Dr. Jeffrey L. Traster
Director, Concert Band

Jeffrey L. Traster, DMA is Music Professor Emeritus at The University of Tampa where he served as Director of Bands and Head of Music Education for nineteen years, including Music Department Chair for six years. Dr. Traster has taught in Texas, Ohio, and Florida. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, composer, tuba player and low-brass instructor.

 

Dr. Traster earned degrees from Baylor University (BME), The University of Colorado at Boulder (MM), and The University of Texas at Austin (DMA). Primary amongst his conducting instructors and mentors are Richard Floyd, Allan McMurray, and Tom Lee. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and ASCAP.  

 

Following his tenure at The University of Tampa, Dr. Traster turned to composing and founded Allegrezza Music Publications. Much of Dr. Traster’s music is composed for his students, Honor Bands, and special occasions. His oeuvre includes music for concert band, low brass chamber ensemble/choir, jazz band, voice, a VBS curriculum with original songs (created and produced in collaboration with colleagues from Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, FL), and solos for trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba with piano. Eighteen pieces by Dr. Traster are on the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Solo & Ensemble List. WAY DOWN for Concert Band, commissioned by the FBA for the Nine Star Honor Band, will premiere in Florida at the 2022 FBA Summer Conference.

Max Millspaugh
Assistant Director, Concert Band

Max has been involved in community bands for several years. While living in Indiana, he directed the Kokomo Park Band and was member and guest conductor of the America's Hometown Band and Jazz Band in Muncie, Indiana. Max also played in many Community Orchestras including the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Iowa Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra.Presently, besides his association with the South Pasadena Band Band, he is a member and associate conductor of the Clearwater Community Band. Max also plays in local dance bands.Max's musical training includes the Navy School of Music and playing in Navy bands for three years.  B.S. and M.A. in Music Education from Ball State University acting as Assistant Director of Bands while pursuing his Masters Degree. He also has one year of post graduate education at the University of Iowa. Max is a retired music educator with over 40 years teaching as a band director and studio teacher of trombone and low brass for secondary and college level students.

Dr. John Kurnik
Director, Jazz Band

John has a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida, a Masters in Music from the University of Miami, and a B.A. in Music Education and Performance from Westfield State University in Massachusetts.