- John Miliauskas – Director of the Towson University Marching Band
- Color Guard Staff
- Liz Niemiec – Color Guard Caption Head
- Tyler Leynes
- 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).
Color Guard Caption Head
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-present). During her time there, Liz also established indoor guard programs at each school, and eventually worked to combine the groups in 2006 and 2009.
Liz is beyond excited to join the team at Towson University this season and can’t wait to see where this crazy train takes us!
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.
A graduate of B.S. in Religious Studies in 2012 from Towson University, and former member and SMAC for the Cymbal line from 2007-2011, then became a Cymbal technician and educator for Towson University Marching Band in 2012 and continues. He was a graduate of Dulaney High School in 2007 and was in the Lion’s Roar Marching Band for his entire high school career. He continues his position as Percussion Caption Head/Arranger with Dulaney High School to the present. He received his A.A. in Music with a concentration in Percussion from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2010. Currently he is studying toward his M.A. in Theology with a focus on Historical/Systematic Theology, Moral and Liturgical Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. He hopes to continue to receive his Ph.D. in Theology, as well as Licentiate of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Sacred Theology in the future to further his aspirations to be a Professor and Scholar.
He marched in the Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps from Bayonne, NJ from 2006-2008 and with the help of Dennis Delucia has had a great impact on him as a musician, composer and educator. After he went out to Dubuque, IA to march cymbals with the Colts from 2009 to 2010 his age-out year. It is the experience at the Colts with the cymbal knowledge and teaching style of Diaz Clarke that would define the kind of instructor he is today. Then he went to be on the Visual staff for Fusion Core from Morris County, NJ in 2012 to gain more experience in how a show can be told with varying body movements and visuals that he and the staff came up with.
A member and supporter of “Kymbos” a DCI and WGI cymbal fraternity, Nick enjoys traveling, composing music, eating world cuisine, learning languages, hanging with friends and playing cymbals whenever he gets a chance.
Gregory Jackson has been a long standing pillar of the Towson University Marching Band. A member of the band from 2001-2005, Greg spent time in the band both marching and a member of SMAC, before serving as Drum Major in 2005. Concurrently, he became a member of the office staff, which he served until 2010.
Greg then went on to work with the US Scholastic Band Association and Youth Education in the Arts the fall of 2010. In his first year he worked as a Band Relations Representative and worked with over 700 bands across the country for their marching and indoor seasons. He then followed the next year as the Local Show Representative and Financial Manager of the USSBA, in which he coordinated over 100 shows hosted by high schools of the USSBA.
Returning to the TUMB Summer of 2012, we’re excited to welcome Greg back to the Towson University family, as the Administrative Assistant of the band. Greg currently resides in Lutherville, MD.
Greg was the recipient of the first Greg Award in 2008 for outstanding dedication and service to the TUMB. He also received the Spirit of Towson award in 2004.
From Timonium, MD, Alec Leventis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Towson University in 2010. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music composition at Towson University and is returning as one of the Towson University Marching Band’s graduate assistants. As a graduate assistant, Alec is responsible for the organization, instruction, behind-the-scenes aspects of the band, and has assisted in the creation and composition of shows since the 2010 season. He specializes in the maintenance and instruction of the brass sections and sometimes performs with the band as a trumpet player. Alec has enjoyed success with his compositions with many of his pieces being performed on the campus and at local brass festivals. He has also had one of his pieces performed on tour with the Towson University Symphonic Band in Shanghai and Beijing, China and will have another performed in Italy in the spring of 2014. During his undergraduate career at Towson, Alec marched four years with the marching band and participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2009 as a trumpet section leader. Alec now teaches private trumpet lessons in the area, composes music, assists and advises the Dulaney High School Marching Band, and is a freelance trumpet player. On a personal note, Alec enjoys riding his bike, playing Ultimate Night Frisbee, watching movies, eating good food, and cheering on Baltimore Ravens and Orioles.
Lewis Blandon is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he majored on cello and trombone in instrumental music education and took harpsichord/organ lessons on the side. Blandon marched with the Falcon Marching Band from fall 2002 until 2007 where he was trombone section leader for two years. He recently played cello and principal trombone with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, Harford County¹s community orchestra and enjoys every chance possible to play on his instruments. He currently is a gradutate student for the Towson University Marching Band pursing a masters degree in Music Education.
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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.