2017 MOMEA Nominees

Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Awards Nominee List - 2017

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Nominee’s name   School-City   “I feel this candidate should be considered because...”   Submitted by   Year (s)
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   He is truly an outstanding friend and colleague. He is always all about the students and their best interest. He has given so much to us a small growing program and I believe he does great things at PHS.   Nick Lieto   2017
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   He works really hard with all his students. All of the students enjoy his class and he puts lots of time and effort into his program.   Kirsten Miller   2017
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because his dedication to his students is nearly unparalleled.  He often will devote his personal time and money to make sure his students have extracurricular music experiences.   Craige Phipps   2016
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   He has built a great program that excels every year. Always very generous and willing to help colleagues anywhere.   Nick Veto   2016
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   Good band.   Jim Bertucci   2013
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   Bryan does it all 100% of the time no matter what part of his job he is undertaking. Took his marching band to state for the first time in Plymouth history and placed in top five. (2010) If other directors in the area need instruments, music etc. in a pinch he always comes through for them. He likes to see people succeed.   Gabi Hill   2012
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   He is an outstanding educator. He is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corp. in the area of recruitment. Not only is he a great student oriented teacher, he is also a great mentor for young educators. - He is a great teacher and mentor. / Outstanding advocate for music and his students   Craige Phipps   2015, 2014, 2013, 2010
Bryan Ames   Plymouth HS   He works extremely hard at his school and always has a class act of a band.   Dan Fortlander   2014
Dawn Ashton   Elkhart Hawthorne Elementary   She has encouraged 172 students to participate in a regular elective percussion program after school. Dawn is bright, talented and energetic and is putting in many, many hours with students. Her vehicle is percussion. Her mission is building student character.   Steve Peterson   2011
Cameron Banks   Washington HS   Injected new live into the WHS band program.   Gary Kurtis   2014
Diane Barton   Hickory Center   A great mentor, very involved in the community.   Kristen Lemley   2017
Kathy Baughman   Jimtown JHS   When Kathy started teaching at Jimtown the band program was very small. She has breathed new life into the music program on Baugo Creek. She now has a competitive marching band (1st time ever), as well an active concert and jazz program. Kathy works tirelessly and has done so much to inspire the youth of Jimtown through her passion for music!   Steve Peterson   2017
Kathy Baughman   Jimtown JHS   Kathy has breathed new life into the jimtown band program. When she took over 2 years ago there was a shell of a program in place. She has started a marching band that regularly attends festivals, a jazz band that participates in ISSMA and concert bands that perform at ISSMA. I believe she told me at solo and ensemble that the entire program 6-12 will have 130 students. She is energetic and so positive with her students. I appreciate her work and striving to create a great environment for her students. I am impressed with her as a teacher.   Steve Peterson   2015
Cindy (Berryman) Nuner   Clay Intermediate       Susan Walker   2011
Cindy (Berryman) Nuner   Clay Intermediate       Grayling Hawkins   2010
Jim Bertucci   Clinton Prairie HS   he has developed an excellent “total” program in a small school setting. His students play very well (the judge’s were very impressed with his band at contest a couple of weeks ago). I have had the opportunity to work with his student’s several times over the course of many years and have watched this program grow into what I would consider an excellent example of what a band program should really be.   Marilyn Renner   2006
Jim Bertucci (retired)   Clinton Prairie HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because of his years of service and dedication to music education   Jeremy Sterk   2013
