Director of Athletic Bands
John Leddy arrived at Stony Brook University in 2006 and is the founding director of The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band. Prior to that, he taught music in the Connetquot school district for 33 years where he directed concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band at all levels.
Mr. Leddy has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College and a Master of Arts from Stony Brook University. He studied percussion with James Peterscak at the Crane School, timpani with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and jazz drum set with Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, and Ed Shaughnessy. Mr. Leddy was the recipient of a Summer Fellowship for music educators from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with Mallory Thompson and Don Owens. He also served as the Director of Jazz Studies at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Since his arrival to the Stony Brook campus, Mr. Leddy has been the recipient of the following awards: 2008 Seawolves Award from the Department of Athletics in recognition of contributions to the Athletic Department, the university and student athletes; 2009 “Man of the Year” Award from The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band leadership; 2010 Distinguished Service Award presented by Stony Brook University Student Affairs for outstanding service.
Mr. Leddy is an active member of MENC, NYSSMA, SCMEA, NMEA, Percussive Arts Society, the International Society for Jazz Education, and the College Band Directors National Association.
Athletic Bands Coordinator
Shayna Stahl is the Athletic Bands Coordinator for the Stony Brook University Marching Band and Pep Band. Ms. Stahl is currently a music educator at Newfield High School in the Middle Country Central School District, where she teaches Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. She is the Thespian Society Advisor and choreographer of the school musicals. During the summer she also teaches music and dance at the South Huntington Summer Music and Fine Arts Camp.
Ms. Stahl earned her bachelor of music education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She studied French horn with Shelly Showers and Dan Williams of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At Temple, Ms. Stahl was a four year member of the Temple University Diamond Marching Band. Her leadership roles included section leader her sophomore year and Drum Major her junior and senior years. Ms. Stahl earned her Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University.
Ms. Stahl is one of the recent recipients of a grant to study Wind Band conducting at the University of Hartford during the summer of 2011 from the Collegiate Band Directors National Association. She was also selected to receive the 2011 “Woman of the Year” Award by the leadership of The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band. Ms. Stahl is currently a member of MENC, SCMEA, CBDNA and SAI.
Color Guard Instructor
Jennifer Bigus joined the Stony Brook community in 2007. She began her musical and Color Guard careers locally with the Kings Park High School Marching Band & Concert Band, performing at football games, Newsday Marching Band Festival, Disney World's Magic Music Days Millennium Celebration, Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. She is a 2004 graduate of Villanova University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a Minor in Theology and Religious Studies.
At Villanova, Ms. Bigus performed with the 'Nova Silks and Twirlers at nationally televised sporting events, and campus events: St. Thomas of Villanova Day, 'Nova Fest, and the Villanova Musical Showcase. She also psyched up the basketball and football crowds playing Mellophone in the Villanova Pep Band and Villanova Scramble Band. Ms Bigus played french horn in the Villanova Concert Band and was selected to perform on their annual international Fall Tours to Ireland '03, Puerto Rico '02 and Canada '00. An aspiring dentist, she travelled with the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Madagascar Ankizy Fund during the summer of 2008, serving as dental assistant in their Madagascar dental clinics. She completed her Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University in 2010.
Ms. Bigus is an active member of the Villanova University Long Island Alumni Association and chairs the Alpha Delta Pi Long Island Alumnae chapter.
Michael Ayala is no stranger to the Stony Brook University Athletic Bands. Mr. Ayala has been a member of the Spirit of Stony Brook Drumline since Fall 2007. He began his musical career locally with the Ward Melville High School Marching Band performing at football games, Setauket's Electric Light Parade, and Setauket's Memorial Day Parade. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science and again in 2012 with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Graduate Certificate in Networking and Wireless Communications.
While at Stony Brook, Mr. Ayala has held numerous positions in the band, starting as member of the Drumline and working his way up to section leader, executive board member, and student staff member. He was named the group’s premier Drumline Captain in Fall 2011 and then Interim Percussion Instructor for the Spring 2012 semester. He was awarded the Director's Award in 2009 and the Stephen Stakey Unsung Hero Award in 2010 at the Annual Athletic Bands Banquet. Mr. Ayala has been the Travel Band's Trap Set Player for the past 5 years and was a part of the NY Lotto Commercial Band.
Mr. Ayala also works as a pit musician, performing with various theatre companies all over Long Island.
