2014 Senior Camp Staff

Photo of Dr. Andrew HeglundCamp Director

Dr. Andrew Heglund is an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches percussion, directs the University Percussion Ensemble and coaches jazz small groups. He earned a doctor of arts degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado and a master of music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. Dr. Heglund performs with faculty jazz quintet The Collective, the Ed Corey Trio, Reno Jazz Orchestra and the Discover Music Percussion Ensemble. Also a composer, he has had several solo percussion works choreographed and performed with the Sierra Nevada Ballet. Dr. Heglund also coordinates the annual Northern Nevada Day of Percussion, the Reno Jazz Orchestra Jazz in the Schools Clinic, and the Jazz Mentor Program.

Photo of Nichole HeglundAssistant Camp Director

Nichole Heglund is a music teacher in the Washoe County School District and has been a band director at Swope Middle School since 2003. She has taught choir and band and currently directs the Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Jazz Bands and is a private saxophone instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno and throughout Reno area. She coaches the University Saxophone Quartet and is a member of the Reno Wind Symphony. Mrs. Heglund is also an active clinician and adjudicator in Northern Nevada. She received a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Photo of Chip De StefanoSymphonic Band Director

Chip De Stefano received his bachelor of music in trombone performance and master of music education from Northwestern University. He is currently in his 18th year as director of bands at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Ill., and his fourth year as director of the University Wind Ensemble at the University of Chicago. Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band has received first division ratings at all district and state organization contests of the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) and has made multiple appearances at the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Conference, University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival (selected as Honor Band 2000, 2003, 2006, 2011 and 2013), and MENC North Central Division Conference. In 2007, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the McCracken Symphonic Band the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup. De Stefano’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the National Band Association (Board of Directors, Middle School Representative), the Illinois Grade School Music Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator, and is a recipient of 16 National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara Buehlmann Young Conductor Award in 2004, and the IGSMA Cloyd Meyers Memorial Award in 2011.

Photo of Jarod SorumConcert Band Director

Jarod Sorum received his bachelor of music education from Boise State University in 2006 where he studied both trumpet and conducting. He has taught at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, and in Nevada at Carson High School, where he expanded the band program, pioneered new courses and helped launch orchestra programs in the Carson City School District. His bands have consistently received superior ratings and top recognitions in Nevada, California and Washington state competitions. He currently resides in Greeley, Colo.

Photo of Patrick BowenJazz Ensemble Director

Patrick Bowen has been the Percussion Instructor at the Las Vegas Academy since 1994, where the Percussion Ensemble or soloists have won the Nevada All State Command Performance numerous times. Mr. Bowen is in his eleventh year at the Academy where he teaches full-time the World Jazz Studies area and Chamber Ensembles. He was the percussionist for the hit Broadway show “Mamma Mia” at the Mandalay Bay Resort and is presently the Principal Percussionist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Hartt School of Music (Cum Laude), a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Montana, and a Teaching Certificate from UNLV.

Photo of Vern ScarbroughJazz Ensemble Director

Vernon Scarbrough worked for 18 years as a band director with the Washoe County School District. He is co-founder of the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, a nonprofit organization that provides jazz education through performance opportunities for young musicians in northern Nevada. Scarbrough earned a bachelor of music degree from North Texas State University and a master of music degree from the University of Southern Oregon’s American Band College. In addition to serving as a senior staff member of Lake Tahoe Music Camp, he pursues musical interests as a saxophonist with the Reno Wind Symphony and as a guest director and adjudicator.


Amy Barthel

Brown Elementary School
Sparks, Nevada

Dan Barthel
DePaoli Middle School
Reno, Nevada

Ben Benson
Private Woodwind Instructor
Reno, Nevada

Jon Brill
Eagle Valley Middle School
Carson City, Nevada

Sarah Coleman
Alice Maxwell Elementary School
Sparks, Nevada

Hank Currey
Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada

Jennifer Day
Private Woodwind Instructor
Reno, Nevada

Josh Dunlap
Private Brass Instructor
Reno, Nevada

Cody Forcier
Shaw Middle School
Sparks, Nevada

Amy Heald
Education Director, Reno Philharmonic
Reno, Nevada

Nick Jacques
Carson Middle School
Carson City, Nevada

Kathryn Matsura
Graduate Student, University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Lauren McConnell
Bennett Elementary School
Sun Valley, Nevada

Jonathan Phillips
Wooster High School
Reno, Nevada

Lori Roy
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada

Kevin Sady
Galena High School
Reno, Nevada

Bryan Smith
Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada

Kevin Swanson
Private Brass and Woodwind Instructor
Reno, Nevada

Tim Wood
Reno High School
Reno, Nevada