Staff Members

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David Montgomery
Director of Bronco Marching Band

David W. Montgomery is Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Bronco Marching Band at Western Michigan University, where he coordinates all sports band operations, teaches courses in music education methods and conducting, and conducts the University Concert Band. Dr. Montgomery earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro (1998) and the Master of Music degree in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Kansas State University (2004). He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of South Carolina (2011).

Under his direction, the Bronco Marching Band is recognized for its excellence in musical performance, fast-paced drill movements, and high energy entertainment. Concert band performances under his baton are noted for their musical excellence and artistry. From 1998 to 2002, he was Director of Bands at East Gaston High School in Mt. Holly, North Carolina. During his tenure the concert band program was built from Grade IV to Grade VI and received four consecutive superior ratings at the NCMEA Concert Band Festival. Under his direction the marching band also won numerous first place awards and consistently earned superior ratings. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Montgomery frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician across the Midwest and Southeast.

Dr. Montgomery is an accomplished teacher and was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2012 “Dean’s Teaching Award” in the College of Fine Arts at WMU. He is published in The Instrumentalist and given numerous presentations at music conferences across Michigan, Kansas and North Carolina. Currently he serves as State Chairperson of the Michigan chapter of the National Band Association.

Dr. Montgomery’s professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Michigan Music Educators Association, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and College Band Directors National Association. He also holds memberships in Pi Kappa Lambda music honor fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi interdisciplinary honor society and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


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Kyle Keiser
Visual Coordinator

Kyle Keiser is the visual coordinator for the Bronco Marching Band. Having worked with the band over 10 years, Kyle choreographs and instructs the colorguard and twirlers while providing color, special effects and choreography for the entire band show. As a graduate of WMU in marketing and advertising, Kyle chose upon graduation to pursue her established profession in specialized choreography for dance, colorguard and competitive baton twirling. Kyle has instructed competitive marching band and winterguard since high school. As a competitive twirling coach as certified by the United States Twirling Association, she has instructed throughout the US, Canada, France, Italy and Japan. Her students have been National champions and World medallists. She is a master judge and clinician as certified by the World Baton Twirling Federation. She has worked on such projects as the halftime of the Orange Bowl, the French BiCentennial Celebration in Paris and the opening festivities of the Barcelona Olympic Games. Her students have been members of WGI championship guard, Interplay, the Glassmen Drum Corps, the Blue Coats Drum Corps and featured soloists with Blast 2. She travels worldwide to train designers and performers as well as giving seminars and clinics for adjudicators and coaches. Kyle is proud to be an honorary member in Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.


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Landon Ewers
Percussion Instructor

Landon Ewers has been the percussion coordinator for the Bronco Marching Band since 2008. He is a freelance percussionist, instructor, and arranger. He earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Western Michigan University in 2001. Additionally, Landon serves as Percussion Supervisor for the Legends Performing Arts Association from Kalamazoo, MI where he writes for and manages the drum corps percussion section and serves as artistic director for Legends Winter Percussion (LWP). LWP is the 2013 Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC) Independent A State Champion, a 2014 Winter Guard International Independent Open Finalist, and 2015 MCGC Independent Open State Champion. Landon teaches percussion classes and ensembles in the Byron Center School District for grades 6-12.

Landon was a snare drummer with the 1998 Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section that won the Drum Corps International Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. Before that he played snare drum for the Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps in 1995 and 1996. Landon played tenor drums and snare drum for the Bronco Marching Band from 1995 to 1997. Landon has worked with several championship marching band and winter drumline programs. In addition to consulting for marching percussion programs, he maintains a private lessons studio, plays drumset in area bands, and maintains an interest in non-Western percussion.


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Casey Spring
Percussion Instructor

Casey Spring moved to Portage, MI from East Lyme, Connecticut in 1987. He graduated from Portage Northern High School where he played tenor drums for four years. He was a member of the Bronco Marching Band from ’92 to ’94. After a few years in smaller Michigan drum corps, he marched with the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio during the 1993 season. Casey graduated from WMU in 1997 with a BA in Art emphasizing in photography and computer design. His teaching career has brought him into contact with several Michigan high school programs including Hartford, Portage Central, Portage Northern, Jenison, and Roseville. He currently works in Kalamazoo as a freelance photographer, computer consultant, and dabbles in web design.


