Alan Moss received his Bachelor’s Degree fromOlivet Nazarene University in Music Education and has a Masters of Music from Webster University in Music Composition. He is a freelance composer published with four different publishers including Columbia Pictures. He currently holds the Guest Composers Chair for the Youth
Orchestra in Gadsden Alabama. Alan is retired from Hazelwood School District in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was a Band and Orchestra Director for 25 years. Some of his honors include: Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years, Merit Award from St. Louis Music Educators, and National Award as Master Music Educator - MENC Divisional Music Director for the Salvation Army. Alan performs with the Melbourne Community Orchestra, Melbourne Municipal Band, Brass Choir, Burnished Brass, and Swing Time Band. Alan also plays Euphonium at the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles as he has done for over 35 years.
He is a published composer with Studio P/R (now Columbia Pictures), David E. Smith Publications and William Allen Publishing in Washington. DC. JPM Music Publications released his latest published works for Concert Band, Brass Quintet, String Orchestra and Christmas Duets. He was also recognized as a Registered National Music Educator. He retired from teaching and moved to Melbourne, Florida in 1997 with his wife Nancy and daughter Kelly to be close to his parents who live here. Mr. Moss has held the composers chair with Etowah Youth Orchestra in Gadsden, Alabama.
Bill Park taught elementary and secondary instrumental music for over 35 years in Ohio and Michigan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and has pursued graduate work atEastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. His band and ensemble music is published by Band Music Press,
JPM Publishers and GreatWorks Publishing and is performed throughout the US and appears on several state contest lists. Additional works are published by his company, Dynamic Music. Mr. Park passed away in 2013.
Laureate in the Legion of Honor of The John Philip Sousa Foundation (an honor given to only ten band directors yearly). In addition Andy is also a Past-President of The Association of Concert Bands. Currently Dr. Isca is an on air personality at NPR affiliate KEDM, and is the producer and host of “Bandscape”, a program of the finest band music from around the world. He is the founder and conductor of the Riverside Concert Band (a community based concert band now in their fifteenth year) and regularly guest conducts bands in the US and Europe. Andy is active as a composer, conductor and clinician and is also the owner/technician of Professional Musical Instrument Repair Service.
Is a native of New York and long-time resident of Louisiana. He holds two degrees from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a post graduate degree from The American Conservatory of Music. A retired band director, Andy is the former Director of Bands at Caldwell Parish High School and LaSalle High School and is a
Johnson received his BS in Music Education from the University of Missouri in 1972 and did his graduate work at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He has taught elementary, secondary, and college level instrumental music since 1972, “retiring” officially from Columbia, MO Public Schools in 2007, though he remains an adjunct instructor
throughout the district as a percussion specialist. He has adjudicated throughout the state and has several solo/ensemble compositions published and on the state “required” list. He and his is wife, Glenna, is a violist, pianist, and vocalist, live on their small bit of heaven they call “Shady Oak Farm,” where they raised their three children and began a no-kill animal sanctuary in 1995.
is Assistant Director of Bands for the Willard School District in Missouri. He is active as a commissioned composer of wind ensemble and percussion ensemble works. His background includes 20 years of classical guitar studies and membership in drum & bugle corps, as well as university wind ensemble and percussion ensembles.
educational music, he has written several hundred arrangement and compositions for various professional, military, college, and high school groups in the areas of marching band, concert band, jazz band, dance combos, and choral, as well as commercial television and radio jingles. This varied writing experience has brought a unique perspective to his educational writing.
A graduate of Sarasota (Florida) High School (1949), he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in 1955, majoring in music theory, with minors in English and sociology. After a two-year stint with the U.S. Army 8th and 9th Division Bands, he received his Master of Music in composition from the University of Kentucky in 1960, where he studied composition with Kenneth Wright and band scoring with R. Bernard Fitzgerald. He was the first recipient of the graduate degree from the university. He taught public school music for 10 years in the Central Kentucky area, where he wrote extensively for his own students. During this same time, he freelanced as a writer for various university and high school marching bands, including seven years as Staff Arranger for the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band. In addition to freelance composing and arranging, he was a professional trumpet player and pianist and developed his own educational publishing firm. It is now noted that this was the first site-license publisher, which allowed buyers to duplicate music for their own use – the forerunner of today’s Internet publishing.
