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The Music Makers

Editor of Bandworld and co-founder of WIBC, he is Professor Emeritus at Southern Oregon University where he continues as Executive Director of The American Band College master's program. He is co-founder of WIBC and is an elected member of The American Bandmasters Association. He served on its Board of Director and is currently on the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board. In 1998 he received the Sousa Foundation’s Medal of Honor; in 2003 was inducted as an honorary in Phi Beta Mu and in 2005 received the Midwest Clinic's Music Industry Award. In July 2006 he received the ASBDA A.A. Harding Award & Honorary membership to the Women Band Directors in 2007. Elected as an Associate Member of the American Bandmasters Association in March of 2004, Scott is Managing Director of the American Band College, Organizing Chairman of Western International Band Clinic and co-editor of Bandworld Magazine. He served as a band director in the schools of Oregon from 1995-2002 and recently created the Willamette Valley Symphonic Band, a 60-piece honor group of students from Eugene-Springfield area high schools. He now travels worldwide as an adjudicator and conductor, most recently to France.

Warmups That Work
Score & Parts (Ab)

Warmups That Work
Score & Parts (Eb)

Warmups That Work
Score & Parts (Bb

M. Max McKee, Bandworld Co-Editor
Executive Director, American Band College

Scott McKee, Bandworld Co-Editor
Organizing Director, WIBC Convention


It's All About Passion

What do we Teach?

Paul Kassulke is the Director of Operations for the American Band College and Western International Band Clinic, also serving as an Associate Editor for Bandworld Magazine. He served in the Lutheran high schools of Wisconsin and Minnesota for thirty years. He was in the first graduating class of the American Band College (Class of 1994) and joined the staff as a graduate assistant in 1999. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 and now works full time with WIBC, Inc. He is the WIBC Honor Band Chairman. He is the father of eight grown children and the grandfather of seven. He continues to serve as organist and choir director at his church in Medford.

New Orleans trombonist and Jupiter Artist Harry Watters serves with both the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the U.S. Army Brass Quintet in Washington, DC.

After graduation from the University of North Texas, Harry spent four years touring and recording with the Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, a sleep-deprived Watters attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as the graduate assistant to Professor Ellis Marsalis.

Watters' clinic "Power Practicing" was presented at the American Band College where he was also the featured soloist. He has also appeared at WIBC as guest artist.

Paul Kassulke • Associate Editor
Director of Operations • ABC/Bandworld/WIBC

Harry Watters
Trombone Virtuoso


Bassoon Physical

Daryl Durran joined the School of Music faculty in 1983. He teaches bassoon, coaches wind chamber music, and is bassoonist with The Pennsylvania Quintet.
A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, Durran served as principal bassoonist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra and was a frequent performer with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has taught at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan and the American Band College, Ashland, Oregon.

Jess Gerardi is an active trombone player in the Denver area. He has served as the band director for the Englewood Public Schools for 21 years during which time the bands made two trips to the Tournament of Roses Parade. They also won two Sweepstakes Trophies at the Portland Rose Festival. FOr 30 years he served as the Director of Entertainment for the NFL's Denver Broncos. He is greatly respected in the Denver area where his bands still perform. He was named to the CBA's Hall of Fame.


Daryl Durran, Bassoon Specialist
Penn State University

Jess Gerardi
Director of Entertainment (Denver Broncos)

Tracey Collins has been a band director in the El Paso area for many years. He holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied under Donald Knaub. He is a professional trombonist and has several published compositions. His music has been distributed in the United States and Europe under the Classical Brass label.

Laura graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College in April 2005. Completed a senior honors thesis project (November 7, 2004) entitled: "Euphonium vs. Baritone: The History of the Confusion."
At MSBOA District Band Festivals, Laura's bands have received First Division Ratings every year.
Laura teaches in the Brandon School District (Ortonville, Michigan) since the Fall of 2005. Her job includes team-teaching high school band, 6th grade beginning band, 5th and 6th grade choir, and assisting with the Middle School Bands.

Tracey Collins
Band Director, El Paso, Texas

Laura Molnar
ABC Master's Candidate
One of America’s most enthusiastic band fans, Ira is also a walking encyclopedia of information about band compositions, arrangements and recordings. A concert band consultant and advisor residing in Skokie, Illinois, he has helped many ensembles in the development of band libraries and programming. Since 1996, he has donated thousands of compositions and recordings from his personal library to the American Band College Center for Research.

Phyllis Avidan Louke is a music educator with over 30 years experience, as well as a professional flutist, maintaining a large private flute studio in Portland, Oregon.  Currently teaching beginning band in the Lake Oswego School District, Mrs. Louke has been a clinician and guest conductor at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville and Columbus, as well as at flute events in New York, Florida, British Columbia, Ohio, Arizona, Washington and Oregon.  An internationally known composer, Mrs. Louke specializes in flute choir and pedagogical music, and along with Patricia George is the co-author of the new flute method Flute 101:  Mastering the Basics.  She has had articles published in national publications The Instrumentalist, Flute Talk and Flutists’ Quarterly.

Ira Novoselsky, MusiClips Editor
Collector & Band Literature Expert (Chicago)

Phyllis Louke
Music Educator
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