Kyle Gulau
Percussion Instructor

Kyle Gulau is a business man and free-lance percussion instructor. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Electronic Business Design from Western Michigan University. Kyle is currently the Director of Finance and Human Resources for the Streamline Healthcare Solutions, a software company located in Portage, Michigan.

Kyle was a bass drummer with the 2010 and 2011 Legends Drum and Bugle Corps and played bass drum for the Bronco Marching Band from 2007 to 2010. He was the drumline section leader in 2010. Kyle also teaches regularly with Portage Central High School and has taught at numerous high school percussion ensembles around the state


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Jen Pesch
Percussion Instructor

Jen has been a percussion instructor in the west Michigan area since 2006. She teaches drumlines, percussion ensembles, and privately with several schools around the state. Her long term positions have been Parchment HS, Byron Center HS, Mattawan HS, Gull Lake MS, and Portage Central HS. Jen is the cymbal instructor for Legends Percussion (WGI Independent Open) and Legends Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI Open Class).

She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics from Western Michigan University in 2009. From 2005 to 2008 She was a member of the cymbal line and the snare line with the WMU Bronco Drumline. She marched with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Lexington, KY (DCI World Class) from 2004 to 2006, and then Rochester Crusaders from Rochester, NY (DCA Open) and Empire Statesmen from Rochester, NY (DCA Open).

In 2011, Jen made the decision to return to WMU in pursuit of a second bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She is currently a senior in the percussion studio, studying with Judy Moonert. She looks forward to being a band director in the near future.


Chet Aliga
Graduate Assistant

Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Chet Aliga studied Music Education and Euphonium Performance at the University of Iowa (2009). During his time at the University of Iowa he was a member of numerous chamber groups, choirs, and ensembles including serving as the Drum Major for the Hawkeye Marching Band for two years.

Prior to moving to Michigan during the summer of 2013, Chet was the Director of Bands at West Liberty High School in West Liberty, Iowa since 2011. While there he oversaw all aspects of the high school band program including a competitive marching band and jazz ensemble as well as 5th grade beginning band.

Since moving to Michigan, Chet has been a recruiter for Marshall Music and pole vault coach at Grand Ledge High School. Some of his hobbies include playing football, basketball, running, biking, swimming, camping, and traveling. He is also an alumni member of the Iota Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. Chet serves as a graduate assistant to the WMU athletic bands while pursuing his Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting.

Jared Dalgleish
Graduate Assistant

Jared Dalgleish is a BMB graduate assistant in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, where he will be pursuing a MM degree in Trombone Performance. Prior to attending Western Michigan University, Jared earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education and Trombone Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2015. While at UW-Stevens Point, Jared studied with Dr. Patrick Lawrence and was the recipient of the James Arrowood Music Service Scholarship, Carl Vetter Music Scholarship, David Piotrowski Memorial Scholarship, the Robert Ollerman Scholarship, and the Chancellor’s Leadership Award. He was initiated into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia-Xi Omicron Chapter, and was past president of UW-Stevens Point’s collegiate chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education). Jared has studied abroad in Germany, Italy, and Austria during the summer of 2013. His excitement for marching band started when he was an active member of the Sound Of Sun Prairie High School Summer Competitive Marching Band in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin for five years as a baritone player. Jared is now currently on staff for Sound Of Sun Prairie as a low brass music and marching instructor.

 

As a performer, Jared was a featured soloist with the UWSP Low Brass Choir. He was principal trombonist in the UWSP Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Jared has performed in master classes with the St. Louis Brass Quintet, Dan Barrett, Carl Lenthe, and Kirk Ferguson, the assistant principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Along with university ensembles, Jared has performed with professional community jazz bands, like the River Cities Big Band, the Swing Doctors, and the John Griner Swing Shift Band, and many community pit orchestras. He has participated in the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter College All Star Band and has performed in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra as a trombone sub. Jared recently participated in the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute as a scholarship recipient performer in the summer of 2014.

 

When Jared is not teaching or performing music, he is usually cheering on the Green Bay Packers! He also enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and exercising during his free time.

