DMA, Wind Conducting
T.j. Anderson (he/him) is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Coastal Carolina, where he honed his percussion skills under the mentorship of Dr. Jesse Willis. During his time at Coastal Carolina, T.j. demonstrated his leadership abilities as the Drum Major for the Chanticleer Regiment for two seasons and also served as a conductor for the university pep band. While at Coastal, he sought conducting guidance from Dr. T. André Feagin, Garrett Griffin, and Dr. Timothy Koch.
Continuing his education, T.j. pursued a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting at Appalachian State University. There, he studied under the guidance of Dr. John Stanley Ross, Dr. Jason Gardner, Dr. Regulo Stabilito, and Dr. Alexandra Dee. T.j.’s role as a graduate teaching assistant allowed him to contribute to the University bands in many fashions. He served as a teaching assistant and instructor for undergraduate conducting, band literature, and band methods courses. He also served the Marching Mountaineers working as a winds instructor in his first year, and in his second year serving as a percussion instructor, arranging music and writing drill on various occasions. He also assumed the role of Musical Director for the Appalachian Concert Band and was a conductor of the Basketball Pep Band.
Formerly, he held the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festive Brass, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Carolina Master Chorale. His commitment to music education is reflected in his professional affiliations, which include memberships with CBDNA, NAFME, SCMEA, NCMEA, TMEA, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Additionally, T.j. is an Honorary Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and a Sigma Alpha Iota Friend of the Arts.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Drew Eary is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Jerry Junkin. Eary holds a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University where he studied with Dr. Jamie L. Nix. He also received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from The University of Arizona.
While at Columbus State University, Eary’s primary responsibilities were to guest conduct the Schwob Wind Ensemble and Schwob Wind Orchestra. He was the director of the CSU Cougar Pep Band and assisted the annual CSU Conductors’ Workshop. At the University of Arizona, Eary served as the Drum Major of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band as well as the principal clarinetist of the UA Wind Ensemble under Professor Gregg Hanson.
Prior to beginning his MM, Eary was the first Director of Bands at Casteel High School (Queen Creek, Arizona). The Casteel High School band program has received multiple Superior ratings and first place awards in both local and national festivals. In 2018, the Casteel Colt Marching Band received the Bronze Medal at the Arizona State Marching Band Championships.
Eary has appeared as a guest conductor with the United State Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and was a Conducting Fellow for the H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute at the 75th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Eary was also named a finalist for the 2021 American Prize in Conducting. He has presented at the annual Arizona Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference and was named an ‘Educator to Watch’ by the Arizona Republic Newspaper in September of 2018. Eary is a former board member with the Arizona Marching Band Association and is an active educator and clinician with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. He is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Tyler Ehrlich (he/him) serves as a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in wind conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he assists with conducting and administrating the university’s concert bands, athletic bands, conducting courses, and the new music ensemble.
Ehrlich previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a conductor and educator at the secondary and collegiate levels. For three years, Ehrlich served on the faculty of Emory University, where he conducted the Emory University Wind Ensemble. Additionally, Ehrlich taught band, music technology, and International Baccalaureate music courses at Decatur High School and Centennial High School. An ardent supporter of lifelong musicianship, Ehrlich served as associate conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony and led the ensembles in concert at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference.
Ehrlich has presented on interpretation, pedagogy, and technology at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, the College Band Directors National Association National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Clinic Convention, and the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference. Ehrlich has a Master of Music from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Cornell University.
DMA, Wind Conducting
Mike Lebrias (he/him) is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies with Professor Jerry Junkin and serves as an assistant instructor for the UT Bands. His responsibilities at UT include co-teaching undergraduate conducting, serving as an assistant conductor for the concert bands, and a teaching assistant for the Longhorn Band.
An active clinician & guest conductor, Mike has worked with various high schools & middle schools throughout his career. He has made conducting appearances with all-district & region bands, professional bands, and British-style brass bands alike. In 2022, he had the honor of being named a fellow at the Midwest Clinic’s Reynolds Conducting Institute. Mike is also active in the transcription and arrangement realm, where he has transcribed multiple works for winds, in addition to a large body of arrangement work for collegiate and high school marching bands.
Recently, Mike has taken up content creation and maintains a steady presence on social media platforms. He aims to provide educational music and conducting content to his viewers, with hopes to help bring the Wind Band artform into the mainstream.
He received both his Bachelor of Science in Music Education (‘15) and Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting (‘21) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL under the mentorship of Jay Hunsberger, Dr. Matthew McCutchen, Dr. Marc Sosnowchik, and Dr. William Wiedrich. Prior to graduate study, Mike served as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL from 2015-2019.
DMA, Percussion Performance
Multi-faceted artist and percussionist Reese Maultsby (b. 1995) is enjoying a wide range of success throughout his career as an educator, performer, and composer. His students at A.C. Davis High School (WA) won best percussion at the WSU Marching Band Championships in 2018 as well as first place in the large percussion ensemble category of the 2019 Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Shortly after, Reese served as the lecturer in music for percussion at Washington and Lee University (VA). Currently, Reese is ABD in his doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is an assistant instructor and composer for the Longhorn Band, Texas Drums, and the Longhorn Percussion Ensemble.
Professionally, Reese Maultsby has played drum-set on cruises across the world with Holland America Lines, served as a percussionist with the American Festival Orchestra during the China and Mongolia tour, and is a founding member of the recent chamber group The Austin Percussion Collective. He has continually been involved with the marching arts as a teacher and arranger, working with groups like the Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps, Jeff Chambers Music, and multiple high schools and universities throughout the country. The University of Texas Percussion Ensemble has premiered recent compositions of his, and he is continually writing solo, chamber, and ensemble works for himself and others.
Before his doctoral studies, Reese received bachelor’s degrees in both music education and percussion performance from Central Washington University as well as a master’s degree from James Madison University. His primary mentors and instructors are Mark Goodenberger, Casey Cangelosi, Dr. Thomas Burritt, and Ivan Trevino. Reese is a proud endorser and artist for Innovative Percussion. Outside of percussion, you can find him rock climbing or enjoying a cappuccino at a local coffee shop!
Learn, watch, and listen to more at www.reesemaultsby.com.