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The Marching Captains


John Lopez
Director of Athletic Bands
(757) 594–8791

John Lopez directs the Marching Captains and Pep Band, and is the conductor of the University Concert Band and the CNU Trombone Choir. His academic achievements include the doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Georgia, the master of music degree in wind conducting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and the bachelor of music education degree from Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia.

His wind conducting teachers include Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Andrew Trachsel, Frank Wickes and John Whitwell. Following his undergraduate study, Lopez served as the director of bands at Gilmer County High School in Glenville, West Virginia and continued as a pedagogue during his graduate studies. His teaching has earned him awards including the 2010 Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award, the 2007 West Virginia Region 7 Teacher of the Year and the Ronald P. Socciarelli Award for Outstanding Service to the Ohio University Marching 110. He was also awarded the Outstanding Sponsor Award by the Northeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band fraternity, in 2015 for his service as the adviser to the Mu Nu chapter of this organization.

Lopez has also achieved as a trombone player and conductor. Notable performances include playing at the 2013 International Trombone Association Conference and conducting at the 2012 Eastern Trombone workshop hosted by the "Pershing's Own" United States Army Band. He is also an active scholar on wind band music with several publications in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Additionally, Lopez holds professional memberships in Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Joshua Bowman
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

Joshua Bowman is a doctoral candidate in percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Kevin Bobo and John Tafoya. As a performing musician, Joshua served as the principal percussionist/timpanist for the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus Ohio, from 2007-14. In addition to the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Joshua regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and has served as a substitute percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony.

Bowman directs all percussion aspects within the Department of Music, including applied percussion, percussion ensemble and overseeing the percussion program for the Marching Captains.

Joshua received a bachelor’s degree in music from California State University, Fullerton (2002), studying under Todd Miller, Robert Slack and Steve Houghton. He earned a master’s degree from Indiana University (2006), studying under Anthony Cirone, Gerald Carlyss, Wilbur England and Steve Houghton.

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