- John Miliauskas – Director of the Towson University Marching Band
- Dr. Matthew Altimire – Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Director of Marching Percussion
- Amy Brown – Color Guard Director, Band Administrative Assistant
- Color Guard Staff
- Percussion Staff
- Additional Staff
Director of the Towson University Marching Band
Mr. John J. Miliauskas III has a lifetime of experiences in instrumental music and marching activities. His father was the band director at Lake-Lehman High School (Lehman, PA) for thirty-six years. After graduating from Lake-Lehman himself in 1981, John played mellophone in the Penn State Blue Band (University Park, PA) in 1981 and 1982, as well as in the Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Garfield, NJ) in 1982 and 1983. John continued his marching experiences at West Chester University (West Chester, PA) as drum major for three years, from 1984-1987. He also was drum major for the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps (Reading, PA) in 1986.
Following his marching experiences, John moved on to gain many accomplishments as a drill designer. He started with his father at Lake-Lehman High School, where he was a member of the instructional staff from 1982-1988, performing various duties including marching and music instruction, programming, drill design, and assistant director. During these years, the band won the Cavalcade of Bands American Class State Championships in 1984 and 1987, as well as the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships in 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1988.
After his father’s retirement, John expanded his high school drill writing to numerous programs including the 1989-2000 Red Land High School Marching Bands (Lewisberry, PA). During this time, the program achieved three Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships, six Chapter VI Championships, and a Macy’s Parade appearance in 1998. John also for the 2001-2003 Quakertown High School Marching Bands (Quakertown, PA), as well as the Cypress Creek High School Marching Band (Orlando, FL), which won its division and made finals at the 1994 Bands of America Southeast Regional, placing fourth overall. In addition to these advanced level programs, John has written dozens of shows at the basic and intermediate levels for bands having anywhere from forty total members to over 250 total members.
In his twenty years of writing since his start at Lake-Lehman, some of the more notable programs he has designed drill for beyond the high school level include the 1992 and 1993 Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (Philadelphia, PA). Crossmen were Drum Corps International World Finalists during both seasons. In 1992, the corps placed sixth in the DCI Finals Championship, earning their highest finish ever to that point. John has also written for the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band from 1984-1987 and 2000-present, the 1991 Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps (Orlando, FL), the 1988 and 1989 Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, and the 2001-2003 Govenaires Senior Drum and Bugle Corps (St. Peter, MN).
As a well-rounded drill designer, John has written for many indoor color guard and indoor drumline ensembles, including the 1987 and 1988 Threshold Indoor Color Guards (West Chester, PA), the 1996-2000 Red Land High School Indoor Color Guards (Lewisberry, PA), the 2002 Penn State Eclipse Indoor Color Guard (University Park, PA), the 2002-2003 Huntingdon High School Indoor Drumlines (Huntingdon, PA), which was the 2002 TIA All-Chapter Scholastic A Champion, and the 2002-present Bpex Winter Guards (Wilmington, DE). Several of these groups have achieved such accomplishments as Winter Guard International semi-finalists and finalists on both the regional and national levels, along with regional circuit champions.
Mr. John Miliauskas was the Director of Bands at Crossroads Middle School in the West Shore School District (Lewisberry, PA) from its opening in 1993 until 2002. During his tenure, the Crossroads Band Program commissioned Robert W. Smith to compose At The Crossroads, A Dedicatory Fanfare, which was published through Belwin Publications and is widely performed. From 1994-2000, the Crossroads Bands received consistent superior ratings at PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Concert Band Adjudication Festivals. This culminated with a performance at the PMEA State Conference in April of 2001 by the Crossroads Wind Ensemble. In addition to this honor, the Crossroads Bands have performed with guest soloists including Dr. Brian Bowman on euphonium from the University of North Texas, Mr. Matt Niess on trombone from the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and Capitol Bones of Washington, DC, and Mr. Seneca Black on trumpet from the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra of New York, NY.
A brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Mr. John Miliauskas completed his Masters of Music in Music Education with a performance option in conducting at West Chester University in May 2004. He is a member of the following professional organizations: The National Association for Music Education (MENC), National Band Association (NBA), and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
Dr. Matthew Altmire
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Director of Marching Percussion
Matt Altmire grew up in Tacoma, WA, and Victorville, CA. Before coming to Towson, Altmire served on the faculty of both Santa Monica College and Mt. San Antonio College in California, where he taught courses in percussion (techniques, ensembles, lessons) and music history (general music appreciation and rock music history). In addition, he has been on the staff at the University of California, Los Angeles for several years as an instructor/arranger for the marching band drumline.
Matt earned his BA, MM and DMA in Percussion Performance from UCLA, where he studied with Mitchell Peters, Raynor Carroll, and Theresa Dimond. During his doctoral work, he also studied world percussion instruments such as djembe, cajon, and steel drums, and became one of the conductors for the university symphonic band. As a freelance percussionist in the Los Angeles area, he has performed with several different types of groups including the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony Orchestra, Swing Incorporated, and the contemporary percussion ensemble GLANK.
