Instructional & Design Staff
We annually contract an expert part-time staff of specialists, many of which are regionally and nationally recognized.
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.
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.
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.
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 VicFirth.com 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.
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.
Andrew Van Matre
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.
Graduate Assistant, Bearcat Bands
Patrick O’Brien is a trombonist and music educator from Vero Beach, Florida. Patrick earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University in 2019. While there, he performed in the University Philharmonic Orchestra, the University Symphony Orchestra, the FSU trombone choir, the Symphonic Band, and a number of chamber ensembles including the Sinfonia Brass Quintet, Wayvo Trombone Quartet, and several brass ensembles.
During the summer months of his college career, Patrick marched as a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps for three seasons, 2014-2016. After his first summer, he was voted as the New Member of the year. Additionally, following his final season, Patrick was voted as the best marcher in the drum corps.
As an educator, Patrick has earned his teaching certificate in the State of Florida. He completed his music education internship at Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida. Patrick has also taught at many middle and high schools throughout Florida including Gifford Middle School, Sebastian Middle School, Vero Beach High School, Sebastian River High School, South Fork High School, and Wakulla High School. Patrick has taught private trombone lessons for 7 years and continues to offer lessons to students of any age or ability level.
Patrick is currently a Master’s student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio pursuing a Master of Music in Trombone Performance and is on track to graduate in the Spring of 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin von Kampen
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 Live, 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, Cirque 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.
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.
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.
Color Guard Instructor
Andrea Meyer is currently the Assistant Director of two-time DCA Class A World Champion, Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps. Previously she has instructed color guard with numerous high schools in the Cincinnati area including Moeller, Lawrenceburg, Colerain, Milford, Fairfield, Roger Bacon, West Union, and Peebles. Her teaching experience also includes tenures with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a color guard tech from 1991 through 1994, one year instructing the University of Louisville, and one season as a tech with University of Cincinnati.
Andrea's performance experience began in 1984 at Colerain High School and includes three years with the Bluecoats color guard from 1988 to 1990. She also was a member of the Cincinnati Tradition color guard in 1986 & 1987, 2007 & 2008, and 2010 through 2015. In 2016, she moved to the administrative team of CT as Assistant Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Katie Kennard (née Korthauer) is a graduate of UC and a sister of the Theta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma (SKAKAM CELVK class of 2011). A former chapter VPM and Assistant VPS, she graduated from UC in 2015 and played mellophone and horn in the bands during her undergraduate years. Katie was also a Section Leader and Uniform Manager. She is currently a realtor in Cincinnati at Keller Williams Advisers Realty with 7 years of experience and resides in Anderson Township with her husband and two dogs.