Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors

Travis J. WellerTravis J. Weller

DIRECTOR [2017-2019]
Phi Beta Mu International
Pennsylvania, USA
Public Relations

Travis J. Weller, has been the Director of Bands at Mercer-Senior High School since August of 1995. Travis holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Duquense University, and completed his undergraduate degree at Grove City College. In addition to his duties at Mercer, he has taught at Kent State University as an adjunct instructor in music technology for music educators.

Travis has served as President for the District 5 Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Travis is also a member of Phi Beta Mu, ASCAP, and the National Band Association. He is a past president of the Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and has been serving on the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction Committee. He has been a guest clinician in music education for professional development sessions with PMEA and secondary music methods classes at area colleges and universities. He has presented numerous times at the PMEA and OMEA State Conferences and has authored several articles in journals and magazines including Teaching Music, The PMEA Journal, Phi Beta Mu International Newsletter, National Band Association Journal, and Learning and Leading with Technology. He has published works for band with The FJH Music Company, Wingert-Jones, C.L. Barnhouse, Grand Mesa, Manhattan Beach, and Bandworks Publications.

Travis is in frequent demand as a guest conductor for honor bands and composer in residence sessions with school bands across Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. He resides in Mercer with his wife Beth, their three daughters and a son.

Keith Bearden

PRESIDENT [2016-2018]
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Outstanding Bandmaster committee

Mr. Keith Bearden, Professor Emeritus, retired from Texas Tech University in May 2003 after 23 years as director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and Associate Director of Bands. In addition, he conducted the University Symphonic Band, the Court Jesters Basketball Band, played trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet, taught classes in conducting/music education, and co-directed the Texas Tech summer music camps.

Professor Bearden started his career as band director in Jayton, TX. After only one year, he was drafted into the military. He auditioned for the USAF Academy Band and had the honor of serving as principal trumpet in the Academy concert band and brass quintet. He was also a member of the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble. Following his completion of military service, he enjoyed six more successful years of public school teaching in Albany, and at Lubbock Monterey. His bands were consistent winners in concert, marching, jazz on both state and national levels. In 1980 he was appointed associate director of bands and director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland at Texas Tech University.

In 1979 he was honored by Phi Beta Mu as Texas’ Outstanding Young Bandmaster. He became a member of Phi Beta Mu’s Alpha (Texas) chapter in 1981. He later served Alpha as vice president and president. He is the newly elected president of Phi Beta Mu International. He has also served Phi Beta Mu International as a board member, outstanding bandmaster chair, and vice president. He is an active member and past president of Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and a lifetime member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He has served as a board member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and is a member of the Sudler Shield selection committee.

During his distinguished tenure at Texas Tech University, Professor Bearden was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member by Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and in 1999 his Goin’ Band from Raiderland received the nation’s highest award for collegiate marching bands; the Sudler Trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He was honored for 40 years of association as camper, college worker, instructor, and camp director of the Texas Tech summer band and orchestra camp. Other honors include Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Medal, Texas Tech’s Department of Residence Life’s Professing Excellence Award, the Lubbock Independent School District’s Meritorious Service Award, the Texas Tech Committed of Champions Meritorious Service Award, The Goin’ Band Alumni Ken Porter Service Award, the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Texas Tech School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also received the Texas Bandmasters Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2013, he was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

With a heart for helping develop the skills of young musicians, Professor Bearden remains active as a guest clinician/conductor for numerous Texas schools as well as honor groups across the United States. He is very active as an adjudicator in both concert and marching contests/festivals across the country. He serves as concert band adjudicator for Festival Disney in Orlando each spring.

At the international level, he is a member of the board and a member of the adjudication jury for the World Association of Marching Show Bands. He has judged in Ireland, Malaysia, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Thailand and the Philippines. In 2015 he co-hosted a director’s tour to Japan for observation of band techniques and to attend the Japan Wind Ensemble Concert competition. He will serve on the adjudication panel for WAMSB in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2016.

Outside of music, Professor Bearden enjoys family, golf and restoring classic cars. His wife June is a middle school band director in the Frenship Independent School District. They are members of the Lakeridge United Methodist Church in Lubbock. They have 2 sons, four grandchildren living in Lubbock and Anchorage, Alaska.

Paul Worosello

Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Extension; Advocacy/Professional Development

Paul Worosello is in his 36th year of teaching and is Director of Bands at Klein Forest High School in Houston, Texas, a position held since 1980. For the past 17 years he has also been actively involved with the Klein Forest Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Worosello received Bachelor of Music Education and Master in Clarinet Performance degrees from West Texas University. Under his baton, the Klein Forest Symphonic Band has been featured at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and received the Sudler Flag of Honor in 1998. Twice selected to the Bands of America Concert Festival, the Symphonic Band has also performed in Carnegie Hall three times.

In 2003 the GRAMMY Foundation selected Klein Forest as the National Signature School for the #1 music program in the country. Paul Worosello has served on the State Board of the Texas Music Educators Association as President of Region IX for the past 20 years. He is a Past President of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and has twice been awarded the Citation of Excellence from the NBA.

Sheryl Bowhay

Appointed 2016
Phi Beta Mu International
Alberta, CA
Hall of Fame; website committee

Sheryl Bowhay specializes in instrumental music education, and has taught bands, orchestras, and choirs at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Alberta and Ontario, Canada. Ms. Bowhay has actively participated on committees and boards at the local, provincial and national level. Sheryl served various roles on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Band Association, including President in 1995-1996, she was the founding President of the Ontario Band Association, and is a Past President of the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu

Ms. Bowhay has been acknowledged for her leadership in teaching and the fine arts and was recently honored by the Ontario Band Association with an Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Sheryl currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre for Music. Ms. Bowhay is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician.

David Lambert

Appointed 2008
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Documentation & Records; website committee

David Lambert served 33 years in music education in public schools and retired as Director of Fine Arts for the Fort Bend Independent School District in 2004. He holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and administrative certification from the University of Houston.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Fine Arts, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Nacogdoches High School. He also taught at both Dulles Middle School and John Foster Dulles High School. He serves as Executive Secretary for the University Interscholastic League Music Region 17. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Past President of Alpha Chapter, Phi Beta Mu, and is the immediate Past President for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

The Texas Music Administrators Conference named him Texas Music Administrator of the Year for 2000-2001 and the Texas Bandmasters Association presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Administration in 2003. He received the Outstanding Music Alumnus Award from the Stephen F. Austin University School of Music in 2011 and was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2014.

Gary Wells

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Constitution and By-Laws

Gary Wells is a native of Atlanta, Texas, and holds degrees in Music Education from Texas A & M Commerce and Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. His teaching career of 33 years was spent primarily in Hope, Arkansas, and Hamshire-Fannett ISD, Hamshire, Texas, from which he retired. While teaching at Hope High School he served as President of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, was an officer in the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, and received the ASBDA National Medalist Stanbury Award.

From 2001 until 2018 Gary served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He conducts the Golden Triangle Handbell Ensemble, a select group of handbell ringers from the Beaumont area. Gary is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and in 2013 was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame

Gary and his wife, Judy, have two children. Alex is the band director at Port Neches-Groves High School and a member of Alpha Chapter. Beth works in the medical field in Nashville, Tennessee and he has two granddaughters, Annika and Lorelei.

Elva Kaye Lance

Phi Beta Mu International
Mississippi, USA
Portfolio: Commission

Elva Kaye Lance is Director of Bands at Mississippi State University. Current responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, providing leadership for the Famous Maroon Band, and administering all aspects of the band program. Ms. Lance also teaches methods classes within the Music Department, serves as a collaborative pianist, and assists with student teacher supervision. A veteran music educator of 38 years, she previously taught instrumental music at the junior high and high school level in the state of Mississippi.

Now in her 24th year at Mississippi State, the bands at MSU have continued to grow and thrive under her leadership. The band program has seen the completion of a multi-million dollar rehearsal facility, expansion of the band staff, and a student enrollment that now includes four concert bands, jazz band, two basketball pep bands, and a marching band that consistently enrolls more than 320 students. The Wind Ensemble performs the finest literature available for the contemporary wind band and conducts a regional performance tour annually. The Wind Ensemble has performed for international concert audiences during a 2008 tour of the British Isles, a 2011 tour in Austria and Germany, and a 2014 tour in Italy. The ensemble also participates in the recording project of new band literature for Wingert Jones Publications. Ms. Lance maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator for concert and marching band events throughout the country.

