for President George W. Bush in 2002 as well as performing for President Bill Clinton, Her Majesty The Queen of England, The Sultan of Oman, government officials of Norway and other dignitaries and Heads of State throughout the world. After serving as the Drum Major for the University of Akron's Marching Band as well as Principal Trumpet for the University's Symphonic & Jazz Bands, he traveled the United States as a Guest Speaker and Clinician before having worked with a number of local and nationally-known and accredited marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles. Spence earned a BM in Music Education from Rowan University in 2006 and a MS in Education from Walden University in 2009. He is also an active freelance musician in the Tri-State Area, and resides in Blackwood, NJ.
featured soloist with “The Commandant’s Own”, The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Sgt. Spencer has had the honor of being a featured soloist
Calvin M. Spencer serves as the Director of Bands at Monongahela Middle School, Sewell, New Jersey and the Marching Band Director at Washington Township High School, in Sewell, New Jersey. Mr. Spencer is currently in his eleventh year teaching for the Deptford Township School District. Prior to teaching, Spence was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and was a
performed at Philadelphia's Prince Music Theatre. As a composer, his works for marching band and percussion ensemble consistently win awards at the regional and national levels. Don has written award-winning compositions and arrangements for numerous high schools in the Delaware Valley, not to mention arrangements for Rowan University Percussion Ensemble and Rowan University Lab Band. He has served as the Director of Percussion Studies for Triton Regional High School where he directed their indoor percussion ensemble as well as pit percussion for marching band. Currently, Don is the Director of Bands at Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury Heights, NJ and directs 2 concert bands, marching band and one jazz band. He resides in Swedesboro, NJ with his wife of 9 years and his 6 year-old son.
Don Simpson is a professional percussionist and educator as well as a prolific composer and arranger. His skills in percussion are vast, ranging from jazz drumset to classical keyboard percussion and everything in between. Don earned a BM in Jazz Studies from Rowan University in 2004. He performs regularly with the Pitman Broadway Theater Company and many Tri-State Area high school theater productions. Don has also
With both being veterans of the Tournament of Bands, Tournament Indoor Association, USBands, and Bands of America circuits, Don and Spence knew that they could bring their knowledge of all competitive musical groups and their respect for the process of music education together to create a fresh, musical and technical perspective on competitive music that will hit home with the judges & audience as well as the hearts & minds of directors and students.
Sfz Music Group was originally formed in the fall of 2014. Calvin "Spence" Spencer and Don Simpson have been writing and teaching in the South Jersey region since 2003. Through different seasons, their groups ran parallel and sometimes even competed against each other. After finally collaborating in 2013, they realized that there was the potential to continue to compose and arrange some of the most innovative and successful shows in any circuit today. Sfz Music Group LLC was formed in 2017.
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