Following his teaching career, he was appointed Alfred Reed's successor as Educational Editor with Hansen Publications in Miami Beach, Florida, and remained in that position ten years. He was responsible for hundreds of publications, including works for concert band, marching band, the Fun-Way Band Method (co-authored with Paul Yoder), instrumental solo books and other instructional materials. From there he went to Wisconsin as Director of Concert Band Publications for Jenson Publications, adding several new works to his growing catalog.
After freelancing for several publishers for seven years Mr. Edmondson and Anne McGinty formed Queenwood Publications in 1987 and were responsible for the creation, production, promotion, and international sales and distribution of Queenwood's catalog of concert band, jazz band and string orchestra music. They sold their company to the Neil A. Kjos Music Company in March, 2002, and wrote exclusively for them under the Queenwood/Kjos company name until 2009.
John Edmondson was honored in 1991 as the recipient of the University of Florida, Department of Fine Arts, and Music Department Alumni Achievement Award. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is listed in the International Who's Who of Music. His interests include playing jazz piano and the study of history, philosophy and Politico economic theory. Mr. Edmondson passed away, Dec. 30, 2016.
is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. Formally under his leadership the band program at Smithville had enjoyed a great deal of success, including consistent Superior ratings at the Missouri State Large Ensemble Festival, honors at marching band and jazz band festivals, and active
representation in honor band activities such as All-State Band and the State Music Festival. The Smithville High School Symphonic Band recently performed at the 2005 Missouri Music Educators Conference under Mr. Fuller's direction.
Prior to his position at Smithville, Mr. Fuller served as Director of Bands at Gallatin High School. Under his direction, the Gallatin High School Symphonic Band performed at the 1997 MMEA Conference. Mr. Fuller's public school teaching experience began in Winston, MO where he served as K-12 Director of Music. In 1994, the 25 member Winston High School Band received a Superior rating at the State Large Ensemble Festival under his direction. He is also an active arranger and composer. His published works for band include "March of Valor", "African Safari", "Variations On Hyfrydol" and one jazz band chart entitled "Riff-N-The Ville". Fuller has solo and small ensemble works for percussion and woodwinds on the Missouri Graded Music list including "Songs For My Father", "Michael's Mayhem", "Aztec Legend" and "Drums on the Delta". His flute solo, "Songs For My Father", and snare drum solo, "Michael'sMayhem", received a very favorable review in the Instrumentalist Magazine. Mr. Fuller served as chief arranger for the 1999 Virginia Tattoo which is a show including mass military bands and a wide variety of other performing groups.
Shane Fuller earned both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He currently resides in Smithville with his wife Darla and sons Michael and Timothy. Mr. Fuller is a member of Missouri Bandmasters Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference and the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Recently retired as Head of the Department of Music and Director of Bands at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, a position he held for 23 years. A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Havely has 34 years of teaching experience in public schools and colleges in Oklahoma, Michigan, and Missouri. The colleges include Eastern
Oklahoma State College, The University of Central Oklahoma, Missouri Southern State University, and Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. While in Michigan, Mr. Havely served on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Mr. Havely is an arranger/composer, and has written many arrangements and compositions for marching band, jazz band, concert band, and vocal and instrumental ensembles. Mr. Havely’s music is currently published and distributed worldwide. He is in constant demand as an adjudicator and clinician for marching, concert, and jazz bands.
Dallas has taught instrumental music at the State University of New York-Fredonia, Austin Peay University and for twenty years at Washington University in Saint Louis. Currently, he is a trumpet performer with the Saint Louis Wind Symphony, a founding and performing member of the Celebration Brass Quintet, and keeps a busy private teaching schedule as well as finding time for composing and arranging.
is a musician and educator sharing the art of music with student musicians as well as community based adult performing organizations. At Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois Camphouse developed and led a comprehensive community college music program making a vital contribution to the cultural life of the community and was
His professional memberships include Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association, East Central Music Educators Association, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity, Phi Beta Mu honorary music fraternity, an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Central States Adjudicators, and Missouri State High School Activity Association Adjudicators. Additional memberships include the National Music Publishers Association and the Retail Print Music Dealers Association.
