Interested in Running for District Council 2019-2020?
Brianna McKinzie - President
Brianna Nicole McKinzie is a Fall 2016 brother of the Alpha Eta Chapter at the University of Florida. Brianna is currently a third year Mathematics major, with a minor in Women’s Studies and Education. She has a passion for equality and serving people. She plans to become a high school Mathematics teacher in a low income area, where she can encourage and give students opportunities they may not have had otherwise. Brianna is a clarinet player in the Pride of the Sunshine, the Sound of the Gator Nation, the University of Florida Fightin’ Gator Marching Band. Outside of Gator Band, Brianna has played in the University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Band on bass clarinet. Brianna was an active member of the Ways and Means committee, serving as the secretary of the Committee. Outside of band, Brianna has served the organization FAB (Florida Alternative Breaks) by becoming a site leader and attending the LGBTQ Affairs trip. She hopes to grow connections across the Southeast District, and encourage chapters to learn about how other chapters operate and function.
How to Contact Brianna:
Cell Phone: (850) 485-0315
Darius Smith - Vice President of Membership
Darius Smith is a Spring 2016 initiate into The Mighty Iota Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the The Illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Darius is a senior Music Education student with aspirations to become a director of bands on the collegiate level. Darius has been a part of the Blue and Gold Marching Machine for four years and has served as the sousaphone section leader for three years. Darius will be the section leader for the 2018-2019 season for his fifth and final year. His desire to grow and learn has pushed Darius to participate in multiple concert ensembles in the spring semester. Darius has served as Iota Zeta’s Ritual Committee Chair for three years. Also, Darius served on the intake team in the spring of 2017 and served as VPM in the spring of 2018.
How to Contact Darius:
Cell Phone: (770) 778-0517
Email Address: email@example.com
Jessica Needham - Vice President of Programs
Jessica Needham is a Spring 2017 initiate of the Eta Sigma chapter at the University of Central
Florida (UCF). She is a senior double majoring in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies, with focuses in the Arts and Behavioral Social Sciences. Additionally, she is pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies. Throughout her college career, Jessica’s involvement in bands has fostered her school spirit and pride. She has been an enthusiastic member of the UCF Marching Knights for four seasons, serving as piccolo section leader for the past three years. She is returning in fall 2018 as section leader for her fifth season. Additionally, she participates in UCF’s concert ensembles each semester. She served as Eta Sigma’s Service Committee Chair for the 2017-2018 school year. Outside of the music world, Jessica enjoys all things outdoors, and conducts marine biology research at UCF. In her free time, she spends time with her cats and loves to cheer on the Knights!
How to Contact Jessica:
Cell Phone: (770) 670-8878
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Thompson - Secretary/Treasurer
Adam Thompson is a Fall 2016 brother of the Gamma Nu Chapter at Florida State University. Adam is a senior Business Management major with aspirations of becoming a commercial airline pilot. Adam has been a member of the baritone section within the Florida State University Marching Chiefs for the past two years. He will be returning for his third year as a row leader for the 2018-2019 season. Outside of the Marching Chiefs, Adam has played with the university’s campus band. Adam has served as a member of the Ways and Means committee, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and currently serves as Treasurer for his chapter. He is an avid fan of fundraising and hopes to work with chapters around the district to further facilitate financial growth. In his free time, Adam enjoys pursuing his personal goals and flying.
How to Contact Adam:
Cell Phone: (941) 539-4954
Email Address: email@example.com
Brian Mobley - Parliamentarian
Brian Mobley is a Fall 2016 initiate of the Iota Chapter at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a senior Business Administration student with a concentration in IT Management. He has been a mellophone player in the Yellow Jacket Marching Band and Pep Band for four years and has played french horn in the Institute’s Symphonic Band. He currently serves as the Iota Chapter’s President, has previously served as Parliamentarian, and has chaired the Rules and Procedures committee. Brian is an avid Atlanta sports fan and spends most of his free time thinking about the 2017 Super Bowl, and what could have been.
How to Contact Brian:
Cell Phone: (404) 940-6266
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikayla Thomas - Webmaster
Mikayla Thomas is a Spring 2017 brother of the Kappa Zeta Chapter at Wake Forest University. She is a junior Sociology major with a concentration in Health and Wellbeing. Mikayla was on Colorguard in the Fall 2017 season and learned mellophone so she can join the best Pep Band section. You can also find Mikayla in the Collegium Musicum recorder ensemble. Mikayla was a member of the Joint Action committee and currently serves as Kappa Zeta Chapter’s Corresponding Secretary. Outside of music, Mikayla works in the Title IX Office on campus and serves as a Peer Educator for gender equity.
