Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands
Director, Wildcat Marching Band
Scott-Lee Atchison is the newly appointed Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at the University of Kentucky Mr. Atchison served as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University - Commerce where he conducted the symphonic band and concert band and taught classes in music technology, music literature, marching band techniques in addition to being the director of athletic bands. During his time at Texas A&M University – Commerce, Mr. Atchison oversaw significant growth of the marching band, more than doubling it in size and earning an invitation to perform at Texas UIL State Championships. In 2012, Mr. Atchison was privileged to guest conduct the Texas A&M University - Commerce Wind Ensemble in performances at the CBDNA Regional Convention and Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Atchison received a Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He recently completed his doctoral residency at the University of Washington and will soon complete the requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting. At the University of Washington he studied instrumental conducting with Tim Salzman and trumpet with Allen Vizzutti and David Gordon. While at Washington, Mr. Atchison guest conducted the Wind Ensemble during their 2007 Japan Tour. At Tennessee, Mr. Atchison was a conducting student of Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. David Stutzenberger, and James Fellenbaum, and has had additional conducting study with John Whitwell, Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, Jack Stamp, H. Robert Reynolds, Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchhoff, Richard Floyd, Frank Battisti, Ray Cramer, and Robert Halseth. At North Texas he studied trumpet with Keith Johnson and Leonard Candelaria.
In 2007, Mr. Atchison joined the instructional staff for The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps where he served as Brass Caption Head and in 2009 The Troopers were welcomed back into the DCI Finals after a 23-year absence. Mr. Atchison is currently the Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois and serves as an active designer and clinician with marching bands and drum corps throughout the country. Finally, Mr. Atchison is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a contributing author for the book series A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Volume IV) where he collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici on a chapter featuring his contribution to the wind band and American music.
Wildcat Marching Band Graduate Staff
Wildcat Marching Band Instructional Staff
Drumline Instructor / Graduate Assistant
Francisco Perez is a percussionist, educator, and composer from Pflugerville, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as Teaching Assistant. In addition to his duties as instructor for the Wildcat Marching Band drumline, he assists Professor James Campbell teaching private lessons and conducting the award-winning UK Percussion Ensemble.
Francisco is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education (2013) and had the privilege to study with Dr. Brian West, Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Dave Hall and composition with Dr. Martin Blessinger.
As an active percussionist, he has performed across the country including showcase concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Super Bowl XLV, and international engagements in Spain and Guatemala. Francisco has also played snare drum for The Cavaliers (2011 & 2012) and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2010). In 2011, he helped secure the prestigious Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance under the direction of Mike McIntosh and Dr. Brian Tinkel.
As an avid educator, Francisco has appeared as guest artist and clinician at several high schools throughout Texas. Additionally, he has served as visual designer and technician for the award-winning Flower Mound HS (Lone Star Classic 2013 Champion) & Texas Christian University (PASIC 2012 Champion) drumlines.
Color Guard Instructor
Katie Edwards is a resident of Winchester, KY and an alumnus of Morehead State University. Katie is an experienced performer and educator having performed with numerous ensembles including Morehead State University and Lexis Winterguard where she earned a bronze medal in 2012. Katie is currently student teaching and earning a degree in Math Education.
Color Guard Instructor
Sweetheart Majorettes and Feature Twirlers Instructor
Jessica Mamula has been involved in the baton twirling world for about 20 years now, whether it be competing, performing, or teaching. She has held many state, national, and regional titles and was given the opportunity to travel overseas to represent USA twice in World competitions. She graduated with her bachelors degree in nursi
ng and received a full tuition scholarship to be a feature twirler at the University of Louisville. She is excited to be a part of the Wildcat Matching Band and to work with the University of Kentucky twirlers. GO CATS!
Wildcat Marching Band Support Staff
Voice of the Wildcat Marching Band
The voice of the WMB since 2008, Michael Friedman is a professional actor and writer who now makes his career in television and industrial films. He’s written documentaries for A&E’s Biography and for PBS, and has appeared nationally in commercials, television, and film. With wife Margo Buchanan, he wrote the historical dramas Daniel Boone, the Man and the Legend and Freedom Trail. He was Artistic Director of Paragon Music Theatre, Kentucky’s premiere musical theatre company, and with composer Ryan Shirar created the musical version of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. Before coming to Lexington, where he and Margo live with children Nathan, Noah, and Emma, he served on the faculties of Elmhurst College and the University of Wisconsin.