He has served on the staff of summer music camps at Southeast Missouri University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri, and as an assistant director for the Missouri Ambassadors of Music European tours. He is also director of the first music camp in the history of Jefferson College.
Among his many honors, Mr. Pappas has been a four time Teacher of the Year recipient, a 1994 recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993-94 Rockwood School District High School Teacher of the Year, the Missouri State High School Activity Association Distinguished Service Award, a national winner of the Sadie Rafferty Music Composition Contest sponsored by Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL., and three times has been named to the Who’s Who Among American Teachers and three times to Who’s Who In America. Bands under his direction have won numerous awards including three times Overall Champions at Music In the Parks festivals and a two time recipient of the Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Bi-State Band of the Year Award.His teaching expertise has taken him world-wide. In January, 1993, he was selected as part of a delegation of teachers for an educational exchange with teachers in Peraslavl, Russia, focusing on teaching strategies, techniques and concepts. In March, 2002, Mr. Pappas traveled to Linz, Austria, where he was invited as a guest lecturer at the Conservatory of Music in Linz and as a clinician for the Austrian Blasorchester Director Seminar. In 2009, he served as a clinican and guest conductor for the Director‘s Seminar and Festival of Bands in Costa Rica. In 2015, he received the Merit Award for his contributions to music education by the St. Louis Music Educators Association. In 2016, Mr. Pappas received the Outstanding Music Educator Award for Missouri from the National Federation of High Schools and was elected to the SLMEA Hall of Fame. In January, 2017, the East Central Music Educator Association named Pappas The Outstanding Music Educator Award. In August, 2017, Mr. Pappas retired from Jefferson college and received the first award made to an adjunct professer, the Outstanding Adjunct Achievement Award.
In addition to composition, Mr. Pappas has written several articles and blogs for professional journals on various topics of music education. He is in demand as a guest director and lecturer where he keeps an active schedule.
He and his wife Cheryl reside in Festus, Missouri, and have three children and six grandchildren.
Originally from Alexandria, Virginia,Gavin holds a B.S. and M.M. degree from Northwest Missouri State University and was a graduate student at the University of Kansas studying composition with professor James Barnes. From 2004 to 2006 he served as a graduate assistant for the University of Kansas bands with Dr. John Lynch,
Director of Bands.
His music is known for incorporating rich harmonies and dramatic counter lines. Both students and teachers find his music to be accessible and enjoyable to play. Many high school bands have received superior ratings at contest performing his works. Gavin has received several commissions throughout the United States including a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. He was also the winner of the University of Kansas New Music Ensemble Composition Contest. An avid horn player, Gavin has performed with the Topeka Symphony, University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, the KU Orchestra the Lawrence City Band, Platte City Band, Olathe Civic Band, Atchinson Community Orchestra, Lee's Summit Orchestra and many other ensembles. Gavin currently resides in Olathe, KS with his wife Stacy and stepson Alex.
Earned his bachelor and master's degrees in music education from Duquesne University where he was a trombone student of legendary teacher Matty Shiner. Until he retired he was, for 37 years, director of bands atSeneca Valley High School. During its years of competition, under his direction, the combined SV bands received continual
consecutive adjudication ratings of superior and/or first place.
His original compositions and arrangements for wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and trombone are published by JPM publications.As an author his articles have appeared in numerous periodicals, including "The Music Educator'sJournal", "The Instrumentalist", "The School Musician", "Woodwind World, Brass and Percussion Magazine", "Strength and Health Magazine", and "The Good News Broadcaster".As a professional trombonist he has played for many years with various bands in the Pittsburgh area. He has also backed up numerous stars of the entertainment world, such as Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Henry Mancini, The Mills Brothers, The Lettermen, Vicki Carr, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Williams. In addition he traveled, and performed concerts with, The Tommy Dorsey Band under the direction of Warren Covington, The Jimmy Dorsey Band under the direction of Lee Castle, and The Charlie Spivak Band.
