Band Directors / Staff

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, Assistant Director

Lanie Radecke is 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. She has studied clarinet under the late Dr. Theodore Jahn, Dr. D. Ray McClellan, and Joseph Eller. She has also studied conducting under Dr. John N. Culvahouse, Dr. F. David Romines, and Dr. Carol Krueger.

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 (2008), received the Sudler Flag of Honor presented by the Sousa Foundation (2007), received superior ratings for each of three Concert bands annually, placed over forty-five students in the South Carolina All State band each year, were named Grand National Finalist (2009, 2011, 2015 and 2016), and has been South Carolina 5A Marching Band Champions ten of the past eleven years. Most recently, Wando’s Concert Band I and Percussion Ensemble performed at the South Carolina Music Educator’s Conference in February 2016. In 2017, Symphonic Band performaned at SCMEA.

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. CFMS 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 levels achieving top honors in each category. She is recipient of the National Band Association’s Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence on three occasions 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, and Palmetto Concert Band (SC). She remains active as a private teacher and freelance musician in the Charleston area. Her professional affiliations include, South Carolina Music Educators Association, MENC, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, International Clarinet Association and the National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Mrs. Radecke resides with her wonderful husband, Joshua, and their beautiful daughter, Vivian!

Jeff Handel, Assistant 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.

staff_michael_gray_2016Michael Gray, Program Coordinator

Mr. Michael Gray has been active in marching band, winter guard and drum corps for more than 35 years. He has been an adjudicator at the highest levels as a member of DCI, BOA, WGI and SoundSport. Mr. Gray has also judged and been the featured clinician on judging and design in Holland, England and Japan. Mr. Gray is the current program coordinator for BOA Finalist, Wando HS and is the former program coordinator for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a highly sought after clinician, design consultant, program coordinator and motivational speaker and has traveled the globe as part of his effort to bring pageantry and visual arts to as many places as possible. Professionally, Mr. Gray is an impressionist painter with his own flagship gallery in Charleston, SC and has representation in five other galleries from Washington, DC to LA. His works have been collected by institutes, museums, institutions and private collectors throughout the world.

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.

staff_sarah_price_2016Sarah Price, Color Guard Director

Sarah Price is the Director of the Color Guard at Wando High School. A South Carolina native, she is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education with K-12 Certification. Sarah has been teaching and designing for marching band and winter guard programs throughout the state for the past 10 years. In addition to her work with color guard programs, Sarah is a full time dance teacher in the South Carolina public school system. She is currently the dance teacher for Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School and Simmons-Pinckney Middle School in Charleston, SC. As a performer, Sarah was a DCI Silver Medalist with Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2008-2009) and a WGI Finalist and “Fan Favorite” award winner with Etude Winterguard (2007-2010). Sarah currently resides in Mount Pleasant, SC and is also currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in History at the College of Charleston. In her free time (that is a joke), Sarah enjoys traveling and reading.

Mary Ruth Starr, Administrative Assistant

Mary Ruth Starr has been a part of the Bands of Wando since 2001 when her first of four daughters, Caroline, started in the program.  Caroline played the flute, Katie was a percussionist, Margaret played the French horn and Eliza also played the flute.  Mary Ruth and her husband, Chris, were involved all 14 years the Starr girls were Bands of Wando members and helped with props, uniforms, sewing flags, working on the band website, cooking band camp meals, fundraising, worked on the Harmony program, were chaperones, were in charge of LCI two years and were Band Booster Presidents for two years.  The last several years in the band program Mary Ruth helped with travel arrangements and general office help.  After their youngest, Eliza, graduated from Wando, Mary Ruth was thrilled to be asked to help out again with the Wando Band program that has meant so much now and forever to their family.  Go Wando!

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.

Clark Cothran, Visual Tech

Clark Cothran currently resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC, at Wando High School. He is an active music educator, private lessons instructor, private drill writer, adjudicator and clinician. Clark is a graduate from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor in Music Education degree and has studied trumpet privately with James Ackley and Allen Vizzutti.
Clark has performed as a lead trumpet player with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2013 & 2014) and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2015 & 2016), where he received numerous awards as a performer. During his last season as a performer, Clark served as Horn Sergeant of the Blue Devils for his age out year. The leadership, performing, and solo experiences in drum corps has allowed Clark to be an international performer/soloist and instructor in foreign countries such as Japan and Taiwan. Clark is currently on staff at The Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps.
Clark has had the pleasure of instructing and choreographing for several award-winning marching bands in BOA and SCBDA. While completing his undergraduate degree, Clark completed his student teaching internship at Wando High School. He is also on staff at the Music for All Summer Symposium as a music and visual instructor.
Clark is extremely excited for another season with the Wando band!

