PHIL WINGFIELD // BRASS CAPTION HEAD
Mr. Philip Wingfield is currently a full time Graduate Student at the University of Houston, where he is pursuing his M.M. in Music Education. In addition to his Assistantship responsibilities with the Music Education program and the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, Mr. Wingfield is a masterclass and lessons instructor for numerous middle and high school programs in the Houston area.
From 2016-2019, Mr. Wingfield was the assistant band director at West Forsyth High School, where he ran the jazz program and marching band, and assisted with the concert band. Mr. Wingfield graduated with a B.M. in K-12 Instrumental Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014 (magna cum laude), where he was the recipient of the 2014 Thomas Stone Award for Outstanding Musicianship, the Phi Mu Alpha Scholarship Award, as well as the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award. While at UNCG Mr. Wingfield was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble, as well as a member of the Iota Epsilon chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity. He was also a recipient of the Ethel Virginia Butler Memorial Academic Scholarship and an undergraduate researcher with the Bio-Music department.
Mr. Wingfield has performed professionally as the bass trombonist (and unicyclist) with the Tony and Emmy award winning theatrical production Blast! in two American tours and three international tours in Japan and South Korea in 2011, 2012, and 2014. He aged out from DCI with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 where he was the baritone soloist. In addition, Phil was a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010, the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008, and the 2006 and 2007 Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Wingfield was a member of the brass staff for the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 as the baritone instructor and brass ensemble manager.
Mr. Wingfield was the music caption head for Midas Winds and Stryke Wynds in 2017 and 2015, respectively. Both ensembles won the silver medal at WGI World Championships. Mr. Wingfield has taught numerous marching bands across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida, and has been an active marching band judge.
GREG DAVIS // ASST. BRASS CAPTION HEAD
Greg Davis is very excited to join The Guardians as Assistant Brass Caption Head for the 2020 season!
Greg is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Azle High School near Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. At Azle, he is co-Director of the marching band, director of the Azle Indoor Winds, and the Non-Varsity and Sub Non-Varsity Bands, as well as second jazz band.
Greg most recently was the Assistant Director of Bands at Ridge Point High School in Fort Bend ISD from 2016-2019. Under his direction, the Non-Varsity Symphonic Band received their first unanimous Sweepstakes award in the history of the program. He was also the director of the Jazz Ensemble. Greg additionally oversaw the private lesson program, the solo and ensemble contest, and was responsible for the development of the visual component of the marching band.
He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied tuba with Dennis AsKew and conducting with John Locke. During his time studying at the university, he was the principal tubist of the UNCG Wind Ensemble. This included performances at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in 2011, as well as the College Band Directors National Association Convention in 2013. Additionally, he was fortunate to perform world premieres of works by John Mackey, Stephen Bryant, Joel Puckett, and Scott Lindroth, as well as record three commercially-available albums with the wind ensemble: “Finish Line!”, “Arts and Letters”, and “Stories and Sanctuaries.”
In 2014, Greg was a tuba player and percussionist in the Japan tour cast of the Emmy and Tony award-winning stage show, Blast!. In this role, he performed in all 47 Japanese prefectures over the course of a four month tour, including a month-long run in the International Forum in Tokyo.
From 2006 through 2011, Greg was a member and section leader of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. During his time with Crown, the corps improved from 8th place in his initial year to winning two Jim Ott Awards for brass performance, and continues to see success in the drum corps activity.
In 2018, Greg was a member of the brass staff at the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he helped them to win the 2018 DCI World Championship, as well as the Jim Ott trophy for brass performance. From 2015-2017, Greg was a member of the brass staff at the Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, where he helped the corps achieve their first Top 12 Finals appearance in the history of the organization.
Greg currently lives in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas with his two dogs, Rogue and Indiana.
AKIRA OKAMOTO // TRUMPET TECH
Akira Okamoto is currently a senior trumpet performance major studying under Dr. Brian Walker at Tarleton State University. In addition, he maintains a private lesson studio in Texas teaching trumpet students in Azle ISD, Carrollton ISD, and Irving ISD as well as staying active in the marching arts as a marching band technician throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.
On campus, Mr. Okamoto has served as principal trumpet in the Tarleton State Wind Ensemble and split lead trumpet for Tarleton Jazz Ensemble I. He has also been a member of the Tarleton State Trumpet Ensemble, national semifinalists in the National Trumpet Competition for four consecutive years and a semifinalist as a soloist in 2018. Selected for the final round of the honorable “Center Stage” competition for four years in a row, Akira has won twice (2015 and 2018) and was also the co-winner of the Tarleton Bands’ Concerto Competition in 2018. Akira performed with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as a lead trumpet player in 2015 and 2016. He currently resides in North Richland Hills, Texas.
GEORGE SOLIS // TRUMPET TECH
George Solis is currently pursuing an M.M in trumpet performance at the University of Houston, where he studies with Mark Hughes. For five years previously, he was a high school band director in the Houston area. George is a freelance player in the Greater Houston area, and has frequent experience performing commercial and classical music.
George was a member of Santa Clara Vanguard in 2011 and 2012. He holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from the University of North Texas.
WILL BURSON // TRUMPET TECH
Will Burson is currently in his first year of teaching as the Assistant Band Director at Ridge Point High School in Fort Bend ISD in Missouri City, TX. His duties at Ridge Point include conducting both the Concert and Symphonic bands, assisting with the Marching Band, and leading the Jazz Band.
