Mitchell Reed - Director of Bands
Mitchell was born and raised in Virginia. He comes from a musical family and was singing in choirs and learning music from a very young age. His primary instrument is the Trumpet. Mitchell has earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. While at VCU, Mitchell studied trumpet with Yamaha Recording Artist, Dr. Rex Richardson and Richmond Symphony Trumpeter, Brian Strawley. Mitchell studied Music Education and Conducting with Dr. Terry Austin, past president of the American Bandmaster's Association. During his time at VCU, Mitchell was fortunate to perform in China at the Beijing Olympic Celebration, Carnegie Hall, the National Trumpet Competition, and the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four.
After graduation, Mitchell accepted a position as grade 6-12 Director of Bands in West Point, Virginia, a small town near Williamsburg, VA. Mitchell spent six years building the band program from a non competitive band of 18 students to a successful program of 80 students. During those six years the program received superior ratings at concert and marching assessments earning the schools first ever Virginia Blue Ribbon Music Award. Mitchell was named the 2015 High School and District Teacher of the Year. Mitchell instituted new program offerings such as Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, Brass Quintet, and Musical Pit Orchestra. In 2015, Mitchell traveled to England with a group of students to participate in a co-directed production of West Side Story with a British Military School. While at West Point High School, Mitchell helped create new fundraisers such as the "West Point 5K 4 Music" and "Day of Aid" for local tornado relief.
In 2016, Mitchell was offered a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of South Florida. The past two years Mitchell has worked extensively with the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Pep Band. He also assisted in teaching undergraduate courses in Conducting, Marching Band Techniques, Woodwind and Brass Methods, and Secondary Band Methods. Mitchell graduated from USF with a master's degree in Instrumental Conducting in May 2018.
Mitchell has enjoyed extensive participation in the marching arts. In addition to leading high school marching bands and working with the USF marching band, he has been active in Drum Corps International performing with the Jersey Surf in 2005 and 2006 and with The Cadets in 2009. Upon aging out, Mitchell joined the brass staff of the Jersey Surf and toured the country as a brass instructor for two summers. He has been active as a marching band designer, consultant, adjudicator, and instructor for many years for programs throughout Florida and Virginia.
In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys attempting to golf, supporting his VCU Rams basketball team and USF football team, and enjoying the awesome beaches that Florida has to offer. Mitchell and his wife Mindee are also regulars at Disney World! Mitchell, Mindee, and their puppy Kala are excited to be a part of the Newsome Wolfpack!
Jade Bouza - Color Guard Staff/Winterguard Director
Jade Bouza grew up in Pembroke Pines, FL where she was a member and captain of the Flanagan High School Colorguard & Winterguard from 2001-2005. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Tampa, FL to attend the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. While studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard during the 4 years she marched there. She also marched with the USF Winterguard from 2008-2009. Jade also spent two summers marching with the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006, and aged out in 2008. Jade was the director for the Spoto High School Colorguard from 2007-2012, where she also started the winterguard program. Under her direction, the winterguard went on to become the 2010 FFCC B Class Champions, 2011 FFCC AAA Class Champions, and the 2012 FFCC A Class Silver Medalists. Jade taught with Flanagan High School for the 2013 season including all three winterguard teams, and was the director of the A Guard program. She has also taught and worked with several groups including the USF Herd of Thunder and USF Winterguard since 2009, and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. She is currently teaching auxiliary workshops at Walt Disney World as a Disney Performing Arts Teaching Artist. She began working with Newsome in 2013. Jade is incredibly passionate for this activity and the hard work it demands, and she is excited to be working with Newsome again this year!
Jamie Dyer - Color Guard Director
Jamie Dyer has worked with numerous programs in Pinellas and Hillsborough County. Jamie, recently designed for Robinson High School in 2012 (Winterguard International Scholastic A finalist) as well as Newsome High School Winterguard from 2014 till current. Jamie's winterguard experience includes being a member of the USF Winterguard from 2003 to 2006. Jamie then spent 2007 through 2012 working with the USF winterguard in open class as well as many different high schools. Jamie has been the director for USF World Winterguard (2014 Winter Guard International Independent World finalist and Fan Favorite, 2015 Winter Guard International Independent World finalist) since 2013. Jamie has adjudicated for FMBC and local marching band shows. When he is not teaching color guard, Jamie is a reading coach in Tampa, Florida where he resides.
