USBands Announces Advisory Board Members

Meet the new USBands Advisory Board

As the indoor season draws to a close, Team USBands turns its full attention to making Fall 2014 the best USBands Marching Season yet.

In an effort to adequately prepare to better serve member bands this fall and beyond, USBands announces its first-ever Advisory Board, a group of 10 band directors from across the nation who will serve as consultants for the organization.

Each board member comes from a unique background with different opinions on USBands' practices and direction. Over time, Team USBands hopes to better serve the growing number of member bands (currently around 650 nationwide) by heeding the input of a diverse few.

USBands Director Justin Heimbecker said that assembling the USBands Advisory Board has been one of his top priorities since his arrival during the Fall 2013 season.

"It quickly became clear to me that we need to provide additional points of communication with our member bands, especially as we look at the vision of the organization for years to come," Heimbecker said. "As we grow the program and strive to adapt and improve our service to music programs across the nation, we must do everything in our power to keep those important lines of communication open with the folks we serve. Getting these ten individuals around the table (or on the phone) is a key element of our commitment to collaborative decision-making and effective communication," he said.

Members of the inaugural USBands Advisory Board:

Daniel Jensen, Arizona Michael Britcher, Pennsylvania
Ronald Secchi, Connecticut Barry Trobaugh, Tennessee
Eric Posner, Maryland Jarrett Lipman, Texas
Jon Porco, New Jersey Dana Pradervand, Texas
Brian Toth, New Jersey Larry Einuis, Virginia

A bio for each board member is provided below.

Daniel Jensen
, Arizona

DanielJensen.jpgDaniel Jensen was appointed the Director of Bands at Liberty HS in Peoria, Ariz. in 2009. He currently directs the Liberty Jazz Orchestra, Liberty Symphonic Band, Lion’s Pride Marching Band, Liberty Pep Band, Liberty Percussion Ensemble and Liberty Chamber Ensembles. He has also taught guitar, choir and orchestra; served as Musical Director; and conducted the pit orchestra.

During his tenure at Liberty HS, the band program has nearly doubled in size and blossomed in quality. Each ensemble has received high ratings at festivals and awards for outstanding music and effect and is in high demand for community performances. Several of Jensen's students have gone on to participate in music at the collegiate level and have received scholarships based on their musical ability.

Prior to his appointment at Liberty, Jensen taught K-8 General Music, 4-8 Orchestra, 5-8 Band, 5-8 Jazz Band, community choir and private trumpet lessons at various schools and for various organizations.

Jensen is an educational leader. He serves as the Performing Arts Department Chair on the Liberty Leadership Team which has been responsible for making Liberty the educational model for the large Peoria Unified School District. He has been a key player in developing the school’s instructional audit process and their innovative Tier 1 and Tier 2 Response to Intervention programs. Jensen has also been a key member of the PUSD band curriculum writing committee and has helped to shape policy for arts education across the district. He is a governing board member for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and member of the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Jensen received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona. He has continued that education by attending the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Directors Academy, state and national music education conferences, and endless personal study. Jensen has also served as a guest conductor and clinician for the Glendale Summer Band and at Peoria HS in Ariz.

Ronald Secchi
, Connecticut

RonaldSecchi.jpgRonald Secchi is the director of bands at Brian McMahon High School. He graduated from Norwalk (CT) High School, Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Central Connecticut State University with a Master of Science in Music Education, and has a professional diploma in administration from the College of New Rochelle in New York. He was very lucky to have been a trumpet student of Daniel D’Addio and Jon Faddis.

With musical roots in his family, Ronald Secchi was determined to pursue a career in Music.  His paternal grandfather was an actual woodwind specialist that played for many professional groups like the Dorsey Brothers and Paul Whiteman during the big band era.

Mr. Secchi is currently in his twenty fourth year of teaching. He taught instrumental music at Brookfield High School from 1991–1997 and has been at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for the last eighteen years.  He has also served as Music Department Chairperson at Brien McMahon High School for 16 years.

Besides high school marching band, Mr. Secchi has also served as an Assistant Brass Instructor for the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corp and a Head Instructor for the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum Corp of Drum Corps Associates.

Mr. Secchi is a member of the Connecticut Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, American Federation of Teachers, and Norwalk Federation of Teachers. He has served in many roles/responsibilities with the Connecticut Music Educators Association. In addition, he is one of the founding members and past vice-president of the Musical Arts Conference.

The Brien McMahon High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Winter Guards, and Marching Band have consistently received superior ratings on the competitive level. The ensembles annually perform an average of thirty concerts per year.  They have travelled to the Holiday Bowl, Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl, Bands of America Regional/Grand National Championships, Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Festivals, Musical Arts Conference championships and Winter Guard International Regional Championships among others.

