As former directors, we realize how much of your time is spent away from the podium dealing with educational bureaucracy and non-music related tasks. Let us take care of some of the details so you have more time to teach.
How is this accomplished ?
- By understanding that the “business of bands” is different and sometimes you have to collect money first or create purchase orders later.
- By offering a broad range of quality products, fair prices, easy ordering, credit, and personal service to astute band programs through an experienced home office, and a network of associates who appreciate you, and really just want to help.
- By being ethical AND accountable for what we do.
- And realizing...
It is about the kids AND helping you find time to teach.
Keith Campbell, Manager - Henderson, NC
Keith Campbell has been associated with music education his entire life. As the son of a college band director, Keith spent his school years in Illinois, Maine, and Kentucky. In High School, he a was a three year member of the Kentucky All State band, and also attended Illinois Summer Youth Music on an annual basis. He received his degree from Western Kentucky University with additional course work from the University of Illinois.
Keith was a Middle and High School band director in Bowling Green, KY from 1981-86. He also taught in Somerset, KY and Martinsville, VA. During his tenure in Bowling Green, Keith increased the band program size from 150 to over 300 members. The band received numerous superior ratings in state, regional, and national marching and concert festivals. Personal highlights included having his band perform at Lincoln Center as well as having all four concert bands receive straight superior ratings at concert festival.
Keith left teaching, and relocated to North Carolina in 1986 and spent the last twenty five years as a representative for a major band uniform company. He has had the pleasure of walking into several thousand band rooms from Maine to Florida helping to design, sell, and service uniform accounts for drum corps, high school and college band programs.
Keith’s passion for music education, and the opportunities offered for today’s youth has increased as his career has matured. Keith formed Band Today, LLC as a service based company to assist contemporary band directors. He left his career in uniform sales in 2011 in an attempt to make Band Today, LLC a national presence
Roger and Holly Wolfe - Conyers, GA
Roger Wolfe retired in June 2007 after completing a 36 year career as a high school band director. The last 28 years were served as band director at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Georgia. Mr. Wolfe received his BS degree from the University of Alabama and his MS degree from the University of Tennessee.
His career is noted by many outstanding performances of the bands under his direction, including performances for two US Presidents, two US Vice Presidents and the Governors of Alabama and Georgia. His bands consistently received Superior ratings in both marching and concert band events.
He is an active member of GMEA, NBA, ASBDA, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Mu national bandmasters’ fraternity. He has served as a band adjudicator throughout the southeastern states and is a “certified” adjudicator for the Georgia Music Educators Association.
Les Sims - Sanford, NC
Les Simms has been a Sales Representative with BandToday since 2009. Les has over 23 years of instructing and coaching in the color guard activity as a performer, designer, consultant, judge and drill writer. Les joined Band Today to make it easier for his friends and associates in the marching band activity to get the supplies that they need to grow and promote their programs in a timely and efficient manner. Les’ experience in guard is an asset to make sure they get what they need when they need it.
During the fall, Les coaches several competitive marching bands in NC, and is the current director/instructor for Cumberland Independent Winter Guard (CIWG) of Fayetteville, NC. Les stays in touch with current color guard techniques and trends by being an avid fan of Drum Corps International(DCI), Winter Guard International(WGI), and Bands Of America(BOA). Les enjoys the interaction with students and watching them develop and grow in the marching band and color guard activity.
Les is originally from Wilson, NC where he attended and played saxophone in the marching and jazz bands at James B. Hunt High School. Upon graduation, Les attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T SU) where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. During his tenure at NC A&T SU, Les started teaching high school colorguard. In 1992, Les moved to South Carolina where he continued to work with various competitive marching band programs and Winter guards close to where he was located and eventually moved to Sanford, NC in 1997 where he currently resides.
Professionally, Les is the Plant Engineer for a major food manufacturer located in Sanford, NC. Les’ association with the marching bands and winter guards is his creative outlet from his regular job. He is an Alumni of Assembly Line Winterguard(NC), Infiniti Winterguard(SC), Carolina Visual Productions (CVP), Winterguard(NC), and Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps(NC).
Aaron Hines - Reno, NV
Aaron Hines (ASCAP) is originally from the Sacramento area where his dedication to the percussion arts began as a member of the award winning Sacramento High School percussion ensemble. After developing his skills throughout high school, Aaron became an important part of the California State University, Sacramento Winter Percussion Ensemble from 1997-2001.
Aaron's professional career began the summer after he graduated from Sacramento High School. Since that time he has taught, arranged and designed for numerous schools, ranging from the middle school to collegiate level. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. Over 25 of Aaron's ensembles have earned circuit and state titles as well as a Bronze Medal, Fans' Favorite Award and four Finalist appearances at the WGI World Championships. In addition, Aaron arranges and composes custom works independently for schools across the country and has music published through Gary P. Gilroy Publications (Best-Seller 2010), Creative Solutions, Center X Productions & JW Pepper. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
In 2002, Aaron founded his own Percussion Ensemble (RIPE). Over their four-year existence, RIPE hosted numerous percussion based events with the prevailing purpose of aiding the growth and development of the percussive arts in the area. Under the creative and administrative direction of Aaron, RIPE also found great success in the Indoor Percussion activity. They competed at the WGI World Championships in 2004 (Bronze Medalist in PIA) and 2005 (Finalist in PIA).
