Gayl W. Doster
With his strong willingness to take personal initiative and apply technical solutions in innovative ways, Doug creates enthusiasm. People follow him because he doesn’t just lead, he inspires.
During his career, he and his family spent six years abroad, in Paris and, later, London, where Doug was Kodak's senior digital imaging executive in Europe. In his US career, he has been a keynote speaker at several international conventions, and has been featured as a next-generation leader in a cover story of CIO Magazine and on National Public Radio.
Doug has a BS in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. He serves on the Boards of Directors for several graduate business and technology schools.
In his role on the Board of 'Music for All,' his goal remains: "...to use my experience as a 'Music Dad' and my expertise to help the Board combine music and technology in ways that make a difference in the lives we touch and the communities we affect."
With his wife and three daughters based in the Carmel, Indiana – and Doug now working in Washington, DC -- his current hobby is collecting frequent flyer miles.
Retired Senior Vice President – Hal Leonard Corporation
Mr. Knoll attended Indiana University and received music education degrees from Indiana State University and the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. In 1994, he was the proud recipient of VanderCook’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2007, Herman was awarded The Music Industry Award by the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The Music Industry Award honors individuals for their support of music education through their work in the music industry.
After graduation, he spent 12 years teaching instrumental music in Indiana public schools, in grades ranging from elementary through college. He also directed successful bands at Indiana State University; under his direction, the Greenwood Indiana High School Band received perfect scores in concert contests, and the marching band garnered championships in state and multi-state competitions.
Mr. Knoll joined Hal Leonard in 1979, and in 1985, he was part of an internal management team that purchased Hal Leonard from the original founders. Under this management, the company has enjoyed consistent and dramatic growth through its creative publishing, dynamic marketing, and frequent key acquisitions.
In recent years, Mr. Knoll has coordinated the creation and marketing of Essential Elements products. This flagship brand represents the most popular methods in the world for school bands, orchestras and choirs. He has served as a tireless spokesman for Essential Elements throughout the United States and on many other continents, using these clinics as opportunities to encourage fellow educators.
Mr. Knoll has served on many industry boards. In keeping with his passion for music education, he serves on the Music For All Board, and is a current member and former chairman of the VanderCook Board of Trustees.
Herman and his wife Sandy reside in Hartland, Wisconsin. They have three grown children and ten grandchildren. Herman and Sandy are involved with an orphanage outreach in Latvia through Mission: Hope. Two of their grandchildren are adopted from that orphanage.
Barry Morgan is currently serving his sixth term as Solicitor General of the State Court of Cobb County. Governor Zell Miller appointed Morgan Solicitor General in March of 1998. Before becoming a prosecutor, Morgan served twelve years as a high school, middle school, and elementary school band director with the Cobb County Georgia School District. Barry holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Summa Cum Laude from the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. A founding staff member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Morgan has remained active in the Drum Corps community as an instructor and fan and served on the Board of Directors of the World Champion Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Morgan continues to serve the music community as a lecturer on Legal Responsibilities of Music Teachers for Music for All Summer Symposium, many state music conventions, and the 59th and 63rd Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Kathy Pitts, CPA
Chief Accounting Officer
Kathy is a certified public accountant. She began her career in accounting by working for major corporations such as Shell Oil, General Motors, and Anthem. While with these companies, Kathy managed accounting and project teams, process improvement plans, and acquisition consolidation plans. Later, Pitts worked in accounting firms, applying the strengths built in her previous work at these large corporations to provide management support and process improvement plans for her clients. This is where Kathy found her passion for non-profit management and joined her client, GEO Foundation, on a full-time basis.
GEO’s mission is to beat poverty. GEO opens and supports quality public charter schools in highly impoverished areas of the country. By using a unique K-14 (early college) model and a high school dropout recovery model, GEO is able to drive significant academic improvement and graduation rates. For GEO, Kathy serves as Executive Director of Finance. In this capacity she manages the accounting and finance team in providing all financial, grant management, and auditing functions for the schools and the Foundation.
Kathy is a lifelong lover of music. Kathy grew up in Greenwood, IN and had the privilege of serving as a music student, under Herman Knoll during his tenure there. She credits her work ethic, discipline, and drive to the lessons learned at that early age. Her love of music (and clarinet!) has carried to her daughter, who marched for and attended Lawrence Township schools; her niece, who marched with the Greenwood Woodmen; and now, to her great niece marching in Grand Junction, CO.
