Alumni News for A-H

Amy (Aberg) McLelland (MM ’94) directs the McLelland Piano Institute in Birmingham and works as an assistant teacher at the Taubman International Summer Piano Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

After UA, Brian Alexander (BA 1996) went on to graduate from The University of Georgia with a Master of Social Work degree. His practice has mainly included work with adults with serious mental illnesses. He has lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 2002, where he works in the Homeless Veterans Program through the VA Medical Center. He can be emailed by clicking here.

Leroy Allen (BS ’73) teaches instrumental music (jazz ensemble and concert band) at A.H. Parker HS in Birmingham and has been on the staff at the Sixth Ave. Baptist Church for 22 years. He is active as a studio musician and performs with a jazz trio called Omni Music.

Ernest Allen (BS ’57, MA ’59) retired in 1986 after 29 years as a band director in Alabama and Georgia. He is married to Carol Austin Allen.

Melissa (Allford) Meman (BM ’82, MM ’84) has been in the Washington, D.C., area for 15 years. She performs regularly with the Washington Opera Chorus, the Washington Concert Opera Chorus, and other area ensembles. She is married to jazz saxophonist Jesse Meman, and they have a young son, Benjamin.

David Allinder (BS & MA in Music Ed 1993) is currently band director at Shades Valley High School in Birmingham. He is an active performer in the area and a staff musician at Hunter Street Baptist Church. He lives in McCalla with his wife Jennifer and their son Tanner.

Katie (Alterman) Rosenberg (BM in Music Therapy 1996) has remained at the Weinstein Center in Atlanta for the past 9 years as the center/case manager. She & husband Sammy are expecting their 1st child (a son) in Feb 2006.

Elaine Anderson (D.M.A. 1999) is an associate professor at Mount Union College in Alliance, OH where she teaches, conducts and enjoys subbing in area orchestras.

Elaine Anderson (DMA cello performance 1999) is an associate professor at Mount Union College in Alliance, OH and currently teaches the cellists at the College of Wooster.

Larry M. Archibald (BS ’00) is band director at Pickens County High School in Reform, AL.

Addie (Argo) deHilster (BM- Flute Performance 2000) married Mike deHilster in June 2000 after their graduation from UA. They then moved to Norman, Oklahoma where they spent four years in grad school. She earned a Master’s degree in Flute Performance and Ethnomusicology, and Mike worked on a DMA in Horn. They now live in Long Beach, California, where Addie works as the Development Associate for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (, and Mike is pursuing his writing career.

Susan (Arther) Jarrett (B.S. Music Education 1983) has been National Music Sales Representative for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville TN for 22 years. She has been married to Jimmy Jarrett for 20 years and resides in Murfreesboro. They have one 4-legged, furry child: their 8-yr-old Black Lab-Legend.

Melinda (Ashworth) Parrish (BM Piano Performance 1986) lives in Nashville, TN with husband Everette and son Russell where she works as an accompanist at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University and teaches piano at David Lipscomb Academy of Music. She says that It is still exciting to visit the UA campus for a piano lesson or a football game!

Jeff Atkins (BS 1995) is currently in his 7th year as Director of Bands at Oak Mtn. Middle School. When he is not at school, he hangs out with his wife, Heather (Blanton) Atkins (BM in Music Therapy, 1995), and their 3 children, Hannah, 8; Hayley, 5; and Cole, 3.

Joe Bacchus (BS, MA 1971,1976) is VP of Sales for OPTX International, makers of ScreenWatch Producer software. He is also a percussion instructor at Chico High School and a realtor at Prudential California Realty. He is the drummer for several local groups and has played with Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Peter Marshall, Larry White, and Bob Green.

Kim Bain (BS ’85, MA ’92, EdS ’99) is band director at R.F. Bumpus Middle School in Hoover. She asks, “Does anyone else remember those terrible long red dresses Dr. Welker made us wear for his first Wind Ensemble?”

Patrick Baran (B.S. Ed. 1989) is the Orchestral Director and Performing Arts Department Head a John Quincy Adams Middle School. He performs regularly with the Tampa Bay Mostly Pops, Concord Chamber Players, and Bay Baroque.

