The CMB is lucky to have at its back an amazing network of drill writers, music arrangers and choreographers to make the sights and sounds you hear week in and week out possible. Meet our team:
Larry Clark has been the arranger for the University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band since it started in 2004. He has also arranged for most of the top college marching band in the country over his career. His original music is some of the most popular and most performed by concert bands and string orchestras of all ability levels. Larry is equally adept at writing music for beginners as he is for high school and college ensembles. His music is tuneful, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers. He prides himself on producing music that is not only intriguing to performers and audiences alike but that contains a playability that comes from a keen understanding of the technical difficulties inherent in all instruments. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 400 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.
Besides his abilities as a composer Larry is the founder and President of Excelcia Music Publishing. His new company focuses on educational music for band, choral and orchestra along with related methods and books. Prior to Larry starting his own publishing company he served for nineteen years as Vice President, Editor-in-Chief for Carl Fischer Music, and before that an Instrumental Music Editor for Warner Bros. Publications. Larry travels the world presenting clinic/workshops and guest conducting appearances. His background as a former middle school and university band director at Syracuse University, combined with his composing and editing, have placed Larry at the forefront of music for school ensembles. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Florida State University and Masters Degrees in Conducting and Composition from James Madison University.
Joe Huls, Drill Writer is a former band director of 14 years, turned full-time visual designer while living in the UK. He has been writing and arranging for numerous bands at every level since 2003. Mr. Huls has written for groups ranging from locally competitive high school bands all the way up to the University level and indoor drumlines to WGI finalist winter guards. His love for the marching arts started in high school in Michigan, and grew in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle where he marched for five years (2000-2004). His happiness is derived by working among a team of highly creative individuals who are able to bring their creative vision to life on the field.
Marc Guzman, Colorguard Coach and Visual Designer or "MPG" has been working with the CMB since 2012. In his role, MPG provides direction and instruction on technique and choreography for both the Pregame and Halftime performances. Additionally, he assists with any dance and choreography needs for the entire marching band. He has instructed various WGI indoor ensembles and competitive high school marching bands, including JMU Nuance and CPex Winter Guards. MPG has performed in DCI and WGI with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Alter Ego Winter Guard, and the University of Delaware Delazure Winter Guard. He currently works in talent management and corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bain & Company.
Brittany Kellaway, Baton Twirling Coach, has been involved with the CMB since 2016. Brittany’s role is to provide instruction, direction, choreography, and technique for both pregame and halftime performances. Brittany also instills community outreach as a large part of the twirling program, where the current feature twirlers mentor, guide, and instruct local youth who come to develop a passion for baton twirling. While twirling for the marching band from 2009-2013, her and her twin sister, Victoria, were widely known as “The Sabre Twins,” performing together at all performances and seasonal events. The pair additionally represented the CMB at numerous local, national, and world competitions. Brittany is most proud of qualifying for and competing in the 2015 WFNBTA Baton Twirling World Championships held in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy where her and her sister represented the USA in the pairs division and proudly took home the silver medal. Brittany currently teaches 4th grade in Powhatan, VA and resides in Amelia Court House, VA with her husband Justin and two young daughters, Lexi and Adalyn.