Professional Staff

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Joy McClaugherty

Administrative Associate

Joy McClaugherty serves the Illinois band program as communications specialist, event coordinator, and office manager. Joining the Illinois Bands staff in 2015, Ms. McClaugherty handles the logistics for the Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival, the Illinois Band Conductors Symposium, and other Illinois band events. She also oversees the editing, layout, and production of all performance and event programs and marketing materials, as well as manages the Illinois Bands website and content development. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, McClaugherty served as area manager of the meetings and exhibits department of the American Oil Chemists Society. She also has a strong background in marketing and communications, having worked as an associate creative director, director of creative services, and senior copywriter for FCB Healthcare West, Penta Corporation, and Campbell Mithun advertising agencies, respectively.

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Aaron Kavelman

Percussion Instructor and Properties Manager

Aaron Kavelman is a percussion educator, clinician, performer and composer who grew up listening and performing jazz alongside his father, an accomplished jazz pianist. Growing up in a musical family, Aaron watched his four older sisters in the high school band program. Inspired by the local marching bands, Aaron would tape a set of bongos onto a chair and choreograph drill in the backyard, thus the beginning for his love with the marching arts.

With twenty-two years’ experience teaching private lessons and twenty years teaching drumlines throughout Illinois, Aaron brings a wealth of experience and passion to whomever he teaches. Regardless if it is on a competitive field or in support of athletics, he demands top effort from each group. Aaron also has numerous compositional and arranging credits throughout the Midwest from a variety of percussion programs.

Aaron has a bachelor of music and a master of music in percussion performance from Illinois State University where he studied with Dr. Tom Marko, director of jazz, and served as the teaching assistant to Dr. David Collier, head of percussion. Aaron is currently working on his doctor of musical arts in jazz performance with professor Joel Spencer, along with a cognate in North Indian classical music under Dr. Christopher Macklin at the University of Illinois. He currently serves as the drumline instructor for the Marching Illini and continues an active writing, playing and independent clinician schedule.


Graduate Conducting Assistants

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Paul Carter

MM, Graduate Conducting

Graduate Conducting/Teaching Assistant

Paul Carter is a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a concentration in bass trombone. As a student at Ithaca College, he studied conducting with Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, current director of orchestras at Arizona State University; Dr. Mark Fonder, retired band director at Ithaca College; and Dr. Matthew Inkster, current director of instrumental studies at York College. In addition, he attended the Northeast Wind Conducting Symposium, studying with Dr. Christopher Hughes, current director of bands at Ithaca College, and Professor Thomas Lee, director of bands emeritus at UCLA.

While at Ithaca, Paul studied bass trombone with Jeffrey Gray, bass trombonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Dr. Harold Reynolds, professor of trombone at Ithaca College. He performed with many ensembles including the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca College Trombone Troupe, Ithaca College Concert Band, Ithaca College Jazz Lab Band, Ithaca College Brass Choir, Ithaca College Chorus, and various chamber ensembles including his trombone quartet. He has also taken lessons with Blair Bollinger and Matthew Vaughn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Steve Norrell of the Metropolitan Opera, renowned bass trombonist David Taylor, and Haim Avitsur of the Manhattan School of Music.

For the past three years, Paul was the middle school band director at Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville, New York, having moved there after graduating from Ithaca College. While there, he conducted the sixth grade band at Ray Middle School. He was the brass caption head for the Baldwinsville Marching Band, which was selected to perform at the 2020 Rose Bowl Parade. In addition, he worked with the Baldwinsville Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Baldwinsville Pep Band, and Baldwinsville Parade Band during the winter and spring. Prior to working with the Baldwinsville Marching Band, Paul worked with the Vestal High School Marching Band as the brass and visual caption head in Vestal, New York. He has performed with the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra in Syracuse, New York. A native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Paul attended North Penn High School and performed with many ensembles including the wind ensemble, marching band, symphonic band, orchestra, jazz band, chamber singers, ambassadors jazz choir, concert choir, and chorus.