Brad Battles (B.S.E. Music Education 2000) is Director of Bands at Pickens Academy (Carrollton, AL) and Musical Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Aliceville, AL. He is married to Christina Battles, Office Associate at the Community Music School at UA.

J. Howard Baxter (BS ’77, MA ’79) is Supervisor of Music for the Abington (PA) School District, Assistant Conductor of the Old York Road Symphony, and tympanist for the Abington Symphony Orchestra.

David Bearden (B.S. in Music Education (1981); M.A. in School Administration (2000) B.S. (1981); M.A. (2000)) is in his 14th year serving as band director at Oneonta High School, and 26th year of teaching. He and his wife, Kathy, have 2 sons, Ross & Will, and a daughter, Reagan.

After graduation from UA, Mary (Benson) Vaughn (Bachelor of Music (piano/voice) 1961) continued music study, receiving a masters degree from Radford University, in Virginia, along with other post-graduate work at Peabody Conservatory and in New York City. After many years of teaching music, privately, in schools and colleges, and working in music and education with theaters, she is involved now primarily with her own music and event service( Mary welcomes contact from piano students of Roy McAllister, who retired in 1976 from teaching at UA. She is writing articles (which can be read on her website)about significant mentor-teachers, and wishes to pay tribute to Roy McAllister.

After graduating from UA, Chris Bentley (B.A. 1993) continued to follow his interest in recording, composition and performance. He is now owner and head engineer of The Bunker Recording Studio in Baltimore, MD. His wife, Stacy, is an elementary school art teacher. They have two sons, Layne and J.P.

Bill Benton (BS ’63, MA ’67). After 10 years of service as band director in Samson (AL) and Tuscaloosa schools, Bill joined Phifer Wire Products in Tuscaloosa in 1973. Today he serves as Phifer’s Vice-President of Employee Growth and Development. Send him e-mail at

Herb Betts (BS ’02) is now the Assistant Principal at Madras Middle School in Coweta County GA. He married Julie Brock in 2006 and currently resides in Senoia Ga.

Michaela (Bice) Culpepper (B.S.W. and M.S.W. (minor in music) 2000 and 2001) married Brock Culpepper Nov. 2, 2002, and had a beautiful baby girl named Julia Charleston on May 21, 2005. Their second girl was born on February 28, 2007; Her name is Elizabeth Brentlee Culpepper (Ellee). Michaela is a church pianist and is enjoying staying home with the kids. She may be contacted by clicking here.

Jeff Black (BA ’96) was diagnosed with cancer shortly after graduation, but he has just celebrated his fifth year of being in remission. He has been married since December 2001, currently works for Protective Life Insurance in Birmingham, and is pursuing a degree in history at UAB.

Lee Black (BS ’91) spent eight years in the Nashville area, writing songs and leading worship at a church. Now he, wife Melissa (BS Nursing ’86), and four children live in Fairhope, AL. Lee works as song development coordinator at Integrity Music in Mobile and serves part-time on the staff of Church on the Eastern Shore in Fairhope.

Dr. Alan Blackshear (BS Music Ed.’71, MM Composition ’81, DMA Composition ’91) taught in the Altus,OK public schools (band director) from 1975-1978 after serving four years in the US Air Force. He taught at Wallace Community College (Selma) from 1981-1985, and recently retired from Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa,AL), where he directed the Shelton Jazz Ensemble and taught Music Theory and other related music courses from 1985 to 2010. He plays trombone in the Shelton Jazz Ensemble and Tuscaloosa Winds, and sings tenor in a local church where his wife (Glinda Blackshear) directs the choir.

Rochelle (Blackstone) Loney (BM ’96) went on to earn an MM in music therapy from FSU. She married husband Christopher in May, 2000, and she is living and teaching music in Olathe, Kansas.

