Bobby Lambert, Director
Bobby is Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Originally from Cherokee, North Carolina, Mr. Lambert attended Western Carolina University to obtain his Bachelors Degree in music education and then the University of Massachusetts to receive a graduate assistantship and a Masters of Music Degree in saxophone performance.
From 2001 until 2013, Mr. Lambert was the assistant band director at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois where he enjoyed great success in both the marching and concert arena. The marching band was a consistent finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships and a repeat winner of the 2A National Championship. At the state level, the band continued its winning streak as the Class Champion for the State of Illinois Marching Band Championship begun in 1980. Under his direction, the Concert Band at Marian found great success in performance assessment: consistently receiving superior ratings and being named overall champion at The State of the Art Catholic Concert Band Festival, and class champion at The Illinois State University Concert Competition and The University of Illinois Superstate Concert Festival.
In 2005, he founded the school-wide leadership program at Marian, designing the curriculum and coordinating its implementation to over 1200 students with over 50 faculty members. Drawn from the world of business, finance, and psychology, the Leadership Program curriculum gives every student practical experience with communication skills, group dynamics, and ethical leadership.
Since 1997, Mr. Lambert has directed student leadership camps around the country. In 2013, Mr. Lambert headed the inaugural Bands of America Drum Major Institute at Ball State University as part of the BOA Summer Symposium. This contemporary camp brings the most experienced staff and the latest information to student leaders from across the country. Over 1000 high school students participate in various leadership programs with Mr. Lambert each summer.
In addition to serving as consultant with several programs across the country, Mr. Lambert has worked with the All-American Marching Band sponsored by the U.S. Army and the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Marching Band. He has also served as guest conductor for honor bands in Virginia and Illinois.
Mr. Lambert’s professional affiliations include MENC and Phi Mu Alpha. He has been honored with an induction to the Marian Catholic Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2013 and voted a Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator in 2009. He now lives in South Carolina with his wife Alysia, who is a choral director and their daughters, Maria Katherine and Olivia Claire.
Lanie Radecke, Associate Director
Lanie Radecke is in her sixteenth year of teaching and twelfth as Associate Director of Bands at Wando High School. A native of Elberton, GA, she is a 2001 graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education. In 2006, she earned a Master’s of Music in Music Education from the University of South Carolina.
During Mrs. Radecke’s tenure, the Wando High School Band program has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (2007), the University of South Carolina Band Clinic, received the Sudler Flag of Honor presented by the Sousa Foundation (2007), placed over fifty students in the South Carolina All State band each year, named Grand National Finalist each year of their participation and has been South Carolina 5A Marching Band Champions. Under her direction, Wando’s Concert Band 1 was selected to perform at the 2016 SCMEA Convention and the State Concert Festival.
Prior to coming to Wando, Mrs. Radecke served as the Associate Director of Bands at Central Gwinnett High School (GA) and as Director of Bands at Carolina Forest Middle School where the program became an Outstanding Performance Award (OPA) recipient for the first time. While under her direction, students have consistently participated in individual and ensemble events at the regional, state, and national level achieving top honors in each. She is recipient of the National Band Association’s Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence and the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence.
Mrs. Radecke has been a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony (GA), Northwinds Symphonic Band (GA), Charleston Wind Ensemble, Palmetto Concert Band, and Charleston Wind Ensemble. She remains active as a private teacher and serves as adjudicator and clinician. Her professional affiliations include, South Carolina Music Educators Association, NAfME, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, International Clarinet Association and the National Band Association.
Mrs. Radecke resides with her husband and their amazing daughter!
Jeff Handel, Associate Director
Jeff is an Associate Band Director and the Percussion Instructor at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. His main duties include teaching the percussion ensembles, and leading the jazz band, among other musical duties. His talents are also employed on a weekly basis as a monitor while on lunch duty.
Before he began teaching Wando, Jeff was the percussionist for the Dallas Brass, where he toured throughout the US through the school year, performing clinics for elementary through college students, and nearly 100 concerts each season. His personal highlights of each concert included xylophone solos and a Gene Krupa inspired drum solo. Whenever his teaching schedule allows any time for performing, Jeff can be found playing percussion with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, freelancing in and around the Charleston area, with the band Sol Driven Train playing percussion, keyboards, accordion and Keytar, or playing drumset with Cameron and the Funk Dumplins. When not playing, he spends as much time as possible at home with his wife Cameron and daughter, Harper.
