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Dr. William Woodworth

Director of Athletic Bands

Dr. William Woodworth is the Director of Athletic Bands, Low Brass, and Electric Bass Instructor at Emporia State University.  He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in Wind Conducting in 2009 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned a Masters of Music degree in 2005 also from UNLV. He graduated with his Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from the University of Wyoming in 2001, and over the course of his education Dr. Woodworth studied conducting with Takayoshi "Tad" Suzuki, Professor Tom Leslie, Dr. Robert Belser, and Dr. Michael Griffith.  He studied low brass performance with Jim Gray at UW and Dr. Deanna Swoboda at UNLV. He also studied composition at the University of Wyoming with Dr. Gary Smart.

Prior to the current appointment at ESU, Dr. Woodworth had been the Director of Bands at Las Vegas High School in Las Vegas, Nevada from 2010 to 2015, and the Director of Bands at Durango High School, also in Las Vegas, from 2005 to 2010.   He was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UNLV Bands from 2003 to 2005 with primary focus on the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band, and the Runnin' Rebel Pep Band. He also served as the official drill writer for the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band from 2003 to 2008.  Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Washington High School, in Sioux Falls, SD in 2002, and he started his teaching career in 2001 as an Elementary Music Education teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Dr. Woodworth is a custom marching band drill designer, and has written for groups of all sizes, all across the United States since 2002.  In addition, he is a music composer, arranger, and has adjudicated for several groups and events across the United States, including working as a Drum Corps International Adjudicator. In addition to his education and experience, Dr. Woodworth is an accomplished performer on Tuba, Euphonium, Electric Bass, and he also marched Contra Bass (Tuba) with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1995. 


Dr. Tracy Freeze

E.S.U. Professor of Music, Director of Percussion Studies

Front Ensemble Instructor, Percussion Arranger

D.M.A. University of Oregon - Percussion Performance 
M.M. University of Oregon - Percussion Performance 
M.M. University of Oregon - Instrumental Conducting 
B.M.E. University of Nevada - Music Education

Tracy Freeze, solo marimbist and percussionist, specializes in contemporary and avant-garde marimba and multi-percussion repertoire, including works of composers Meyer Kupferman, Andrew Thomas, Steven Mackey, Eric Ewazen, Barney Childs, Reginald Smith-Brindle, and Julie Spencer. Freeze can be heard on Art of the States playing percussion on George Crumb's An Idyll for the Misbegotten and as the marimba soloist with the Oregon Percussion Ensemble on the Soundspells Productions recording of Meyer Kupferman's Percussion Symphony on the Orchestral Music of Meyer Kupferman Vol. 16, CD135. Recent percussion engagements include solo performances in Guanajuato Mexico, New York, New Mexico, Oregon and Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada at Reno, two Master Degrees from the University of Oregon in the areas of Percussion Performance and Conducting, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon under the tutelage of Charles Dowd and Robert Ponto. Dr. Freeze is currently Professor of Music and Percussion Studies at Emporia State University.


David Constantine

Battery Instructor & Battery Percussion Arranger

The Percussion Instructor is the caption head for all percussion. Duties and responsibilities include arranging, instructing, recruiting, auditioning, equipment maintenance, equipment storage and inventory, and facilitating all rehearsals and performances. 

David W. Constantine, a native Oregonian, is currently a percussionist with a prominent United States military ensemble.  His prior positions include: Percussionist & Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (now Symphoria), Principal Timpanist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Principal Timpanist of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and was Percussionist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Eugene and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras and under the batons of Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Marin Alsop, Jack Everly, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Daniel Hege, Kevin Noe, James Paul, Murry Sidlin, Ron Spigelman, Leonard Slatkin, Stephen Smith, John Williams, and Gerhardt Zimmerman.

In addition to his orchestral playing, Dr. Constantine is a prolific solo and chamber percussionist. He has been awarded top prizes in international competition both in the United States and Western Europe.  As a solo timpanist he has premiered works by Heinz Holliger and Gilles Schuehmacher.  As a chamber performer he has taken part in the premiere performances of David Crumb's "Hearing Bells&" and David Johnson's "The Oregon Variations", both in 2005.  Dr. Constantine can be heard with the Oregon Percussion Ensemble in a performance of Meyer Kupferman's "Percussion Symphony" on Soundspells Records.

