Gayl W. Doster
Retired President/COO – Brooks Drug, Inc.
Gayl W. Doster is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Brooks Drug, Inc. Mr. Doster is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While at Indiana University, he was a member of the Marching Hundred and numerous other musical organizations and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He serves on the boards of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Friends of Music and the Indiana University Art Museum National Advisory Board. Mr. Doster has been inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business and Industry Hall of Fame, is the 2009 recipient of the International Festival & Events Association Zambelli Internationale Volunteer of the Year Award, and currently is the Co-Treasurer of Lawrence Central Performing Arts. Gayl and his wife Beverly have two children and five grandchildren.
Executive Vice President – Freedom Partners
Douglas C. Pileri is Executive Vice President of Freedom Partners, a free market trade association based in Washington DC. In this newly-created position to bring experienced business leadership to the association, Doug leads strategic program development, identifying the need for new capabilities, measuring their impact and defining their return on investment.
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.
President/CEO – Meridian Investment Advisors, Inc.
Patrick J. Burley is President and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Investment Advisors, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor firm which was founded in 1994. Having spent his entire career in the financial services industry, Pat has provided investment management services and pension consulting to individuals, trusts, charitable organizations, corporations and other business entities.
Over the years, he has been able to use his professional skills to assist a wide variety of community non-profits and has helped them expand beyond their existing horizons. His business motto and philosophy come from the following Vince Lombardi quote: "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
Director of Fine Arts - Arlington, TX Independent School District
Dr. Jeremy Earnhart is Director of Fine Arts for the Arlington, TX Independent School District. Educating over 63,000 students, AISD provides world-class musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts programs. From 2009-2013 he was Director of Fine Arts for the Irving ISD, TX where student participation in secondary fine arts increased by over 40%. He was also director of the UIL TX State and Bands of America National Champion L.D. Bell High School Band, serving from 1998-2009. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Education, holds certifications in International Baccalaureate Music, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.
Arlington passed a historic $663.1 million bond package which led with Fine Arts initiatives including: $32 million Fine Arts Center, two Fine Arts & Dual Language Elementary Academies, an acoustically appropriate strings classroom for all 54 elementary schools, and $9.8 million for instruments and uniforms to promote student access. In addition to the Arts & Language Academies, he has also created related programming to the bond program including a partnership with the University of North Texas for Dual Credit Music and the nation’s first public/private partnership course in Musical Instrument Repair with Music & Arts.
e is an active clinician/conductor, adjudicator, published author, and presenter for staff developments/conferences including the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Midwest Clinic, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show, Conn-Selmer Institute, and Music for All Summer Symposium. Dr. Earnhart is a member of the Education Preparation Advisory Board for Dallas Baptist University as well as the Board of Directors of Music for All. He has served in a design/instructional capacity for The Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps as well as consulting for groups including the 2011 & 2015 National Champion Broken Arrow High School Band.
State Director of Music Emeritus - University Interscholastic League and the University of Texas at Austin
Richard Floyd has been active as a conductor, music educator and administrator since 1962. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. Floyd recently retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for 29 years. He now holds the title UIL State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band that is viewed to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas, Mr. Floyd served on the faculty at the University of South Florida as Professor of Conducting and at Baylor University in Texas where he held the position of Director of Bands for nine years. He began his career as band director at Richardson Junior High School and then become the first director of the award winning J.J. Pearce High School Band in the same city. He also served as Director of Fine Arts for that district for two years before moving to Baylor University in 1972.
His musical achievements include performances at numerous state and national conventions and conferences including the 1977 College Band Directors National Association, the 1981 Music Educators National Conference and concerts at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 1989, 1997 and 2007. Other distinguished performances include concerts for the American Bandmasters Association in 1993 and 2006 and the 2004 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington. Performances by his various ensembles have been heard on radio broadcasts throughout the United States, Australia and Europe.
Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 40 American states and in 9 other countries. He is a frequent featured clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association and has presented three conducting and rehearsal technique clinics for the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras and music education. He is a member of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame.
Publications include co-authorship of Best Music For Beginning Band and contributing author for The Musician's Walk by James Jordon and published by GIA. In addition his articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist and numerous national and international publications. In 2006 he was featured on the GIA Produced DVD entitled Kindred Spirits from the series Conducting From The Inside Out. Other conductors included H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff and Allan McMurray.
