Graduate Teaching Assistants

Andrew Keiser

Andrew Keiser joins the Frost School of Music after completing a Master’s degree in wind conducting with Dr. Jamie Nix at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Georgia.  Prior to graduate studies, he was the Band Director at Angola High School in Indiana from 2016-2021.  At Angola, Keiser directed all elements of the band program, which was a consistent recipient of the ISSMA All-Music Award. 

Keiser received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, where he arranged music and served as Trumpet Section Leader for the Spartan Marching Band.  Keiser continues to arrange music and write drill for high school marching bands, and he often judges drum major captions at marching band shows.  He has been a conductor for the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-Region Honor Bands.  He has served on the ISSMA Marching Band Committee and the IBA State Board, and continues to serve as a Conducting instructor for the Crossroads Drum Major & Leadership Clinic.

Roy McLerran

Roy 2Roy McLerran is a native of Texas and holds a   Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master's in Music in wind conducting from the University of Miami. McLerran has seven years of public school teaching experience, primarily with secondary bands.

Recently, McLerran served as Director of Bands at Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs, Florida. Prior to that, he spent six years as an assistant band director in Texas (five years at Center ISD and one year at Teneha ISD). In 2016 McLerran helped found the East Texas Chamber Winds (ETCW), a professional community chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing free wind chamber music to the East Texas community. McLerran serves as the Music Director and Conductor for the ETCW. His professional memberships include Florida Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.

David Ramos

 DavidDavid Ramos received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, with a specialization in Special Music Education, from Florida State University. He has served as the Director of Bands at Bradford High School in Starke, FL from 2021-2023. In that time, ensembles under his direction received Excellent and Superior ratings at District and State Assessments. Ramos is an avid researcher, having written and presented on topics such as the wind music of Cuban composers, diverse programming for high school bands, and conductor magnitude. He also has several publications with the Florida Music Director, and continues to write from his perspective as a band director and conductor.

Ramos holds professional memberships with the International Conductors Guild, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Education Association, and Florida Bandmasters Association. Additional memberships include Pi Kappa Lamba and Phi Mu Alpha.