Carlos Escobar - Color Guard Staff
Carlos is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at St. Petersburg College. He has performed with many of WGI's top-ranked winter guard teams from Central Florida including Fahrenheit Independent 2008, 2009, & 2011, Orlando Visual World 2012, and U.S.F. World 2013. He also toured the country and performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010. He was the director of the Gateway HS colorguard from Kissimmee in 2009, 2011-2013. In his time there, he designed each show in its entirety. This group went on to win many superior titles and top awards in their county. He taught and choreographed the Alonso HS Dance team for the 2014 field season. Carlos has been on staff with the U.S.F. World Winterguard and University of South Florida Winterguard since 2014. He has also been teaching the Newsome HS colorguard since 2014, where he has choreographed and designed many of the team's most memorable performances. He is looking forward to making a difference in a positive way for many young and talented members in this activity, as he returns for another incredible year with Newsome.
Caitlin Kellar - Color Guard Staff
Tony Perez - Color Guard Staff
Tony Perez first fell in love with colorguard and began performing in 2010 at Lennard High School. Since then, he has marched various places including the USF Herd of Thunder Colorguard 2011, Sunburst Arts Independent 2012, University of South Florida A Winterguard 2013, & USF World Winterguard 2014. He also performed and toured with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014, and UCF Pegasus World Winterguard 2015 & 2016. He has had the pleasure of teaching and working with several groups in the Tampa Bay area including Lennard HS 2011, & Braden River HS 2013-2014. He began teaching the JW Mitchell HS colorguards in 2014, and in 2015 he became the director. Tony has been a part of the Newsome team since the start of his teaching career in 2012, and has been an integral part of the program’s growth and success. He is very excited for another rewarding year with the Newsome colorguard.
Kevin von Kampen - Percussion Director/Battery
Kevin von Kampen is an active percussionist and educator based in Tampa, FL. He is the Percussion Director for the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Mr. von Kampen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from USF. While attending USF, he served as a Graduate Assistant for the HOT Marching Band, conducted the Rumble Basketball Band, and assisted with teaching several music education courses including conducting and marching band methods. He also worked as a middle school and high school music teacher in Hillsborough County Public School District.
As a performer, Kevin is active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He appears on the McCormick Percussion Group recordings >Plot: Music for Unspecified Instrumentation and Plugged and Unplugged: The Music of Ciro Scotto both released by Ravello Records, and on USF Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall released by Mark Custom Recordings. He also serves as principle percussionist of the Florida Wind Band in Tampa. In addition to his duties with USF, Kevin is also an active educator and clinician throughout the Tampa Bay area, working several music camps and festivals. His primary teachers include Robert McCormick, Al Rometo, Tony Falcone, and Dana Murray.
Laura Garcia - Woodwind Technician
Laura Garcia earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida. During her time at USF she marched in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, played in the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, co-founded the Grenadilla Clarinet Quartet, and served as Vice President to Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Laura Garcia is in her 5th year as an elementary music teacher in Hillsborough County, where she currently teaches at Dr. Carter G. Woodson PreK-8 Leadership Academy. Laura also teaches private clarinet lessons to students ranging from beginning to advanced players. This will be Laura’s 4th year working with the Newsome High School band program as a woodwind technician and is excited for the upcoming year.
Tyler Harris - Woodwind Technician
Tyler is a Tampa native. He graduated from Chamberlain High School in 2014 and is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida. For the past two years, Tyler has played principal clarinet with the USF Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Carmichael and Dr. Wiedrich. He served as a drum major this past season with the Herd of Thunder marching band. Tyler works both as a performer and an educator. He has played professionally with groups such as the Venice Symphony orchestra, has taught at Gaither and Wharton high schools, and teaches clarinet privately in the area. He is extremely excited to join the Newsome Wolfpack!
Derek Budzinski - Brass Technician
Derek is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at USF. Derek's primary instrument is French horn; his secondary instruments are saxophone, piano, and voice. Derek marched three years of Drum Corps International, aging out with Phantom Regiment in 2009. Derek has served on staff at several Tampa area schools including East Bay High School, four years at Chamberlain High School, and most recently, four years at Durant High School. Derek's non-music hobbies include reading, hanging out with his five nieces, and spending time outdoors.
Christi Lundahl - Brass Technician