In 2011, she received the Edythe M. McArthur Outstanding Woman Band Director Award for the state of Mississippi. She serves as the state chair for the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association. She serves on the Diversity Committee and has served as a member of the Athletic Band Committee for the College Band Director’s National Association. Additional professional memberships include the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the National Association for Music Education.

Julia Reynolds

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Arkansas, USA
Portfolio: Outstanding Contributor committee

Julia Reynolds is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association where she coordinates regional and state instrumental music interscholastic events. Prior to accepting that position in 1999, Julia served as Russellville Public School’s band director from 1984-1999 and as Sheridan Public School’s band director from 1976-1984. Julia is a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout Arkansas and surrounding states with notable guest appearances at Four States Bandmasters Association, 1984 Arkansas Honor Band – Sheridan Senior High; American School Band Directors National Association 1994 Convention, and the 1997 United States Presidential Inaugural Parade – Russellville Senior High.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Henderson State University and a Master of Arts in Brass Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. In addition to her work with ASBOA, she teaches studio brass, plays horn in the River Valley Brass Quintet, and serves as the instrumental coordinator at First Baptist Church in Russellville.

Professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu (Past President – Omicron Chapter); the Arkansas Bandmasters Association (Past President, currently Executive Advisor); the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association (Past President, currently Executive Secretary); and the National Band Association. In 1984, Julia received the ASBDA-Stanbury Outstanding Young Band Director Award, and in 1997, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association named her Bandmaster of the Year. In 2017 she was appointed to serve on the Midwest Clinic Advisory Committee.

Mike Townsend

Appointed 2016
Phi Beta Mu International
Alberta, CA

Mike Townsend, Supervisor of Music (retired), Grande Prairie School District, Alberta, Canada taught concert band, jazz band and orchestra for 38 years and community marching band for 44 years. He is a member of the Alberta Band Association, Vice President of WAMSB International (World Association of Marching Show Bands), newsletter editor for Phi Beta Mu International, President of the Alberta chapter of Phi Beta Mu-Mu Alpha, and Regional Coordinator for MusicFest Canada.

Mike’s bands have represented Canada in the United States, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Brazil, China, United Kingdom and Austria. Mr. Townsend is active as an international adjudicator and clinician in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and South America. He has assisted in procuring instruments and establishing band programs in Dominica, West Indies.

Mike has served on the board of Canadian Band Directors Association, Alberta Band Association, Music Alberta and Phi Beta Mu International. He is a recipient of the Tommy Banks Jazz Educators Award, the Alberta Band Association’s David Peterkin Award of Excellence, the Vondis Miller Legacy Award, the Phi Beta Mu International Award of Merit and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour.

Dwayne Sagen

DIRECTOR [2016-2018]
Phi Beta Mu International
Tennessee, USA
Special Projects

-Author of papers and articles on instrumental music education.
-Clinician and adjudicator of marching and concert band festivals
-Guest Conductor of High School All State and Regional Honor Bands throughout the United States and Canada
-Presenter of College Admissions Workshops at National and Regional Music Conventions.
-Faculty appointments: Henderson State University [Arkansas], 1969-72; Assistant Director of Bands, Trumpet Professor, and Chairman of the Department of Music, University of Mississippi, 1972-86; Director of Vanderbilt Bands since 1986.
-Member: College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, American School Band Directors Association, elected member of Phi Beta Mu National Band Directors Honorary, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.
-Blair School since 1986

Barbara Lambrecht

DIRECTOR [2016-2018]
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Outstanding Bandmaster

Barbara Lambrecht received her education at Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas. She presently serves as an adjunct teacher at both New Mexico State University, where she oversees music student teachers, and The University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches flute. She also mentors band directors in the El Paso area and teaches flute sectionals and private lessons.

