Bearcat Bands Leadership


Three full-time directors currently administer the UC Bearcat Bands program and serve as the principal instructors.

Headshot of Christopher J. Nichter

Christopher J. Nichter

Director of Bands


Christopher J. Nichter (b. 1980) is the fourteenth Director of Bearcat Bands at the University of Cincinnati. He possesses a Master of Music in Conducting degree (2009) and a Bachelor of Music in Education degree (2003) magna cum laude, both from West Virginia University. Mr. Nichter was appointed for ten academic years (2008-2017) to the WVU School of Music as Assistant Director of Bands serving as Assistant Director of the Sudler Award-winning "Pride of West Virginia," the Mountaineer Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band; Conductor of the Concert Band; Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band; and a coordinator of the annual High School Honor Bands while also instructing music arranging, conducting, and band repertory courses. He founded and directed the summer Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy (2015 & 2016) providing immersive training for high school drum majors and section leaders. Prior to graduate study, Mr. Nichter served as Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland (2004-2005). His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Ohio Music Educators Association. He is an honorary brother of Kappa Kappa Psi (Omicron 2007), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Epsilon Sigma 2013, Province 39 Governor 2016-2017, Province 3 Governor 2018-2019), and Phi Beta Mu (Tau 2016).

Headshot of Nicholas E. Angelis

Nicholas E. Angelis

Associate Director of Bands


Head of Bearcat Percussion Studies

Nicholas E. Angelis received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Master of Music in Percussion Performance degree from Wright State University. Having served since 2005, Nick is now in his fourteenth overall academic year on the staff of the Bearcat Bands and second as Associate Director. Mr. Angelis has been involved in the drum corps activity since 1979. Throughout 16 seasons, he marched drum and bugle corps with Satellites, Spartans of New Hampshire, Boston Crusaders, Santa Clara Vanguard, Star of Indiana, Brass Theater, and Blue Knights. He was also an original cast member and international solo performer for Blast! from 1999-2003. Nick has taught and written for numerous marching bands and drum corps all around the United States and his arrangements are published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Headshot of Krista L. Mulcahy

Krista L. Mulcahy

Assistant Director of Bands


Head of Bearcat Visual Ensemble Studies

Prior to her appointment at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Krista Mulcahy was an Instructor of Music Education at the Burris Laboratory School at Ball State University where she taught elementary and secondary band courses, jazz band, pep band, music theory, and general music. In addition, Dr. Mulcahy supervised collegiate music education practicum students.

Dr. Mulcahy also previously held the position of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.  For eight years, she taught concert bands, athletic bands, and a variety of instrumental music education courses.

A native of Dalton, Georgia, Dr. Mulcahy taught public school for seven years in the Atlanta, Georgia area (Cobb and DeKalb Counties) where she taught middle and high school band, including jazz band and marching band. Dr. Mulcahy holds a BME from Jacksonville State University (AL), an MM in Music Education from Louisiana State University, and a DMA from Boston University.

Student Leadership

Graduate and undergraduate students provide invaluable assistance to the entire band program.


Headshot of Lion Brown

Lion Brown

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies

1st yr., in fulfillment of Master of Music: Wind Conducting

Texas native Lion Brown is the newest addition to the Master of Music in Wind Conducting program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He serves as a graduate assistant for both the UC Bearcat Bands as well as select music ensembles within CCM. Prior to UC-CCM, Lion attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. During his time at SFA, he worked closely with faculty and staff in roles including principal flutist of the SFA Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David W. Campo and undergraduate teaching assistant for The Lumberjack Marching Band. He has studied conducting with Dr. David Campo, Dr. Tamey Anglley, and Prof. Chris Kaatz, in conjunction with attending conducting symposia with renowned educators such as Travis J. Cross, Mallory Thompson, John Whitwell, and many more. In addition to his studies, Lion also served as lead Flute Instructor for the SFA Music Preparatory Division and a camp counselor for the annual SFA Summer Band Camps. His professional organization affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Educators Association.