Laura Hubbard
Graduate Assistant

Laura Hubbard grew up in the small town of DuBois, Pennsylvania.  She studied Music Education at the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. During her time at B-W Laura performed in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.  She was also an intern for the William Cullen Bryant String program and the New Horizons Band and Orchestra programs.  In her final semester, she interned with the Concert Wind Ensemble where she conducted the group in rehearsals and concerts.

 

Immediately after graduation Laura moved to Michigan and taught K-8 Music. Most recently she taught at Lansing Charter Academy where she ran the general music, guitar, and orchestra programs. Also during this time Laura performed with community groups including the Meridian Community Band and the Ventosa Winds. In her free time she likes reading, jogging, photography, and hanging out with her dog, Schubert.

 

After teaching for four years, Laura has decided to continue her education at Western Michigan University. Laura is working as a graduate assistant for the WMU Athletic Bands while she is earning a Master of Music in Wind Conducting.

Kirstie Keill
Graduate Assistant

Kirstie Keill is a performer, teacher, arranger, and lifetime student. She is pursuing a Master of Music degree in French Horn Performance at the Western Michigan University and will be serving as a graduate assistant for the WMU athletic bands.
Kirstie is a Pennsylvania native, born in Philadelphia, raised in the dense forests of northern PA, and educated near Pittsburgh at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While in attendance, she performed with the IUP Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Marching Band. She is the founding president of the IUP Horn Band Club and the IUP Pep Band. She is a member of the professional music fraternity Delta Omicron as well as the IUP collegiate chapter of PCMEA, and served as treasurer for both. She also attended the IUP Cook Honors College where she received priceless lessons in critical thinking, thesis creation, and debate, eventually taking a short study abroad through the college to Turkey and Greece.
After she completed her student teaching requirement, the travel bug hit again, and she took a second study abroad to Ljubljana, Slovenia to further her knowledge of music education in a European setting. Upon her return, she has been keeping busy establishing a larger horn studio and proudly watching some of her students make it to PMEA Region and All-State festivals. When the day is done and the horn is put away, Kirstie enjoys cooking, reading, baking fancy cakes, backpacking, running, and enjoying a nice cup of tea with good friends.


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Derrick Geething
Drum Major

Derrick Geething is a sixth year senior majoring in Music at Western Michigan University. He plans on graduating in 2015-2016 and plans to also complete a minor in French.

Derrick has been involved with music for 12 years and plans to teach music throughout the world. While he is a Euphonium player in the school of music at WMU, he has played Trumpet for several years in the Bronco Marching Band and has served as one of the trumpet section leaders for two years and received an award for “Section Leader of the Year”.  This will be his second year as drum major and his sixth year in the band. Derrick enjoys playing all types of music including lead trumpet jazz, concert band, marching band, playing and singing in musical productions, and singing in alternative rock bands. He was awarded the Arion Award after graduating high school for his hard work and persistence in music performance. Derrick plans on going to graduate school for a masters in a music program and hopes to study abroad in Europe. A passion of Derricks is teaching music, which will be his next step after graduate school. Derrick has been involved in a variety of music organization most notably Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Outside of music, Derrick enjoys acting and voice acting as well as hanging out with friends and enjoying life as it passes by.

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Chris Evan Hass
Drum Major

Chris Evan Hass is a senior majoring in Music Composition and minoring in Psychology. This will be his first year serving as Drum Major and fourth year in the band overall. Chris is originally from Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from Pioneer High School in 2011. At Pioneer, Chris played trombone and euphonium in the concert band, symphony band, and marching band. At Western, he’s studied with Dr. Richard Adams, Dr. Christopher Biggs, and Dr. Lisa Coons and has been involved in the concert and symphonic bands, in addition to playing in a brass quintet and singing in an a capella group called “Vocaholics”. Chris immediately fell in love with the Bronco Marching Band and has been an active member by arranging stand cheers, playing in the pep bands for hockey and basketball, and being named Section Leader of the Year in 2014. The Bronco Marching Band has made a huge impact on Chris’s life by leading him to join Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and meet life-long friends through brotherhood and music. In fact, Chris’s favorite aspect of the BMB is the overwhelming sense of family and comradery. In the rare amount of time Chris isn’t writing/arranging, conducting, or playing music, Chris enjoys going on walks, playing Guitar Hero, and listening to stand-up comedy. After graduating from Western, Chris plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in composition. Chris is beyond stoked for his last year of marching band!

