Featured Yamaha Clinician
Jeff Moore is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Receiving his appointment to the music faculty in 1994, Professor Moore’s instructional duties include teaching applied percussion majors, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Marimba Band. Additionally, he supervises the instruction and music arranging for the Marching Knights drumline and assists in the instruction of Black Steel, the UCF Steel Drum Band. He received his Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from the University of North Texas and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Active in all facets of percussion, he has performed with several symphony orchestras, a frequent performer of chamber music, and performs on drum set as well. Jeff is an internationally recognized percussion clinician, lecturer, and soloist. He has served as the Percussion Director of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and as Program Consultant/Percussion Arranger with several European, Japanese, and Indonesian drum corps and bands. Jeff is an associate editor of Percussive Notes, and is a member of the College Pedagogy and the Marching Percussion Committee within the Percussive Arts Society International.
Jeff is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician, and endorses Paiste cymbal, sounds, and gongs, Pro-Mark sticks and mallets (he has a signature model marching stick), Remo Drum Heads, Latin Percussion, and Real Feel Drum Pads.
Drumline Instructor, University of Connecticut
Chris started his marching career at Notre Dame High School (West Haven, CT) where he played in the drumline from 1994-1998. During the summers of 1997 and 1998, he marched in the tenor line with the Connecticut Hurricanes. Chris then attended The University of Connecticut where he was a member of the UCMB snare line from 1998 – 2000 and Drum Major for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Over the summers, he marched in the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps ( San Antonio, TX) tenor line (1999) and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA) tenor line (2000, 2001 and 2002). Chris has also taught for the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2003 and marched in the Hawthorne Caballeros tenor line in 2004.
Chris is a University of Connecticut alumnus where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Chris currently works in the repair development group for an aerospace company in the Hartford, CT area. He manages a team of engineers developing repair solutions on jet engine components.
Director of Bands, Norwalk High School
Chris Rivera studied as a percussion major at Western Connecticut State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 2002. In 2005, Chris earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from The University of Connecticut where he was a graduate assistant teaching Honors Music Theory and Ear Training. He has performed with groups/artists such as Dave Samuels, Arthur Lipner, Janis Potter, Gordon Stout, Jeff Hellmer, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Leigh Howard Stevens, and the New Haven Symphony.
From 2002-2009, Chris was the percussion caption head and arranger at Trumbull High School (Trumbull, CT). The Trumbull Indoor Percussion Ensemble was an Open class finalist at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio every year since 2006; and recently (2008 and 2009) the ensemble earned two back-to-back 2nd place silver medals.
Chris has written for and consulted with many area high school bands, college ensembles, theatres, and drum corps. He worked with the Connecticut Hurricanes as caption head and instructor and more recently with the Bushwhackers Drum and Bugle Corps where he was the front ensemble arranger and coordinator.
In 2010 Chris became the new band director at his alma mater, Norwalk High School in Norwalk, CT. His duties include supervising the marching band, 3 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles, 2 winter guard, indoor percussion ensemble and the pit orchestra. Norwalk's indoor percussion ensemble was a WGI World Championships A Class Finalist in 2010 and an Open Class Finalist in 2011.
Chris has judged numerous marching bands, state and regional music festivals for CMEA, USBands and MAC. From 2008-2009 he was member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and is currently an executive board member and percussion coordinator for the Musical Arts Conference (MAC).
Dr. David Mills
Director of Bands, University of Connecticut
Professor Mills joined the music faculty in 1990 and has served as the director of the UConn Marching Band and conductor of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Varsity Pep Bands. In addition to the bands, he teaches courses in music education and is chairman of the admissions and scholarship committees of the UConn Music Department. He holds the B.S. in Music and the Master of Music Education degrees from Western Carolina University and earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami. Dr. Mills is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for high school bands throughout the eastern United States. In Connecticut, he has conducted all of the CMEA Regional Honor Bands.
Before coming to UConn, Dr. Mills was Director of Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, conducting the wind ensemble, concert band, and marching band. At the University of Miami, he worked with the "Band of the Hour." He began his career as the band director at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Virginia where the band established a superior reputation in the areas of both concert and marching band. As the result of his work in Blacksburg, he was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Educator Award.
Dr. Mills is a member of numerous honorary and service societies in music and education including Music Educators National Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, National Band Association (State Chairman of CT), and the Big East Band Association.
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, University of Connecticut
Mr. McNeill has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Connecticut.
After completing his Masters degree, Mr. McNeill accepted the position of Director of Bands at Sacred Heart University (1997-2002). While at Sacred Heart University, Mr. McNeill developed a comprehensive music program to include marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz band and Terpsichore, the Sacred Heart University Winter Guard. Much loved and respected by both students and colleagues, he was named Advisor of the Year in 2002.
In his current appointment, Marvin serves as the assistant director of The University of Connecticut Marching Band and Varsity Pep Bands. He also conducts the University Concert Band, teaches brass techniques, and organizes and instructs the marching percussion program.
As a trombonist, Marvin performs widely in concert, commercial, and jazz venues throughout the Northeast. His trombone teachers include George Sanders, John Swallow, John Mosca, and Dayl Burnett. Marvin's conducting teachers include James Glazebrook and Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw.
Marvin has many years of marching band and drum corps experience. As a member of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Marvin was selected as Glassmen of the Year in 1991 and was also selected as a member of the 1992 Drum Corps East/Drum Corps Midwest All Stars. Marvin has also served on the brass staff of the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum and Bugle Corps.
Marvin McNeill is a member of the International Trombone Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and is an honorary member of both Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.