Headshot of Brendan Boyle

Brendan Boyle

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies

1st yr., in fulfillment of Doctor of Musical Arts: Wind Conducting

Brendan Boyle, a Pennsylvania native, completed a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master's degree in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying conducting under the mentorship of Timothy A. Paul and Jack Stamp. As an IUP graduate assistant, Brendan worked closely with faculty and staff, directed the IUP Basketball Pep Band, assisted with The Legend Marching Band, and organized and facilitated various indoor ensembles. He has conducted and recorded large ensemble and chamber pieces with both the IUP Wind Ensemble and the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators. After earning his Bachelor's degree, Brendan taught general music at the Internationella Engelska Skolan in Södertälje, Sweden. Here he developed a new music curriculum and organized and directed school musical assemblies. After returning to the states, Brendan worked with several high school marching bands as a musical consultant around the Greater Pittsburgh area while pursuing a Master's. Brendan is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Headshot of Karl Meyers

Karl Meyers

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies

1st yr., in fulfillment of Doctor of Musical Arts: Wind Conducting

Prior to attending CCM, New Jersey native Karl Meyers taught 7-12 instrumental music and was the department chair of the Fine Arts Department at Benjamin Franklin High School in Queen Creek, AZ. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Meyers has led professional development at multiple district campuses (Mindset & Motivation, Professional Practices and Responsibilities, and Lesson Plan Formatting and Website Linking and Coding) and at the Arizona Music Educators Conference (Mindset & Motivation). Karl earned his undergraduate degrees  in music composition and music education at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, in St. Paul, MN where he studied conducting with Tim Sawyer and Monte Mumford. He has worked with such conductors as Allan MacMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, and Frank Ticheli. He also holds a master’s degree in music education from Arizona State University.

Headshot of Andrew Osborne

Andrew Osborne

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies

2nd yr., in fulfillment of Master of Music: Wind Conducting

Kentucky native Andrew Osborne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky where he studied with Dr. Cody Birdwell and Scott Atchison. While at UK, Andrew was the Instrument Manager and a Senior Assistant for the Wildcat Marching Band. He has taught both middle school and high school band in Virginia and Kentucky, including conducting concert ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, and chamber ensembles. As a horn player, Andrew performed with both the UK Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, and performed on tours of China and Greece with various university ensembles. He has attended numerous workshops, including Kendall Betts Horn Camp, and conducting symposiums at Michigan State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida. He is currently in enrolled in the Master of Music in Wind Conducting Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Headshot of Laura Reyes

Laura Reyes

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies

1st yr., in fulfillment of Doctor of Musical Arts: Wind Conducting

Native from Queretaro, Mexico, Laura Reyes finished a Bachelor in Flute performance in the National University Autonomous of Mexico. Afterwards, she won the Fulbright-García Robles scholarship for pursuing the Master in Flute in CCM. Among her professional life as flute player, she has played in several large ensembles and in Chamber Music, performing in the Mexican Republic, Peru, France and Germany. As Wind Conductor, Laura is ex-Official from the Wind Orchestra of the Federal Police of Mexico, where she conducted in several concerts in different halls of Mexico and Belize. She has taken conducting courses with Sergio Cardenas, Kenneth Kiesler and Carlos Spierer, among others. She has been invited to conduct Youth and Professional Orchestras in Mexico, such as Philarmonic Orchestra of Queretaro, Manuel M. Ponce Orchestra, among others and she was appointed conductor of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra Esperanza Azteca – Xochimilco. In addition she was Music Coordinator for the German School Alexander von Humboldt in Mexico City serving as well as conductor of the band and choir. She has been guest conductor in youth and professional bands in Queretaro and Oaxaca, Mexico. She is a Graduate Assistant in CCM Wind Studies at UC, where this fall she starts the DMA in Wind Conducting with Dr. Kevin Holzman.

Headshot of Savannah Shu

Savannah Shu

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies

2nd yr., in fulfillment of Master of Music: Wind Conducting

  • Piccolo Section Leaders
    • COLIN MCQUINN (Captain)
  • Clarinet Section Leaders
    • TIFFANY STALLA (Captain)
  • Saxophone Section Leaders
    • BRENNAN THOMAS (Captain)
  • Trumpet Section Leaders
    • CONNOR DOUGHERTY (Captain)
  • Mellophone Section Leaders
    • SAMUEL ABBOTT (Captain)
  • Trombone Section Leaders
    • DAVID EPPELE (Captain)
  • Baritone Section Leaders
    • JACLYN (JACEY) JONES (Captain)
  • Tuba Section Leaders
    • JACOB BAKONYI (Captain)
  • Percussion Section Leaders
    • DAVID SELZER (Captain)
  • Color Guard Section Leaders
    • MARCY BORDAS (Captain)
  • Feature Twirlers
    • ANITA NEY (Captain)
  • Drum Majors
    • TANNER STACY (Captain)

To be announced.

To be announced.