Dr. Frank Blanton (BS ’76, EdD ’94) was Drum Major in the Million Dollar Band from 1973-1976. He graduated with his B.S. from UA in 1976, then earned his M.S. from University of Illinois in 1980, and later earned his Ed. D. from UA in 1994. He was the 1998 recipient of the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Teacher Fellowship Award. He has been the Director of Bands/Coordinator of Instrumental Music in Mountain Brook City Schools from 2002-present. He was the Music director and conductor of the Alabama Youth Symphony from 2003-2006. He was the Director of Education for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2005. He is married to Maria Kimetta Portabella Blanton, a native of Guatemala and Spanish teacher at Crestline Elementary School in Mountain Brook.

Stephanie Bolton (BM in Music Therapy 1997) is currently employed as a music therapist for a large nursing home in Rochester, NY. She got married in 2002 and is currently participating in the distance learning music therapy graduate program at St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana.

Robin Bonner (B.S. in Music Education (piano major) 1980) taught elementary classroom music, private piano, and high school choir at Open Door Christian School in Tuscaloosa for 22 years. She is currently the pianist at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, where her husband, Larry, is the pastor. She also enjoys singing solos and praise/worship music. They have two children: Laure, who is serving in the US Air Force, stationed at Mildenhall, England, and Barry, who is a music major at Shelton State.

Tom Borden (BS ’64, MA ’67) taught in Montgomery for 15 years but now is a CPA. He plays trumpet occasionally with the Montgomery Symphony and sings tenor in local choral groups.

Keava (Boswell) Jones (BM ’95) married Marlon E. Jones (BS ’99) on July 7, 2001. Keava was graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI, in May 2001. Marlon is Minister of Music for the Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL, where the couple resides. Send email to or

Larry Bradford (MM and completing a DMA 2000) is currently Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Percussion at Delta State University in Cleveland Mississippi. Email him at

Carol Britt (DMA ’99) is assistant professor of music at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, where she was recently named the director of the School of Fine Arts. She continues to teach organ privately and to serve as organist/choir director at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Metairie, LA.

Mary Ellen Brooks (B.S. Education 1998) is currently the director at Huntland High School (TN) and proud mom to five year old, John Canaan.

Allison (Brown) Mays (B.A., M.A., Ed.S., J.D. B.A. 1991) is now an assistant principal at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Contact her at

Since graduating from the University, Rhonda (Brown) Dennison (B.S. Music Education 1980) has taught Elementary School Music in Atlanta, GA for five years and now in Huntsville City Schools for almost 20 years. She studied piano with Nancy Wright at UA and still thinks of what a great teacher she was! You may remember her as the girl who always came into convocation soaking wet because my swimming class was right before. She is married to Frank Dennison and they have two sons, ages 15 and 17. Her oldest is probably headed to UA.

Ginger (Bryant) Bennett (BM ’95) and her husband John live in Suwanee, GA. Her music therapy practice (Allegrow! Music, Inc.) provides music therapy services to the greater Atlanta area.

William (Pete) Buckholtz (BM ’65) is currently Minister of Music at the First United Methodist Church, Russellville, Arkansas.

Dr. Richard Byrd (MM 1993) is now the President and CEO of Technical Operations, Inc., a Houston-based provider of information technology services. Ultimately earning a Ph.D. in information sciences, he now keeps his hand in, so to speak, by serving as the music director of The Woodlands Concert Band, a 75 member wind group based north of Houston.

David Caddell (BS in Education 2005) is currently employed by the Tuscaloosa County Schools as band director at Collins-Riverside Middle School and Echols Middle School.

Wayne Cameron (B.S.(1968) M.A. (1970) Ed.D (1979) 1968) has been a Band Director for 25 years including at the following schools: Anniston High School, Anniston, AL; Shaw High School, Mobile, Ass’t Director, Purdue University, Lafayette, In; Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Currently, Airport Manager, Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, Tuscaloosa, AL. He plays Clarinet in the Tuscaloosa Winds, 5th Alabama Regimental Band and Calvary Baptist Orchestra.

