Dr. Andrew Feyes serves The University of Akron as Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands. At UA Dr. Feyes directs “Ohio’s Pride”, The University of Akron Marching Band, The UA Blue and Gold Brass Basketball Pep Band, and conducts The University of Akron Concert Band while instructing courses in conducting and marching band techniques.
Dr. Feyes has previously served as Interim Director of Bands at The University of Nebraska-Omaha. At UNO he oversaw the administration of the concert and athletic band programs, conducted the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Band, taught courses in Instrumental Music Education, and supervised instrumental music education student teachers.
Dr. Feyes holds a BME from Bowling Green State University, a MM in Wind Band Conducting, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kansas State University. Throughout his time at Kansas State, Dr. Feyes served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the K-State Band Program, coordinating the direction of the Brass Ensemble, University Band, and Volleyball Band while assisting with The Pride of Wildcatland KSU Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Basketball Cat Band.
As a conductor, trumpeter, and presenter, Dr. Feyes has traveled to Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, France, as well as state and national conferences. Dr. Feyes’s research interests are in score-study, music teacher training, and student-centered large ensemble instruction. He has presented clinics on music assessment at the Kansas Music Education Association’s annual conference and the 3rd International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education at the University of Bremen, Germany.
Michelle Lindeman is an alumna of Phantom Regiment Color Guard and an instructor in the Chicagoland area. She has directed both Romeoville and Batavia High School Color Guards as well as worked as a technician at various local high schools. She attended Lincoln-Way East High School where she participated in Color Guard, eventually participating in the United States Army All-American Band during her senior year. After marching Phantom for four years, she came back to instruct at Regiment’s Educational Camp, helping to inspire the next generation of confident spinners. She continues to teach and write in the South Suburbs where she lives and attends Governors State University studying Secondary Education.
Mark Hourigan is the Director of Bands at Novi High School. He has held that position since 2002. Prior to his appointment to Novi High School, Mr. Hourigan taught in the Elkhart Community Schools (1990 – 1993) and the St. Joseph Public Schools (1993-1999). Mr. Hourigan oversees the entire Novi High School Band Program, which includes three concert ensembles, a jazz ensemble, Novi Percussion winter drumline, 2 winter color guards, and the Wildcat Marching Band.
Mr. Hourigan has Bachelors (1990) and Masters Degree’s (2000) in Music from Western Michigan University. Mr. Hourigan is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University with Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Hourigan’s saxophone professors include Trent Kynaston, Kevin Burner and Donald Sinta. Mr. Hourigan has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Lake Michigan Symphony, the Livonia Symphony, the Dearborn Symphony, and was a founding member of the Lake Michigan Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Hourigan is a former Conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (1989) and was selected Outstanding Drum Major at the DCM and DCI World Championships.
Under the direction of Mr. Hourigan, the Novi Bands have received numerous superior ratings at District and State Festivals. The Wind Ensemble has earned the William D. Revelli Award in 2005 and 2007 as the Top Performing Ensemble at the Festivals of Music in New York City (2005) and Boston (2007). The Wildcat Marching Band is a consistent MCBA State Finalist and has also been a Bands of America Regional Finalist (2003).
Mr. Hourigan is a member of Music Educators National Conference, MSBOA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honors Society, and was elected the American School Band Directors Association in 2007.
John T. Madden is Associate Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of the Spartan Marching Band, the Spartan Brass and the Concert Band at the Michigan State University School of Music. He guest conducts the MSU Campus Band, the Wind Symphony and the Chamber Winds.
John received a Bachelor of Music from MSU, and a Master of Music Education from Wichita State University. He teaches courses in Conducting and Marching Band Techniques. John is former Associate Director of Bands at Rutgers University, and a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Big Ten Band Directors Association.
John was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He was also on staff of the Regiment and is an in-demand clinician and adjudicator worldwide.
Dr. Galen S. Karriker is currently Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The University of Akron in Akron, OH. He coordinates the entire university bands as well as the graduate wind conducting program. Dr. Karriker also teaches Percussion Methods and oversees the annual Ohio Band Directors Conference and High School Band Clinic Festival.
During his tenure as Director of Bands (2013 – present), the University of Akron Symphonic Band has been selected to perform at the 2016 and 2018 Ohio Music Education Association State Professional Development Conference. From 1999 – 2013, Dr. Karriker served as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at The University of Akron and the Concert Band performed as a “clinic ensemble” for the OMEA State Convention in 2002 and 2004.
