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AMEA 2016 Clinicians


Joe Brennan is the director of the string program at Haverford Middle and High Schools, located in suburban Philadelphia; a position he has held for the past 29 years. He directs five orchestras at the secondary level and teaches general music at the Middle School. In addition to his teaching duties, Joe is the Music Department Co-Chair for the School District of Haverford Township. While at Haverford, Joe has brought many string chamber ensembles and orchestras to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) annual state convention. In 2006, Joe was recognized by PMEA with the Citation of Excellence Award. The Haverford High School Orchestra has participated in a “Side-by-Side” rehearsal and performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as having represented the State of Pennsylvania by performing in America’s 400th Anniversary, a national event, with President Bush in attendance, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the US, namely Jamestown. Joe lives in Hainesport, New Jersey with his wife and children and enjoys doing many DIY homeowner projects. Since being a kidney donor, Joe, has been an advocate for organ donor awareness.


Jon Bubbett is in his 34th year of teaching having served as band director at Thompson High School since 1993. The Thompson Wind Ensemble has performed for the AMEA In-Service Conference in 2014 and the National Concert Band Festival in 2015. Bubbett is a five-time recipient of the NBA Citation of Excellence Award. The Thompson Wind Ensemble was awarded the NBA Programs of Excellence “Blue Ribbon” Award for 2014. Bubbett is the recipient of the Phi Beta Mu, Rho Chapter 2015 “Bandmaster of the Year” Award. He has served as panelist for both AMEA In-Service Conference and Midwest Clinic.


Dr. Frank Buck served as a band director, principal and central office administrator during a career in education spanning almost 30 years. He was band director at Goodwyn Jr. High school and Pizitz Middle School. Both programs were recognized as "Band of the Month" in the United States by Bandribbons, Inc. Frank has been named to Who's Who in American Education, Outstanding Young Men of America, and has numerous honors in the field of music education, including the National Band Association Citation of Excellence. He holds degrees in music education and flute performance from Jacksonville State University, a Masters in music education from the University of Alabama, Educational Specialist degree from the University of Montevallo, and Doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, Frank provides sessions all over North America on organization and social media techniques made easy for music educators.


Gene Butler is in his 6th year as Director of Bands at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL. Mr. Butler received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Science in Music Education degrees from Troy University. Under his leadership the Trinity Band Program has grown from 39 students to over 80 students. At Trinity, Mr. Butler teaches 5th Grade Beginning Band, Middle School Beginning Band, Middle School Concert Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Music Technologies. Mr. Butler currently serves as the Vice-Chairman for ABA District VI and was awarded the Outstanding Young Music Educator of the Year for 2015 from AMEA.


Randall Coleman is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama where he serves as the conductor of the Alabama Symphonic Band, the Associate Conductor of the Alabama Wind Ensemble, and the Co- Director of the Million Dollar Band. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind band literature classes. Additionally, Professor Coleman serves as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at the University of Alabama, Mr. Coleman enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a high school band director and supervisor in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University (AL), and the Masters of Music Education degree from Georgia State University (GA). Professor Coleman has served as a guest conductor of the Sabina Wind Orchestra in Rieti, Italy, and has presented a Rehearsal Lab clinic session at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. He has conducted All State and Regional Band across the country, and has conducted the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band in performances at the Southeastern Conference Football Championships, and in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, where the Crimson Tide won the 2009, 2011 and 2012 BCS National Championship Games.


All-State Silver Jazz Band Clinician


Dr. Chip Crotts, a world-class jazz trumpet player, is the director of jazz studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia where he directs the jazz ensemble and assists with the marching band. He has worked with numerous groups (including several top 12 drum and bugle corps) and professional musicians throughout his career. Dr. Crotts holds degrees from East Carolina University, Penn State University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.


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