First Looks Turn Heads, Cali Kicks Off | The Upstage (Ep. 3)
Jul 23, 2021
Watch The Upstage (Ep. 3) on FloMarching with hosts Josh and Luke Gall breaking down the latest news from the marching activity!
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The Upstage is the newest show coming to FloMarching, covering the 2021 DCI season and everything marching arts! Tune in every week to catch Josh and Luke Gall breaking down the latest news and updates coming from the drum and bugle corps and fight it out "Head to Head" on different topics each week.
About The Host - Josh Gall
Joshua Gall serves as Associate Director of the Longhorn Band and Director of the Longhorn Pep Band at The University of Texas at Austin. In the Butler School of Music he also teaches academic courses in conducting, wind band literature, and marching band methods, holding the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice.
Professor Gall previously taught in the public schools of Virginia and Florida where ensembles that he conducted were chosen for VMEA, FMEA and Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic featured performances. In addition to his work in the public schools, he has regularly designed for and taught some of the world’s finest marching ensembles. His extensive background in the marching arts has allowed him to work with the ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum Corps, Genesis Drum Corps, and the Bluecoats Drum Corps where he is currently on staff.
As an entrepreneurial musician, Professor Gall actively contributes to the music industry as a co-founder of Ultimate Drill Book which supports programs such as The Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown, and thousands of other academic and professional marching programs around the world.
Professor Gall holds degrees in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University and The University of Florida where his primary conducting teachers were Dr. Terry Austin, Professor Daniel Myssyk, and Dr. David Waybright.
About The Host - Luke Gall
Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance at The University of Texas at Austin.
He is co-founder and CEO of Ultimate Drill Book, a company that creates educational tools for marching ensembles. Since its founding in 2010, Luke has lead the development of all products that support thousands of schools, colleges and drum corps in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Luke has a comprehensive background in the arts as a coordinator, designer, teacher, and performer. His designs have helped more than 50 programs receive honors in BOA (Bands of America), WGI (Winter Guard International), USBands, and TOB (Tournament of Bands) events. He served as visual caption head for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, and he performed as a member of The Cadets, Crossmen, and Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005-2009.
Luke was recently appointed to the role of Artistic Director for Rhythmic Force Percussion, a non-profit percussion ensemble based in Austin, Texas. He serves on the design team while also overseeing the creative direction and marketing for the organization. Luke previously served as the drill designer with Rhythmic Force and helped lead them to their first-ever appearances in the WGI World Championship Finals.
Luke’s experience as a media creator and consultant has led to work with companies and musical groups across the globe. Luke recently worked with Perform International in more than 20 countries to create content for musical groups. His professional work, along with his personal videos, have amassed millions of views on YouTube and social media platforms. Luke also served as the media coordinator for bands at The University of Texas at Austin where he produced more than 100 videos and a feature-length documentary.
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