Matt’s love of marching percussion began early, and in addition to playing tenors in high school, college (at Riverside Community College and UCLA), and DCI (two seasons with Velvet Knights and three with Santa Clara Vanguard), Matt has performed as a marching percussionist all over the world for many types of events. Along with tours to Australia, England, Japan, Scotland, France, Spain, and Italy, Matt has marched tenors in many of the world’s great parades, including the Rose Parade (CA), the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NY), the London New Year’s Day Parade, the Carnival in Nice (France), the Three Kings Parade in Madrid (Spain), and the extraordinary Moomba Parade in Melbourne, Australia!
Outside of UCLA, Altmire has been on the staff of a number of other notable programs, including Etiwanda HS (BOA Finalist), Thousand Oaks HS (WGI Finalist), William S. Hart HS (multiple SCSBOA championships in California), and Riverside Community College. In addition, Matt has been a caption head and arranger at Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps, and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. While at Pacific Crest, Matt co-created an interactive web based video series entitled Center Snare, in which drummers could download segments of show music, get instruction and tips from members of the drumline, and play along with the drumline from various perspectives.
Matt’s percussion arrangements for marching band have been featured on sites such as Center X Productions and Key Poulan Music, and his percussion arrangements for the UCLA marching band and pep band have been performed on national television for the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, NCAA tournament, and numerous other collegiate events. As well, Matt has done several percussion clinics across North America and Japan, including with International Marching Clinics, System Blue, Calgary Stampede Drum Corps, and Yamato Japan.
Altmire is proud and honored to be both a REMO marching artist, and member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
Color Guard Director, Band Administrative Assistant
Amy Brown is from Hagerstown, MD and has been involved with music performance since she began playing the piano and flute in 4th grade. She participated in concert band in elementary, middle, and high school. In elementary school, Amy was a member of the Washington County Show Kids majorette group where she discovered “flag twirlers.” It was in high school where Amy began her passion for color guard: performing with the North Hagerstown High School Marching Band as well as the Indoor Color Guard.
After graduating from high school in 2004, Amy continued developing her skills as a performer with marching in DCI for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2004-2007. While with the Crossmen, she was on the weapon line all four years and served as Color Guard Captain in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, she marched WGI with The Black Watch and was part of the rifle line. Unfortunately, due to an injury, she had to end her WGI season early.
In the past 10 years, Amy has instructed, choreographed, and directed numerous High Schools across the tri-state region. Her color guards have won numerous “Best Guard” Awards at TOB, BOA, and USBANDS Marching Competitions and won Championship Medals in the KIDA Indoor Circuit. Amy returned to her alma mater 3 years ago and held the Color Guard Designer/Choreographer position for North Hagerstown High School. They recently placed 3rd at the 2015 KIDA Championship Competition. In 2010, Amy was an instructor for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. During the 2014 Drum Corps season, Amy was the Color Guard Caption Head for the Thunder Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps, which is the first Maryland Drum Corps.
Amy received her Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Over the past 4 years, she has worked at a Juvenile Placement Facility as a Counselor and a Life Skills Supervisor; and as a Paraprofessional in Washington County Public Schools for Alternative In School Instruction. In her spare time, Amy provides Respite Therapy for a child who is on the Autism Spectrum through Penn Mar Human Services.
Amy is incredibly excited to begin this journey with the Towson University Marching Band and is looking forward to assisting in the growth of this incredible program.
Color Guard Assistant Director
Liz Niemiec comes to us as a recent graduate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, in Boston, MA. With a Masters of Arts in Professional Psychology (2010), and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology (2012), Liz returned home to Maryland, where she now works as a School Psychologist for Baltimore City Public Schools.
Liz has been instructing high school guard for over 10 years in Montgomery County, MD. After several years of marching and working with under-developed colorguard programs with little knowledge, funding, and resources, Liz dedicated her career to revamping these programs, as well as spreading awareness and appreciation for the activity throughout the area. Liz is proud to have served as the colorguard caption head for Quince Orchard High School (2005-2009) and Paint Branch High School (2001-2005; 2012-2013). During her time there, Liz also established indoor guard programs at each school, and eventually worked to combine the groups in 2006 and 2009.
In her first year with Towson University (2013-2014), after a “Crazy” fall season, Liz took the colorguard program to a new level, launching the first indoor program for the Towson University Winterguard (TUWG). Competing with Keystone Indoor Drill Association and Winterguard International, TUWG was honored to perform their debut show, “Hit the Lights,” at the WGI Championships, in Dayton, Ohio last spring.
Liz looks forward to another successful year with the Towson University Marching Band, and is so impressed and inspired by all of the opportunities to learn, grow, share, and exchange knowledge about colorguard with so many students, staff, and neighboring programs in the area! Thank you!
Color Guard Technician/Flag
Hey! My name is Kate McConachie and I am from Wilmington, Delaware. I graduated from Towson University in May 2015 with a degree in psychology. I became involved in colorguard my sophomore year of high school, and immediately fell in love. My passion kept growing year after year and followed me to college. I marched all four years at Towson, the last two of which were spent as part of the Student Marching Advisory Council. When I’m not working with the colorguard, I am working my other job as a server at Italian Gardens.
