Bands

Associate Instructors

Meet our students; read about their backgrounds, professional engagements, teaching positions, and educational histories.

Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting candidates
Master of Music in Wind Conducting candidates

Andrew D. Chybowski is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting as a student of Stephen W. Pratt and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Chybowski holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from Missouri State University.

Prior to attending Indiana University, Mr. Chybowski served as the Director of Bands at Palestine High School and Palestine Middle School in Palestine, Texas. Under his direction, the band received unanimous superior ratings and advanced to UIL Area Marching Contest every time it was offered (2010 and 2012), and was a state finalist for TMEA honor band. The band also placed first in their division at the Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational Contest in 2010 and 2012, and placed first in their division at the BOA Regional Marching Competition in Arlington in 2009 and 2011.  Mr. Chybowski also unified the district music curriculum and recruitment efforts resulting in nearly twice the enrollment in the high school band, and expanded the course offerings to include jazz band, two levels of music theory, a college mentoring program, and a composition program.

From 2007-2009, Mr. Chybowski served as Graduate Assistant in the Band Department at Missouri State University as a student of Dr. Belva Prather.  He ran the Stage Jazz Band, and conducted the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble in addition to his work with the marching band and teaching duties.

Mr. Chybowski has attended conducting clinics taught by Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Allan McMurray, Steve Davis, Dr. Craig Kirchhoff, Eugene Corporon, and Dennis Fisher.   He holds membership in the Conductor’s Guild, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

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Ryan M. Yahl is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting, and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  

From 2009-2015, Mr. Yahl served as the director of bands for the New Bremen Local School District, where he oversaw the instrumental music program in grades 5-12.  Under his direction, the New Bremen Bands performed at both the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals and the State Large Group Adjudicated Event.  Prior to New Bremen, Mr. Yahl taught for one year in the Anthony Wayne Local School District, and two years at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic School, in Toledo.

Mr. Yahl attended Bowling Green State University, where he earned his bachelors (2006) and masters (2009) degrees in music education. While at BGSU, Mr. Yahl was a member of the Falcon Marching Band, Wind Symphony, the University Percussion Ensemble, and was principal timpanist in the Philharmonia. Mr. Yahl studied percussion with Michael Sander and Roger Schupp, and conducting with Emily Freeman Brown, Carol Hayward, Kenneth Thompson, and Bruce Moss. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Yahl was awarded the Dr. Richard and Annette Ecker Award in Music Education, and the Mark and Helen Kelly University Band Award.

Mr. Yahl currently holds membership in the Ohio Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, Percussive Arts Society, National Band Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American School Band Directors Association, and life membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.  Mr. Yahl is a past president of the BGSU Band Alumni Society, a past president of OMEA District III, and recently served as the Region 3 Representative for ASBDA.  Mr. Yahl has also served as a staff member with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music, participating in their 2011, 2013, and 2015 summer tours of seven European countries.

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Tiffany J. Galus is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Stephen W. Pratt. Tiffany also serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting and is Director of the Crabb Band. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, where she studied conducting with Jeffrey D. Gershman, Paul Popiel and Matthew Smith as well as trombone with Carl Lenthe, M. Dee Stewart and Peter Ellefson.

Prior to her return to Indiana University, Tiffany served as the Director of Bands at the New Prairie United School Corporation in New Carlisle, Indiana. While at NPUSC, Tiffany conducted the 7th and 8th grade bands, high school symphonic band and newly-created wind ensemble, jazz band, pep bands and two show choir back-up bands. Under her direction, the program received consistent superior ratings at numerous band festivals, including two state titles. She also instructed the marching band in their first competitive season in over a decade to a unanimous superior rating. In 2013, Tiffany was selected as a quarter-finalist for the first Music Educator Grammy Award.

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Nicholas P. Waldron is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Nicholas also serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting and is Assistant Director of the Crabb Band.  Mr. Waldron holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Indiana University, where he studied conducting with Paul W. Popiel and bassoon with William Ludwig and Kathleen McLean.

Prior to his return to the Jacobs School of Music, Mr. Waldron was the Director of Bands for Sheridan Community Schools in Sheridan, Indiana.  In his capacity as Director, Mr. Waldron taught several concert instrumental ensembles and technology courses, marching and pep band, and AP music theory.  Under his direction, the SCS ensembles received consistent first place finishes and caption awards in Class A at State Fair Band Day (2012, 2013) and unanimous superior ratings at several music festivals.

Mr. Waldron’s professional memberships include Kappa Kappa Psi, the International Double Reed Society, the Indiana Bandmasters Association and the Indiana Music Education Association.

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