Dave Blackwell (retired)   Wawasee MS (Retired)   I would like to recommend Dave Blackwell as a candidate for the first annual ‘Michiana Outstanding Music Educator’ award. It has been my pleasure to know Dave as a mentor and a friend. Mr. Blackwell has spent his life passionately teaching, performing, composing and arranging music. After graduating from Indiana University, most of his thirty-eight year teaching career was spent educating middle and high school band, choir and orchestra students in Wawasee. He was the music teacher and was known for his elaborate themed Christmas Concerts complete with dinner and sets. His musicians participated in band contests, marched in local parades, and played and sang for many community events. He was actively involved with Indiana Bandmaster Association and hosted a regional performance site at his school. Directors loved going to the event at Wawasee because we knew it would be a well organized, educational opportunity for our students. For over twenty years Dave has served as an Associate Conductor, clarinetist, and past board president for the Fort Wayne Area Community Band. The band has been fortunate to play many of his arrangements and compositions. An audience favorite has been his Sousa concerts. Mr. Blackwell takes on the persona of John Phillip Sousa and conducts a Sousa-style concert. The band has performed Sousa concerts in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities as well as at an Indiana Music Educators convention. For the 75th anniversary of the Embassy Theater, Dave was the arranger of the music selections for the review “Lights on Broadway.” For three years the theater ran a review featuring local talent and Mr. Blackwell provided the arrangements for the shows. In his ‘retirement’ Mr. Blackwell teaches woodwind technique classes at Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, serves as a clinician for area schools, continues to conduct, compose and perform with the Community Band, performs professionally with his group ‘Music Express’ and plays regularly in area nursing homes with Audiences Unlimited. In addition to his retirement jobs, Dave enjoys being a grandfather and pursues his interest in visiting Frank Lloyd Wright homes and appreciates traveling to hear a good Wagner opera. Mr. Blackwell is truly an outstanding musician and educator who deserves recognition. He would be a worthy recipient of your first ‘Michiana Outstanding Music Educator’ award.   Susan M. Jehl   2010
Tim Boucher (formerly)   Riley HS   Tim Boucher for his hard work in making sure that every student has the chance to achieve his or her full potential.   Zac Coudret   2012
Crystal Bough   Hudson HS   Her outstanding dedication and love for music education   Jared Throneberry   2017
Jeremiah Bowman   Elkhart Central HS   He has really risen to the challenge of being the new-guy here at ECHS. He adapts to different situations quite well, and he problem-solves quickly. He was a great help with Solo & Ensemble. He is always courteous and willing to help out where he can. From what I hear, he has high expectations of his ensembles, and he did a great job with the marching band this year.   Kyle Miller   2016
Jeremiah Bowman   Elkhart Central HS   His creativity, energy and drive has revitalized the high school program. It is beginning to impact the level of expectation, excellence and success of instrumental music performance.   Harold Watt   2016
Ned Boyd   Logansport HS   His hard work not only in his school but in the greater Lafayette area music community.   Jim Hopkins   2013
Cameron Bradley   Concord HS   Cameron has been an assistant at Concord Schools for 7 years and through his skilled leadership, the program has really risen to a new level. He is the woodwing specialist at the beginning and junior high levels, assists with the second of three bands at the high school, directs the musical pit orchestra and directs an after school junior high jazz band. Cameron's greatest strength, as far as I'm concerned, is not the level of musicianship, but how he connects with his students. He understands that having great relationships with his students is the key to success.   Bryan Golden   2017
William (Bill) Browne (retired)   Culver Academy   He was and is a master teacher, person, and a master musician. He always has been an advocate for his students and would do anything to help them, when needed. Bill's influence will be felt for years to come and he never expected anything in return. He earned respect without ever asking for it.   Thomas Wentworth   2017
Rosalee Burn   Columbia City HS       Jason Witzigrueter & Tom Moupin   2010
Sally Calland   Ben Franklin MS   Sally is innovative. Trying new tools like SmartMusic and end of course assessments, even though we're not required to do so.   Sherri Nord   2014
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   Came out of retirement when band director quit two days before school start. Stayed the Fall semester and kept things going until new director was hired for second semester.   John Gardner   2017
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   Thaine has been an outstanding educator in Northeast Indiana.   Doug McElhaney   2017
Thaine Campbell   Huntington Grove HS   He came out of retirement to fill in at HNHS until a replacement could be found. He is a very kind and selfless person.   Brittany Barrus   2016
