Bearcat Bands

Bearcat Bands Staff


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

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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-present), and Phi Beta Mu (Tau 2016).

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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.

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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.

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Ander R. Peterson

Assistant Director of Bands


Head of Bearcat Jazz Studies

Ander Peterson is an educator, saxophonist, and multi-woodwind instrumentalist. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Previously a Graduate Assistant for the Bearcat Bands and CCM Jazz Department, Mr. Peterson was appointed Assistant Director of the Bearcat Bands in 2016.

Student Staff

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

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Zackary Nellom

Graduate Assistant, CCM Wind Studies & Bearcat Bands

Zack Nellom is a Graduate Conducting Associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in pursuit of his Masters of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Holzman.

Nellom holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University, where he studied conducting with Dr. Scott Jones, Dr. Russel Mikkelson, and Mr. Marshall Haddock. He also studied trombone with Joe Duchi, Principal Bass trombonist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Ohio State, Zack performed in as many ensembles as possible; The Ohio State Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Gospel Choir.

Upon graduating from OSU, Nellom began his teaching career in New Bremen, Ohio as a band director. During his three years at New Bremen, he was responsible for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands, as well as general music. In addition, he also taught the high school marching and concert bands. Over the three years, Nellom was able to make several state level adjudicated event appearances, both in marching and concert bands.

Zack is also a proud member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. He is also a proud brother and alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.

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Andrew Osborne

Graduate Student, CCM Wind Studies & Bearcat Bands

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.

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Jordan Perrin

Piccolo Section Leader


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Carrie Michaels

Piccolo Section Leader

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Caitlyn Anderson

Clarinet Section Leader


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Megan Ginn

Clarinet Section Leader

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Tiffany Stalla

Clarinet Section Leader

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Matthew Cecil

Saxophone Section Leader, Alto Saxophones


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Timothy Sullivan

Saxophone Section Leader, Alto Saxophones

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Brennan Thomas

Saxophone Section Leader, Alto Saxophones

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Joshua Jefferson

Saxophone Section Leader, Tenor Saxophones

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Katerina Betts

Saxophone Section Leader, Baritone Saxophones

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Evan Barnes

Trumpet Section Leader


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Connor Dougherty

Trumpet Section Leader

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Mike Mitchum

Trumpet Section Leader

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Samuel Steffen

Trumpet Section Leader

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Charles (Chase) Hill

Mellophone Section Leader


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Emma Rednour

Mellophone Section Leader

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Abby Bacher

Trombone Section Leader

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David Eppele

Trombone Section Leader

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Austin Figliola

Trombone Section Leader


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Jaclyn (Jacey) Jones

Baritone Section Leader


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Hannah Durman

Baritone Section Leader

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Jacob Bakonyi

Tuba Section Leader

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Will Gaines

Tuba Section Leader

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Cullen McComb

Tuba Section Leader


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Adam Chapman

Percussion Section Leader, Snare Drums

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Joshua May

Percussion Section Leader, Snare Drums

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David Selzer

Percussion Section Leader, Snare Drums

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Cameron Hoffman

Percussion Section Leader, Tenor Drums


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Henry Dantzer

Percussion Section Leader, Bass Drums

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Nick Pinar

Percussion Section Leader, Cymbals

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Troy Abele

Percussion Section Leader, Front Ensemble

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Erin Graska

Color Guard Section Leader


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Anita Ney

Feature Twirler


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Julia Bergquist


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April Gable


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Mikhayla Henry

Drum Major

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Erica Horschler

Drum Major

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John O'Toole

Drum Major


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Tanner Stacy

Drum Major


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Caitlyn Anderson

Music Manager

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Winter Crews

Media Manager

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Erin Graska

Uniforms Manager

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James Hackney

Instruments Manager

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Reilly Hendrickson

Facility Manager

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Chase Hill

Digital Systems Manager

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Erik Klose

Equipment Manager

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Jacob Rohling

Recruitment Manager

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.

David McCullough is a graduate of the BOA “Grand National Champion” Norwin High School Marching Band from Irwin, Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia University, studying trumpet with Roger Sherman and conducting with Don Wilcox. He developed an outstanding comprehensive band program at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, West Virginia before becoming the Assistant Director of Bands at Syracuse University.

Mr. McCullough is a doctoral candidate in wind conducting at the University of Washington where he studied conducting with Peter Erös, Tim Salzman and Rubin Guerivich.  He has conducted performances at the National MENC Convention, the American Bandmasters Association National Convention, Regional MENC Conventions and the Northwest/Western Division of the College Band Director’s National Association.  An active arranger, adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Mr. McCullough has presented premiers of works by Walter Hartley, William O. Smith and Brian Bittle.

As Director of Athletic Bands at Butler University, Mr. McCullough directed the marching, basketball, and campus concert bands and took basketball bands to the NCAA men’s national championship game three times.  In 2011, in Houston, TX, Butler was the defending Final Four “Battle of the Bands” Champion after winning that title in 2010 in Indianapolis.

Having created over 350 arrangements for high school and university marching bands, basketball bands, jazz ensembles, vocal ensembles and studio orchestras, David’s arrangements can be heard from New Jersey to California as played by high school ensembles, and by collegiate marching bands from Syracuse, New York to the University of Hawaii. Currently he is a staff arranger with the University of Alabama "Million Dollar Band" directed by former student Dr. Ken Ozzello.

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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.

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Heather Graham

Color Guard Choreographer

Heather Graham has been involved in the marching arts since age three, beginning with successful careers in baton twirling and rhythmic gymnastics and joining color guard at age 12. While performing and instructing in the color guard field, she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a minor in Biology. Heather performed in DCI in 2010 with the Phantom Regiment and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched with New Berlin Eisenhower, Velocity WG, and just completed her fifth season with the Pride of Cincinnati WG.

She has proudly lent her skills as a Weapons Instructor and Choreographer for Miamisburg HS for the past six years and at the University of Cincinnati. She has instructed or provided choreography for several programs including Carolina Crown, Boston Crusaders, Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps, Eisenhower HS, Whitnall HS, Franklin HS, West DePere HS, Sycamore HS, Northmont HS, Westerville HS, and Beechwood HS. Heather travels around the country helping instruct at clinics that offer fundraisers for many organizations.

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Brittney Worth

Color Guard Instructor

Brittney Worth graduated from UC in 2015 with her Bachelors in Technical Applied Science. As a lifetime dancer, she has been involved in the marching arts since 2004. She marched in the UC Band for two years, UC’s Winter Guard for one season, and independently with Consortio and Zydeco for two years. She has also taught at multiple high schools around the tri-state. Currently a full-time Legal Assistant at a law firm on the east-side of Cincinnati, she is also a part-time seasonal employee for the USS Nightmare as an actor and make-up artist. In her spare time, she’s usually at home with her four-legged child, Stevie.

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.

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Brian Soules

Drill Designer and Marching Technique 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.

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.

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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.

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. Following a 36-year career at Proctor & Gamble, Mr. Smith continues to be active in local and state government and with the Bearcat Bands. He’s 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 and as a member of this organization’s Executive Committee. He presently serves as the President of the Ohio School Boards Association.

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.

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Andrew Hitchcock


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Lori Hitchcock


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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.