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 he is Co-Treasurer of Lawrence Central Performing Arts, Chairman of Heartland Jazz Arts Group and serves on the Advisory Board of the Indiana University Eskenazi Art Museum. Gayl and his wife Beverly have two children and five grandchildren.
Chief of Market Transformation – SIVOTEC ANALYTICS
Douglas C. Pileri is Chief of Market Transformation for SIVOTEC Analytics, a high technology big data analytics company focused at the intersection of Sports, Health and Technology. He plays an integral role in all aspects of strategic business and brand development, helping to drive business growth, value creation, and competitive advantage through the innovative use of integrated data and advanced analytics.
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."
He and his family are based in Carmel, Indiana.
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."
State Director of Music Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin; Yamaha Master Educator
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 at Yamaha Corporation of America and division manager of the Band & Orchestra
Garth Gilman currently serves as the Corporate Vice President for Yamaha Corporation of America, General Manager for the Band & Orchestra division in Buena Park, CA, and serves as the Vice President of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. in New York, NY. Garth joined Yamaha in 2004 and has worked for the Band & Orchestral as well as the Pro & Audio and Combo divisions.
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.
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.
Harvard Kennedy School
Anmol Mehra is an MC/MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously he was an equity research analyst and portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments in Boston Massachusetts, one of the largest mutual fund companies 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 a Board member with The Food Project, a nonprofit focused on food justice and local faming in Boston. Mr. Mehra is also a partner with Social Venture Partners 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.
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 - GEO Foundation
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 Chief Accounting Officer. 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!
United States Director
CBI Diamonds BVBA
John M. Pollard presides over all USA operations and finances for Crafted by Infinity Diamonds of Antwerp, Belgium, specialized producer of the world’s most high performance diamonds. A consultant for manufacturers, laboratories and sellers on three continents, he has lectured for JCK Las Vegas, the American Gem Society in Washington D.C., International Gemological Institute in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Europe, the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association, and Polygon symposiums across the nation. John is a Master of Ceremonies for the Music for All National Festival, Bands of America (BOA) Fall Championship events, Colorado State Marching Championships, and other pageantry activities. He is a continuing Yamaha Corporation of America and Vic Firth Company consultant and a District Mentor for the L.D. Bell cluster of schools in Texas. From 1997-2005 John was an Associate Director of Bands at L.D. Bell High School, serving with Directors Joe Grzybowski and Jeremy Earnhart. Groups he instructed were two-time Texas UIL State Marching Champions, PASIC National Drumline Champions, Sudler Shield of Honor recipients, and medaled over 25 times at BOA Regional, Super-Regional and Grand National Championships. His percussion ensembles performed at PASIC, the Midwest Clinic and for TMEA and TBA conventions. For over a decade John was Music Coordinator for Yamaha’s Sounds Of Summer program, instructed Music for All Summer Symposiums, National Festivals, Honor Bands, and the inaugural BOA Tournament Of Roses Band. He served as chairman of the UIL Percussion Music Committee, TMEA All-State Music Selector, PASIC 2000 committee member, and assisted with MTV’s production of Super Bowl XXXVIII’s halftime show. John holds degrees in gemology, education, science and music from the Gemological Institute of America, Washington State University, and Peninsula College. He is published in the International Diamond Exchange, China Gems Magazine, Hong Kong Jewellery Magazine and Pricescope Journal. He has written for Percussive Notes and Drum Corps World and has a collection of percussion solos published through Rowl-Off productions.
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 High School.
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 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).
Software Developer – Bertram Labs
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
January 3, 1946 – February 19, 2019
In Remembrance of Marla D. Smith
Marla D. Smith is the retired Executive Assistant to Indianapolis Entrepreneur Michael S. Maurer and the office manager for Maurer Rifkin & Hill. Ms. Smith has an Associate Degree in Business from Western Michigan University. While at Western Michigan University, she was the featured twirler and a member of the marching band. She was a state champion twirler in Indiana and the featured twirler for the Columbia City Joint High School marching band for four years. She was an active band parent in the Westfield High School Marching Band while her daughter participated in the band. She is a supporter of the Ball State University Marching Band and consults with that group. Her passion is animals and she is a supporter of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Humane Society. Marla and her husband Tony have one daughter and two grandchildren.
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". 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 University Advancement in the Office of Alumni Engagement. Following his time in the Office of Alumni Engagement, Anthony stayed in University Advancement as a Development Officer for the Northeast team before taking on his current role as a Development Officer for the North Carolina team. Anthony received his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University and currently volunteers much of his time in the Winston-Salem community.
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 established 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.
Dr. Tom McLeRoy (1929 – 2003)