  • Facility
  • Inventory
  • Logistics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Uniforms
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Social Coordinator
  • Publications Coordinator
  • Historian
  • President
  • Vice President of Service
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Historian

Instructional & Design Staff

We annually contract an expert part-time staff of specialists, many of which are regionally and nationally recognized.

Headshot of Paul Glader

Paul Glader


Paul Glader is an active educator, performer, and composer/arranger in the Greater Cincinnati area. Born in Akron, Ohio, Paul is a graduate of Ellet High School and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s of music in education. He has taught band at Gray Middle School (Union, KY), Taylor High/Middle School (Cleves, OH), and in the New Richmond school district. As an arranger and composer, he has written for beginning bands, high school bands, and collegiate bands in the region, as well as regularly writing for his own brass band, The Cincy Brass. Paul is an active performer on saxophone in The Cincy Brass, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, The Blue Water Kings, and also does freelance work.

Headshot of John Leonard

John Leonard


John Leonard is currently the Interim Director of the Western Michigan University “Bronco” Marching Band. Before coming to WMU, Leonard studied at University of Massachusetts at Amherst where in 2002 he earned a bachelor’s of music in music education before going back to get a masters of music in jazz composition and arranging which he earned in 2013. He also served as the athletic band director at Northeastern University. His Master of Music in Conducting degree, earned in 2018, is from Western Michigan University. Having served one year as Interim Director at WMU, he begins doctoral conducting work at the University of Kansas this fall.

Headshot of Larry Rebillot

Larry Rebillot

Color Guard Senior Instructor

Larry Rebillot posesses more than 40 years of experience as a designer, teacher & performer in the arts. A graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky with BA in Communications as well as Graduate Studies in Education, Larry is a former Drama and Dance teacher in the Boone County Schools in KY, company member of the Canton Ballet and Regional Theater, as well as having spent 27 years on the Faculty and Color Guard Coordinator at the Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposium, America’s premier band camp. Larry is an active adjudicator, consultant, freelance choreographer and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, National Dance Education Organization, Tri State Judges Association, and Bluecoat Alumni and Bridgemen Alumni Associations. Larry is honored to be a seven-year member of the Board of Directors of the DCI World Champion Bluecoats.

Presently a freelance color guard choreographer, visual consultant and judge, he has inspired hundreds of high school, college and independent pageantry groups throughout the US, Canada, and Australia during his career including the Bluecoats, Bridgemen, Pride of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati “Bearcat” Band, University of Nebraska “Cornhusker” Band, Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Band, and the five-time WAMSB World Champion, Calgary Stampede Showband.

Headshot of Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Color Guard Choreographer

Originally from New Berlin, WI, Heather Graham currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio. Heather has been involved in the marching arts since the age of three, beginning with a successful career in baton twirling and rhythmic gymnastics. Heather was recruited by her high school guard at the age of 12 and has since been performing in the color guard activity. While continuing to be a consistent member in the activity, she graduated from the University of Milwaukee with a degree in Communications and a minor in biology.

Heather is a proud alumni of drum corps, performing in 2010 with Phantom Regiment, and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched five years with New Berlin Eisenhower HS, six seasons with Velocity Winter Guard, and five seasons with the Pride of Cincinnati 2013-2017.

Heather currently serves as the Colorguard Director for Miamisburg High School and Choreographer for the University of Cincinnati. She has instructed various marching programs across the Midwest, including Eisenhower HS, Franklin HS, Friendswood HS, Marcus HS, Miami University, Northmont HS, Origins, Sycamore HS, Troy HS, Westerville HS, Shadow DBC, Virtual Drum and Bugle Corps, Calgary Stampede, INspire, as well as the 2016 Carolina Crown.

Currently, Heather is a designer/choreographer and head technician for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and has served in this capacity for the past four seasons.

Headshot of Lindsey Christolear

Lindsey Christolear

Color Guard Instructor

Lindsey Christolear started her marching career in Centerville, Ohio as a part of the Centerville Jazz Band and Winterguard. In college, she marched with the Miami University Marching Band as a member of the colorguard, and was the captain for two years. Additionally, she spent two years marching with Allegoria Winterguard. Post graduation, she continued her involvement by marching with Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps.

Lindsey began her teaching career with Madison High School in Middletown, Ohio where she was co-director for two years. She currently works with the Lakota West High School colorguard year round, and just completed a successful winter season as the JV winterguard director.

Lindsey is a graduate of Miami University (OH), where she studied Accountancy and earned her Bachelor's degree in 2017. She currently works as a tax accountant for a public accounting firm in downtown Cincinnati. In her free time, you can find her studying for her CPA, or spending time with her two fur babies, Charlie and Remi.

