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50 Directors Who Make a Difference

Josh Harris • Features • December 29, 2006

As this annual feature grows longer in the tooth, folks occasionally hypothesize: “At some point it’s going to become difficult to come up with new teachers to profile. “Well, here we are, nine years into this exercise, and finding educators worthy of inclusion in our “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” report is the least of our problems (tracking down all these people and getting them to reply to e-mails and answer phone calls within deadline – now that’s sometimes a challenge…).

SBO, itself, is guided by the notion that there is a vast and ever-growing body of music educators who are dedicated, skilled, and inspiring mentors; this yearly article is merely one broad-stroke summary, which certainly confirms that notion. Individuals with decades of experience, as well as fresh-faced newcomers, are sharing their love of music with children and “fighting the good fight” – it’s rarely difficult to come up with commendable teachers, even when considering the smallest of states (I’m talking to you, Rhode Island and Delaware!).

Teachers such as those profiled here – and throughout the year in the pages of this magazine – can impact the lives of students, parents, and entire communities in profound and lasting ways. SBO is pleased to formally recognize and present 2006’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”

ALABAMA
JIMMY LEEK
Director of Bands
Scottsboro High School
Scottsboro

ALASKA
RONNIE STANFORD
Band Director
Barrow High School
Barrow

ARIZONA
SCOTT BURGENER
Band Director
Mountain View High School
Mesa

ARKANSAS
ANGELA CLARK
Assistant Band Director
Kimmons Jr. High School, Darby Jr. High School and Northside High School
Fort Smith

CALIFORNIA
DAVID LESSER
Director of Bands
Clovis West High School
Fresno

COLORADO
GARY ARRASMITH
Director of Inst. Music
Rampart High School
Colorado Springs

CONNECTICUT
JIM WILKAS
Band Director
West Side Middle School
Waterbury

FLORIDA
MIKE GERMAN
Director of Bands
Lawton Chiles High School
Tallahassee

GEORGIA
JOHN MASHBURN
Director of Bands
Forsyth Central High School
Cumming

HAWAII
DARYL AGENA
Band Director
Kapolei High School
Kapolei

IDAHO
DAN L. NORTH
Director of Bands
Madison High School
Rexburg

ILLINOIS
DANIEL GREGERMAN
Choral Director
Niles North High School
Skokie

INDIANA
DOUGLAS R. FLETCHER
Director of Bands
Highland High School
Anderson

IOWA
RICHARD WADDINGTON
Director of Bands
Bondurant-Farrar High School
Bondurant

KANSAS
ERIN ELISSA SHELTON
Band Director
Independence Middle School and Independence High School
Independence

KENTUCKY
DAVID MOSS
Director of Bands
Crittenden Cnty. High/Middle School
Marion

LOUISIANA
CORY J. ADAMS
Chairperson of Music Dept.
Central Lafourche High School
Raceland

MAINE
DONALD LIEDKE
Band Director
Bonny Eagle High School
Standish

MARYLAND
MARK LORTZ
Band and Orchestra Director
Westminster High School
Westminster

MASSACHUSETTS
PETER GROVER TILESTON
Music Director
King Philip Regional High School
Wrentham

MICHIGAN
BRIAN ROELANDT
Director of Bands
Fitzgerald High School
Warren

MINNESOTA
BRUCE OLSON
Head Band Director
Blaine High School
Blaine

MISSISSIPPI
DEONE KEBODEAUX
Band Director
Perry Central High School
New Augusta

MISSOURI
STEVE McCLARD
Director of Bands
Bolivar High School/Middle School
Bolivar

MONTANA
LARRY LYNAM
Director of Bands
Skyview High School
Billings

NEBRASKA
MICHAEL POLLOCK
Director of Bands
Papillion La Vista
Papillion

NEVADA
WALT LOVELL
Director of Bands
Elko High School
Elko

NEW HAMPSHIRE
ERIC GAGNON
Band Director
Portsmouth High School
Portsmouth

NEW JERSEY
ED MARSH
Director of Marching Band and Cacophony Percussion Ensemble
Secaucus High School
Secaucus

NEW MEXICO
KEITH JORDAN
Band Director
La Cueva High School
Albuquerque

NEW YORK
BRUCE ENGEL
Director of Music
St. Anthony’s High School
South Huntington

NORTH CAROLINA
ARRIS A. GOLDEN
Director of Bands
Gravelly Hill Middle School
Efland

NORTH DAKOTA
JON BAUMANN
Director of Bands
Bismarck High School
Bismarck

OHIO
MIKE MANSER
Band Director
Upper Arlington High School
Columbus

OKLAHOMA
MICHAEL WESTBROOK
Director of Bands
Westmoore High School
Oklahoma City

OREGON
JEFF SEARLES
Band and Choir Instructor
Irrigon Junior Senior High School
Irrigon

PENNSYLVANIA
SAMUEL K. FISHER
Director of Bands
Middletown Area High School
Middletown

RHODE ISLAND
RICHARD VARS
Band Director
East Providence High School
East Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA
ADAM SCHEUCH
Director of Bands
Mauldin High School
Mauldin

SOUTH DAKOTA
RYAN STAHLE
Director of Bands
Mitchell High School
Mitchell

TENNESSEE
KEVIN D. HEBERT
Director of Bands
Tennessee High School
Bristol

TEXAS
NOE SANCHEZ
Director of Mariachi Program
Somerset ISD
Somerset

UTAH
ROBERT CURRY
Instrumental Music Teacher
Highland High School
Salt Lake City

VERMONT
JANE BOUFFARD
Band Director
Stow High School
Stowe

VIRGINIA
DENNY STOKES
Director of Bands
Robinson Secondary School
Fairfax

WASHINGTON
JAKE BERGEVIN
Band Director
Edmonds-Woodway High School
Edmonds

WEST VIRGINIA
JAMES SOUTHERN
Director of Bands
Martinsburg High School
Martinsburg

WISCONSIN
PABLO AMAYA III
Orchestra Director
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Milwaukee

WYOMING
DAVE BELLIS
Director of Bands
Worland Middle School and High School
Worland

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