Our Directors and Staff
Jacob Campos, Director of Bands
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Jacob Campos is the Director of Bands at Franklin High School in the Williamson County Tennessee School District. Before his appointment at Franklin he worked as the assistant band director at McGavock High School. In 2011, he graduated from DePaul University with a double major in Clarinet Performance and Music Education (Magna Cum Laude). He has had extensive study with clarinetists such as Julie DeRoche and Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Frank Batisti, Donald Hunsberger, and Robert Reynolds he was principal clarinetist of the 2010 International Youth Wind Orchestra at WASBE, an auditioned group made of musicians from 44 countries. He also has performed with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, Mufreesburo Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee Valley Winds, Nashville Wind Ensemble, and many members of the Nashville Symphony.
Jacob Campos is an avid lover of chamber music and small ensemble musicianship. Mr. Campos’ chamber groups that he taught or conducted have performed for Ben Folds, NAM, NAfME, and numerous other prolific venues throughout the Nashville and Chicago area. In 2014 he formed the Franklin Winds as a chamber group and they played at the 2015 Music for All, Chamber Music National Festival in Indianapolis, IN. The Franklin Saxophone Quartet under Mr. Campos’s direction performed at the 2017 Chamber Music National Festival. Additionally, in 2014 he was named a Blue Ribbon Teacher by Metro Nashville Public Schools. He continues to teach privately and play with various ensembles in the middle Tennessee area.
Briana Engelbert Vogt, Assistant Band Director
Briana Engelbert Vogt is the assistant band director at Franklin High School. She enjoys sharing her passion for music with whomever she meets. Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, Ms. Engelbert received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Tennessee Tech University, where she studied with the illustrious R. Winston Morris and met her husband/stand partner, Austin Vogt. She then traveled through India, Paris, England, and Amsterdam, where she learned about diverse music cultures, taught masterclasses, and studied with the euphonium virtuoso, Steven Mead. While completing the Master of Music and Master of Music Education degrees from Indiana University, Briana was under the tutelage of the famed Dan Perantoni. At Indiana University, Mrs. V taught at the collegiate level as the Associate Instructor of Brass Instrument Techniques and co-taught the Lab Band at IU.
As a euphoniumist, Briana has performed in Carnegie Hall twice and has performed solo works with multiple ensembles: IU Wind Ensemble (brass concerto competition winner), TTU Tuba Ensemble (resulting in a Carnegie Hall tour, and the published recording – Evolutions), TTU Wind Ensemble, and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Mrs. Vogt was a member of the highly acclaimed Marian Catholic High School Band and marched as part of the team that brought the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps back into Div. I and DCI Finals. As an avid chamber musician, Briana has performed at regional and international conferences as a member of various groups, including: guest ensemble at the 45th International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, winner of NERTEC 2015 quartet competition, winner of SERTEC 2013 quartet competition, winner of 2010 DCI ensemble competition. Briana currently plays professionally as the Solo Euphoniumist with the Southern Stars Brass Band; Mrs. V also enjoys playing with community ensembles on euphonium, and trombone with the Music City Brass Ensemble.
Mrs. Vogt is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the International Tuba Euphonium Association; she credits her early interest in education to her mentors, Greg Bimm, Bobby Lambert, and Kristen Engelbert. Briana is excited to work with the students at Franklin High School, in hopes of invigorating the band program through an informative and holistic curriculum, compassionate mindset, and incredibly high standards. Briana enjoys camping/hiking with her husband and dog, and eating all of the pizza.
Levi Brandenburg, Color Guard Director
A graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics Technology, Levi began his color guard career during his freshman year at Scottsburg High School, in Scottsburg, IN. After high school, he performed with Hypnotix Winterguard in 2006, Onyx World Winterguard in 2007, 2008, 2010, and The Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard in 2007 and 2008 (his age-out year). Levi has worked with several color guard programs, including his role as caption head for the Music City Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
He currently lives in Nashville, TN. When not teaching color guard, Levi works as a brand manager with an advertising firm in Nashville.
Michael Horvath, Color Guard Director
Originally from O’Fallon, IL, Michael Horvath earned his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. He works as a Project Manager for Designed Conveyor Systems in Franklin, TN, and he currently resides in Nashville.
Michael performed with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006 and the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from 2007-2009, including Phantom’s 2008 Drum Corps International (DCI) victory. He has also performed with various winter guards, including the Pride of Cincinnati in 2010. From 2011 through 2013, Michael choreographed for the Music City Drum & Bugle Corps. He has also directed and choreographed for numerous other high school and college color guards throughout the South and Midwest.
Daniel Vargason, Percussion Director