Sean Conway

Photo_SeanConwaySean Conway
Instructor

SEAN CONWAY is Director of Bands at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond, WI, where he has been since 2017, and is currently the music director for Fleurish Winds. Previously, he worked for six years as a trumpet technician for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps after marching there from 2009 to 2012, and spent two years as an assistant director at Waukesha North High School and Butler Middle School in Waukesha, WI.

Originally from Rosemount, MN, Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There he performed with the university’s Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and served as drum major for the Blugold Marching Band. Sean is very excited to join the Pacific Crest brass team!

Jay Hagy

Photo_JayHagyJay Hagy
Consultant

JAY HAGY currently serves as a Band Director for the Grisham Middle School Band in Austin, TX. Prior to this appointment, he served as an Associate Band Director at Grain Valley High School in Kansas City, MO and Klein Oak High School in Houston, TX. Jay was a member of the Madison Scouts Brass team from 2009 to 2016, in which time he served as a brass instructor, interim caption head, and consultant. He marched as member of the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps in 1999 and 2001.

Jay earned a Masters of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Mike Dunn and Demondrae Thurman. While at the University of Alabama, Jay served as a Music Instructor for the School of Music and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Million Dollar Band. In 2008, his Tuba Quartet from the University of Alabama won 1st place in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference Quartet Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Kentucky University.

Andy Smart

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Consultant

ANDY SMART studied music education and performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He marched in the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps for six years, aging out in 1999 as drum major. Andy went on to teach the corps for over ten years after that as a brass technician, consultant, and as caption head for six of those years. In the summer of 2018, Andy was inducted into the Blue Knights Hall of Fame for the first year of its existence. He has also worked in various capacities on brass teams for Carolina Crown, the Troopers, Colts, Boston Crusaders, and Aimachi.

During his age-out year, Andy was the DCI Individual & Ensemble soprano champion. Immediately following that summer, he joined the inaugural Blast! cast as one of the featured trumpet soloists. He stayed with Blast! through 2005, following London, Broadway, and several US, Europe and Japan tours. Andy has been performing with local Denver groups since college as well as working as a composer and arranger with over 60 competitive high school marching band wind scores across the US and Japan to his name. Andy currently lives with his daughter Cordelia in Denver, where he works as a software engineer.

Sean Phelan

Photo_SeanPhelanSean Phelan
Brass Caption Head

SEAN PHELAN is currently Associate Director of Bands at Robert E. Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, TX. Sean earned the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2018 as a student of Stephen W. Pratt, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied conducting with Scott Teeple and euphonium with John Stevens.

Sean’s drum corps career began in 2007 with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. In his time marching there, he served as horn sergeant, featured soloist, and drum major and received the 2012 Jim Jones Leadership award from DCI. Upon aging out, Sean joined the brass staff as intern, instructor, and then ultimately as caption head for the 2018 season.

From 2013 to 2016, Sean was Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin. Under his direction, the Oconomowoc Symphonic Band was invited to perform in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda in March of 2014, and consistently achieved superior ratings at Wisconsin School Music Association concert festivals. While in Oconomowoc, Sean was also principal bassist and then Music Director of the Lake Country Orchestra. He has been an adjudicator for WSMA marching band contests since 2014 and continues to design and consult with several marching programs across the Midwest.

Kyle Smit

Photo_KyleSmitKyle Smit
Tenor Instructor

KYLE SMIT graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of La Verne. His performance experience includes Mandarins (2013), Blue Stars (2014-2016), POW (2014) and Pulse Percussion (2015-2018).

Currently, Kyle works as a quad tech at POW Percussion, Gahr High School, La Quinta High School, and San Marino High School. He also taught at Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018.

Kyle currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga.

Ben Contreras

Photo_BenContrerasBen Contreras
Visual Coordinator

BEN CONTRERAS has been involved in the Southern California Marching Band community for 28 years. He started his marching arts career in San Diego, playing trumpet and spinning as a parade drum major. He was awarded both the John Philips Sousa Award and the Semper Fi Award for Musical Excellence in high school. After picking up rifle his senior year and joining a local independent winter guard after graduation, Ben moved on to march with the Santa Clara Vanguard (1998 & 1999), Fantasia Winterguard (1999-2003) Corona (2005). He was also a performer in the Disney’s California Adventure Cast of “Blast!”.

Ben has been involved with many Southern California programs such as Ayala, Chino, Riverside King, Mt Carmel, Great Oak, and Murrieta Valley, as well as groups in Nevada, Hawaii, and Arizona. He currently is the Color Guard Director at Rancho Buena Vista and Mission Hills High School.

Ben also has extensive experience with the drum and bugle corps world, having worked for the Colts (2004-2005), The Academy (2007), Gold (2011), and the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (2012-2016). Ben is also the Founder and Director of Vox Artium Winterguard, a WGI Championships Independent Open finalist from 2016 to 2018.

Ben was inducted into the 2018 WGASC Hall of Fame in 2018, and is now in his second year as the WGASC VP of Member Relations.