Adaline Burwell is a senior music education major at the University of South Florida. She has previously served as President for the USF NAfME Collegiate Chapter and is in her second year on the state advocacy committee, previously having served as chair. As a pianist, Adaline has played in the USF Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. She is also a brother of the Kappa Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity. She is planning on completing her internship in Fall 2021 and then graduating and working as an instrumental music teacher, as well as continuing to advocate for equal access to music education for all.
Megan Wright is a senior Music education major at Florida State University. She has served as both Advocacy Chair and Secretary for FSU NAfME Collegiate and Vice President, Membership and President of the Beta Alpha chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. Megan is a member of the FSU oboe studio and has performed with the University Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently completed an Honors Thesis Project on the topic of assessment methods and hopes to go into music education research in the future. She will be completing her internship in Broward County in the Fall.
Anthony Ruffin is a Senior Instrumental Music Education major at Florida State University. His primary instrument is the flute, and he has been involved in a number of ensembles and organizations outside within the College of Music and beyond. Anthony is looking forward to having to one last opportunity to learn and grow with/from his peers and Professors as he finishes his final days prior to student teaching.
Izzi Guzman is a Miami-based brass musician, educator, and writer who plays a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, Latin, classical, and orchestral. She started playing music on the euphonium and has since branched out to other instruments and genres, primarily being a jazz trombone player today. She currently studies in the studio of Dante Luciani at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music where she will get a degree in Music Education with a minor in Education. After graduation, Izzi hopes to teach music at either the elementary or middle school level, teaching either general music or band.
Caroline Nickas is a junior Music Education major with a minor in Creative Writing at the University of North Florida. Her primary instrument is the flute and she studies with Dr. Sarah Jane Young. Caroline currently serves as the Treasurer for the UNF NAfME Collegiate chapter as well as being involved with a few other organizations on campus. Apart from her studies and her work with children, she runs a blog - called Dear Band Director Me - about ASD, Music Education and Mental Health.
Karina Franco is a junior at the University of South Florida, majoring in music education with a minor in psychology. Her primary instrument is saxophone. In addition to the FL NAfME Collegiate advocacy committee, she serves as the Advocacy Chair at USF. After graduation, she plans on teaching middle school band for a couple of years before getting a masters in Music Therapy. “My favorite thing about advocacy is the community we reach out to and aid during the school year."
Faith Smith is a junior music education and clarinet performance double major at Florida Southern College. She has served as the president-elect and is currently the president of the FSC NAfME Collegiate chapter. She also serves as the treasurer for the Alpha Phi chapter of Delta Omicron. Faith has been actively involved with music advocacy through the FL NAfME Collegiate State Advocacy Committee and the FSC NAfME Advocacy Committee. Her future goals are to continue her education by earning a Masters Degree in clarinet performance.