Headshot of Brittany Ziegler

Brittany Ziegler

Twirler Coach

Brittany Ziegler is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of three she began twirling for Kelly’s Kuties Baton and Pom Corp. She competed within the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) throughout high school and into college, achieving several state and national titles. Brittany was a member of the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands from 2010-2015. During her time with the Bearcat Marching Band, she performed at several bowl games and special appearances, including with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. After graduating from college, Brittany moved to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue her nursing career. She worked there in the Pediatric ICU until 2018 when she returned to Cincinnati. Brittany currently works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Nursing Executive Leadership. She is extremely excited to be back as part of the Bearcat Bands family.

Headshot of Ray Haim

Ray Haim

Brass Instructor

Ray Haim is a trumpet player and teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he moved to Cincinnati to pursue a degree in Music Education from CCM at the University of Cincinnati. Ray has been actively engaged in the marching arts since 2009 as both a performer and a teacher. He spent two summers marching with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and has been teaching marching band in the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati areas since 2015. In the Spring of 2018, Ray earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Since then he has begun his career as a band teacher. Most recently, Ray has begun his third year with the Sycamore High School Marching Band in Cincinnati, and he is finishing his first season on brass staff with Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps. In his free time, Ray enjoys running, excessive eating, and watching sports.

Headshot of Zach Schlicher

Zach Schlicher

Winds and Percussion Instructor & Choreographer

Zach Schlicher began his drum corps career with The Cadets in 2001. Upon aging out in 2004, he began teaching the snare line at the Madison Scouts. After two seasons with the Scouts, he moved to be on faculty of Carolina Crown for the next ten years. Away from the drum corps field, Zach works with several scholastic and independent programs within BOA and WGI. Over the last twelve years, he has developed a unique set of skills which allow him to take on multiple responsibilities and roles with any ensemble.

Along with his design/instruction commitments, Zach occasionally performs on cast with Aerial Experience Productions and has performed with Blue Devils Entertainment. He has also been featured on in the video lesson series "Hybrid Rudiments." Zach is endorsed by Vic Firth and Evans Drumheads. Zach studied percussion at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Presently, he resides in Indianapolis but travels to work with multiple programs around North America.

Headshot of Brian Soules

Brian Soules

Drill Designer and Marching Technique/Winds Instructor

Brian Soules has over 30 years of experience in the pageantry arts. He designs, judges and consults for high school and college marching bands throughout the region and nation. He is a professional educator currently serving as a social studies teacher at Boone County High School (KY).

Currently with the Cavaliers, from 2012 to 2018 Brian was a member of the Carolina Crown visual staff where he helped Crown win the DCI World Championship in 2013 and the John Brazale award for best visual performance in 2012, 2013, 2016.

Prior to working with Crown, Brian has also worked with several other Finalist corps including the Bluecoats (1999-2000, 2008-2011), the Santa Clara Vanguard (2002-2006), and the Crossmen (1995-1998).

As a performer, Brian was a mellophone in the Star of Indiana drum and bugle corps from 1987 to 1993 winning the DCI World Championship in 1991. Brian also was a member of the 1993 San Jose Raiders winter guard winning the WGI Independent World Class Championship that season.

Headshot of Nick DelleCave

Nick DelleCave

Drum Major Instructor

Nick DelleCave is a past UC Band Drum Major (2002-2007), Band Staff (2008-2014) member, and Alumni Band President (2010-2014). He currently organizes and manages the Drum Major Society as Executive Director ('07-Present) a non-profit organization that supports community development in leadership and marching conducting technique. He graduated UC with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing and Management. Professionally, he manages in the technology sector with teams around the world.

Headshot of Andrew Van Matre

Andrew Van Matre

Sound Engineer

Andrew Van Matre graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. He participated in the Bearcat Bands throughout his time at UC, including the marching, pep, concert, jazz, and Dixieland bands, splitting his time between horn, saxophone, and tuba. He was the tuba section leader for 3 years, winning two Leadership Awards and the Roy A. Colclaser Outstanding Musician Award. Andrew is an alumni member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and is now a network operations center technician at Procter & Gamble.

Headshot of Brandon Dodge

Brandon Dodge

Percussion Writer and Instructor

Brandon Dodge is a freelance percussionist, music educator, and composer/arranger currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brandon has performed in several contemporary chamber groups in Atlanta, including the Terminus Ensemble and Chamber Cartel, while constantly pursuing solo projects and collaborations. In the past, Brandon has been a four-time Drum Corps International finalist, performing with Phantom Regiment (2007) and Spirit of Atlanta (2003, 2005, 2006), and was an inaugural member of Atlanta Quest Indoor Drumline (2003).

