Key Poulan has joined the Santa Clara Vanguard as brass arranger for the upcoming 2003 season. Poulan has been recognized as one of the country's top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary marching band and has several concert band works to his credit. Previously during the summers, Poulan was a music adjudicator for Drum Corps International. Poulan received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M - Commerce) in 1985. Poulan studied under Gary Hill, Dave Ward, and Dr. Robert Houston, among other educators. Poulan also studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates at ETSU. Poulan also credits his success to his mentors, including Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy and Dr. Jerry Payne. In addition to his writing and teaching schedule, Poulan is currently completing his Master's Degree in Administrative Services at National University in Fresno, California. Poulan was a baritone member with the Concord Blue Devils in 1983. In 1985, he worked with the SkyRyders Drum and Bugle Corps from Hutchinson, Kan. Poulan joined the staff of the Cavaliers from 1986 to 1989, where he served on both the brass and marching staffs. He worked with many renowned drum corps brass arrangers during the late 1980s, including Tim Saltzman of the Santa Clara Vanguard and Cavaliers, and Ken Snoeck of the Cavaliers. In 1992 and 1993, Key was the arranger for the Spirit of Atlanta and the Spirit of Georgia. Key has been judging brass for Drum Corps International since 1990. Poulan is currently the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chairman at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif. His leadership in a fundamental approach to music at the Buchanan Educational Center has yielded several of the top musical ensembles in the State of California. At the high school level, these ensembles include three wind ensembles, one marching band, two jazz bands, two winter color guards, one winter percussion theater, one orchestra, one pep band, and one musical theater pit orchestra.
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