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington Grove HS   Outstanding service to his students, coworkers, and community for many years.   Todd Ward   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington Grove HS   He graduated from college and then spent his entire 40 year career investing in teens in the same band room, with the same desk, for 40 years!   John Gardner   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because of the most important aspect in life: balance. I have worked under Mr. Campbell’s leadership for twenty-five years. His dedication to his family, students, co-workers, the profession, community and his church are unparalleled. This balance he has struck is one that needs to be emulated by all teachers. It should serve not only as an example, but also should be the textbook guideline on what success in our profession truly is. As a beginning and middle level instrumental music educator, I have been fortunate to see Mr. Campbell either directly or indirectly involved with the sixth, seventh and eighth grade rehearsals and recruitment. I have also seen him maintain an excellent high school program in the areas of concert band, marching band, pep band and jazz band. I have a short story that reflects the type of man Mr. Campbell is. Several years ago, I was returning a set of concert chimes to Huntington North High School after an ISSMA ensemble contest on a Saturday afternoon. As I entered the building, a flood of water was in the drama room hallway. I noticed a mop bucket in the drama room and heard the sounds of a mop. I went about the business of taking care of my responsibility, but noticed that it was not a custodian doing the clean-up. It was Mr. Campbell. Because of a student’s decision to clog a sink in the drama room, a big mess had been created. Mr. Campbell discovered the mess as he entered the building and thought that he should take care of it. He did this to avoid any embarrassment, belittlement and chastising for our high school drama teacher by that current administrator and custodial staff. I would have immediately called a custodian, but I would have never finished the huge clean-up myself. I do not think it is too far of a stretch to say that almost everyone reading this recommendation would have made the call to the custodians or our drama teacher----Very few of us would have gone that extra mile to help our co-worker. Thaine Campbell does this type of thing all the time. Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes, but rarely is it rewarded when a man simply leads by “walking the walk.”   Douglas E. Hofherr   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   Mr. Campbell has spent his 40 year teaching career at HNHS. He has taught thousands of students across generations. He has invested his life in the people of Huntington County.   Kelly Renier   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS       Bob Myers   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   Amazing dedication to his band kids and program (40 years). Department Chair and high quality mentor   James M. Paul   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   Thaine Campbel has been the only band director HNHS has ever known. This remarkable music educator has served thousands on Huntington youth as our band director for 40 years.   Jeremy Gulley (principal)   2010
Thaine Campbell (retired)   Huntington North HS   Long tenure of music education and influence on many current directors.   Dough McElhoney   2010
Mel Carpenter   Fairfield HS (retired)   I feel this candidate should be considered because I taught with him at SJGS for two years, he simply loves teaching students and they respond by enjoying music. While he is retired now, I have so much respect for Mel and his command of the classroom, we can all continue to learn from him.   David Mester   2017
Carrie Carlson   Portage HS   This totally devoted teacher/violin performer puts her students first. She received the HS String teacher of the year from ASTA in 2015.   Denise Kuehner   2016
Carrie Ann Carlson   Portage HS   Carrie is devoted to her students and her music. Teaching is more than a job. It's her passion. She cares about her students and goes beyond what is required. She is a pro and a fine musician.   Denise Kuehner   2013
Michael Cary   Rome City, IN   Kevin is one of the hardest working, most dedicated directors I've worked with.  His devotion to ensuring his music students successes are unparalleled   Kevin Haydl   2016
Kaleb Chamberlin   Mishawaka HS   Though still young, he handles classes and extra duties like a veteran teacher. He is putting in extra duty learning about jazz, writes our drill, we write all of our pep band music. He also spends a great deal of time working in lights and sets for musical and drama.   Dennis Gamble   2017
Kaleb Chamberlin   Mishawaka HS   Young teacher with a solid grasp of classroom management skills and musicality. Goes far beyond the call of duty to provide innovative experiences.   Dennis Gamble   2016
Rick Cheek   Hebron HS   he has been building his program tremendously and works very well with students   Korey Coffer   2015, 2011, 2006
Wayne Coil   Ben Franklin MS   Great professionalism and cares for his students.   Miguel Rosario Vega   2017
Wayne Coil   Thomas Jefferson MS   He is the consummate music educator and all around team teacher player.   Miguel Rosario Vega   2016
Wayne Coil   Ben Franklin MS   -I feel this candidate should be considered because of his dedication to the program, willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of him, and commitment to music and teaching.   Sam Hauter   2016
Wayne Coil   Ben Franklin & Thomas Jeff MS   of exceptional work preparing beginning and young musicians for high school and being flexible during all of the changes in the music curriculum at VCS.   Andria Kessler   2014
