|Jeremy VegaDirector of Marching Percussion||Thomas GonzalezAssistant Director of Marching Percussion||Adrienne RobertsonPom & Dance Line Coach|
|Shirlee BertoliniTwirling Team Coach||Missy HurtadoColor Guard Coach||Kyle EdwardsGraduate Teaching Assistant|
|Taylor MitchellTeaching Assistant||Michael FinleyTeaching Assistant||Scott MatlickTeaching Assistant|
|Nick FlaneryTeaching Assistant||Seth KuhnsTeaching Assistant||Holly PaxtonTeaching Assistant|
Director of Athletic Bands
Ph: (520) 621-7027
Professor Shoopman joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands in the summer of 2016. His duties include conducting the Wind Symphony, directing “The Pride of Arizona” Marching and Pep Bands, as well as teaching leadership and marching band techniques courses. A proud alumni, Professor Shoopman earned both his Bachelor’s in Music Education (’96) and Master’s in Conducting Performance (’99) at the University of Arizona. While at the U of A, he studied conducting with Gregg I. Hanson. He continued studying choral and orchestral conducting with Dr. John Sinclair at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Arizona, Professor Shoopman was a Distinguished Adjunct Faculty member at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he taught Film Music History, trumpet, and conducting. He worked for the Walt Disney World Company conducting and performing on countless multi-million dollar studio projects for Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Disney Cruise Lines. He also worked as a conductor, performer, arranger, and choreographer for live shows seen by millions of guests throughout Walt Disney World including FutureCorps, the Tomorrowland Countdown, the Main Street Philharmonic, and Disney’s Candlelight Processional. As the most requested clinician for Disney Performing Arts (formerly Magic Music Days), Professor Shoopman was honored to lead thousands of educational workshops for middle school, high school, and college bands and orchestras from all over the world.
In 2010, Professor Shoopman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Brass Band of Central Florida. Under his baton, the BBCF won a national championship, recorded 3 albums, and earned the ranking of 13th best brass band in the world; the highest placement any band outside of Great Britain has ever achieved! He was known for innovative show designs and arrangements that appealed to a wide range of audiences while still maintaining artistic integrity in the ever growing American brass band movement.
Professor Shoopman has enjoyed numerous guest-conducting, adjudication, and clinic appointments in the United States, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, France, and Australia.
He is an active orchestral conductor appearing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.
Professor Shoopman has conducted various musical theater productions including “Shrek The Musical”, and is recognized for being equally comfortable conducting a wide variety of musical styles and ensembles.
He appears regularly as lead trumpet for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Arturo Sandoval’s L.A. All-Star Big Band, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, and the hr- Big Band in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as symphony orchestras throughout the United States.
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Yudai Ueda directs the Pride of Arizona Marching Band and Pride of Arizona Pep Band as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Arizona.
Ueda received his Masters in Instrumental Conducting and Bachelors in Music Education from Northern Arizona University. As a conducting graduate assistant, he assisted the NAU Lumberjack Marching Band and Pep Band, guest conducted the Wind Symphony and NAUTEE (NAU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble), co-directed the Collegiate Band, and organized chamber wind groups and new music ensembles. His teachers include Daniel Schmidt (conducting), Alexander Lapins, Kent Eshelman, Christian Carichner (tuba), and Bruce Reiprich (composition). Ueda’s public school experience include teaching elementary music in Mesa, Arizona and high school marching bands in Chandler and Tucson, Arizona.
As an undergraduate student, Ueda conducted the NAU Lumberjack Marching Band and marched with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.
Director of Marching Percussion
Jeremy is a music teacher from Tucson Arizona who has been on the Pride of Arizona drumline staff since 2008. He earned his BM in Music Education from the University of Arizona while marching snare on the Pride of Arizona drumline, and playing drumset in the University of Arizona pep band. Jeremy directed the drumline at Mountain View High School for six years, and he was Director and Snare & Tenor tech of Fusion Indoor Percussion. A multi-talented musician who believes that everything in life can be expressed through music, Jeremy currently teaches Choir and Percussion at Cienega High School in Vail, AZ.
Assistant Director of Marching Percussion
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Music, Thomas Gonzalez has had years of experience learning what it takes to be a good musician and how music can create positive life experiences and build strong character. His marching background includes five years on snare with the Pride of Arizona Marching Drumline, two years as drum captain, three years on drum set with the POA Pep Band, and four years with Fusion Indoor Percussion. Thomas’ work as a high school drumline instructor in the Tucson area has brought his ensembles multiple Superior rankings at ABODA marching festivals and WGAZ “Scholastic A” competitions.
Pom & Dance Line Coach
Adrienne Robertson was appointed UA Pride of Arizona Pom Line coach in 2010. She has over twenty years of dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She began dancing at the age of 3, won numerous dance awards, performed on seven cruise ships, and was a guest solo performer at the 2006 Miss America pageant. She was a four-year member of the Pride of Arizona Pom Line, traveling to two college bowl games, four PAC 12 Basketball Tournaments, and one NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Adrienne is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Communication and a minor in Family Studies and Human Development. Adrienne loves the spirit and rich traditions at UA and enjoys being a part of the Wildcat community.
Twirling Team Coach
Shirlee Bertolini has been associated with the UA Band program for over 50 years. She is affectionately called the “Grande Dame” of the Pride of Arizona. Shirlee began her career as a Michigan State and National Twirling Champion. In 1954, she came from Detroit to the University of Arizona to become the school’s first featured twirler. After her reign, she became UA’s Twirling Coach, increasing the number of twirlers to seven. Traveling thousands of miles each year recruiting twirlers for her UA team, Shirlee’s National Baton Twirling judging assignments allow her the opportunity to choose the “cream of the crop” internationally. Her career has produced many state and national champions, plus the Equestrian Twirlers, who for ten years performed on horseback in Tucson’s famous La Fiesta de los Vaqueros parade. Shirlee Bertolini has taught twirling throughout the 50 states and 17 foreign countries. She is still actively teaching, judging, and coaching.
