Philosophy: Florida State University, Music Education
Master of Music: University of Louisville, Trumpet Performance
Bachelor of Music: Tennessee Technological University, Music Education
Dr. C Kevin Bowen has taught in the public and private schools of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida, and is active across the Southeast as a band adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Bowen currently serves as the North Carolina chair of the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association. Additionally, he serves as Administrative Director for the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Athletic Bands. Dr. Bowen also teaches Applied Trumpet and serves as conductor for Wake Forest University’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Basketball Pep Band, and Chamber Winds Ensemble.
Doctor of Philosophy: University of Mississippi,Music Education
Master of Music: Arkansas State University, Instrumental Conducting
Bachelor of Music Education: Arkansas State University
Dr. Brandon Robinson joined the faculty at Wake Forest University in July 2014. As Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Robinson’s duties include marching band (SOTOGAB), wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz combo (OGJC), basketball and volleyball pep band, jazz saxophone studio, and Arranging for the Athletic Bands. During his time at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Robinson’s graduate teaching assistant duties included supervising student teachers, teaching MUS 103: Introduction to Music for non-music majors, and assisting the jazz ensembles. Prior to Dr. Robinson’s graduate work at Ole Miss, he served on the music faculty at Alcorn State University. In addition to Dr. Robinson’s college teaching experience, he also taught in the public schools in Arkansas for twelve years. Dr. Robinson’s bands consistently received superior ratings in all areas, including marching band, concert band, and jazz band. Dr. Robinson earned a BME (1995) and a MM in instrumental conducting (2007) from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR and a Ph.D. in music education(2014) from the University of Mississippi.
Master of Music: Appalachian State University, Percussion
Bachelor of Science: Western Carolina University, Music Education
Greg Dills is currently the Director of Percussion for Wake Forest University Athletic Bands, Reagan High School and is the Director of Bands at Paisley IB Magnet School. Among these jobs, Greg teaches private lessons in the Piedmont Triad Area and is a heavily sought out Percussion Arranger, Clinician, and Adjudicator in North Carolina. He has arranged for groups across the country including North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Arkansas. Recently, he graduated Appalachian State University with a master’s degree in MusicPerformance. While at ASU, he was the graduate assistant for the percussion studio and the Marching Mountaineers Percussion Section. Among his assistantship duties, Greg participated in a number of ensembles including the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Steely Pan Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, Mid-East Ensemble and the New Paradigm Percussion Quartet. Prior to ASU, Greg attended Western Carolina University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at WCU, Greg participated in a many of theensembles offered including the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band for 4 years. During his time in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the POTM won the prestigious Sudler Trophy. In 2011, Greg was awarded the highest Instrumental Performer award. Greg has been involved with Drum Corps for 8 years. He started his career as a member of the 2007 Division III DCI World Champions Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, 2008 Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010. After aging out in 2010, he joined the staff at Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. He served as a battery tech for 3 seasons and stepped up in 2015 to serve as the current Percussion Caption Head. His WGI experience includes working with Palmetto Percussion, Wake Forest Independent, and Green Hope High School Indoor Percussion. Greg has had the privilege to study or work with many great educators such as Mr. Bob Buckner, Mr. Matt Henley, Mr. Jon Henson, Shane Gwaltney, Dr. Omar Carmenates, Dr. Luis Rivera, Dr. Mario Gaetano, Dr. Robert Falvo, Dr. Tracy Wiggins, Mr. Byron Hedgepeth, and Mr. Rick Dilling. Mr. Dills’ professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society and MENC. Greg is an artist for Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Mapex and Majestic Percussion and Innovative Percussion.
Bachelor of Arts: East Tennessee State University, Elementary Education
Todd Russell is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where he was a member of the ETSU “Marching Bucs” (guard) as well as the concert ensembles. Todd was the instructor of the ETSU Colorguard from 1999-2003 and 2015 and a member of the Mountainaires “Independent A” Winterguard based out of Johnson City, Tennessee, from 1995-1997. Todd was part of the instructional staff for the 2000 Winterguard International (WGI) Independent “A” Class Champions and 2001 WGI Independent Open Class Finalist, Infiniti Winterguard from Greenville, South Carolina. In 2003, Todd performed with “Infiniti World” Winterguard based out of Greenville, South Carolina, under the direction of Victor Mooney, Joe Sowders, and J.C. Caceres. In 2006, Todd completed a 2-year term as President of the Carolina Indoor Performance Association and was the Colorguard Caption Head for the 2007 Drum Corps International Gold Medalist, Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Todd is also an alumni summer staff member for Marching Auxiliaries, Inc, based out of Dallas/Plano Texas.
Todd was the Director of Colorguard at Wake Forest University from 2007-2014 and founder of the Reynolda Winterguard who were 2009, 2010, and 2011 WGI Finalists and 2012 and 2014 Semifinalist. Todd continues to choreograph for several guard programs in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.