Matt Conaway   Purdue University   Outstanding and continued contributions to secondary level music students.   Scott Abbott   2013
Matt Conway   Purdue Univ./West Lafayette JHS/HS (formerly)   Outstanding musicianship and contributions to music education through his composition.   Jim Hopkins   2015, 2012
Jill Cooke (retired)   Wilbur Wright MS   She works very hard to maintain a top notch orchestra program on her own. She helped me learn how to teach students from beginners through advanced through her own outstanding teaching skills. Jill is totally committed to music and most importantly her students.   Aaron Zemelko   2010
Bryce Cone   Northbridge MS   Excellent job connecting with and motivating students   Drew Miller   2016
Bryce Cone   Northbridge MS   I would recommend Bryce cone from Middlebury. He is immensely creative and goes about helping the kids learn tough concepts like intonation through such things as puppets YouTube videos and he called himself vanilla Bryce I think about pushing in and pulling out if you're sharp or flat he just does whatever it takes to make sure that his students achieve a high level of musicianship   Kelly Rider   2015
Bryce Cone   Northbridge MS   I feel Mr. Cone should be considered because he has developed within each of my own children a love of music and a love of performing music. He makes band class one that all three of them have looked forward to having during their day and he pulls the very best out of them. He is constantly letting students know that he cares about them. Mr. Cone exemplifies an outstanding music educator!   Sara Skow   2014
Zac Coudret   Goshen MS   Zac is constantly pushing himself to be the best teacher he can possibly be. He is always trying to learn and improve. In his short time at Goshen he has made a tremendous impact on the program. When we worked together at Dickinson he was able to grow and orchestra program in an inner city environment to the largest it had ever been.   Bart Roberts   2017
Dan Cummins   Hammond Morton HS   Dan Cummins holds every student whom he teaches to the highest standard. He pushes them far beyond what they think they are capable of with motivation, determination, rigor, and knowledgeable pedagogy. He is willing to spend an incredible amount of time outside of the classroom to help students become better musicians and people. He is honest, straightforward, and always holds himself accountable. He is a fantastic musician, teacher, and colleague. His love for music education has inspired many students to forward with music after high school, and he has inspired me to never settle for mediocrity in any area of life.   Alex Akers   2014
Jay Dennison   Delphi Comm. MS   …he is a hard-working director who is fully committed to the success of every one of his students.   Jeremy Sterk   2010
Jay Dennison   Delphi Comm. MS   He works very hard   Scott Abbott   2014
Brandon Dinkins   Merrillville Int. School   he is a great teacher who spends even his spare time for the betterment of students   Kyle Govert   2014
Mark Druyos   Lasalle Int. Academy   Because of his dedication and commitment to teaching. He spends countless hours serving on committees, hosting all region band, working with our extracurricular ensembles, and making sure he is prepared to be at his best each day.   Susan Walker   2017
Mark Druyos   Lasalle Int. Academy   Great job with regional honor band.   Bryce Cone   2016
Mark Druyos   Lasalle Int. Academy   Extremely hard working and gets involved in all aspects of his job.   Susan Walker   2016
Mark Druyos   Lasalle Int. Academy   He's extremely hard working in all areas of his job. An unsung hero.   Grayling Hawkins   2016
Mark Druyos   Lasalle Int. Academy   Does a great job working with his students.   Susan Walker   2015
Heather Ducharme   McKinley Primary School   Heather is an outstanding general music teacher in the South Bend Community Schools. She recently was honored as McKinley teacher of the year for 2016-17. Heather (one of our many excellent Bethel music education graduates!) does a fantastic job bringing music to life, whether teaching her students about one of the great composers, introducing a new style of music, or giving them hands-on experience with new musical instruments.   Reginald Klopfenstein   2017
Larry Dwyer   University of Notre Dame   Great musician and teacher.   Susan Walker   2012
Jonathon Edwards   New Castle HS   John is an outstanding educator who has worked tirelessly to improve and help bond students across the state and has made a direct impression on me.   Joel Walters   2017
Thomas Eisan   Southwestern MS - Lafayette   I hear great things about his program   Bart Roberts   2015
Dave Elliott   Elkhart Central HS   He gives so much of his time and energy to providing quality ensemble opportunities to his students.   Elaina Sutton   2017
Dave Elliott   Edwardsburg HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because he strives for her personal best to model that behavior for his students.   Elaina Sutton   2016
Dave Elliott   Edwardsburg HS (MI) / Knox MS (formerly)       Jimmy Wingett   2010
