Glassmen Add To Brass Program
The GLASSMEN Drum & Bugle Corps is very pleased to announce the addition of Mark Waymire, Andrew Putnam, and Todd Snead to the brass program for the 2007 season. Joining arranger Robert W. Smith and longtime brass guru Frank Williams, Mark, Andrew and Todd bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the GLASSMEN brass program, and hope to continue the great work they have been doing together for the past several years.
A longtime veteran of the drum & Bugle corps activity, Mark Waymire currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University, and prior to that held the position as Director of Instrumental Studies for the Seguin Independent School District in Texas. During his ten years in Seguin, Mark served as an adjunct instructor at Texas Lutheran University, taught applied French horn and marching band techniques, and consulted with various programs throughout Texas.
In addition to his prior involvement with the Phantom Regiment, and most recently as the brass caption head for the Madison Scouts, Mark has been an instructor, brass arranger, drill designer and consultant for several state finalist high schools, college bands, WGI guards and indoor drumlines. He has been intensely involved with the pageantry arts activity for many years, and continues to serve as an active judge for BOA, as well as many state and independent marching contests throughout the United States.
"Mark is a great musician and quality educator. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him not only in our brass program, but also through our local outreach programs, and our summer ENTERTRAINMENT™ Clinic series," states GLASSMEN Executive Director Brian Hickman.
Andrew Putnam is currently the Director of Bands at Whitnall High School in Greenfield Wisconsin where he conducts the Sinfonietta, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and teaches courses in instrumental studies, music theory and music history. In addition to his classroom duties, Mr. Putnam is a designer and music caption head for the Whitnall Marching Falcons, and served as the brass arranger for Capital Sound from ’01-’03. In 2002 he joined the brass staff of the Madison Scouts where he taught the baritone- euphonium section through the 2006 season. In addition to his teaching and drum corps experiences, Mr. Putnam is also an avid arranger, composer and designer for pageantry and concert groups alike.
"It’s an extreme pleasure and honor to be part of an organization committed to excellence in every aspect," said Putnam. "The opportunity to continue to work with Mark & Todd, to work with the great young men and women of the corps, and to join the great collaborative team of people the corps currently enjoys on staff is truly exciting!"
Todd Snead is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Sound Learning Program. For the past four years, Snead taught on the brass faculty at the Madison Scouts, and has served as a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator in Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia. Todd also draws from his experience as a former cast member for Blast, and Education Coordinator for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.
Long-time brass staffer Frank Williams couldn’t be happier about the new additions. "I am excited for the opportunity to work with these guys, and look forward to continuing to grow and expand the GLASSMEN Brass program. It’s gonna be fun!" Welcome to the GLASSMEN Family – Mark, Andy and Todd!