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Jon Brown
Director of Bands
Mr. Brown has served as band director at University High School since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, magna cum laude with honors, from the Florida State University. An alumnus of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, he worked briefly as Director of Bands at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Cocoa before joining the music faculty of University High School as Associate Director of Bands in 2009. He became Director of Bands in 2013. During his time at University, the band program has nearly doubled in size and has consistently earned accolades in the Florida Marching Band Coalition as well as "superior" ratings from the Florida Bandmasters' Association. Mr. Brown is a proficient composer and arranger, scoring music for concert band, marching band, choir, and independent films.
Jeff Willis
Associate Director of Bands
Jeffrey L. Willis has been a music educator since 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Florida, where he studied with Jeff Moore, Clif Walker, and James Yakas. Mr. Willis also earned a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University in 2006, where he studied with Dr. Brian West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Paul Rennick, and Joey Carter. Mr. Willis' tenure at TCU as a Graduate Teaching Assistant involved instruction with the Horned-Frog Marching Band, assistance with the percussion studio, as well as co-directing the Steel Drum Ensemble.
Michael James
Design Coordinator
Biography coming soon!
Erick Guzman
Visual Caption Head
Biography coming soon!
Aaron McGarvey
Brass Caption Head
Aaron McGarvey is a native New Yorker who has called Central Florida home since his family moved to the Orlando area in 1998. A proud product of Orange County Public Schools, he attended high school at University High School before moving on to study French horn and pursue his Bachelor's degree in Music Education at the University of Central Florida. As part of his training, he had the privilege of interning with and had the honor of interning at Lake Brantley High School with FBA Hall of Fame member Cindy Berry. Starting in 2017, he is the Music Caption Head and head brass instructor for the University High School band program, as well as founding and teaching the UHS Brass Choir, a group of student brass musicians that, in its inaugural year, received a Superior at State Solo and Ensemble and performed in concert with the Brass Band of Central Florida. For the 2018 school year, he is excited to be returning home full time to the OCPS family that fostered his love of music and of teaching and has accepted a position teaching at Legacy Middle School, where he will teach the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, the Jazz Band, the Beginning Band, and the Orchestra. He is also the Music Director for the Youth Brass Band of Central Florida, an educational outreach ensemble of the Brass Band of Central Florida, one of the top traditional British-style brass bands in the United States and of which Aaron has been a member since 2012.
John Marsden
Digital Sound Design
John Marsden holds degrees in Economics and Music Composition from Bates College, and an Associates Degree in the Recording Arts from Full Sail University. An Emmy award winning producer and engineer, he spent over 14 seasons as a composer/arranger for PBS's Barney & Friends. He also provided scoring for other children's shows including Bob The Builder and The Wiggles. His clients include PBS, McDonalds, Boeing, Seaworld, Roland, Peavey, Great Wolf Lodge, Darden Restaurants, Texeco/Chevron and HEB foods. He also provides original music for theme park attractions located worldwide, as well as multiple video games including Telltale Game's Tales of Monkey Island. A lover of straight ahead jazz, he has provided engineering and production services for Blue Note/Mosaic records, and Sony/BMG.