Jen Engleman   Watervliet HS   Has done a great job with both marching and concert band. Received 1st at contest and not many given out. Strives for perfection and always receives high ratings at contest.   Randy Ripley   2013, 2012, 2011
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS   I nominate Terry W. Fisher at DeKalb high school in Waterloo, IN. I feel Terry should be considered because he has continually led outstanding music programs with positivity, enthusiasm, and the highest expectations of his students, while appropriately challenging them personally and musically. He is always looking for new ways to grow his students, and himself as an educator.   Doug Hassell   2017
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS   Terry has done great things over many years and built a very strong program for Dekalb.   Brittany Barrus   2017
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS   Dedicated educator with successful groups.   Mark Cheshire   2017
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS   his marching band and jazz bands rock!!"   Mark Cheshire   2015
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS       Sarah Farver-Staub   2015
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS       Jim Gunham   2013
Terry Fisher   Dekalb HS       Eric Criss   2010
Bridget Fine Flory   River Forest HS   She has been successful sustaining and rebuilding the Ingot band after high turnover the few years before she came.   James Wasmundt   2017
Michael Flanagin   Indiana Wesleyan University   Mr. Flanagin has had a major influence in developing my skills as an educator and in being the best version of myself. He leads a superior music program focused on excellence and personality.   Robert McMahan   2017
Kevin Fogle   Angola HS   Kevin Fogle is an outstanding Band Director who has been educating young musicians for the past 11 years at Angola High School. Outside of all of the accolades of his program, he spends a tremendous amount of extra time with his students. One particular thing that stands out with Kevin is his commitment to his students musical growth. He (personally) provides private lessons to every students who expresses interest in his high school band program. Over half of his high school band students advanced to the ISSMA state Solo & Ensemble events in 2012. Kevin is quiet but has a methodical drive about him when he works with his students. His work ethic is outstanding and his commitment to musical excellence is unsurpassed. His program is consistently an ISSMA All-School Music Award recipient, which demonstrates comprehensive student musicianship. Please give Kevin Fogle strong consideration for Outstanding Music Educator of the Year for High School; his commitment to young people exemplifies one of Indiana's best music educators.   Jason Witzigrueter   2012
Kelly Ford   St. Joseph College   He teaches authentically and with passion. All the tricks and tools I learned from him. He has formed me into the music educator I am.   Gayle Arend   2014
Dawn Forsythe   Jefferson Traditional Intermediate Center   She has an outstanding jazz band program at this level and makes every effort to showcase their talent and progress in the community.   Linda Howard   2017
Dawn Forsythe   Adams HS       Cindy Berryman   2010
Dan Fortlander   John Glenn HS   Has a great quality program year after year.   Dawn Forsythe   2014
Dan Fortlander   John Glenn HS       Nathaniel Sudduth   2010
Phil Frazier   Carroll HS   He is an amazing teacher that truly cares for his students and program.   Kristine Miller   2017
Phil Frazier   Carroll HS   Phil is an integral part of the CHS and CMS Band program and highly contributes to our success.   Everett Hornbarger    
Phil Frazier   Carroll HS   Phil goes above and beyond when it comes to his job. He is the assistant director and does all of the behind the scenes work . He is a dedicated and an amazing teacher!   Kristine Miller   2015
Amy Gallo   Prairie Vista Elementary   Amy approaches music teaching with a deep knowledge and vast passion for music. She is able to inspire young students to be excited about music and music making. She finds ways to engage all learners and highlight different aspects of musicianship. In addition to being a truly outstanding educator to her young students, she gives considerable time and knowledge to college music education students. She hosts SMC students for observations and student teaching, always providing excellent opportunities, specific feedback, and significant growth experience for our next wave of music teachers. Amy is kind, friendly, and intelligent, in addition to being an amazing educator. She teaches our youngest while preparing our oldest, and always with a smile.   Dawn Farmer   2017
Dennis Gamble   Mishawaka HS   After 30+ years of teaching Dennis still passionately approaches every day and every year as an exciting opportunity to bring music to students and the community.   Kaleb Chamberlin   2017
Dennis Gamble   Mishawaka HS   Dennis comes to work every day just as excited as I'm sure he did his very first day of teaching. He loves what he does and it shows every day.   Brooke Victor   2016
