Matt Kozacek, Director of Bands 

Mr. Kozacek has been the Director of the Campo Verde Bands since Fall of 2014.  Prior to being the director at CVHS, Mr. Kozacek was the Director of Bands at Cactus Middle School (Casa Grande, AZ) for three years and Basha High School (Chandler, AZ) for nine years.  While at Basha High, Mr. Kozacek's ensembles were recognized on a state and national level and earned numerous accolades, including eight drumline championships and two marching band championships.  In the short time Mr. Kozacek has been the director at Campo Verde, the program has nearly tripled in size and has become one of the elite band programs in Arizona.  The concert programs regularly receive Superior and Excellent ratings at festival and both jazz bands regularly receive Superior and Superior with Distinction ratings at festival.  The indoor percussion ensemble has won two state championships in three years and the winter guards were both state champions in 2017.  The marching band is now a finalist quality ensemble at the championship events.  Mr. Kozacek received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Boston University.

Mr. Kozacek was a member of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band at the University of Arizona and served as the tuba section leader for two years.  He also participated in the Pep Band, Wind Symphony, Tuba Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.  Mr. Kozacek was an active member and is now an alumni of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.  Professionally, Mr. Kozacek has served as Regional Band Chair for the AMEA Southwest Region and has been a board member and webmaster for Winterguard Arizona, the local circuit for Winterguard International.  He is also one of the founding members and current President of the Arizona Marching Band Association, a circuit that Mr. Kozacek and some of his colleagues created to advance the marching arts in Arizona.

Mr. Kozacek believes firmly in music and arts education for all students and his core philosophies include teaching life skills and passion through music.  Mr. Kozacek enjoys spending what little free time he has with his family, including his wife Meghan and two children, Audrey and Owen.

 

 

Taylor Mitchell, Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Mitchell has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Campo Verde High School since Fall of 2018. Prior to being the Assistant Director, Mr. Mitchell was the brass caption head for the Coyote Pride Marching Band in Fall of 2017, and has taught in the J.O. Combs Unified School District (Queen Creek, AZ) and at the Tucson Country Day School (Tucson, AZ). Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico and his Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona.

While pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Arizona, Mr. Mitchell served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Pride of Arizona, an award-winning and nationally recognized collegiate marching ensemble, as well as the University of Arizona Pep Band. During his studies, Mr. Mitchell conducted the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. Mr. Mitchell is an alumni of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Mr. Mitchell has performed and taught with a number of World Class Drum Corps International ensembles, including The Bluecoats, The Blue Stars, The Troopers, and Spirit of Atlanta. Mr. Mitchell is active in the musical community, currently serving as the Musical Director for the Santa Cruz Summer Winds and has served as the Associate Director of the Old Pueblo Brass Band and Guest Conductor with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

Mr. Mitchell is an advocate for his students and for the arts, aiming to create better people and communities through a positive aesthetic experience. Mr. Mitchell lives happily in Tempe, Arizona.

 

Dakota McConnell, Percussion Caption Head

Dakota McConnell is a percussionist and educator from Casa Grande, Arizona. Dakota is an alumni of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched from 2014-2017, leading the section in ’15 and ‘17. Dakota also marched with Pulse Percussion in the 2017 and in 2018 led the group to a 4th place finish. Dakota has a Bachelor of Arts from ASU in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in business and economics. Dakota has taught Casa Grande Percussion Ensemble since fall 2016, recently becoming the Percussion Caption Head, taught The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018, and will teach Blue Stars for the 2019 season. Dakota is also the Director of Flux Indoor Percussion based out Casa Grande, Arizona. Dakota has learned from, but not limited to, Glen Crosby, Ike Jackson, John Mapes, Cisco Hance, Rick Barclay, Ryan Anderson, Ezekiel Lanser, Connor Yasuda, Drew Guy, Will Edmonds, Stevie Hagel, and John Sutton.