How to Contact Mikayla:
Cell Phone: (336) 391-0187
Email Address: email@example.com
Dr. Craig Aarhus - Governor
Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi State University. At MSU, he co-directs the Famous Maroon Band and basketball pep bands, conducts the Concert/Community Band and Campus Band, and teaches Conducting and Brass Techniques in the Department of Music. As a member of the band faculty, Dr. Aarhus has been part of a team that has helped lead the band program to unprecedented growth, making it currently one of the largest bands in the Southeast. A native of Alabama, Dr. Aarhus received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Auburn University and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Conducting from The University of Iowa. While at Iowa, he was the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship and was a conducting student of Dr. Myron Welch. He also served as a graduate conductor for all of the concert bands, arranged music and wrote drill for the Hawkeye Marching Band, and was co-director of the Iowa Pep Band. During this time, he was also the director of the Southeast Iowa Concert Band at Iowa Wesleyan College for one year. Prior to his appointment at MSU, Dr. Aarhus was a successful high school and middle band director in the public schools of Lanett, Tallassee, and Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Aarhus is a member of several professional organizations including the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. He is currently serving as a Governor for the Southeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Band Association as the College/University Representative. In December of 2015, he was elected to the executive board of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Aarhus has been an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast, Midwest, and in Canada, and is a contributing author to five volumes of the popular Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. In 2015, Dr. Aarhus received the Clyde Muse Service Award from the MSU College of Education and was a member of the George Duke Humphrey Faculty Leadership Program. In 2010 and 2011, he was a recipient of the “StatePride” Award from for excellence in teaching, research, and service. He has been a clinician/instructor at the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinics for 18 years, and in that capacity has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of high school and college drum majors from across the country. He and his family reside in Starkville and are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as Music Director.
Latrondrick Hunter - Governor
A native of South Carolina, Latrondrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from South Carolina State University. While in undergrad he was not only able to grow in musicianship on his primary instrument, the trombone, he was able to participate in the many instrumental ensembles. They include the University Wind Ensemble, the University Symphonic Band, and the University Pep Band. In addition to growing in musicianship, he also grew leadership. He served the SCSU band program as a drum major for 3 years, but also worked as South Carolina State University Band Staff as a student assistant.
During his tenure at SCSU, Latrondrick joined the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc in the spring of 2010. Shortly after initiation Latrondrick accepted the position as Zeta Eta Chapter President. During his leadership service he reinstated the SCSU Honor Band Clinic, Chaired the 2011 Southeast District Leadership Conference and was awarded the 2012 J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award.
After receiving his Instrumental Bachelor of Arts degree, Latrondrick began graduate work at Alabama A&M University in pursuit of a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Leadership. There he operated as the Drill/Show Coordinator. His duties included creating field designs and producing and arranging halftime show concepts.
Today, Latrondrick is a passionate multi-unit leader at the Dollar General Corporation with progressive retail management experience with special emphasis in operational management, sales methods and procedures, loss prevention, internal controls and overall results. He is deeply involved in the development of his team and seeing them achieve their goals. He enjoys engaging with his store leaders around their contribution to controlling loss and driving sales. Keeping his team engaged and empowering them to do their best is one of the most satisfying part of his job.
Latrondrick is an Active member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association, Southeast District Alumni Association, Conn-Selmer Institute (Alumni), International Trombone Association and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He and his family (Crystal- wife; former TBS SED counselor and Calia- daughter) reside in Huntsville, AL.
Arupa Gopal - Governor
Arupa Gopal serves as Executive Administrative Specialist to the Dean at the University of South Florida College of The Arts. She was initiated into the Kappa Tau Chapter in April of 2004 and while active served as Chapter President and Vice President of Membership. She participated in the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and was Drum Major of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. She also served as Administrative Coordinator for Festival of Winds. During this time she gave two recitals, performed in various intercollegiate bands, and was a Finalist in the USF Concerto Competition. In 2007 she graduated from USF with a Dual Major in Music and Management and continued her education at New York University where she attained a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration in 2009. While in New York she worked for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Distinguished Concerts International New York, and On Stage at Kingsborough. Currently she lives in Tampa and serves as Co-Chair of the USF Music Alumni Society, President of the NYU Alumni Club of West Florida, is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association, and is on the board of the KKPsi Tampa Bay Local Alumni Association. She is a Life Member of the fraternity and serves as a Governor of the Southeast District.