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Call the Band Office at (785) 532-3816 to connect with any of our staff.

Christina QuigleyClassy Cat Coordinatorquigley@ksu.edu 

Christina Quigley

A native of Hays, KS, Christina danced competitively for 15 years with Jackie Creamer’s Vision Dance Team and performed as a member of the Classy Cats from 2005 – 2008. In addition to her duties as the Classy Cat Coordinator, Quigley is the Student Services Coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. As an active advocate for Early Childhood Education, she serves as the Public Policy Chairperson for the Heartland Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC), the local affiliate chapter of KAEYC. 

Christina lives in Manhattan with her three dogs, Henry, Richard, and Coco.

Education              

B.S. Marketing, Kansas State University, 2008
B.S. Early Childhood Education, Kansas State University, 2014
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Kansas State University, 2016
Shannon Meis Twirling Coordinatorsmeis@family.kscoxmail.com 

Shannon Meis

Shannon was raised in Dodge City, KS and currently resides in Salina with her husband Kris and two children, Lauren and Logan, where she is the Instructor/Coach and Owner of Shannon's Stars Athletic Twirling Club. Shannon's credentials include numerous local, state, regional, and national advanced level awards. She has produced feature twirlers for three universities, including K-State. Shannon performed as the K-State Feature Twirler from 1985-89 and is currently a licensed National Baton Twirling Association judge.

Education

B.S. Education, Kansas State University,1989
M.S. Curriculum & Instruction with Library Media Specialist, 1994

Sydney TopliffColor Guard Coordinatorsydneyt@ksu.edu 

Spencer Smith

Originally from Wichita, Sydney was a member of the Pride for 5 years. While studying elementary education with an emphasis in math, she completed a minor in music and was a member of the volleyball band as well as Cat Band playing saxophone. She is currently working on a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at K-State.

Alex WimmerGraduate Assistantamwimmer@k-state.edu 

Alex Wimmer

Alex Wimmer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University and is a Graduate Assistant for the Kansas State University Bands. He assists with all concert and athletic ensembles, undergraduate conducting courses, and Percussion Ensemble II.

Originally from Gretna, Nebraska, Alex received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007 and received his Master of Music degree in Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from Kansas State University in 2014. Alex was the Director of Bands at Gretna High School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Gretna Middle School from 2007-2012. Under his direction his concert, jazz, and marching bands received consistent superior ratings. He was a recipient of the Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award in 2011 and served on the Nebraska Music Educators Association Leadership Academy from 2011-2012.

His professional affiliations include the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Kansas Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Percussive Arts Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Alex enjoys spending his free time with his wife Anna and his daughter Addison.

Education

B.M. Music Education with emphasis in K-12 Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007
M.M. Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting, Kansas State University, 2014

Daniel HaddadGraduate Assistanthaddad@ksu.edu 

Chris Johnson

Daniel is originally from Seattle, WA where he received his B.A. / B.M. from the University of Washington in Percussion Performance and Music Education, and his M.A. from Florida Atlantic University with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. While at the University of Washington Dan was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble in addition to playing with the Seattle Blue Thunder Drumline. While in Florida, he was a graduate assistant in charge of the drumline for the Fighting Owls Marching Band in addition to being a conducting associate for the wind ensemble and symphonic band. He also helped start and direct the FAU Percussion Ensemble. After graduation Dan spent 7 years as the Director of Bands at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas Nevada where his groups travelled and performed at a high level throughout the western United States including a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association and a Vic Firth Educational Team Member.

Education

B.A. / B.M. Percussion Performance and Music Education, University of Washington
M.A. Emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education, Florida Atlantic University

Jay KoupalGraduate Assistantjpkoupal@k-state.edu 

Jay Koupal

Jay comes home to the great state of Kansas with fourteen years' experience as a music educator. Under his leadership his bands have earned consistent excellent and superior ratings at contest. He holds degrees in music education from the University of Michigan and Capital University. As a percussionist, he can be heard on recordings by the USAF Band of Flight and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of NAfME and the Percussive Arts Society.

 

Wes LewisGraduate Assistantwel9995@k-state.edu 

Wes Lewis

Wes Lewis graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 2004, where he received a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Since then, he has taught K-6 General Music in the Ell-Saline school district, 5-12 band in Fredonia, and is finishing his 8th year of teaching instrumental music for the Nickerson-South Hutchinson schools. Wes' time at Nickerson has been marked by revitalizing a marching band, jazz and concert band program. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Kansas Music Educator's Association, and the Kansas chapter for the National Education Association.

Jack DonovanGraduate Assistantdonovanjm@ksu.edu 

Donovan

Jack Donovan has been appointed as the graduate assistant in percussion for the 2015-16 academic year. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Jack has been a member of many concert bands, orchestras, marching bands and drum and bugle corps.  He received his B.M. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Percussion Performance under Dr. Jeff Crowell.  At UWEC he played with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and Marching Band and was also a member of the UWEC Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha.  Outside of the University, Jack performed with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012 and 2013, Jack marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he played bass drum. Before his summers with the Scouts, Jack marched with Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 for their Championship season.  He has also been a member of the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line.  In the summer of 2014 Jack was a member of a percussion quartet from UWEC invited to perform and participate at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Jack was also a member of the UWEC Percussion Ensemble for their performance at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Jack has taught at many different high school drumlines and marching bands in the Chippewa Valley area. He was the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger at the Menomonie High School Indoor Drum Line in Menomonie, WI and for the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Cardinals in Chippewa Falls, WI. He was also the Bass Technician for The Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps.

Education

B.M. Percussion Performance, University Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2015