Dr. Haley Armstrong

A native of Sonora, California, Dr. Haley Armstrong earned Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Eastern Washington University. After graduation she taught middle and high school band in Medical Lake School District in Washington then earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. In 2010 she earned her Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas

Most recently Dr. Armstrong worked as a Flight Commander and Conductor for the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. where she was the Officer in Charge of the Concert Band and Airmen of Note. Prior to that assignment she was the Commander and Conductor of the Air Force Band of the Pacific stationed at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Japan. In this position she led two bands, one in Japan and one in Hawaii, providing all of the musical support for Air Force missions across 36 nations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Dr. Armstrong also held positions as the Commander and Conductor for the Air Force Band of the Golden West at Travis Air Force Base, CA and the Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH. Prior to her commission she was enlisted as a trumpet player with the Air National Guard Band of the Central States and the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest and continues to love to play trumpet in chamber, concert, symphonic and jazz ensembles. While teaching, she will continue to serve in the Air Force Reserves on a part-time basis as a Public Affairs Officer at Osan Air Base near Soul, South Korea.

As a guest conductor, Dr. Armstrong has worked for many regional Air Force bands leading them in concerts and ceremonies including a performance for Past President George W. Bush. She was also honored to work with multiple international schools, community and professional ensembles in Qatar, Japan and Guam. In the United States, Dr. Armstrong has also conducted many honor bands and school ensembles and continues to work in the educational community giving clinics and musical workshops to young musicians.

Dr. Bradley Genevro

Dr. Bradley Genevro is Director of Bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his duties at UTEP, Dr. Genevro is actively involved with all aspects of the Band Program. Prior to his appointment at UTEP, he served on the faculties of Messiah College, Oklahoma State University, and the University of North Texas. Dr. Genevro holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He earned the Masters of Music Performance and Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied with composer and conductor Jack Stamp. Ensembles, under Dr. Genevro’s leadership, have performed multiple times at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference. In addition, his groups have albums released under both the Mark Custom and Klavier Record labels. His recordings have been reviewed in Fanfare Magazine with the following comments: “A superb disc,” “a magnificent statement of the highest professionalism possible from student ensembles.”

Dr. Genevro maintains a very active schedule as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor and recording producer having worked across the US, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and mainland China. He has published articles in Teaching Music and is a regular study guide contributor to Teaching Music through Performance in Band published by GIA. As a recording producer, he has worked with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Wind Symphony, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, the University of North Texas Symphonic Band, the U.N.L.V. Wind Orchestra, the Palm Beach Chamber Orchestra and a variety of colleges and universities.

Dr. Genevro holds professional memberships in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, College Band Directors National Association and was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Diane Koutsulis

iane Koutsulis is the recently retired Director of Bands and Arts Department Chair at Green Valley High School.  Originally from Chicago, Diane has been teaching in the Clark County School District for the past 35 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Western Illinois University.  After teaching junior high band in Oswego, Illinois, for three years, she went on to complete the Masters of Music Education degree at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she studied with Frank Wickes.

During her tenure in Las Vegas, Diane has built fine band programs and music departments at both Las Vegas High School (1982-91) and Green Valley High School (1991-2017).  Her groups have consistently garnered recognition for fine performances and she has served as both guest clinician and conductor at various conferences and honor bands throughout the United States.  Diane was named the 1999 Nevada Teacher of the Year and received the 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. A member of the Clark County School District Teacher Hall of Fame, in March of 2003, she was inducted into the Nevada State Education Hall of Fame.  In 2004, the Green Valley High School Symphonic Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. In 2005 and 2010, the Symphonic Band performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Green Valley HS Marching Band performed in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, as well as the 2009 and 1993 Presidential Inaugural Parades.  Diane is a member of the National Band Association (NBA) as well as holding memberships in Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Diane is honored to be a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (ABA).

Michael Burch-Pesses is director of bands at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Jazz Choir, and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and MIDI technology. He also works with the Pacific University School of Education, supervising music education interns during their student teaching as they earn the master of arts in teaching degree. He holds master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Since coming to Pacific University in 1995 he received the Junior Faculty Award (1998) and was named a Wye Fellow of the Aspen Institute (1999). In 2006, he received the S.S. Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He enjoyed a distinguished career as a bandmaster in the U.S. Navy before arriving at Pacific University, enlisting as a hornist and working his way up through the ranks to become the Navy's senior bandmaster and head of the Navy Music Program. During his Navy career, he served as leader of the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. Under his direction, the Naval Academy Band received the George Howard Citation of Musical Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the highest civilian award for a military band. He also served as assistant leader of the Navy Band in Washington, D.C, and director of the Commodores, the Navy's official jazz ensemble.

An internationally active adjudicator, lecturer and clinician, he has conducted festival and honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  In 2000 he conducted the British Columbia All-Province Honour Band, and in 2002 he adjudicated the National Concert Band Festival of New Zealand.

Dr. Burch-Pesses also is the conductor and musical director of the Oregon Symphonic Band, Oregon's premier adult band. The band celebrated its 20th anniversary with a performance at the Midwest Clinic in 2006. The following year the band was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Oregon Symphonic Band is composed primarily of musicians from the Portland/Vancouver area. Men and women of many professions are represented in the ensemble, which performs three concert series annually and has appeared in concert at numerous state, regional, and international music conferences, including the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. His performance at the Midwest Clinic resulted in his being awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.

His professional affiliations include the Oregon Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Oregon Band Directors Association. He also is the Oregon chair of the College Band Directors National Association and a charter member of the Oregon chapter of Phi Beta Mu.

Michael Burch-Pesses

Danh Pham is Conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Bands at Washington State University. In addition to directing the WSU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, he conducts the WSU Opera and Musical Theatre, and teaches Instrumental Conducting and Symphonic Literature courses.

Dr. Pham has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician for several international ensembles. He most recently served as conductor-in-residence at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Huazhong University in Central China where he taught masterclasses and conducted the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony in concert. He has also appeared with the Guang Xi Symphony Orchestra (Nanning, China) in the Gala Opening Concert for the China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) New Music Week. Other international organizations include the National Ballet and Opera Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Saigon Wind Ensemble, as part of a subscription series for the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra that was hosted at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music, and the National Academy of Music in Northern Vietnam. At home, he has conducted professional and honor groups throughout the Pacific Northwest, American Southwest, Texas, and Hawaii. He has conducted the Palouse Chamber Players, the Pan-Pacific Ensemble, and the Palouse Brass Ensemble. In 2018, he makes his debut with the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Orchestra (USA) and the Hubei Symphony Orchestra (Central China). His own groups have appeared at the Western International Band Clinic, the MENC Biennial Northwest Conference, the Oregon Music Educators Association State Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Southwest Convention.

Dr. Pham serves on the Collegiate Advisory Board for the Western International Band Clinic, where he has conducted their Intercollegiate Honor Band on three occasions. Dr. Pham serves as a contributing Research Associate for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series released by GIA Publications, and has presented at the Washington Music Educators State Conference. He has also served as Producer and Editor for solo compact disc recordings that have been released by Albany and Emeritus Records.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he received his degrees from DePauw University, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma. His conducting mentors include Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, and William Wakefield. Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Dr. Pham held similar posts at McMurry University, Western Oregon University, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and the Beaverton (OR) School District.

Dahn Pham