Greg Bimm has been Director of Bands at Marian Catholic High School since 1977. Under his direction, the Marian Band has grown from 70 to over 280 members, has earned over 600 awards and honors, and has become one of the premier high school band programs in the United States.
Mr. Bimm has received five National Band Association Citations of Excellence and the NBA Certificate of Merit, was named the 1983 national winner of the ASBDA Stanbury award for young band directors, and received the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 1991 and 1997. In 1999, Mr. Bimm was among the first to be awarded the “Mary Hoffman” Award of Excellence by the Illinois Music Educator’s Association and in 2000 was recognized for contribution and support to art education by the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. In 1994, Bimm was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Mr. Bimm holds degrees from Illinois State and Western Illinois Universities. His professional affiliations include ABA, ASBDA, IMEA, NAfME, NCBA, NBA, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha. He has served on the Illinois High School Association Music Advisory Committee, and has served as Band Division chairman, District I and state equipment manager for IMEA. In constant demand, Mr. Bimm has performed as conductor, clinician, adjudicator, drill writer, or music arranger throughout the United States and Canada.
Bob Buckner has served as an adjudicator, drill designer, guest conductor, and clinician throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Bob began his teaching career at Sylva-Webster High School in Sylva, NC where he produced nationally recognized marching, concert, and jazz bands. After leaving Sylva-Webster, Bob founded a band design and consulting firm, United Music Enterprises. Now in it’s twenty-sixth year, this company continues to create championship marching shows for bands throughout the United States. In addition to maintaining his business, Bob returned to teaching in 1987 at East Tennessee State University where he served as Director of Bands until 1991. He returned to Western Carolina University in 1991 to take over the athletic band program. The “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band has grown from less than ninety members to its current membership of over three hundred and has thrilled thousands with their performances.
He has served on the staff of the “Spirit of Atlanta” Drum and Bugle Corps and in 1993 was the drill designer for the DCI Division II National Champion “Carolina Crown.” In addition Bob wrote field shows for over twenty years for the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also served as a special consultant to the Walt Disney Company, where he started their popular “Future Corps” program and served on the Board of Advisors for “Magic Music Days.” He continues to consult with Pygrapics, Inc., the world’s leading drill design software producer. Bob was honored by Western Carolina University in 2003 by being chosen for the prestigious Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for faculty. On March 10, 2005, Bob was honored by the Music Educators National Conference as a Lowell Mason Fellow. Bob’s professional affiliations include the NCMENC, NAfME, CBDNA, the North Carolina Bandmaster’s Association, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Bob and his wife Donna reside in Waynesville, NC and are the parents of five adult children.
Harry Bulow (b. 1951) received his bachelor’s degree in music education from San Diego State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in music theory and composition from UCLA (1978, 1983). He studied composition and orchestration with Aaron Copland, Peter Mennin, Henri Lazarof, Roy Travis, David Ward-Steinman and Henry Mancini. His works have received numerous awards including 1st Prize at the International Composers Competition in Trieste, Italy, the “Oscar Espla” Prize from the city of Alicante, Spain, an NEA Composer Fellowship and 30 consecutive awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His works have been performed by the Omaha Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the New England Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble and the National Symphonic Band of Moscow, Russia. His style reveals a fluency in a wide range of musical idioms including jazz, concert, film and sacred music. The major influences in his work include the music of Witold Lutoslawski, Karel Husa, Peter Mennin, Aaron Copland and Henry Mancini. He is Head of the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University.
Dr. Dorie Combs
Dr. Dorie Combs is Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Eastern Kentucky University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum, classroom management and adolescent literacy. She served on the Kentucky Board of Education for 8 years and participated in several national study groups related to school reform and college / career readiness. In 2003, Dorie was a participant in a National Association of State Boards of Education study group which produced the report, The Complete Curriculum: Ensuring a Place for the Arts and Foreign Languages in America’s Schools. She is an active member of the American Associate of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Association for Middle Level Education. Dorie has recently collaborated on several publications related to implementation of the Common Core Standards. She and her husband Craig have two sons: Christopher is completing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas, and John will complete a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance at the University of Louisville.
Tim Lautzenheiser is a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence and a passion for high level achievement. His career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for workshops, seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training. Over two million students have experienced his acclaimed student leadership workshops over the last three decades.
He presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. In addition, he continues his rigorous travel schedule touting the importance of arts education for every child. His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational world. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, and is the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The International Music Products Association).
Tim holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He is presently an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University (Earl Dunn Distinguished Lecturer), Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he serves on the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors.
Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for music and arts in education and in society. He is the founder of Quadrant Arts Education Research, the nation’s leading arts education research and intelligence organization. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research, public policy and advocacy efforts has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation.
Mr. Morrison has a deep body of research and policy work and is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. Prior to founding Quadrant Arts Education Research Mr. Morrison was the founder of Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential music education organizations where he remains Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Morrison helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation where he took a small promotional idea and created a major national brand donating more than $25 million of musical instruments to restore more than 1200 music programs. Previously, Mr. Morrison was a senior executive for the NAMM – International Music Products Association, where he served as Executive Director of the American Music Conference where he worked with the late Michael Kamen and Richard Dreyfus to create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
He was a founding member of the National Coalition for Music Education and is recognized for his work to add the arts to our nation’s education goals. He continues work closely with leading national arts organizations to promote the development and implementation of the National Standards for Arts Education. He currently serves as the Data Task Force Cochair for SEADAE and as a member of the board of the National Creativity Network. Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award. He recently received an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York.
John Wade is the Chair of the Department of Economics. Besides teaching, his department chair duties include recruiting new majors and working with students in economics classes. John joined the EKU faculty in July, 2000 after teaching for a number of years at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. At WCU he was department head of Economics, Finance and International Business for four years and Interim Dean of the College of Business for one year. John has taught in Jamaica and in the Netherlands as part of WCU exchange programs and has traveled extensively in Kenya, China, India, Sri Lanka, Canada and Europe. Since coming to EKU, John has been active in establishing an exchange program with a Dutch college, the Hogeschool Brabant in Breda, the Netherlands.
Mr. Alfred Watkins was the Director of Bands at Lassiter High School from 1982 to 2013. Mr. Watkins received his Bachelor of Music Education with honors from Florida A&M University in 1976. Mr. Watkins was named “Teacher of the Year” in 1978 and a “Star Teacher” five times. He pioneered the concept of the Symphonic Band Camp, a three-day post-marching season intensive study of symphonic literature. Mr. Watkins conducts the Cobb Wind Symphony, an all-adult community band in the Atlanta area.
Mr. Watkins is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu National School Bandmaster Fraternity, Black Music Caucus, Music Educators National Conference and the Georgia Music Educators Association and the NAACP. In 1987, Mr. Watkins was selected as a charter member of the Florida A&M University Gallery of Distinguished Alumni (Hall of Fame) and in 2005, Mr. Watkins was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
In 1996, Mr. Watkins was Associate Director for the Atlanta Olympic Marching Band that performed in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He and his wife Rita live in Marietta with their two sons, Christopher and Jonathan.