Directors & Staff


Conducting the KU Marching Band with a Jayhawk statue in the background

Dr. Paul W. Popiel
Director of Bands

Dr. Matthew O. Smith
Associate Director of Bands/Director, Marching Jayhawks

Sharon Toulouse
Assistant Director of Bands

Leslie O’Neil
Administrative Associate

Graduate Teaching Assistants

  • Tom Davoren
  • Val Jardon
  • Lucas Petersen
  • Melissa Sawyer
  • Wyatt Smith

Colorguard Instructor

  • Melissa Smith

Drumline Instructors

  • Alex Vallar

Drum Majors 2021

  • Ragan Foster
  • Sophia Hollman
  • Colin Wreath

Equipment Managers

  • Zach Bossert
  • Quin Dotzert
  • David Hedrick
  • Brakson Ping
  • Camden Ruckman
  • Mara Shulda

Uniform Managers

  • Hugo Gonzalez
  • Allison Manning 
  • Savannah Robinson
  • Kaitlin Salanksk
  • Nik Schrag
  • Ellie White

Librarians

  • Molly Cummings
  • KateLynn Irlbeck
  • Tracie Melville

Kappa Kappa Psi President 

  • Claire Rogers

Tau Beta Sigma President

  • Beth Winkelman