Jeff received his education at Indiana University, where he received his Bachelor’s of Music Education as well as a Performer’s Certificate. While at IU, he instructed the Indiana University Marching Hundred Drumline and served as an Associate Instructor of Percussion. In addition, he has served as a percussion instructor for elementary, middle, high school and college levels, and he has worked with several award winning groups around the country, as well as the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Jeff’s foundation in marching percussion led to performances with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater, and several US and Japanese tours with the shows Blast! and Blast II: M.I.X.
Tim Cole, Visual Caption Head
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Tim relocated to Mount Pleasant to join the visual team as marching coordinator at Wando in 2005. He is an alumnus of the Blue Devils drum & bugle corps where he performed from 2001 to 2003.
Since 2000, Tim has taught numerous camps and clinics all over the country and has also been of visual adjudicator for both marching band contests and Drum Corps International. His travels as a performer, clinician and judge have brought him through 40 states as well as Canada and Japan.
Tim is a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Brian Winn, Color Guard Director
Brian Winn, a native of Rock Hill, SC, is a choreographer, teacher, dancer, and scholar. He began his performing experience in the marching arts playing trumpet and performing in his high school winter guard. He then went on to march in the color guard at Capital Regiment in 2004 and Phantom Regiment in 2006 and 2007, where he aged out. In the winter seasons, Brian performed with Étude Winter Guard and Phantom Regiment Winter Guard.
Brian has served as the director of Étude Winter Guard since 2013. He has also had the honor of teaching and designing for various programs including WGI Finalists Marvin Ridge High School, East Lincoln High School, Tampa Independent, and BOA Grand National Finalist Dobyns Bennett High School. Brian also served as an at-large member on the Executive Board for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association. During his summers, Brian taught on the color guard staff at the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Crossmen, where he has served in various roles such as movement instructor, choreographer, and caption head. He is now on staff at Carolina Crown and River City Rhythm where he is a choreographer and movement specialist.
Through the marching arts, Brian discovered a passion for dance and thus went on to receive his degree in Dance Education from Winthrop University. He has performed professionally with Plexus Dance and Caroline Calouche & Company, where he trained, performed, and taught aerial dance as well as contemporary dance. Additionally, he was cast in Martha Graham’s Panorama where he had the honor of working with former Graham dancer, Kim Jones. As a public school dance educator, Brian taught middle and high school in both North and South Carolina. He was on the dance faculty at Andrew Jackson High School and Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC where his teaching was focused in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and dance composition. Brian also holds an MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Teaching Fellow. As a teacher, he aims to foster an inclusive community where individuals feel empowered through diverse approaches and perspectives on dance.
Brian is thrilled to join the teaching faculty at Wando High School as the dance teacher and director of color guards. He looks forward to becoming a part of the communities of Mount Pleasant and Charleston County with his partner Zane and dog Lexi.
Michelle Romano, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Justin Clarkson, Brass Caption Head
Justin Clarkson is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and a graduate of Irmo High School. Upon graduating, he attended Louisiana State University and pursued a Bachelor of Music degree. In 2008, after finishing his BM, Dr. Clarkson moved to New York City to work towards a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. Dr. Clarkson finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013 at Stony Brook Universityunder the guidance of Alan Baer, Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic, and Mike Powell, trombonist of the American Brass Quintet.
Dr. Clarkson currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Tuba/Euphonium and Brass Methods at Charleston Southern University and Brass Coordinator for the award winning Bands of Wando. Most recently, he was asked to join the faculty at College of Charleston as Adjunct Professor of Tuba. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he is also Principal Tubist for the North Charleston Pops! and a Substitute Tubist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, and Hilton Head Symphony. Dr. Clarkson is also proud to have been selected to join the faculty at Louisiana State University’s Stately Oaks Chamber Winds and Percussion Camp in the summer of 2016. When time permits he also serves as a member of the board of directors for the newly formed Charleston Wind Symphony.
Dr. Clarkson can be heard on two of POA’s recordings under the Sony label (Travieso Carmesi and Mi Alma Mexicana). Dr. Clarkson is also a soloist in Revueltas’ Sensemaya on the first album, Mi Alma Mexicana. He is also a founding member of two equally successful brass quintets, M5 and Vector Brass (formerly Trinity Brass Quintet). M5 was in residence at the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival in 2010 and can be seen performing on WQXR’s the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase. The other, Vector Brass, was the the fellowship quintet for the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2008.
