Katherine Attong-Mendes is a rising senior majoring in Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has been playing the oboe for 10 years, and has experience on piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and horn. She serves as the Drum Major of the Frost Band of the Hour and as the President of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. Katherine has performed with the Frost Symphonic Winds, Frost Wind Ensemble, and Frost Symphony Orchestra. She plans to teach high school band, and is looking forward to being able to give to her students all of the amazing experiences that she has been able to have through music.
Julian Grubb is a junior Instrumental Music Education Major at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Julian is a founding member of the FGCU collegiate NAfME Chapter. He is a clarinetist 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 Conducting and eventually plans to return to school for a Doctorate in Music Education or Music Philosophy.
Hannah Vinney is a senior Music Education and Oboe Performance major at the University of Central Florida. She is an oboe principal, and has performed with the UCF Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Oboe Trio. Hannah is also a member of the honorary music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota and currently serves as the Lyre Guard for the Zeta Psi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. She also serves as President of the UCF chapter of NAfME and of the UCF Double Reed Society. Hannah plans to graduate in Fall 2020 with plans to teach or attend graduate school.
Tyler Marais is a rising senior Music Education Major at Florida Southern College. He has been playing saxophone for 9 years along with performing in the FSC Symphonic Band and the FSC Jazz Ensemble. Tyler is a brother of the Theta Sigma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is currently the President of the NAfME chapter at FSC, he is going into his second year as Treasurer of the FCNAfME Executive Board. Tyler plans to graduate in Spring of 2020 in hopes to become a Band Director in the state of Florida.
Mavel Morales is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in Music Education with minors in Education and Philosophy. She is a mezzo soprano studying classical voice. Currently, she serves as the president of her NAfME chapter and the parliamentarian of the Florida Collegiate NAfME state executive board.
David Ramos is a Senior at Florida State University currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education, as well as Specialized studies in Performance and Special Music Education. He is a saxophone principal, and has performed with the FSU Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Saxophone Orchestra, and Marching Chiefs. David is the Music Director of the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Along with the FCNAfME Executive Board, he also serves on the Board of Advisors for the FSU College of Music, and the FSU CNAfME chapter’s Executive Board as President. David plans to graduate in Fall of 2020 and hopes to teach high school before returning to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Wind Conducting.
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.