About the SCPA

Instrumental Music - Band

Instrumental Music Band

SCPA Course Offerings:

Beginning Band

Intermediate Band

Concert Band

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble 1

Jazz Ensemble 2


Band Faculty:

David Burchfield: Wind Ensemble Director and Music Instructor

Mr. David Burchfield currently serves as Director of Symphonic Winds at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts and as Associate Conductor of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra. His previous position was with the Fairfield, Ohio City Schools where he was Director of Bands from 1979 to 2002.. During his tenure at Fairfield, his bands were OMEA State Finals qualifiers for 20 years. The Fairfield Marching Band participated in the Coca Cola Centennial, multiple Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis 500 Festivals, the Blockbuster Bowl, multiple appearances in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and was invited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Mr. Burchfield attended Eastern Kentucky University, Miami University, and the College Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati. He studied trumpet with Herbert Tiemeyer, Frederick Peterson, and William Adam and studied conducting with Vaclav Nelhybel, Eugene Migliario Corporon, and Mallory Thompson.  An active adjudicator and clinician for 25 years, Mr Burchfield has been affiliated with OMEA, ISSMA, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

Todd Conley: Band Director and Music Theory Instructor

Mr. Todd Conley earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) and Master of Music from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio). Mr. Conley is in his seventeenth year of teaching, and has held various Band Directing positions around the state. Most recently he was Band Director at Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, Ohio).  Mr. Conley continues to perform with jazz and classical groups including The Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, The Nostalgia Big Band, The Tom Daugherty Orchestra, The Little Miami Winds and others. He has also been asked to guest conduct with community bands in the area.  He presently is a member of MENC, OMEA, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Erwin Stuckey: Jazz Studies Director, Band Instructor and Percussion Instructor

Mr. Erwin Stuckey, a native Cincinnatian, has performed extensively in the United States and South America and is internationally recognized as a true multi instrumentalist ( piano/ jazz organ, percussion, brass ) capable of handling a multitude of musical genres ranging from traditional jazz, European classical, Afro-Cuban and contemporary gospel.  He has performed high profile concerts with some of the world’s finest musicians such as John Blake, Malachi Thompson, Frank Foster, Joshua Redmond, Ben Tankard, Kenny Garrett, Terrel Stafford, Steve Wilson, Marlon Jordan, Pharez Witted, Mary Wilson ( Motown Supremes), Marion Meadows, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, James Carter, Slide Hampton,  Arturo Sandoval, and steel drum virtuoso Othello Molineaux.  His discography includes over 30 recordings including his most recent personal release titled Giants of Jazz Piano Tribute in which he pays homage to piano greats from Scott Joplin through McCoy Tyner ( Groovemasterworks Publishing 2007).  He also enjoys the appointment as music minister of the Abundant Life Faith Fellowship of Cincinnati under the leadership of Pastor Stephen Brown.

 As a distinguished educator, Mr. Stuckey has taught jazz piano, jazz history and improvisation at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Xavier University, Central State University, Northern Kentucky University, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes Michigan.  In March of 2010, he presented 6 jazz workshops for students and semi professional jazz artists in Krakow Poland.  Since 2005, he has directed the Jazz and Percussion programs at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.  Under his leadership, the jazz studies program at SCPA has experienced a renaissance of activity with SCPA students winning numerous awards and post secondary scholarships to leading universities with jazz and commercial music programs. 

 This year, the SCPA Jazz Program will be adding the school’s first Afro-Latin combo while featuring the Jazz Rep Band and Jazz Dream Band. (Visit scpa.org for jazz concert dates.) Erwin Stuckey is also a 2007 recipient and continuing member of the Nobel Society for educators and scholars.  

 “ So much of American music stems from a unique blend of the African American church tradition, the blues, combined with jazz’s harmonic integrity and form.  This is a challenge that I face every time I sit at the piano and a task that truly invigorates and inspires me to be creative, joyous, organized, and spontaneously in the moment.” 

Mayerson Brass Ensemble-in-Residence Program

Manuel and Rhoda Mayerson, founders of The Mayerson Foundation, are passionate supporters of the late Maestro Erich Kunzel’s vision for the new School for Creative and Performing Arts.  The Mayerson’s created an Artistic Excellence Fund, in addition to their commitment to build the new SCPA, in order to help fulfill Erich’s vision – a world-class school of the arts that benefits from a strong working relationship with Cincinnati’s leading arts organizations. 

The Mayerson Brass Ensemble-in-Residence Program, a program of the Artistic Excellence Fund, utilizes the enormous talents of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s renowned Brass Quintet to provide unparalleled instruction to qualified SCPA students.  Each week throughout the school year, the five musicians from the Brass Quintet provide private instruction to the students in the Program.  In addition, the CSO musicians with decades of experience coach the SCPA student brass ensembles and perform side-by-side with them in public recitals. Complementing the excellent classroom instruction by SCPA faculty, the Mayerson Brass Ensemble-in-Residence Program is one more example of the unique resources available to SCPA students.

Members of the Mayerson Brass Ensemble are Steven Pride (trumpet), Chris Kiradjieff (trumpet), Charlie Bell (french horn), Peter Norton (trombone) and Carson McTeer (tuba).