Faculty & Staff Bios
Faculty & Staff Bios
Director of Bands
Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.
He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Sensoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2012 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is the 2017 Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster of the Year.
Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of the year. Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world. Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, seven TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.
Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world. Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director’s Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Jerry Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.
Scott S. Hanna
Director of Longhorn Band
Scott S. Hanna serves as Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, Music Director and Conductor of the Wind Symphony, and Director of the Longhorn Band. A member of the Butler School of Music faculty since 1999, he teaches courses in conducting, literature and score study, and was from 2003 to 2008 Associate Director of the Butler School of Music. As Music Director of the UT Chamber Winds, Dr. Hanna has led performances of that ensemble at the 2002 and 2004 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conferences. Dr. Hanna is also the co-director of The University of Texas Longhorn Music Camps, serves as faculty sponsor for the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report, the host of From the Butler School on KMFA radio, and is President-Elect of the Big XII Band Directors Association. He is arranger and editor of numerous works for winds, and regularly authors program notes for a wide variety of performances, including a recent recording release by the Cavell Trio.
Dr. Hanna holds the Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, he taught in the public schools of New Braunfels and Austin, Texas. Dr. Hanna has been recognized for his campus work with Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to student life, the Texas Blazers Pillar Award for Spirit, and is a frequent guest speaker at campus and community functions. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Assistant Director of Bands
Ryan Kelly serves as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. His responsibilities include conducting the New Music Ensemble and Symphony Band, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, and serving as Director of Longhorn Music Camp, managing the university’s summer music program hosting over 1,100 students annually from across the United States. He has previously served the Butler School of Music as Interim Director of Orchestras and as Associate Director of the Longhorn Band. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Kelly was Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida, where he served as Director of the Marching Knights, conducted the Symphonic Band, and taught courses in music education.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Kelly maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. He conducts regional and All-State honor bands throughout the United States, and in the summer teaches on the faculty of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project/World Adult Wind Orchestra Project as part of the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria. Dr. Kelly is an enthusiastic advocate for new music, and has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and GRAMMY-nominated composer Adam Schoenberg to transcribe, premiere, and publish their music for wind ensemble.
A native of northern Virginia, Dr. Kelly received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Florida State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. Before teaching at the university level, Dr. Kelly was a high school band director for seven years in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Kelly has presented at the state music conferences of Texas, Florida, and Ohio, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Athletic Band Symposium, and the CBDNA Biennial National Conference. He has published articles in Research Perspectives in Music Education, Florida Music Director, and Southwestern Musician.
Dr. Kelly is a past chair of the social media committee for CBDNA, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Music Educators Association. In addition to CBDNA, his current professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Big 12 Band Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and BMI.
Associate Director of Longhorn Band, Director of Longhorn Pep Band
Joshua R. Gall serves as Co-Conductor of the Symphony Band, Associate Director of the Longhorn Band, and Director of the Longhorn Pep Band at The University of Texas at Austin. In the Butler School of Music he also teaches academic courses in instrumental conducting and marching band methods. Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, Professor Gall served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at The University of Florida.
Professor Gall previously taught in the public schools of Virginia and Florida where ensembles that he conducted were chosen for VMEA, FMEA and Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic performances. In addition to his work in the public schools, he has regularly designed for and taught some of the world’s finest marching ensembles. His extensive background in the marching arts has allowed him to work with the ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum Corps, Genesis Drum Corps, and the Bluecoats Drum Corps where he is currently on staff.
As an entrepreneur, Professor Gall actively contributes to the music industry as an owner of Ultimate Drill Book which supports programs such as The Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and over 500 other academic and professional programs around the world.
A native of central Virginia, Professor Gall received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master of Music Degree from The University of Florida in Instrumental Conducting where his primary conducting teachers were Dr. Terry Austin, Professor Daniel Myssyk and Dr. David Waybright.
Professor Gall’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Assistant Director of Longhorn Band, Associate Director of Longhorn Pep Band
Tiffany J. Galus currently serves as the Interim Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band and Interim Assistant Director of the Longhorn Pep Band at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in undergraduate conducting and wind band literature while also finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting. A native of northern Indiana, Ms. Galus holds both a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, where she studied conducting with Stephen W. Pratt, Jeffrey D. Gershman, Eric M. Smedley, and Paul W. Popiel; as well as trombone with Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, and M. Dee Stewart.
Prior to her arrival in Austin, Ms. Galus was an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. During her time at Indiana, Tiffany served as the director for the Women’s Big Red Basketball Band, Crabb Band, and Volleyball Band; Assistant Director for the Men’s Big Red Basketball Band; as well as the manager for the IU Summer Music Clinic. Ms. Galus also assisted in teaching the undergraduate conducting courses and guest conducted Indiana’s three concert bands.