Honored numerous times by her colleagues, Mrs. Lambrecht was, along with her husband Rick Lambrecht, named Texas Bandmasters Association 2015 Texas Bandmaster of the Year, and also in 2015 was elected to the Women Band Directors International (WBDI) Hall of Fame. She has been the recipient of Texas Tech University’s Distinguished Music Educator Award, Tau Beta Sigma’s national Outstanding Service to Music Award, the Texas Chamber of Commerce Cultural Award, National Band Association Achievement Award, Texas Music Educators Association Achievement Award, and twice had her “day” proclaimed by the city council. Barbara has been inducted into the Phi Beta Mu sponsored Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame. She was chosen as one of the 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century, and was named to Who’s Who of American Women.

In addition to serving on the International Board for Phi Beta Mu for the past three years, Barbara has been active in the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, serving as both chair and member of several committees, including Convention Clinics, Phi Beta Mu promotion and Hall of Fame. She has represented Phi Beta Mu as clinician at Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Educators Association clinic/conventions and performs regularly with the Phi Beta Mu Reading Band at TBA. She is a charter member of Texas Music Adjudicators Association and served on the board for that organization as well as being a member of the Standards and Practices committee. Mrs. Lambrecht served as a region secretary and band chairman for Texas Music Educators Association as well as presenting numerous clinics and serving on audition panels at All State and conducting rehearsals for All State Concert Orchestra winds and flute sectionals. In New Mexico she presented clinics at NMMEA All State and served as flute selector and chair auditioner. Mrs. Lambrecht holds membership in and has served as clinic coordinator for Women Band Directors International. She has been on two different Sudler committees for the Sousa Foundation.

Her public school bands have received the Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup of Excellence, Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band, New Mexico Honor Band, and have performed at Midwest, TMEA, and NMMEA conventions. Bands under her direction have received Superior ratings and Outstanding in Class at countless competitions in Texas, New Mexico and across the nation. She has been Director of Bands at University of Mary Hardin Baylor and Interim Associate Band Director at New Mexico State University.

Mrs. Lambrecht has written for and served as Contributing Editor for The Instrumentalist. Additional articles have appeared in Southwestern Musician and Texas Bandmasters Journal. She also writes and arranges music for band. Hal Leonard, E.C. Schirmer, and RBC Music Publishers publish her band pieces. In 2010 she organized the El Paso version of Young Educator Seminars (YES). Appropriately named SI, (Sharing Information) YES/SI assists young teachers in transitioning from university study to band directing. Free to all, YES/SI is open to all, the young and the young at heart.

Barbara is married to Richard Lambrecht, Phi Beta Mu member, principal horn in El Paso Symphony, and horn professor at University of Texas at El Paso.

John M. "Jay" Watkins, Jr.

Phi Beta Mu International
Gainesville, FL
Director, University of Florida Gator Band
Portfolio: Commission Projects

John M. “Jay” Watkins Jr. serves the Gator Nation as the Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Professor in the School of Music and as the Director of the Pride of the Sunshine: The Gator Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at UF, he served as Assistant to the Director of Bands, Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, and Conductor of the Longhorn Basketball, Volleyball and Concert Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Symphony Band and the show designer for the Longhorn Band.

Ensembles under his direction have performed and recorded with over 36 Grammy Award-winning artists in a program he developed to integrate the academic, athletics and live music communities of Central Texas. Prior to his appointment at Texas, he served as the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University (SC), where he was also the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education.

Mr. Watkins has received recognition as the CSU Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year and as a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and was the founder, Music Director and Conductor of The Lowcountry Winds, a professional wind ensemble based in Charleston, SC. He also served as the Director of the U.S. Navy Drum & Bugle Corps, the Director of Instrumental Music at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and was a teacher in the public schools in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Prior to his work in music education, he worked for the US Naval Research Laboratory as a research associate in the areas of liquid fuel propellants and their stability and published over 75 articles in refereed science journals.

Mr. Watkins is a native of Falls Church, VA and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Music Education degrees from George Mason University and Valdosta State University. He holds professional memberships in numerous organizations, served as South Carolina State Chair and Southern Division Chair for the National Band Association, and is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Watkins remains active as a designer, clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. He is married to the former Natalie Kay McLain of Duncan, SC and they have one son, Jacob.