Matthew McCutchen is the Director of Bands at the University of South Florida. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, teaching courses in conducting and music education, and cheering on the HOT Band at football games. He is the Founder and Conductor of the Bay Area Youth (BAY) Winds, which features many of the finest high school musicians throughout the Tampa Area, and is the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Florida Wind Band.
Dr. McCutchen earned a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in Conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Furman University.
Dr. McCutchen’s teaching experience spans from middle school to the university level. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer who has been published in the National Band Association’s Journal, the 7th and 8th editions, the “Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment” editions of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, The Instrumentalist magazine, and the Florida Music Director.
He serves as the Chair of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest Committee and is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Selection Committee.
In addition to serving as the Associate Conductor for The Florida Wind Band, Marc Sosnowchik serves as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Florida. His current teaching responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching courses in conducting and music education, directing the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, and overseeing all aspects of Athletic Bands at USF. Previously, Dr. Sosnowchik was Assistant Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sosnowchik maintains an active schedule as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and arranger. He conducts honor bands throughout the United States, and in the summer teaches on the faculty of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project/World Adult Wind Orchestra Project as part of the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria.
Dr. Sosnowchik earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Alabama, and both his master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. Before teaching at the university level, Dr. Sosnowchik taught at Louis Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills, AL. During that time, he also served as conductor of the Tuscaloosa Winds and was a staff member for Music for All/Bands of America festivals and symposia.
Robert Neale, Principal
Lauren DeLuca, Piccolo
Dawn Hardy, Principal
Tony Negron, Principal
Stefanie McDannald, Eb
George Linakis, bass
Ashley Huffman, contra
Josh Hollenbeck, Principal
Ethan Miller, Principal
Russ McCollum, Principal
Brandon McDannald, Principal
John Marcellus, Principal
Aaron Campbell, Principal
Roy Mitchell, Jr.
Kelly Bravard, Principal
Tyler Carr, Principal
Fai Fai Ho
Bill Swartzbaugh, Principal
The Florida Wind band is always looking to add substitute musicians to our database for contact when our regular musicians are unavailable.
Qualified applicants will be asked to fill out an additional contact form and to submit a one-page resume with a one-minute recording example that best represents your playing.