Congratulations to Ashley Koenig, Band Director at Ottoville H.S., on the birth of her daughter, Lauren Margaret on April 9th!
MR. ROGERS' neighborhoodSend Us Your Big News
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.
Congratulations to John Laswell, Band Director at Westerville South H.S., on being named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educator of the Year!
Adam Sniezek, Director of Bands at Blissfield H.S., is getting married to Audrey Impellizzeri on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Jeremy Davis, Choir Director at Sylvania Northview H.S., married Anna Ballmer, Orchestra Director at Amherst Exempted Village Schools, on January 6th.
Our condolences to Lee Auer, Band Director at Newark H.S., whose mother passed away in August.
Justin Barnish, Band Director at Lincoln Way West H.S., and his wife welcomed their 2nd child, a daughter, Ainsley.
Holly High School Band, under the direction of Ben Baldwin, recently returned from San Antonio, Texas, where his band performed at the massed half-time of the Alamo Bowl.
The Portage Central High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Patrick & Rennee Flynn, has been invited to perform as one of the two guest bands at the 50th Annual Spring Conference on Wind & Percussion Music at Western Michigan University on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
The Cadillac High School Drum Line, under the director of Mike Filkins, performed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Saturday, January 27th
The Warren Mott High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Erik Miller, performed at the 2018 MMC Conference
The Malow Junior High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Jeffrey Groth had the distinct honor to perform during the 2018 Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.
The East Kentwood High School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Eric Hudson had the distinct honor to perform during the 2018 Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.
Congratulations to Lindsey Martin, Choir Director at Holly H.S., and her husband on the birth of their son, Matthew Joseph Martin. He was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was born at 7:20 PM on October 14th.
After 35 years of teaching choir at Greenville H.S., Joel VanHouten has announced his retirement. Says Joel, “It has been a great career and a joy to work with the students showcasing them in the community.”
Justin Johnson, Band Director at Niles West H.S., was married in November.
Congratulations to Nicole Malloy, Choral Director at Perrysburg H.S., on her marriage December 30th.2
Congrats to Sheryl Hauk on directing the West Bloomfield H.S. Laker Express at the Michigan Music Conference.
Congrats to Andrew Hathikhanavala on directing the South Lyon HS Lyon Singers and Varsity Women’s Choir at the Michigan Music Conference.
Congratulations to John Laswell, Band Director at Westerville South H.S., and his wife Emily, on the birth of their daughter, Rylee Elizabeth. She was 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was born at 8:02 PM on January 8th.
Congratulations to Jeremy Davis, Choral Director at Sylvania Northview H.S., who was married to Anna Ballmer January 6th!