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Directors and Staff



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
Bethany Amundson
John Leonard
Gina Moore
Sam Spicer

Colorguard Instructor
Melissa Smith

Drumline Instructors
Alex Vallar
Graham Deckard

Drum Majors 2019
Spencer Rogers
Abbey Sigler
Colin Wreath

Equipment Managers
Nora Birchfield
Cole Epley
David Hedrick
Kris Kneisley
Kayn Milholland
Brakson Ping

Uniform Managers
Ragan Foster
Kaylah Eddy
Marissa Haselhuhn
Alina Kolchinsky
Megan Wickingson

Librarians
Sarah Dotzert
Angela Fornelli
Sophia Hollman
Katie Steele

Kappa Kappa Psi President 
Megann Lawrenz

Tau Beta Sigma President
Veranna Bauske


School of Music Calendar
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.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA