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).


Tim Heath

Tim Heath is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Alabama Bands currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education. His duties include assisting with all aspects of the Million Dollar Band, conducting the Pep Bands, and teaching undergraduate music education classes. Tim serves as an adjunct instructor and arranger for the Million Dollar Band front ensemble and battery percussion section. He also serves as the front ensemble coordinator for the 2014 season of Music City Drum Corps.

Prior to his appointment as a University of Alabama Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tim served as an instructor of percussion, assisted with pep bands, and taught music education courses at The University of Mount Olive. He was also previously the Director of Bands at Spring Creek High School in North Carolina. Tim has served as an adjunct instructor of the marching percussion for Methodist University’s “Pride of the Carolina’s” in Fayetteville and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s “Spirit of the Carolina’s” marching band. He has adjudicated for marching band competitions in North Carolina and Virginia. During his time at UNC, Pembroke, he worked with two Yamaha ‘Sounds of Summer Camps.’

Tim’s professional career began as a traveling drummer, perfoming with the Contemporary Christian Group Zaccheaus Tree. As a drum set player, Timothy has performed for Grammy Award Winner Judy Collins, First Colony Records artist Charlie Albertson, and Nashville based recording artist Emily Minor. He has also performed drum set and percussion in musical theaters throughout the North Carolina area. Tim currently performs percussion with the Tuscaloosa Symphony. His past performance opportunities include the Wilson Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Winds, Greensboro Philharmonia, the Pitt Symphony Orchestra, and served as a percussionist for Triad Brass.

Tim has presented research lectures at state and national music conferences and is published in Percussive Notes. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His primary teachers have included Tim Feeney, Tracy Wiggins, Nathan Daughtrey, and Pat Petrillo.

Tim is an active member of PAS, NAFME, CMS, and is a member of the PAS Scholarly Research Committee. He is an endorser for Innovative Percussion, Mapex/Majestic, Sabian Cymbals, and Evans Drum Heads.


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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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