 
 
 

Matthew Anders, Guard Caption Head

Matthew Anders is a fitness enthusiast and educator from Seattle, WA - recently transplanted to Tucson, Arizona (in 2018). Matthew is an alumni of The Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched in 2006 and 2007, finishing his Drum Corps Career with a DCI Gold Medal. Matthew also marched with Raiders World Winterguard in the 2006 and in 2007. Matthew studied dance at Cabrillo College along with Cornish College of the Arts. Matthew has taught at Santa Cruz HS (2005 - 2009Bay Area CA), Kamiak HS (2012-2018 Seattle WA), Rhapsody World Winterguard (2011, 2012, 2014 Seattle WA), Blue Devils B Corps (2013, 2014, 2019), Homestead HS Open Guard (2019) and most recently at Williams Field HS (2019). While he is excited to step into the leadership role of Color Guard Caption Head at Campo Verde, Matthew also has a deep passion for showing people how to live an optimally healthy life! He currently leads a team of over 900 clients around the US where he develops nutrition and wellness programs to help people lose weight, build muscle and learn habits that increase their energy. Besides leading by example for living a healthy lifestyle, Matthew is ecstatic to bring his expertise from his personal training and gymnastics background and marry it with his love for color guard. His personal motto as an coach is “we must make progress - no matter how big or small - if we are not moving forward in this life, we are dying.” Get ready Campo Verde Color Guard - things are about to get real :)

 

Matt Warren, Visual Caption Head

Matthew Warren is a longtime resident of Chandler, Arizona. He has been on staff with Campo Verde HS since the fall of 2016, and with Higley HS since the fall of 2018. He spent 5 years marching with The Academy Drum and Bugle corps from 2014-2018, where he played Baritone/Euphonium. He also played cymbals spending 2 years at Breakthrough Indoor Percussion in 2016 & 2017, followed by one season at Dark Sky Percussion in 2018, and then finished his marching career in 2019 with RCC. When he is not teaching you can find him behind the grill, cooking for Kneader's Bakery and Café where he has been the Kitchen lead since the store opened in 2015.

 
 
 

Jacob Campos, Brass Caption Head

Jacob Campos is currently working on his PhD. in Music Education at Arizona State University. Prior to this he served as the Director of Bands at Queen Creek High School for three years. Under his direction the Queen Creek Marching Band earned several accolades including the ensemble's first trip to the ABODA State Championships. His concert and jazz ensembles have also been recognized both in state and out of state. Jacob has taught a variety of ensembles and age levels from Middle School to Drum Corps. As a performer, Jacob has played in several ensembles at Arizona State University including: ASU Wind Ensemble, Sinfionetta, Jazz Repertory Band, ASU Dixie Devils and the Sun Devil Marching Marching Band. He has also performed with Salt River Brass and marched for three years with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. As a freelance trumpet player, he has performed commercial ensembles, brass quintets, rap and pop. Jacob also works as an active arranger and composer and private trumpet instructor. When he is not making music, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, cooking, and cheering for the Cardinals, Sun Devils, Dbacks and Suns!

 

Caitlin Poupard, Woodwind Caption Head

Dr. Caitlin Poupard is a free-lance clarinetist in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Caitlin currently teaches clarinet, general music history, and rock music history at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. A native of Pennsylvania, she completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in clarinet performance at Arizona State University, where she was also an ethnomusicology graduate teaching assistant for Dr. Ted Solis. Caitlin was one of twelve finalists from around the world in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition in 2014. She performed as guest soloist with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta and Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, and also performed in the Arizona premiere of Eric Mandat’s “Music for Clarinets” alongside Dr. Robert Spring. In addition, she has performed in numerous ensembles, including the Phoenix Symphony, the North Valley Symphony Orchestra, the United States Air Force Concert Band, and the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. She served as woodwind technician for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band, including the band’s performance at Super Bowl XLIX. She is currently the Woodwind Caption Head for Campo Verde High School’s marching band. Caitlin teaches clarinet lessons at Campo Verde High School, as well as maintains a large private clarinet studio of her own. She is an active member of Arizona Musicfest where she serves as coordinator and leader of the Musicfest Woodwind Quartet, a chamber group dedicated to promoting music within the public-school system.

 

Additional Staff:

Sierra Rogers - Visual Instructor
Abby Simpson-Puckett - Woodwind/Visual Instructor
Megan Proulx - Guard Instructor
Ivan Gonzalez - Battery Instructor
Evan Solomon - Battery Instructor
Richard Dzurnak - Battery Instructor
Jim Williams - Front Ensemble Instructor
Jaime Sotelo - Front Ensemble Instructor

Sean Rees - Drill Designer and Visual Consultant
Ryan Springler - Visual and Movement Design
Carol Brittin Chambers - Music Arranger
Jimmy Madonia - Percussion Writer and Soundscaping