Bill Laughlin is a 1983 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. While at the University, he participated in the “Dimensions in Brass” under the direction of the late Jerry Franks (also of Grace College). Mr. Laughlin has earned the Master of Arts in Education degree from Ball State University. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the International Trombone Association, American School Band Directors Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and, the Gamma Chapter of the International Band Fraternity – Phi Beta Mu. He has served as an adjudicator for various Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona events, has guest conducted the Indiana Honor Bands several times, and has served on the State Board of the ISSMA, IMEA and IBA organizations (past president of the Indiana Bandmasters).
Mr. Laughlin comes from Paoli, Indiana, where he is the director of the Pride of Paoli band program which has consistently earned top honors in marching band (12 state championships and 2 runner-up finishes in the last 20 years), concert band (consistent superior ratings in both junior and senior high Group I levels), and solo & ensemble participation.
The Phi Beta Mu band fraternity named Bill Laughlin “Indiana Bandmaster of the Year” in 2004. Mr. Laughlin has been the principal trombonist both in the Carmel Symphony and in the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, and is currently playing with the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (Bloomington, IN) and the Nostalgia Band of Bedford, IN. He is married to Gayle Laughlin who is the retired assistant director of bands at Paoli. They also have two Old English Sheep dogs named “Luci & Lily”.
Chad Brinkman is the Assistant Director of Bands at Paoli Jr/Sr High School. Mr. Brinkman assists with the Paoli Jr. High and High School Concert Bands. He also teaches at Throop Elementary School, instructing the 5th and 6th grade bands. Mr. Brinkman assists in the direction of the Pride of Paoli, which has placed in State Finals each of his 6 years.
In May of 2008, Mr. Brinkman graduated with honors from Butler University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Mr. Brinkman has served as an instructor for the DCI World Champion Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps since 2008. From 2004-2007, he performed as a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as horn sergeant in 2006 and 2007.
Mr. Brinkman is a native of Avon, Indiana and a 2004 graduate of Avon High School. His professional memberships include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NAfME, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.