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Faculty

Thomas G. Leslie
Director, Division of Wind Band Studies; Professor, Conducting
thomas.leslie@unlv.edu

As Director of the Division of Wind Band Studies and Professor of Conducting, Thomas Leslie has earned recognition for high quality performances of the UNLV Bands.  During his tenure at UNLV, his bands have received critical acclaim from members of the international music world.  Such notables include composers Malcolm Arnold, Bruce Broughton, Eric Whitacre and Frank Ticheli, United States Marine Band Conductor Emeritus Colonel John Bourgeois... more

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Anthony LaBounty

Associate Director, Wind Band Studies

tony.labounty@unlv.edu

Since his appointment to the faculty in 1988, Anthony LaBounty has helped develop the UNLV Bands to become one of the finest collegiate band programs in the nation.  He teaches courses within the music education degree programs and is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.  He has also served as a guest conductor and performer throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico and China... more

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Dr. Zane Douglass
Visiting Assistant Professor of Conducting
zane.douglass@unlv.edu

Dr. Zane S. Douglass is the Associate Conductor of the UNLV Wind Orchestra and Visiting Instructor of Conducting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His duties at UNLV include teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Conducting; conducting the UNLV Brass Ensemble; co-conducting the UNLV Wind Orchestra and UNLV Community Band; and instructing the Star of Nevada Marching Band and the UNLV Basketball Pep Band... more

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Dr. David Coyner is a Director of the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band. In addition to the marching band, Dr. Coyner leads the UNLV Runnin' Rebel Pep Band and teaches courses in the Music Education Department. Before his appointment at UNLV, Dr. Coyner was the associate Director of Bands at Foothill High School in Henderson, NV and the Director of Bands at North Valleys High School in Reno, NV. Dr. Coyner received his DMA in Conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas...  more

Dr. David Coyner
Assistant Director of Bands
david.coyner@unlv.edu

Staff

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David Martinez

Drumline Instructor

Davey Martinez is a Las Vegas native, who has been performing and teaching music for over a decade. Mr. Martinez will graduate from UNLV with a Bachelor of Music Performance, and a Minor in Music Technology. Martinez has marched in collegiate, WGI, and DCI percussion ensembles (including five seasons with Vegas Vanguard under the direction of former UNLV Drumline Instructor Brian Howerton), and regularly performs locally with multiple eclectic jazz collectives. He has also instructed over a dozen high school drumlines and independent drumline organizations, including Gold Spike Percussion and the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps.

Martinez’ musical background is particularly diverse, as he has garnered significant accomplishments in several areas such as drum set, classical percussion, Afro-latin percussion, and marching percussion...more

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Ocean Akaka

Doctoral Graduate Assistant

Ocean Akaka is a Hawaiˋi native that hails from the small town of Wahiawa on the island of Oˋahu. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Wind Band Conducting where he is a student of Professor Thomas Leslie at UNLV. As a Graduate Assistant with the UNLV Division of Wind Band Studies, Mr. Akaka assists with the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band, the Runnin’ Rebel Basketball Pep Band, and serves as co-conductor of the UNLV New Horizons Band.

 

Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Mr. Akaka received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Oboe Performance from The University of Hawaiˋi at Mānoa. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Akaka served as the principal oboist of the University of Hawaiˋi Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Akaka was an in-demand educator and clinician with guest conducting appearances and oboe masterclasses at various middle schools and high schools in Hawaiˋi....more

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Tyler Cranor

Doctoral Graduate Assistant 

Tyler is currently finishing his second year as Director Of Bands at South Fort Myers High School, in Fort Myers, Florida. Prior to this, Tyler spent 8 years as a middle and high school band director in Oregon, and served as the Executive Director of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra for 3 seasons. 

 

During his 10 years as a secondary school band director, Tyler's ensembles have received numerous awards and accolades, including: winning multiple titles at the Oregon state band festival, superior performance ratings at festivals from Seattle to Los Angeles, and invitations to perform in the Edison Festival Of Lights, Naples St. Patrick's Day, and Dunbar Easter Parades in Southwest Florida....more

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Michael Lewis

Doctoral Graduate Assistant 

Michael Lewis has taught high school and middle school band in North Carolina for 10 years. Under his direction, his ensembles have grown considerably in size and quality. He also has experience teaching in Title I districts. Outside of teaching in the public school setting, Michael also teaches private lessons to kids and adults of all ages.

 

Michael is professionally affiliated with the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educator's Association, and the North Carolina Bandmaster's Association. and is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. ...more

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