Dr. Tim Heath
Director of 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 and Music Education Department while pursuing his doctoral studies. 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, before pursuing his doctoral studies.
Dr. Heath is an active clinician and adjudicator for concert bands across the United States. As a music educator, Dr. Heath has presented sessions and research at the state and national levels, 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 a Professional Artist Certificate in Conducting from 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, WASBE, IGEB and is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at the University of Alabama and Wake Forest University.
As a performer, Dr. Heath regularly performs with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, a professional Wind Ensemble based in Winston-Salem, NC. His percussion background includes playing with the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Alabama Winds, the Greensboro Philharmonia, and other concert ensembles. He is also an active drum set performer.
Dr. Heath is a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician and proudly supports Sabian Cymbals, Blackswamp Percussion, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion.
Dr. Natalie Smith
Assistant Director of Bands
2023 – Present
Doctor of Philosophy
Auburn University, Music Education; Certificates: College and University Teaching; Program Evaluation
Master of Music
East Carolina University, Music Performance – Flute
Bachelor of Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Music Education
Dr. Natalie Smith is the Assistant Director of Bands and an Assistant Teaching Professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At Wake Forest, she works with the Athletic Bands and serves as the Assistant Conductor for the concert band.
A native of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in Music Education at Auburn University with certificates in College and University Teaching and Program Evaluation.
She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Music at Auburn, teaching undergraduate music major and non-music major courses and performing administrative duties. Prior to her appointment at Auburn, Smith served as an elementary instrumental music teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools. During this time, she also served as the Pep Band Coordinator/Director at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, where she built a new band
to play at their Division I Basketball games.
Dr. Smith holds a B.S. in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.M. in Flute Performance from East Carolina University. While at East Carolina University she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Athletic Bands and as
a graduate instructor for the Flute Studio. Dr. Smith is also an active performer. She built and taught a private studio for flute, saxophone, and piano consisting of students ranging from elementary to college, and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator. Dr. Smith has also performed as the 3rd flute/piccolo for the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra in LaGrange, GA, as a substitute flute for the Albany Symphony in Albany, GA, as the director of the Auburn Community
Orchestra, and as a guest performer and conductor in many professional ensembles.
Dr. Smith has presented research sessions at both state and national conferences, and has been published in various educational journals. Her research interests include collegiate music curriculum, urban teaching, and bridging the gap between performers and educators.
Dr. Smith is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, National Flute Association, Women Band Directors International, Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society, and is an honorary member of Kappa
Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority.
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.
Director of Colorguard
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-starred restaurants over the years. Ambar has a passion for music and colorguard and is excited once again be part of Demon Deacons!
Dr. Jack Dostal
2011 – Present
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.
Anthony M. Tang
Wake Forest Staff
2012 – Present
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.