Scott-Lee Atchison

Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands 

Director, Wildcat Marching Band

Scott-Lee Atchison is the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of 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 served as the Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois and is 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

Matthew Garzarek

Color Guard Instructor

Matthew Garzarek is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee. In high school, he was a member of the horn line from 2006-2009, and continued his marching arts career with Eklipse Independent World winter guard for two seasons. Most recently, Matthew was a member of Lexis Independent Open winter guard in 2014. Matthew has worked with various programs in the Tennessee and Kentucky areas, including Ravenwood High School and Blackman High School (TN), as well as George Rogers Clark, Paul Laurence Dunbar and West Jessamine High School (KY). Matthew has also spent time teaching color guard clinics across the country with Fred J. Miller Inc., under the guidance of Byron Valentine. Matthew is very excited to join the staff of the Wildcat Marching Band in 2015!




Shannon Clark

Color Guard Instructor

Shannon Clark serves as the color guard coordinator for the Lafayette High School Band Association, a position she has filled since 2001.  She also serves as assistant director of Lexis Winter Guard.  Her marching experience began in high school and continued with such groups as the Bluecoats, The Crossmen, The Phantom Regiment, Chimeras Winterguard, and the Pride of Cincinnati.  Shannon has worked with many guard programs across the Midwest including Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as a multitude of high school programs. Shannon received her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and her Masters in Teacher Leadership with a certification in Instructional Technology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky in 2012. She currently works at Lafayette High School as a collaborative and resource special education teacher.

Jessica Mamula

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 Marching Band and to work with the University of Kentucky twirlers.

Wildcat Marching Band Support Staff

Michael Friedman

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.