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Mike Lehman Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on September 21, 2016 in Births, Illinois

Mike Lehman, Band Director at Lake Park H.S., and his wife Linda, welcomed a daughter, Danielle Christine, on August 8th. She joins her 2 ½-year-old sister Jilly.

George Andrikokus Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on September 19, 2016 in Births, Illinois

George Andrikokus, Band Director at Hinsdale M.S., and his wife Allison, welcomed a daughter, Clara Marie, on April 5th at 1:02 AM, weighing 7lbs. 9 oz., and measuring 21 inches long.

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Lindsay North Welcomes a Son

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Births, Wisconsin

Lindsay North, Band Director at Royall H.S., along with her husband Adam and 2-year-old son Max, welcomed a son/brother, Henry Adam North, on June 24th, weighing 9 lbs. 5 oz., and measuring 21 inches long.

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Tim Estberg has Passed Away

Posted on September 14, 2016 in With Sympathies, Illinois

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Tim Estberg, beloved choir director at New Trier H.S. for the past 15 years, who passed away on August 28 after a recent cancer diagnosis.

Dan Evans Welcomed His 5th Child

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Births, Wisconsin

Dan Evans, Band Director at Pardeeville H.S., welcomed his 5th child.

Jessica Allen Welcomed a Daughter

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Births, California

Jessica Allen, Orchestra Director at Carlsbad H.S., and her husband Robert, welcomed a daughter, Olivia, on June 11th.

Eric West Purchased a New Home

Posted on August 19, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Eric West, Choral Director at Defiance H.S., and his wife Jessica, purchased a new home.

Valerie DeTray Completed Her Masters

Posted on August 19, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Valerie DeTray, Choral Director at Kenton Ridge H.S., received her Master’s Degree from Capital University.

Bill Simpson is Married

Posted on August 15, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Illinois

Bill Simpson, Band Director at Woodstock North H.S., was married to Greg Kraemer on June 4th.

Eric Richardson Receives Distinguished Service Award

Posted on August 12, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Eric Richardson, retired Choral Director, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Choral Directors Association.

Andrew Jacobi has Accepted a New Position

Posted on August 12, 2016 in Job Changes, Illinois

Andrew Jacobi has been named the new Band Director at Ottawa H.S.

Sarah Rio Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on August 11, 2016 in Births, Illinois

Sarah Rio, Administrative Sales Assistant at BRT, and her husband Tony, welcomed a daughter Lucy on August 10th, weighing 6 lbs., 1 oz., and measuring 19 inches long.

Myron Peterson and Mary Crandell are Married

Posted on August 9, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Iowa

Myron Peterson, Band Director at Urbandale H.S., Married Mary Crandell, Band Director at Waukee M.S., on June 3rd.

Tom DiNuoscio is Married

Posted on July 20, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Ohio

Tom DiNuoscio, Band Director at Northeastern H.S., was married on July 1st.

Mike Lehman has Accepted a New Position

Posted on July 14, 2016 in Job Changes, Illinois

Mike Lehman was named Director of Bands at Lake Park H.S.

Robert Davis Purchased a New Condo

Posted on July 5, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Robert Davis, Band Director at Watkins Memorial H.S., purchased a new condo in downtown Columbus.

Brody McDonald accepted to perform at the ACDA National Conference

Posted on July 5, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Brody McDonald, Choir Director at Kettering Fairmont H.S., was accepted to perform at the 2017 ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Beth Vaughn elected Northwest Region Chair of the Ohio CDA

Posted on July 5, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Beth Vaughn, Choir Director at Bowling Green H.S., was elected the Northwest Region Chair of the Ohio Choral Director’s Association.

Kirk Hickman has Accepted a New Position

Posted on June 21, 2016 in Job Changes, Illinois

Kirk Hickman was named Co-Director of Bands at Naperville North H.S. 

Michael Dean Welcomed a Daughter

Posted on June 20, 2016 in Births, Indiana

Michael Dean, Choir Director at Beech Grove H.S., and his wife Abrianne, welcomed their first child, Jocelyn Arabella, on June 13th.

Rachel Sagona Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Rachel Sagona, Choir Director at Troy H.S., and her husband Jim, welcomed a daughter, Marie Rose, on April 12th.

