KHS America Academic Alliance invites you to attend our FREE professional development series for educators! Replay videos are now available for our February and March events and more live sessions will be added soon.
Watch Replays of:
- Getting Band Back To Normal: What Next? Presented by: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Thad Driskell, Susan Willmering & Len Lavelle
- Think Small, Play Big: Building Better Bands Through Chamber Music Opportunities Presented by: Presidio Brass
- How To Effectively Communicate With Your Administrator Presented by: Brian Duffy & Bojan Hoover
- Building A Strong Percussion Ensemble Presented by: Scott Brown & Mike Lynch
- Mariachi In K-12 Education And Its Impact On Students Presented by: Ramon Rivera & Oscar Garibay
- KICKSTARTING YOUR JAZZ BAND: How To Get Your Band Swingin’ And Playin’ The Blues Presented by: Tonia Mathews
Getting Band Back To Normal: What Next?
Thursday, February 25 – 6pm CT
Presented by: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Thad Driskell, Susan Willmering & Len Lavelle
About The Presenters
Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak and conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education,” Dr. Boonshaft is Director of Education for KHS America/Jupiter Band Instruments. Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s method book series Sound Innovations. As well, his weekly “Boonshaft’s Blog” for music educators continues to inspire teachers everywhere. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where he is Professor of Music.
Thad K. Driskell serves as Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, The Band of Blue Marching Band, and AP Music Theory. Mr. Driskell serves as the All-State Band Chair for Iowa, Chair of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the All-State Music Festival, and the National Band Association State Chair for Iowa. He was recognized in School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “Fifty Directors That Make a Difference” in 2012, was the recipient of the Phillip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award from the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association, and received the 2017 National High School Heart of the Arts Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Susan Willmering has been the instrumental music director at South Pointe Middle School in Diamond Bar, California, since 2007. Under Ms. Willmering’s direction, the South Pointe Wind Ensemble has performed at the California All-State Music Educators Conference as well as at a number of national festivals. Susan is the Vice President of the California Band Directors Association (CBDA), and has served as a manager for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association’s (SCSBOA) High School Honor Groups for the past 15 years. She was humbly named California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southeastern Section’s Outstanding Music Educator of 2017 and was chosen by her peers as 2017 Teacher of the Year at South Pointe Middle School. In January 2021, SCSBOA awarded her the Gold Award for her service to music education.
Len Lavelle is the Director of Bands at North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he also serves as the Music Department Curriculum Leader. He has taught instrumental music from the elementary through the college level. In the last decade, Mr. Lavelle’s bands have been featured at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and four times each at the PMEA All-State Convention and NAfME All-East Convention. Mr. Lavelle has been recognized with the Citation of Excellence from both the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the National Band Association, and has served as a guest conductor and clinician for school and honor groups at all levels.
Think Small, Play Big: Building Better Bands Through Chamber Music Opportunities
Saturday, February 27 – 2pm CT
Presented by: Presidio Brass (Miles McAllister, Steve O’Connor, Josh Bledsoe, Jeff Harrigan & Mike Frasier)
The key to success for large ensembles is to “think small.” In this clinic, Presidio Brass discusses ways to use chamber music opportunities to develop musicianship, confidence, and even business acumen.
About The Presenters
Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano, and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, their unique sound has become a trademark for the ensemble from San Diego, CA, captivating audiences the world over.
Through their hit touring show of Broadway’s greatest hits, “…And All That Brass!”, these five young men present the music of The Big Apple with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance. Audiences and music critics agree, “…And All That Brass!” is “…fun for the entire family!” and has been hailed as “a perfect mix of technical precision, charm, and heart-warming moments.” Presidio Brass has performed and provided educational outreach in over 46 states across the globe, conducted master classes at many of America’s finest colleges and universities, been featured on National Public Radio, and featured with VH1’s SaveTheMusic.
Each member of the ensemble began his music career by joining their school’s band program. Inspired by the dedication of their school music teachers, Presidio Brass came together with the primary mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. For this very reason, performances are often coupled with a master class or school program for which the quintet volunteers their time.
Members of the Presidio Brass have performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony and San Diego Symphony, and have shared the stage with commercial and pop artists that include Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and more. When not on tour, they continue to perform throughout the country as freelance artists, maintain private teaching studios at local universities, arrange and compose new music, assist with public school music programs, and operate an annual summer music camp in San Diego for brass students of all ages.
The Presidio Brass has released four recordings: Stolen Moments, a collection of popular classical and jazz selections, Christmas Day, an assortment of well-loved holiday favorites, Sounds of the Cinema, which includes pieces from their signature stage performance of the same name, and their newest release, Rhapsody in Brass, a collection of popular American music influenced by classical and jazz idioms.
How to Effectively Communicate with Your Administrator
Thursday, March 4 – 6pm CT
Presented by: Brian Duffy & Bojan Hoover
In order to best serve the diverse educational needs of your students it is essential to develop and nurture rich channels of communication with your school administrator(s). Having the tools to develop authentic communication with your administrator(s) in such a way that you are able to effectively advocate for arts education for all students across a variety of situations and circumstances, is an essential tool for all music educators. This clinic will provide you with not only the necessary tools and skills to communicate with your administrator(s), but also examine typical scenarios you will likely encounter as a music educator and how to communicate effectively with your administration through these various situations so that student-centered decision making is always at the forefront.
About The Presenters
Building A Strong Percussion Ensemble
Thursday, March 11 – 6pm CT
Presented by: Scott Brown & Mike Lynch
This is not your typical percussion clinic focusing on percussion techniques and skills. The goal of this session is to help band directors use the information they know based on their experience with their primary instrument or through teaching winds, along with the knowledge and life experience of the students, as a starting point for developing technique and sound. Also included are some rehearsal suggestions which might give directors some different approaches and tools to help the percussionists in their programs develop within the ensemble. Attendees will be provided a link with additional resources as well as Q&A opportunity with the presenters.
About The Presenters
Mariachi In K-12 Education And Its Impact On Students
Thursday, March 18 – 6pm CT
Presented by: Ramon Rivera & Oscar Garibay
Mariachi programs are flourishing in many regions of the United States, transforming and connecting students with their cultural identity. Mariachi music is an important facet of post-colonial Mexican culture, and with that comes a great sense of pride and validation that provides many students, particularly Mexican American, a level of gratification and significance. In this clinic, mariachi educators Ramon Rivera and Oscar Garibay will share their experience introducing mariachi music to their schools and its impact to K-12 students.
About The Presenters
KICKSTARTING YOUR JAZZ BAND: How To Get Your Band Swingin’ And Playin’ The Blues
Thursday, March 25 – 6pm CT
Presented by: Tonia Mathews
Mrs. Mathews will discuss her strategy for starting the year with a middle school or young high school jazz band. The clinic provides best practices for teaching students how to swing while also incorporating the blues progression. Engaging students in a thoughtful pace will motivate your students to improvise and be comfortable soloing in front of others.