John Houston, Visual Tech

*Bio coming soon!

Daniel Imholz, Visual Tech

Daniel has over a decade of experience in the marching arts, beginning with his freshman year in the Bands of Wando.   After graduating from Wando High School, he went to the University of South Carolina Honors College to obtain a degree in mathematics along with a music minor. During that time, Daniel spent multiple summers as a performer in Drum Corps International (DCI) as a baritone player with the Bluecoats (2011) and as a euphonium soloist with the 17-time world-champion Blue Devils (2012 & 2014).  By the end of his DCI career Daniel had earned 2 DCI World Championship titles after undefeated seasons (including a record setting score of 99.65) along with visual and brass caption awards. After graduating cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2014, he moved back to Charleston to begin his master’s degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston. Since then, Daniel has been working with the Bands of Wando as an instructor on the visual team.

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, Color Guard Tech

Will Frankenberger has been involved in the marching arts for over 10 years as a performer, choreographer, instructor, and judge. 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. Professional, Will has degrees in Musicla theater and Adult and Community Education and works as the Director of Risk Prevention for Delta Zeta Sorority.

Dr. Michael Haldeman, Percussion Tech

Michael Haldeman is a Charleston, SC free-lance percussionist and educator who specializes in contemporary percussion, orchestral percussion, and keyboard percussion performance. He is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University where he teaches applied percussion lessons, conducts the percussion ensemble, directs marching percussion with the CSU Marching Buccaneers, and instructs a percussion methods course. In addition to his responsibilities at CSU, he is the Adjunct Percussion Director at the Charleston County School of the Arts, and currently keeps an active private percussion studio. Previously, Michael has taught privately and in conjunction with multiple area high schools in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and instructed the front ensemble of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2003.

As a performer, Michael has worked in a number of varied performance settings. He is currently the Principal Percussionist with the North Charleston Pops!, regularly performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Lowcountry Flute and Percussion Project. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in 2011, at the National Flute Association Conference in 2012, as a soloist with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Percussion Ensemble, as a guest soloist at the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy in 2007, and with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2002. He has had the privilege of performing with artists Scott Herring (Univ. of South Carolina) at the Shake It Up! music festival, jazz drummer Quentin Baxter of Charleston, SC, and performed the marimba solo Northern Lights for composer-in-residence Eric Ewazen (Juilliard School) in both a masterclass and concert setting.

Michael also served as a member of the front ensemble with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 2001.

Michael earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy degree and a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for five years, teaching undergraduate lessons, conducting one of three percussion ensembles, and a percussion methods course. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  His teachers include Dr. Cort McClaren, Dr. Gary J. Olmstead, Jim Ancona, and Jim Casella.

*Bio coming soon

Dr. Elliot Cleveland, Percussion Tech

Elliot Cleveland, PT, DPT is a former world class musician turned physical therapist. He combines his two passions of health and music to help marching performers move better, avoid injury, and perform at their highest level. Originally from Easley, SC, Dr. Cleveland graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. He went on to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2017.
Dr. Cleveland was a DCI World Class Finalist with the Spirit of Atlanta in 2011 and a WGI World Class Finalist with Palmetto Percussion in 2012. He also served as the snare captain (2011-2013) and drumline section leader (2012-2013) for the Clemson University Drumline.

 Jay Bocook, Arranger

Vince Oliver – Electronics Designer (Bio coming soon!)

Peter Weber – Drill Designer

Peter Weber is the Director of Orchestras and Jazz Ensembles at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  He has been the drill writer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps since 2006 and has been designing drill for high school, college, indoor percussion, drum corps, and winter color guard programs for over 20 years.  Programs he has written for have been selected as Drum Corps International finalists, Bands of America Grand National finalists, Bands of America Regional champions, state finalists and state champions, Winter Guard International finalists, and have seen international exposure in Japan and Taiwan. 

In addition to drill design he has taught as an assistant band director at Lopez High School in Brownsville, Texas, interim band director at Prospect High School, and as director of bands at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL.  Peter holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters of Instrumental Conducting from the University of Houston.

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