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 currently lives in Queen Creek Arizona with his wife Alyssa.
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.
She is currently studying for a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies through the NAU Satellite Program. Future career path is in Human Resources and Public Administration while continuing to teach color guard.
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.
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.
Matthew Warren - Visual Instructor
Abby Simpson-Puckett - Woodwind/Visual Instructor
Liz Kasel - Guard Instructor
Megan Proulx - Guard Instructor
Ivan Gonzalez - Battery Instructor
Evan Solomon - 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