Department of Bands/Wind Conducting Faculty

Stephen W. Pratt
Director of Bands

Stephen W. Pratt is professor of music and director of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting as well as other courses in the Wind Conducting graduate program. Under his direction, the renowned Indiana University Wind Ensemble has performed at several national conventions and in other distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He has been a member of the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty since 1984. In 1993, he was a national recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Medal awarded by Kappa Kappa Psi, the national collegiate band honorary organization. In 1998, he was honored with the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2001, he was honored with the Outstanding University Music Educator Award, given by the Indiana Music Educators Association. In 2014 he received the James B. Calvert award – outstanding music educator.

Professor Pratt is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician of bands and orchestras across the nation. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. He is music director/conductor emeritus of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra as well as past president of the Big Ten Band Directors Association.

David C. Woodley
Director of Athletic Bands/Associate Director of Bands

David C. Woodley, Professor of Music, was appointed to the School of Music faculty in 1993. His duties include directing the 250-member Marching Hundred and the 100-member Big Red Basketball Band. He also teaches Arranging, Wind Band Score Study, and Marching Band Techniques in the Jacobs School of Music. He also serves as the faculty sponsor for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the honorary band fraternity and sorority.

Prior to his appointment at IU, Mr. Woodley served as Interim Assistant Director of Bands and Interim Director of the Hawkeye Marching Band at The University of Iowa in Iowa City and held a similar position at The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Woodley has been commissioned by over 200 high school and college bands, and has over 500 athletic band arrangements to his credit. Many of his arrangements have been custom-designed for competition-style bands who compete at the regional and national level. He also served as the founder and National Co-Chairman of the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Advisory Council. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Big 10 Athletic Band Director’s Association.

Mr. Woodley received a “Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty” in the spring of 2000. Mr. Woodley received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The University of Iowa. Mr. Woodley, along with Brad McDavid from the University of Washington, created the “Marching Band Director’s Video Tool Box” series for GIA Publications.

Eric M. Smedley
Associate Director of Athletic Bands/Associate Director of Bands

Dr. Eric M. Smedley serves as an Associate Professor of Music and the Associate Director of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Symphonic Band, teaches undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting, serves as associate director of the Marching Hundred and Big Red Basketball Band, and directs the IU Summer Music Clinic.

Dr. Smedley earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the Jacobs School of Music. He was a member of the Marching Hundred from 1993-1996, and served as an Associate Instructor with the Hundred from 2001-2002. Dr. Smedley previously served on the music faculties of Boise State University and Western Kentucky University, and as a public school music educator in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Santa Monica, Calif., and Kenosha, Wisc.

Jason H. Nam
Associate Director of Bands

Jason H. Nam is visiting assistant professor of music (bands) and assistant director of bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental conducting, administration of school bands, and wind band repertoire.

Nam earned a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the Jacobs School, where he studied with Stephen W. Pratt. He also earned an M.M. in Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where he studied with Eddie R. Smith. Prior to his graduate degree work, he served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University San Bernardino, and as director of bands at La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. More recently, he has served as a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic. In addition, Nam serves as Resident Music Director for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (SIWE)—a selective, Bloomington-based community wind band that strives to perform only the finest contemporary and classic works within the wind band repertoire.

Nam keeps a very busy schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the United States. As a trumpet player, he has freelanced and performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles in the southern and central coast regions of California, including with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, he was recently honored to be named a national finalist for The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble division) in 2017.

His paper “The Mid-Twentieth Century Renaissance and the American Symphony for Band” was published in the winter 2014 edition of the Journal of the National Band Association. His research interests include the music of William Bolcom, the historical development of the wind band repertoire in the twentieth century, as well as effective rehearsal methodologies for conductors. He recently completed a new band transcription of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Inventing Flight: A Suite for Orchestra of Thumbnail Portraits. The transcription was completed with the permission of Bolcom and his publisher, Edward B. Marks Music Company. The new band version of Inventing Flight was premiered in April 2015 by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen W. Pratt. In March 2016, the band version of Inventing Flight was officially published by E. B. Marks Music Company and made available as a rental to bands world-wide.
Nam holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Conductor’s Guild, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Indiana Music Education Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and also is a proud member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.
He currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Melissa.

Associate Instructors/Staff

Ryan Yahl, DM candidate
Ryan M. Yahl is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Community Band. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. Prior to coming to IU, Mr. Yahl taught middle school and high school band for nine years in the state of Ohio.

Jennifer K. Bollero, MM candidate/Crabb Band
Jennifer K. Bollero currently serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting. Ms. Bollero holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Indiana University. Prior to her return to IU, Ms. Bollero served as the Director of Bands for Bloomfield School District in Bloomfield, Indiana from 2011 to 2016. She is the current manager of the IU Summer Music Clinic.

Sean C. Phelan, MM candidate/Crabb Band
Sean C. Phelan is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Indiana, Sean taught band and orchestra in public schools in Wisconsin and served as the music director of the Lake Country Orchestra. He has been on the brass faculty of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps since 2013.

Emily Rodeck, MM candidate
Emily Rodeck is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting. She earned a bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, and before returning to IU taught K-12 general, choral, and instrumental music at Munising Public Schools in Upper Michigan.

Ross Wilkerson, Graduate Staff
Ross Wilkerson was born and raised in central Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University in 2008. He has more than a decade of experience with the Marching Hundred as both a marcher and instructor. Ross was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle corps in 2005, and has taught with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and high school programs across the state. By day, he works a totally normal job with IU’s University Information Technology Services (please call 812-855-6789 for assistance).

August “Augie” Merback, Drum Major
Augie is a former trombone player in the Hundred and a senior majoring in music education.

