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.  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, 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 comes to Wake Forest from Samford University, where he was the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education. He also served as Assistant Director of the Wind Ensemble and was a member of the conducting faculty during his tenure at Samford. Prior to teaching at Samford University, Dr. Heath was a graduate teaching assistant with The University of Alabama Bands. At the University of Alabama, Dr. Heath conducted the pep bands for all major sports, The University of Alabama Concert Band, and served as a staff member with The Million Dollar Band where he also arranged for the Million Dollar Band’s Front Ensemble. Dr. Heath received the Outstanding Instrumental Music Education Graduate Student awarded for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

    Dr. Heath served as the front ensemble coordinator for the Music City Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2014 season and has held staff positions with Methodist University’s “Pride of the Carolina’s” in Fayetteville, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s “Spirit of the Carolina’s” in Pembroke, North Carolina. Dr. Heath’s previous collegiate teaching experience includes instructor of music at The University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina where he directed the pep band and instructed music education courses.

    Dr. Heath is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band and is a regular conductor for the Cookeville (Tennessee) Community Band’s Summer Concert Series. As a music educator, Dr. Heath has presented sessions and research at both the state and national level and is published in Percussive Notes and The Instrumentalist. 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, and a Doctorate from The University of Alabama.

    Dr. Heath is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, 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.

    Dr. Heath is an educational clinician for Jupiter Musical Instruments.

  • Mr. Greg Dills | Director of Percussion

    Greg Dills
    Director of
    Percussion

    2014-Present

    Dills

    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.

  • Mrs. Ambar Kilar | Director of Colorguard
  • 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

    Master of Education: Northeastern University, Higher Education Administration
    Bachelor of Arts: Wake Forest University, Communication

    Anthony M. Tang is a 2011 graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. During his four years at Wake Forest, Anthony served as Percussion Section Leader in 2008 and as Drum Major in 2009 and 2010 for the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black. Additionally, Anthony served as the first Chapter President of the newly recolonized Kappa Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Anthony completed his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University and currently serves in the Office of University Advancement at Wake Forest University as a Development Officer for North Carolina. In addition to his volunteer work with SOTOGAB, Anthony serves numerous other organizations including the Wake Forest Athletic Advisory Council, the Piedmont Wind Symphony, and the Music for All Board of Directors.

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