Dr. Ken Bodiford, Jacksonville State University
Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford has served as the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama since 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University, his Master of Music in Music Education and Wind Ensemble Conducting degree at East Carolina University and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting degree from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Michael Vaughn, Niles-West High School & The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
Dr. Michael Vaughn has been a respected member of the higher education community in the Chicago area for over 20 years. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Vaughn earned his Bachelor’s degree at Birmingham-Southern College, where he studied piano and organ, and holds a Master’s and Ph.D in music history and literature from Northwestern University. He is well known as a lecturer and teacher, speaking regularly for scholarly, community, and civic organizations across the country. He holds memberships in numerous professional societies. He is the program director of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, and chairman of the Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artist Competition. A published author, his work has appeared in several scholarly journals, and he was recently a major contributor to A Reader’s Guide to Music History, Theory and Criticism. Dr. Vaughn has served on the faculties of Trinity College, Northwestern University, and is currently Professor of Music at National -Louis University in Chicago, where he teaches courses in music history, music theory, and applied music. He has twice been recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Member award.
In addition to his academic career, Dr. Vaughn has long been involved in the marching arts, as a performer, teacher, and judge. Most recently he was the director of the guard program at Niles-West High School in suburban Chicago, where his guards consistently earned finalist rankings in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit. He continues to serve as a clinician and adjudicator in the color guard, general effect, and visual captions. He is also actively involved, in various capacities, with Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International. Dr. Vaughn joined the staff of The Cavaliers in 2009. He served as the manager of Cavaliers Promotions, Tour Director, and Personnel Director before being appointed Corps Director in 2019.
Bob Buckner, United Music Enterprises
Bob Buckner became a part of Bands of America/Music for All in 1979 when his Sylva-Webster High School Marching Band from Sylva, NC became “Grand National Champions”. The next year he became a clinician for Marching Bands of America “Weekend with an Expert” and Summer Symposium and has continued his involvement for 40 years. Bob has served BOA as both a Board of Advisors and Adjudication member. He directed the Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade and Bandfest in 2013 and 2017. He was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2004.
Bob’s teaching career continued as Director of Bands at East Tennessee State University in 1987 and in 1991 he assumed the role of Athletic Band Director at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and he remained there until his retirement in 2011. During his tenure at WCU the “Pride of the Mountains” was presented with the highest honor that a university marching band can receive: The Sudler Trophy in 2009. And in 2011 the “Pride of the Mountains” represented WCU and the state of North Carolina at the Tournament of Roses Parade and Bandfest in Pasadena, CA. Bob also received the Paul A Reid Distinguished Service Award for WCU faculty in 2003 and, in 2004, he was chosen by the Music Educators National Conference as a Lowell Mason Fellow. He was also honored by the state of North Carolina in 2011 when Governor Perdue presented him with the state’s highest honor to one of it’s citizens: the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” That same year his local newspaper, “The Mountaineer” named Bob as one of it’s “Hometown Heroes.” In 2013, Bob was inducted into the NC Bandmasters “Hall of Fame” and in 2014, he was selected by the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU in the first class of Distinguished Alumni “in recognition for significant contributions to their profession.”
In addition to Bob’s teaching career he has been involved with the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps (writing field shows for 20 years), “Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, “Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.” And in 2009 he received the Award for Excellence in Marching Music Education from Drum Corps International and MENC. He also served as a special consultant to the Walt Disney Company, where he started their popular “Future Corps” which performed in Epcot Center for 20 years and he served on the Board of Advisors for “Magic Music Days.” In 2015, Bob designed and taught a drill program used by “Pershing’s Own,” The United States Army Band, as part of the Army’s “Spirit of America” program.
Bob continues to serve as a consultant with Pygraphics, Inc. He was selected by MENC as the first director (2007 and 2008) for the United States Army All-American Marching Band and continues as their drill designer. His professional affiliations include the NC Bandmaster’s Association and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Bob continues to serve the band world and music programs through his business, United Music Enterprises, a music consulting and marching show design firm. Bob and his wife Donna reside in Waynesville, NC. They are the proud parents and grandparents of their adult children and their six grandchildren.
Barry Trobaugh, Retired Munford High School Band Director
Barry Trobaugh is a retired music educator and was Director of Bands at Munford High School in Munford Tennessee. His bands have been recognized for their outstanding performances through marching band, concert ensembles, and jazz ensembles. Among the awards, Munford is the USBands 2011 National Champions, three-time Southern States Champions, and three-time TN State Champions. Most recently, the Munford Band has performed “coast to coast” with their 2015 “This is Elvis” presentation in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC and the 2019 “The Music of Memphis” presentation in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena CA. Barry has served as President of both the Regional and State Band Associations and continues to lead as the All State Chair for West TN School Band and Orchestra Association. Barry is a member of TnMEA, ASBDA, WTSBOA, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.
Trobaugh’s work has been chronicled in the 2011 School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in the 2015 Tennessee Magazine, in Sharlene Habermeyer’s book: Good Music, Brighter Children as well as the feature article in April 2018 issue of The Instrumentalist.
Barry has been chosen twice as Teacher of the Year at Munford High School and was selected as a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 2016. He has also been recognized twice by the CMA Foundation for his role as a leader in music education.
Clayton Harris, Marching 365
Clayton Harris has been a professional marching show designer and drill writer for the last 15 years and has written over 300 shows in this timespan. He is the owner and head drill writer for Marching365 and has had numerous shows performed at the UIL Texas State Marching Championships in the 3A and 4A classifications. In 2017, the 1st and 2nd place finalists in the 3A category were products of his design. In 2019, 5 of the top 10 finalists, including the gold and bronze medalists, were associated with Clayton and Marching365. Most recently in 2020, the Melissa HS Band was awarded 2nd place at the 4A UIL State Marching Championships with Clayton’s show design and drill. Overall, Marching365 has had 17 marching productions make appearances at the state level in the last 4 years.
In 2018 Clayton completed three years as Director of Bands at the University of Texas – Permian Basin before moving back to DFW to pursue show production full time. Prior to moving to West Texas, Clayton served as Director of Bands for the award winning Redwater Dragon Band. Under Mr. Harris’ leadership, the Redwater Dragon Band earned six UIL Sweepstakes Awards, was an OPS State Finalist in 2013 and 2014, 2nd Place UIL Texas State Marching Finalist in 2011, and 6th Place UIL Texas State Marching Finalist in 2013.
Prior to directing, Harris maintained a private lesson studio in Plano and Southlake-Carrol ISD, both in the Dallas area, while working towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of North Texas. Harris has also served as Visiting Music Instructor at Ouachita Baptist University as trumpet instructor, jazz band director, and assistant marching band director; the University of North Texas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music as a graduate teaching fellow; and adjunct music instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Clayton Harris earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Henderson State University and a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Clayton now lives in Princeton, TX, with his wife Misty, and their three children, Madison, Mason, and Maebry.