Dennis Gamble   Mishawaka HS   After 31 years of teaching Dennis still comes into school with awesome enthusiasm that is used to make his students better musicians and better people.   Kaleb Chamberlin   2016
Dennis Gamble   Mishawaka HS   He deserves it. Stepped up to the plate when the head band director took a leave of absence and has done an extra ordinary job. Very dedicated to his students.   Chris Beyer   2013
Dennis Gamble   Mishawaka HS   Inspires his students to really enjoy his class and to experience the sheer joy of making music   Wade Armentrout   2013
Joel Good   Rossville HS   He is very dedicated to what he does and has been extremely helpful over the years that I have known him. He is very talented at doing his job and it shows through his students.   Lindsay Knee   2016
Daivd Gore (retired)   Grimmer MS   had him come in and work withy my HS kids a few times and he really connected with the kids and helped motivate them to the next level   Brian Blocker   2013
Daivd Gore (retired)   Grimmer MS   David Gore is an incredible music educator. In addition to the excellence achieved by his bands yearly through his efforts, he is always willing to help make other educators better. He works with the LCHS Marching Band, is always available for advice, runs a corporation wide Cadet Color Guard group and has served as a mentor for me over the past two years I have been in the corporation.   Mark Walton   2014
Jeff Gorman   Riley HS, Jackson MS   He is unmatched with his ability to work with underpriveleged inner city students. Despite the challenges in the lives of his students he gets them to work hard. He creates a fun, welcoming experience that draws many of those students to school when nothing else will.   Zach Myers   2017
Jeff Gorman   Riley HS, Jackson MS   Jeff really works well with many different children and can reach the more difficult students (the ones who flunk most of their classes but are doing well in band). Jeff has built a strong program at Riley due to his dedication and willingness to work with a large range of students. Jeff is also very humble and puts the needs of his students first rather than promoting himself as a great educator.   Kathleen Kohn   2017
Jeff Gorman   Riley HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because of his dedication to his students. His ability to work with South Bend's urban student population, not just at Riley and Jackson, and ask for a higher level of musicality. And his willingness to help all South Bend Community Schools Band and Orchestra Directors by giving up his time to come and listen and help the other directors when asked   Robert Mitchell Freeman   2017
Jeff Gorman   Jackson Int   Capable of immense success with underpriveleged/low income students   Zach Myers   2016
Jeff Gorman   Riley HS   Consistent Marching Band Awards over ALL the years he has been at Riley! The marching band is HIS program, and he should receive credit for his truly outstanding work year after year after year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Linda Howard   2015
Jeff Gorman   Riley HS   In spite of type of environment does a great job. Very low income families with students difficult to work with.   Dan Balog   2015
Jeff Gorman   Riley HS   been working at SBCSC forever; is a great musician and teacher, plus he has been a wonderful mentor to me this year.   Zach Myers   2015, 2014, 2013
Kyle Govert   Lowell MS / Merrillville HS (formerly)   he is dedicated to his students and band program. Kyle goes above and beyond the call of duty to help his students achieve success in music   Aaron Zemelko   2011
Maureen Gray   Northwood MS   Has a strong program and a great relationship with students.   Kayli Savage   2015
Brian Grenier   Hobart HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because he is the most talented director in our area!   Darren Day   2016
Brian Grenier   Hobart HS   Brian has done an excellent job at rebuilding the band program at HHS as well as participating in furthering fine arts education in the area.   James Wasmundt   2013
Brian Grenier   Hobart HS   I would like to nominate Brian Grenier. Brian has served as the Director of Bands for Hobart High School since (?2004?). During his time there Brian has helped to organize the Hobart Summer Youth Band featuring different guest conductors for the students of River Forest, Lake Station, and River Forest. The concert takes place at the Revelli Band after only three days of rehearsal. Besides helping to organize this event for the local high school musicians Mr. Grenier also maintains high expectations for his own groups during Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. This past year he took members of his Jazz Combo to demonstrate improvisation skills learned by students and how to teach them at the Indiana State Music Educators Conference held in Fort Wayne, IN.   Nicholas Boersma   2012
Brian Grenier   Hobart HS   Brian does a FANTASTIC job at HHS! He has faced many adversities since taking over the program and things have only improved, and continue to improve! When he first came to Hobart, he had around 18 kids left in band, he now has over 60. Brian comes to the MS on a daily basis and works with a 7th grade group of kids and the beginning low brass class. In 2009 HHS Band Department received the ISSMA All-Music Award. That same year they had a Partnership with Purdue University. Brian is always looking for activities to involve his HHS musicians. He expects hard work from his kids and won't settle for anything less! He is well-liked and well-respected by his students!   Kelly Rehlander   2012
