Clinton L. Williams is currently in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, NV. Prior to his appointment with the Clark County School District, he served as a doctoral conducting assistant at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, under the mentorship of Prof. Thomas G. Leslie. Williams taught in Arkansas and Oklahoma from 2000 to 2010 and his ensembles earned the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association Sweepstakes Award, Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Sweepstakes Award, 2008 M.E.N.C. National Conference Oklahoma Representative in Washington D.C., a four time runner-up at the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association State Marching Championship, and the 2010 Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Honor Band.
Williams was awarded a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University, under the guidance of Prof. Hal Cooper. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis on woodwind performance and pedagogy. During his tenure at Rancho High School, the ensembles have earned consecutive superior ratings at advanced and intermediate concert festivals. The Rancho High School Wind Ensemble was awarded champion at the National Adjudicators Invitational in Chicago in 2015 and a finalist at the 2016 and 2017 Bands of America Regional Marching Competition in Utah and California. The Rancho Bands have also earned five Southern Nevada Band Association Sweepstakes Awards since 2015 for excellence in marching and concert bands.
Max Feld, Associate Director of Bands
Max Feld Has been the Associate Director of Bands at Rancho High School since the Fall of 2018. His duties include conducting the second and third concert bands, assisting with all other concert bands, directing the Jazz band, directing the percussion ensemble, and assisting with the marching band. Prior to joining the staff at Rancho High School, Max served as the Director of Bands at Mojave High School, in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Before beginning his teaching career Max traveled the world playing the drums for the Holland America Cruise Line, where he played in the ships ballroom dance band. When not performing on cruise ships Max frequently performed around the Las Vegas area in many idioms. Some of these include playing drumset on musicals for the Majestic Repertory Theater, playing percussion for the Desert Winds, drumming at Light and LAX night club on the Las Vegas strip, and playing corporate gigs at many of the Las Vegas casinos.
Mr. Feld holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Masters degree in Music Education from the Vandercook College of Music, in Chicago, Illinois.
Doug Beasley, Brass Specialist
Doug Beasley, Symphony Orchestra, has been a fixture in the Las Vegas music scene for over three decades. After a distinguished career as a band director, he retired from the Clark County School District after thirty-three years. The last twenty-six of those years, he was the band director at Greenspun Junior High School in Henderson, Nevada. In that time, his bands consistently garnered Superior ratings at both local and regional festivals. In 2007, the Nevada Music Educators Association named Mr. Beasley Music Educator of the Year. He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Music Education from UNLV. Mr. Beasley enjoys an active life as a professional French horn player. He is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Las Vegas Wind Quintet, and The Brassroots Brass Quintet. He has played for many Las Vegas headliners, including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and Broadway shows including Phantom, The Lion King, and Spamalot. In December of 2008, Mr. Beasley had the honor of soloing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic with the Green Valley High School Orchestra.
Edward Chan, Color Guard Coordinator
Edward Chan is a native of Las Vegas, NV where he has been designing and instructing color guard since 2003. He is currently the visual coordinator & color guard designer at Rancho High School, and the Director of the Las Vegas PRIDE Spinners, a color guard parade group. Prior to joining color guard, he was in his high school's choir, and band where he played clarinet, bassoon, and flute. He was a member of the Vanguard Cadets 2003 and 2004 where they were DCI's Division II Bronze Medalist. In 2017, he participated with the Santa Clara Vanguard 50th Anniversary Alumni Corps, and performed at DCI Semi-finals. He received judging training from W.G.A.S.C. and is in the process of being a WGI certified judge. When he is not doing color guard activities, he is working on his B.A. in Communications with a Minor in Management and Dance at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.