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Congratulations to Sean Bradley

Congratulations to Sean Bradley, Band Director at Licking Valley H.S., on the wedding of his daughter on August 18th!

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Wedding Bells, Ohio

Congratulations to Jeremy Davis

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.

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Births, Ohio

Congratulations to Jill & Jason Shea

Congratulations to Jill Potts and Jason Shea of Dunlap H.S. on their recent marriage!

Posted on August 7, 2018 in Births, Illinois

Brandon Weeks Welcomes a Son

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.

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Births, Iowa

Congratulations to Chris Adams

Congratulations to Chris Adams, Band Director at Sidney H.S., for being named Teacher of the Year at Sidney High School!

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Congratulations to Susan Blair

Congratulations to Susan Blair, Band Director at Davis M.S.,  on being elected the President of the American School Band Director’s Association.

Posted on July 5, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Kevin Kaisershot Presented with Alumni Achievement Award

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.

Posted on July 5, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Ashley Koenig Welcomes a Daughter

Congratulations to Ashley Koenig, Band Director at Ottoville H.S., on the birth of her daughter, Lauren Margaret on April 9th!

Posted on June 13, 2018 in Births, Ohio

Bill Zurkey to be Inducted into National High School Hall of Fame

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.”

Posted on June 12, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Bennett Konstans Has Accepted a New Position

Bennett Konstans is the new band director at JFK Jr H.S. in Plainfield, IL.

Posted on June 7, 2018 in Job Changes, Illinois

Chris Vanderwall Has Accepted a New Position

Chris Vanderwall has accepted the Band Director position at Plainfield Central H.S.

Posted on June 7, 2018 in Job Changes, Illinois

Kyle Adelmann Has Accepted a New Position

Kyle Adelmann, has accepted a new position as Band Director at Minooka H.S.

Posted on June 7, 2018 in Job Changes, Illinois

Rick Anderson Has Retired

Rick Anderson, Band Director at Minooka H.S., has retired after 28 years of teaching.

Posted on June 5, 2018 in Retiring, Illinois

Steven Stickney Hits a Hole-in-One

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.

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Iowa

Congratulations to Chris Dandeles

Chris Dandeles, Band Director at Waubonsie Valley H.S., is receiving the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award on June, 12. Congratulations Chris!

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Illinois

Dan Valkema has Retired

Dan Valkema, Band Director at Plainfield Central H.S., ended his 36 year teaching career on Saturday, May 26 conducting his last concert.

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Retiring, Illinois

Craig Aune has Retired

Craig Aune, Band Director at Cedar Rapids Prairie H.S., has retired after 35 years of teaching. 

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Retiring, Iowa

Congratulations to Stephanie and Erik Strope

Congratulations to Stephanie and Erik Strope who adopted baby Benjamin on May 22nd!

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Births, Ohio

Kevin Kastens Retires after 40 years

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.

 

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Retiring, Iowa

Congratulations to John Laswell

Congratulations to John Laswell, Band Director at Westerville South H.S., on being named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educator of the Year!

Posted on March 16, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Ohio

Adam Sniezek is Engaged

Adam Sniezek, Director of Bands at Blissfield H.S., is getting married to Audrey Impellizzeri on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Posted on February 21, 2018 in Wedding Bells, Michigan

Jeremy Davis and Anna Ballmer are Married

Jeremy Davis, Choir Director at Sylvania Northview H.S., married Anna Ballmer, Orchestra Director at Amherst Exempted Village Schools,  on January 6th.

Posted on February 6, 2018 in Wedding Bells, Ohio

Our Condolences to Lee Auer

Our condolences to Lee Auer, Band Director at Newark H.S., whose mother passed away in August.

Posted on February 12, 2018 in With Sympathies, Ohio

Justin Barnish Welcomes a Daughter

Justin Barnish, Band Director at Lincoln Way West H.S., and his wife welcomed their 2nd child, a daughter, Ainsley.

Posted on February 6, 2018 in Births, Illinois

Holly High School Band Performs at the Alamo Bowl

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.

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

Portage Central High School Symphonic Band Invited to Perform

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.

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

The Cadillac High School Drum Line performed at the North American International Auto Show

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

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

Warren Mott High School Wind Ensemble Performs at MMC

The Warren Mott High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Erik Miller, performed at the 2018 MMC Conference

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

Malow Junior High School Jazz Band Performs at MMC

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.

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

East Kentwood High School Symphony Orchestra Performs at the MMC

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.

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Did You Hear?, Michigan

Lindsey Martin Welcomes a Son

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.

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Births, Michigan

Joel VanHouten is Retiring

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.”

Posted on February 7, 2018 in Retiring, Michigan

Justin Johnson is Married

Justin Johnson, Band Director at Niles West H.S., was married in November.

Posted on February 8, 2018 in Wedding Bells, Illinois