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J.D. Shaw

J.D. Shaw

J.D. Shaw, Carolina Band staff arranger, is associate professor of horn at University of South Carolina and was formerly the French hornist with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass where he was creative director, music arranger and co-owner of the ensemble. J.D. is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States and many countries in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, J.D. has also been a featured performer on National Public Radio's Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show. J.D. received his Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the performer's certificate under the tutelage of horn pedagogue Verne Reynolds. Hailing from Hutchinson, Kansas, he earned his degree of Bachelors of Music at the Wichita State University studying with Dr. Nicholas E. Smith. Prior to his position at University of South Carolina, Professor Shaw has held teaching posts at Boston College, University of New Mexico and University of Miami. As an active performer and prolific arranger, J.D. has recorded over 15 albums encompassing diverse musical styles from the Classical, Jazz, and Latin genres. As a prolific arranger, Professor Shaw writes music for many orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles. His arrangements are featured with several publishers and can be heard on many recording labels and performance stages across the world. Currently, he is the music arranger for the world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps.

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Kendal Agnew

Kendal Agnew is a senior music education major at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the Clarinet studio in the School of Music. While being a member of the Carolina Band for four years, she has also performed in the Symphonic Winds Ensemble and Carolina Basketball Band. In addition to becoming senior staff in 2020, Kendal was a clarinet section leader for the 2019 season. She has taught private lessons and worked with marching bands in Upstate South Carolina. She has also worked with the Congaree New Horizons Band for the past year. Kendal is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority. She has served as the Service chair of the chapter for the past two years. After Kendal’s graduation in May of 2021, she plans to work as a band director for a high school program.

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 Zack Deininger

Zack Deininger is currently serving as a graduate assistant with the Carolina Bands while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting.  He most recently served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada (a suburb of Las Vegas).  In this position, he co-directed the 175-member Green Valley Marching and Athletic Bands, directed the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band III, served as assistant conductor of the Symphonic Winds, and was instructor of the Advanced Placement Music Theory course and Chamber Class.  In addition to his duties at Green Valley High School, he also served on the Nevada All State Band Committee and as Chairperson of the Southern Nevada Band Association’s High School Honor Jazz Bands. Receiving a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, Zack assisted with all aspects of the Auburn Band Program serving as conductor of the Auburn University Campus Band, assistant conductor of the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, instructor of the Undergraduate Advanced Conducting course, and assistant to all aspects of the Athletic Band Program.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where he studied horn under Grammy award winner Dr. Andrew Pelletier and served as Drum Major for the Falcon Marching Band for three years under Dr. Carol Hayward.  To complete his undergraduate degree, Zack student taught with the Bands of Wando in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina under Mr. Bobby Lambert and Mrs. Lanie Radecke. 

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Megan Grace

Megan Grace is the head athletic trainer for the Carolina Band and the UofSC Dance Company. She is currently completing her second year of graduate school pursuing a degree in advanced athletic training while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at UofSC. During the first year of her graduate assistantship she worked with UofSC track and field and the women’s tennis and women’s golf teams. Megan graduated from San Diego State University in 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in athletic training. While at SDSU, she worked with the football and women’s rowing teams and also had the opportunity to work with club sports and the women’s basketball team at the University of California at San Diego. After graduating in May of 2021, Megan hopes to continue her practice as an athletic trainer in the performing arts. She is excited about providing athletic training services to the Carolina Band and UofSC Dance Company, knowing this will be an incredible experience leading into her career as an athletic trainer in the performing arts.

