Pitt Band Staff

2017 Staff

  • Director of Bands:
    Dr. Brad Townsend (see below)

  • Assistant Director of Bands:
    Matt Alosi (see below)

  • Director Emeritus:
    Jack R. Anderson (see below)

  • Associate Director and Arranger:
    Dr. Mel Orange (see below)

  • Assistant Directors:
    Alex Alspach, Geoff White

  • Volunteer Assistant Directors:
    Pete Chambers, Erich Lasek, Ginnie Schaap

  • Drum Major:
    Mike Ewan

  • Assistant Drum Majors:
    Scotty Poepoe, Crissy Channon

  • Golden Girls Instructor:
    Jessica Kennedy

  • Color Guard Instructors:
    Mark Yohe, Ben Sagucio

  • Percussion Instructors and Arranger:
    Paul Rush

  • Operations:
    Drew Warble

  • Photographer:
    Harry Bloomberg

  • Videographer:
    Jennifer Costello

  • Announcer:
    Todd Hartman

Dr. Brad Townsend

Dr. Brad Townsend was appointed Director of Bands at the University of Pittsburgh in June of 2013.  He directs the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, Basketball Pep Bands and Symphonic  Band.


Dr. Townsend, a native of Somerset, Pennsylvania, holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and The University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.  He has had a wealth of experience as a band director at both the public school level as well as the College level.  Previous to his appointment at Pitt he taught at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and Iroquois High School in Erie, Pennsylvania.


He has also directed the Pennsylvania Lions Club All State Band, and was a sousaphone performer, was one of 48(!) sousaphone players for the 1984 Olympics All-American Marching Band at the Games of the Twenty-Third Olympiad.


In addition to his band work Dr. Townsend has had much experience in the world of musical theater.  He has conducted and music directed many high school, college, and community theater productions as well as played piano in numerous pit orchestras.  He has also performed on stage in such shows as The Producers, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Matt Alosi

Matthew Alosi is Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Pittsburgh.  He works with all aspects of the Pitt Band program and is the assistant director of the Varsity Marching Band, Athletic Bands and Symphonic Band.  Prior to his appointment at Pittsburgh, Mr. Alosi was the Director of Bands at Gettysburg High School for nine years where he was the director of the marching band, concert band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble and the Civil War Ceremonial Brass Band and taught music theory and general music.  Ensembles under his direction have performed in such venues including the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Fort Sumter in Charleston, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Additionally, Mr. Alosi is a conductor for Youth Music Abroad, an honors band that biennially tours Europe.  Previously, he taught at Ridley Middle School in suburban Philadelphia and served as program director at Educational Programs Network where he coordinated and ran “Music in the Parks” and “Festivals of Music” events across the United States.

Mr. Alosi’s professional affiliations include the Collegiate Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Association for Music Education, the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) and the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association.  He has shared his research on collegiate band participation at the PMEA Conference in Lancaster, PA and CBDNA national symposium at Ohio State.  He has hosted numerous county, district, regional band and adjudication festivals and has sat on the planning and outreach boards for the Gettysburg Festival, the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.  Additionally, he has served as drill designer for the Shippensburg University and Gettysburg College Marching Bands.  His primary teachers have been Bennie S. Truax, Blaine Shover, Benjamin L. Jones, John W. Villella, Linda Thornton, and O. Richard Bundy.

Mr. Alosi has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the School of Music at West Chester University and a Master of Music Education from the School of Music at The Pennsylvania State University where he was a graduate teaching assistant with the Penn State Bands.

Dr. Mel Orange

Dr. Mel Orange has recently completed his 29th year as associate band director of Pittsburgh in 2013. His duties have included music arranging, drill design, brass instruction, and general administration responsibilities. He is also the current choir director and music department chairperson in the Greensburg Salem School District, where he has worked since 1979.

Orange has taught and played trumpet professionally for the past 37 years, has been an active music arrangers for marching and jazz bands, and has served as an adjudicator and clinician. As the music director for numerous high school musical productions, his credits include My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, South Pacific, Music Man, Anything Goes, and Grease.

A graduate of Trafford High School and Duquesne University, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music education, he is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh

Jack R. Anderson

Jack R. Anderson was appointed Director of Bands at the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 after serving as assistant director at Pitt for 9 years. His responsibilities included directing the Varsity Marching Band, leading the Pep Band, and conducting the Symphonic Band. As a music educator in Pennsylvania for 42 years, he has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator for PMEA throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Jack played in the Pitt Band in the late 60's and early 70's and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's of Education degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Anderson is a member of many professional organizations including the College Band Directors National Association, Big East Band Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the following honoraries: Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Mu Kappa Upsilon, and Iota Beta Kappa.

In 2007, Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Service To Music Medal for Marching Band, the highest national award presented by Kappa Kappa Psi, the national college band fraternity. He also was awarded the Professor of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007 for outstanding teaching from Pitt Fraternity and Sorority Life, a part of the Division of Student Affairs. In addition to these prestigious awards, he has received the Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award presented annually by Tau Beta Sigma, Honorary National Band Sorority, to a college band or university band director who distinguishes himself in the field of university bands; Outstanding Leader on Campus Award, presented by the Student Government Board at Pitt; and a Special Recognition Award, given by the Mon Valley Chapter of the Panther Club for his dedicated service to Pitt athletics.

Jack and Peggy, his wife of 41 years, met while in the Pitt Band as undergraduates and live in Scott Township. They have two daughters, Katie Anderson (Business and Communication, 2000), and Carrie Fisher (Industrial Engineer, 1996), both alums of the Pitt Band. They have two grandsons, Anderson and Jake, sons of Carrie and Michael Fisher.