Color Guard Technician/Weapon and Dance
Hi, my name is Anthony Ly. I hail from Fort Worth, Texas. I began color guard as a freshman in high school and have continued to love it through the years. I have marched DCI and WGI, and have taught at multiple schools on and off. I have also done some flag and dance work with larger companies like Disney. I am excited to be at Towson and with the students as well as learn from them and can’t wait to see what this next year will bring.
Percussion Caption Head
Matt Lusky is very excited to continue working with such an up and coming program. He also runs a real estate investment business in Wilmington, Delaware and acts as the percussion arranger and caption head for Downingtown East and Downingtown West high schools in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.
Matt comes to Towson University after working several years as the founder and percussion caption head for the Penn State Indoor Percussion Ensemble (1997-1999). He also spent 5 years in the Penn State Blue Band drumline and 2 years as the percussion section leader (1998-1999). Matt’s drum corps teaching experience includes one year on the percussion staff of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps (1999), four years on the percussion staff of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2000-2004), and he was a percussion technician for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2005).
Andrew Prentiss Baker graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Composition during which he marched in the Towson University Marching Band (front ensemble) for five years. He has teched at and arranged for four different high schools in Maryland over the past seven years including Century High School, a gold medalist in KIDA classes Gold (2012) and White (2013).
In his writing, Baker strives to bring a fresh outlook on front ensemble arranging that focuses more on the uniqueness and potential of an individual and how that person/instrument functions as part of a whole rather than writing each subsection (i.e. marimbas or vibes) a one-size-fits-all part.
Steven Michael Hand is a graduate of Towson University with a B.S. in Biology in 2013 and is currently working on his Masters in Forensic Science from Towson University. Steven spent 4 years in the front ensemble of the Towson University Marching Band serving as section leader for his last two. This will be Steven’s second season as the front ensemble technician with the Towson University Marching Band. Steven’s drum corps career includes one year with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps (2011) and two years with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2012, 2013). Steven also marched two seasons of WGI with the George Mason Indoor Drumline (2012, 2013). Steven taught the front ensemble at Huntingtown High School in 2011 and has been serving as the front ensemble technician for the Urbana High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble since 2012. Steven is also a front ensemble technician at the George Mason Indoor Drumline and will be joining the front ensemble staff at the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2015 season.
Mr. Cipriani received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Education from the University of Mississippi. As a student at Ole Miss, he studied trumpet performance under the guidance of Dr. Charles Gates. Gino also had the great pleasure of studying trumpet under Roy Poper when he attended California State University at North Ridge
Mr. Gino Cipriani has served as a consultant to Marching Bands, Jazz Bands, Concert Bands as well as Drum and Bugle Corps across the United States, Canada and Korea. In Korea, Mr. Cipriani had the pleasure of working with the Korean Armed Forces Bands in preparation of the World Cup Ceremonies in 2002. In addition, Gino serves as an adjudicator at marching band competitions throughout the United States for USBands.
Gino Cipriani spent ten years, 1990 through 1999, as a brass instructor for the sixteen-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He then took the position as brass supervisor for the ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2000 and 2001 season. In 2002 and 2003 Mr. Cipriani had the honor to serve as the brass caption head and assisted in bringing Magic of Orlando back to the field as a finalist after two years of inactivity. In 2004, Gino held the brass caption head position for the six-time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Gino Cipriani headed as well as consulted for the brass section of the five-time DCA champion Syracuse Brigadiers. From 2007-2010 he took the position of brass caption head for DCA world champion Reading Buccaneers.
Currently, and once again Mr. Gino Cipriani holds the position of the brass supervisor for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He led the brass program to its World Champion brass titles in 2000 and 2005.
Callie Ferrell is working towards her Masters in Music Education. She graduated from Towson with a Bachelors in Music, concentration in Composition, and an LGBT Studies minor. She previously marched snare in the TUMB drum line for four years and is excited to return to the band to help it grow and succeed. Callie is committed to social justice issues, always looking out for those less privileged. She welcomes anyone and everyone to the marching program and family here at Towson University.
EVP Marching Band Operations / Webmaster
Gary Williams returns to the TIGER Marching Band for a sixth year as a member of the instructional staff. A member of the band from 2000-2004, Gary marched in the trumpet line as a freshman before serving as the TIGER’s Head Drum Major for next three years. Gary was the recipient of the 2003 Director’s Award for outstanding dedication and service to the Tiger Band. He is also an alumnus of the National Honorary Band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
In addition to the TIGER Marching band, Gary is the assistant marching band director at his high school alma mater, Franklin High School. Gary was member of the Franklin Marching Band from 1996-1999 and served as Drum Major from 1997-1999. A member of the FHS staff since 2000, his current responsibilities at Franklin include show and drill design along with marching, music, and brass instruction.
For the past 11 years Gary has worked for Williams Scotsman, Inc. in the Information Technology and Marketing departments. Over the past 3 years he has served as the company’s Online Services Manager with strategic and tactical responsibility of the companies Internet/Intranet/Extranet properties as well as online marketing programs.
Game Day Coordinator