Prior to receiving his degree, Will was a Visual and High Brass Technician for Klein Oak High School and Andy DeKaney High School in Houston, TX. Will was a Music Tech for the Bearkat Marching Band at SHSU and also taught private lessons on Trumpet in Willis ISD and at Vogel Intermediate in Conroe ISD.
Will recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University. At SHSU, Will studied trumpet under Randy Adams and Steve Warkentin and was a member of the SHSU Wind Ensemble for 3 years straight under the baton of Dr. Matthew McInturf. Will also performed with the SHSU Jazz Ensemble for 1 year, performing in the 2016 TMEA Convention President's Concert alongside Bill Watrous and Allen Vizzuti, under the direction of Aric Schneller.
Prior to joining the Guardians Brass Staff in 2018, Will performed with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 as the Piccolo Trumpet soloist. Will joined the Brass Staff immediately after aging out with SCV and is beyond excited to be coming back for another year with the Brass Staff.
RAY VELASQUEZ // TRUMPET/MELLO TECH
Ray Velasquez, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, has taught band at the middle and high school levels all over the entire state in Denton, San Antonio, Jacksboro, and Lubbock. Currently, Ray is the assistant band director at Strickland Middle School in Denton ISD.
Ray’s first season with the Guardians was as a trumpet/mellophone tech in summer 2019. He holds a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting at Texas Tech University as a student of Dr. Sarah McKoin, where he worked for two seasons with the Goin’ Band from Raiderland as a visual staff member and all performing ensembles. Ray graduated from the University of North Texas in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education.
MAX MOLLENKAMP // BARITONE/MELLO TECH
Max Mollenkamp, a native of Jefferson City, Missouri, is graduating in May with his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Max has studied trombone with Professor Steve Menard and performed with the Symphonic Band, athletic bands, jazz lab bands, trombone choirs, and various chamber ensembles. In addition to trombone, he has studied voice and performed with West End Vocal Jazz and the University Singers.
Max has taught several DFW-area marching bands including Marcus HS, Vines HS, Liberty HS, and Ryan HS. He also served as lead field tech with the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band. Additionally, he worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where he taught trombone sectionals and performed with Staff and Festival ensembles.
Max performed with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for three summers—two on euphonium and one on mellophone.
MIKA VELOZ // MELLOPHONE TECH
Mika Veloz is an educator and musician from north Texas. She began her marching career in 2015 playing mellophone for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Mika remained at the Crossmen for the entirety of her drum corps career and aged out in 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco, TX. While attending Baylor she began her teaching career as a marching instructor for high school bands in the north and central Texas areas.
Mika currently resides in Fort Worth, TX and is an instructor for several marching ensembles in north Texas and will begin her Masters in Teaching in 2020. This is her first year on the brass staff, and she is excited to be with the Guardians!
HUNTER STOCKTON // BARITONE TECH
Hunter Stockton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University, where he also studied Tenor Trombone under Professor James Decker. During his time at TTU, he performed with many of TTU’s premiere ensembles. These ensembles include the Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and the Texas Tech Trombone Choir.
Alongside his many experiences at Texas Tech, he has also been heavily involved in the Drum Corps activity for quite some time. He marched 2 seasons as a baritone player with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, and is currently entering his third year of teaching with the Guardians.
THOMAS MACIAS // BARITONE TECH
Thomas Macias is a band director in League City, Texas. He is in his fourth year of teaching and is currently at Creekside Intermediate School where he teaches the beginner brass classes and the non-varsity band. Thomas graduated from the University of Houston in 2016 with a degree in Music Education, and he marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. He has been on the brass staff with the Guardians since the 2017 season, and he is excited to return for his 4th season to work with the hornline.
BEN ADAMS // BARITONE TECH
Ben Adams is completing his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music (expected graduation Spring 2020), where he is studying saxophone with Dan Gelok and composition with Dr. David Ashley White.
As a performer, Adams marched two summers with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL (2014-2015). In addition, he has performed with the University of Houston’s Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra & Chorus, and the men’s choir.
As an educator, he has worked with a number of schools from the Houston area including Crosby HS (Crosby, TX), Elkins HS (Missouri City, TX), Friendswood HS (Friendswood, TX), and Kempner HS (Sugar Land, TX). Ben is currently on staff with the University of Houston’s “Spirit of Houston” Marching Band.
The 2020 season marks Ben’s first year on staff at The Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps.
His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
ZACH BAILEY // TUBA TECH
Zach Bailey is a current educator, arranger, composer, and designer in the central Texas region. In his years instructing, Mr.Bailey has helped numerous schools and students achieve their musical, competitive, and cultural aspirations come to fruition through instruction and musical material. His previous teaching includes assisting with New Braunfels High School, Lockhart High School, and Claudia Taylor Johnson High School. Mr.Bailey has also performed in numerous ensembles including, Texas State University Wind Symphony, Texas State University Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Texas State University Ceremonial Brass, and many more. In his free time, Mr.Bailey spends his time writing and arranging music, playing video games, and cooking with his family. Mr.Bailey is super excited to return for his third year at The Guardians!
ARON TORRES // TUBA TECH
Mr. Aaron Torres is excited to begin his 3rdyear on the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps Brass Staff. Mr. Torres is the Assistant Director of Bands at Waller Junior High in Waller, TX. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at UNT, he performed with the UNT Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and studied privately under Professor Don Little. During his time at UNT, Aaron aged out with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2014.
Mr. Torres is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in Cypress with his wife Alexandria Torres. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Houston Astros, Houston Texans, and go on movie dates with his wife.