The NIU Concert Band Festival hosted by Phantom Regiment is a fantastic opporutnity to showcase your band in one of the best venues in the Midwest. Give your students the opportunity to perform on the big stage, while getting valuable feedback from nationally recognized adjudicators.
Phantom Regiment has hosted a high school concert band festival in partnership with Northern Illinois University since 2011.
The NIU Concert Band Festival hosted by Phantom Regiment is held at one of the very best venues in the entire state of Illinois, in addition to offering:
Nationally Recognized Clinicians
Professionally recorded audio and video recordings
Todd Snead is the Chief Executive Officer of Phantom Regiment, a non-profit youth performing arts organization based in Loves Park, IL. He holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University and has been a leader in arts education for over 20 years. Prior to his appointment at Phantom Regiment, Dr. Snead was the Interim Director of Lyric Unlimited (the department dedicated to learning and community engagement) at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Dr. Snead’s career began in 1999 as Assistant Director of Bands at Judson High School in Converse, TX, where his bands received superior ratings. He then performed professionally with the first national touring cast of the award-winning musical Blast! as a trombone, euphonium, and conductor. In 2003, he was appointed Education Coordinator for The Phoenix Symphony, where he served as the Project Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. His collaborative work with The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona State University earned him the 2005 Collegiate Community Partnership Award. During his graduate studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Snead served as a Site Coordinator for the nationally recognized Sound Learning Program (a music education partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Public Schools). Dr. Snead’s success in academia led to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2009.
He returned to arts administration in 2014 as Education Manager at The Atlanta Opera and was later named Director of Learning Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2017. While at Lyric Opera, Dr. Snead was actively engaged in the Opera America Education and Community Engagement Network, served on the Opera America Teaching Artist Training Task Force, and on the Partnership and Professional Learning Collective Impact Panel and for Ingenuity, Inc.
Dr. Snead’s passion for the marching arts began in 2003 as a brass instructor for the Madison Scouts. He later served as a brass instructor at Glassmen and Spirit of Atlanta drum and bugle corps (serving as Spirit’s Brass Co-Caption Head in 2010). Dr. Snead was appointed Spirit of Atlanta’s Corps Director in 2011 and then promoted to Executive Director the following year. Under his leadership, Spirit returned to Drum Corps International’s elite “finalist” status and achieved the corps’ highest score in 25 years. Dr. Snead has also served on the Drum Corps International Tour Committee, the Board of Directors of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and was inducted into the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame in 2021.
Dr. Snead has been a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator throughout much of the United States and has provided professional development for musicians in the Atlanta and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. He has presented research and has been an invited panelist at state and national music education conventions and is published in Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. Dr. Snead holds a Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University and a Master of Music from Arizona State University.
Director of Athletic Bands at Northern Illinois University
Dr. Thomas Bough
Dr. Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. Bough holds MM and DMA degrees in Tuba Performance from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian and Dan Perantoni. He holds the degree Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri State University, where he was active in both vocal and instrumental music. From 1999 – 2005 Bough served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and from 1992-1999 as the Band Director at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. Since 2017, he has served as the founding conductor and music director of the Fox Valley Brass Band in Aurora, Illinois.
Dr. Bough’s diverse performance background includes wind bands, brass bands, orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands, Dixieland, the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a Yamaha sponsored artist, and performs on the Yamaha 822 CC tuba and Yamaha 822 F tuba. In this capacity, he served as a brass consultant and guest instructor with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for six years. He was also an instructor with the Phantom Regiment Alumni Corps in 2016. Bough has contributed nearly twenty articles and hundreds of new music reviews to the Instrumentalist magazine, School Band and Orchestra magazine, and DCI Today, as well as articles to five volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance series as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz. In 2019, Bough was invited to partner with the Dansr company as a Denis Wick Ambassador.
Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Cimarron Music and GPG Publications. He has served as a frequent masterclass clinician and/or conductor for the Music For All Summer Symposium and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival for over fifteen years. He has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, the Crane School of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, and UNC-Greensboro, among many others. Bough has presented three times at the Midwest Clinic and twice at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, as well as the International Society for Music Education Conference in Beijing, China, four NAFME multi-state regional conventions, the International Horn Society Conference and the International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition, he has presented
at Music Educators Association State Conventions in Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Washington, Florida and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
In May of 2014, his first compact disc was released, entitled, Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough. This disc features three original concerti for solo brass instruments and wind band, as well as a transcription of the Concerto in Eb by Neruda. It is available on the Summit Records label at www.summitrecords.com. Since then, recent commissions have included “Musings on Mahler” for Solo Trumpet and Band, “Legacy of Luther” from Concordia University in Chicago, “Air Mobility Fanfare” from the U.S. Air Force Band at Scott Air Force Base, “Poorest of the Poor: Music for Mother Teresa”, from the University of San Diego, “Fortress of Peace” from the Southwest Community Concert Band, “Leviathan” from Hubble Middle School, and “Burn” for Alto Saxophone and Band, commissioned by Dr. Greg Dewhirst from Texas Wesleyan University. Learn more about his work at www.TomBough.com.
