Dr. Brooke Humfeld, Director
109 Presser Hall
The Department of Music welcomes Dr. Brooke Humfeldas a Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Athletic Bands at Miami University. In her position, Dr. Humfeld will oversee 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. Humfeld 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, Humfeld 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, Humfeld 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.
Tim Coady, Color Guard Instructor
3 Presser Hall
Tim Coady is a native of Missouri and currently lives in Forest Park, Ohio. His performance background includes the Pride of Missouri State winter guard, the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Zydeco Colorguard (2014 Member of the Year), and the Bluccoats Drum and Bugle Corps (captain, 2011-2012). Tim has a passion for inspiring students through colorguard, and has worked with programs across the Midwest. His instructional background includes LaSalle HS, Westerville HS, Centerville HS, and Juxtaposition Winter Guard.
Megan Harmon, Feature Twirler Instructor
3 Presser Hall
Megan Harmon is from Liberty Township, Ohio, and has been twirling baton for 20 years. She grew up competing in the US Twirling Association, where she won numerous individual and team awards. Megan graduated from Miami University in 2014 with degrees in management and leadership 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 Godaddy.com Bowl, the MAC Championship, the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade. Megan has instructed with Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics, where she traveled around the country teaching high school twirlers technique and leadership skills. Currently, Megan is the bookkeeper and marketing coordinator at WGI Sport of the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. She also works as a dance coach at Star Performance Centre. Megan loves sharing her passion for Miami and twirling with the current Miami University Feature Twirlers.
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.
Zac Jansheski, Battery Graduate Assistant
3 Presser Hall
Zac Jansheski is a private lesson instructor and freelance drumline teacher and arranger. Zac is the founder and director of and the Dayton Dragons MLB Drumline. Zac graduated from Miami University in December 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. At Miami University, Zac played in the Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Global Rhythms ensemble, and Steel Band. He has performed with and learned from several artists such as Dr. William Albin, Jeff Queen, Dr. Chris Tanner, Bob Becker, and Srinivas Krishnan. While attending school, Zac has performance and teaching experience with arguably some of the most elite groups in the marching arts. Zac played snare drum for 2013 WGI Gold Medalist Rhythm X and DCI 2012 Silver Medalist Carolina Crown, as well as serving as drum captain for the Miami University Marching Band. Zac is recipient of several awards including the Friends of DCI Scholarship, the Lacey/Striple Highland Band and Drum Scholarship, and KKΨ most inspirational band member award. In the past, Zac performed with the Cincinnati Bengals “Growl” Drumline. He directed and arranged for WGI scholastic open finalist Kettering Fairmont HS. Currenly, Zac is the batterie coordinator at Capital City Percussion Independent Percussion and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he is the Percussion GA at Miami University for the 2016-2017 school year.
Alex Cucciarre, Graduate Assistant
3 Presser Hall
Alex Cucciarre is from Lima, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University in 2013 with his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at Miami, Alex was a member of both the marching band and wind ensemble, and also is an active brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also worked at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford as an ice hockey referee/rink supervisor.
After graduating from Miami, Alex served the Van-Far school district for four years by running both their junior high and high school music programs in choir and band as well as their elementary band program. He also taught Music Appreciation for the district.
He currently serves as an On-Ice Official for USA Hockey in both Missouri and Western Illinois. He also aided the Miami University Marching Band during the 2017-18 season, and is excited to be returning as a graduate assistant for the 2018-19 marching season.