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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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Fiona McGowan

Fiona McGowan hails from central Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Dayton (UD) where she also majored in German. While at UD, McGowan performed with the Dayton Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Pride of Dayton Marching Band, and First Flight Saxophone Quartet. With First Flight she performed at the International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University and at the 2012 International Society for Music Education World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduation McGowan accepted the position as Director of Bands at Juan Diego Catholic High School and St. John the Baptist Middle School in Draper, Utah. From 2012-2018 she led the concert and jazz bands and established the award-winning Juan Diego marching band. While teaching in Utah, McGowan also sought opportunities to continue playing saxophone, including performing regularly with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and as a founding member of the Salt City Saxes.In 2018 McGowan moved to Columbia to pursue a master’s degree in Music Education at the University of South Carolina. As a graduate assistant for the University of South Carolina bands, McGowan is actively involved with University Band, undergraduate conducting classes, and the Carolina Band. During the summer of 2019 McGowan had the opportunity to conduct, teach, and perform in Karlsruhe and Gaggenau, Germany. She was a guest saxophone instructor at the Schule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Gaggenau, conducted the symphonic wind orchestra, Harmonie Karlsruhe, and performed with several local “Musikveriene” (community bands) in the greater Karlsruhe area. Since 2009, McGowan has been a member of the volunteer SWAG Team at the Music For All Summer Symposium, an experience which has instilled in her the value of servant leadership. Apart from music, McGowan enjoys running, yoga, and keeping tabs on the Bundesliga.

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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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Christian Noon

Christian Noon is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Education with a doctoral minor in conducting at the University of South Carolina, where he is also a graduate teaching assistant with the USC bands. Most recently, Noon graduated from the University of Miami with his MM in instrumental conducting, where he studied with Dr. Robert Carnochan. While at Miami, Noon was a regular conductor of the Frost Symphonic Winds, and a frequent guest conductor with the Frost Wind Ensemble. In February 2017, he collaborated with New York based composer Matthew Browne and saxophonist Neal Postma to premiere a new concerto for alto saxophone and chamber winds entitled "Alcoholic Dissertations." His thesis at the University of Miami is entitled "Crossing the Chasm: An Exploration of the Role of Conductors and Large Ensembles in Academic Institutions." He also served as a teaching assistant with the Frost Band of the Hour while at UM. Prior to moving to Miami, Noon taught middle and high school band and orchestra in his home state of Colorado, beginning his career as the instrumental music director at Elizabeth High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Director's National Association, the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society.

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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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Trevor McLaine

Trevor McLaine is a senior at the University of South Carolina, where he studies music education and is working to earn his performance certificate on the saxophone under Dr. Clifford Leaman. Entering his fourth year with the Carolina Band, Trevor marched for three years in the alto saxophone section, serving as section leader for the 2018 season. He has also been a member of the Carolina Basketball and Volleyball bands. Trevor is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and he currently serves on the executive council for the chapter at UofSC. Trevor has also played in saxophone quartets and ensembles during his time at the University of South Carolina, and been a member of the Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Left Bank jazz band. This summer, Trevor had the privilege of serving as a member of the SWAG team at the Music for All Summer Symposium. In this position, he had the opportunity to interact with students from around the world, providing opportunities for developing leadership and musical skills. Upon graduation, Trevor hopes to teach at a high school, but his ultimate goal is to become a director of athletic bands at a large university.

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Meleah Riddle

Meleah Riddle is a senior at the University of South Carolina where she is pursuing a degree in Music Education with a performance certificate in clarinet under Professor Joseph Eller. This is her fourth year with the Carolina Band, where she served as a clarinet section leader in 2018 prior to being on Senior Staff for the 2019 season. She is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and has performed with UofSC ensembles such as the Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble. Throughout her time here at UofSC, she has worked with local middle and high school band programs. Riddle also teaches 5th grade band at Gilbert Elementary School in Gilbert, SC and works with the students at Bright Horizons Children’s Center through the Music Plays Program as an apprentice. Upon her graduation in May of 2020, she hopes to become a middle or high school band director in South Carolina.

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Jenn Beach

Jennifer Beach is the head athletic trainer for the Carolina Band and the UofSC Dance Company. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Advanced Athletic Training while working as a graduate assistant at UofSC. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. During her time at UNCW, Jenn worked with a variety of athletics teams including Softball, Track & Field, and Swim & Dive, but no experience was as rewarding as her internship at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduation in May of 2021, Jenn hopes to practice as an athletic trainer in the performing arts. She is a lifetime lover and participant in the performing arts and is passionate about providing exceptional medical coverage to these untraditional athletes. Her goal during her time in this position is to help her patients recognize how their health can impact their artistic potential. She is eager to work for the Carolina Band and UofSC Dance Company, knowing that this experience will be a gateway view of her future in performing arts athletic training.

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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