Dr. Clarkson was also a member of the World Champion Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corp. in 2006 (Machine). He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, and soprano, Katherine Matthews Clarkson. He is a Miraphone Artist and his teachers include Alan Baer, Dr. Joe Skillen, Mike Powell, Seth Orgel, and Warren Deck.
Miranda Sanchez, Color Guard Tech
Miranda Sanchez is originally from Mt. Pleasant, SC. She started her color guard career at Wando in the winter guard (2009) and also marched one fall season at Wando in 2009 as well, which was the first time the Bands of Wando competed in Grand Nationals and made it to finals to place 10th.
Miranda then moved to Charlotte,NC and finished out high school at a local school as captain of the color guard her junior and senior year. She then attended The University of Tennessee and marched in The Pride of the Southland Marching band for one season. After a semester at UT, she found her home at Western Carolina University where she studied pre-nursing and was a member of The Pride of the Mountains Marching band for 2 years (2013-2015). While at WCU she was also a member of WCU’s first winter guard program (2012) and then was given the opportunity to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with The pride of the Mountains Marching Band in 2014, which was also the year she was a captain of the color guard.
Miranda moved back to Mt. Pleasant January of 2016 and worked with the Wando Winter Guard and is very excited to continue to be a part of this staff for fall season as well!
Will Frankenberger, Visual Tech
As a Chicagoland native, Will has taught several groups around the area in cluding lake Park High School, LaPorte High School, Lake Central High School, Lincoln-Way North High School and Waubonsie Valley High School. He currently serves on the choreographer for several scholasic and independent Winter Guard International units, including several class finalists.
Will has performed with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2006, 2007), Independence Winter Guard (2005, 2007) and Orion World Winter Guard (2008). He also proudly serves the Midwest Color Guard Circuit as the Contest Director and will serve as an equipment judge in the 2016 season.
Professionaly, Will has degrees in Musicla theater and Adult and Community Education and works as the Director of Risk Prevention for Delta Zeta Sorority.
John Houston, Visual Tech
Chris Alaniz, Percussion Staff
Chris Alaniz is a native of Central Illinois, working with numerous groups in the Midwest area. Before leaving Illinois Chris was the Percussion Caption Head at Normal West Community High School in Normal, Illinois under the direction of Lisa Preston.
As a well-rounded Percussionist and Adjudicator, Chris has taught a variety of ensembles from the Midwest to the East Coast involved in WGI, CIPA, OIPA, CWEA, MEPA, IMEA, BOA, DCA, and DCI.
As Chris worked his way down to South Carolina he became the assistant to Kurry Seymour the Director of Percussion at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. He was on staff with 2010 WGI gold medal winning Palmetto Percussion from Central South Carolina (2010-2015). He also worked with Carolina Gold Senior Drum and Bugle Corp (2002,2003), High Percussion Caption Award (2002). Chris was also on staff with Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corp (2014).
He has had the opportunity to work with many bands in the Lexington, Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston County school districts. Chris joined The Bands of Wando in 2019. Chris Alaniz is a Vic Firth Educational Artist, and endorses Zildjian Cymbals.
Vincent Talbert, Percussion Staff
Alex Ross, Sound Engineer
Jay Bocook, Arranger
A native of Clearwater, Fla., Jay Bocook is recognized internationally as a composer, arranger, conductor and educator. Bocook’s work has been performed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 2003, his music transcriptions of noted film composer John Williams were premiered by the U.S. Marine Band in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. An encore performance with Williams and the “President’s Own” took place in 2008. In addition, Bocook was a contributing arranger to a musical called “CyberJam” that opened to rave reviews in 2003 at London’s Queens Theater. His arrangements were also featured in “Mix,” which opened in 2008 in Japan.
In 1982, Bocook was appointed director of bands at Furman. He left the school in 1989 to pursue other opportunities, but returned in 2000 as director of athletic bands. He has served as assistant conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and remains a principal composer and arranger for Hal Leonard Corporation, where he has published over 600 compositions and arrangements.
He is the music arranger for the 10-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2009, Bocook was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the American Bandmasters Association.
Vince Oliver, Electronics Designer
Vince Oliver is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied percussion performance and composition. Upon graduating, he toured with the cast of the Broadway show, Blast! as the featured marimba soloist for two years. Vince was also able to tour several summers in Japan as a featured percussionists in five different MEG/KTI productions: Blast 2005, Blast II MIX 2006, Blast (Broadway Version) 2007, Blast II MIX 2008, Blast (Tour Version) 2009.