An enthusiastic music educator, Brandon is currently a front ensemble writer and instructor for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band. He's previously been the percussion caption head and front ensemble arranger at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Georgia, working also as percussion coordinator for Woodland's concert bands. He maintains a private lessons studio and has taught Music Appreciation courses at Gordon State College.

Brandon holds an M.M. degree from Georgia State University in percussion performance, as well as a B.A. degree from Jacksonville State University, where he studied percussion and composition. He is currently pursing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Headshot of Aaron Farris

Aaron Farris

Percussion Instructor

Aaron Farris is a native of Richmond, Kentucky and currently a resident of Nashville, Tennessee He graduated from The University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Human Communications Studies. Aaron is entering is in his third year as Ensemble and Battery Coordinator for Triple Crown Independent Ensemble. He’s been an active performer and educator in the marching arts for the past decade. 2019 was his first summer as a battery instructor with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, his third as a battery instructor at The University of Cincinnati, and third with Cincinnati Tradition Drum & Bugle Corps. Aaron has also instructed many groups nationwide including the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, Garrard County High School, and Tates Creek High School. Aaron started his independent marching career as a bass drummer with Tates Creek Independent Ensemble (2010). He then continued his marching career with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, (2011, 2012, 2013) and Rhythm X Inc. (2012, 2013, WGI 1st Place). While attending college he performed in numerous music ensembles at The University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University; post-graduation performances have included The Growl (The Official Drumline of Cincinnati Bengals) and MCM Productions.

Headshot of Josh Riedy

Josh Riedy

Percussion Instructor

Josh Riedy is a percussionist from Centerville, OH. His marching experience includes The Centerville Jazz Band, UC Bearcat Drumline, the Madison Scouts, and Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps. Josh has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from CCM and is currently finishing his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Wright State University.

Headshot of Cody Schuster

Cody Schuster

Percussion Instructor

Cody Schuster is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership. Cody has served on the administrative staffs of Bluecoats and Rhythm X, Inc, and is currently a Team Leader at Target, specializing in Starbucks.

Cody has been a member of the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands, Rhythm X, the Madison Scouts, and the Cadets. Additionally, he serves as the battery arranger for the Fairfield High School Marching Band of Fairfield, OH.

Headshot of Kevin von Kampen

Kevin von Kampen

Percussion Instructor

Kevin von Kampen is an active percussionist and educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was previously the Percussion Director for the University of South Florida "Herd of Thunder" Marching Band. Mr. von Kampen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from USF. While attending USF, he served as a Graduate Assistant for the HOT Marching Band, conducted the Rumble Basketball Band, and assisted with teaching several music education courses including basic conducting and marching band methods. He also previously worked as a middle school and high school music teacher in Hillsborough County Public School District.

As a performer, Kevin is active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He appears on Baljinder Sekhon: Places and Times released by Innova Recordings, the McCormick Percussion Group recordings Plot: Music for Unspecified Instrumentation and Plugged and Unplugged: The Music of Ciro Scotto both released by Ravello Records, Patterns: Chamber Works released by Navona Records, and on USF Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall released by Mark Custom Recordings. Kevin is also active in commercial music, performing with touring artists such as "Weird Al" Yankovic, Michael Bolton, Irish Tenors, and Michael Amante, and with touring shows such as “In Dreams” – Roy Orbison Hologram Tour, Video Games Live4U: A Symphonic Celebration of PrinceCirque Musica, and Rocktopia. His primary teachers include Robert McCormick, Al Rometo, Tony Falcone, and Dana Murray. Kevin is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in percussion at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Support Staff

A variety of individuals serve the program in crirtical capacities. Whether as contracted employees or cherished volunteers, the program would not function without their expertise.

Headshot of Randy Smith

Randy Smith


Randy Smith is a 1972 graduate of Cincinnati’s Anderson High School and holds multiple degrees from the University of Cincinnati where he was honored as Mr. Bearcat (Outstanding Senior) in 1977.  While a student at UC Mr. Smith was a 7 year member of the Bearcat Marching Band and president his senior year.  He also co-founded the UC Rallycats, UC’s student pep club.  Following a 36-year career at Procter & Gamble, Mr. Smith continues to be active in local and state government and with the Bearcat Bands. He has served as “The Voice” of the band since 2001 and on the Board of Governors of the UC Band Alumni Association, having founded this organization in 1979.  He continues to serve his alma mater as a Trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Chairman of the Communications Committee and as a member of this organization’s Executive Committee.  He is the immediate past president of the Ohio School Boards Association and the Forest Hills School District.

