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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
Nora Kanally
Brett Keating
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
Matt MacKay
Kayn Milholland
Jose Montoya
Josh Patrick
Uniform Managers
Megan Bricks
Evan Fruhauf
Marissa Haselhuhn
Margaret Hempleman
Sophie Solomonson
Allyssa DeJarnette
Peyton Kaercher
Rachel Gibbs
Abbey Sigler
Kappa Kappa Psi President
Jessica French
Tau Beta Sigma President
Mariah Black

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.

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