As an educator, Dr. Constantine teaches percussion at the College of Southern Maryland, and is Caption Head of marching percussion at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.  Most recently, David served on the faculty of the 2011 Ithaca Summer Music Academy.  He was previously an Associate Instructor of Percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. He regularly teaches percussion camps, masterclasses, and is in high demand as a clinician at public schools and universities nationwide. 

Dr. Constantine holds a Doctor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where his primary teachers included John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro and retired Indiana University professors Anthony Cirone and Gerald Carlyss. He also holds a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree both in Percussion Performance, with honors, from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Charles Dowd (Former Principal Timpanist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra). While at the University of Oregon, he was the drummer of the elite Green Garter Band, an audition only, full-tuition scholarship band who performed nationwide.

David is proud to be a performing artist and clinician for Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Yamaha.

Jennifer Woodworth

Color Guard Instructor and Choreographer

Jennifer comes to Emporia all the way from the lights and shimmer of fabulous Las Vegas, NV.  She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation with a minor in music. While studying at UNLV, Jennifer was a member of the Star of Nevada Marching Band and was a member of the UNLV Pep Band. 

 Jennifer worked alongside Dr. Woodworth as a co-instructor, and as head colorguard instructor for 5 years at Durango High School and head instructor for 3 years at Las Vegas High School.  During her time as a head instructor, she wrote all the choreography for the guard during marching seasons, and created the overall concept and choreography for winterguard shows.

 Also during her time in Las Vegas, Jennifer studied and performed Middle Eastern Dance for 10 years. During that time she studied under the direction of Ashtalea in the dance troupe “Ah Ya Helu” and also performed in the independent troupe “Stardust”.  Performance venues included local and regional events, conferences, and a small stint at the Tropicana.


Anneliese Troxell

Stingers Dance Team Instructor

Anneliese Troxell has 29 years of dance experience. She studied dance at Kansas State University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Interior Architecture and Product Design in 2010. Anneliese is proficient in ballet, jazz, musical theater, modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and tap dance styles. Recently Anneliese’s focus has primarily revolved around classical ballet under the artistic advisory of Joyce Yagerline, Emeritus Professor of Dance at Kansas State University. Anneliese's choreography has been showcased in numerous events and celebrations to include: Kansas State Spring Dance, Wildcat Student Spotlight, Drums Alive, African American Heritage Celebration (Germany),  and Month of the Military Child (Germany) as well as 18 program recitals world wide. She was selected as a UDA Allstar Dancer from the United Dance Academy in 2004. Anneliese has studied dance anatomy and yoga in Europe, Mexico and the US which has helped her to better understand how to protect the dancer's body while also making it stronger. Anneliese's choreography has been invited to the Star Alliance World Championships on five occasions. She regularly attends dance conventions and competitions to further her knowledge of dance technique and industry trends.

Anneliese developed the SKIES Unlimited and KMC Dance program in Kaiserslautern, Germany for 3 years while living abroad. She studied dance simultaneously in London, England and throughout Germany as well at numerous conventions in the US. Conventions include: NUVO, Dance Direct, Move It and UDMA Chicago.

Anneliese helped re-instate the Emporia State University dance team, the Stingers. Anneliese founded and owns Tiptoz Dance Company, and manages their traveling competition dance team. 


Billy Bostic and Sarah Harrington

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Band Program at Emporia State University The Band GTA positions change yearly. GTA's work with all aspects of the Marching Band, Basketball Band, And Wind Ensemble. Duties and responsibilities include general overall assistance, rehearsals, performances, music arranging, equipment inventory, and administrative assistance.


 Drum Majors

 Ian Campbell, Rebecca Lowder & Tanner Meinholdt

ESU Band Secretary

Robert Nance

The ESU Band Secretary assists the band faculty with instrument checkout, and various other duties.

ESU Band Librairian

Tess Duncan