Julian Grubb is a senior instrumental music education major at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Julian is a founding executive board member of the FGCU NAfME Collegiate Chapter. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has played in the FGCU Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Clarinet Choir and Basketball Band. Julian plans to graduate in 2021 and teach for a few years before returning to obtain his Masters in Instrumental pedagogy or music composition and eventually plans to return to school for a Doctorate in music education or music philosophy.
Alexis Hobbs is a junior music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Alexis is actively involved in SEU NAfME Collegiate chapter, where she serves as president-
elect. She is a multi-instrumentalist and has played in the SEU String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Athletic Pep Band. Alexis will graduate in 2022 and teach for a few years before returning to obtain her Masters in Music Education and Music Therapy then eventually returning to obtain her Doctorate in Music Education.
Anthony is a senior Instrumental Music Education student at the Florida State University College of Music. His primary instrument is flute and studies within the studio of Professor Eva Amsler and Dr. Karen Large. Anthony has been playing flute since the sixth grade and attributes his love for music education to the positive experiences that he had at a young age. Anthony is currently serving as the President of the FSU NAfME Collegiate chapter as well as on other executive boards across different organizations on campus as he enjoys getting involved and building community.
David Lugo is a junior instrumental music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. David is currently serving as Southeastern University recital package chair where he organizes, records, and assists with junior and senior recitals. He is also a trumpet player who actively performs with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Athletic Pep. Band, and the Brass Quintet. After graduation, David plans to enter the classroom and teach at the middle or high school level for a few years before returning to school to obtain a master’s in music education.
Brandon Pasquence is a junior instrumental music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He currently serves as the Parliamentarian for Southeastern NAfME Collegiate Executive Board and the FL NAfME Collegiate Executive Board. He is a multi-instrumentalist, primarily playing all low brass instruments, and has played int eh SEU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Pep Band. Brandon plans to graduate in 2022 and teach music for a couple of years before returning to school to obtain a Masters in Tuba Performance and, eventually, a Doctorate in Music Education.
Adaline Burwell is a fourth-year music education student at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She currently serves as the USF NAfME Collegiate President and FL NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Chair, having attended events such as the NAfME Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC and Collegiate Advocacy Day in Tallahassee, FL. As a pianist, Addy has assisted in the USF Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble as a keyboard player, and also enjoys playing flute and piccolo. She is also interested in exploring progressive music education opportunities, and is a member of USF’s iPad band, Touch. Addy is a brother of the Kappa Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity. After graduation, Addy plans on teaching elementary or middle school music and continuing to advocate for the importance of music education.
FL NAfME Collegiate Advisor
Dr. Mark A. Belfast, Jr. is an associate professor of music education at Southeastern University. He serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Media, coordinates the music education degree program, and directs instrumental ensembles at the university. He holds a PhD in music education from Florida State University and earned MEd and BME degrees from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he performed with and served as business manager for the Auburn Knights Orchestra, an 18-piece big band established in 1930.
Dr. Belfast’s teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate music education courses, as well as directing public school instrumental music programs in Alabama and Georgia. His research interests include teacher effectiveness, jazz performance and pedagogy, and music for special populations. The results of his research have been presented in numerous domestic and international venues, and he maintains an active agenda as a speaker, clinician and adjudicator.