After the completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Galus served as the Director of Bands for the New Prairie United School Corporation. Under her direction, the program received consistent superior ratings at numerous band festivals, including two state titles in 2014. In 2013, Tiffany was a quarter-finalist for the first Music Educator Grammy Award.
Ms. Galus is also a freelance transcriber, editor, arranger, and composer, having written and designed for wind ensemble, marching band, pep band, chamber ensembles, and show choir. Recent projects include a critical edition of Michael Martin’s Lontano: Symphony for Wind Ensemble (2018), an original brass choir work entitled Hail (2018), and her wind ensemble transcription of John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto is to be released later this year.
Currently, Ms. Galus serves as the Operations Director of Ultimate Drill Book, is on the brass educational staff for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and she is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Delia Tovar Botbol
Administrative Associate, Color Guard Instructor
A Color Guard Instructor since 1989, Delia Tovar Botbol is in her 16th year as the Instructor for the Longhorn Band Color Guard. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Botbol graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She has been a color guard instructor for several local high schools, Lone Star Drum and Bugle Corps (1996-1997), Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps (2001-2003) and a Visual Coordinator for a local non-profit indoor drum line, Rhythmic Force (2010-2014). She spent 20 years in the field of special education and is currently an administrative associate for the University Bands, and coordinator for the Longhorn Music Camps.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Drew Bonner (b.1991) is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, and musical guru. He lives in Austin, Texas where he enjoys eating tacos, petting dogs, and working in the musical culture that the city has become known for.
Drew is a very active arranger creating 50+ arrangements per year for various ensembles. He regularly writes music for collegiate marching bands and loves cheering at college football games on Saturdays in the fall. Drew also writes original music for bands, chamber ensembles, and soloists. His compositions has been performed by groups across the United States including the Fountain City Brass Band and the Stiletto Brass Quintet.
Drew is a founding member of the euphonium quartet FivE, regularly giving performances and masterclasses around the United States. Their perspective on chamber music is influenced by creating an extramusical experience for the audience which includes not just euphonium playing, but singing, dancing, comedy, and other theatrical elements. Honestly, it’s hard to explain, but you’ll love it. Go see their shows.
Drew is currently finishing his Master’s degree at the University of Texas studying euphonium with Charles Villarrubia. In addition, he serves as a graduate teaching assistant with the University of Texas Bands. He enjoys listening to and singing barbershop quartet music and will gladly sing anything except bass as his voice doesn’t go very low. In his free time, he enjoys road trips and listening to podcasts. Drew is a Buffet Crampon and Besson performing artist and plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2051. His favorite pasta dish is carbonara.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Teaching Assistant
An emerging voice in the realm of contemporary-classical music, percussionist Francis Favis is drawn to unique and unconventional sound worlds. With an affinity for new music, he has premiered both solo and chamber works, taking him across the United States and Canada. These engagements have occurred at venues and festivals such as the College Music Society International Conference in Vancouver, B.C, Red Note New Music Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Canadian Music Centre, and the Toronto Creative Music Lab. He has had the opportunity to perform for and learn from artists such as Hypercube, So Percussion, Jumblies Theatre, and The Percussion Collective.
Equally at home with a large ensemble, Francis has performed with groups like the Heartland Festival Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the Honor Band of America. He has also been featured on percussion concerti by John Mackey and Michael Daugherty. Francis can be heard on Naxos Records with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony.
An active educator, Francis has taught both privately and at multiple schools, all who have won awards under his instruction. Presently, he is the Drumline Instructor for the iconic Longhorn Band of the University of Texas at Austin.
Francis earned his BM in Music Performance from Illinois State University, and his MM in Music Performance from George Mason University. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Percussion at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include David Collier, John Kilkenny, John Spirtas, and Thomas Burritt.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Trey Lockett is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin, under Dr. Robert Duke, and serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the University Bands. As a graduate teaching assistant, Trey works primarily with the Longhorn Band, the Longhorn Pep Band, and manages the Texas Bands social media channels. He also is a member of the University of Texas Symphony Band and studies trumpet under Mrs. Chelsea Orr. Trey loves being a part of the greater Austin band scene, and has served on the 2019 instructional staff of the James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble and of the LBJ High School Marching Band. He also teaches private trumpet lessons at Cedar Valley Middle School.
