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Tom Brantley is currently Professor of Trombone at the University of South Florida. Prior to his appointment at USF, he was an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas. Brantley has been a member of the chamber group Rhythm & Brass since 1995. With the group, Tom has performed in every state in the U.S. (except Hawaii) as well as throughout the world. Brantley is a Yamaha soloist, clinician and recording artist. He has served as an editor of the International Trombone Association (ITA) Journal (quarterly) as well as the ITA website. He is also a founding member and officer of the Central Florida Trombone Society. Brantley appears on CDs with the following labels: Summit Records, Koch Records and Koch Jazz, Moma Records, Seabreeze Records, Capstone, Centaur Records, NACUSA (National Association of Composers ­USA), Yamaha Artists Series, NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers). While teaching at USF, Brantley performs and records regularly with the USF Faculty Brass Quintet, the USF Faculty Chamber Players, the USF Jazz Faculty Ensemble, the Jack Wilkins Jazz Group, and Chuck Owen's jazz orchestra - Jazz Surge. Tom Brantley holds degrees in trombone performance/jazz studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of North Texas.




John C. Carmichael has been the Director of Bands at the University of South Florida since the fall of 2007. Previously, he served as the Director of Bands at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina from 1989 to 1993, and at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, from 1993 to 2007. He has received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University (FSU), Master of Arts from The University of South Florida (USF), and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The Florida State University (FSU). In addition to his university experience, Dr. Carmichael served as director of several Florida high school bands, the most recent being the Lakeland High School Band, which, under his leadership, made two appearances at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and was awarded the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor. Other performances of Dr. Carmichael’s bands occurred at the Festival of Winds, Tournament of Roses Parade, Tri-State Band Festival, NBA National Convention, and Southern Division MENC Conference.


At Western Kentucky University (KMU), Dr. Carmichael formed several performance groups, most notably the Southern Kentucky Concert Band and the Lost River Cave Big Band. The WKU Wind Ensemble achieved national prominence as a commissioner of new works for wind band through the production of more than 12 major compositions. Under his direction, the WKU band performed at the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division meetings and the KMEA In-Service Conferences. He was named the “Outstanding Contributor to Music” for 1999 by the Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and received the Western Kentucky University Public Service Award for 2000. Dr. Carmichael belongs to numerous professional and honorary organizations, including the ABA, NBA, WASBE, CBDNA, KMEA, PKL, PBM, PMA, Kappa Kappa Psi, ASBDA, and Phi Beta Phi. He is a Past President of the Southern Division CBDNA and is in constant demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician, both nationally and internationally.




Brant Karrick joined the faculty of Northern Kentucky University in the fall of 2003 as Director of Bands. At NKU, he administrates the entire band program including the Symphonic Winds, the Concert Band and the Basketball Pep Band. He also teaches classes in conducting, instrumental methods, orchestration, and music theory. His prior teaching experience includes nine years at the University of Toledo and seven years of public school teaching in Kentucky. While Director of Bands at Bowling Green High School his concert band received distinguished ratings at all adjudicated events attended and was invited to perform for the Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention in 1988. In the fall of 1988 his BGHS marching band won the state championship in Class AA. His bands at NKU have performed for KMEA, OMEA, NAfME regional and a College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) regional. In addition to his responsibilities at NKU, Dr. Karrick is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, composer, and music arranger. His band compositions have been performed around the country, in Europe, Japan, Canada, South America, South Africa and in Australia.


In the fall of 1991 Karrick entered the Ph. D. program in Music Education at Louisiana State University completing the degree in 1994. His prior education includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville that he completed in 1982 and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University, completed in 1984. His professional affiliations include: National Association for Music Education, the Kentucky Music Education Association, and the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.




Scott C. Tobias currently holds the position of Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at West Virginia University where his responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, teaching courses in conducting, and providing administrative leadership for the WVU Bands program. Prior to his appointment at West Virginia University, Dr. Tobias served on the faculties of the University of Central Florida and Appalachian State University. He also previously served as a high school band director in the public schools of Georgia and South Carolina. Dr. Tobias has worked with a number of community music organizations including the Youth Band of Orlando, the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Appalachian Youth Wind Ensemble. He remains active as a clinician conducting honor bands throughout the United States.


Bands under Dr. Tobias’ direction have performed nationally and internationally at events such as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Western International Band Clinic, the London New Year’s Day Parade, and the Cabalgata de Reyes (Madrid, Spain). Dr. Tobias is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. While at Appalachian State University, he was also recognized with the Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award.


Dr. Tobias received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia, where he also earned a Masters degree in Music Education. He received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University. Dr. Tobias presently serves as 1st Vice-President and President-Elect of the National Band Association. Additional professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, West Virginia Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.