Shayna Stahl has been working in the Athletic Bands program since The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band's inception. Prior to being named the second Director of Athletic Bands in August 2013, Mrs. Stahl held the position of Athletic Bands Coordinator. Mrs. Stahl was a music educator for 8 years in the Middle Country Central School District, where she taught Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. She was also the Thespian Society Advisor, choreographer for the school musicals, and a Dean for eleventh grade students.
Mrs. Stahl earned her Bachelor of music education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied French horn with Shelly Showers and Dan Williams from the Philadelphia Orchestra. She earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University and her Master in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
Mrs. Stahl is currently a member of NYSSMA, SCMEA, MENC, CBDNA and SAI. She is currently the chairperson for the Band Conductor Selection Committee for SCMEA and is the NYSSMA Winter Conference session chair of marching band.
John Leddy arrived at Stony Brook University in 2006 and is the founding director of The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band. Prior to that, he taught music in the Connetquot school district for 33 years where he directed concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band at all levels.
Mr. Leddy has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College and a Master of Arts from Stony Brook University. He studied percussion with James Peterscak at the Crane School, timpani with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and jazz drum set with Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, and Ed Shaughnessy. Mr. Leddy was the recipient of a Summer Fellowship for music educators from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with Mallory Thompson and Don Owens. He also served as the Director of Jazz Studies at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Since his arrival to the Stony Brook campus, Mr. Leddy has been the recipient of the following awards: 2008 Seawolves Award from the Department of Athletics in recognition of contributions to the Athletic Department, the university and student athletes; 2009 “Man of the Year” Award from The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band leadership; 2010 Distinguished Service Award presented by Stony Brook University Student Affairs for outstanding service.
Mr. Leddy is an active member of MENC, NYSSMA, SCMEA, NMEA, Percussive Arts Society, the International Society for Jazz Education, and the College Band Directors National Association.