Steve Sivak to Retire

Posted on June 6, 2016 in Retiring, Illinois

Steve Sivak, Choir Director at Palatine H.S., will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Jason Hawkins and Bryan Kunstman Cheered on the Cubs

Posted on June 3, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Jason and Bryan at Cubs

 

 

Jason Hawkins, Choir Director at Plainfield North H.S., and Bryan Kunstman, Choir Director at Kaneland H.S., cheered on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Steve Stickney has Accepted a New Position

Posted on June 3, 2016 in Job Changes, Iowa

Steve Stickney was named band director at Mount Mercy University. He has become the first full-time band director in the university’s history.

Trey Jacobs is Married

Posted on June 1, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Tennessee

Trey Jacobs, Choral Director at Head Middle Magnet School (TN), was married to Thomas Locke on May 28th.

Mike Crandall and Rich Schnipke are Married

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Ohio

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Mike Crandall, Sales Consultant at BRT, married Dr. Rich Schnipke, Director of Choral Activities at Xavier University, on May 21st.

Michael Mascari and Dana Green join CYSO Artistic Staff

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Michael Mascari, Director of Orchestras at Whitney M. Young Magnet H.S., was named CYSO Concert Orchestra Conductor, and Dana Green, Director of Orchestras at Vernon Hills H.S., was named CYSO Debut Orchestra Conductor.

Gordon Krauspe to Retire

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Retiring, Illinois

Gordon Krauspe, Choir Director at Wheaton Warrenville South H.S., will retire at the end of the school year.

Josh Waymire Welcomes a Son

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Births, Iowa

Josh Waymire Son 2

 

 

Congratulations to Josh Waymire, Director of Bands at Valley H.S., and his wife Becca, on the birth of their son Joel on May 5th, 2016. Mom and baby are doing well.

Myron Peterson is President-Elect of IBA

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Iowa

Myron Peterson, Band Director at Urbandale H.S., is the Iowa Bandmasters Association President-Elect for 2016.

Myron Peterson and Mary Crandell are Engaged

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Iowa

Myron Peterson, Band Director at Urbandale H.S., is engaged to Mary Crandell, Band Director at Waukee M.S.

Kevin Miller Cheers on the Cubs

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Kevin Miller and Wife at Cubs Game CROPPED

 

 

 

Kevin Miller, retired Director of Bands at Schaumburg H.S. and current BRT Tour Director, cheers on the Cubs with his wife Michelle.

Candace Brown Welcomes a Son

Posted on May 6, 2016 in Births, Illinois

Candace son William V2 CROPPED

 

 

 

Candace Brown, Sales Consultant at BRT, and her Husband, Michael, welcomed a son, William Michael, on May 6, weighing 9 lbs., and measuring 21.5 inches.

Duane Warfield has Accepted a New Position

Posted on April 18, 2016 in Job Changes, GeorgiaMississippi

Duane Warfield New job CROPPED

 

 

 

Duane Warfield was named Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Shorter University.

Wayne and Kristin Thelander to Retire

Posted on April 15, 2016 in Retiring, Iowa

Wayne Thelander, Orchestra Director at Iowa City West H.S., and his wife Kristin Thelander, Music Professor at the University of Iowa, will retire in May. Wayne taught for 38 years, the last 18 of those at Iowa City West H.S. Kristin has been at the University of Iowa School of Music since 1989. This past November, Wayne donated one of his kidneys to Kristin. Both feel great and look forward to the future!

Raeleen Horn to Present at The Midwest Clinic

Posted on April 12, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Raeleen Horn Midwest Presentation CROPPED

 

 

 

Raeleen Horn, retired Band Director from Palatine H.S., will present a session at the 70th Midwest Clinic in December. Her Topic: How to Land your Dream Job…. and Keep it!

Mike Cisler to Retire

Posted on April 6, 2016 in Retiring, Wisconsin

Mike Cisler Retirement

 

 

 

Mike Cisler, Choir Director at Valders H.S., will retire at the end of this school year.

 

Brayer Teague Named Finalist for GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year

Posted on April 6, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

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Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Downers Grove North H.S., was named one of 10 national finalists for the 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award.

Matthew Zabiegala to Pursue a Masters Degree

Posted on March 29, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Matthew Zabiegala, Choral Director at Worthington Kilbourne H.S., will begin graduate school at Rutgers University in the fall.

Sympathies to Jennifer Currey

Posted on March 10, 2016 in With Sympathies, Illinois

Our sympathies to Jennifer Currey, Band Director at Champaign Central H.S., and her family on the loss of her father in March

Kevin Cort Welcomes a Son

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Michigan

Kevin Cort, Band Director at South Lyon H.S., and his wife, Jenny, welcomed a son, Levi Edward, on November 13, weighing 8lbs., 9 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches.

Barry Chesky Welcomes a Son

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Maryland

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Barry Chesky, Band Director at Dulaney H.S., and his wife, Lisa, welcomed a son, Matthew Ethan, on May 8, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz.

James Becker Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

James Becker, Band Director at Wellington School, and his wife, Agnes, welcomed a daughter, Julia June.

Julia Ellis Welcomes a Son

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Julia Ellis, Orchestra Director at Thomas Worthington H.S., welcomed a son in January.

Melissa Gummersheimer Welcomes Twin Sons

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Missouri

Melissa Gummersheimer, Director of Choirs at Notre Dame H.S., and her husband welcomed twin sons, Emmett Charles and Elliott Ryker, on December 27.

Chris Foster Welcomes a Son

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Chris Foster, Band Director at Bellbrook H.S., and his wife, Amy, welcomed a son, Ryan David, on September 10, weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz.

Keith Hallas Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Keith Hallas, Band Director at Central Crossing H.S., and his wife, Julie, welcomed a daughter, Audrey Lillian, on November 21, weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz.

Sheryl Hauk Welcomes her Second Grandchild

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Michigan

Sheryl Hauk, Choir Director at West Bloomfield H.S. (MI), welcomed her second grandchild, Ayanna Joelle, on January 20.

Andy Johnson Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Andy Johnson, Band Director at Bexley H.S., welcomed a daughter, Elisabeth Rew, on October 5, weighing 6 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 19 inches.

Paul Levy Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Illinois

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Paul Levy, Band Director at Oak Lawn H.S., and his wife, Megan, welcomed a daughter, Rebekah Ann, on October 3.

Eileen Lienhart Welcomes a Granddaughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Michigan

Eileen Lienhart, Teacher at Lumen Christi Catholic School, welcomed a granddaughter, Jane Elizabeth, on August 17.

Dustin McKinney Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Missouri

Dustin McKinney, Choir Director at Kearney H.S., and his wife, Veronica, welcomed a daughter, Kaylin, on November 4.

Jessica and Scottie Moore Welcome a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Jessica Moore, Band and Choir Director at Covington H.S., and her husband, Scottie Moore, Band Director at Greenville H.S., welcomed a daughter, Lila Katherine Elisabeth, on December 29, weighing 7 lbs., and measuring 19.5 inches.

Sarah Popovich Welcomes a Son

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Sarah Popovich, Orchestra Director at Hilliard Bradley H.S., welcomed a son, William Neal, on October 22.

Libby Secard Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Wisconsin

Libby Secard, Choir Director at Lincoln H.S., and her husband, Andy, welcomed a daughter, Erin Victoria, on January 17, weighing 7 lbs., 12.25 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches.

Daniel Singer Welcomes a Daughter

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Wisconsin

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Daniel Singer, Band Director at Oshkosh West H.S., welcomed a daughter, Eloise Marcella, on January 22, weighing 6 lbs., 16 oz., and measuring 20 inches.

Adam Uhlenhake Welcomes a Child

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Births, Ohio

Adam Uhlenhake, Band Director at Oakwood H.S., welcomed a baby on February 9.

Chris Barnes is Married

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Wisconsin

Chris Barnes, Band Director at Fond du Lac H.S., was married in August.

Ben Collins and Christina Virgilio are Married

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Illinois

Ben Collins, Assistant Principal at Maine West H.S., was married to Christina Virgilio, Choir Director at Fremd H.S., on July 3.

Brian Covey is Engaged

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Illinois

Brian Covey, Band Director at Lockport Township H.S., is engaged to Megan Alano and will be married this summer.

Doug Hildreth is Married

Posted on January 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Ohio

Doug Hildreth, Band Director at Westerville Central H.S., married Dayna Clark on December 19.

Risa Hsu is Engaged

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Michigan

Risa Hsu, Band Director at Grand Ledge H.S., is engaged to Martin Montoya.

 

Andrew Toniolo is Engaged

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Illinois

Andrew Toniolo, Choir Director at Glenbrook South H.S., is engaged to Elizabeth Hutchinson and will be married on July 1.

Janelle Sanfillippo is Married

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Illinois

Wedding Bells - Janelle Sanfillippo

 

 

 

 

Janelle Sanfillippo, Band Director at Hinsdale M.S., was married on August 1, 2015.

