Honorary Chapter Members

Jeffrey Fuchs

Jeffrey Fuchs (Directory of University Bands) joined the faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August, 1995. Mr. Fuchs holds a Bachelor of Music Education (1983) and Master of Arts (1998) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where he was a student of Dan Peterson and has completed further study at the University of Kansas where he studied with Robert Foster, Thomas Stidham and James Barnes.

As Director of University Bands, Fuchs directs the 285 member Marching Tar Heels and the men’s Basketball Bands, conducts the UNC Symphony Band, and is responsible for the administration of the entire UNC Band program, which includes three concert bands, the Marching Tar Heels, six Olympic Sports Pep Bands, two Basketball Bands and a variety of outreach programs. In addition to his responsibilities with the UNC Bands, he serves as the Chairman of the Wind and Percussion Area, Chairman of the Department of Music Scholarship Committee and sits on a variety of University, Music Department and Athletic Department committees. He served a two-year term (2000-2001) as an elected delegate of the UNC Employee Forum and was active on the University Committee Assignments and Personnel Issues committees. In May 2002, he was selected as a recipient of a C. Knox Massey award, one of the most prestigious honors given by the University to recognize unusual, meritorious or superior contributions by UNC employees.

Prior to joining the faculty at UNC in August of 1995, Mr. Fuchs was Director of Bands at St. Charles West High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He has also served as the Assistant to the Director of Bands at the University of Kansas and Truman State University and the Director of Bands at Westran High School in Huntsville, Missouri. Mr. Fuchs is a past President of the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association and served as the conductor and musical director of the Village Band, a community band based in Chapel Hill, from 2000 to 2004. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Upsilon Phi), Kappa Kappa Psi, the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference and the North Carolina Music Educators Association and is active in the National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Symposium.

*Bio from http://music.unc.edu/faculty/facultyandstaffdirectory/facultystaffmember.2005-09-30.4313822041

Matthew McClure

Mr. McClure has been a part of the Marching Tar Heels for more than a decade and works closely with Mr. Fuchs with respect to the Athletic Bands. He is the conductor for women’s basketball and a saxophone instructor at the University of North Carolina. He also conducts the symphony band.

From the UNC Music Page:

Matthew McClure is the saxophone teacher and assistant director of bands in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also coaches numerous saxophone chamber groups in the department, including the innovative “Town and Gown” saxophone quartet, which pairs his saxophone students with life-long performers and lovers of music from the community.

McClure earned his Master of Music in Conducting and undergraduate degree in Music Education from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  McClure began his teaching career in the public schools of Russell County, Kentucky, teaching elementary, middle, and high school bands.  He has studied conducting with Gary Sousa and has studied saxophone with Jay Romines, Paul Haar, and Steven Stusek.  He has performed as the winner of numerous concerto competitions and at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference.   In the fall of 2009 was involved in the formation of the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, which combines professional saxophonists from across the state with highly enthusiastic and talented “amateur” musicians.

*bio from http://music.unc.edu/faculty-staff/matthew-mcclure

Evan Feldman

Dr. Feldman has been involved with the UNC bands primarily as conductor of the symphonic band and wind ensemble. One of his most recent projects is the development of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for the teaching of large ensembles.

From the UNC Bands Page:

Evan Feldman  is Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his arrival in North Carolina he was Director of Bands at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, where he directed the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, and hosted a weekly radio show entitled “Colonial Classics.”

Feldman holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Donald Hunsberger and Mendi Rodan. He received his Master of Music in Conducting from the Ithaca School of Music, studying with Rodney Winther. His undergraduate training was completed at Duke University, with conducting studies with Michael Votta.

Feldman’s research on the wind music of Sergei Prokofiev, Antonin Dvorak, and George Enescu has been presented at the national and international conferences of CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), WASBE (World Organization of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), and IGEB (International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music).

His arrangements and editions of works by those same composers are published by Tierolff Muziekcentrale (Netherlands). He is a contributing author to A Composer’s Insight, volume 3 & 4, published by Meredith Music, which includes his chapters on the wind music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and David Bedford. His writings have also been published in The Instrumentalist, the Iowa Bandmaster Journal, the MENC Music Educators Journal, and the IGEB Alta Musica.

Feldman previously taught at Central College, in Pella, IA, and high school in Long Island, New York, his home state. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician.

*bio from http://uncbands.org/faculty-and-staff/wind-ensemble-conductor/

Leon Patillo

Leon Patillo is the Game Day Coordinator for the Marching Tar Heels. He assists the marching band and subset pep bands in navigating the game day logistics, making transitions and activities as smooth as possible. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communications.