His awards and honors have included, The Zelienople Distinguished Service Award, The Fest -I-VaI Outstanding Contribution to Musical Excellence Award in 1991 and 1993, Gift of Time Award in 1991 and 1994. He has been listed in 5 editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In 1975 he was the given the Zelienople Area Jaycees, Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award. The Seneca Valley Band Boosters have named the scholarship they award each year, to those SV band students who are attending college to study music, The Robert K. Matchett Scholarship. He is a guest conductor, clinician, and contest adjudicator. In addition to music his interests include travel, reading, (especially history), physical fitness and martial arts he has a black belt in tae kwon do from Young Brothers TKD where he assists as an instructor at the Cranberry school.
Dr. Nicholas J. Contorno is former Director of Bands at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he retired in 2006. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and was granted a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition from the University of
Wisconsin at Madison.
His professional career spans such roles as published composer, arranger, educator, guest conductor, adjudicator saxophone soloist and composer in residence. He had been a highly successful and visible educator at all levels of school bands both as a conductor and clinician. His works for the young musician has made him one of the most beloved composers for concert and jazz bands.
Dr. Contorno’s interest and knowledge in the development of the American Wind Band led to the rise to national prominence of the 1st Brigade Band, 15th Army corp of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, formerly of Broadhead, Wisconsin is a modern re-creation of the famous original Civil War band from Wisconsin. Dr. Contorno passed away in 2014.
Born in Port Chester, New York, ElliotDel Borgo holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York, an Ed.M. degree from Temple University, and an M.M. degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, where he studied theory and composition with Vincent Persichetti and trumpet with Gilbert Johnson. In 1973, he was granted
the doctoral equivalency by SUNY, and was later elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1993.Mr. Del Borgo taught instrumental music in the Philadelphia public schools and was Professor of Music at the Crane School of Music, where he held teaching and administrative positions from 1966 to 1995. An award-winning member of ASCAP, he is a frequent consultant, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Del Borgo is an internationally known conductor of bands and orchestras. In addition to his music for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, he has published nearly 500 compositions for a variety of media. His music reflects the aesthetics of twentieth-century musical ideals through its eclectic nature and vigorous harmonic and rhythmic style. Mr. DelBorgo passed away in 2013.
Is known throughout the world for his more than 1,000 publications in the field of band and educational music. His contributions to the literature are accessible, enjoyable to perform and exciting to hear. Perhaps most importantly, his music has helped train the young musicians of today. In addition to his achievements in
Began his musical life at age 9 playing violin. During his four high school years he played viola in the orchestra and trumpet and French horn in the band. At age 16 he joined the Musician's Union and played trumpet in dance bands professionally. He served as a musician in the US. Navy and attended Washington University where he earned both his Bachelor and Master degrees with a concentration on Music Education and composition. He studied composition with students of Paul Hindemith.
Served twenty-four years as the Director of Bands at Northwest Missouri State University and retired from thirty seven years of full-time teaching in 2004. During his tenure at Northwest he conducted the University Wind Symphony, the Bearcat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and the Northwest University Orchestra. He taught
graduate and undergraduate conducting, percussion studio and methods, and graduate instrumental music education classes. He was a co-director of the Northwest Summer Music Camps and campus director of the Summer Marching Auxiliaries. Prior to his appointment at Northwest, he directed very successful band programs (6-12) in Ft. Worth, Texas and Auburndale, Florida. Currently Sergel is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He is the conductor of the Platte City Community Band, a member of the percussion section and board of directors for the Northwinds Symphonic Band and teaches private percussion lessons.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the FSU Band Alumni Association. And since 2007 he has been an adjunct faculty member at Missouri Western State University.Sergel’s percussion solos are published with JPM Music and include; snare drum, multiple percussion, timpani and keyboard works for junior high and high school level students. In addition, he has written a “Handbook for Concert Band Warm-ups” and “Tetra-Teaching 4 Technique” and has arranged Warm-Up Chorales and Tone-Technique & Time Exercises for Middle School, Junior High and High School Concert Bands. (These are available through Sergel). His membership in professional organizations includes, the National Bandmasters Association(NBA), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Missouri BandmastersAssociation, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Nebraska Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu.
The noted composer, music educator, clinician and adjudicator, Geir Knutson was born in Birkeland, Norway on April 8, 1954. As a youth he studied piano and learned to play trumpet, trombone and tuba in his father's band. He received his degrees in music, social studies and English from the University of Oslo and studied privately with
Robert Foster, Bruce Pearson and Robert Gifford.