Leah Toppen is Married

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Wisconsin

Leah Toppen, Band Director at Auburndale H.S., was married in August.

Vicky Wilda is Married

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Wedding Bells, Wisconsin

Vicky Wilda, Band Director at Mayville H.S., was married in October.

Steve Green has Retired

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Illinois

Steve Green, Director of Bands at Lisle H.S., retired in spring 2015.

Lori Klausing has Retired

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Ohio

Lori Klausing, Band Director at Kalida H.S., retired this past fall after 29 years of teaching.

Alan MacNair has Retired

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Michigan

Alan MacNair, Orchestra Director at Troy H.S., retired this past year.

Marcia Paul is Retiring

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Wisconsin

Marcia Paul, Choir Director at Beaver Dam H.S., will retire at the end of this school year.

Sarah Reckmeyer is Retiring

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Illinois

Sarah Reckmeyer, Band Director at Ottawa H.S., will retire at the end of this school year.

Phil Stutz has Retired

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Illinois

Phil Stutz, Conservatory Operations Manager at Wheaton College, retired this past year.

Roger Weyersberg Recently Retired

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Retiring, Michigan

Roger Weyersberg, Director of the Lions of Michigan All State Band, recently retired.

Our Sympathies to Leslie Braidech

Posted on February 28, 2016 in With Sympathies, Ohio

Our sympathies to Leslie Braidech, Orchestra Director at Pickerington Central H.S., and her family on the loss of her father, Matthew, on October 18. He was 87 years old.

Our Sympathies to Brandon Moss

Posted on February 28, 2016 in With Sympathies, Ohio

Our sympathies to Brandon Moss, Choir Director at Central Crossing H.S., and his family on the loss of his father, Ron, on October 27.  He was 67 years old.

Sheryl Hauk was Named Fine Arts Department Chair

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Job Changes, Michigan

Sheryl Hauk was named Fine Arts Department Chair at West Bloomfield H.S.

Bryan Kolk was Named Orchestra Director

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Job Changes, Michigan

Bryan Kolk was named Orchestra Director at Troy H.S.

Nick Rulewicz was Named Principal

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Job Changes, Michigan

Nick Rulewicz was named Principal at Columbia Central Jr. H.S.

Victor Anderson is Honored by SBO Magazine

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Victor Anderson, Band Director at Yorkville H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”

Sean Bradley Earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration

Posted on April 1, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Sean Bradley, Band Director at Licking Heights H.S., earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Phoenix this past winter.

John Casagrande and the Students of John Hersey H.S. Received an Honor

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

John Casagrande, Band Director, and the students of the John Hersey H.S. Symphonic Band, were named a “National Winner” in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project.

Jason Heath and the Vernon Hills H.S. Symphony Orchestra Performed at the Midwest Clinic

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Jason Heath, Orchestra Director, and the students of the Vernon Hills H.S. (IL) Symphony Orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December.

Bert Johnson Received his Doctorate of Education

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Bert Johnson, Music Department Chair at Lincolin-Way East H.S., received his Doctorate of Education in December.

Nick Juknelis Completed Two Marathons

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Did You Hear - Nick Juknelis

 

 

 

Nick Juknelis, Choir Director at Lake Zurich H.S., completed the Chicago Marathon, where he raised over $2,600 for the American Brain Tumor Association. Nick also completed the Walt Disney World® Marathon, where his daughter, Molly, took third in her heat in the Kid’s Race.

Brian Logan and the Wheeling H.S. Jazz Band Performed at the Midwest Clinic

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Brian Logan, Band Director, and the students of Wheeling H.S. Jazz Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December.

Kathy McIntosh was Named Teacher of the Year

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Kathy McIntosh, Band Director at Troy H.S., was named Troy City Schools Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Myron McReynolds is Honored by SBO Magazine

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Iowa

Dr. Myron McReynolds, Band Director at Iowa City H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”

Dr. Robert Oster Published a Book

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

Dr. Robert Oster, Conductor of the Lakewood Area Choral Society, published a book, Singers, Zingers, and Humdingers. Choral Conductor Do’s and Don’ts.

Carl Sabatino is Honored by SBO Magazine

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, New Jersey

Carl Sabatino, Band Director at Whippany Park H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”

Michael Sekich is Honored by SBO Magazine

Posted on February 28, 2016 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

Michael Sekich, Band Director at Stevenson H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”