Percussion Instructor, Santa Clara Vanguard
K.J. Stafford has been a percussion instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps since 2011 and is also the band director at Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Va. where he directs the sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands, the jazz band and the percussion ensembles. Mr. Stafford is also responsible for arranging and instructing the Hickory High School Drumline, and he is the director for the WGI Finalist Hickory Concert Ensemble.
Stafford received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He also holds a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
He was a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 and 2002, and then joined the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2003 and 2004 DCI seasons. He has previously served on the staff of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.