Director Bios

Dr. C. Kevin Bowen
Director of Bands
1994 – Present
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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.

Dr. Brandon E. Robinson
Associate Director of Bands
2014 – Present
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Doctor of Philosophy: University of Mississippi,Music Education
Master of Music:
Arkansas State University, Instrumental Conducting

Bachelor of Music Education: Arkansas State University
Website: bermusic.net

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.

Greg Dills
Director of
Percussion

2014 – Present

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.

Wesley Payne
Director of
Colorguard

2014 – Present
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Wesley Payne is currently working as an Elementary music teacher in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduating in 2010 with degrees in Music Education (Bassoon) and Dance.  He performed with the 2009 DCI Silver Medalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the colorguard.  Wesley has taught many colorguards throughout the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area.  He is currently working with the Mount Tabor High School Marching Spartans Colorguard and Winterguard, as well as the WGI Independent A Reynolda Guard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.