Mr. Secchi has also been recognized in the publication “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”

Eric Posner
, Maryland

EricPosner.jpgM.M., Wind Conducting, University of Kansas
B.M., Music Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Eric Posner is in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble has consistently received Superior Ratings at adjudications and festivals performing works by Persichetti, Gould, Bernstein, Schuman, and Grainger among others.  In 2011 the Wind Ensemble had the honor of performing at the Music for All/Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Ind.

Eric has presented twice at Maryland Music Educator’s Association conference and since 2011 he has served the Maryland Music Educators Association as the Senior All-State Band Manager. In addition to public school teaching, each summer Eric teaches at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy where he has been on staff for eleven years. As a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1999-2001 he marched euphonium, served two years as Drum Major, and in 2002 was the Assistant Tour Director.

In 2008 Eric served as the Assistant Producer for the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble’s CD, “Wild Nights!” released on the NAXOS label. In 2010 he served in the same capacity for their CD presenting the works of Morton Gould, “Derivations,” and in 2012 worked on their newest CD “Landscapes” featuring works by Copland, Torke, and Ticheli.

Eric studied conducting with Dr. Scott Weiss and Dr. John Lynch and saxophone with Lynn Klock. He is a member of NAfME/MMEA, National Band Association (NBA), College Band Director’s National Association (CBDNA), and regularly attends various workshops throughout the country.

jonporco.jpegJon Porco
, New Jersey

Jon Porco is the director of bands at Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J.

He recently graduated from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., receiving his Bachelor's degree in Music Education, his primary instrument being saxophone.

Jon conducts the Absegami HS Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He is also the Tri-M Advisor.

Outside of Absegami, Jon performs on alto saxophone with the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble. He performs and guest conducts with the Atlantic Pops as well.

Brian Toth
, New Jersey

BrianToth.jpgBrian Toth is currently the band director at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey where he teaches Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Musicianship.

In addition to his teaching duties, Brian has served 10 years as the CJMEA High School Band Chairperson and as a member of the NJMEA All State Band Procedures Committee.

His previous music-related experiences include work with the South Brunswick and Rahway High School bands as well as three summer tours with the Cadets' admin team.

Brian holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Rutgers University.

Michael Britcher
, Pennsylvania

Mike Britcher Headshot.JPGMichael A. Britcher is currently in his fourth year serving as the Director of Bands at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  His duties include overseeing all aspects of the school’s vibrant band program.  In addition to his work with the band program, Mr. Britcher teaches Solo Performance Pedagogy and Music Theory classes.

Over the course of his teaching career, Mr. Britcher has taught with distinction at all levels from elementary through college.  Groups under his direction have performed at some of the most prestigious events in the nation, including the 2001 “National Invitational Concert Band and Orchestra Festival”, presented by Heritage Festivals and the 2003 & 2012 Music for All “National Concert Festival”.

On a personal level, he has received numerous accolades for his teaching, including multiple listings in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, and a listing in Marquis “Who’s Who in America”.  In 2003, he was named the Cavalcade of Bands Association’s Director of the Year.  He has been nominated for Disney’s “American Teacher Awards”, and is a recipient of the “Ray A. Kroc Teacher Achievement Award”, presented nationally by McDonald’s.  Mr. Britcher has received four Citations of Commendation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Mr. Britcher is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for concert, marching, and jazz groups throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Barry Trobaugh
, Tennessee

BarryTrobaugh_Munford.pngBarry is currently the Director of Bands at Munford High School in Munford, Tenn. His career has now spanned 33 years with the last twenty serving the students and community of Munford. His marching, concert and jazz ensembles have been recognized nationally for their quality and consistency, including the USBands National Championship title in 2011.

Barry is a Past President of the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (WTSBOA) and still today serves as the All State Chair, serving as the liaison between WTSBOA and Tennessee Music Education Association (TnMEA) where he too has served on the Council Board of Directors.  He serves on the Audition Committee for ensemble selection to the TN All State Convention and is active with Tennessee Bandmasters Association (TBA) in developing programs to enhance the efforts of local music-educators. He is especially proud to have been part of the development of the TBA Marching Assessment that has begun national standardization of marching band events across the state.

Barry is a member of Phi Beta Mu (National Honorary Music Fraternity), American School Band Directors of America and the Conductor of the River City Concert (community) Band in Memphis.  He prides himself on his many colleagues and friends across the nation with which he constantly collaborates to not only enhance his Munford band program, but to share and aide in quality educational experiences for all students in Tennessee and throughout the country.

Barry was also a semi-finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Barry adds:  “As in any leadership position within education, our job is to accentuate current activities, but also strive to provide additional and unique opportunities from which students will learn and hopefully maintain as memories throughout their adulthood.”

Jarrett Lipman
, Texas

JarrettLipman1.jpgJarrett is the Director of Bands at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently on the Brass Staff at The Cadets Drum Corps of Allentown, PA where he instructs the Baritones, and also served as the Assistant Corps Director of the Crossmen Drum Corps of San Antonio, TX in 2008.

