Frederick Speck, Director of Bands and Professor of Music, conducts the Wind Symphony and New Music Ensemble, and teaches conducting and composition. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at KMEA Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the MENC National Conference and the CBDNA National Conference. His music has been performed by such ensembles as the Louisville Orchestra, the Denver Symphony and Speculum Musicae, and recorded by such artists as Richard Stoltzman. Twice the recipient of the University of Louisville President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, his work has also been recognized the through fellowships and commissions from such organizations as the Barlow Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. He holds the B.M. and M.M. from Bowling Green State University and the D.M.A. from the University of Maryland.Contact
Amy Acklin serves as the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of the Cardinal Marching Band at the University of Louisville. Additional responsibilities at UofL include directing the Symphonic Band and Concert Band and teaching courses in undergraduate conducting and music education. Previously, Dr. Acklin taught instrumental music in the California public schools for six years. She is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and currently serves as the KMEA State Advisor for NAfME Collegiate and the KMEA Intercollegiate Band Coordinator. Dr. Acklin has publications in The Journal of Band Research, Florida Music Director, and GIA’s “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series and has presented research at the National CBDNA Conference, MENC: The National Association for Music Education National Conference, as well as other regional and state conferences. She is a member of KMEA, NAfME, and CBDNA and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Acklin holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.Contact
Jason Cumberledge is Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Louisville where he assists with the direction of the Cardinal Marching Band, conducts the University Community Band, Concert Band, and teaches courses in music education, including marching band techniques, conducting, and wind band pedagogy. Prior to his arrival in Louisville, he served as Interim Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida where his responsibilities included directing the 300-member UCF Marching Knights. Dr. Cumberledge also served as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he worked with the university’s athletic and concert bands, including the Marching Chiefs, Symphonic Band, and Seminole Sound, and taught courses in instrumental music education. He taught for nine years in Worcester County Public Schools, MD. In addition to these posts, he served as director of the Kittanning Fireman’s Band, leading them to a Pennsylvania state senior marching band championship in 2002.
Originally from Ford City, PA, near Pittsburgh, Dr. Cumberledge holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MME and PhD in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University. His conducting teachers include Richard Clary, Patrick Dunnigan, André Thomas, and Jack Stamp.
Dr. Cumberledge is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, band clinician, drill writer, and music arranger. His arrangements and transcriptions have been performed at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He currently serves as coordinator for KMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival and assistant coordinator for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band. He has presented research at national, state, and regional conferences, including the NAfME Biennial National Conference, CBDNA National Conference, CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium, and Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education. His published articles have appeared in the Journal of Band Research, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Bluegrass Music News, and the Florida Music Director. Dr. Cumberledge’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, American Bandmasters Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.
Kaelah is a Georgia native who moved to Louisville, KY in 2008, when she began working at the UofL School of Music. She graduated cum laude from Columbus State University in 2007 where she earned a B.M. in Music Performance, with an emphasis in flute performance. She traveled for several years throughout the United States as principal flutist for the Sigmund Romberg Orchestra as well as the Carl Rosa Opera Company. In addition to her time at UofL, Kaelah freelances with various groups and is also a current member of Chamber Winds Louisville.Contact
Steve Kirkland, the Voice of the Marching Cards, joined the Cardinal Marching Band staff in the fall of 2011. Steve worked for 84WHAS-AM in Louisville for 11 years as Producer/Board Operator, Executive Producer, On-Air Talent, and Assistant Director of Operations. He also served for 11 years as Director of Support Services and Assistant Director of Operations at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. A native of Louisville, Steve is currently IT Manager for WAVE3-TV where he also fills-in reporting traffic on WAVE3 Sunrise. He is a life-long member of the St. Matthews Baptist Church and is their Technical Director. Steve is a graduate of the University of Louisville. He is married to Denise, also a U of L graduate, and they have two future Cards, Reed and Mary Helen.
Christopher Dye joined the Cardinal Marching Band staff in 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in the color guard world. For the previous 3 years he was the director of Project 72 Independent A winter guard in Louisville, Ky. Before that, he was director of color guard at San Diego State University, where, he was also the founder and director of Aztec Independent A winter guard. Chris started competing in Scholastic World Class with Hickman Mills High School winter guard in Kansas city, Mo. In 1994, he marched the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and went on to perform with the Madison Scouts in 1997 and 1998. Chris also marched with Sky Ryders Independent A and Infinity Independent World winter guards. Along with his performing experience, Chris has also taught at countless high schools in Missouri, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and California. Chris earned a Journalism Degree from the University of Kansas in 1999 and has worked as a graphic designer at many newspapers around the country, including, The Baltimore Sun, the Charlotte Observer, the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Louisville Courier-Journal.Contact
Greg Neblett is from Radcliff, Kentucky and is in his second year of graduate studies at the University of Louisville as a Wind Band Conducting student under the direction of Dr. Frederick Speck.
Neblett attended North Hardin High School performing in the top ensemble as a percussionist at the Music For All National Concert Band Festival, Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic, and Carnegie Hall under the direction of Chuck Campbell, Brian Froedge, and Abram Barr. He attended Morehead State University from 2007 to 2012 studying music education with emphasis in percussion, with Frank Oddis and Brian Mason, and studied conducting with Dr. Richard Miles, retired. At Morehead State, Greg performed with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Concert Choir and toured Hungary, Austria, and Spain with those ensembles.
From 2012 to 2015, Greg taught in North Carolina as a high school band director but has returned to his home of Kentucky to continue his education and his career in music.
Brianna is from Poquoson, VA and is a returning graduate student. She is studying Wind Band Pedagogy with Dr. Speck. She graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in 2015, where she earned her B.M. in Music Education. Brianna is a French horn player and will be working with the Mellophone and Saxophone sections of the Cardinal Marching Band this season. Upon graduation from the University of Louisville, she hopes to become a high school band director.Contact