Camp Staff

Camp Directors

Daniel Barthel

Daniel Barthel - Camp Co-director

Daniel Barthel has been teaching band in the Reno area for the past 14 years. He helped open Depoali Middle School in 2009 and since that time, the Depoali band program has experienced consistent participation and success. The program serves around 300 students every year, offering jazz band, concert bands, Winterguard, percussion ensemble and other chamber ensembles. Depoali bands have consistently earned superior ratings in concert band festivals in the Northern Nevada and Northern California areas. Barthel is also active in the band community, serving as the Washoe County School District honor band coordinator and the Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA) past president and advocacy chair. He has also served as the NMEA president, zone representative and MS All-State band coordinator. He also co-directs the Lake Tahoe Music Camp every summer along with his wife, Amy. Barthel attended the University of Nevada, Reno earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education. Barthel has two children, is a Reno native and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Men's Music Fraternity and the National Association for Music Education.

Amy Barthel

Amy Barthel - Camp Co-director

Amy Barthel has been on the LTMC staff since 2002 as a music educator and a co-camp director since 2015. She is the Fine Arts Coordinator and Music Supervisor for the Washoe County School District. She serves as a Washoe zone representative for the Nevada Music Educators Association. She is a past president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Orff Schulwerk Association. Barthel earned both her Master of Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. Barthel and her husband, Dan, have two children. As a family, they enjoy camping, traveling, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Disneyland.

2024 Band Directors

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Kevin Sady - Concert Band Director

Kevin Sady first attended Lake Tahoe Music Camp in 1992. From that point on he could not imagine life without attending every summer. Mr. Sady attended the University of Southern California majoring in Trombone transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno where he completed Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Administration. After teaching band and choir at Pa-Wa-Lou Middle School, he was the Director of Bands at Galena High School for 13 years. He took students to Parades and contests in Washington DC, Boston and Honolulu. His bands had a reputation for superior performances at Concert Band festivals in Nevada and California. Mr. Sady has conducted honor bands and served as an adjudicator for the Washoe County School District and the Northern Zone Nevada Music Educators Association. Mr. Sady is the Principal of Anderson Elementary School in Reno. Whether it is from the podium or behind a desk, Mr. Sady believes that all students can succeed if they are given the tools that they need.

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Patrick Bowen - Jazz 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. Bowen is in his 12th year at the Academy where he teaches 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 in music performance from the Hartt School of Music (cum laude), a Master’s in music performance from the University of Montana and a teaching certificate from UNLV.

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips - Jazz Ensemble Director

Phillips graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in music education, studying saxophone under Mike McMullen and Peter Epstein. He began touring with the band Sol'Jibe and also studied at the National School of Music in Havana, Cuba. In Nevada, Phillips has served as director of the award-winning Wooster High School Bands, headed the All-State and Washoe County Jazz Chairs and directed elementary, middle and high school honor ensembles. Currently a mentor for the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Phillips teaches at Bud Beasley Elementary School and is a sax instructor on the faculty at Truckee Meadows Community College.

John Seaton

John Seaton - Symphonic Band Director

John Seaton serves as the Director of Bands at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, where ensembles under his direction maintain an active schedule of festival and conference performances, most recently performing at the 76th annual Midwest Clinic in 2022. As a saxophonist, he has performed multiple times with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic, as well as performances at multiple NASA Conferences, the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and the 2012 World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland. Seaton holds an M.M. in Saxophone Performance with Program Honors from Northwestern University and a B.M. in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Wright State University.

2023 Instructors

2024 Instructors will be posted soon.

Jon Brill – Percussion
Eagle Valley Middle School
Reno, NV

Greg Canfield – Euphonium/Tuba
North Valley High School
Reno, NV

Jeff Depaoli - Accompanist

Amy Heald - Oboe

Patricia Hudson – Clarinet
Sky Ranch Middle School
Sparks, NV

Nick Jacques – Saxophone
Carson High School
Carson City, NV

Katie Matsuura - Clarinet

Paige McKinnon – Flute
Pine Crest Academy of Northern Nevada
Sparks, NV

Kevin Miescke – Horn
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV

Kevin Overlay - Trumpet
Mendive Middle School
Sparks, NV

Kevin Sady – Trombone
Private brass instructor
Reno, NV

Ariel Scarbrough – Ukulele
Bennett Elementary School
Reno, NV

Jack Scarbrough – Saxophone
Herz Middle School
Reno, NV

Jarod Sorum – Trumpet
Evergreen High School
Vancouver, WA

Kyle Zive – Percussion
Damonte Ranch High School & Depoali Middle School
Reno, NV