For 15 years Knutson directed bands of the Norwegian school system and the Norwegian Band Association. He received a governmental grant in 1990 which temporarily enabled him to compose full time. He received the Norwegian Band Association's highest degree in conducting.Currently, he resides in Birkeland.
Born and raised in Nebraska,Robert Langenfeld found a love for music earlier in his childhood. His love for music when he was young led to him to eventually compose his first piece when he was only 12. Since then Robert’s music has won numerous honors and awards including several commissions. Recently, Robert was commissioned to start
His percussion ensemble piece, “Overruled”, was featured in performance at the 2011 Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Festival in Lebanon, MO. He has arranged the musical score for the Willard Cutting Edge marching band since 2004, including the 2011 production which was an original composition. The show, “Echo of the Earth”, placed in the top 2 at every contest in the 2011 season. He is also a staff arranger for Custom Music Solutions, a conglomeration that designs field shows for high school marching bands. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition, cum laude.
Spent most of his life in his home State of Michigan, excluding three years served with the 440th AAF Band in Florida during WWII and a one-year stint as editor at Kendor Music Publishers (1963/64). Post-secondary education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University (1949) andMaster of Music degree from
Bennie Beach, Carroll Butts, Barney Childs, David Cope, David Ernst, Lejaren Hiller, Gyorgy Kosa, Joyce McKeel, Harold Oliver, Linda Ostrander, Joseph Ott, Walter Ross, Donald Stratton, David Uber, Marilyn Ziffrin and Fredrick Zinos. Highly regarded as a teacher, Mr. Cummings served on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire, Indiana State University, San Diego State University, Point Loma College of San Diego and the Educational-Cultural Complex of the San Diego Community College District and Delta State University in Mississippi. In recent years, he taught part time for Diablo Valley College, Napa Valley College and Solano Community College.
Now retired from tuba playing, Mr. Cummings and his wife, Florecita, live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Involved in a very active career as a composer, arranger, author and teacher, he and his wife own and operate C & C Tours, Ltd. His original and arranged compositions have been performed internationally and recorded on the Channel Classics, Crystal and Mark record labels. Mr. Cummings passed away in 2014.
Is a composer and arranger who resides in Charleston, South Carolina. A student of piano performance from the age of four, he began composing at age nine when he wrote his first piece for solo piano in memory of a late elementary school teacher. Vaibhav later began composing works for concert band as well as chamber ensembles.
He appeared in concert as guest conductor for the premiere of his first symphonic work when he was twelve years old. Vaibhav’s compositions have been awarded and acclaimed at the national and international level. He was named a winner of the 2014 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Composers Competition, meriting his composition a performance at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee by the NAfME All-National Honor Band. Additionally, he was selected as a winner of the 3rd Annual Sul Ross State University Wind Ensemble Composition Competition, an international competition for composers of all ages. Vaibhav has also won an Award of Excellence three times from the National Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Reflections Contest for his compositions. In 2012, he became a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition. Vaibhav has been a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) since 2013 and the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) since 2014. His works have been published by JPM Music Publications and Lighthouse Music Publications. At present Vaibhav continues to compose for ensembles in the Charleston area. He also teaches a music theory class at a private music education studio. He is currently a student at Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, South Carolina.
writing film scores for several film-makers across the country.
As an active composer and arranger in the Midwest, Robert’s music has been published through JPM Music. His style of composing has been described as rich harmonies against dramatic backdrops of sounds and colors. Robert currently resides in the Midwest and is studying composition and computer science at Northwest Missouri State. His composition teachers have included Dr. Ernest Kramer and Dr. Douglas Overmier.
Mr. Clark graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Music Education. He spent 3 years in the United States Army band playing euphonium. Upon completion of his active duty, he returned to his home in Kansas City Missouri where he completed his Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Missouri
Michigan State University (1950). Most arranging know-how came through working "in the trenches" with good writers who graced the AAF Band experience.He taught instrumental music in Michigan schools for 30 years, retiring in 1979. Other related experiences include a short stint with a road band (summer, 1949), professional dance band arranging in the 50's, many combo gigs (piano),some ventures as a clinician and guest conductor, and activity as a published educational music writer since 1958 (about 550 publications with roughly 18 publishers). Recreational activities include being a "dubber" status golfer and an avid wood carver.
Enjoyed a distinguished international career as a tuba player. An early pioneer in establishing the tuba as a true solo instrument, he began a campaign in the 1960's to commission new compositions for the tuba. As a result of his efforts, more than five dozen new compositions were written for him. Included among the contributing composers were
After a few years in business, Frank became the band director at Pattonville high school, in St. Louis, Mo. Here he developed one of the finest instrumental programs in the St. Louis area. The well rounded program flourished under his direction in concert band, jazz band and orchestra. He completed 33 years in the Pattonville district. After retirement, Frank continues an active private studio.
In 2000, Frank began composing and arranging all genres for JPM. He has over 190 pieces to his credit in the JPM library and continues to receive praises for his works for the young musicians.
Is a Professor of Music at Missouri State University where he teaches theory, composition, and commercial music. His works are published by Alfred Publications, Contemporary Music Services, Dorn Publications, Eighth- Note Press, the International Trombone Association Press, JPM Publications, Tezak Publications, TRN
Publications, Warner Brothers, and Wingert-Jones Publications (J.W. Pepper). His compositions include works for band, orchestra, chorus, solo and chamber works, and multi-media pieces, and have been performed nationally and internationally. Dr. Prescott holds degrees in music theory and composition from Florida State University and from the University of Kansas where he studied composition with John Pozdro and James Barnes. Dr. Prescott has been a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1988, and has been the recipient of an ASCAP Standard Award every year since 1989. He is also a member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).
Is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition at the University of Texas, where he has studied with DonaldGrantham, Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Dan Welcher. He completed his MM in Composition at Central Michigan University (studying with David Gillingham), and received his undergraduate degree in Music
Began teaching in the Jefferson R-VII School District (Festus, Missouri) in 2000. His responsibilities include Guitar Class, 5th Grade Band, 6th Grade General Music, 6th Grade Band, 7th/8th Grade Band, 7th/8th Grade Jazz Band, and High School Band. Sikes is also on faculty at Jefferson College where he teaches Jazz Combo, Jazz Band &
Applied Percussion. Sikes maintains a private studio of percussion students from the surrounding area. The bands and students under his direction have consistently received distinguished ratings and accolades at various festivals and contests. In 2005, 12 members of the Jefferson R-7 Jazz Band auditioned and were selected to be members in the first-ever “East Central Jr. High Jazz Band.” A total of 23 were selected. In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, Sikes maintains a busy schedule as a composer, percussionist, and drum set artist, and jazz vibraphonist. Currently, Ron performs with the Funky Butt Brass Band & Gumbohead. Both groups pays homage to New Orleans’ rich musical heritage. Along with writing music for Funky Butt Brass Band & Gumbohead, he also writes music for school bands, available through JPM Music Publications.
Mr. Sikes earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree in 1999 from University of MO-St. Louis. While at UM-St. Louis, he participated in numerous ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, the Pep Band (also served as arranger), Percussion Ensemble and the AFRO-Cuban Ensemble. Ron has been influenced by some of the finest educators, including Mark Trautwein, Brad Madson, Dr. Claude Baker, Dr. William Richardson, Marvin Sparks, Jeff Hamilton, and Dennis Reis. In 2008, Ron Sikes completed is Masters in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University.
Sikes’ professional affiliations include the Missouri Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Music Educators National Conference, and Missouri Association for Jazz Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, and Percussive Art Society.
Sikes was given the “Blue Jay” award for his years of service and dedication to the Jefferson RVII District. Sikes remains active as performer, teacher, and clinician throughout the area.
Education from Rutgers University, where he co-founded the Rutgers Undergraduate Composers Recital. Over 20 of Michael’s compositions have been honored as a winner or finalist in competitions or calls for scores. His pieces have been premiered by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Michael is the founder of newbandmusic.com, a free service that promotes self-published wind ensemble music written by emerging composers. He is also the creator and conductor of the Vine Orchestra, which has premiered 52 (six second or less) compositions. Michael is a horn player, and has recently performed with the UT Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and Horn Choir as well as helping to premiere several chamber pieces.