In addition to his teaching schedule, Dr. Karriker is active as a guest clinician, presenting clinic sessions at the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2015 and 2017 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. He is also a contributing author for the 11th Edition of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Dr. Karriker has conducted numerous honor bands and appeared as a guest conductor at Iowa State University, Austin-Peay State University, and Kansas State University. Since its inception in 2003, Dr. Karriker has served as a conducting and leadership clinician for the Phantom Regiment Educational Programs for high school drum majors at Rockford College in Rockford Illinois, Frostburg State University in Frostburg Maryland, University of Louisiana-Lafayette and The University of Akron.
Dr. Karriker holds professional memberships in the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association (President 2003-2005 / Treasurer 2013 to present), Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Music Education Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. He serves on the John Philip Sousa Foundation-Legion of Honor Committee and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Additionally, he is a member of Phi Beta Mu (, Pi Kappa Lambda (03’), and holds honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi (92’) and Tau Beta Sigma (00’).
Dr. Karriker earned a bachelor of music education degree from Louisiana State University in 1992, and the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in wind conducting from Michigan State University in 1994 and 2012 respectively. At Michigan State University, Dr. Karriker was a student of Kenneth G. Bloomquist, John Whitwell, John T. Madden, and Kevin L. Sedatole.
Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Akron in 1999, Dr. Karriker served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1995 – 1999 as the Assistant to the Director of Bands. As a performer, Dr. Karriker maintains an active schedule of percussion performances and is also active as a folk musician, performing on the tenor and five-string banjo for various student and faculty recitals and ensemble performances. He is married to Kendra Karriker, Director of Orchestras at Chagrin Falls High School, and they have two children, Graeson and Korinne.
Will Schulze marched with the Phantom Regiment as a trumpet player during the 2005, 2007, and 2008 seasons. He was a part of the visual staff with the Phantom Regiment from 2010-2012. Previously, he was the band and orchestra director at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana for 5 years. He now focuses solely on visual instruction and design for the marching arts. He is an active teacher and designer in the southern Indiana area and works with a number of local schools.
Schulze grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied music education and jazz studies.
Will lives in Evansville with his girlfriend, Larysa Euteneuer, whom he met in the 2008 Phantom Regiment. Larysa marched in the guard from 2008-2011 and is now on the Regiment guard staff.
William Pitts is a composer, conductor, and arranger from Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up in Carrollton, Georgia, Pitts graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where he studied saxophone, conducting, and composition. He has completed graduate study in Music at North Georgia University and the University of Michigan.
Pitts currently serves as the Brass Arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. As a member of the corps, Pitts served as a Conductor for three years (2005, 2007-2008). He was a finalist for DCI’s Jim Jones Leadership Award all three years. In 2008, the Regiment took first place honors as World Champions at the Drum Corps International Finals. Will was also honored as Regiment’s 2008 Mark Glasscoe Member of the Year. In addition to his current role, he has also served on Regiment’s management staff, and as the Brass Arranger and Composer for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.
Pitts is active as a music designer, adjudicator, and instructor for high school band programs throughout the country. Marching ensembles performing his arrangements have been recognized as State Marching Band Finalists and Champions, along with Bands of America Regional Finalists, Regional Champions, and Grand National Finalists. His concert compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed across the world. He has written works for and been commissioned by the University of North Texas, the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army, Wake Forest University, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble, the Vega String Quartet, the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, the Northwinds Symphonic Band, french hornist J.D. Shaw, tubist Christian Carichner, and numerous other high school and collegiate wind and chamber ensembles. He has also served as a production consultant and talent for Tom Blair, Inc., Drum Corps International, and MTV. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Foundation.
As a music educator, Pitts has served on the faculties of Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, and Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in instrumental music, conducting, and music theory.
Will PittsProgram Coordinator, Brass Composer & Arranger
Bret is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree where he studied percussion with Dan Peterson.
Bret served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers who won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 2006-2008. In 2010 he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently Caption Head and Battery Arranger with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret is also adjunct faculty at Vandercook College of Music, Northern Illinois University and Prospect High School.
Bret is very active as an arranger for various high school and universities through out the US and Japan. To name a few BOA finalists they would include former percussion arranger for LD Bell High School(2006-2009) and Broken Arrow High School 2012. He also arranges for Northern Illinois University and The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drumline from Nagoya, Japan.
Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP. He travels extensively presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion.