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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Josh Matthews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV in the spring of 2018. While at Marshall, Josh studied trumpet with Dr. Martin Saunders and piano with Dr. Henning Vauth, performing on both instruments with the Marshall University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and serving as principal trumpet of the Marshall University Symphony Orchestra. Apart from Marshall’s concert ensembles, Josh acted as vice-president of the university’s cNAfME chapter, was an active member in several other chamber ensembles, and performed with the Marshall University Marching Thunder. As a member of the Marching Thunder, Josh served as the trumpet section leader for two years, was a featured soloist, and traveled with the band to Rome, Italy in 2017 to perform in the New Year’s Day Parade. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Music Education at the University of Alabama where he also works as a graduate teaching assistant.

As a member of the Huntington, WV music community, Josh was employed as accompanist for Bethesda United Methodist Church and Crossroads United Methodist Church, was a private piano and trumpet instructor, and served as a music scholarship student at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church for three years. At Johnson Memorial, Josh provided additional leadership and support for weekly handbell choir and sanctuary choir rehearsals, performed special music when needed, and organized and led brass ensembles for special services.

 Josh spent the summer of 2017 serving as a camp counselor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. While at Blue Lake, Josh was charged with providing paraprofessional counseling to a several high school and middle school students, performing with the Staff Band, assisting guest clinicians with student ensembles, and instructing students in introductory brass technique classes.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band Department, Josh 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.

Josh is a member of West Virginia Music Educators Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, and Delta Omicron Fraternity.

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Nathan Rearick is an active percussion educator and performer based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has traveled across the nation sharing his passion of music with the world, and has built quite a reputation in the marching arts.

Nathan graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance. During his studies, he was fortunate enough travel to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with the UNT Tenor Ensemble in 2015 and 2016, and the UNT Snare Ensemble in 2017, placing 1st all three times. He also performed with UNT Percussion ensemble, who was the winner of the Percussive
Arts Society Call for Tapes and traveled to perform at PASIC in 2016. He has had the privilege of being taught by some of the great minds of percussion, including Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Poovilar Sriji, Tyler Orbison, and Daniel Allen. In the fall of 2019, Nathan plans on attending the University of Alabama to get an MM in Percussion Performance.

During his studies, Nathan spent two summers traveling across the United States with Drum Corps International (DCI), one with the Troopers in 2016 and one with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2017. While marching with SCV, the percussion section won the Fred Sanford award for best percussion performance. He has also spent three winters performing in Winter Guard International (WGI) with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (VIP). In 2016, VIP took home the gold by placing 1st in their division. He is currently on staff with the Troopers as a battery technician.

Outside of his studies, Nathan was involved with multiple gigs across the DFW area. He performs with Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment (DRE), which encompasses many drumlines in Dallas/Fort Worth, including the Dallas Mavericks drumline, FC Dallas drumline, and the Cutting Edge Haunted House drumline.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band Department, Josh 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.

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Michael Strange is currently pursuing his Masters in Percussion Performance at the University of Alabama. He has a B.S. in Music from Radford University where he studied with Dr. Robert Sanderl. He has had the opportunity to march in Drum Corps International in 2013 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2014-2017 under the direction of Paul and Sandi Rennick. During his time at Vanguard, Michael was also taught by KJ Stafford, Tyler Sammons, and Reid Paxton. The Santa Clara Vanguard received the Fred Sanford High percussion award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Michael has had the opportunity to perform alongside many notable percussionists such as Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Anders Astrand, Thomas Burritt, and Maraca 2. He has also performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section at PASIC in 2015. He traveled to Ireland for a series of performances with the Radford University Wind Ensemble in 2016 and performed with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in 2015. In January of 2018, Michael traveled to Slovenia with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble to perform at Bumfest. He has taught marching band and percussion at Hickory High School, Bath County High School, Pulaski County High School, Radford High School, and James Bowie High School. During the 2018 WGI season, Michael served as a front ensemble instructor for Liberty University Indoor Drumline. Michael currently teaches the percussion section and assists with writing the front ensemble and battery music for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. He also tours with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as a front ensemble instructor.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Band Department, Michael 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.

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