Camp Staff


Daniel Barthel
Camp Co-director

Daniel BarthelDaniel 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, 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 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
Camp Co-director

Amy BarthelAmy Barthel has been on the LTMC staff since 2002 as a music educator and a co-camp director since 2015. Amy 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.

Nick Jacques
Concert Band Director

Nick JacquesNick Jacques is in his seventh year of teaching at Carson Middle School in Carson City, Nevada. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Nevada, Reno. As a middle school educator, Jacques grew the bands at Carson Middle School from 110 students in 2012 to 230 students in 2018. He now leads five concert bands and one jazz band, and his students consistently earn top ratings and honors at area festivals, parades and competitions. In 2018, Jacques was chosen as the new director of the Capital City Community Band in Carson City. He serves on the board of directors for the Nevada Music Educators Association as northern zone representative and All-State Music Festival coordinator. In 2014, Jacques has been honored as the New Music Educator of the Year by the Nevada Music Educators Association.

Jermie Arnold
Symphonic Band Director

Jermie ArnoldJermie Arnold was appointed to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach as the associate director of bands in the fall of 2012. Arnold is the principal conductor of the symphonic and concert bands and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He also serves as the Director of Woodwind studies. In 2014, he received the Most Inspirational Professor Award from the CSULB Alumni Association. Arnold is the founder and coordinator of the Bob Cole Honors Festival and the Pacific Coast Regional Concert Band Festival sponsored by Music For All. Arnold completed his D.M.A. in 2014 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He received his master and bachelor’s degrees in music education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Patrick Bowen
Jazz Ensemble Director

Patrick BowenPatrick 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 University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Vernon Scarbrough
Jazz Ensemble Director

Vernon ScarbroughRetired Col. Vernon Scarbrough graduated with a Bachelor of Music, with a minor in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He received his master's degree in Fine Arts, Music Education from Southern Oregon University and earned an additional master's degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Scarbrough taught band in the Washoe County School District for 18 years, the last seven of which were for Pine Middle School. While the band director at Pine, the Pine Patriot Jazz Ensemble traveled to Hawaii, San Diego, New York, and Disney's Music in the Park for jazz competitions. At each venue, the Patriot Jazz Ensemble won first place and gold awards. He is currently employed at Billinghurst Middle School where he teaches concert and jazz band. Scarbrough and his wife, Karen, are co-founders of the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Andrew Heglund
University Adviser

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. 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. Heglund also coordinates the annual Northern Nevada Day of Percussion, the Reno Jazz Orchestra Jazz in the Schools Clinic, and the Jazz Mentor Program.


Manuel Boga – Bassoon
Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School

Jon Brill – Percussion
Eagle Valley Middle School

Greg Canfield – Euphonium/Tuba
North Valley High School

Jennifer Day – Clarinet
Private woodwind instructor

Joshua Dunlap – Trumpet
Private brass instructor

Eric Fassbender – Oboe
University of Nevada, Reno

Paul Fleming - Trombone
Loder Elementary School

Ethan Gray – Percussion
University of Nevada, Reno

Katie Matsuura - Clarinet
Wy’East Middle School
Vancouver, Washington

Jonathan Phillips – Tenor/Bari Sax
Beasley Elementary School

Kevin Sady – Flute
Galena High School

Elizabeth Savage - French Horn
Westergard Elementary School

Ariel Scarbrough – Ukulele
Bennett Elementary School

Jack Scarbrough – Alto Sax
Pine Middle School

Jarod Sorum - Trumpet
Southridge High School
Beaverton, Oregon