Directors/Staff

  • Dr. Kevin Bowen | Director of Bands

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

    CKB

    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. Dr. Bowen also teaches Applied Trumpet and serves as conductor for Wake Forest University’s Wind Ensemble, Basketball Pep Band, and Chamber Winds Ensemble.

  • Dr. Tim Heath | Director of Athletic Bands

    Dr. Tim Heath
    Director of
     Athletic Bands
    2019 – Present

    Doctor of Education: University of Alabama, Music Education
    Master of Arts: University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Music Education 
    Bachelor of Music: University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Music Education

    Dr. Tim Heath  is currently the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Teaching Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At Wake Forest, he oversees all aspects of the athletic band program and serves as a member of the conducting faculty assisting the concert bands. Previously, he was the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He also served as Assistant Director of the Wind Ensemble and was a member of the conducting faculty during his tenure at Samford. 

    Before teaching full-time at the collegiate level, Dr. Heath was a graduate teaching assistant with The University of Alabama Bands while pursuing his doctoral studies. At the University of Alabama, Dr. Heath conducted the pep bands, The University of Alabama Concert Band, and served as a staff member with The Million Dollar Band. Dr. Heath received the Outstanding Instrumental Music Education Graduate Student Award for the 2016-2017 academic school year. He also served as Director of Bands at Spring Creek High School in Seven Springs, NC.

    Dr. Heath is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band. As a clinician, he has presented at the collegiate and high school levels across the United States. As a music educator, Dr. Heath has presented sessions and research at both the state and national levels and is published in The Instrumentalist, The National Band Association Journal, and Percussive Notes. Dr. Heath holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a Doctorate from The University of Alabama, and is a candidate for the Professional Artist Certificate in Conducting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

    Dr. Heath serves on the Small College/University committee of the College Band Directors National Association and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Music Society, Kappa Delta Epsilon Education Fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee, and is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at the University of Alabama and Wake Forest University.

    Dr. Heath is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Blackswamp Percussion, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion. 

  • Mr. Brandon Bickham | Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

    Mr. Brandon Bickham
    Assistant Director of
     Athletic Bands
    2022 – Present

    Master of Science: Towson University, Music Education 
    Bachelor of Arts: The University of Houston, Music

    A native of the Houston, TX, Mr. Brandon Bickham has been an athletic band instructor in Texas,
    Maryland, and North Carolina for over 20 years. He has been honored to work with a number of
    award-winning ensembles including the marching bands at Towson University (Macy’s Thanksgiving
    Day Parade), Urbana High School (Bands of American Regional and Grand National finalists), and
    Brazoswood High School (Bands of American Regional finalists). In addition, Mr. Bickham has been a
    marching band adjudicator and clinician in Texas, Maryland, and North Carolina. His work courtside
    with basketball bands has been recognized for its energy and enthusiasm and his bands have played
    at regional, state, and national events.

    In addition to his work in front of an ensemble, Mr. Bickham is an accomplished freelance bassist.
    While in Houston, he toured and recorded with The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, culminating with
    a performance at the W.C. Handy Awards in Memphis. In Baltimore, Mr. Bickham studied with
    renowned bassist, Ashton Fletcher, and performed extensively with the Essex Powerhouse Big Band.
    He has also performed in musical pit orchestras for professional regional theatre houses in the
    Baltimore/Washington area.

    Mr. Bickham is a dedicated music educator and follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, James
    Warren, one of the first band directors at the University of Houston. His own diverse musical
    experience has offered him the opportunity to teach all levels of music and engage with students in
    a variety of ways – jazz band, orchestra, concert band, and athletic bands. He is proud of his work
    with elementary aged students, his middle school bands, his award winning high school jazz bands,
    marching bands, concert bands, and orchestras. He also had the pleasure of serving as a graduate
    assistant at Towson University where he served as rehearsal and guest conductor.

    Mr. Brandon Bickham holds degrees from Towson University (MS in Music Education) and The
    University of Houston (BA in Music). He has had the honor to work with renowned teachers such as
    David Bertman, Ashton Fletcher, John Miliauskas, Noe Marmolejo, and Mark Barton. He currently
    resides in Greensboro, NC with his family and is the Director of Bands at Greensboro Day School.
    He is honored to join Wake Forest University as the Assistant Athletic Band Director.

  • Mr. Colin Choat | Percussion Instructor

    Colin Choat
    Percussion Instructor
    2022 – Present

    Master of Music: Appalachian State University, Percussion Performance
    Bachelor of Music: University of Alabama, Percussion Performance

    Colin Choat is the percussion instructor for the Wake Forest University Athletic Bands. Mr. Choat brings a wealth of knowledge to SOTOGAB and numerous years of experience performing and teaching at the highest level. He is a proud former member of Drum Corps International’s(DCI) Spirit of Atlanta, Magic of Orlando, and the Boston Crusaders, and Winterguard International’s Odyssey Percussion Theatre and Music City Mystique. Mr. Choat continued his involvement with DCI where he served on the percussion staff for the Boston Crusaders from 2008-2009 and 2014-2016.

