spirit of the carolina's staff
Marty Spitzer is the Director of Athletic
Bands at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In this role he
directs the "Spirit of the Carolinas" Marching Band and teaches courses
in music education. He earned his Master of Arts from Ball State University
and his Bachelor of Music Education from Bowling Green State University.
He also has earned credits beyond his Masters from Illinois State University.
Mr. Spitzer was the director of bands and music department chair at
Bellbrook High School in Bellbrook, Ohio from 1988-2001. He built the
marching band into a five-time Bands of America Class "A" National Champion. The concert band also excelled as One third of the entire student body participated in the instrumental program. Spitzer is known by band
directors throughout North Carolina and the entire country for the
accomplishments of the Bellbrook program.
Tracy Wiggins is coordinator of the percussion program and assistant marching band director at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The HARTT School, University of Hartford. Dr. Wiggins holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. He has done post-masters work at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Wiggins varied musical interests are reflected in his performance credits, highlights of which include: orchestral work with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, The Fayetteville Symphony, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Waterbury (CT) Symphony, the New Britain (CT) Symphony, the Westerville (Ohio) Civic Symphony and as principal percussionist for the Santa Fe Symphony; ; marching percussion with the Freelancers and Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Gold Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as instructing the DCI Division III World Championship finalist Delta Brigade and Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps; ethnic percussion with the Hartt School, Samford University and Ohio State University steel drum bands, the Hartt Handance Ensemble, and the Hartt and Ohio State University African Drumming Groups.
He is an artist/endorser for Yamaha, Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals, and plays on a Marimba One Marimba. He is currently listed in the "International Who's Who of Music and Musicians." Tracy Wiggins is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, The College Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Timothy Altman is Director of Bands and Chair of the music department at UNC-Pembroke. He also teaches instrumental music education courses, trumpet and conducting. He completed his D.M.A. in trumpet performance from the University of Kentucky. He also holds degrees from Virginia Tech (B.A. Music Ed.) and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Master of Music Education). He has taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Dr. Altman is an active trumpet performer and conductor through his work with several regional orchestras, including his permanent position with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (VA), chamber groups, jazz ensembles, solo recitals, clinics, and master classes. He has performed with Doc Severinsen, Bruce Hornsby, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and more international artists. He, his wife, and two children reside in Laurinburg, NC.
Alayna Dorso Defalco is colorguard instructor and teaches in the Physical Education Department at UNC-Pembroke.
BA: Communications; Rutgers University 2001
MS: Exercise Physiology; Kean University 2005
Aerobic Dance & Movement Instructor: 8 years
Marching band experieve includes: high school marching band for 4 years; played the flute & piccolo for about 7 years; first sophomore drum-major in her high school's history; percussion 3 years; Concert Band 4 yrs; jazz band 1 yr.; performance with winteguard at WGI.
Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010
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