Prior to his enrollment at the University of Texas, Trey received a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. During his time at Clemson, he was a member of the Symphonic Band and the Tiger Band for five years, and was the assistant conductor of the Concert Band in 2019. During his time in Tiger Band, Trey served as a drum major for three seasons (2016-2018), and was the 2018 Tiger Band Commander (president). He studied trumpet under Mr. Timothy Hurlburt and studied conducting under Dr. Mark Spede. For his capstone project, Trey completed a wind ensemble transcription of Ola Gjeilo’s “The Lake Isle,” and conducted the premiere with the Symphonic Band in April of 2019. He also sang in several choirs at Clemson and was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, Clemson University’s oldest and most respected honor fraternity.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Matthew Sedatole received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Spartan Marching Band. Starting in the fall of 2016 he became the Assistant Director of Bands at Mona Shores High School, where he stayed for two years until coming to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a masters in conducting.
Mr. Sedatole has participated in several conducting symposiums across the country and has worked with renowned conductors including Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Bob Reynolds, Richard Floyd, Steve Davis, and Kevin Noe.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Jonathan Villela began his teaching career at Four Points Middle School following his graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2015 as a Velma Forbes Scholar. During his time at Oklahoma State University, Villela studied saxophone, chamber music, and pedagogy under Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. On several occasions, Villela traveled to Singapore as a guest clinician of the Wind Bands Association of Singapore. Additionally, Villela was a National Chamber Music Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, a drum major of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, and remains a clinician at public schools, university music camps, professional conventions in Texas, the Midwest Clinic, and most recently, The Conn-Selmer Institute.
Villela served as Assistant Director of Bands at Four Points Middle School. There, he helped prepare the Four Points Wind Ensemble for their performance at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic. Further, Villela led preparation of the Four Points Concert Band’s state evaluation, in which they received unanimous superior ratings from all adjudicators for the first time in the school’s history. The Concert and Symphonic Ensembles ensembles have consistently received highest ratings in competitions and state evaluations under his direction.
Villela is an assistant conductor of the Cedar Park Winds. In his first semester with the ensemble, he conducted and led the recording of David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day”, contributing to the ensemble’s submission and invitation to the 71st Midwest Clinic. With Cedar Park Winds, he humbly commissioned Donald Grantham’s “Effulgent Light” and conducted the world premiere in Chicago, IL.
Jonathan Villela studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2018, specializing in Wind Conducting through the tutelage of Professor Jerry Junkin.
Jonathan Villela owes his opportunities with Leander ISD, Cedar Park Winds, and The University of Texas to his teachers and mentors, including Frank Troyka, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Lynne Jackson, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Dr. Sarah McKoin, Christopher Yee, Jessica Gonzales, Jerry Junkin, and his selfless parents, Manuel and Cindy Villela.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Prior to his enrollment at The University of Texas at Austin, Cheldon Williams, a 12-year secondary music educator, served as an Interim Associate Director of Bands at New Mexico State University, the Director of Bands and Orchestras at J.P. Taravella High School, and the Associate Director of Bands at Cypress Bay High School. As a twofold graduate of Florida State University, Mr. Williams earned both his bachelor’s (B.M.E.) and master’s (M.M.E.) degrees in Music Education in 2004 and 2014, respectively. With instrumental conducting as a focus, Cheldon Williams has had the fortune of being trained by and has performed under the batons of musicians such as: Dr. Andre Thomas, Allan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. James Croft, Richard Clary, Craig Kirchhoff and many others.
Mr. Williams conducted American students in China and served as a guest clinician to Chinese students at the Sichuan Conservatory (Cheng Du, China) during his time as the founding Program Director for the Jinsha Summer Music Festival (2009-2012). Mr. Williams is a nationally active educator and guest clinician in many areas pertaining to music education and conducting. He is a former member of the New Mexico Music Educators’ Association, Florida Bandmasters’ Association, Florida Music Educators’ Association, Florida Orchestra Association, and Broward Music Educators’ Association.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Mr. Shiree Williams is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Professor Jerry Junkin. Prior to his enrollment, Mr. Williams served as Director of Bands at Faubion Middle School, and the Associate Director of Bands at McKinney High School. A native of south Georgia, Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree cum laude from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Music in Conducting (Wind Emphasis) degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was the conducting student of Dr. Glenn Price.
Regarded to be an effective educator and conductor, Mr. Williams receives opportunities to teach and conduct in many settings. He is a frequent guest clinician for concert and marching bands, and has guest conducted various middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional ensembles. Mr. Williams has also had the great fortune to work with and learn from masterful conducting teachers in H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchoff, Richard Floyd, Mallory Thompson, Rodney Dorsey, Kevin Sedatole, Donald Schleicher, Mark Scatterday, Jamie Nix, and Colonel Timothy Holton.
Mr. Williams professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Bands and Wind Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, National Association for Music Educators, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.