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AMEA 2016 Clinicians

Otto Gross is a cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Education. He has taught General Music, Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, Percussion and private lessons in Massachusetts, Maryland and Tennessee. He has performed with artists including Bobby McFerrin & The Marsalis Brothers. Otto has toured internationally with EMI artists as a music director, pianist, bassist and drummer. Otto is currently a Training Representative and songwriter for and has a passion to see children excited to learn about music!

Alabama All-State Show Choir Clinician

Paul Gulsvig taught vocal music for 33 years, and retired in 2006 from Onalaska High School in Onalaska, WI, where he taught for 28 of those 33 years. Paul’s desire to positively inspire all teachers and their students led him into a retirement career that he refers to as More Than Music. This career includes serving as retreat presenter, show doctor, motivational speaker, as well as conducting leadership and in-service workshops for school districts. He has assisted a wide variety of schools, including elementary, middle and high schools, college and graduate programs. Paul also serves as a show choir adjudicator and clinician, as well as All-State and Honor Choir clinician. His varied expertise and encouraging love of students and teachers has taken him to at least 30 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, California, as well as his home state of Wisconsin.He is most proud of his three children who have college degrees in music, two of which are choral conductors. In his spare time you will find Paul on the golf course, working out at the fitness center, or spending time with his grand twins, Hailey and Riley and their baby sister, Lily.

Timothy Heath is a doctoral student in music education at the University of Alabama. He is graduate teaching assistant for the university bands and assists with undergraduate music education courses. He has taught in North Carolina at Spring Creek High School, EE Smith Middle School, and adjunct at the University of Mount Olive. Timothy holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Dr. Edward C. “Ted” Hoffman, III, is Assistant Professor of Music and Head of Music Education at the University of Montevallo, where he coordinates the undergraduate music education programs, teaches graduate coursework in the Master of Education program, directs tuba/euphonium studies, administers the summer Young Musicians’ Camp, and is faculty advisor to the University of Montevallo chapter of NAfME-Collegiate. He is a member of the Executive Governing Board of the Alabama Music Educators’ Association, State Advisor for AL-NAfME Collegiate, Chair of the Alabama Teacher Education Committee, and serves as the Alabama representative to the National Board of the NAfME Society for Music Education.

Dr. Kelly Hollingsworth currently serves as the music specialist at Auburn Early Education Center and is in her sixteenth year teaching elementary music. She has also been an adjunct instructor at Southern Union State Community College and Troy University-Phenix City. Years after completing her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile, Kelly earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Auburn University. Her research interests include music literacy, early childhood music education, and teacher efficacy. She has presented posters of her research at AMEA. A longtime member of AMEA, Kelly has served as the hospitality chair and District V co-chair for the elementary/general division. Kelly has been Teacher of the Year at three Auburn City elementary schools, was the 2013-2014 Auburn City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year, and a sweet sixteen finalist for the 2013-2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year.

All-State Bronze Jazz Band Clinician

Mr. Bryan Hooten, a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, is director of bands at Collegiate High School in Richmond, Virginia. Previously on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, Bryan taught the Jazz Ensemble II, jazz trombone, and theory. Mr. Hooten is a member of the nationally acclaimed group, No BS Brass Band, and he maintains an active schedule as a professional trombonist in Richmond, Virginia. He holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Gene Inglis, a graduate of Jacksonville State University has completed his 42nd year teaching and his 12th year as Director of Bands at Saks High School in Anniston, Alabama. He retired as Director of Bands for Rome City Schools June 30, 2003, completing his 11th year at Rome High School, which was created in 1992. Prior to that, he was director for 12 years at West Rome High School and 6 years at West Rome Junior High School. His first position was at Scottsboro Junior High School in Scottsboro, Alabama. Gene received the national award; the “Legion of Honor” presented by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and the National Band Association, and was recognized at the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, IL, December 2002. Inglis received the “Citation of Excellence” presented by the National Band Association in 2007 and was listed as the Alabama recipient for the “50 Directors Making a Difference” in Band and Orchestra Magazine. Gene is married to the former Shenley Back of Gadsden, Alabama. They have three children, Tony, Allison Brown, & Gena Inglis Nix; and four grandchildren, Taylor and Emma Nix, T.J. Brown, and Claire Inglis.

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