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Christopher White

Christopher White

Christopher G. White is currently the Director of Sports Bands at the University of Maine, directing the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band, the Screamin’ Black Bear Pep Band and the University Concert Band. Chris received his B.M. in Music Education in 1988 from Ithaca College and his M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Maine in 1994. From 1988-1992 he was the Band Director and the district Music Supervisor of M.S.A.D. #11 in Gardiner, Maine.

Chris has worked at the Maine Summer Youth Music Camp since 1990 as the percussion instructor and is a percussionist with the Maine State Ballet Orchestra and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Mr. White is also active as a clinician for percussionists and marching bands. Chris is a member of M.B.D.A., C.B.D.N.A. and is currently the Treasurer for Maine State Chaptor of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda, is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and is advisor for Tau Beta Sigma.

Jonathan Fox
Percussion Assistant

Jonathan  Fox

Jonathan Fox currently serves as Principal Percussionist and Principal Timpanist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, where he has played since 2000. Previously, he appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, and Miss Saigon on Broadway. His recordings of both traditional and contemporary solo and orchestral literature can be heard on the Albany, BIS, Delos, RCA Victor, and Varèse Sarabande labels.

In addition to his responsibilities as Percussion Department Chair and New Music Ensemble Director at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), Jonathan Fox is an active concert and marching recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator acrossNorth America and Asia. He has also been a part-time instructor for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA).

Jonathan represents drum stick and mallet manufacturer, Vic Firth, Inc, and cymbal manufacturer, Zildjian.

Fox received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School (New York, NY) in 1994, where he studied with Roland Kohloff, former Principal Timpanist of the New York Philharmonic. In 1992, Fox graduated from Boston University (Boston, MA), summa cum laude, where he worked privately with former Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Thomas Gauger.

Previously, Jonathan studied for six years with celebrated Boston area teacher and arranger, Neil Larrivee.

Krystal Mayo
Dance Instructor

Krystal Mayo

Krystal has been dancing since the age of 3. She grew up dancing at The Dance Connection in Fairfield, ME. For 8 years, she competed in several regional and national dance competitions. Since 2000, she has taught at several dance studios, including Creative Edge Dance Studio in New Hampshire, River City Dance Center in Bangor, Top Hat Dance Studio in Skowhegan, and Top Hat II Dance Studio in Holden.

Krystal was a member of the UMaine dance team from 2001-2004. She began choreographing for the team in 2004, and has been an assistant since 2005. When not working with the dance team, Krystal is a Pre-K teacher at Belgrade Central School. She is also working on her masters degree through UMaine, and teaching at Top Hat Dance Studio.

Denise Knowles
Assistant Dance Instructor

Denise Knowles

Denise grew up dancing at Morita’s School of Dance in Hermon, Maine, beginning at the age of 3. While there she competed in many regional, national and international competitions. She has been teaching at Morita’s School of Dance since 2000, and became the studio’s Assistant Director in 2011.

From 2003-2004, Denise studied at the California Pacific College of Performing Arts, and performed with the performing arts group The Young Americans. She returned to Maine in 2004 and began studying at the University of Maine, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 2007. While at the University she was a member of the dance team from 2004-2007, and has been an assistant instructor for the team since 2009. While not working with the dance team, Denise works for Premium Choice Broadband in Brewer, Maine, and at Morita’s School of Dance in Hermon and Milo, Maine.

Meagan Sawyer
Majorette Instructor

Meagan Sawyer

Meagan has been twirling since 1996. She grew up twirling for Eastern Maine Twirling Association and Central Maine Twirling Corps. She has competed in multiple regional and national competitions as a member of a team called the Main-E-Acts.

Meagan was a member of the UMaine Majorettes from 2010-2012 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When she is not with the band she is working at Acadia Hospital and also co-coaches with Central Maine Twirling Corps.

Rob Richard
Pictures/Web Design

Rob Richard

Rob first became part of the Marching Band as a trombone player in 1993. While in school, he designed the first website for the band, and continues to maintain the site. After leaving school after the 1997 season, Rob has continued his
involvement with the band by acting as webmaster and “unofficial” photographer for the group. Rob is an alumnus and proud Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Brian Hebert
Stuff Guy

Brian Hebert

Since 1999, Brian has been involved with the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band. He started his freshman year of college playing the alto saxophone. In the years that followed he became the alto saxophone section leader.

During the years Brian was a student at the University of Maine, he was involved in several ensembles, most noticeable the Screaming Black Bear Pep Band, and the University of Maine Concert Band.

Brian also is a proud Alumni of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi; an organization that proudly supports all University of Maine band ensembles.

Since graduating college in December 2003, he has volunteered as Stuff Guy, helping out at all UMaine football games by moving equipment, and assisting the band at home or away whenever possible.