Since founding eNVision Performing Arts in 2007, Aaron's commitment to the growth of the arts is now
focused in Northern Nevada. Since inception, eNVision has hosted numerous arts-based events and
entertained the local communities at Artown (Reno's month-long commitment to arts and entertainment),
NBA and Division 1 Basketball games and numerous corporate and charity events. eNVision also took a
Percussion Theatre to the WGI World Championships where they were a top ten PIA Finalist in 2009, 2010
& 2011 and were voted the nations favorite group (by the fans) in 2011 for the A & Concert Classes. For
his work with eNVision, Aaron was a 2011 Twenty Under 40 Award winner for the Northern Nevada
In addition to eNVision, Aaron serves as:
• a staff percussion composer for Gary P. Gilroy Publications.
• is the percussion caption head and arranger for Robert McQueen High School in Reno, NV (2009,
2010 & 2011 State Percussion & Overall Band Champions, 2011 NNIA Percussion Champions).
• is a percussion arranger and consultant for the University of Nevada, Reno.
• is a percussion arranger for the Tennessee State and 2011 USSBA National Champion Munford
• is an arranger and consultant for Reed High School in Reno, NV (2010 & 2011 Small Band
Percussion and Band Champions).
He is also an Endorsed Artist with Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion Sticks/Mallets, Sabian
Cymbals & the Yamaha Corporation.
John McDonald - Hopkinsville, KY
John McDonald currently teaches music at Belmont Elementary in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. John began his teaching career in 1984 and has taught band, choir, and general music for school systems across western and south central Kentucky. He has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels and as an adjunct music instructor at the community college level. John is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky where he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education.
As a student of Joe Allen, John knew in eighth grade he wanted to be a band director/music teacher. While in college, he was in the band at WKU under Dr. Kent Campbell’s leadership and also marched two seasons with the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps. John has worked as the Art Director for a custom screen printer and he and his wife, Laura, have recently launched Little River Specialties – creating custom designs for screen printed garments. He also owns Doodlebug Web Design, and enjoys building websites for non-profits, churches, ministries, and friends.
George Standish, - Wayland, NY
George Standish graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. Mr. Standish spent his teaching career first at Canaseraga Central School and then at Wayland-Cohocton Central School for a total of 34 years. During his teaching career, Mr. Standish taught every grade level of music with his main focus being at the High School level as Concert Band and Marching Band Director. He was also the High School Select Chorus Director. He was the Department Chair for the music department for many years. During his tenure at Wayland-Cohocton, Mr. Standish's musical groups performed for many outside functions including his Select Chorus singing on stage with John Berry, Andy Williams and Kenny Rogers.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Standish, along with his wife, Linda purchased The Music Store in Wayland. As the business grew, Linda resigned from her teaching position to be at the store full time. Once Mr. Standish retired in 2009 he joined Linda full time at the store. Since purchasing the store in 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Standish have concentrated on the educational side of the business. They currently work with over twenty five schools and universities in the area. The Music Store is a full service music store as well as specializing in band instrument rentals and sales.
Mr. Standish continues to stay active in the music community by directing All County Bands and also by playing in two rock bands on the weekends. He is also a member of NYSSMA, NAfME (Formerly MENC), iMSO and NAMM.
Having had the "hands on" teaching experience combined with the retail experience makes the addition of Band Today a logical next step for The Music Store.
Harold Ford - Ellijay, GA
Harold Ford is recently retired as band director of Gilmer Co. High School in Ellijay, Ga. He was formerly the band director at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Ga. His career has spanned 39 years and included teaching stints in Florida and Virginia. Major accomplishments include being the first high school concert band to be invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators State Convention, finalist at several BOA events and winner of several major marching band events. Mr. Ford’s concert bands have received superior ratings for 37 of the 39 years he taught. Additionally he has supervised 19 student teachers of which 16 are currently enjoying successful teaching careers.
Mr. Ford has judged marching and concert festivals in 9 states including state finals in several states. He has conducted district and state honor bands and was the conductor of the Tennessee All State Band and the South Carolina All State Band. He has also been a guest conductor at the MidWest Band and Orchestra Convention. He served on the curriculum committee to write the state standards for the Virginia Board of Education and as a consultant for the state standards for music in Georgia. Mr . Ford served as the interim band director at Virginia Tech, and as adjunct faculty for Lynchburg College and Stetson University. Mr. Ford holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, Arkansas State University and Nova Southeast University. Professional organizations include Phi Mu Alpha, GMEA, NEA, MENC, Phe Beta MU, GEA, RBDA.
