Joe Hobbs is the Director of Percussion at Vandegrift High school in Austin, TX. 2017 will be Joe’s second year with Vandegrift. Joe was previously the director of percussion at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, TX. Under his direction the Newman Smith drum line was recognized as one of DFW’s strongest drum lines having won both the Plano Drum Line Contest as well as the Lone Star Drum Line Contest. Joe previously held the same position at Harpeth High School in Nashville, Tennessee where under his direction Harpeth was a Scholastic Open finalist at WGI Championships in 2009 and 2010, placing 4th in 2010. Harpeth also won the Indianapolis (2009) and Nashville Regionals (2009, 2010) as well as the SCGC championships (2009).
Joe currently serves as the percussion caption head for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL. Before joining The Cavaliers, Joe served on the percussion staff for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL and The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from Atlanta, GA, where he was the battery caption head. He held this title from 2008-2010. Joe was also involved with Music City Mystique as a battery instructor from 2009-2011. He was a member of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001-2003. During his time at Southwind he was named the 2003 DCI I&E Snare drum champion. From 2004-2006 Joe was a member of the Cavaliers snare line. During his time with the Cavaliers, Joe won 2 DCI world championships, 2006 DCI I&E mixed ensemble championship, “Cavalier of the year” and the “Zildjian award” in 2006. Joe received his Music Education degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Other teaching experience includes: George Rogers Clark High School, Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Murray State University, Austin Peay State University, Mt. Juliet High School, Marshall County High School, and Murray High School.
Joe is endorsed by Pearl Drums, Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drumheads. Joe and his wife Kara and their Great Dane “Truman” are looking forward to living in Austin Texas.
Robbie Green is the Percussion Specialist/Assistant Band Director for Cypress Falls High School in Houston, TX and founder of the Green Percussion Company and the creator of the mobile application The Pocket Percussion Teacher and multiple iBooks for teaching percussion. He holds a degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Green is passionate about the technological and musical arts and seeks daily to connect, inspire, motivate and educate the next generation students beyond what we ever imagined possible.
Mr. Green has been a member of several successful music groups such as the 1998 Glassmen, 1996 Nite Express and 1995 Delta Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps and 1996 Black Gold Indoor drumline.
Mr. Green is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion Corporation.
Jamey Kollar is an Assistant Director of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band at the University of Houston, where he oversees, coordinates and arranges for the Spirit of Houston Drumline, as well as assists with logistical planning for the marching band and the University of Houston Wind Ensembles. He is also a percussion technician for the Spring High School marching percussion program, as well as the front ensemble instructor and technician for the Pasadena Memorial High School indoor percussion program. In addition, Mr. Kollar maintains a very active performance, instruction, clinician and adjudication schedule around the city of Houston, as well as across the state of Texas.
Mr. Kollar is a graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, earning his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance degree in the spring of 2012. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Moores School in 2010, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance.
Over the course of his collegiate and post-collegiate career, Mr. Kollar has been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with many incredibly talented teachers and mentors, including Dr. Blake Wilkins, Alec Warren, Lamar Burkhalter, David Cossin, as well as the members of Sō Percussion. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with such influential performers, conductors and composers as Steve Reich, She-e Wu, Paul Lansky, Brad Lubman, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Meehan-Perkins Duo. This past summer, Mr. Kollar was selected to be a fellow at the 2017 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in North Adams, MA, where he performed and studied alongside young professional musicians and composers from around the world. Additionally, Mr. Kollar attended the 2012 and 2013 Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI), an intensive percussion chamber music festival held annually on the campus of Princeton University.
Mr. Kollar’s professional affiliations include membership in the Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda.