Staff & Graduate Assistants

 

Staff

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Kara
Duplantier

Business Manager


EMAIL KARA DUPLANTIER

Kara Duplantier serves as Business Manager for the LSU Department of Bands and has been with the organization since 2016. She takes care of back office operations for Tiger Band, Bengal Brass, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band, and she handles all business operations for the department. Kara served on the steering committee for The Four Notes Club and works closely with the Board of Directors in their operations. In 2019, Kara was inducted as an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi Beta Gamma.

As a former Tiger Band (1993-1996) and Symphonic Band member, Kara understands the needs of the exciting world of LSU music. She served as piccolo section leader during her fourth year and even married her Tiger Band sweetheart. Kara still lives for the roar of the crowd on Saturday nights in Death Valley. She attends all home football games and is known to plan family vacations around LSU away games.

Kara holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Biology Education and has served in various teaching and support roles within the West Feliciana and Zachary school systems.  In her spare time, Kara serves as a CASA volunteer and loves to travel.  With a background in customer service and management, Kara is using her skills and knowledge to serve an organization she loves so much.

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Steve
Koivisto

Instrument Repair
Technician

EMAIL STEVE KOIVISTO

Stephen Koivisto, instrument repair technician, has been repairing musical instruments since his apprenticeship with the King Band Instrument Repair Service in Atlanta in 1985. Since then, he has served as shop manager for several companies, including Mississippi Music, Musician Supply, and various music and arts centers before opening Palmetto Musical Instrument Repair. This shop worked in close association with Pecknel Music, South Carolina’s oldest and largest music company. Through Palmetto Repair, he established a professional custom instrument shop and maintained exclusive repair contracts with several school systems in South Carolina and Georgia, including University of South Carolina, Newberry College, Claflin University, South Carolina State University, Augusta State University, Presbyterian College, Lander University.

Since 1994, he has been an active member of  the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and has served as a clinician for band directors learning instrument repair throughout South Carolina. Not only is he a Straubinger Certified flute technician, he has been cited by the Vermont Guild of Flute-Making for outstanding work. 

An avid performer, he has played with a variety of groups including the Charlotte Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Long Bay Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Augusta Opera, Keith Brion and the New Sousa Band, Mobile Opera, the Caroline Master Chorale. 

He performs on several instruments including clarinet, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and Native American flute. He has also performed with a variety of touring Broadway shows including Wicked, Drowsy Chaperone, White Christmas,A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Young Frankensteinin, Spamalot, and others on flute, alto flute, clarinet, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone.

Koivisto holds a bachelors in music from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1989 he attended the Swanee Summer Music Center and won the Award of Merit. In 1991, he received the Outstanding Performer Award from the Georgia Music Teachers’ Association. He has served on faculties at Claflin University and Columbia College, and he holds membership in the International Clarinet Society and the Zeta Omnicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Cullen
Sadler

Marketing Coordinator
College of Music & Dramatic Arts

EMAIL CULLEN SADLER

Originally a native of Austin, TX, Cullen Sadler currently serves as Marketing Coordinator for the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, where he works to advance the College’s priorities and national standing in close collaboration with the Creative Coordinator and the Office of Communications & University Relations. His responsibilities include managing promotional efforts for over 300 public fine arts events each year, coordinating video and livestreaming production, administration of the college’s four major websites, and oversight of the College’s social media presence.

Prior to his appointment as marketing coordinator, Cullen worked in the LSU Department of Bands, overseeing live production and broadcast of major wind band performances, and assisting the business manager with administrative duties. He marched for five seasons with the Sudler Trophy-winning Golden Band from Tigerland and is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Cullen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and a Master of Business Administration from LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business.

 

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Johnette
Folse

Colorguard Instructor


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Johnette Folse is this year's LSU Color Guard instructor. A graduate of Denham Springs High School, she worked with Denham Springs High School's Color Guard since 2005 and has additional experience with Denham springs Junior High, Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana starts, and an independent guard called Denham Springs Independent.

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Blair
Guillaume

Golden Girls Instructor


EMAIL BLAIR GUILLAUME

Blair began her dance training at Creative Dance Center in Covington, Louisiana, where she was a member of a modern dance company, The Dance Players. She continued her dance education at Northshore Academy of Dance and Tari’s School of Dance. While at LSU, she performed with the LSU Dance Ensemble and was an LSU Golden Girl for five years serving as captain and choreographer from 2002-2004.  In 2007 Blair moved to Houston where she danced with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and worked as a nutrition coach for Life Time Fitness.  Blair has taught dance in Louisiana (Tari’s School of Dance) and Houston (Connolly Dance Arts) and has choreographed for various groups most recently the New Orleans Saintsations. She is an instructor for the LSU dance program. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she received a B.S. in Dietetics, a minor in dance, and a MS in Human Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian. 

 

 

Graduate Assistants

 

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Trevor
Butts

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Joe
Casselberry

 

 

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Ty
Ellender

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Patrick
Forrester

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Samuel
Hsieh

 

 

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Carlye
McGregor

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Emmanuel
Rodriguez

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Chris
Song

 

 

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Ysanne
Webb

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Jana
Žílová