Directors

Rob Engl

is retired from his position as Director of Bands at Wauwatosa East High School in June 2012, following thirty-five years of teaching. He served thirteen of those years at Wauwatosa East High School. Prior to that position, he taught in the School District of Waukesha for twenty-two years; six of those years as Director of Bands at Waukesha South High School.

Robin R. Engl earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master of Music Education degree from the VanderCook College of Music. Post-graduate studies have included work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the VanderCook College of Music, Illinois State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Michigan State University and Northern Illinois University.

Mr. Engl has been performing as a jazz and classical trumpet player for more than thirty years. He was a founding member and performed with the Jazz Express Big Band for thirty years, including performances in England and on compact disc. He has free-lanced with other jazz groups in the southeastern Wisconsin area, and with Blaskapelle-Milwaukee, a European wind orchestra. Under the direction of Mr. Engl, both the Waukesha South High School Blackshirt Bands and the Wauwatosa East Red Raider Bands developed national and international reputations, having performed at the London New Year’s Day Parade and Gala “Music For London” Festival in 1999, the inaugural Edinburgh, Scotland Easter Day Parade in 2003, the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2005, the London, England New Year’s Day Parade and Gala “Music For London” Festival in 2007, the Paris and Chantilly, France Parade Festival in 2009, and the 25th Anniversary London New Year’s Day Parade and Music Festival in 2011. Under Mr. Engl’s direction, the Wauwatosa East High School Jazz Ensemble I was selected by blind audition as one of 15 national finalist bands for the 2010 10th Anniversary “Jazz at Lincoln Center ‘Essentially Ellington’ National High School Jazz Ensemble Competition”.

At both high schools Mr. Engl established a Pro Artist Clinic/Concert Series including such distinguished artists as the Canadian Brass, chamber music groups from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Conservatory, concert bands from the United States Army, jazz ensembles from the United States Navy, and renowned jazz musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker. Charles McPherson, and Benny Golson. Mr. Engl served on the prestigious Adjudicator Panel for the 24th Annual London New Year’s Day Parade and the “Music For London” concert series, and serves as an adjudicator for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) Jazz Heritage Festival. Mr. Engl received the John Philip Sousa Foundation BandWorld Legion of Honor Award in December of 2012. In 2013, he received the Sigma Alpha Iota “Friend of the Arts” Award.

Mr. Engl is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. He is a consultant for Youth Music of the World, a hybrid production company that creates major European performance events at the request of those foreign governments that retain their services.

Darrell L. Brown

Darrell Brown is the director of the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he also teaches conducting and courses in music education and is the creator/director of the university’s new Weird Box Ensemble. He has previously held similar positions at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, and at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was previously the Musical Director and Conductor of the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra and the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony in Idaho, the Corpus Christi Municipal Band in Texas, as well as the Assistant Director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, and in addition to his current academic position, he is also the conductor of the New Berlin Community Band (New Berlin, WI) and the Assistant Bandmaster of the Civil War brass band, the 1st Brigade Band (Watertown, WI). As a regular guest conductor, his recent engagements include performances in Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Cuba, and Spain, and ensembles under his baton have performed at conferences for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME),
and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA).

Brown taught music at the Camelot Schools in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe and high school in Las
Vegas, Nevada and Provo, Utah. A student of G. Thomas Leslie, Brown received his DMA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he received his MM in Instrumental Conducting and his BM in Instrumental Music Education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. As an active composer, Brown writes music for a wide array of ensembles with recent premieres at events such as a CBDNA conference and a conference of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, and has music published through Murphy Music Press. Brown is a member of NAfME, NBA, CBDNA, IGEB, Windjammers, and is a board member of the international band organization the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).

Brett M. Keating

As a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Brett is thrilled to have moved back home to join the faculty and staff at Carroll University. He is excited to take on his new role as Director of Athletic Bands and Instructor of Euphonium and Trombone.

As a performer Brett has been recognized at national and international competitions including: The Fischoff International & Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, Swiss National and North American Brass Band Championships. As both a euphoniumist and trombonist, he has appeared as a featured soloist with orchestra, brass bands, and wind bands in the U.S and Europe including Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and the UK. Recently Brett was a fellow at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. This past year Brett has enjoyed performing as euphoniumist with Fountain City Brass Band, a highlight
of which includes winning the North American Brass Band Championships.

Prior to his appointment at Carroll, Brett served on the Athletic Band Staff at the University of Kansas. Complementary to his duties with the Marching Jayhawks, Brett also directed the KU Volleyball Band. During this time, Brett was also KU’s sabbatical replacement professor of tuba and euphonium. At KU Brett held simultaneous Graduate Teaching Assistantships with the wind conducting and the tuba/euphonium studios while earning his DMA in tuba/euphonium performance, MM in wind band conducting, and a cognate in electro-acoustic composition. In addition, Brett holds an M.M. in performance and interpretation of classical music from the Hochschule Luzern-Musik, where he lived in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland for three years. At the University of Wisconsin, Brett earned an Artist’s Certificate as well as a B.A. in performance. When not pursuing music, Brett can be found hiking with his partner Antonella and pup Meeko.