Arkansas Regional Bands and Orchestra
"Taking Music to the Student"
Sandy Nieves, FAYETTEVILLE DIRECTOR
Sandy Nieves graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2005 with high honors and an emphasis in Clarinet Performance and Conducting. There he studied clarinet under Nathan Williams and conducting under Mathew Hazelwood while performing with the Interlochen Academy Symphonic Band. In 2010 he received his Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in clarinet performance. During his undergraduate he served as principal clarinet in the U of A Wind Symphony and U of A Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with Inspiration Point Opera Company's 2007 season. In 2008 Sandy was selected as runner-up in the U of A concerto competition, playing an excerpt of the Weber clarinet concerto with the U of A Symphony Orchestra later that year. In 2015 Sandy began working as conducting assistant to Dr. Robert Mueller while studying conducting with Dr. Janinine Wagar which culminated in conducting performances with the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Sandy now serves as Band Director for Arkansas Regional bands, teaching the Fayetteville Regional Bands.
Doug Bradberry, BENTONVILLE/ROGERS' and CENTRAL ARKANSAS DIRECTOR
Doug Bradberry has 23 years in the education field and over 30 years of church music experience, which includes instrumental and choral. He worked in the Curriculum Department and the Commissioner's office at the Arkansas Department of Education. In 1992 Mr. Bradberry helped setup the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He is married to Alice, a third grade teacher and they have one son, Hayden who is a freshman majoring in music education at the University of Arkansas and plays in the Razorback Marching Band.