Janis Cooper Parker, RedStepper Choreographer
Janis Cooper Parker was appointed as RedStepper Choreographer in 1996. A graduate of Indiana University in Music and Ballet, Janis has been serving as the Alumni RedStepper Choreopgrapher for several years. Janis, a former RedStepper member and Captain, is active as a dance teacher, guest speaker, and volunteer for many of the Indiana University Foundation student groups.

Joel Brainard, Drumline Director/Arranger
Joel Brainard has been directing and arranging for the Indiana University Marching Hundred Drumline since 2003. In his time with the drumline they performed for enormous game-day crowds at Indiana University and for thousands more at national events such as The Superbowl, The Insight Bowl, The Pinstripe Bowl, The Foster Farms Bowl, BOA Grand Championships, and PASIC.

Graduating with a music education undergrad and jazz studies masters degree from IU, Joel was himself a member of the IU Drumline when he was a student. As a multi-tenors player, Joel spent three seasons performing in Drum Corps International with the 1998 World Champion Spartans, The Bluestars, and the Blue Knights. He was also a competitive tenor soloist at PASIC & DCI I&E events. In 2003 he taught the tenorline at Capital Regiment and was then hired as percussion caption head for Magic of Orlando in 2004.

Joel is also known for his time directing percussion at Bloomington HS North and teching tenors at the former WGI world class ensemble, Indianapolis Independent (I-2). Currently Joel teaches Band & Chorus at Batchelor Middle School (Bloomington), performs as a drumset artist, and also works as a marching percussion clinician. Joel is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and plays with Remo heads, Zildjian cymbals, and Yamaha drums.​

Ben Handel, Drumline Director/Arranger
Ben is entering his second year as co-director and arranger for the IU Drumline, and 4th year overall as a staff member, Ben Handel has a long history as a performer and educator in a variety of musical settings.

As a performer, Ben has been featured on stages across the United States, Canada, and Japan. His credits include the original Broadway cast, national and Japanese tours of “Blast!”, Off-Broadway with “Drumstruck”, The Dallas Brass, Aimachi, and many other local and regional shows and bands. He was also a member of the front ensemble for both the Bluecoats (1997) and Blue Devils (1999) and the Marching Hundred tenor line (1998, 1999).

As an educator, in addition to the Marching Hundred, Ben is the currently the percussion director and arranger for the new production “Blast! The Music Of Disney” and is active with many local elementary, middle, high schools, and community organizations.

Dan Leathers, Band Manager

Alex McGill, Work Crew
Alex is a Biology major with an area of concentration on Cell Biology and Genetics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Sousaphone player in the Marching Hundred.

Carter Adams, Librarian
Carter is from Perrysburg, Ohio, and is currently in his junior year studying Music Education and Percussion with a minor in Wind Conducting. He is a third year member of the tenor saxophone section in the Marching Hundred, and also plays tenor saxophone in the Big Red Basketball Band. As a percussionist, Carter performs regularly in various ensembles and has been a member of the IU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Brass Band, and the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble. After graduating from IU in 2019, Carter plans to become a high school band director, attend graduate school for Conducting, and eventually teach at the collegiate level. In his spare time, Carter composes and arranges music, enjoys taking long walks, and spends time with his family and friends.

Julie Lindell, Librarian

Antonia Lobocki, Librarian
Antonia is a Chicago native and senior at Indiana University studying Arts Management with minors in Music and Spanish. She is also a fourth year member of the Alto Saxophone section and an Undergraduate Staff member for the Marching Hundred. In addition to being an IU Band Department Librarian, Antonia has played in various ensembles including the Big Red Basketball Band and the All Campus Band. Additionally, Antonia will work with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the administration team and one of the managers for the Souvenir booth in the summer of 2017. Upon graduation in the spring of 2018, Antonia hopes to work in Event Management, planning and running music festivals. In her free time, Antonia enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading for fun, and caddying for golf members at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.

Kat Grant, Social Media Chair
Kat is a native of Washington, Indiana, and a junior studying Political Science with minors in Classical Studies and Education Policy. She is a third year member of the clarinet section in the Marching Hundred, and also plays clarinet in the Big Red Basketball Band and All Campus Band. In her spare time, Kat is an enthusiastic writer, history nerd, and consumer of coffee. After graduating in 2019, Kat plans to attend law school and become a civil rights attorney.

Alyssa McPherson, Head Athletic Trainer
Alyssa McPherson, MS, LAT, ATC, works as an athletic trainer with the IU Jacobs School of Music, Ballet Theater, Contemporary Dance, and Army ROTC. She is serving her third year as the AT with the Marching Hundred. Previously, she has worked with the Madison Scouts and The Cadets drum and bugle corps on multiple tours, and continues to serve as the chairperson of the Marching Music Health & Wellness Initiative. Alyssa also conducts research regarding injury in performing artists, and is pursuing her PhD in Human Performance / Motor Learning & Control through Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

Alyssa is assisted by several Graduate Assistant trainers: Miriam Rosenthal, Zach Dangel, and Marissa Ramos.

John Gilbert, Director of Public Relations
John Gilbert was named Director of Public Relations for the Marching Hundred in 2004. A former trombone player and Drum major with the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, John is in charge of group photography and all aspects of Hundred media.

Cody Gaither, Videographer
Cody Gaither was appointed Hundred Videographer in 2002. A graduate of Indiana University, Cody marched sousaphone in the Hundred for five years.

Laura Peters, Webmaster
Laura Peters is founder and owner of Funnychord Creative and was a four-year member of the Marching Hundred from 2001-2004. She received her degree in Music & Arts Promotion from Indiana University and has produced award-winning designs for music and arts organizations since 2005. Email your Hundred website suggestions!