Band, Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion Faculty

Betty Stone, Instructor

Betty Stone, Instructor

Flute, Flute Choir   Betty Stone, flutist, is an instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She teaches private lessons and conducts the Flute Choir. As a performer she is active in community musical events throughout north Alabama. Mrs. Stone maintains a private flute studio and enjoys passing her love...

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Billy Bargetzi, Instructor

Billy Bargetzi, Instructor

Billy Bargetzi has been playing professionally for 20+ years all over the United States, the Caribbean, and in Europe. He currently performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Theater League, The Brass Band of Huntsville, and The Tuscaloosa Horns (with such artists as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, Bobby...

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C. David Ragsdale, Associate Professor

C. David Ragsdale, Associate Professor

Chair Dr. C. David Ragsdale is the Chair, Director of Bands, and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to his university teaching responsibilities in the areas of music education and conducting, Dr. Ragsdale conducts the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Huntsville Chamber Winds, and is an...

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Carolyn Sanders, Professor

Carolyn Sanders, Professor

Director of First Year Experience Program, Trumpet, Music History & Literature, Music Theory   Dr. Carolyn Sanders is Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She joined the faculty in 1990 upon completion of the Doctor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University. She received her Master...

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Debi Loach, Instructor

Debi Loach, Instructor

Percussion   Debi Loach teaches percussion. Faculty Since: 2011 Credentials Master of Music (IP) – Cleveland State University  Bachelor of Music – Manhattan School of Music Research/Creative Activity Percussion Email: dloach@bellsouth.net Phone: 615-837-8103

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Dorrie Nutt, Instructor

Dorrie Nutt, Instructor

Horn, Brass Quintet   Dorrie Nutt has been actively in involved in Huntsville’s musical community since 1981. She currently performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Flint River Brass Quintet and the Brass Band of Huntsville. Over the years she has been associated with the Twickenham Winds, the Twickenham Brass, the Valley...

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Hunter Thomas, Instructor

Hunter Thomas, Instructor

Bassoon, Chamber Ensembles   J. Hunter Thomas is the Principal Bassoonist for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville, AL. He previously spent four years as Principal Bassoonist with the National Orchestra of Columbia. He has had great success as a bassoon teacher with students who have gone on to some of the country’s...

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Ken Watters, Instructor

Ken Watters, Instructor

Jazz Brass   Trumpeter Ken Watters is a Summit Records Recording Artist (with four CDs to date released internationally on the label), Jupiter Performing Artist/Clinician & SESAC & SACEM (dual-affiliated) jazz composer. Ken left his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama at 17 years of age to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for his final year of high school,...

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Kevin Bounds, Instructor

Kevin Bounds, Instructor

Music Literature and Music History   Kevin Bounds has a BM in Music History and a BA in Trombone performance from Birmingham-Southern College.  He received his MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is currently ABD for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestra Conducting with...

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Lisa Schneider, Instructor

Lisa Schneider, Instructor

Oboe, Woodwind Quintet   Lisa Schneider is an adjunct professor of music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she teaches applied oboe and woodwind quintet. She joined the faculty in 1994.  Prior to that, she was Assistant Band Director and Woodwind Specialist for the Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Missouri. ...

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Mary Balch, Instructor

Mary Balch, Instructor

Saxophone, Music Literature   Mary Balch serves as an adjunct professor of music at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Oakwood University.  She specializes in saxophone, clarinet, and flute classical study. Other teaching duties have included music theory, ear training, music appreciation, and woodwind methods. She is active as an...

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Peter Gillies, Instructor

Peter Gillies, Instructor

Tuba, Musicianship Skills, Music Literature   Chief Warrant Officer Peter Gillies graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. He then returned to Massachusetts where he taught high school band, chorus, and beginning band for five years. He enlisted in the army in 1989 and served as a tuba player...

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Ron Wray, Professor

Ron Wray, Professor

Clarinet, Music Theory, Composition   Dr. Ron Wray is Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he teaches clarinet and music theory. Dr. Wray has been active as a teacher and performer in higher education since 1992 and in recent years has also focused on composition. He holds...

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Rosa Richardson, Instructor

Rosa Richardson, Instructor

Flute Rosa Richardson is a flute instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in flute performance. Rosa performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy nominated Gateway Chamber Orchestra in Tennessee, and several community and church ensembles. She...

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Stuart Tankesley, Instructor

Stuart Tankesley, Instructor

Pep Band   Stuart Tankesley conducts the UAH Pep Band. Hired: 2010 Credentials Research/Creative Activity Performance, Music Education Email: stuart.tankesley@gmail.com Phone: 256-824-6436

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