The Music for All Education Team provides the philosophy, vision, planning and guidance for each of the education events. While each team member has leadership responsibilities for their specific events, all the work is a collaborative team effort designed to support the MFA Strategic Plan. The Education Team works in concert with the MFA staff to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
Senior Music for All Educational ConsultantBands of America Chief Judge
Gary Markham retired as the Supervisor of Music for the Cobb County School District in 2013 and previously spent 25 years as a band director in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and the Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. His programs have consistently received superior ratings. In 1992, Colonel Eugene Allen, Director of the United States Army Band, presented the Sudler Flag of Honor to the Robinson Band, and Markham received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Order of Merit, one of the multitude of awards he has received during his career. Markham has been inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity in both Pennsylvania and in Virginia and has also been inducted into the Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame.
Markham works internationally as a clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and consultant. He currently serves on several Metro Atlanta Arts Boards, the BOA Advisory Board, the Drum Corps International (DCI) Rules and Systems Taskforce, and the Advisory Committee for the MidWest Clinic. He is the Chief Judge for BOA, Senior Education Consultant for Music for All and Judge Education Director for DCI. Markham received his B.S. degree from Mansfield State University, M. Ed. degree from Penn State University, and did Ph. D (ABD) study in conducting and music supervision at George Mason University.
Music for All Senior Educational Advisor
Tim Lautzenheiser is a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people to develop a desire for excellence and a passion for high-level achievement. His career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri and New Mexico State University. He has also spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America.
In 1981, Lautzenheiser created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization that manages workshops, seminars and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training. In the last three decades, over two million students have experienced his acclaimed student leadership workshops.
Lautzenheiser’s books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational world. He presently serves as Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. and as Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All.
Lautzenheiser holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama. In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He is presently an adjunct faculty member at Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University and Butler University. In addition, he serves on the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors.
Scott J. Casagrande
Music for All Educational ConsultantNational Concert Band Festival- Invited Bands & Regional Concert Festivals
Scott J. Casagrande has been Director of Bands at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois since 1999. He served previously as Director of Bands at Plainfield and Stephen Decatur High Schools. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Ensembles under Casagrande’s direction have been selected to perform at honor clinics and festivals, and his bands have been consistent winners at marching and jazz contests and festivals. His ensembles have performed at the French Reeds Festival in the French Riviera, at Orchestra Hall in the Chicago Symphony Center, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and throughout Europe. In 2007, the John Hersey band program was awarded the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
In 2004, Casagrande was one of three conductors in the United States chosen to participate in the National Band Association International Conducting Symposium in Rome, Italy, conducting the Italian National Army Band. Casagrande was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2009. He has been published in The Instrumentalist, The National Band Association Journal and has presented at the Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention. He currently serves as Second Vice President of the National Band Association.
Music for All Educational ConsultantNational Percussion Festival
William Galvin is the former Director of Instrumental Studies and Music Department Chair for the Trinity Area School District. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University (KY) and Master of Music Education degree from Duquesne University. Galvin has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and the Citation of Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). During his tenure at Trinity High School, Galvin’s ensembles earned twenty-eight Superior Ratings and eight consecutive Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association Class Championships. His ensembles performed for five PMEA State Conferences, one Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conference, and three Music For All National Festivals.
Galvin was cited as an Outstanding Young Educator in America and has been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” He is conductor of the Washington (PA) Symphony Chamber Orchestra. He has served on the board of directors of the Washington Symphony Orchestra, as a member of the Music for All Advisory Board, is a past president of the Washington County Music Educators Association, a past PMEA District President, and a former chair of the PMEA Music Booster Affiliate. In his retirement, Galvin continues to be active as a consultant, speaker and guest conductor.
Music for All Educational ConsultantUrban Music Education Programs
Zachary J. Harris taught instrumental music for 31 years and is currently an adjunct professor at William Carey University. Mr. Harris, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi Valley State University and his Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of Mississippi Bandmasters Association Inc., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Federation High School Music Association, American School Band Directors Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Harris has served on regional, state and national level music committees. In 2005, Zachary was the guest conductor for the Mississippi All-State Concert Band. Mr. Harris’ bands have received All Superior ratings consistently for the last 27 years. Mr. Harris has many accomplishments including Administrator of the Year, Star Teacher, Band Director of the Year for District and State. In March 2016, his Gulfport Symphonic Band performed at the Music for All National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. While performing his final concert with his Symphonic Band, the Mayor of Gulfport presented Mr. Harris with a proclamation naming May 1, 2017 as Zachary J. Harris day, for his outstanding service and dedication to the Gulfport School District Band Program.
Music for All Educational ConsultantLeadership Programs
Fran Kick, M.A. Educational Psychology, CSP, author, professional speaker and consultant, knows What Makes Kids Kick! Inspiring people to KICK IT IN® and TAKE THE LEAD since 1986, Fran is the creator and presenter of a series of self-motivational personal leadership presentations and published materials. Since taking an educational leave of absence from teaching band at Centerville High School (Ohio), he has developed his part-time speaking adventure into a full-time mission. Every year Fran presents programs across the U.S. and Canada to thousands of college, high school and middle school students, plus the many people who work with them. Fran has served as the leadership coordinator for the Music for All Summer Symposium since 1998. He also works with Drum Corps International each summer to help music students, directors and parents Kick start their season with DCI (www.kickitin.com/dci)! Fran is the coordinating lead-presenter for the biannual Future Music Educators’ Experience with NAfME, held every year at both the Bands of America Grand National Championships and the DCI World Championships (www.kickitin.com/nafme). Outside the music education world, Fran speaks at many state, regional and national conferences and has consulted with numerous schools, organizations and companies actively engaged in teaching and reaching today’s kids.