At Johnson High School, Lipman directs the Marching Band, co-conducts the Wind Ensemble with Alan Sharps, and assists with the Symphony Band, Concert Bands, and Jazz Ensembles.  The Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Marching Band advanced to the 2010 and 2012 UIL State Marching Contest, and was named a State finalist in 2012.  Since 2010, the band has been a consistent Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalist, and was named a Bands of America Grand Nationals Finalist in 2011, where the group placed 8th overall. The Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Wind Ensemble advanced to the TMEA State Honor Band Contest Finals in 2012, placing 5th overall.  The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Bands at Johnson have earned exclusively Sweepstakes ratings since the school opened in 2008.  The Johnson Band has also been invited to serve as demonstration group and featured group for the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention (2010, 2014) and the New Jersey Music Educators Association conference (2013).

Lipman graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  While at Mason Gross, Lipman studied Euphonium in the studios of Professor Scott Mendoker, and the late Professor William Kellerman. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Lipman performed on euphonium with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble  and  the Eastern Winds of Ewing, New Jersey.  From 2008-2010, Lipman performed as a euphonium player with the San Antonio Wind Symphony of San Antonio, Texas. In 2014, Lipman was selected as the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity Texas Chapter's “Outstanding Young Bandmaster.”

A native of Central New Jersey, Lipman re-located to San Antonio in the fall of 2007 to complete his student teaching at Ronald Reagan High School, one of Johnson High School’s “sister schools” in the North East Independent School District, and remained in the district to join the first staff at Johnson in the fall of 2008.

In terms of mentoring and continuing education, Lipman studies with Tom Bennett and Gino Cipriani.  Both Mr. Bennett and Mr. Cipriani are active as clinicians on the Johnson Campus, and have heavily influenced the tonal concepts and pedagogical instruction of the bands on campus, as well as the teaching style of the staff.  Lipman is grateful for the opportunity to grow as an instructor under their guidance.

Dana Pradervand
, Texas


Dana Pradervand is in her twenty-ninth year of teaching and is currently the Director of Bands at Oak Ridge HS in Conroe, Texas. Since her arrival at Oak Ridge, the War Eagle Band has experienced great success at every festival and contest in which it competed. In addition, the number of students who auditioned for Texas All-State doubled, reaching a record high number of participants.

Before coming to Oak Ridge HS, Pradervand was the Director of Bands and Music Coordinator for New Braunfels ISD in New Braunfels, Texas. In her four years there, the New Braunfels HS Band received UIL sweepstakes in both Marching and Concert Contests, and the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band performed at the 2013 National Youth Concert at Carnegie Hall.  The NBHS Marching Band also consistently placed at USBands regional contests, local festivals and UIL Area contests.

From 2001 to 2009, Pradervand was Director of Bands at Judson HS in San Antonio. During her tenure there, the Judson Band received many honors including nine UIL Sweepstakes Awards, 2008 and 2006 State Honor Band Area finalist, 2007 Lone Star Showcase of Music Festival Grand Champion and BOA Regional Finalist. In 2005, the band performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and in 2006, the Judson Band was honored to perform at the “Remember the Heroes” Concert at Pearl Harbor. The Wind Ensemble also performed at the National Youth Concert Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2008.

Pradervand attended Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music while a student of James Sudduth. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She is also a charter member of the Board of Trustees and currently serves for the The Foundation of Music Education.

Larry Einuis
, Virginia

larryeinuis.jpgLarry Einuis began his tenure as Director of Bands at West Springfield HS in the fall of 2003. His primary instructional responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble.

Prior to joining the staff at West Springfield, Einuis served as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Stuart HS in Falls Church, Va. He has also taught instrumental music in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and served as the Brass Caption Supervisor for the Tarheel Sun Drum and Bugle Corps of Raleigh, N.C. He is currently a member of the administrative staff for the 10-Time World Champion Cadets Drum Corps, of Allentown, Pa.

Einuis also holds Lifetime Certification as a Senior Television Broadcast Engineer from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Before teaching, he spent 15 years in various engineering and technical management positions in the broadcast television industry, and five years as the Director of Operations and Engineering for the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach.

Einuis is a native of Yaphank, N.Y. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and a Masters with a concentration in Wind Band Literature and Conducting, from Old Dominion University. He completed advanced conducting study with Dennis Zeisler, Dr. Terry Austin, Mark Camphouse, Anthony Maiello and Col. Arnald D. Gabriel.

Einuis is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, National Band Association, Fairfax County Band Directors’ Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Mu, The Society of Broadcast Engineers,Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He maintains an active schedule as a performer with the Fairfax Wind Symphony and is also the Musical Director for Virginia’s Ambassadors of Music, which conducts bi-annual performance tours of western Europe. Einuis frequently serves a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician


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