Graduate Teaching Assistants

Erin Cooper 

Erin Cooper is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Alabama Bands from Maryland and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree. Her duties include assisting with all aspects of the Million Dollar Band, conducting the Pep Bands, teaching an undergraduate conducting course, and being a graduate conductor for the Alabama Symphonic Band and Concert Band among other responsibilities. Erin will also be serving as Assistant Conductor for the Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra starting this fall.

Prior to her appointment as a University of Alabama Graduate Teaching Assistant, Erin was Director of Bands at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, Florida. She had also previously been the Band & Orchestra Director at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland. Erin received her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting Performance from the University of Delaware in 2009 and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree (Magna Cum Laude) from James Madison University in Virginia in 2005.

Since 2002, Erin has spent her summers teaching at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. She travels around the country each summer teaching marching, conducting, and leadership skills to high school students. Erin has had many performance opportunities over the years including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2002), the New Year’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland (2004), and President Obama’s First Inaugural Parade (2009). Erin also has professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Honor Society for Musicians), and Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Service Fraternity).


Russell Greene

Russell Greene is a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Bands from Milton, Florida and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Music Education. His duties include assisting in daily operations for the band program, supervising the 400 students of the Million Dollar Band during performances and trips, and assisting with the planning and execution of the Crimson Cavalcade of Bands, Alabama Honor Band, and Summer Crimson Music Camp. Mr. Greene also serves as a conductor for the Alabama Concert Band, and plays horn in the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.

Prior to his appointment as a University of Alabama Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mr. Greene graduated Suma Cum Laude from Troy University in 2012, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Instrumental Music Education. During his time at Troy University, Mr. Greene served as the principal hornist of the Troy Symphony Band and mellophone Section Leader for the Sound of the South Marching Band. Mr. Greene also served as the hornist for the Trojan Brass Quintet, as well as the bass vocalist for the “Sinfonian Fource” barbershop quartet. In addition to recording albums for composers Carl Vollrath, Steven Mellilo, and Robert Buckley, Mr. Greene also took part in the Symphony Band’s feature performance at the Whistler Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, following their spring tour in 2011. Mr. Greene studied horn under Dr. Carla Gallahan, with whom he assisted the management of the Southeastern United States (SEUS) High School Honor Band Clinic. As an aspiring composer/arranger, Mr. Greene’s works have been performed by various high school and collegiate ensembles in Alabama and Florida.


Mark Kapral

Bio coming soon


Danielle Todd

Danielle Todd is a native of Millry, Alabama and currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band program. Her duties include assisting in daily operations for the band program, supervising the 400 students of the Million Dollar Band during performances and trips, and assisting with the planning and execution of the Crimson Cavalcade of Bands, Alabama Honor Band, and Summer Crimson Music Camp. Ms. Todd also serves as a graduate conductor for the Alabama Concert Band and University Campus Band.

Prior to her appointment as a University of Alabama Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ms. Todd served as band director at Zora Ellis Junior High School and Assistant Director at Talladega High School where her bands received high marks at Music Performance Assessment and were recognized locally for outstanding musical achievement. In addition, Ms. Todd co-charted the winterguard programs in the Talladega City Schools, which consisted of three award-winning groups. Under her direction, the winterguards received numerous awards including Alabama State Champions and Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Champions (Gold Medalists). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit as the Scholarship and Sponsorship Coordinator.

Ms. Todd is currently pursuing her PhD in Music Education at the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and the Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership. While attending the University of Alabama, Ms. Todd studied trumpet with Michael Johnson and was a member of numerous ensembles. She served as trumpet section leader in the Million Dollar Band, under the direction of Kathryn Scott, and Principal Cornet in the Alabama Wind Ensemble, under the direction of the late Dr. Gerald Welker.

 

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