Kathy resides on the north side of Indianapolis with her husband, attorney Rick Pitts, and is a graduate of Butler University. She is an avid Butler Bulldogs fan!
Announcer, Bands of America Regional Competitions and Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
John Pollard is an announcer for BOA Marching Championships, Colorado’s State Marching Championship and various other pageantry events. Formerly a Band Director at L.D. Bell High School, John was Music Coordinator for Yamaha’s Sounds Of Summer program, instructed Music for All’s Summer Symposiums, National Festivals, and BOA Honor Bands, and the inaugural BOA “Tournament Of Roses” Band. His groups were Texas UIL State Marching Champions, PASIC National Drumline Champions, Sudler Shield of Honor winners and medaled over two-dozen times at BOA Regional, Super-Regional and Grand National Championships. His percussion ensembles performed at PASIC, Midwest and TMEA and TBA Conventions. John was chairman of the UIL Percussion Music Committee, Texas All-State Music selector, PASIC 2000 committee, and assisted with MTV’s Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime production. He is now USA Executive for Crafted By Infinity Diamonds. He remains a District Mentor for the L.D. Bell cluster of schools and a Yamaha Corporation consultant.
Garrett D. Scharton is Vice President of Business Development of PepWear, headquartered in Dallas, TX. Mr. Scharton is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where he studied Music Performance and Political Science. After a stint in politics and government affairs, Mr. Scharton spent four years as an Analyst for Indianapolis-based Centaur, Inc., then went on to successfully acquire, grow and sell a transportation/logistics company and a Marcellus shale investment.
Mr. Scharton is a four year alumnus of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he received the Zildjian Award for Excellence, and dedicates his free time to music education at Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, Rhythm X Performance Ensemble and Avon
Ayatey Shabazz is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi, where he currently works and resides. He received his formal training in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he also studied composition and jazz arranging with Dr. Albert Gower. Shabazz taught elementary, Jr. High and high school band in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, and has written custom arrangements and field shows performed by high school and college marching ensembles throughout the country as well as drum corps in Europe.
Mr. Shabazz is in demand as a composer of original works in the concert idiom. In addition to his many published concert works, he has been commissioned to write multiple works for ensembles in the US and abroad as well as music for film and Television.
Mr. Shabazz is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Devmusic Company. The company focuses on quality print music for marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and percussion ensembles. The company also provides administration, engraving and music preparation services for a variety of composers, artists and other publishing companies. The Devmusic Company is a global music publishing company with worldwide distribution.
Ayatey is a member of multiple professional and industry organizations, including The National Recording Academy and the American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
David Simons is a Software Developer at Bertram Labs in Denver. Prior to serving on the technology team, Mr. Simons was a member of the investment team for Bertram Capital, targeting investments and advising in the operations and strategic management of portfolio companies in the business services, health care, technology, and consumer industries.
Mr. Simons received a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, where he studied economics and computer science. He is an alumnus of Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN, where he was an active member and performer in many ensembles of the music program, including its storied marching band.
Marla D. Smith
Anthony M. Tang
Development Officer – Wake Forest University
A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Anthony M. Tang expanded his experience in music performance and knowledge of Music for All under the direction and mentorship of Erik W. Harris. During his time at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Anthony continued his involvement in music through various instrumental ensembles and served as Drum Major of the university’s marching band, the "Spirit of the Old Gold and Black" Marching Band. Anthony graduated from Wake Forest with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and continued serving the university in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before moving to his current role in the Office of Alumni Engagement. Anthony received his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University and currently volunteers much of his time as the Director of Student Leadership for the "Spirit of the Old Gold and Black" Marching Band.
Anthony rekindled his relationship with Music for All in 2012, playing a vital role in bringing the Bands of America North Carolina Regional Championship to Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University. In December 2015, Anthony and his wife Megan set up the Tang Family Scholarship Fund through Music for All, benefitting individual students who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium as Anthony and Megan see value in the leadership-driven environment. The Tang family is dedicated to investing in Music for All’s mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
In addition to his passion and commitment for Music for All, Anthony is the President-Elect of the Piedmont Wind Symphony Board of Directors in Winston-Salem, a council member of the Athletic Advisory Council at Wake Forest University, a Winston<40 Advisory Board Member, and a WakeUnited United Way Campaign Cabinet member.