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Madeline Hoth

Madeline Hoth is a senior at the University of South Carolina, where she is pursuing a degree in instrumental music education. She is a member of the oboe studio and studies under Dr. Rebecca Nagel. Madeline has performed on oboe with the UofSC university bands, symphonic winds, and opera orchestra. In addition to playing the oboe, Madeline served as the tenor saxophone section leader of the Carolina Band as well as performed on tenor saxophone with the volleyball band, basketball band and the "Mini Sound of the Southeast." She is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, in which she served at alumni relations officer in 2019 and is the current president of the chapter at UofSC. Madeline has taught private lessons and has worked with bands in both Illinois and South Carolina. Back in Illinois, she serves as president of the Marching Barbs Alumni Association as well as the social media chair for IL's 16th Sunrise Hub. After graduating, Madeline hopes to attend Florida State University for graduate school.

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Jamaal Nicholas

Jamaal Nicholas is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Band Conducting degree at the University of South Carolina.  Jamaal earned the Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Florida A&M University and Florida State University, respectively.  Jamaal is an avid tuba player, most recently performing as an on-call musician for several churches in the Orlando area.  During his undergraduate study, Jamaal served as principal tubist in the Florida A&M University Wind Ensemble and performed in numerous University chamber ensembles, as well as in chamber ensembles around the “Big Bend”.  From 2014 to 2019, Jamaal served as Director of Bands at Jones High School in Orlando, Florida, where he grew the band program to 110 students, greatly increased student participation in audition-based honor bands, and earned consistent Superior ratings on the District and State level.  In 2018, the Jones High School Wind Ensemble, in conjunction with the Jones High School Concert Choir, garnered national attention on the “Ellen” show, after receiving a $100,000 donation to fund a trip to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.  Most recently, Jamaal was appointed to the Adjunct Director of Bands position at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches instrumental conducting. Over the last decade, Jamaal has arranged for several bands across the southeastern United States, including over 10 high schools, the Edward Waters College “Triple Threat” Marching Band, and the Allen University “Band of Gold” Marching Band. Additionally, Jamaal has served as a Session Coordinator for presentations at the Florida Music Education Association Conference.  His professional affiliations include the Golden Key International Honour Society, National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

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Andrew Patzig

Andrew Patzig is a percussionist, composer, and educator who has performed in a variety of settings throughout North America including the Alabama Day of Percussion, the Collide Festival, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and two performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with the Troy University Percussion Ensemble as winners of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition in 2012 and 2015. He has performed with Bob Becker and Russell Hartenberger  of NEXUS, and as a soloist performing Michael Daugherty’s Timpani Concerto Raise the Roof with the Troy University Symphony Band. Andrew is an in- demand marching clinician, and has worked with marching ensembles throughout the Southeast. While at Troy, he also severed as the section leader of the “Sound of the South” marching band from 2013-2016. His major teachers include Andy Harnsberger and Adam Blackstock, with additional study under Michael Burritt, Kevin Bobo, Gordon Stout, Nancy Zeltsman, Scott Herring, Dan Moore, David Kent, Brian Nozny, and Ben Fraley. Andrew has worked closely with acclaimed composers Kevin Bobo, Brian Nozny, David Skidmore, Lane Harder, and Adam Silverman commissioning new works for percussion ensemble. He was featured in a new recording of Adam Silverman’s The Cruel Waters, with the Troy University Percussion Ensemble, available through Garnet House Productions. An advocate of new music and an active composer, his work for solo marimba, First Impressions, was published by Tapspace Publications in 2015. Andrew Patzig received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and a Masters of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Currently, Andrew is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina.

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Chris Pennington

Chris Pennington is a clarinetist hailing from Richmond, Virginia. He recently graduated with his Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Instrumental Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and studied under Dr. Sarunas Jankauskas. At the University of South Carolina, he will be perusing a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance with Professor Eller and will be serving as one of the Graduate Assistants with the Carolina Bands. While at James Madison, Chris was a member of many ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Harmoniemusik, Madison Clarinet Quartet, and the Marching Royal Dukes. His performances have taken him up and down the East Coast, and he has performed in clinics with composers such as Paul Dooley, Omar Thomas, and David Maslanka. Chris has also enjoyed collaborating with student composers at James Madison in various chamber ensembles focused on premiering new works. In addition to his studies, his marching experience includes five years with the Marching Royal Dukes as a Section Leader and Drum Major, and two summers with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps as a Field Conductor and Drum Major. Chris holds professional affiliations with the International Clarinet Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Finally, Chris is excited to join the Carolina Band family and to root for the Gamecocks!

