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

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.

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Joe Busuito
Graduate Assistant, Uniform Staff Manager

Joe is a first-year graduate assistant for the Western Michigan Bronco Marching Band. While studying for a Master of Music in Conducting, his responsibilities include assisting with all athletic bands, the Concert Band and various undergraduate classes. Although Joe is in his first year as a graduate student, it is not his first stint as a Bronco. He attended Western Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education in 2009.

Prior to coming to Western, Joe was the Assistant Director of Bands at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan from 2009 to 2013. While at Oxford, Joe assisted with three concert bands, a marching band, directed the jazz band, wrote and taught the curriculum to several general music classes while also serving as the AP Music Theory instructor and IB Music coordinator for the district. In addition to his responsibilities at Oxford, Joe was an assistant director for Zenith Brass, an honors ensemble for brass and percussion students in Southeast Michigan.

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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Robb Medd
Graduate Assistant

Rob Medd is a graduate student at Western Michigan University pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Trombone Performance. Prior to attending WMU, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance and Music Education from the University of Iowa (2012). At the UI, he performed with the UI Symphony Band, UI Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, and Trombone Choir. Rob was also a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band for 2 years and performed at the Outback Bowl and Orange Bowl. He has taught private lessons on Trombone and Euphonium for the past 5 years and his students have been members of the Iowa All-State Band, SEIBA Honor Band and Jazz Band, and have received college music scholarships. Since graduating in December, Rob has taught as a priority music substitute in the Iowa City Community School District. Other performance experience includes playing at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific for the past two summer seasons where Rob worked with Gordon Cherry (former principal trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony), principal trombone in the Iowa City Community Band, and local freelance playing. Rob’s professional affiliations include the Iowa Bandmasters Association, where he has served as Collegiate Student Affairs Chairperson, NAfME, and the International Trombone Association. He is also an alumni member of the Iota Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. When not performing or teaching music, Rob enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing Frisbee golf, watching football, or just hanging out.

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Bolanle Aduroja
Drum Major

Bolanle Aduroja hails from Ypsilanti, MI and graduated from Lincoln High School in 2010. She was a drill instructor for one year and a drum major for two years in the Lincoln High School marching band. She is a biomedical science major with a minor in chemistry. She is a fourth year member of Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band and was a section leader for the tenor saxophones for the 2012 season. This year will be her first as drum major. She is also member of the Western Michigan University Pep Band. She plans on going to graduate school to continue her medical training. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, playing and watching sports, volunteering, and reading. She is absolutely excited for this season and can’t wait to share her enthusiasm and work ethic with the band. It’s always a great day to be a bronco!

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Bridget Cappel
Drum Major

Bridget Cappel is a senior majoring in Vocal Performance and Film, Video, and Media Studies, and is a member of the Lee Honors College. This is her fifth year in the band and second as Drum Major. She is an alumnus of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where she graduated as a valedictorian of her class in 2010. There she served three years in the marching band, two as clarinet section leader. Bridget was a member of the clarinet section in the BMB for three years. She served as drill instructor in 2011 and section leader 2012. Bridget is greatly involved of the School of Music. She studies voice under Dr. Karen Kness and has participated in many ensembles including the Concert Band, Pep Band, Collegiate Singers, Grand Chorus, Opera Workshop, and Cantus Femina. She currently sings in the soprano section of the University Chorale. Outside of music, Bridget loves to be behind the camera filming and editing video as well as playing video games, playing piano, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and pets. She plans to pursue a career as an opera singer and eventually become a producer in the theater scene. She is proud to be a Bronco and can not wait to see what the 2014 season will bring! LET’S GO BRONCO BAND!

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Derrick Geething
Drum Major

Derrick Geething is a fifth 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 11 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 first year as drum major and his fifth 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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Mary Claire Reynolds
Drum Major

Mary Claire Reynolds is a senior majoring in Instrumental Music Education. She is from Chicago, IL and graduated from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in 2010, where she was heavily involved in instrumental music. This will be her fifth year in the Bronco Marching Band and first as Drum Major. Mary Claire spent four years in the clarinet section, where she served as both a drill instructor and section leader. In the School of Music, she has performed with the University Concert Band, University Symphonic Band, and Collegiate Singers, where she has served as a soprano section leader. She is an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and has held many positions including Music Director, Recording Secretary, Chaplain, and Relations Officer. Mary Claire also leads a student-run a cappella group and enjoys playing tuba in the Campus Band. Her interests outside of music include reading, knitting, skiing, and spending time with her friends. After graduation, she aspires to be a high school band director and pursue a Master’s Degree in Conducting. She is looking forward to another successful year in the Bronco Marching Band and is eager to begin the 2014 season. Let’s Go Broncos!

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Jeremy Stevens
Drum Major

Jeremy Stevens is a junior majoring in Music Education. He is from Peru, Illinois, and is an alumnus of LaSalle-Peru Township High School. During his time in high school, he participated in the marching, jazz, and concert bands, as well as the spring musical, tennis teams, and academic teams. At Western, he is a member of the trumpet studio, and has performed in the symphonic, concert, campus, jazz lab, and pep bands. Jeremy has a huge love for the marching arts. This will be his third year in the Bronco Band; prior to being a drum major, he was a trumpet section leader. 2014 also marks his second year performing with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he plans to age-out in 2015. He also maintains a small group of ensembles that he instructs high brass and visual.  Outside of the marching activity, Jeremy is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, enjoys a good run, and is an avid Nintendo fan. After college, his goal is to be a high school band director and eventually work towards a Master’s degree in an undecided field. He is looking forward to the huge potential that the 2014 season is gearing up for, so LET’S GO BRONCO BAND!

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James Clark
Senior Assistant

James is a fourth year Instrumental Music Education Major, and a member of the Tuba Euphonium studio at Western Michigan University. He hails from Clinton Township, Michigan, a suburb northeast of Detroit and graduated from Anse Creuse High School in 2010. This is James’s fourth year in the Bronco Marching Band and first as Senior Field Assistant. Last year, he served as the euphonium section leader, and the year before that he was the sections drill instructor. Both years James also served on the Bronco Marching Bands game day staff. He continues to play euphonium in the Western Michigan University Pep Band and Hockey Band. James is a Brother of the Delta Iota chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is currently the Treasurer and Provence Council Representative. In James? off time, he enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, and watching Drum Corps International. He is looking forward to working hard, and having a very successful season. Go 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 fourth year in the Bronco Marching Band and first 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 2014 season. LET’S GO BRONCO BAND!

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Anna Marshall
Senior Field Assistant

Anna is senior at Western majoring in Horn Performance and Print Media. This is her fourth year in the Bronco Marching Band and first as a Senior Field Assistant. Anna grew up in Portage, MI and graduated from Portage Northern High School. She was highly involved in the arts during her high school career and participated in various ensembles including the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra. Within the Bronco Marching Band, Anna previously served as a member of the Mellophone section and was a section leader in the 2013 season. She is actively involved in the School of Music here and has participated in ensembles such as Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and the Russell Brown Brass Quintet. She is a member of the Mu Delta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and has held the positions of President and Historian within the organization. Additionally, she became a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society in 2013. In her free time Anna enjoys working out, painting, and watching movies. After graduating, Anna would like to pursue a Doctorate in Horn Performance and either become a professor or play with a professional symphony orchestra. She is excited for this for the 2014 marching band season and looks forward to working with all the new and old members of the band. Go Broncos!