Matt Gaal has accepted a new position as Assistant Band Director at Anderson H.S. Congratulations Matt!
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James Vaughn has accepted a new position as the Choral Director at Wauseon H.S. Congratulations James!
The following was written by BRT founder, and friend of Ross, Bob Rogers.
Ross “Corky” Kellan passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 4th surrounded by family after valiantly fighting cancer for 7 years. He was a true man among men and did not have one negative bone in his body. Everyone who met him liked this congenial soul.
Ross taught music at Glenbard East H.S. in Lombard, Illinois where he retired after 33 years as the Director of Bands. He then went on to direct band at Elmhurst College where he was also in charge of student teaching. He was devoted to both teaching music and working with both high school and college students.
I had both the honor and privilege of being a fellow music student and fraternity brother of Corky at Eastern Illinois University. He was an outstanding French horn player in the Symphonic Winds under director, George Westcott.
His bands at Glenbard East HS won numerous awards during his tenure including performing at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2012 the music wing at Glenbard East High School was dedicated in his honor.
Ross was the beloved husband of Jeri for 45 years; loving father of Erin; and dear brother of Kurt and Jayne. He leaves behind many friends, colleagues and former students who will miss his warm personality and wry sense of humor. He was a legend in his own time.
“Ross, when we think of you and remember you we will do so with fondness and loving hearts.” You will be most certainly missed.
Congratulations to Jeff Donahue, Band Director at Southeastern H.S., on his upcoming marriage to April Sadler on June 30th!
Ben Jaeger, band director at Madison Memorial H.S., and his wife Allison, welcomed their 2nd daughter, Evaline Rose on April 2, 2017.
Guy Blair, Travel Consultant at BRT, welcomed a grandson, Matthias Wesley Brandt. He was born on June 1st to parents Josiah and Lindsy Brandt, weighing 6 Lbs. 15 Oz., and measuring 20.5 inches.
Chris Owen, Band Director at Batavia High School, welcomed a son, Thomas Brian, on April 6th.
Chris Betz, Choir Director at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, is engaged to Robyn Hund!
Greg Bimm recently marked 40 years as Band Director at Marion Catholic High School. Congratulations Greg!
Brian Lotter, Band Director at Staunton High School, received the 2017 Madison Telco “Teacher of the Year” award.
Fritz Streif, Choir Director at Chardon High School, and his wife Alison, welcomed a son, Luke Wesley, on April 25th.
Steve Connell, Director of Bands at MOC-Floyd Valley High School, will retire at the end of the school year after holding the same position for 42 years.
Puja Ramaswamy, Choir Director at Eisenhower Junior High School, and her husband, welcomed twins Sofie (weighing 5 lbs. 8 oz.) and Rohan (weighing 6 lbs. 9 oz.) on February 18th.
Our condolences go out to Kim Wigglesworth, Choir Director at Newark H.S., on the loss of her Mother April 20th. She was 93 years old.
Elise van Holsteijn, Music Director at Central City H.S., and her husband Devin, welcomed a son, Tristan, on January 30th, weighing 7 Lbs. 8 oz., and measuring 21.5 inches.
Dr. Myron Welch received the NBA Mentor Award on Tuesday, March 28. He has been a tremendous friend and musical influence to so many.
Greg Wojcik, Director of Bands at Glenbrook South H.S. was honored at the Walt Disney World® Resort for his 38 years of teaching and dedication to his students and profession.
Pictured with his son Aaron and David Smith from Disney Youth Markets. He received an Exclusive limited edition artwork created by famed Disney artist Ducky Williams
Emily Cropper, Travel Consultant at BRT, welcomed a daughter, Makayla Jade, on February 16, weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz., and measuring 18 inches long.
Andy Sundman, Director of Bands at Mt. Vernon H.S., and his wife Amanda, welcomed their second child, Asher Sundman on February 11th, weighing 7 lbs., 10oz. and measuring 19.5 inches long.
Our sympathies go out to Marsha Minge, Choir Director at Middletown H.S. and Sam Minge, Band Director at East Clinton H.S., on the passing of their husband/father, Sam Minge on February 4th. He was 61.
Scott Casagrande, Band Director at John Hersey H.S., was named the 2017 Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year by the Illinois chapter of Phi Beta Mu.
Gary Smith, Director of the Marching Illini & Associate Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Illinois, was inducted into the IL chapter of Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame.
Barry Houser, Director of the Marching Illini & Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, was inducted into the IL chapter of Phi Beta Mu.
Glenn Williams, Fine Arts Dept. Chair at Downer Grove South H.S., and Laura Coster, Choir Director at Downer Grove South H.S., received 2017 Mary Hoffman Awards of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association.
They are two of only three educators in Illinois to receive the honor this year. The award has been given since 1999 and is named after Mary E. Hoffman, a prominent and respected music educator from Illinois who passed away in 1997. Recipients are nominated by their peers.
Sarah Catt, Choir Director at Elk Grove H.S., and her husband Brandon, welcomed a daughter, Amelia, on September 16th, weighing 6 Lbs., 3 Oz.
Matt Bufis, Band Director at Evanston Township H.S., and his wife Mackenzie, welcomed a daughter, Marilyn, on January 19th.
We send our sympathies to Kathy Vansant, Orchestra Director at Reynoldsburg H.S., on the passing of her father, Donald O’Brien, on January 11th at 92 years old.
Joe Demarsh, Orchestra Director at Ann Arbor Tappan M.S., will retire at the end of the 2017 school year. Joe taught at Ann Arbor Tappan M.S. for 27 years.
Congratulations to Derek Bialowas, Band Director at Tri-Village H.S., and his fiancé on the purchase of their new home.
Bob Mecozzi, Band Director at A. A. Stag H.S., and his wife, welcomed their first daughter, Lucia Elizabeth, on November 25th 2016, weighing 7 lbs., 6 oz.