Marching Owls FACULTY and Staff


Kyle Prescott , DMA is the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Winds and Percussion at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  His responsibilities include conducting the University Wind Ensemble and coordinating all aspects of a comprehensive university bands program, as well as teaching graduate wind conducting. 

Marc Decker, DMA is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Associate Director of Bands/ Director of Athletic Bands at Florida Atlantic University where his primary duties include directing the Marching Owls, ‘Parliament Sound’ Pep Band, and Symphony Band.  

Matthew Nichols is the Director of Percussion Studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he maintains the percussion studio, teaches percussion lessons, directs the percussion ensemble, instructs the percussion pedagogy class, and is on staff as the percussion caption head for the Marching Owls.

Stephanie Shaktman is the Color Guard Capion Head for the Marching Owls, where she is the primary instructor and choreographer. An alumna of FAU and the Marching Owls, Ms Shaktman is presently pursuing an advanced degree in Nursing.


Graduate Teaching Assistants

Brandon Fuentes (percussion performance)

Kevin Lopez (trombone perfromance)

Daniel Meier (trumpet Performance)

Petar Smilev (clarinet performance)