During Mr. Floyd's professional career he has held positions of leadership on many state and national committees for music education and wind music performance. At present he is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of the American Bandmasters Association Educational Projects Committee, an ex-officio member of the Texas Music Educator's Association Executive Board and serves as chair of the College Band Directors National Association Music Education Committee. He served as National Secretary of CBDNA from 1979 to 2007 and has played an active leadership role in the implementation of that organization's many projects and services for over three decades.
Corporate Vice President of Yamaha Corporation of America and Division Manager of the Band & Orchestral Division
Garth Gilman currently serves as the General Manager for the Band & Orchestral division at Yamaha Corporation of America in Buena Park, California and as the Vice President of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. in New York, NY. Garth’s current responsibilities include: planning, resource management, communication, staffing, funds management, business strategy formation and functional analysis.
Garth joined Yamaha in 2003, and has worked for both the Band & Orchestral and Pro & Audio and Combo divisions. Before being promoted to General Manager in 2011, Garth held several other positions within Yamaha, including: Administration Manager, Director of Administration and Assistant General Manager.
Garth has served as a process owner and executive sponsor for Yamaha’s business re-engineering project (Process Excellence Project) since 2004. He is included in a small group of international executives selected by Yamaha Corporation of Japan to participate in advanced development courses, including: Advanced Leadership Training (2006) and the 3-year Yamaha Global Institute (2010) program.
Prior to joining Yamaha, Garth was the senior officer at the flagship campus of a non-profit vocational school (NTMA Training Centers). He also previously headed Management Advisory Services for the nation’s largest employer association (Employers Group).
Garth holds a Master of Business Administration (2002) degree and a Bachelor of Science in Management (2000) degree from Pepperdine University. He holds a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Cal State Fullerton University (2005) and a Facility Director Certification from the Los Angeles County Office of Education (2003).
Partner – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Sam Hodson is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister and an adjunct professor of political science at Indiana University. His practice is focused on clients in transition including sales, reorganization, financing and expansion. He is recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer® and in Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of finance, commercial litigation and business bankruptcy. He is board certified in business bankruptcy and enjoys an AV rating from Martindale Hubble. Sam is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Indiana Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana Association for Corporate Renewal. He earned his BA in Political Science from Indiana University, his JD from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinley School of Law and his MBA with a major track in Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Retired Senior Vice President – Hal Leonard Corporation
Herman Knoll is the recently retired Senor Vice President of Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest and most innovative music print publisher. He continues to serve the company as a consultant and represents the company as a clinician. As senior vice president he oversaw the development of band, orchestra and choir publications, and has been involved in the development of many acclaimed educational products and series.
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.
Partner – Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Sam Laurin is a partner at the law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis, where he chairs the firm's Litigation Department. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation and construction law and by Indiana Super Lawyers® for construction litigation. Mr. Laurin received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, and his J.D. from the I.U. Maurer School of Law. He loves almost every form of music. He is proud of his daughter who played clarinet in her high school concert band, which won the Indiana State School Music Association Championship two years in a row.
Equity Analyst – Fidelty Investments
Anmol Mehra is an equity research analyst for Fidelity Investments in Boston Massachusetts, the largest mutual fund company in the United States. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Mehra was a pension consulting actuary at Towers Perrin, a human resources consulting firm in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Mehra played trombone and baritone and was a student camper and a SWAG for a number of years at the Music for All Summer Symposium. He was also a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Band and marched a summer with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Mehra received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and actuarial studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from McCombs School of Business, also from the University of Texas. Mr. Mehra is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He is on the Board of Directors with Urbanity Dance, a Boston-based contemporary dance company, and he is on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas MBA Investment Fund.
CEO – Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Marlene is the matriarch of the Miller Family for over 50 years. Along with Fred, her husband and WGI Hall of Fame Honoree, she has been involved in all aspects of the pageantry arts activity.
She attended Wright State University majoring in Business Education. Marlene served as treasurer of the Ohio Color Guard Circuit for over thirty years. She was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2009.
Today, Marlene is a cornerstone of the success of the FJM business, a staple in the color guard, marching band, and drum corps field.
Solicitor General - State Court of Cobb County, GA
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.
Vice President of Business Development – PepWear, LLC
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
Founder/President/CEO - The Devmusic Company
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 writes 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).