About Me

Hello! I have been a band director in the Waukee Community School District since 2001. I am currently the 8th grade band director at Prairieview School in Waukee, Iowa. I earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University in 2001 and Master of Music degree from the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon in 2011.

I’m a vocalist (bass-baritone) and trumpeter for weddings and special occasions. I have performed with the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble and the Des Moines Musicians’ Association, Local 75, American Federation of Musicians. My professional memberships include the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Jazz Educators of Iowa, Iowa Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. I am originally from the south-side of Des Moines where most of my extended family still resides. My wife, Patty, is a private math & science tutor and we enjoy living in the Waukee school district with our two children, a daughter in at Waukee High School and a son at Timberline School.

Year started at Waukee CSD: 2001

Education

Master of Music, The American Band College in Ashland, Oregon.

Bachelor of Music Education, Drake University, Des Moines.

Experience (Waukee CSD)

• 2020-Current; 8th Grade Band.

• 2019-2020; Middle School Band Lessons & Elementary Band.

• 2005-2019; Elementary Band.

• 2004-2005; 9th Grade Band & Elementary Band.

• 2001-2004; Assistant High School Band & Elementary Band.

Coaching/Activities:

• 2019-Current; Director of Prairieview 8th Grade Jazz Band.

• 2009-2015; Director of Waukee High School Jazz 3.

• 2004-2005; Assistant Director of High School Marching Band, Director Prairieview School 9th grade Jazz Band.

• 2001-2004; Assistant Director of High School Marching Band, Director Jazz Band 2.