Professor of Music, Senior Band Conductor, and Director of Wind Ensemble Studies at The Florida State University
Prof. Richard Clary
RICHARD CLARY is Professor of Music, Senior Band Conductor, and Director of Wind Ensemble Studies at The Florida State University. His primary duties include serving as Music Director and Conductor for the University Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds, the teaching of graduate-level conducting and wind literature courses, and the guidance of FSU’s Master of Music degree program in Wind Band Conducting as well as the Wind Band Conducting Major emphasis in the Ph.D. program in Music Education.
Prior to his 2003 appointment at FSU, Prof. Clary served ten years as Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. His combined tenures in Lexington and Tallahassee have seen him conduct several highly acclaimed performances for prestigious musical conferences, including featured performances for the 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2015 National Conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and the 2013 National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association.
Professor Clary has also served as a member of the music faculties of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona. In each environment, ensembles under his direction have received consistent and enthusiastic praise from composers, fellow conductors, and audiences for their high levels of musical expression, clarity of texture, and authoritative command over a broad range of musical styles.
An active guest conductor, presenter, clinician, and adjudicator, Prof. Clary has served in these various capacities throughout the United States and Canada, and in seven countries of Western Europe. In addition to his various band-related activities, he has also enjoyed successful engagements as guest conductor with professional ensembles including the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), the Renton Civic Theater (WA), and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra (TX).
Professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and in March, 2000 he was honored by election to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (ABA). Leadership positions include serving as President of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Band Directors Association, and founding Chairman of the SECBDA Commissioning Consortium, Chairman of the CBDNA National Commissioning Panel, and founding Chairman of the CBDNA New Works Committee. In March, 2017 he assumed two-year terms on both the Executive Board of the ABA, and the office of CBDNA National Executive Board President.
Prof. Clary holds Bachelor and Master of Music diplomas in Music Education from the Arizona State University School of Music, and has completed all course work and exams for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. His principal conducting teachers have been Richard Strange, Tim Salzman, and Peter Erös.
Commander of the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, the 566th Air Force Band
Lt. Col. Bryan Miller
Lt. Col. Bryan Miller has the honor of serving our country as the commander of the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, the 566th Air Force Band. He volunteered for deployments in 2010 and 2012, leading missions in numerous undisclosed locations throughout Southwest Asia and Africa for the deployed AFCENT bands New Directions and Vector. Stateside mission highlights include Rockefeller Center Plaza’s Centennial of Flight Exposition, Mount Rushmore’s Independence Day Celebration, performances honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, Neil Armstrong, and funeral memorial honors for President Ronald Reagan. He has guest conducted the United States Air Force Band and has produced recording sessions for the USAF Band of Mid-America at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
A traditional guardsmen, he has served as Leyden High School’s Music Department Chair since 1994. Building upon his predecessors’ legacy and assembling a staff of dynamic colleagues, students have enjoyed many successes under his leadership. He has also served as adjunct music education faculty for Elmhurst, North Central, and VanderCook Colleges.
He founded the Chicagoland Educators Orchestra. Guest conducting engagements include the Salt Creek Sinfonietta, the Wheaton Municipal Band, ILMEA, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. A CYSO alumnus, he now serves on its Board of Directors. He also served as Music Director for the Illinois Ambassadors of Music 2006-2010 European Concert Tours before resigning this position to volunteer for a second deployment.
An active trumpet artist, Lt. Col. Miller had the honor of performing under Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Brass Section for the Arnold Jacobs Memorial Tribute Concert at Symphony Center. His brass quintet was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. While principal trumpet in the Wheaton Municipal Band, he regularly served as a featured soloist. He is an alumnus of the NIU Jazz Ensemble, a founding member of the Pete Ellman Big Band, and a member of Park Avenue.
Lt. Col. Miller’s military awards include the Citizen Soldier Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Texas Legion of Merit Medal, the USAF Outstanding Unit Medal, the Air Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Small Arms Expert Medal, and the National Defense Medal.
Lt. Col. Miller earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and his graduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as the Graduate Director of Bands. He attended both institutions on academic and music scholarships. He also holds a Type 75 administrative certificate from Northern Illinois University and a diploma from the Academy of Military Science.
Performance time slots are assigned based on preference, registration, and payment. If you need a special time slot to accommodate other activities that day, please be sure to fill out your preference on the registration form.
Performance order will be announced with plenty of time to plan for this event. Please keep an eye on your email and on the event listing for final performance times.