Band of the Hour

  1. Jay C. Rees

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    Professor of Music, Director of Athletic Bands

    Jay C. Rees is professor of music and director of athletic bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His responsibilities include leading the Frost Band of the Hour, the marching and pep bands of the University of Miami, at UM sporting events such as nationally televised Miami Hurricanes football and basketball games, and expanding the band’s reach and reputation throughout the region. He also conducts the Frost Symphonic Winds. Rees was previously professor of music and director of athletic bands at The University of Arizona in Tucson, where his bands released CD recordings, appeared on NBC-TV's Today Show and Fox Sports, and were named top in the country by the prestigious CBDNA. Rees’ contemporary arrangements and inventive drill design have gained national presence and he is referenced extensively in the book "Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best.” An alumnus of the University of Miami Frost School of Music (B.M. ’84, jazz performance and music education), Jay Rees is an accomplished jazz bassist with international touring credits and still actively performs. He has a large catalog of published original music for jazz, wind ensemble, concert bands, and athletic bands, commissioned and performed by major universities and high schools nationwide. He also travels as a clinician, guest speaker, adjudicator, and conductor for band programs across the country. Rees is listed in Who's Who In America for the 21st Century as well as Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He is a member of ASCAP, The Recording Academy, and CBDNA.

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  2. Douglas McCullough

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    Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Director of Marching Percussion

    Doug McCullough is Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Director of Marching Percussion at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He joined the “Band of the Hour” staff in 2014 under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands, Jay C. Rees. With thirty-five years of teaching experience, McCullough most recently concluded a twenty-seven year tenure at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek Ohio. As Music Department Chair of the 330-member program, he directed the Beavercreek Marching Band & Color Guard, four concert bands, jazz big band, pep band, and several miscellaneous small ensembles. The Beavercreek Marching Band earned the highest rating at State Finals for twenty-six consecutive years, making it one of OMEA's longest-standing "Superior" earning bands. McCullough also served as artistic director of the annual Beavercreek High School Weekend of Jazz, featuring such artists as The Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Duke Ellington Orchestras, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Spyro Gyra, Sylvan Street, Jeff Coffin and Mu’tet, Stanley Clark, Ramsey Lewis, Maynard Ferguson, Jon Secada, and The Jeff Hamilton Trio. A clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, McCullough has been a percussion arranger for Warner Bros. Marching Band Publications, as well as numerous bands around the country. Formerly, he was percussion staff member of The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, and assistant staff member for Yamaha Sounds of Summer Clinics. McCullough is a graduate of The Ohio University School of Music in Athens Ohio. He is married with two daughters.

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Band of the Hour