Sara DesJardins, Orchestra Director at Clarendon Hills M.S., married Andrew McNamara on June 2nd at the Brookfield Zoo.
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Jami Hodges, Choir Director at Centralia H.S., married Nicolas Jacobs on June 17.
Our condolences go out to Valery Buckley, Choir Director at Kenton Ridge H.S., on the passing of her father, Clarence Lee DeTray. He was 66.
Congratulations to Kevin Dengel, Orchestra Director at Gahanna Lincoln H.S., and the Gahanna Lincoln HS Orchestra on being selected to perform at the 2019 OMEA Conference!
Congratulations to Sean Bradley, Band Director at Licking Valley H.S., on the wedding of his daughter on August 18th!
Congratulations to Jeremy Davis, Choral Director at Sylvania Northview H.S., and wife Anna, on the birth of their daughter, Mira Rae, on June 21st. She was 7 lbs, 7 ounces, and 20.75 inches long.
Congratulations to Jill Potts and Jason Shea of Dunlap H.S. on their recent marriage!
Congratulations to Brandon Weeks, Band Director at North Polk H.S., and his wife Leah on the birth of a son, Asher Michael on June 24th.
Congratulations to Chris Adams, Band Director at Sidney H.S., for being named Teacher of the Year at Sidney High School!
Congratulations to Susan Blair, Band Director at Davis M.S., on being elected the President of the American School Band Director’s Association.
Kevin Kaisershot (retired) was selected by the Alumni Board of the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as their 2018 Alumni Achievement Award Winner in Music. The Award was presented on April 22 at a dinner on the UNL campus. During the award weekend Kevin was able to interact with various undergraduate groups as well as be part of a round table discussion with the band faculty. Kevin graduated from UNL in 1980.
Congratulations to Ashley Koenig, Band Director at Ottoville H.S., on the birth of her daughter, Lauren Margaret on April 9th!
Bill Zurkey, retired Band Director from Avon Lake H.S., will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on July 2nd. Zurkey said choral music is expanding and growing significantly but, “I have always said I am not making music majors. I am developing in people the ability to appreciate music. It’s something for life.”
Bennett Konstans is the new band director at JFK Jr H.S. in Plainfield, IL.
Chris Vanderwall has accepted the Band Director position at Plainfield Central H.S.
Kyle Adelmann, has accepted a new position as Band Director at Minooka H.S.
Rick Anderson, Band Director at Minooka H.S., has retired after 28 years of teaching.
On a beautiful April spring afternoon at Jones Golf Course in Cedar Rapids, Steve Stickeny hit a hole-in-one on hole 15, a 140 yard par three. The ball landed on the front of the green and rolled about 20 feet before disappearing into the cup.
Chris Dandeles, Band Director at Waubonsie Valley H.S., is receiving the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award on June, 12. Congratulations Chris!
Dan Valkema, Band Director at Plainfield Central H.S., ended his 36 year teaching career on Saturday, May 26 conducting his last concert.
Craig Aune, Band Director at Cedar Rapids Prairie H.S., has retired after 35 years of teaching.
Congratulations to Stephanie and Erik Strope who adopted baby Benjamin on May 22nd!
Kevin Kastens, Associate Director of Bands and Director of The Hawkeye Marching Band celebrated his retirement at the Iowa bandmasters conference. Kevin taught band for 40 years (31 at college and 20 at The University of Iowa) Congratulations to Professor Kastens on an incredible 40 years of service to his profession. He has had a positive impact on many lives throughout his career.