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Kevin Wroblewski
Drum Major

Kevin Wroblewski is in his final year of the Instrumental Music Education program, and is a member of the Saxophone Studio at Western Michigan University. This is his second year in the Marching Band and first as Drum Major. Last year, he played cymbals on the drumline. While at Western, Kevin has performed with the symphonic band, jazz lab, and symphony orchestra all on saxophone. He is currently an active member of WMU’s Kappa Kappa Psi chapter, an honorary music fraternity. He has also performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps on tuba.

Kevin graduated from Petoskey High School and currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Music with a Biochemistry Minor from the University of Michigan. While attending U of M, he was a four-year member of the Michigan Marching Band where he played both tuba and bass trombone, served on their equipment staff for two years, and was also a drill instructor. In his free time, Kevin enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and also playing team sports.  Kevin is looking forward to the fall and is ready for a great marching band season!


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Quinn O'Donnell
Senior Assistant

Quinn O’Donnell is a fifth year Music Education and Bassoon Performance student at Western Michigan University. Hailing from Livonia Michigan, Quinn is excited to finish out her ninth and final year as a member of a marching band as Senior Assistant of the Bronco Marching Band. After this year, she hopes to find a position teaching high school band, though any opportunity to teach is considered a good opportunity to her! In addition to teaching and music, Quinn enjoys reading, crocheting, and cheering on the Broncos.


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Ethan Cummings
Senior Field Assistant

Ethan Cummings is a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He is from Vicksburg, MI and graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2011. This will be his fifth year in the Bronco Marching Band and second as Senior Field Assistant. Ethan spent three years in the Euphonium section, serving as section leader for a year and drill instructor for another. He has also served on the Bronco Marching Bands game day staff. Ethan is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and enjoys running, biking, woodworking, and spending time with friends. After college, his goal is to get a job as an Aerospace Engineer. He is excited to work with all the members of the band in the 2015 season. LET’S GO BRONCO BAND!

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Mike Klepp
Senior Field Assistant

Mike is a fourth year Instrumental Music Education Major, and a member of the Trombone Studio at Western Michigan University.  He hails from Rochester Michigan and graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School.  This is Mike’s fourth year in the band and first as Senior Field Assistant.  The past two years, he served as Drill Instructor for the Trombone Section. He is actively involved in the School of Music here and has participated in ensembles such as the WMU Concert Band, Jazz Lab Band, and the WMU Brass Quintet.  Mike is a Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity for Men, and treasurer for NAfME (National Association for Music Education). In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, goofing around with his friends, listening to music, and spending time outside. He is super excited for another year with the band and having a fun, successful season! It’s time to believe! Row The Boat! LET’S GO BRONCO BAND!

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Deanna Phillips
Senior Field Assistant

Hailing from River Valley High School in Three Oaks, Michigan, Deanna Phillips is a senior Instrumental Music Education major at Western Michigan University.  Prior to arriving at Western, she attended Southwestern Michigan College and earned an Associate in Arts degree.  There, she performed in the Jazz and Symphonic Bands, as well as the Concert Choir, Select Voices, Show Choir, and Women’s Choir.  This is her fourth year in the Bronco Marching Band.  Prior to serving as Senior Field Assistant, Deanna served two years as a clarinet section leader.  In addition to Bronco Band, Deanna has played in many WMU ensembles including Concert Band, Campus Band, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band.

Outside instrumental ensembles, Deanna is also very involved in student organizations.  She is a proud and active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi—National Honorary Fraternity for College Band Members—and will be serving the 2015-2016 school year as the Vice President of Membership.  In the past, she has held the positions of Recording Secretary and Music Director.  Deanna is also one of the leaders of the Vocaholics, a student-led a capella group that is comprised of WMU and KVCC students.

Aside from her musical activities, Deanna enjoys spending her free time knitting, cycling, and dancing.  She served as choreographer for South County Players’ production of Godspell in 2013, and currently serves as choreographer for the Vocaholics.  Deanna couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming Bronco Band season, and can’t wait for the first day of band camp.  Without a doubt, this will be a successful year for the BMB.  Let’s go Bronco Band!