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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

Hilary Lowery

Nick Waldron


Colorguard Instructor

Melissa Smith

Tia Derritt-Withers


Drumline Instructors

Alex Vallar


Drum Majors 2018

Renee Huey

Abbey Sigler

Andre Womack


Equipment Managers

Randall Himes

Renee Huey

Matt MacKay

Kayn Milholland

Jose Montoya


Uniform Managers

Evan Fruhauf

Marissa Haselhuhn

Sophie Solomonson



Peyton Kaercher

Rachel Gibbs

Abbey Sigler


Kappa Kappa Psi President  

Jessica French


Tau Beta Sigma President

Mariah Black

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