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Directors and Staff


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Dr. Paul W. Popiel
Director of Bands

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

Sharon Toulouse
Assistant Director of Bands

Administrative Assistant
Leslie O’Neil

 
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Ben Cooper
Brooke Humfeld
Anthony Messina
Nick Waldron
 
Colorguard Instructor
Melissa Smith
Tia Derritt-Withers
 
Drumline Instructors
Ben Gervais
Alex Vallar
 
Drum Majors 2017
Tristan Bartley
Bennett Johnson
Andre Womack
 
Equipment Managers
Renee Huey
Jose Montoya
Josh Patrick
 
Uniform Managers
Megan Bricks
Evan Fruhauf
Marissa Haselhuhn
Margaret Hempleman
Sophie Solomonson
 
Librarians
Allyssa DeJarnette
Peyton Kaercher
Rachel Gibbs
Abbey Sigler
 
Kappa Kappa Psi President
Tristan Bartley
 
Tau Beta Sigma President
Mariah Black



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