    Mr. Choat attended the University of Alabama(UA) where he performed with the UA Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and the “Million Dollar Band.” While completing his Master of Music at Appalachian State University(ASU), Mr. Choat performed with the ASU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, New Paradigm Percussion Quartet, and the Steely Pan Steel Band. He spent the next two years living in Austin, Texas working as Percussion Coordinator for the Manor Independent School District as well as a clinician and adjudicator for numerous school districts in the Austin area. Throughout his youth, Colin studied with world renowned percussion educators including Jeff Fondren, Greg Gumina, Bill Williams, Larry Mathis, Neal Flum, Rob Falvo, Scott Meister, Chauncey Holder, Omar Carmenates, and Ellis Hampton.

    For the past 10 years, Mr. Choat has been a middle and high school band director with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He currently teaches band and chorus at Lewisville Middle School in Lewisville, North Carolina. In addition to teaching, Mr. Choat performs with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and numerous other ensembles in Northwest North Carolina. Outside of music, he enjoys long distance running, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Mr. Choat currently resides in Winston-Salem with his incredible wife, Mary Kathryn Bowman Choat.

  • Mrs. Ambar Kilar | Director of Colorguard

    Ambar Kilar
    Director of
     Colorguard
    2018-Present

    Ambar Kilar joined the staff in 2018 as Director of Colorguard for Wake Forest University. Prior to becoming Director of Colorguard, Ambar was a member of SOTOGAB for 3 years and Reynolda Independent Winterguard for 6 years. Ambar also was a tech for the Mount Tabor High School Marching Band and Winterguard for two years. In 2013 Ambar received The John Philip Sousa award on French Horn. Ambar holds a degree in Pastry Arts from The French Pastry School of Chicago and is classically trained in French Cuisine; working in various hotels, bakeries, and Michelin stared restaurants over the years. Ambar has a passion for music and colorguard and is excited once again be part of Demon Deacons!

  • Mrs. Barbara Trautwein | Advisor to SOTOGAB

    Barbara Trautwein
    Advisor to SOTOGAB
    2006-Present

    Master of Music: Florida State, Music Education
    Bachelor of Science: Ohio State University, Education

    Barbara Trautwein (Mzeztee) studied oboe with William Poland, Marc Lifschey, Laila Storch, Rhadames Angelucci; English horn with Thomas Stacy; clarinet with Frank Lucas; bassoon with Harold Andrews; and baroque oboe at B.P.I., Oberlin. Mzeztee is a former member of Camerata Academica, the Oklahoma City, Dallas, St. Paul Opera, Savannah, and Tucson Symphonies and also performed with Mozarteum, Bombay Chamber and Apollo’s Fire orchestras; St. Paul Chamber, Minnesota, Piedmont Chamber, North Carolina Symphony and Bombay Chamber orchestras. Mzeztee also played English Horn in the Salisbury, North Carolina Symphony and taught in Euclid, OH schools, Salem College, Kala Academy, Goa, India and Catawba College. Mzeztee was the Director of Bands at Wake Forest University from 1985-1987 and founded and directed the Women’s Basketball Pep Band from 1985-2005. Mzeztee was the Assistant Director of the Athletic Bands from 1994-2005.

  • Dr. Jack Dostal | Visual Instructor

    Dr. Jack Dostal
    Visual Instructor

    2011 – Present

    Dostal

    Doctor of Philosophy: Montana State University-Bozeman, Physics
    Master of Science: Iowa State University, Physics 
    Bachelor of Science: University of Northern Iowa, Physics and Mathematics

    Dr. Jack Dostal joined the faculty in the Department of Physics at Wake Forest University in 2010. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Montana State University as well as degrees in physics from the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. He also served on the physics faculty at the University of Montana for three years prior to his arrival in Winston-Salem. In the 1990s he played baritone in the Drum Corps International Finalist Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA as well as the Govenaires Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a trombonist in the University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band. In addition to his visual and marching responsibilities with SOTOGAB, Dr. Dostal also plays in the Salem Trombone Choir.

  • Mr. Anthony M. Tang | Wake Forest Staff

    Anthony M. Tang
    Wake Forest Staff
    2012 – Present

    Tang

    Doctor of Education: Vanderbilt University, Leadership and Learning in Organizations, Expected 2025
    Master of Education: 
    Northeastern University, Higher Education Administration
    Bachelor of Arts: Wake Forest University, Communication

    Anthony M. Tang resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is a born and raised North Carolinian from Rocky Mount. Anthony enjoys spending time with family, sustaining and growing the Musical Arts, working collaboratively with various organizations across the country to achieve the best for each organization, and supporting all aspects of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

    Anthony is currently the Director of Strategic Development at Wake Forest University where he establishes and cultivates relationships with alumni, parents, and friends to increase their affinity for the university through philanthropic engagement. Prior to his work in fundraising, Anthony served in Wake Forest’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Office of Alumni Engagement where he increased his understanding of the importance of personal connection and meaningful relationships in a college or university environment. As one who seeks collaboration and growth among teams and individuals, Anthony has presented at national and local conferences on his work in Alumni Engagement and Fundraising.

    Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University.