The Golden Regiment Staff
Chad Robbins, Band Director
Chad Robbins is from Pensacola, Florida and holds a Bachelors in Music Education with a minor in Professional Education from the University of West Florida. Mr. Robbins has been a musician for 22 years, playing Tuba and Percussion. While in college, Mr. Robbins performed in various ensembles including: Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, and Wind Ensemble. He has performed along the Gulf Coast playing professionally with various groups on drum set, along with teaching privately at the LaBelle Performing Arts studio. Mr. Robbins is active at the middle and high school level as a clinician and consultant for bands in Florida and Alabama, and has held teaching positions as a Brass Technician, Arranger, Composer, Assistant Director and Head Band Director working throughout Florida and Alabama. Mr. Robbins has been active with the Pensacola Bay Concert Band, playing percussion, recruiting, served on the board, and was one of the original Co-Conductors. He also founded the Walton County Community Band, serving as Conductor for over a year before stepping down from the ensemble. Currently, he is a Director at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, FL.
Christopher Gugel, Band Director
Christopher Gugel, a Nebraska native, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he studied saxophone with Dr. David Nabb. In May 2014 Chris graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. While at K-State, Chris studied with acclaimed saxophonist Dr. Anna Marie Wytko. He was also a recipient of a prestigious K-State graduate teaching assistantship. Chris has received honors and recognition at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Performance Competition on multiple occasions. In recent years, Christopher has presented solo and chamber performances, as well as solo master class performances, at various North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. He has also performed on multiple woodwinds, including, for example, orchestra appearances on flute, clarinet, and/or saxophone, and has performed on flute with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas State University Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Civic Orchestra.
Prior to his appointment at Oakleaf High School, Chris was the band director at Fort Caroline Middle School Magnet for Visual and Performing Arts in Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, FL. Christopher was the inaugural band director at Fort Caroline when they became a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. Prior to Fort Caroline, Christopher was the instrumental music instructor for grades 5-12 at Shelby-Rising City Public Schools in Nebraska. Chris is an active member of multiple performing groups in Jacksonville. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board for the First Coast Wind Symphony and as the Public Relations Officer for the First Coast Flute Choir.
Lisa Smith, Guard Director
Lisa Smith is from DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Ms. Smith attended Northwest Florida State College. In High School, Ms. Smith was in the guard all four years, and was captain for three of those four years. Ms. Smith has worked with colorguards at Freeport High School, Walton High School, and now currently, Oakleaf High School. Ms. Smith has had award-winning programs with such accolades as Bronze Medalists, Silver Medalists, and Best in Class Guards for the last 3 years.
Bill Clark, Music Design
Bill Clark is a former trumpet player, teacher and composer from the New York metropolitan area. He has a BA in Music Ed from a cooperative degree program between Hartwick College and the State University of New York College at Oneonta, a BS in English Literature from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and did his Masters studies in Music Composition under Bud Udell at the University of Florida.
He is currently a private teacher, an arranger/clinician for various bands and drum corps around the country, and a music judge for the US Bands.