Graduate Teaching Assistants

Rebecca Cichy is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at The University of Alabama, studying with Professor Randall Coleman. She earned a Master of Arts in Music Education degree from The University of Alabama (2018) and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (2012). As an undergraduate, Rebecca performed on trombone and violin in several university ensembles including the OSU Symphony Orchestra, the OSU Wind Symphony, and the OSU Marching Band. As a graduate student, Rebecca performed on trombone with the Alabama Symphonic Band and Alabama Winds.

Prior to her appointment at The University of Alabama, Rebecca successfully taught in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Evansville, Indiana for four years as a music educator for elementary, middle and high school levels in both the areas of orchestra and band. In addition, she served as an assistant marching band director, the assistant director for the EVSC High School Honor Band, and coached volleyball in the EVSC. While in Evansville, she performed with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the River Brass Band, and the Evansville Symphonic Band.

A native of Scituate, Rhode Island, Rebecca has performed in Rhode Island All-State Ensembles, the All-Eastern District MENC Orchestra, and the Macy’s Great American Marching Band for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is a published composer as a co-composer of “Sounds, Sketches and Ideas” written for concert band (C. Alan Publications).  Rebecca also has a published article, “Never Quit”, as a featured article in the international music magazine The Instrumentalist.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band Department, Rebecca assists 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 Bands, and Summer Crimson Music Camps.  Rebecca is a music arranger for the Million Dollar Band and the UA Pep Bands, and is the co-conductor of the University of Alabama University Band. Additionally, she co-teaches the UA undergraduate conducting courses, and is the Assistant Conductor of the UA Community Music School Adult Strings Advanced Class.

Rebecca is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi – Nu Nu Chapter, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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Joey Glaeser has earned his Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting with Dr. Kenneth Ozzello at the University of Alabama (Spring 2018) and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia (Fall 2010). During his Undergraduate studies he performed as a member of the University of Georgia’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Redcoat Band as a trumpet player and studied conducting with Gregg Gausline, Michael Robinson, Tom Keck, and F. David Romines. His Graduate studies have seen him perform with the University of Alabama’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Huxford Symphony Orchestra. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Alabama with Professor Randall Coleman.

Before coming to the University of Alabama, Joey spent five years in Fulton County (GA) Schools as the Assistant Band Director at Northwestern Middle School and Cambridge High School. During his time at Cambridge he was also the Instructional Technology Specialist for the school, a role which allowed him to explore his other passion of electronics. He researched deployment of new teaching methods incorporating technology into the classroom, learning management systems, systems administration, and delivered professional development and training sessions to colleagues from all departments and disciplines.

Joey spent three summers as a trumpet player with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps as well as one summer as a “roadie” while recovering from a spinal injury. He went on to teach with Drum Corps International at Boston Crusaders and with Drum Corps Associates with Alliance. Joey has used his marching and brass experience as an adjunct marching band instructor in Georgia with Milton HS, River Ridge HS, Flowery Branch HS, North Springs HS, and Cedar Shoals HS, as well as DeLand HS (Florida). He has designed and taught drill for several schools and has recently been integral in the conception, planning, and design of shows for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band Department, Joey assists in daily operations of 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 Bands, and Summer Crimson Music Camps.

In his duties with University Bands, Joey is charged with the planning and teaching of the Million Dollar Band’s Visual Fundamentals program, designing body movement sequences, refining the band’s execution of drill, and maintaining the online database of individual drill instructions integrated through Pyware and Ultimate Drill Book.

Joey holds associations with the National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

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Spence Howell completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, graduating Magna Cum Laude in the spring of 2018. In his time as an undergrad at WCU, Spence studied trumpet under Dr. P. Bradley Ulrich and served as principal trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, the Artist in Residence Orchestra in association with the Asheville Symphony, and the Balsam Mountain Brass Quintet. As a charter member of the Balsam Mountain Brass Quintet, Spence toured South Africa in the summer of 2017, where he performed and taught alongside the internationally known Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. Spence also performed in several other ensembles as well as the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. In his four years as a member in the Pride of the Mountains, Spence served under director David Starnes as a trumpet section leader for three years, part-time choreographer, and as a featured performer and soloist.

Spence has four years of experience performing as a mellophone and trumpet player with Carolina Crown, a world class drum and bugle corps. Inferno, Relentless, It Is, and Beast are all productions he has been a part of during his tenure with the corps. As a member of Carolina Crown, Spence has received several Jim Ott Memorial awards for brass achievement, a John Brazale award for best visual performance, and a Donald Angelica award for best general effect. Studying under incredible educators such as brass caption head Matt Harloff, music arranger Michael Klesch, and visual caption head Ron Hardin, has had a major impact on Spence as a performer and educator.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band Department, Spence assists 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 Bands, and Summer Crimson Music Camps.

Spence is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.

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Brandon Mooney is an active percussion performer, educator and arranger currently based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, he has established a strong reputation for the growth and promotion of youth percussion programs, with extensive teaching, performing and writing experience throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

Mooney enjoys playing a variety of instruments, with a focus on marching and concert percussion.  He has toured/performed in over 30 states in the Drum Corps International circuit (DCI) as a snare drummer with Pride of the Lions, Dutch Boy, and the World Class Finalist Blue Stars.  Brandon has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble and the UT Percussion Ensemble as a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition.  More recently, he has been a finalist in the Orchestra Toronto Marty Hidy Concerto Competition and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Previously a freelance educator in Austin, Texas, Brandon taught 40 private students a week within the Round Rock ISD, ran the Cedar Valley Middle School Percussion Ensemble, and worked with the Round Rock High School Drumline.  Brandon has served as Drumline Director for the Western University Marching Band, adjudicator for the Canadian Drumline Association and percussion staff with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps.  Outside of North America, Brandon has enjoyed travelling to Austria and Germany to work with indoor drumlines and drum corps competing in the Drum Corps Europe (DCE) circuit.  Furthermore, he is a member of the Superior Marching Designteam – a group of individuals dedicated to writing custom high school marching band and drum corps shows.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honors in Music Education and Artist Diploma from Western University, a Masters in Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Alabama.  Primary instructors include Chris Worthington, Jill Ball, Tom Aungst, Thomas Burritt, and Tony Edwards.


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David Curtis is a percussionist and composer from Nashville Tennessee. He began pursuing music seriously at the beginning of his high school years, playing various percussion instruments in church, local Nashville DIY shows, and marching band. When he was a sophomore, he won a spot in The Cavaliers front ensemble, where he would spend the next five summers developing his technique, as well as forming a comprehensive view of what music is and how it functions in his life. Additionally, he spent two winter seasons with the Music City Mystique front ensemble, where he developed an understanding of the spiritual and performative side of music. The marching arts have been vital to his development as a player and as a person.

David received his undergraduate degree in percussion performance from Indiana University, Jacob’s School of Music. Here he continued to develop a well rounded skill set in percussion, studying with teachers like Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, Joseph Gramley, John Tafoya, and more. Here he performed three solo percussion recitals, earning a Performer’s Certificate award for his senior recital. While David has spent the majority of his time with the marching arts and classical music, he has managed to keep a strong foot in the contemporary world, playing drum set gigs with various churches and bands, including the multiple shows around Tennessee with successful Indie Rock band, The Criticals.

David is currently receiving a masters degree in composition from the University of Alabama, while taking percussion lessons from Dr. Lynge and teaching/writing for the UA front ensemble. He hopes to make a career performing original and classical style music, as well as teaching and composing for various groups around the world.

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