Alan and Steve talk with educator, clinician, and marching arts expert Jeremy Spicer about what really constitutes excellence in marching ensembles.
Links & References:
- SASI Leadership Website: www.studentsleading.org
Jeremy Spicer is a Magna cum Laude graduate from Texas State University and is the owner of SASI, The Leadership People, LLC. SASI is a student leadership consulting firm focused on the empowerment of young leaders. SASI believes that students become empowered to succeed in their organization and their personal lives when they are properly equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes.
In addition to his responsibilities with SASI, Mr. Spicer is honored to serve as the Director and Co-Conductor of the Cedar Park Winds (CPW) alongside Chris Yee. CPW was founded in 2007 and has grown in both size and quality performing free concerts for local music students and their families. The Cedar Park Winds was invited to perform at the 2013 and 2022 Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions and at the 2017 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Mr. Spicer is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. Under Mr. Spicer’s direction, the marching band was named the 2013 University Interscholastic League 5A State Marching Band Champion, Class Champion (Class A, AA, and AAA) and Finalist in Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Competitions. The Wind Ensemble placed third in the state at the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition and was named a National Winner in the 2012 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Competition.
Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer spent eight years as a member of the staff at Cedar Park High School. While at Cedar Park he served as the Conductor of the Symphonic Winds and the Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles. During his tenure the marching band was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and BOA Regional and Super-Regional competitions. The marching band is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield, an international award for marching excellence awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Mr. Spicer has been very active in DCI, beginning his drum corps career playing mellophone in the Santa Clara Vanguard. After performing, Mr. Spicer has served on the design team for The Cadets and Crossmen and brass staffs of the Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard and Southwind. Mr. Spicer has served in various capacities ranging from Brass Instructor to Assistant Brass Caption Head.
Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, Coral, and their son, Aiden.