Henry H. Leck
Music for All Educational Consultant
An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. This organization, founded in 1986, is one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world. The touring choirs of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir have performed regularly for national ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Additionally, the ICC tours internationally every year and has sung throughout the world. Mr. Leck arranged and conducted the national anthem for Kelly Clarkson and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at the Super Bowl XLVI and conducts regularly at the Indianapolis 500. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men's, Women's, Junior High and Children's All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state. He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western and Northwest Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. He has conducted 26 National Youth Choirs in Carnegie Hall and conducts a number of international festivals every year.
Mr. Leck has received many honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award. He and the choir received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award which is the highest honor one can receive in the arts in Indiana. Recently Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the “Lowell Mason Fellows Award” which is the highest award given, by the National Association for Music Education. He is also a Paul Harris fellow. He was just awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Nuvo Magazine and “Indiana Living Legend Award” by the Indiana Historical Society.
Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban, the child voice, and the boy's changing voice . He has produced four teaching videos titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice: Take the High Road, Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Creating Artistry with the Male Maturing Voice. He was a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is the lead author of a new series of textbooks entitled Voices in Concert. He is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc. He has recently written a textbook titled, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence. Mr. Leck received his training from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the University of Colorado and Indiana University.
Richard L. Saucedo
Music for All Educational ConsultantJazz Band of America & MFA Outreach
Richard L. Saucedo retired as Director of Bands and Department Chairman at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana in 2013. He will be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year after teaching for 31 years. Under his direction, Carmel bands have received numerous state and national honors. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99, and recently named him the state’s 2010 “Outstanding Music Educator.”
Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band works and choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff for the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. Saucedo travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor and has been a featured clinician at a number of prominent conferences and clinics. He has served as Music Caption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and as a music judge for Drum Corps International. Saucedo has also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and will be the brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars in 2013. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington and finished his Masters degree at Butler University in Indianapolis.
Music for All Educational ConsultantNational Concert Band Festival- Featured Bands
Stan Schoonover has served for fourteen seasons as the founding conductor of the Fairfax Wind Symphony in Virginia. He retired from the Fairfax County Public Schools after thirty-two years of service to education, including eleven years as Music Supervisor. Ensembles under his direction have appeared at Mid-West Clinics, the National Concert Band Festival, National Music Clinics, and Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) conferences.
Schoonover received his B.S. Degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree from West Chester University. Postgraduate work has included study at the University of Virginia, George Mason University and the University of Michigan.
Schoonover is an active Past-President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), a recipient of multiple Citation of Excellence awards from the National Bands Association, the 2006 VMEA Outstanding Administrator Award, and the 2012 VBODA Philip J. Fuller Award for sustained musical excellence. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.
Music for All Educational ConsultantMFA Chamber Programs
Currently, Susan L. Smith is Director of Bands at the Saint James School in Montgomery, AL. The Saint James Bands consistently receive Superior ratings in concert, jazz and marching band events. Her professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, Alabama Music Educators Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Beta Kappa and the National Band Association. Smith is in demand as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator throughout the country.
Susan has taught at all levels of education and in many facets. After completing her degree in Music Education from James Madison University, she taught in the Virginia public schools. Her responsibilities included the direction of elementary and secondary instrumental music programs as well as teaching other arts-related courses. Her ensembles consistently received superior ratings from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association festivals during her tenure.
After completing her master’s degree in Education from Troy State University, she taught as an Adjunct Professor of Music. While at TSU, she also served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands. In addition, she coordinated the visual program for the Sound of the South Marching Band.
Music for All Educational ConsultantHonor Band of America & Student Programs
David Starnes joined the School of Music at Western Carolina University in the summer of 2011 as Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands. He directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band. Starnes graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for 11 years.
Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations, including Music for All, where he is a member of the Advisory Board, and Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International, where he served as an adjudicator and Percussion Caption Head from 1998-2002. He also serves as an Educational Consultant at Music for All was appointed program director for the Bands of America Honor Band, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
Music for All Educational ConsultantOrchestra Programs
Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana, where he also serves as a Program Coordinator for the Avon High School Marching Black and Gold. Previously, Westman worked as the Educational Director for Bands of America and Orchestra America as well as held band director positions in Texas and Illinois. Ensembles under his direction have won numerous honors and recognitions and have performed at Carnegie Hall and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2002, Westman was named the Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year. He has taught the Tenrikyo Aimaichi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan, which has frequently won the All-Japan Marching Band Championship.
Westman continues to present clinics throughout the United States and Japan. An active instructor and arranger in the drum corps activity, he has worked with the Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, the Cavaliers, Carolina Crown and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as the Yokohama Scouts, who in 2011 became the first Japanese drum and bugle corps to ever perform at a Drum Corps International World Championship. Westman currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Bluecoats. Westman is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois, and a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois.