Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Mr. Flum came to the University of Alabama from Athens High School and Athens Middle School in Athens, Alabama, where he served as percussion instructor from 1984-2000. During that time he was also an instructor at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama.
Mr. Flum is currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. He oversees the Pep Bands and is also the percussion instructor and arranger for the marching band. He is a past secretary for the Alabama Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and served as its President from 1994 until 1996. He was re-elected president in 2004. He is a clinician/endorser for the Pearl Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, The Avedis Zildjian Co., and Grover Pro Percussion. He is also a member of the staff of Thom Hannum’s Mobile Percussion Seminar. Mr. Flum was the creator and Director of the Athens Percussion Festival (1989-2000) and is the co-founder of the Alabama Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion (in its current form since 1994). In the summer of 2006, he was appointed to the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Committee where he now serves as Chair (appointed in 2008). Neal is listed in the Virtual Drumline Who’s Who of Tapspace Publications. In April of 2008 Neal was selected for induction into his high school’s alumni Hall of Fame, Brentwood High School in Brentwood, New York.
Mr. Flum has adjudicated and consulted in the southeast and has also adjudicated for the Northwest Marching Band Circuit. He currently consults for the Brookwood High School indoor marching percussion ensemble (Brookwood, Alabama). He has been published by Warner Brothers’ marching band division, Percussive Notes, and the Pearl Corporation Percussion Resource Library: www.pearldrum.com He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, CBDNA, and the Percussive Arts Society. In 1992 he was on the percussion staff of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He played snare drum in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 1982. In 1983 he played multi-tenors with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Flum is a graduate of the University of Alabama (BA 1985 and MA 1988), was a member of the Million Dollar Band from 1980 until 1984 (excluding 1983), and served as percussion section co-instructor his final year.
Assistant Director of The Million Dollar Band
Mr. Simpson has worked with the Million Dollar Band in various capacities for 20 years. Currently his duties with the marching band include overseeing the Color Guard program and coordinating various aspects of Band logistics, including travel to out-of-state appearances and coordination with the UA Athletic Department. Mr. Simpson has planned and coordinated the Band’s participation in the SEC Championship Game, the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Music City Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and the Independence Bowl. In 2006, Mr. Simpson founded the University of AlabamaAlta Marea (Italian for High Tide) Winter Guard. In their inaugural season of competition, they were the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Championships Independent A Class Silver Medal winner and a Winter Guard International World Championships Independent A Class finalist.
Mr. Simpson is a graduate of The University of Alabama where he was a member of the Million Dollar Band and the University Symphonic Band. Prior to joining the Million Dollar Band staff, Mr. Simpson was a band director at Tarrant Middle School and W. A. Berry High School, both in Birmingham, Alabama.
In addition to his duties with the Million Dollar Band, Mr. Simpson is coordinator and contest director for the Festival of Champions band competition. He is also a consultant and festival coordinator for the National Band and Orchestra Festival held at Carnegie Hall in New York.