MIGHTY SOUND OF MARYLAND STAFF

Jeremy Maytum

UMDrumline Instructor

JEREMY MAYTUM, a native of Colorado, is a graduate of Colorado State University in 2009, where he earned the Master's Degree in Percussion Performance and served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the award-winning CSU Percussion Studio. Jeremy completed his Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2007. His primary teachers include Aaron Turner and Dr. Eric Hollenbeck. As an orchestral musician, Jeremy has performed with the Cheyenne Symphony in Wyoming, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Greeley and Boulder Philharmonic, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has also made a guest appearance playing timpani with The United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. As an international performer, Jeremy completed a week-long residency at Inner Mongolia University in Hohhot, China in 2015, and served as Principal Timpanist for the 2016 Prague Summer Nights Music Festival in the Czech Republic.

Jeremy has formerly taught at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY as the Adjunct Professor of Percussion. Additionally, he has held the position of Director of Percussion Studies at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, CO as well as serving on percussion staff with 6-time BOA Class A National Champion Adair County High School in Columbia, KY. A dedicated performer in the world of the marching arts, Jeremy served as timpanist for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005.

Currently, Jeremy serves as the Coordinator of Marching Percussion at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, where he also works as the Communications Director for Athletic Bands. In addition, he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Kentucky (currently A.B.D.), where he studies with James Campbell. Jeremy regularly performs as timpanist with the Maryland Winds in Columbia, MD. As a chamber musician he regularly performs and tours nationwide with his percussion quartet BlueSHIFT. Upcoming engagements with BlueSHIFT include a week-long residency in Santiago, Chile for masterclasses and performances at the 2020 Festival Internacional de Percusion Dakel. He is also on percussion staff at Urbana High School in Frederick, MD.

Jeremy was recently accepted to serve on the Marching & Rudimental Percussion Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He proudly endorses Yamaha as a Marching Percussion Artist, serves as an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc., and is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educators Network.

Suzanne Sturgis

Colorguard Instructor

SUZANNE STURGIS, University of Maryland Color Guard Instructor is an alumni member of MSOM. The fall of 2020 will be her 29th season as the guard instructor. In addition to attending UMD, Suzanne was a member of the 1984 Olympic band and a member of the All-American College Marching Band of for the 50th Presidential Inauguration. She is also a sister of Tau Beta Sigma, the treasurer for the Band Alumni Association (UMBAO) & Alumni band coordinator. She is recently retired as an elementary school teacher in Anne Arundel County. She is married to Bill Sturgis, also an alumnus of MSOM.  They have two children, John and Andrea.

Ann Marie Kennedy

UMD Dance Team Coach

ANN MARIE KENNEDY, University of Maryland Dance Team coach, has been dancing all of her life. She mastered grade eight of the Kirov Ballet Syllabus, completed the Vaganova Instructor Certification Program and trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet), American Ballet Theatre School, Joffrey Ballet School, and The Washington Ballet, before starting her professional career. In 2001, Annie returned to her alma mater to become the head coach of the University of Maryland Dance Team. When she isn't on the sidelines of football or basketball games cheering on the Terps, she can be found in a gym, coaching baton twirling. The Wheaton Dance Twirl Teams, under her direction, have won more national and world championship titles than any other organization.

Graduate Assistants

Sam Ambrose

D.M.A. Tuba Performance

SAMUEL AMBROSE turns back-row tuba playing into frontline artistry, bringing high-caliber style to performances, outreach, and educational experiences. His sound supports a variety of ensembles, most recently with the Fairfax Wind Symphony. Samuel has also performed for the Sunrise Pops Orchestra in Sunrise, FL, as well as freelancing in the Baltimore/Washington area. As an educator, Mr. Ambroses teaching ranges from private instruction to master classes, clinics, and ensemble instruction. He currently teaches Instrumental Music at University Park and Hyattsville Elementary Schools, and is also tuba faculty at the Fredericksburg Brass Institute, and on staff with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Sam is often in demand as a consultant for many drum corps and marching bands.

Samuel currently lives near Washington D.C. He received a Master's degree in Tuba Performance from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Florida State University. His teachers include David Fedderly and Paul Ebbers.

Austin Fairley

M.M. Trombone Performance

AUSTIN FAIRLEY is a senior bass trombone performance major studying under Dr.Jeff Cortazzo, Formerly Bass trombonist of the US Army Blues and now actively a member of the National Philharmonic, Capitol Bones and Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra. Austin is from Stafford, Virginia where he attended Mountain View High School. Having performed in many unique concert spaces such as Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the biggest concert halls in Argentina and touring with various chamber ensembles along the East Coast, he has a wide spectrum of performing in different venues, genres and cultures.

Austin is an active advocate for music education, he teaches clinics, private lessons and works as an instructor for marching bands in the northern Virginia area. Austins strong passion for Music Education guides him to strive for a future career as a trombone professor so he can share his passion with other aspiring trombone players and to also create a foundation to help underserved communities grow their arts programs as well.

Nate Fuerst

M.M. Percussion Performance

NATE FUERST is performer and educator who currently resides in College Park, MD. He is pursuing his Masters of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Maryland where he studies with James Wyman. Before coming to Maryland, Nate received a degree in Arts Administration-Music from Butler University where he studied with Jon Crabiel and Jeff Queen. Along with being a proficient concert percussionist, Nate is an active educator. While attending Butler, Nate served as the Percussion Director at Lebanon High School as well as a battery instructor at Penn High School. He also was an instructor at a week long summer camp presented by the Butler Community Arts School where he taught timpani, snare drum, and hand drums

Currently, Nate is a part of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps percussion staff where he is in his second season as a tenor tech. Along with his teaching experience, Nate has formally performed in WGI World Class ensembles such as Legacy Indoor Percussion and Veritas.