Dr. Brooke Johnson, Director
109 Presser Hall
The Department of Music welcomed Dr. Brooke Johnson in 2019 as Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Bands at Miami University. In her position, Dr. Johnson oversees all aspects of the Athletic Band program, teach courses in the music education curriculum and will direct the Miami University Marching Band and Symphony Band.
Dr. Johnson recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at the University of Kansas. During this time, Humfeld served as a guest conductor for concert ensembles, a graduate teaching assistant for the Marching Jayhawks, and Director of the Women’s Volleyball Band. Additionally, she taught courses in instrumental music education and beginning and advanced conducting.
Prior to attending KU, Johnson served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Drake University in Des Moines, IA and as Director of Athletic Bands and Instructor of Music at North Central College in Naperville, IL. She holds a Master of Music in Music Education and Conducting from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware. Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree, Johnson served as the Director of Bands at Patuxent High School in Lusby, MD.
Humfeld is an active guest conductor and adjudicator. She is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society.
Kent Covert, Associate Director
315 Hoyt Hall
Kent Covert has been involved with the Miami University Marching Band since 1986. During those years Kent has participated as a member of the trombone section, as a volunteer staff member, and, since 1987, as the Assistant Director. As Assistant Director, Kent is involved with many of the logistical, administrative, and financial activities of the band. Kent is also an active participant in the Miami University Pep Bands and a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary fraternity for college band members. Kent considers the Marching Band as his "fun" job - a departure from his full-time job with Miami University's IT Services department. In addition to his work with Miami University, Kent is heavily involved with the Destination Imagination program on the Regional, State, and Global levels.
Alex McIntosh, Front Ensemble Instructor
Alex McIntosh is a performer, educator, and clinician in music programs in the state of Ohio. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Miami University in 2012.
Alex is currently the codirector of percussion at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the past, he has served on the percussion staff at Centerville HS (OH) and was the director of percussion studies for Colerain HS (OH), where he also designed and arranged music.
Alex is highly active in the world music genre of percussion—he has gone on national tours with the Miami University Steel Band and has performed in the Global Rhythms festival under the direction of Srinivas Krishnan, where he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Grammy and Tony Award winning percussionists like Valerie Naranjo, Jeff Queen, Victor Mendoza, and Glen Velez.
Alex Beltran, Drumline Instructor
Alex Beltran is an active writer, teacher, performer, and clinician from New England, who has recently moved to Ohio. He holds a Masters Degree in Music History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he also received an undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance.
While at UMass, Alex was a member of the UMass Minute Man Marching Band Battery from 2010 through 2013. During his graduate studies, he served as Teaching Assistant to Thom Hannum from 2014 to 2016 where he worked primarily with front ensemble. From 2016 through 2019, Alex worked as the primary instructor for the UMass Drumline, where he arranged the music alongside
Thom Hannum and Colin McNutt, and facilitated daily rehearsals for the entire percussion section.
Alex is currently the Battery Caption Manager for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle corps, where he handles the daily teaching, equipment, and logistical needs of the battery and coordinates the teaching staff. He is also the Battery Arranger and Caption Manager for consistent WGI Independent World Finalist United Percussion, and the battery arranger for 7 th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Since moving to Ohio, Alex has taken over as the percussion director and in-school specialist for the Miamisburg School District.
Alex proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian Cymbals.
Heather Graham, Color Guard Instructor
Originally from New Berlin, WI, Heather Graham currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio. Heather has been involved in the marching arts since the age of three, beginning with a successful career in baton twirling and rhythmic gymnastics. Heather was recruited by her high school guard at the age of 12 and has since been performing in the color guard activity. While continuing to be a consistent member in the activity, she graduated from the University of Milwaukee with a degree in Communications and a minor in biology.
Heather is a proud alumni of drum corps, performing in 2010 with Phantom Regiment, and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched five years with New Berlin Eisenhower HS, six seasons with Velocity Winter Guard, and five seasons with the Pride of Cincinnati 2013-2017.
Heather currently serves as the Colorguard Director for Miamisburg High School and Choreography for the University of Cincinnati. She has instructed various marching programs across the Midwest, including Eisenhower HS, Franklin HS, Friendswood HS, Marcus HS, Miami University, Northmont HS, Origins, Sycamore HS, Troy HS, Westerville HS, Shadow DBC, Virtual Drum and Bugle Corps, Calgary Stampede, INspire, as well as the 2016 Carolina Crown.
Currently, Heather is a designer/choreographer and head technician for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and has served in this capacity for the past four seasons.
Megan Harmon, Feature Twirler Instructor
Megan Harmon is from Liberty Township, Ohio, and has been twirling baton for over 20 years. She grew up competing in the United States Twirling Association, where she won numerous individual and team awards.
Megan graduated from Miami University in 2014 with degrees in business management and accounting. While at Miami, she was a Feature Twirler and served as captain her senior year. She performed with the Miami University Marching Band at the 2010 Godaddy.com Bowl, the 2010 MAC Championship, the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade.
Megan served as a twirling instructor for Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics, where she traveled around the country teaching baton technique and leadership skills. Currently, Megan is a Cost Analyst at the University of Dayton Research Institute. She also works as a dance coach at Star Performance Centre.
Kendra Wendeln, Visual Instructor
Kendra Wendeln has a long-standing love of the marching arts and has been educating, designing shows, writing drill and teaching visual technique since 2001. She earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Miami University in 2004, performed as a graduate member of the Eastern Kentucky University percussion ensembles from 2005 through 2008, and was a 2013 graduate of Florida State University with a Masters degree in Music Education. Kendra has written marching band drill and designed shows for multiple bands from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Texas. Currently, Kendra is the director of the Miamisburg Winds Ensemble, and she serves as the Visual Caption Head for the Miamisburg High School Marching Band (2019 BOA SemiFinalist), the Walnut Hills High School Marching Band, Triple Crown Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps. Kendra is a member of the WGI Winds Steering Committee and the Winds Advisory Board. She serves the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) circuit as a board member and Winds representative, and was currently inducted into the Central States Judges Association as a GE Judge. She currently lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Michael (MU Music Ed ‘04) and their dog Dewey. Kendra is excited to share her LOVE of the marching arts with her alma mater, and is HONORed to be part of the MUMB again!!!
Gary Speck, Director of Bands
206 Presser Hall
A native Texan, Gary A. Speck is the Director of Bands at Miami University, where his primary responsibility is to conduct the Wind Ensemble. Additionally he teaches courses in conducting, music education, and wind repertoire. Professor Speck received the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees magna cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, where he studied conducting with Richard Floyd and Michael Haithcock. After receiving the Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of H. Robert Reynolds, Mr. Speck was a high school band conductor in the Houston area for five years. In 1987 Mr. Speck was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Eugene Corporon. Under his direction, the Miami University Wind Ensemble has won praise from numerous composers, including five winners of the Pulitzer Prize: John Harbison, Michael Colgrass, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, and Leslie Bassett, for performances of their music. Since his appointment, Mr. Speck has led the Wind Ensemble in eight invited performances for the Ohio Music Education Association, most recently in 2014; six invited performances for the College Band Directors National Association, including the national conference in 1999; at the inaugural Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference in 1996, and at the MENC/Michigan Instrumental Music conference in 2005. Mr. Speck is frequently in demand as a guest conductor/clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest and in his home state.