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Lia Snead

Lia Snead, a native of Queens, New York, earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia Southern University (formally Armstrong Atlantic State University) in Savannah, GA. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Snead was active within the community as a private trumpet instructor and as a brass instructor at Savannah State University. After graduation, Mrs. Snead became the Director of Bands at Robert W. Groves High School, in Chatham County, GA where she revived the band program and led them to earn their first superior ratings at concert festival in over a decade. In 2014, Mrs. Snead studied conducting at Northern Illinois University with Dr. Ronnie Wooten, where she was the music education and conducting graduate assistant. After graduation, Mrs. Snead briefly returned to teaching in Chatham County before accepting a position as the Associate Director of Bands at Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, GA. Mrs. Snead is active as a clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and performer. Mrs. Snead also performs with the Savannah Wind Symphony where she served on the board of directors and frequently guest conducts. Mrs. Snead is a member of Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority. Currently, Mrs. Snead is studying wind conducting under Dr. Cormac Cannon while pursuing her DMA at the University of South Carolina. Lia is married to her college sweetheart, and PhD student at UofSC, Mr. Derrick Snead. Together, they adopted an Old English Bulldog named Bruno.

Nancy Uriegas

Nancy Uriegas

Nancy Uriegas is a Doctoral Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer pursuing a PhD in Exercise Science. She begins her second year caring for the Carolina Band, this season in the capacity of game day athletic trainer assisting the head athletic trainer and as a marching band healthcare researcher. Nancy completed her master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training in May 2019 at the University of South Carolina and is a 2015 graduate of the University of Texas, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Nancy has been a certified athletic trainer for four years with experience in the performing arts, secondary schools in SC and TX and currently serving as the athletic trainer for UofSC ROTC program. Her research focus is in Feeding and Eating Disorders, Energy Availability, and best healthcare practices in the performing arts. Nancy is passionate about her profession and providing medical coverage in the emerging settings to help her patients reach their potential; her goal is to become a researcher and professor in a collegiate athletic training program.

Kirk Randazzo

Kirk Randazzo

Kirk Randazzo, “The Voice of the Carolina Band,” is a highly sought-after speaker and scholar, both internationally and across the United States. As a respected political scientist, he teaches and conducts research on constitutional law and judicial politics, the rule of law in emerging democracies, and judicial independence. Dr. Randazzo is the director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative, which seeks to promote, encourage, and facilitate leadership and its development across the University of South Carolina. As a public speaker, his presentations focus on developing fundamental leadership skills and strategies for successful conflict management, team motivation and public speaking. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of South Carolina in 1994 and his Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University in 2003. From 2003–2008 he taught at the University of Kentucky and in 2008 returned to his alma mater as a professor of political science at the University of South Carolina. He serves on various boards including the USC Alumni Band and the Friends of the USC School of Music.

Randy Herald

Randy Herald

Randy Herald, Carolina Band videographer, marched in the Carolina Band from 1970–72, and in 1973 he began videotaping the band performances. Randy graduated from USC with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and a master of media arts degree. He worked in various roles during his career at Carolina including television producer, production manager, university broadcast coordinator, media arts instructor and was USC’s first athletic video coordinator. He retired from USC in 2002 and started a new career as visual information manager at Fort Gordon. He retired again in 2011 and now serves on several nonprofit boards as well as playing in the Savannah River Winds and the Camden Community Concert Band.

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Gordon Humphries

Gordon Humphries joined the Carolina Band staff in 2015 as the band photographer. Gordon is a Columbia native and an adjunct instructor of photography in the School of Visual Art and Design at USC.


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