Cecelia (Campbell) Trabert (BM 1973) is the High School Band Director as well as the Middle School Band Director at Piper High School in Kansas Ciy, Kansas. She holds that position in addition to the St. Joseph Missouri Symphony Principal Flutist Position and Instructor of Flute at the Mid America Nazarene University. Her son Jake, just landed 3rd Chair French Horn in the Kansas All State Orchestra his first year auditioning! He also distinguished himself at the 2005 Christmas Baseball Camp held at the University of Alabama.

Heather Casson (B.S. in Music Education 2001) taught 5 years at Brooks High School in Killen, AL. She is now the Asst Band Director at Oak Mountain Middle School in Birmingham, AL. She can be reached here.

Michele Champion (Certification in Music Education 1998) completed her doctorate degree in music in July, 2006 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA.

Trey Champion (Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science 1997, 2006) completed his degree in interior design and art history, and accepted a position with Stanley Beaman and Sears, Architecture and Interiors. His efforts are concentrated on children’s health care facilities. He can be emailed by clicking here.

Wendi (Clark) Grimes (Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy 1995) finished a Master of Science in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi (at Long Beach) in Summer 2004. She moved from Gulfport, MS to Dahlgren, VA in July 2004 and is now working as the Continuity of Operations Planner for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Diane Cobern-Kohout (BS ’81), RN, taught piano for several years before earning a BSN in Nursing from Troy State University. Currently, she is working full time and is working on her MSN in Nursing. She has three children, one of whom is also persuing a BSN in Nursing.

Mike Congiardo (MM ’92) teaches band at West Middle School in Jackson, Tennessee. He and wife Suzanne Martin Congiardo have two dogs named Count Basie and Lady Day.

While working on a DMA in conducting at Michigan State University, Bill Crabtree (BM ’90, MM ’92) completed his teaching certification. Currently he lives in Phoenix, AZ, and works as a band director for the Peoria Unified School District.

Cheryl (Crider) Clarke (BS ’77) is married to Gene Clarke (MA ’76) and resides in Grove Hill, AL, where she has been as band director at Wilson Hall Middle School for 26 years. Gene retired from high school band directing after 25 years and now teaches music appreciation for the local junior college and computer applications for Catholic Social Services. Both of their daughters attend the University of Alabama.

Brock Culpepper (Music Administration & Religious Studies 1997) married Michaela Bice in November 2002. Their first child, Julia Charleston Culpepper, was born on May 21, 2005. Elizabeth Brentlee Culpepper was born on February 28, 2007. Brock works at Motion Industries in Irondale, AL and sings with Birmingham, Alabama’s Steel City Quartet.

David Curren (master of music education 1988) has been band director of the middle school and high school at Springville High School in St. Clair County for the past 15 years. He is married and has a son who will graduate from high school next year.

Stanley Curtis (BM ’86) has been a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. for the past 4 years (along with wife, Melissa Bishop, who plays clarinet in the Navy Band). He also plays Baroque trumpet and cornetto throughout the country with such groups as Apollo’s Fire, Milwaukee Baroque, the Washington Bach Consort, the Violins of LaFayette, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and the Orchestra of the 17th Century.

Eric Daffron (BA in English and French, music minor ’89) is not only Associate Professor of English, Mississippi University for Women, but also Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Columbus, MS.

Ronald Davis (BM ’68, MM ’70) has been teaching elementary music for 16 years in the Corunna (MI) Public Schools. He and wife Glenda have three grown children, Matthew, Abby, and Isaac, and they would enjoy hearing from alumni of their era (send email here).

Ronald & Glenda (Myers) Davis (Ronald (BM, 1968; MM 1970 in Organ Performance) Glenda (BM, 1967; MM, 1969 in piano performance) have lived in Owosso, Michigan for the past 35 years. They taught at John Wesley College in Owosso until 1979. Ronald taught public school music in Corunna, Michigan until his retirement in 2004. They have maintained a private music studio as well as being involved in the local music scene as performers. The Davises also plan and implement the music at their local church. They have three grown children (two sons and a daughter) and one grandson. They enjoy caring for their grandson who promises to be be a very fine musician in his own right. The music training at UA was top of the line and has proven their musical worth for the past 38 years. They would enjoy hearing via email from classmates from the 1964-1970 era.