Mr. Ford is currently active as an adjudicator and clinician. He is married to Debbie Ford for 39 years and has two sons, two daughters in law and four grandchildren. One son is an electrical engineer and the other is a middle school band director who had his middle school jazz band perform at the prestigious MidWest Band and Orchestra Convention.
David and Teresa Lyncheski- Tom’s River, NJ
David Lyncheski, currently in his 24th year of teaching, grew up in Fords, New Jersey and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School (currently Bishop Ahr High School) where he first experienced the thrill of the marching activities. After attending Berklee College of Music and Kean College of New Jersey, Dave graduated from West Chester University (PA) with a B.S. in Music Education. While at West Chester University he performed with and served on the Field Operations Council of the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band under the direction of Dr. James Wells and was a member of the wind ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Laudermilch.
After graduating in 1986, Dave began his fulltime teaching career as band director at Laurel High School in Laurel, Delaware. Since that time he has taught all levels of band in school districts in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Finally settling in Toms River, New Jersey, where he and his wife Teresa have raised two wonderful children, Dave has been an active member of his church.
As an employee of the Brick Township Public School District, Dave has served as a high school band director (1996-2001, 2005-present) and elementary instrumental music teacher (2001-2005). Currently, as director of bands, Dave directs the concert band, honors band, marching band, jazz ensemble and oversees the percussion ensemble.
Having been involved in marching activities since 1977, Dave has instructed, directed, and designed drill, for numerous marching organizations including, marching bands, color guards and drum and bugle corps. He currently designs for his own band and other local bands.
Dave and his wife Teresa decided last summer (2011) to join the Band Today team so they could help other area music educators. By providing a convenient and local supply service for directors, they hope to help local programs continue the important work of positively influencing the next generation of parents and leaders. They also felt that working in an industry they were familiar with was a great way to earn additional income.
Gerry Bastien - Hudson, NH
Gerry Bastien is currently, District Coordinator of Music for the Hudson NH school district and Director of Bands at Alvirne HS where he has taught since 1996. Prior to starting his tenure at Alvirne, Gerry was a general music specialist, band and choir director in Londonderry and Chester NH. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Lowell, MA and Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Administration and Supervision from the Notre Dame College, NH.
Since arriving at Alvirne, Gerry has created and implemented the marching component to band. Band membership has increased from 32 (1996) to 188 (2012). The band has received numerous superior ratings in state, national and international festivals. Gerry has also implemented international educational travel to Munich Germany and Saltsburg Austria with his Jazz Band
Gerry has been deeply involved with Music Education throughout the state of New Hampshire serving as president of NHMEA as well as numerous other offices in NHMEA and MENC. Gerry is the recipient of numerous awards involving music education and leadership in NH. His most precious and memorable award came in 2010 when he was voted Distinguished Music Educator of the Year for the state of New Hampshire.
Gerry resides in Manchester, NH with his wife Dee and has two grown children Dan and Jeff. Gerry and Dee enjoy their limited free time at their lake house in northern New Hampshire.
Ward Durrett - Estes Park, CO
Ward has been actively involved in the marching percussion arena since 1971, assisting with the drumlines of the 1972 Guardsmen and 1975 DCI Finalist Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps’ (while serving with the U.S. Navy Band at the Great Lakes Naval Station north of Chicago), as well as supervising and arranging for numerous marching band percussion programs, including Monticello HS (Ill), 1978 Bands of America Class A Summer National Champion; J.B. Conant HS (Ill), 1980 Bands of America Summer National Champion; Winnetonka HS (MO), Missouri State Champions; Glenbrook North HS (Ill), Illinois State Champions; and Marian Catholic HS (Ill), 1984-1988 BOA Summer National Champions and 1985, 1987, 1988 & 1989 BOA Grand National Champions.
In December of 1980, Ward conceived of and facilitated the 1st Spartan Marching Percussion Festival at Glenbrook North HS in Northbrook Illinois, the Festival that launched what is now known worldwide as the Indoor Competitive Percussion Activity. Within this activity, Ward directed the ongoing Spartan Festival for 14 years until 1993; was the Founder and Director of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Marching Percussion Festival (1982 through 1986); served as Coordinator of the Bands of America Marching Percussion Festival (1989 through 1995); was the 1st WGI Percussion Coordinator (1993 through 1996); served as WGI Percussion Chief Judge (1998 through 2001) and has assisted the WGI Percussion activity as Percussion Administrator since 2002. In December of 2000, Ward was the 1st percussionist inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering service to the Indoor Competitive Percussion Activity.
In 2003, in conjunction with the Denver Broncos organization, Mr. Durrett developed and implemented the specialized wireless miking system utilized by the “Stampede” Drumline, the 1st official Drumline of the National Football League. During that period, Ward also facilitated the formation of the Highland Sound Co., the audio arm of the Longs Peak Highland Festival in Estes Park Colorado; the largest festival of its kind in North America.
Ward served as marching percussion instructor and arranger at the University of Northern Colorado from 1999 through 2007 and is currently a guest lecturer there.