Oct 22

Conductors for the 2013 Mr. Pratt Conducting Masterclass!

Meet the wonderful six conductors that will be conducting on this Thursday’s masterclass with Mr. Pratt!  If you have not signed up for the event please fill out the form here! Also join the event that is on the NBA-IU facebook page! We hope to see many of you there!


Leslie Collins


My name is Leslie Collins, and I am a junior Instrumental Music Education major on clarinet with a minor in conducting. I am a Department of Bands Librarian, the events coordinator of NAfME-IU, and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. I have a German Shepherd named Sadie, but she lives in my hometown Houston, Texas.

Brian Corbin

Brian Corbin is a senior clarinetist at Indiana University pursuing a imagebachelor’s degree in Music Education and a minor in wind conducting from the IU Jacobs School of Music. Brian has performed with the IU concert bands, the Marching Hundred, and various chamber ensembles. He has taught private woodwind lessons in Virginia and Indiana and   currently teaches piano, clarinet, and saxophone at Melody Music Shop in Bloomington. Brian is in his 9th semester as a DJ at WIUX, IU’s student run radio. His current show is a 2 hour classical music program entitled “Classically Trained with Brian and Dan,” where he brings classical music to Bloomington listeners. He is also a co-founder and past president of the recently established National Band Association at Indiana University.

Aaron Yong

A Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts diploma and recent Jacobs School of Music graduate, Aaron Yong is presently pursuing his Master’s degree here at Indiana University. Currently under the tutelage of renowned soloist and pedagogue Prof. Daniel Perantoni, Aaron has had the privilege of being coached by other prominent brass artistes such as Denis Wick, Oystein Baadsvik, Carol Jantsch, Steve Rosse, Jeff Nelson, Maciek Walicki and Timothy Buzbee, to name a few.


Aaron participates actively in both the wind and symphony orchestra scenes, having performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Winds, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Youth Wind Orchestra in 2007. As a chamber musician, he has most notably performed with the Macao Brass Quintet among several other chamber groups. Aaron represented the JSoM Tuba Studio as a semi-finalist in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) on more than one occasion (2010 and 2012), and was also the winner and 2nd runner up of the 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) Mock Band and Orchestra Audition respectively.

Aaron is also the proud recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas).


Neil Hicks

NeilHicks-128Neil Hicks, a senior from Chesterton, Indiana, is majoring in music education at the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music. In addition to both band and orchestral certification, he is pursuing minors in conducting and jazz studies. Neil’s principal instrument is saxophone, and his primary teachers here at IU have been Otis Murphy and Thomas Walsh. He has performed with the IU Concert Band, the Jeremy Allen Big Band, the Nexus Saxophone Quartet, and the Marching Hundred. Neil is also a member of the Hutton Honors College. He serves as the president for NAfME- IU and maintains an active membership in NBA-IU. The past two summers, Neil has worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. This year, he worked in a leadership role as a unit director, overseeing the general well-being of over two hundred campers over the course of the season. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing disc golf and reading.


Ryan Diefenderfer

Ryan Diefenderfer is currently in his last semester at Indiana University, where he is studying music education, in addition Ryan Diefenderfer_Publicity Phototo music composition, trombone, and jazz studies.  While at IU, Ryan has studied trombone with Peter Ellefson and Carl Lenthe, as well as music composition with Claude Baker, Aaron Travers and Don Freund.  In the spring of 2013, Ryan student taught at Carmel High School under the supervision of Richard Saucedo, where he was active in rehearsing all six concert bands, two jazz ensembles, pep band, and orchestra sectionals.  Ryan is the recipient of several honors as both a composer and trombonist, including: winning the 2013 NAfME National Student Composition Contest, the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition, and receiving second place at the 2010 S.E. Shires National Trombone Solo Competition.  Outside of music, Ryan enjoys traveling, movies, and sports!