Deborah Deming-Galloway (BM ’93) followed her music therapy degree with a master of music degree in voice performance from Georgia State University. Currently she is choir director at St. John’s Methodist Church in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Nicole DeWeese-Helm (BS in Music Education 2003) is the elementary music specialist at Meadow View Elementary in Radcliff, Ky. She lives in Elizabethtown, KY with her husband, Derrick. They are expecting their first child in February, 2005

Colin Dorman (BM Horn Performance 2004) received his MM in Horn Performance from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, KY. He currently lives there and freelances and maintains a private studio. He is engaged to Jessica Litwiniec and they will be getting married in November.

Laura Dunn (BM ’01) will marry William McGill in June, 2001. She has just returned to Tuscaloosa and is music therapist at RISE – The Stallings Center.

Timothy Durbin (BM ’79) is Director of String Studies, Director of the University Orchestra. and violin Professor at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, California. He does about 30 clinics and workshops each year, many of them being Suzuki workshops and Institutes. He is working on my doctorate in conducting at Claremont Graduate University; you may contact him via email at

Jon Durkovic (MM ’94) is the manager of the Historic Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, Georgia and organist at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Albany, Georgia. The Grand Theatre is the new home for a recently restored 1926 Barton Theater organ which is played before films and live shows as well as in concert.

Casey Elliott (Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy 2002) is now a Board Certified Music Therapist at an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital in South Carolina. She has her own private piano studio with six beginning students, and is the Assistant Music Director for two children’s choirs (ages 5-11) at church.

Mary Ellen Emmons (BS ’98) is on sabbatical from Flintville (TN) Junior High, complete her master’s degree. She and husband Tim have a one year-old son, Canaan.

Ryan England (MME 2003) currently serves as Band Director at Echols Middle School in Northport, Alabama.

Robin (Ethridge) Pentland (MM – Musicology 2003) is a Ph.D pre-candidate in Musicology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She recently married Ken Pentland of Phoenix and has moved to the Seattle area where Ken will continue with school.

Diane Farhat Snodgrass (MM 1983) earned a DMA in piano from the University of Southern California. She teaches at Mesa College and recently appeared as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Following graduate studies in music at Indiana and New York Universities, Jason Farrow (BM Music History 1961) spent time working in Europe and wound up as Sony’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs based in New York. Having retired in 2001, he and his wife Anne live in a small seaside community in Connecticut, where Jason serves as Flotilla Commander and Operations Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Long Island Sound. Son Ben and twin daughters Catie and Nellie are studying at St Joseph’s University (Philadelphia), Johns Hopkins, and the University of Virginia, respectively. Please get in touch by clicking here.

Kimberly (Felder) Scott (BA in Flute Performance 1997) accepted a position on the music faculty at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She is currently the incoming Chair of the Department of Music (beginning Fall 2006) at ASFA and where she also teaches applied flute there. She regularly performs concerts and recitals across the US and abroad. In 2000 she married Dennis Scott and we have a 7 month old son named Jaden.

Alise Ferranti (Music Therapy 1998) lives in Jacksonville Florida with her husband, Joe, and their two beautiful daughters, Lauren (12/03) and Darden (12/06). She is a realtor with Fred Miller Group and Joe is a project manager with Apex, an environmental consulting firm.

Lydia Fetner (B.M. Violin Performance 2005) completed her M.M. in Violin Performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music this year and is currently working on her D.M.A. in Violin Performance. She currently teaches with the Starling Project Foundation and works under Kurt Sassmannshaus as the Starling Chamber Orchestra Librarian. Lydia also teaches at the Immanuel School of the Arts and at the Seven Hills School as a private violin teacher. She currently has 25 violin students. In addition to her musical studies Lydia is excited about her upcoming wedding this summer.

Les Fillmer (BM ’74) was English horn soloist and personnel manager with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra until taking a full-time teaching position at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1981; he was appointed music chair there in 1996. He also serves as music director for Alabama Ballet and the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. Les asks, “When is the HOLT LOCK AND DAM MUSIC FESTIVAL Revival scheduled to occur?”