Summer Camp Coordinator and Woodwind Instructor
Vincent Malafronte is the Woodwind Instructor for the Stony Brook University Marching Band. He is also Director and Coordinator of Stony Brook's Summer Band Camp program. When he's not at SBU, Mr. Malafronte teaches in the Connetquot School District, where he is the symphonic band and jazz band director at Ronkoknoma Middle School. Always taking a very active role, Mr. Malafronte is also Ronkonkoma's drama club advisor, musical director, stage crew advisor, and National Junior Honor Society advisor. Additionally, Mr. Malafronte is the marching band assistant and drumline instructor for the Connetquot High School Marching Band.
Mr. Malafronte earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Ithaca College in 2006. He studied percussion with mallet percussion pioneer Gordon Stout and drum set with Conrad Alexander. Mr. Malafronte was not only a member of the percussion ensemble, but frequently arranged their pieces himself. He also studied jazz with Steve Brown and conducting under Dr. Steven Peterson. Mr. Malafronte earned his Masters in Liberal Arts Studies from Stony Brook University in 2011.
Mr. Malafronte currently resides in Holbrook with his wife Michelle, daughter Clara, and their bulldog Brooklyn.
Brass Instructor and Consultant
Enjoying an active career as a freelance musician and educator, Zachary deVries hails from Long Island, New York where he performs regularly on both tuba and bass trombone. A graduate of Boston University, where he studied music education and performance, Zachary most recently served as the Director of Athletic Bands for the Boston University Bands. As director, he led the Marching Band, Pep Bands, and Winter Percussion Ensemble. Under his direction the Boston University Bands performed at USSBA and WGI competitions, as well as the NCAA Basketball and Hockey Tournaments. In addition, Zachary led the Marching Band when they opened for J. Geils Band and Aerosmith at Fenway Park in 2010.
Since 2008, Zachary has been on faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as Teaching Assistant for the Tuba Euphonium Workshop, working alongside Mike Roylance, principal tuba of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As teaching assistant, Zachary led rehearsals, master classes and chamber music coachings, and designed the workshop curriculum. His students have gone on to study at conservatories across the nation and have enjoyed great success in international competitions including the Leonard Falcone Tuba Euphonium Competition.
Currently, Zachary is the Brass Instructor and Specialist for the Stony Brook University Marching Band, an Artist-in-Residence with the Nassau Suffolk Performing Arts ensembles, and maintains an active private studio. Throughout his career, Zachary has studied with Mike Roylance, principal tuba Boston Symphony Orchestra; Eric Ruske, internationally renowned horn soloist and former member of the Empire Brass Quintet; David Martins, conductor and pedagogue; and William Troiano, freelance musician and educator.
Consultant & Percussion Arranger
Tim Baynard is from Rock Hill, SC and has been working with college and high school programs since 2004. Beginning work with local high school drumlines in South Carolina, he has now found himself working with many programs in a variety of ways. He currently is the Percussion Instructor for the Central Connecticut State University Marching Band, assists the United States Coast Guard Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and writes battery arrangements for the Clemson University Tiger Band, where he taught from 2008-2011. Tim has instructed at various middle and high schools around South Carolina and was a founding staff member of Carolina Force Indoor Percussion Ensemble in 2007. He was on staff with them through their first competitive season in 2008 which culminated in competition at WGI Championships in Dayton, OH. In 2004 and 2006 Tim marched quads for Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps.
Tim Baynard received his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Southern Wesleyan University and has studied with great teachers such as Paul Buyer, Tim Adams, Mike McCray, Matt Grimes and Michael Eagle. He currently resides in Groton, CT where he enjoys life with his beautiful and talented wife Laurie Baynard, 2nd Flute for the United States Coast Guard Band.
President: Jared Reed
Past President: Sean Hoffman
Vice President: Samara Kravitz
Secretary: Graceanne Taylor
Historian: Lauren Badalucco
New Member Rep: Jamie Leonard
Student Leadership 2012-2013
Karthik Rao, Principle Drum Major
Eric Kunz, Associate Drum Major
Katherine Stockton, Assistant Drum Major
Timothy Chiraz, Brass Captain
Liam Fitzgerald, Percussion Captain
Sean Hoffman, Woodwind Captain
Gennaro Aliperti, Tenor Saxophone
Christine Blaney, Color Guard
Kerri-Anne Bross, Clarinet
Kyle Carpenter, Baritone
Salvatore Ferrugia, Trumpet
Jake Holdermann, Flute
James Jr. Iannotto, Tuba
Courtney Ladowski, Alto Saxophone
Alina LaTouche, Drumline
Emma Lowery, Mellophone
Richard Moylan, Drumline
Jenna Schwerzmann, Flute
Michael Skovan, Trombone