The U.S. Army All-American Band is pleased to formally announce our 2016 instructional staff. Hailing from across the country, these world class educators will be instructing the All-Americans in marching, music, and performance during Bowl Week.
Kenneth Bodiford, Director
Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford has served as the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama since 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University, his Master of Music in Music Education and Wind Ensemble Conducting degree at East Carolina University and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting degree from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Bodiford is the conductor of the Jacksonville State University Chamber Winds, which is the top performing wind ensemble at the university. This ensemble has performed for regional and national venues such as the Alabama Music Educators Conference and the Bands of America Concert Festival Regionals. The ensemble also performs on campus and throughout the northeast Alabama and Georgia regions.
Rodney Bailey, Color Guard
Bailey is currently the colorguard designer/choreographer for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners. Bailey has been active in Drum Corps International and Winterguard International for nearly twelve years, working with units such as Spirit of JSU Drum and Bugle Corps, Southwi
nd Drum and Bugle Corps, Choctawhatchee High School Winterguard, Castle High School Winterguard and the JSU Center Stage Performance Ensemble. Bailey holds a BA degree in English and a MS degree in Education and is currently an instructor of English at Jacksonville State University.
Jennifer Leseth, Color Guard
Jennifer Leseth is a Chicago native with 30-plus years of performance, instruction and design experience in color guard, drum corps and marching band. Her passion for the art grew from performing with color guards such as Destiny, Guardsmen, State Street Review, and Escapade. Naturally driven to excel she challenged herself with marching with drum corps such as Phantom Regiment and The Cadets. She travels globally to teach including England, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa and, Thailand. Her experience with drum corps includes serving as Color Guard Caption Head for Bluecoats, Crossmen, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown, and Santa Clara Vanguard. She has been involved with Marion Catholic (IL), Plymouth Canton (MI), Spring High School, Winston Churchill (TX), LD Bell (TX). She is currently the color guard consultant and designer for the Flower Mound High School Marching Band and serves as the Michigan Color Guard Circuit Education Director.
William Martin, Color Guard
William Martin has been teaching and choreographing color guards for over 10 years now. He is the currently Color Guard Director at Andy Dekaney High School in Houston, TX. He spent 6 years as the Director of Color Guards at The Woodlands High School (The 2013 BOA Grand National Champions). As an educator Mr. Martin has worked with The Troopers, The Blue Knights, and most recently The Phantom Regiment, Cypress Independent World Color Guard from Cypress, TX, the University of Houston Winterguard. William has been a clinician, consultant, and choreographer throughout the Midwest as well as Texas. As a performer he has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, and Europe. He marched with the Cavaliers for 5 years, where he served as the guard captain his last year. He also marched with The Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard, and Cypress Independent Winterguard. He received his BFA in Acting; Musical Theatre from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.
Andrew Porter, Field Percussion
J. Andrew Porter is a percussionist in the West Point Band, serving as an active duty Army Musician at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Staff Sergeant Porter was appointed as a rudimental drummer in the band’s field music group, “The Hellcats”, in 2005. The West Point Band is the oldest continuously serving band in the United States Army. History of the unit dates back to the Revolutionary War period. Staff Sgt. Porter taught general music and band in his home state of Kentucky, and was a percussion specialist in the Dallas, Texas area. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Western Kentucky University, and a Master of Music in percussion performance from Louisiana State University. Staff Sgt. Porter has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, and Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and WGI Independent World Class Champion Music City Mystique. Staff Sgt. Porter has presented clinics for PASIC, KOSA, various PAS state Days of Percussion, and USARD.
Zandra Bell-McRoy, Flute/Clarinet
Zandra Bell-McRoy is a 2002 graduate from the University of Georgia with degrees in music and music education. She began her education career immediately after graduation as a high school band director in Troup County, GA. Since 2002, she has served as a middle school and high school band director in multiple schools throughout Georgia. She currently serves as the Assistant Band Director of the Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA. Bell-McRoy received her Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2006 and is currently a doctoral candidate there for music education. Her research interests include multi-cultural music education, gender and music education, music teacher preparation, and music teacher evaluation and supervision. She has been honored with many teaching awards and has served as the Tau Beta Sigma Women in Music Series speaker for the Southeastern Division Conference. She is currently a flutist with the Tara Winds Symphonic Band and Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, as well freelance performances around the Atlanta area.
Bo Sodders, Mellophone
Matthew Bo Sodders is the Director of Bands at John McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. In the past, Sodders has filled the capacity of Director of Bands at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Georgia and the Assistant Director of Bands at Ola High School in McDonough, Georgia. Under the direction of Sodders, the band programs have received consistent superior ratings at large group performance evaluations, and the marching band has been awarded numerous Grand Champion and First in Class Honors, including a 2011 Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional Finalist. Originally from Lima, Ohio, Sodders graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio with an instrumental and elementary specialist degree in Music Education. While at BGSU, Sodders studied with trumpet professor Mr. George Novak and conducting with Dr. Emily Freeman Brown. He is currently a member of the brass staff of the Blue Knights.