Color Guard Coach
A veteran member of the Pride of Arizona Color Guard staff, Missy also marched with the Pride for four years, two of them as captain. As captain of Vericitas Winter Guard, the group won WGAZ Championships in 2012 and 2013, and placed as a 2013 WGI Western Championships finalist. Missy toured the country with The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp, performing in Indianapolis at DCI Finals. Under Missy’s instruction, the Rio Rico High School guard placed in two WGAZ Regional A Championships, and earned countless Outstanding Auxiliary captions during their marching season. Missy is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing at The University of Arizona.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Kyle Edwards is the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Pride of Arizona Marching Band at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Kyle received his bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Bassoon Performance.
Kyle teaches music and marching band all over the state, most recently at Rincon/University High School as a visual technician and Casa Grande Union High School as the color guard instructor. Kyle has performed with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and FeniX Independent Winterguard, as well as the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.
Taylor Mitchell joined the Pride of Arizona staff in 2013 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He is currently pursuing his MM in Euphonium Performance. Having earned his BA in Music Education from the University of New Mexico, Taylor performed euphonium in intercollegiate ensembles, at SWRTEC, and he can be heard with the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony on “Tales of Imagination” featuring J.D. Shaw. Taylor also performed trombone with UNM’s Jazz Bands and in the UNM Spirit Marching Band.
Taylor’s experiences with the marching arts have taken him all over the country. He taught and/or performed with such DCI ensembles as The Bluecoats, The Blue Stars, The Troopers, and Spirit of Atlanta. He was also an instructor for high school marching bands throughout the Albuquerque area.
Michael Finley graduated from Mountain View High School in 2009. He attended the University of Arizona from 2009-2014 where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. He was a member of the Pride of Arizona drumline from 2010-14 and was drum captain his last two years. In 2011 he was a member of Dark Sky Indoor Percussion and participated in the WGI finals in Dayton, Ohio. In 2012 he was a member of Fusion Indoor Percussion. He has instructed Mountain View, CDO, Sahuaro, Sabino, and is currently teaching the marching band at Nogales High School.
Bio coming soon
A Dayton, Ohio native, Nick Flanery graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with dual degrees in History and German Studies.
Nick has an extensive background in marching performance, with 4 years of high school, 1 season of indoor drumline, 4 years in the Pride of Arizona on saxophone and baritone, and aging out in 2015 with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps on euphonium. He has also served as a member of the instructional staff for the Mountain View High School marching band since 2013.
Nick is an active member of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national social music fraternity, serving as historian for both organizations during his time as an undergraduate.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
Announcer & Marketing/Branding Director
Don W. Haskell, graduated from Calif. Lutheran College in 1970 with a major in Theatre and Minor in Marketing. In 1972 he received his M.A. from the UA in Theatre Production and Management. He went back to Calif. Lutheran College where he was Associate Professor and spent 11 years teaching, directing over 65 productions and 40 musicals, building a 3-camera television studio, and starting the campus FM station – and even acting in a few productions with his students.
While teaching, Don continued working in L.A. as a professional lighting designer/stage director at many theaters throughout the L.A. area. After computerizing the UA box office during the summer of 1979, Don took a sabbatical for the following year to earn his M.F.A. Don returned to Tucson for 4 summers to manage the UA Repertory Theatre box office, design lighting, and direct musicals.
In 1984 he was hired as the Associate Dean of the UA College of Fine Arts; his task to promote the departments of the college to the public. He started the Tucson Summer Arts Festival, helped produce the arts productions of the 1985 UA Centennial, and served as Drama Dept. head for a year. Don’s expertise was then requested at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) as Director of University Events/Assistant to the Chancellor in order to produce and direct over 100 events for the 150th anniversary during 1989.
Once again, Don came back to Tucson, and was Director of Development at Arizona Theatre Company and after that stint, Director of Development & Community Relations for 15 years at Casa de los Ninos. He retired from full-time work in 2009, but still produces fundraising concerts and events in Arizona and California for non-profits. Proudly, he will be in his 25th year of announcing UA football pregame and halftime performances for the Pride of Arizona marching band.
Webmaster & Multimedia Director
Joe Gallegos received his Bachelor of Music Composition from the University of Arizona in 1998, having been mentored by renowned Fred Fox School of Music faculty Daniel Asia (composition), Tom Patterson (guitar), Gary Cook (percussion), and Jay Rees (band/conducting). As an undergraduate, he spent considerable time in university ensembles on guitar, saxophone, and percussion, including the UA Drumline and UA Steel Band. After graduation, Joe served as Associate Director of Marching Percussion for the Pride of Arizona from 1999 to 2004, and was appointed Director of Marching Percussion for 2004-2005.
From 2004 to 2012 Joe worked as an Audio Recording Engineer at Allusion Studios in Tucson, collaborating with several recording artists on projects ranging from audiobook voiceovers to full albums. Some of his other duties included audio editing, mixing, live on-site recording, multimedia production, visual communications, website development, social media management, and content writing/editing.
Joe has served as Webmaster for the Pride of Arizona since 2001, building and managing websites for the band, drumline, pom line, twirling team, and color guard. Joe has also served as Social Media Coordinator for The Pride since 2009, overseeing brand and message consistency across the band, drumline, and auxiliary social media platforms.
In addition to his duties with the Pride of Arizona, Joe currently serves as Senior Website Designer/Developer for the UA Financial Services Office.