Headshot of Christopher Southard

Christopher Southard

Media Coordinator

Chris Southard is the owner of CDS Media Solutions providing high quality scanning and photo organizing services to clients in the Cincinnati area. Specifically, as a former college marching band trumpet player and rank leader, Chris has a passion for helping others preserve their marching band memories.

He is currently the Media Coordinator for the West Virginia University Marching Band where he manages their web site and serves as the photographer/videographer.

Chris enjoys working with the Bearcat Bands by preserving some of the best experiences of the members’ college lives.

Headshot of Andrew Hitchcock

Andrew Hitchcock


Headshot of Lori Hitchcock

Lori Hitchcock


Headshot of Ryan Boyd

Ryan Boyd

Assistant to the Directors

Ryan J. Boyd currently serves as an Associate Director for Student Success with Education at Work (EAW), a non-profit and business services organization whose overall mission is to eliminate college student debt and prepare students for professional employment post-graduation by partnering with colleges, universities, and businesses across the country to provide employment opportunities along with tuition assistance.

Ryan joins the UC Bearcat Bands having over 25 years of marching arts experience including serving as the Band Operations Coordinator of the Sudler Award-winning “Pride of West Virginia,” the West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band from 2001 to 2017. Prior to this appointment, he was a member and student leader of the WVU Band.  Ryan has also served on the band staffs of Laurel Highlands High School (PA), St. Clairsville High School (OH), Riverside High School (WV), East Bank Middle/Jr. High School (WV), and East Bank High School (WV).  He is a brother of the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi (Omicron 1998, Treasurer 2000, Northeast District Vice-President 2001) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Honorary Epsilon Sigma 2016).

A native of Paint Creek, WV, Ryan graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Relations and Music. Prior to relocating to Cincinnati, he has worked for the WVU Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Bartlett Housing Solutions. He is also the owner of RJB Entertainment LLC which provides real-life entertainment and event planning services.

Ryan enjoys being active in the community and is currently the Vice-President of the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization and the WVU LGBT Alumni. He is also an active pageant judge having judged pageants in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, DC and West Virginia.

Headshot of Brian Maynard

Brian Maynard

Operations Volunteer

Brian Maynard graduated high school in 1980 from Coventry Senior High School in Akron, OH. He attended the University of Akron, entered the printing industry, and became a Journeyman Lithographer; he has worked in the printing industry for 35 years. Currently, he is employed at The Hennegan Company in Florence, KY, the most awarded printing company in the country, and is married to Robin Roberts-Maynard, who works for Fifth Third Bank as an Assistant Vice-President and Program Manager. Their son, Kyle Maynard, marched in the Bearcat Band from 2005 to 2008 and earned his Music Education degree from NKU; he currently works for Veritiv as a Customer Service Rep.  Brian has worked with the UC Bearcat Marching Band since 2006 helping with equipment and logistics.

Headshot of Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton

Operations Volunteer

Mike Sexton is a 53-year old father of two girls (25 & 19) and one boy (23). Both of his girls are flute/piccolo players. His oldest (Megan) was a 3-year member of the UC Band and his youngest, a senior at Oak Hills High School, has aspirations of playing in the UC Band as well.

He has previously helped as a volunteer with the UC Band for 5 years and for the past 9 years, he has served many roles, including managing the equipment transportation for the high school band. He’s a lifelong Bearcat lover, having grown up in Clifton through elementary and high school. Although he’s never played an instrument in his life, he’s found a tremendous respect for band and all the hard work and dedication that goes into being a band member. He looks forward to the upcoming Band Season and is proud to be part of such a wonderful program as the UC Bands. TUCBIDG!

Headshot of Samantha Welch

Samantha Welch

Sponsor of Tau Beta Sigma, Theta Chapter

Samantha Welch attended UC from 2009-2015 in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences where she studied Mechanical Engineering Technology. She played flute and piccolo in the UC Bands from 2009-2014 and served as flute section leader from 2012-2014. During her time in the UC Band, she was also active in the Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, where she served as Treasurer, Vice President of Membership, and President. Since her time at UC, she has made Cincinnati her home where she lives with her fiancée and four dogs while working as a Manufacturing Engineer at a local manufacturing company, General Tool Company.