Shannon (Forrester) Watt (B.S. MUE 1993) is married to Lewis and they have 2 sons, Lewis Jr. (8) and John (6). They currently reside in Ridgeland, MS and she is teaching k3 music, 6th grade music, HS choir and drama at Madison Ridgeland Academy. She loves to spread the Roll Tide among the Ole Miss and Mississippi State crowd! She is also forever grateful to have studied with Karen White!

Mark Foster (B.S., M.A., Ed.D. 1990, 1996, 2005) has been teaching band in the Birmingham area for 16 years and is currently the band director at Mountain Brook Junior High School.

Randy “Bert” Fowler (BS MA Music Education 1978, 1982) is a composer/arranger in the Muscle Shoals area and has served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Russellville since 1993. He didn’t realize what a great music program UA had until he did graduate work in Ft. Worth, TX. and passed all the placement tests with flying colors. (Thanks Dr. Prentice and Dr. Goosen) He is married to Carole (Norred) and they have two children – both UA grads.

Jorie Franklin (Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance 2002) is married to Chris Franklin (former trumpet player in MDB). They spent 4 years in Denver Colorado where Chris worked for Ball Corp. They now live in Olathe, KS where Chris has gotten a new job. They have 2 beautiful boys, Josh who is 6, and Collin who is 2. Jorie been blessed to be able to stay at home with my boys.

After graduation from UA in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music degree, Monica (Free) Mielke moved to Germany, where she studied clarinet in Osnabrück with Allan Ware, and in Düsseldorf with Ulf Rodenhäuser. She completed a degree in clarinet performance from the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in 2006. In 2007 she married Falko Mielke. They lived in New York for one year while Falko completed a Master of Laws at NYU, then they returned to Germany, where Monica began teaching music in a German secondary school (Ricarda-Huch-Gymnasium in Gelsenkirchen). Monica is now pursuing a doctoral degree in Musicology at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule parallel to her job as a music teacher. Falko is a judge in Duisburg.

Melissa (Garner) Koprowski (BM Performance 2006) recently won First Place in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition. She was among 12 people selected to the attend the Semi-Final round held in Austin, TX July 22nd from a large number of applicants in a taped round representing 6 different countries. The Final round was held on July 24th, of which she was the first place recipient winning a prize consisting of $2000 and a new professional clarinet. Melissa studied with Dr. Scott Bridges at the UA for her BM degree. She has since been continuing her education at the University of Southern California, where she is a student of Yehuda Gilad for the duration of her MM, and currently her DMA degree.

Shelley Gilbert-Tomich (Bachelors in Music Education 2003) married Mark Tomich (computer engineer, graduate of AL in 2002) on December 20, 2003. She now teaches elementary band/general music in Alpharetta, GA.

Linda Gill (MM ’91) has been assistant director of music and organist at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery since 1995. She also serves as director of the Montgomery MasterSingers.

David Gill (BS 1986) is married to Joann Stephens Gill (class of 1978) with 8 kids. The oldest is in her 2nd year at Bama (she is in the colorguard) and his latest is 10 months old. (She will be at Bama in 2024). He can be emailed by clicking here.

Frank Godfrey (BS ’69) has been sales representative for DeMoulin Bros. & Co. (provider of uniforms for the Million Dollar Band) since 1972. Frank is married and has 2 children; the older will graduate from UA in 12/02 with a degree in elementary education.

David Allen Grady (BS ’95) received a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in 1999. He married Susan Allen of Atlanta in September, 2001. Now he is a Probationary Elder in the United Methodist Church and works as Associate Pastor at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA.

Fred Grady was in the Million Dollar Band from 1966-1968. He was a music education major until he volunteered for the USMC where he served from 1968-1971. His last eighteen months he played trombone, percussion and piano with the United States Marine Corps Band. Currently, he’s an epidemiologist and State Director of the Division of Epidemiology for the Alabama Department of Public Health. Also, he serves as a Local Pastor for two churches in Russell County for the United Methodist Church. Yes, they are near that other school. His middle son (David Allen Grady), is a graduate of UA in music education and now a Methodist Minister in the Atlanta area. Fred’s youngest daughter is a sophomore at UA majoring in journalism and writes for the CW.