Ian Hale, Pit Percussion
Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011. He is currently the Percussion Director for Spirit of America from Orleans, Massachusetts. Ian has worked with many fine marching music ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School Band, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion, Boston University and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts and spent 9 years on the percussion staff for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Ian is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Remo Inc. and Zildjian Corporation.
Jeremy Stovall, Saxophone
Mr. Jeremy Stovall is the Assistant Director of Bands at Jacksonville State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and his Master of Arts degrees at Jacksonville State University. In addition to instructing the Marching Southerners, Mr. Stovall also conducts the Symphonic Band, the JSU Pep Band: Hardcorps, and the Saxophone Choir. He also serves as the Music Director and Pit Orchestra Conductor for the Drama Department’s Musicals, and was a past conductor for the Jacksonville Opera Theatre. Jeremy is the faculty sponsor for the Mu Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Epsilon Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Jacksonville State University. Mr. Stovall was a member of the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps visual staff from 2002-2007, serving as the Visual Caption Head. Jeremy is sought out as an adjudicator, consultant and drill designer for marching bands throughout the Southeast. He currently lives in Jacksonville, AL with his wife Noelle Millirons Stovall.
Blair Callaway, Trombone
Blair Callaway is in his twenty-fourth year of teaching and his eighth year as director of the Heritage High School “Legion of Generals.” Blair is a 1982 graduate of Ringgold High School. He received his Masters of Arts Degree from the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL and his Bachelor of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. His bands have received all superior ratings at district concert festivals and marching contests for the past 17 years. He marched with the Guardsmen, Cavaliers and Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Blair is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, Georgia Association of Jazz Educators and the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is the 2015 Heritage High School Teacher of the Year and is a member of Phi Beta Mu. Blair is currently serving as President of the American School Band Directors Association.
Errick Prince, Trumpet
Errick was the Music Captionhead for the famous “Marching Southerners” of Jacksonville State University during his tenure as a Graduate Assistant under Dr. Ken Bodiford. Errick has been a Music Teacher in Georgia and Texas in addition to serving as a High School Marching/Concert/Symphonic Band Judge in the Southeast. Errick is a Park University Music Professor at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases. He was also appointed to the United States Air Force Reserve Band prior to serving as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force. He performed as a Ceremonial Trumpeter/Honor Guard Bugler at several assigned duty stations. Errick has also worked as a Contractor for Air Force Entertainment primarily as a “Tops In Blue” Music Ensemble Instructor. He currently serves as the Co-Music Supervisor for Spirit of Atlanta and on the brass staff for Bluecoats. He is an alumnus of Spirit of Atlanta and Bluecoats where he was a Soloist/Rookie of the Year/Co-Horn Sergeant for both. Errick has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Rob McConnell, Allen Vizzutti, among many others. Errick is a graduate of Valdosta State University where he studied Trumpet and is a MBA graduate of American Intercontinental University. He is a Charter Member of the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Josh Gall, Tuba
Joshua Gall is currently the Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band at The University of Texas at Austin. Gall has served as a both a member and brass specialist for The Cadets, is currently on staff with The Bluecoats, and is a visual designer for Genesis Drum Corps. Currently, he serves in the role of guest clinician, program coordinator, mumsic composer and arranger, and drill writer for over fifteen programs annually and has written over 40 original shows receiving medal distinction in BOA, USSBA, TOB (Tournament of Bands), and WGI. He is also frequently in demand as a guest conductor for concert ensembles around the country. As an entrepreneur, Gall actively contributes to the music industry as an owner of Ultimate Drill Book. He also has an extensive background in recording and production as he coordinated a family-owned recording and production company for 12 years that specialized in the recording of the performing arts. Gall holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida where he studied with Dr. David Waybright. He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.
Daniel Marshall, Intern/Baritone
A native of Ellijay, Georgia, Daniel Marshall is pursuing a master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Conducting at Jacksonville State University. During his undergraduate career at Jacksonville, he served as Head Drum Major of the nationally-acclaimed Marching Southerners, principal horn of the JSU Chamber Winds, and charter member of Pelham Street Brass, an all-student brass quintet on campus. Daniel is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Alabama Winds, and the International Horn Society. He graduated summa cum laude and received the Dr. Clarence William Daugette Award for being the top graduate of his class. As a graduate student, his responsibilities include conducting the JSU Chamber Winds, organizing the JSU Contest of Champions and Jacksonville State Honor Band, and aiding in the teaching of the Marching Southerners.
Jaron Smith, Intern/Baritone
Jaron Smith, a Georgia native, has studied the world of low brass for many years. During his music career, he studied Euphonium performance at Jacksonville State University and graduated Cum Laude in 2014. During his years of study, he performed as a featured soloist for the JSU Chamber Winds Ensemble, principle euphonium of the JSU Chamber Winds, a member of the Alabama Winds Ensemble, a founding member of the Pelham Street Brass Quintet, a founding member of the Low Blow Tuba Quartet, a member of the Georgia High School All-State Band, Baritone Section Leader for the JSU Marching Southerners, and has also had personal study in performance of all brass instruments including tuba, trombone, and trumpet. Jaron has also held the position of Treasurer for the JSU chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association for the past four years. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Jacksonville State and works as a Graduate Assistant.