Mr. David Willson is in his twenty-second year as Director of Bands at the University of Mississippi. Under his leadership the band has developed into a truly outstanding university band and has doubled in membership. A Jackson, MS native who attended Provine High School and the University of Mississippi, Mr. Willson has directed bands in Mississippi at Independence, Columbus and Clinton. His bands have consistently won awards at the state and national level. Mr. Willson was awarded the A.S.B.D.A. Outstanding Young Band Director Award in 1985 and in 1990 the Mississippi Bandmasters Outstanding Band Director of the Year. Willson worked on the Mississippi Lions All-State Band Staff five times including serving as head director in 1995 when the All-State Band won the international parade in Seoul, Korea. He has served as president of the Mississippi Bandmasters, Mississippi Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the state chair of C.B.D.N.A., and served four years on the N.F.I.M.A. national board. He is now currently serving as the International President of Phi Beta Mu. Willson is active nationally as a conductor, adjudicator and speaker. Mr. Willson conducts the UM Wind Ensemble and instructs music education and various courses within the music department. His “Band Calisthenics” and “Starting Beginning Bands” books are used extensively throughout the Mid-South. Mr. Willson was the 2005-2006 recipient of the Frist award for outstanding service to students and is the 2006-2007 recipient of the Elsie M. Hood Oustanding Teacher Award for the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Bill DeJournett is in his tenth year as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Mississippi. He directs the "Pride of the South" marching band, conducts the UM Symphonic band, and teaches courses within the music department. Prior to coming to Ole Miss, Dr. DeJournett was Director of Athletic Bands at Colorado State University and at Elon University in North Carolina. Dr. DeJournett has also taught in the public schools of Alabama and Georgia. He posesses degrees from the David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Mississippi.
Dr. DeJournett is the author of "Brass Secrets", and his articles have appeared in the Instrumentalist, Fanfare, the NFIMA Journal and the NACWPI Journal. He has presented his research at professional confereneces throughout the Southeast and in Seattle, Washington. His professional associations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Mississippi Bandmaster Association, Music Educators' National Conference, the College Music Society and the College Band Directors' National Association, and has served as state chair for the National Band Association. Dr. DeJournett has conducted honor bands and adjudicated concert festivals in Mississippi, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, West Virginia and Saskatchewan. He has earned a reputation as a respected marching band adjudicator having judged numerous contests in Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, Mississippi and Arkansas and is currently sanctioned by the USSBA. Dr. DeJournett is a former member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and a former member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford/Loves Park, Illinois, and has instructed various drum corps at the Open Class and World Class levels.
Mr. Randy Dale is in his third year as the Assistant Director of Bands The University of Mississippi. Mr. Dale assists with the marching band, directs the basketball pep bands, directs the UM Concert Band, and is responsible for all on-line communications for the Ole Miss Band. Mr. Dale also teaches courses within the music department, including Instrumental Arranging, Percussion Methods, and Fundamentals of Conducting.
Mr. Dale earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Mississippi in 2001. He served with the Ole Miss Band as a graduate assistant for one year before becoming the Director of Bands at Southern Baptist Educational Center (SBEC) in Southaven, Mississippi in 2002. Mr. Dale continued studying through the University of Mississippi to earn his Master's degree in Music Education in 2005. He is a proficient music arranger for Marching and Concert Bands, and arranges for band programs around the state of Mississippi. Mr. Dale serves as an adjudicator for marching band competitions and indoor percussion competitions throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. He holds memberships in The College Band Directors National Association, The Music Educators National Conference, The Percussive Arts Society, and The Texas Music Educators Association.
In eight years as the Director of Bands at SBEC, Mr. Dale was able to produce outstanding results that were unprecedented for the program. Under his direction the band tripled in size and won numerous awards and superior ratings at marching contests throughout Mississippi and Tennessee. Mr. Dale has produced students that have made the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and who have participated in World Class drum and bugle corps. In 2005 Mr. Dale was awarded SBEC Teacher of the Year by the Staff and Administration.
Katie Spiers - Picayune, MS
Katie Spiers is a native of Picayune, MS and attended Pearl River Community College during the years of 2007-2009. She graduated with a Bechelor's degree in Music Education in 2011 from Mississippi State University. As a student at MSU, Katie participated in woodwind quartets and ansembles, the MSU Concert Choir, the MSU Wind Ensemble, and The Famous Maroon Band, where she served as drum major during the 2010 fall season. Katie has been active in teaching drum major lessons and summer camps throughout the Picayune, Starkville, and Jackson areas. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Education.
Paul Morgan - Byram, MS.
Paul Morgan was a 2007 transfer student from Hinds Community College, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Mississippi in 2010. While at Ole Miss, Paul served as the drum line captain for three years and was a part of the Wind Ensemble for four years. He has taught and written percussion music for Hillcrest Christian School, Hinds Community College, Oxford High School, and Center Hill High School. Morgan currently shares responsibilities for teaching and writing music for the Ole Miss Percussion Section. Paul is pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education
Clarissa Brumley - Burnsville, MS.
Clarissa Brumley earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Mississippi in 2012. While at Ole Miss, Clarissa participated in the Trumpet Ensemble, Jazz Band, University Choir, "The Pride of the South" Marching Band, and The Wind Ensemble. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education.
James Hopkins - Sylacauga, AL.
James Hopkins of Sylacauga, AL received a Bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University in Music Education in May of 2012. While at JSU, James played in many different ensembles such as: the JSU Chamber Winds; Wind Ensembles; JSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble; the JSU Community Orchestra; and many chamber ensembles. He also was a member of the JSU ITEA chapter, and served as secretary and president. James was initiated into Phi Mu Alph Sinfonia in the spring of 2007 and served as seretary, warden, and music director. James' teaching experience consists of teaching a Salvation Army Music Conservatory in the summers of 2007 and 2008, teaching numerous band camps and private lessons throughout his time in Jacksonville. James is pursuing a Masters degree in Music Performance.
Mark Sweat - Huntsville, AL.
Mark Sweat from Huntsville, AL received a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Jacksonville State University in 2012. While at JSU, Mark was a member of the JSU Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, JSU Marching Southerners, Jazz 1 Ensemble, and Hardcorps: The JSU pep band. He served as trombone section leader and Hardcorps section leader during his time at Jacksonville State. Mark worked with multiple high school bands throughout Alabama and Georgia during his time as an undergraduate. Mark is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education.
PERCUSSION - Randy Dale and Paul Morgan
COLOR GUARD - Melissa Perry
REBELETTES - Emily Wood
ARRANGERS - Randy Dale, Tom Wallace, and Courtney Mosley
VISUAL DESIGNERS - Alan Alexander, Alan Temby
BAND SECRETARY - Kristi Boggan