Laura (Grantier) Snavely (BM ’93) was named Assistant Principal Clarinet with the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. in January 2001.

Jimmy Greene (BM ’72) received a M.M. in voice from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and undertook doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed in opera and in concert throughout the USA and abroad and has sung in some of the most important halls in the world. Currently he is Director of the Performing Arts Department at St. John’s Preparatory School, St. John’s University, Queens, NY.

Brian Griffin (B.S. in Education 1996) is the Orchestra Director for Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. His wife, Carol, and he recently celebrated the birth of their son, Max.
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Chris Griffin (B.A. ’88) is pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Montevallo. He is music director and organist for the Lutheran Church of Vestavia Hills in Birmingham and continues to perform throughout the state, alternately as a tenor and as a jazz pianist.

Julie (Griffin) Guier (B.S., Music Ed. 1985) Julie is happily married to Bill Guier. They have two daughters and live near Birmingham. Julie works as a legal secretary for Christian & Small LLP. She enjoys occasional performance opportunities in local churches and weddings, both as a substitute choir member and instrumental soloist.

Lori (Grisham) Bethea (BS in music education 2000) and Britt moved to Mobile in 2003 where Britt is an attorney with Greene and Phillips. Lori just resigned from her job as an elementary music specialist to stay home with their baby boy, Maddox, born on August 4, 2006.

Timothy E. Guenther (MM ’79) has been Director of Music at First English Lutheran Church of Mansfield since 1989, and Adjunct Instructor in Organ and University Organist at Ashland University since 1996. Tim reports that the church is currently renovating its organ, contact him at

Roger Guilian (Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor 1995, 1998) serves as General Counsel and Assistant Vice President of Volkert & Associates, Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting services firm headquartered in Mobile, Alabama with more than 20 offices throughout the United States. Roger and his wife Leslie live in Daphne with their 2 year old son, and are expecting a daughter. Roger carries with him the work ethic and attention to detail taught by Dr. Welker to this day.

After graduating from UA, Cecilia Hamilton (B.S. Music Education 2002) received the MM degree in flute performance from the University of North Texas. She has performed with Sherman Symphony and Metropolitan Winds. She is currently principal flutist with the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra and she conducts the Flower Mound Progressive Orchestra. She performs with Aria Trio and Tin Roof Tango. Cecilia is the flute instructor for Austin College and maintains a studio of about 40 students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Sam Hamm (BM 1991) completed a PhD in music composition at the University of Florida in 2005. After spending a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Sam now holds the position of Assistant Professor of Music at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. Sam and his wife Kimberly were married in August 2002, and to this point have accumulated more cats than children (4-0). His website is here.

Dacquistoe Hamner completed his post-graduate studies in voice and music education from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Georgia upon completion of a BS in Music Education and MM in Vocal Performance at UA. He also taught choral and music appreciation for the Fulton County School system in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Hamner has returned to his native Tuscaloosa to pursue the Educational Specialist degree from the University of Phoenix, and is expected to graduate in 2016.

Angela Hampton (B.S. ’00) is assistant band director at Discovery Middle School in Madison, Alabama. She is engaged to Chris Neugent, who is currently completing a B.S. degree as well; the wedding date will be June 8, 2002.

Danielle (Hansen) Gray (Equivalency in Music Therapy, ’99) married husband Roger in June, 1999, and moved to Arizona two weeks later. Currently she works in the Phoenix area with children who have various developmental disabilities.

Kim (Haralson) Enderle (BA ’93) works as sales manager and coordinator for a licensing shop in Munich; previously, she worked for a German production company selling television programs to international broadcasters. She and husband Frank live in Ravensburg, Germany, only 30 minutes from the Alps.

Having retired as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Jacksonville State University, Dr. Larry Hardin (Ed.D. in Music Education 1997) is currently serving as Education Director for the Birmingham International Center.

