Memphis Sound Announces 2009 Administrative Team

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Mid-South Youth Performing Arts Association and the Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps are happy to announce the latest additions to our Administrative Team for the 2009 Season.

For Mid-South Youth Performing Arts Association (MYPAA), we have added several new board of directors members as well as an Executive Committee.

Doyle Silliman has moved from an At-Large Member of the Board to serve as the President of the Board of Directors. Doyle has served on the board for several years. He works as a Business Consultant and is also very involved in the Boy Scouts of America

Pam Opie is moving from Executive Director of MYPAA to be the Treasurer and Business Manager for the organization. Pam has served the organization in many capacities since inception, including being the Corps Director of Memphis Sound for the 2008 season. Pam will also be a member of the Executive Committee.

Chris Green has also joined the board in addition to his roles as Corps Director of Memphis Sound. He will also serve on the Executive Committee and serve as the liaison between the Board and the Corps.

New Additions to the Board include:

Bob Stoeker is joining the MYPAA board of directors this year. He is retired after spending 33 years in the airline industry primarily working in public contact at O’Hare, DFW, Memphis International and as a Performance Leander on the management team in Atlanta GA. During his career in the airline industry he has worked in Passenger Service, Hospitality Services, Team Building, Mentoring and Leadership roles.

Bob has also served in a number of areas of teaching and volunteering at his church, helping with various needs at his children’s schools, and has become a professional chaperone for the Middle and High School Band and Choir departments having chaperoned numerous trips over the past 11 years. He hopes to earn a 12-year chaperone diploma next year, as his daughter will be in the graduating class of 2010.

Bob is not a stranger to the Drum Corps world having been a volunteer over the past years. In 2002 Bob spent a week on the food truck with Phantom Regiment. This gave him the so-called experience to become the “Volunteer Coordinator” for the 2003 charter year of Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, this continued through 2004. When his son moved on to march with Division One Corps. Bob also volunteered once again with Phantom Regiment and 3 years with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Having watched, listened and learned from some of the best Drum Corps people, Bob is excited once again to come back and work with Memphis Sound as they continue their trek in their D.C.I. endeavors.

Christopher Tanner joins Memphis Sound with his new role on the Board of Directors as Promotions Director. Mr. Tanner’s drum corps experience is mainly as a performer, but is extremely excited to begin his new role on the business side of things. Christopher’s drum corps career spans two decades as he began in 1999 with the, then, Division II/III Americanos based in Menasha, WI. After numerous successes in the Division II/III circuit, Mr. Tanner became a member of the Division I Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 through the 2007 season. Christopher has completed many of the goals of a drum corps member including; marching in all DCI Division’s Finals, and winning an Individual and Ensemble Championship in 2005. He has also participated in several off-season DCI events including the DCI Honor Corps in 2005, performing in the Walt Disney Christmas Parade, as well as the 2009 Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama. Christopher is pleased to be a part of an organization with the aspirations and determination of Memphis Sound. Christopher is also joining the Executive Committee.

Daniel Galloway currently is the Director of Bands at Clements High School in Sugarland, TX. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University studying with Dr. Kevin Sedatole and is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. He currently considers his mentor Mr. Tom Bennett, Retired Director of Bands, University of Houston and Larry Matysiak, Director of Fine Arts for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and former Director of Bands at Clements High School.

The Clements Band has been recognized has one of the premier band programs in Texas in both the concert and marching idioms. The Clements Band has been a consistent UIL 5A State Marching Participant since 1998 and recently earned the Honor of being a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Competition.

Daniel has marched in drum corps with the 1991 Sky Ryders and taught the Kiwanis Kavaliers in both brass and visual captions. He then judged for DCI for 2 summers and then joined the staff of Spirit from JSU as a visual instructor in 2006 and assistant visual caption head in 2007/2008. He also has taught (Marching Tech) at Spring High School in 1994 helping them earn a UIL 5A State Title and BOA Regional title.

Daniel is currently an accredited Texas Circuit EA judge for guard(10 years) and a Visual judge for Percussion(8 years). Daniel currently adjudicates for Music for All and is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association in both concert and marching. Daniel is a sought after clinician and adjudicator across Texas and the Midwest for both concert band and marching band.

Daniel currently resides in Cypress-Fairbanks, Texas with his wife Jackie and two daughters Ashley and Kaitlyn. Jackie is a Deaf Education Itinerant Teacher for Cy-Fair ISD. Ashley is in 10th grade at Langham Creek High School (CFISD) and plays French horn. Kaitlyn is in 6th grade at Aragon Middle School (CFISD) and plays oboe.

There are a few more faces who have contacted the organization about joining our Board of Directors, so watch for further staff announcements. MYPAA has also opened the board of directors up to alumni of Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps in a new internship program.

Alumni of the corps may join the board with full voting membership for a one-year term. At the conclusion of that year term, the member may then either complete the internship or run for an open position on the full board of directors. MYPAA’s view is that our alumni are an essential part of who we are and what we do. These two positions will allow alumni to have a direct impact on the future of the organization.

In addition to our Board expansion, the Administrative Team has added two new faces to Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps.

Shannon Reynolds is joining Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps in the role of Director of Development. Shannon has been working with non-profits back in 1993 for Music One, a program that allowed elementary age children to study music at their school where there is no music program in their district. Her non-profit work followed her to Las Vegas in 2004 when she gave her time as a hospice volunteer and later worked with her Mentor and Professor, Dr. Janis McKay, UNLV Associate Professor of Bassoon, begin work on a new project called The Endangered Instrument Program, which provides free lessons to students at nine at-risk middle schools in Southern Nevada and loans the instruments to the participating students as well. Her work has now moved to Texas she was the Marketing Director for Frontier Performing Arts Association where she first worked with Chris Green, director of Memphis Sound, in 2007. In addition to working in her community with MOPS, Mothers of Pre-School Children, Shannon has been working for Communities In Schools a non-profit that "helps kids stay in school and prepare for life," for a little over a year.

Other projects Shannon has been involved with include the Fullerton College Jazz Festival – student co-coordinator for three years. In addition, she co-founded Lake Arrowhead Civic Light Opera and the World Gone Mad Drum and Bugle Corps, in Austin TX. She organized the first annual Keep Austin Merry tour and helped with bookings and publicity for the corps. She is also active in the development of new projects in the area.

In addition, Shannon has a first grader that keeps her very busy with school and Cub Scouts. She looks forward to her new position of Director of Development of Memphis Sound!

Dan Reyna is joining the corps as Logistics Coordinator. Dan has a long history in administrative work as well as currently working as a national-traveling masseuse! Dan travels the country and is familiar with the ins and outs of logistical coordination. Dan never had the chance to march drum corps, but has performed in School Bands on trumpet and colorguard. Dan is looking forward to helping the corps with rehearsal space, food and fleet maintenance, as well as working with our Board of Directors and Staff.

Please join me in welcoming all the new staff to our organization!

MYPAA and Memphis Sound are very excited about the 2009 season and are still interviewing candidates in several administrative areas. If you are interested in a volunteer position with the corps, or if you are a student looking for a summer internship with a drum & bugle corps, please contact us via email, phone, or snail mail.

To apply for a position, or for more information about Memphis Sound, Mid-South Youth Performing Arts, or the move to Texas, please contact us at director [at] memphisdrumcorps [dot] org by email or (901) 405-9476 by phone; or visit our webpage and forums at

Posted by on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009. Filed under DCI Open.