Camp Staff


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, 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 Barthel has been on the LTMC staff since 2002 as a music educator and a co-camp director since 2015. In addition to teaching elementary music, she is the Washoe County School District music teacher on special assignment. Her responsibilities include mentoring new music teachers, designing professional development, and supporting all K-12 music teachers. 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.

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 University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Vernon Scarbrough
Jazz Ensemble Director

Retired 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 Traner Middle School where he teaches orchestra and mariachi. 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

Nick Jacques – Alto Sax
Carson Middle School
Carson City

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

Bryan Smith – Percussion
United States Air Force Band
Fairfield, California

Jarod Sorum - Trumpet
Southridge High School
Beaverton, Oregon