As an educator, Vince served as Percussion Director at James Logan High School from 2003-2013. Under his consultation the JLHS Wind Ensembles performed at The Midwest Clinic, Carnegie Hall, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, WASBE, and the Edinburgh Music Festival. Additionally, the marching band won seven consecutive WBA Championships, and the JLHS Percussion Ensembles made several WGI World Class Finals appearances, earned one WGI silver medal, and won a WGI Championship in 2013.
As a composer/arranger, Mr. Oliver has the privilege of writing for various ensembles throughout the world. His wind ensemble and orchestra compositions have been performed at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Palau de Música in Barcelona, WASBE, and his parade arrangement of 2012 Overture for Saratoga High School was featured in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Press, a piece for string orchestra and electronics was premiered at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and his newest piece, Press Play, for wind band and electronics, was performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic. He currently arranges/composes and sound designs for several marching bands and drum corps across the US and Japan. Vince Oliver is the electronics composer and music coordinator for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and was recently the music director for the 2017 Blast production featuring the music of Disney.
Vince Oliver is an Innovative Percussion artist, and is a member of ASCAP.
Andy Ebert, Drill Designer
Andrew Ebert is a full-time designer and clinician for the marching arts-based out of Greenville, SC where he lives with his wife and two children. He has a degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University.
Andrew began his marching career with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000 and aged out of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004. Following his age-out season, he joined the staff of the Carolina Crown. Since 2005, Andrew has worked with Carolina Crown, the Madison Scouts, and the Troopers in a variety of roles. 2019 will be Andrew’s third year with the Crossmen, serving in the role of Visual Designer.
Outside of drum corps, Andrew has been a part of programs all around the country including state champions, BOA Regional champions, BOA Grand Nationals class medalists and champions, and BOA Grand National Finalists. Andrew is also involved within WGI Percussion, most notably as a Co-Founder and designer for Redline Percussion starting in 2008 and more recently as a member of the design team with Infinity Percussion.
Hannah Hankins, Music Staff
Hannah Hankins is a native of Mount Pleasant, SC and a Bands of Wando Alumna. While at Wando, she was a four time All-State Clarinetist and Drum Major for two seasons (2015, 2016). At the end of her senior year, Hannah was awarded the Bands of Wando “Director’s Award for Leadership”.
After graduating from Wando in 2017, Hannah went on to study Music Education at The University of Georgia. While at UGA, she studied clarinet under Dr. D. Ray McClellan and conducting under Dr. Jackie Hartenberger. She was a member of the UGA Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and was awarded with both the Meredith Holland Jones Scholarship and the Outstanding School of Music Student Award.
In the fall of 2018, Hannah joined The University of Georgia Redcoat Band. She marched with the clarinet section for two seasons (2018, 2019) and served as Drum Major for her senior year (2020). Hannah Graduated from The University of Georgia Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education in May of 2021. Since graduating, Hannah has moved home to Charleston and started her first year teaching music at Memminger Elementary in historic downtown Charleston.
Hannah is overjoyed to be returning to her Wando Band family and to be working with the amazing students currently in the band program.
Adam Vernon-Young, Music Staff
Adam Vernon-Young serves as an Assistant Director of Bands at Cario Middle School and Laing Middle School of Science and Technology, both primary feeder schools for Wando High School. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of South Carolina, where he also previously received his Bachelors in Music Theory, as well as an Undergraduate Performance Certificate in Bass Trombone. This is Mr. Vernon-Young’s third year on staff with the Bands of Wando. He works primarily with the brass section of the marching band, as well as assists with the jazz programs.
During his time at Carolina, Adam accumulated numerous performance and teaching credits, including playing with the USC Wind Ensemble, conducting one of the University Bands, and serving as a Graduate Assistant for two seasons with the University’s Marching Band. Other performance credits include being a finalist at the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, and two years marching with the World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown.
Mr. Vernon-Young is a regular instructor, consultant, and guest conductor with various groups across the Southeast, working with high school marching and concert programs, as well as University ensembles. Additionally, he serves on the brass staff with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from Lacrosse, WI. He is also an avid arranger and composer, and writes for numerous competitive high school groups, as well as for the University of South Carolina’s own “Mighty Sound of the Southeast.” His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, and both alumni and honorary membership in the Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.