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Timothy Loman

MM, Graduate Conducting

Graduate Conducting/Teaching Assistant

Tim Loman is currently a candidate for the master of music in wind band conducting and serves as a graduate teaching assistant with the University of Illinois Bands. He recently left his position as band director at Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, Virginia, where he had taught for seven years. While there, Tim built up a highly competitive, dynamic, and well-rounded band program including concert band, marching band, jazz band, chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, percussion ensembles, pep band, and drumline. He also served, and continues to serve, as arranger for the marching band.

A native of Virginia, Tim grew up in the Shenandoah Valley where he attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He studied music education, with his primary instrument being clarinet. Tim was very involved with all facets of the School of Music at JMU including serving as a drum major for the Marching Royal Dukes for the 2011–12 season. Since graduating, he has been a counseling director at the JMU Summer Band Camps Concert Band Camp, a week-long program for high school students.

Tim has diverse musical interests in addition to conducting. As a trumpet player, he performs with jazz bands and in pit orchestras. As a music director, Tim teaches vocal parts for many musicals and leads pit orchestras. As an arranger/composer, Tim continues writing for marching and concert band.

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Will Sugg

DMA, Conducting

Graduate Conducting/Teaching Assistant

Will Sugg is currently a candidate for the doctorate of music in wind band conducting and serves as a graduate teaching assistant with the University of Illinois Bands. Prior to coming to Illinois, Will taught for six years in Tennessee and for the last three years served as band director at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School in Nashville, Tennessee. The MLK band program includes over 250 members in grades 7-12 across five bands, and is generally recognized as one of the flagship music programs in Tennessee, having performed at the TMEA State Conference in 2015.

In addition to his professional teaching positions, Will has served as instructional staff with several programs throughout the state. He is a 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Honors Program with a bachelor of music degree in music education. While at UTK, he also served the UT “Pride of the Southland” marching band as instructional staff. During his time at UT, he engaged in independent studies in many facets of music education culminating in a nationwide field study regarding components of successful middle school and high school instrumental music education programs. These additional educational endeavors allowed him to be chosen the UT Outstanding Graduate in Music Education. Having grown up in Nashville, Will graduated from Father Ryan High School in 2005.

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Patricia Vanegas-Ruiz

DMA, Conducting

Graduate Conducting/Teaching Assistant

Patricia Vanegas Ruiz received her title of BFA in flute in 1998 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. During her studies, she participated in conducting workshops and classes with Alejandro Zuleta and Ricardo Jaramillo, and became conductor of the youth symphonic band at the Javeriana. In 2000, she went to Germany to begin a formal training in wind band conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg, and then moved to the Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands, where she studied with Jan Cober. Patricia received her title as wind band conductor in 2005, conducting the Real Band of Thorn. At the Istituto Superior Europeo Bandistico in Trento, Italy, she received her master diploma in conducting in 2006. 

From 2006-2017, she was the Javeriana University Symphonic Band´s main conductor. She has been invited to give workshops and conduct bands at the International Seminar organized by Yamaha in Bogotá in 2007, and participated in the first international seminar for bands in Medellin in 2010. She has given workshops in conducting at the Bogotá band network, as well as in the Red de Caldas band network. In November 2013, she was invited to conduct a whole-Colombian music program at the Symphonic Band at De Paul School of Music, and, in December 2013, she conducted the closing concert at the 67th annual Conference of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago with the Javeriana Symphonic Band. She was also invited in May 2014 to conduct a Colombian program with the Virginia Wind Symphony in Norfolk, Virginia.


Athletic Graduate Teaching Assistants

Reid Lasley

Athletic Bands Graduate Assistant

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Michael Chapa

Athletic Bands Graduate Assistant

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David Lofy

Athletic Bands Graduate Assistant

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Samuel Litt

Athletic Bands Graduate Assistant