Gordon Henderson, Director of the Bruin Marching Band
Director of Bands
Department of Music Vice Chair
office: (310) 825-3835
Dr. Kelly Flickinger, Assistant Director of the Bruin Marching Band
Doctor of Music
office: (310) 825-3835
Dr. KELLY FLICKINGER is in his second year as the Assistant Director of the Bruin Marching Band. He previously served as the Head Percussion Instructor and Arranger from 2007 to 2010. Under Flickinger's direction, the Drumline has performed with Linkin Park, Paula Abdul, and was featured on Vicfirth.com. In 2010, Flickinger designed a Drumline performance for the 27th Annual Ekitopia Festival Parade in Nagoya, Japan.
From 2008 to 2011, Flickinger taught Percussion Methods at UCLA, and in 2012 he conducted the Symphonic Band. This year he will be teaching applied percussion to music education majors. From 2008 to 2010, Flickinger served as a percussion instructor for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, and he has taught and arranged for numerous high schools throughout Southern California, including the nine-time SCSBOA champion William S. Hart High School.
His travels have taken him to Thailand on multiple occasions, where he has served as a clinician for schools throughout the country. In addition to UCLA, he has served as Percussion Instructor or Arranger for the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Marching Band and the Central Washington University Wildcat Marching Band.
Flickinger has performed throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Hong Kong, and Japan. He was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Black Knights Drum Corps, and Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps. Recently, he performed on "American Idol" with James Durbin and appeared on stage with Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles on the ABC show "Duets."
Flickinger recently received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from UCLA. His dissertation is entitled “Music as a Gradual Lostness: A Performer’s Guide to the Phase Music of Steve Reich.”
Kelsey Chesnut, Assistant to the Director of the Bruin Marching Band
B.A. in Political Science
office: 2415 SMB
KELSEY CHESNUT is the Assistant to the Director of the Bruin Marching Band. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in June 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Kelsey was a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and served as the Trombone Section Leader.In addition to being a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, Kelsey was an active member of the Psi chapter of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. As a sophomore, Kelsey served as the Director of Brotherhood/Sisterhood Relations, working closely with Psi’s sister chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, Epsilon Kappa.
As a student at UCLA, Kelsey also participated in the 2013 Sharpe Fellows Program and the 2013 UCLA D.C. Fellows program, which gave her the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. for the summer. In Washington, Kelsey interned at the United States House of Representatives and at Capitol Partners, Inc., a political consulting firm. In her senior year at UCLA, Kelsey worked as an English and Humanities tutor at Groza Learning Center, where she tutored K-12 kids in reading, writing, math, and test prep.
Kelsey hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy.