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
Taylor received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico where he graduated Cum Laude and has also received a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at the University of Arizona, Taylor was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Arizona's athletic bands, including the Pride of Arizona and the UA Pep Band, as well as a conductor for the University of Arizona's Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. Taylor has also participated in Drum Corps International, whether as a performer or as an instructor with such ensembles as The Bluecoats, The Troopers, Spirit of Atlanta, and the Blue Stars. Taylor is active in the musical community, as the director for The Santa Cruz Summer Winds, associate director of the Old Pueblo Brass Band, and a performer as well as guest conductor for the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
Justin Galvez, Percussion Caption Head
Justin has been drumming ever since he was three. Growing up around a musical family, it was easy for him to pick up rhythms and learn to enjoy all types of music. He began learning about percussion in the 5th grade and worked his way up to becoming a marching snare player and drum captain at SanTan Jr. High. He then attended Perry High School where he marched two fall seasons and one WGAZ (winter) season, winning 2nd place in the A Class division freshman year. Halfway through his sophomore year he transferred to Basha High School, where he marched in the Basha Indoor Percussion Ensemble for three years along with the Basha fall program. He was drum captain for two of the three years, and won 1st place in the WGAZ Open Class division all three. Throughout high school he taught at SanTan Jr. High and helped the Storm Indoor Percussion Ensemble reach successful times in the season.
Now graduated from high school, Justin is attending Arizona State University and is studying Digital Culture (Music). As an avid supporter of all genres of music, Justin has also been a DJ since 2009. He enjoys the teaching environment and hopes the help the CVHS Band continue to grow for years to come.
Amanda Flores, Guard Caption Head
Amanda has been in dance and gymnastics since the age of two and colorguard since 2009. She has performed with several groups including Gilbert High School, ASU Colorguard, Entity World, FeniX World and was a captain on Wysteria Independent.
She has been teaching for several years. From elementary school to high school groups. Some of the schools she has taught include McClintock High, Mesquite High, Gateway Elementary, Cooley Jr. and Campo Verde. She is a member of the WGAZ Advisory Board and active in Judges Training as well.
The true happiness from teaching comes from helping students through the struggle of mastering this activity and after putting in time and effort, watching them succeed. The smile on their face from an accomplishment makes it all worth while. At the end of the day, it's more than just flags on the field or in a gym it's creating courageous and strong young adults.
Garrison Walker, Visual Caption Head
Garrison is a born and raised Arizona native that graduated from Hamilton High School. After spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons with The Academy, Garrison went on to be involved with multiple fall and winter programs across Arizona, ranging from visual and brass instruction to roles more committed to design/program coordination, and became an adjudicator with the Arizona Marching Band Association. Garrison spent the 2015 and 2016 summers as a visual technician for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, helping to push the corps to their highest placement, visual score, and overall score in corps history (2016). Currently, Garrison is involved with both Campo Verde and Perry in the position of visual caption head and continues to adjudicate for AZMBA as a Visual Analysis judge.
Matthew Warren - Visual Instructor
TBA - Brass Caption Head
Caitlin Poupard - Woodwind Caption Head
Abby Simpson-Puckett - Woodwind/Visual Instructor
Liz Kasel - Guard Instructor
Megan Proulx - Guard Instructor
Ivan Gonzalez - Battery Instructor
Robert Quotskuyva - Battery Instructor
Richard Dzurnak - Battery Instructor
Juan Oliveros - Front Ensemble Instructor
Shane Finucane - Front Ensemble Instructor
Sean Rees - Drill Designer and Visual Consultant
Jimmy Madonia - Percussion Writer and Soundscaping