Micah Hardwick (BM Performance 2007) has just accepted the position of battery caption head for the Texas State University marching band. He is also an active teacher/performer in the south central TX area. In addition, he is the snare technician for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps out of Santa Clara, CA.

Sarah (Harris) Crouch (Bachelor of Music (Theory/Composition) 1972) received a Master of Music at University of Texas at Arlington. She is on Fine Arts faculty at Dallas Baptist University and the theory curriculum writer. Sarah is the author of two books and of numerous articles in professional journals. Additionally, she is a church pianist.

Brett Hawkins (BM in jazz studies/music media 2006) began his masters in Fall 2006 as a GTA in the University of Lousiville jazz program.

Ryan Hebert (B.M. ’97) is professor of music at Oklahoma City Community College, where he conducts two choirs and teaches other courses; see his website at Ryan invites classmates to get in touch (

Adam Heidenreich (BS ’00) will be one of two music specialists at Cedar Hill Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He will also be auditioning to perform with the JSU Centerstage World Winter Guard for the 2004 season.

Rebecca (Henley) Parris (BS Social Work ’82) works as a Social Worker with the Health Services Center in Anniston. She am an active member of Southside United Methodist Church in Gadsden where she often has the opportunity to play the flute.

Doug Henry (MA 1973) has taught band in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina for 37 years and has no immediate plans to retire. He’s played professionally all of this time, touring with various bands in most of the lower 48, and gigs at least 3 nights a week. He’s recorded with Eileen Farrell, Loonis McGlohon, The Four Tops and Jim Stack. Doug is still married to Lucy and they have 2 daughters; the youngest is a voice major at Winthrop U. in South Carolina. They now have a granddaughter, too!

Joel Henson (B.S. Music Education 2003) is currently in his 6th year as Director of Bands at Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Alabama.

Chris Hillman (BA ’98) is finishing medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He’ll receive his M.D. in May 2002 and will pursue a specialty in anesthesiology.

After graduating from UA, Stephen Hiramoto (B.S. Music 1988) attended Louisiana State University and graduated with the Master of Music in Oboe Performance in 1990. His education continued at the University of North Texas where he held the Teaching Fellowship in Oboe and performed in the Teaching Fellow Wind Quintet. These studies culminated in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance in 1996. Since 1997 Stephen has owned and operated North Texas Oboe Reeds and Cane and resides in Dallas and New Orleans.

Lori (Hodge) Corley (BM in Music Therapy 1996) has been Director of Madison Station Senior Center since 2002. Lori was chosen as one of The Tennessean’s Top 40 Under 40 young leaders this year. She and husband Ed were married in 2001.

After serving as a member of the Allied Forces Band (NATO) in Naples, Italy from 2005-2007, Chris Hodges (Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance 1999) is currently a member of Navy Band Mid-South located in Millington TN. He and his wife Amanda have 3 little girls ages 8,5, and 1.

Since graduating, Heather Holtcamp (B.M Organ Performance 1996) has remained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is currently the Music Director at Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she enjoys being the organist as well as directing numerous choral and instrumental ensembles. In addition to her position at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Heather has worked as a professional pastry chef and has recently acquired her J.D. degree and has been admitted to the Alabama State Bar. You can email her here.

Leigh (Hood) Neria (B.S. EDU August 2000) currently teaches middle school band at Cypress Middle School for Memphis City schools. Along with teaching the band, she also coaches the girls softball team during the spring. She married Leobardo Neria in September 2003 and currently lives outside of the city limits in Oakland, TN. They have a son, Isaac. She will be completing her master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision in March 2010. She may be emailed by clicking here.

Joseph Hudson (BSE – Music Education 2002) taught choral and general music (6-8) at Brookwood Middle School in the Tuscaloosa County school system for two years before returning to UA in the fall of 2004 to begin a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. He is now the Director of Music at Northport First United Methodist Church where he directs the adult chancel choir, the hand bell choir, and supervises the children’s music program.

Kevin Humphrey (B.M., 1998) currently lives in NYC. He is teaching middle school music in Manhattan. Click here to email him.

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