Brian Grenier   Hobart HS   we have worked closely over the past 5 years and someone needs to recognize the work that has been done with the Hobart Youth Band! Contact Brian Grenier for more info regarding the HYB!   Darren Day   2013
Brian Grenier   Hobart HS   Brian is an extremely conscientious person and a meticulous educator. He sets his expectations high and works to get his kids to improve to those high expectations.   Mark Danielson   2010
Emilie Grondin   Stanley Clark MS   Emilie is a powerhous of dedication to music education. She lends her teaching talent and expertise not only to the enhancing of the vitality of music education, but also the nurturing of young musicians toward becoming future leaders.   Martha Bradberry   2017
Emilie Grondin   Stanley Clark MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because:: Mrs. Grondin was a school string teacher for my boys for the last 7 years . She has been teaching various age groups ( from pre-K to 8th grade) at the Stanley Clark School. She is not only very patient and sweet but also knows how to challenge kids on every level. She also conducts the South Bend Youth Concert Orchestra group as well as coaches various chamber music groups in town. She is a truly amazing music educator in the Michiana area.   Minjung Ha   2014
Lynn Gwin   Northside MS   has been a staple in the Elkhart Band program since I was a student. She has a strong passion for students and is super dedicated.   Bart Roberts   2014
Chris Haddad   Pierce MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because he goes above and beyond for his students. Chris is constantly looking for new techniques and trying them out in his classroom. He is always willing to help his students during class and commits many days after school to make sure his students are gaining knowledge to make them the best musician for themselves. Not only does he teach 7th and 8th grade band students, but he also spends much of his time in the summer and fall as the assistant marching band director at the high school. He is also a tremendous help at the intermediate level by working with 6th grade recruitment. Chris is a fantastic teacher and educates and inspires students in all grade levels in the Merrillville School community.   Laura Smeltzer   2017
Chris Haddad   Pierce MS   Mr. Haddad's dedication to his students and to the 6-12 band program is raising the level of achievement in our district. His commitment and professionalism are always apparent. His respectful treatment of his students makes the strive them strive to please him and themselves.   Diane Kowalski   2013
Chris Haddad   Pierce MS   HE is doing a great job with carrying on the high expectations and traditions of the Merrillville Band program.   Kyle Govert   2013
Matt Hames   Lawrence Central HS   is an outstanding music educator who teaches all things musical lessons such as style and technique as well as life lessons through music. He relates behavior to music, work ethic through the music all in a way that reaches out to students in an extremely mixed demographic. Because of his teamwork with Randy Greenwell, the Lawrence Central Wind Ensemble is a premiere diverse group and all of the 5 bands at Lawrence Central perform at an extremely high level. He's also the man.   Tiffany Galus   2013
Soo Han   Carmel HS   he has shown dramatic improvement in every school he has been, gets the maximum out of his students, respects his craft, and takes leadership roles in our profession   David Irish   2013
Robert Hay (retired)   River Valley MS (MI)   I feel this candidate should be considered because: Bob is an extremely dedicated educator whose primary focus is his students. He spends countless hours at work, and has sacrificed a lot of personal time in order to ensure the success and quality of the music program at his school. Bob has taught at River Valley Public Schools for 37 years - his entire career - and plans to retire at the end of this school year. Throughout his career, he has sought to provide unforgettable opportunities for students. Two of his most recent accomplishments include taking his band to play at the Liberty Bowl, and being selected as the guest conductor for the 4th annual Southwest Michigan Middle School Honor Band (which Q&F helps to sponsor every year). Although his family will be glad to have him home more often after 37 years, the music education world will miss Bob and his expertise and dedication.   Denisse Santos   2011
Robert Hay (retired)   River Valley MS (MI)   I feel this candidate should be considered because: of the 30+ years of excellence in choral activity and, as of recent years, single-handedly directing both the choral and instrumental music groups there, district-wide, and succeeding!   Christopher Keech   2011
Robert Hay (retired)   River Valley MS (MI)   I feel this candidate should be considered because: He is a great teacher that has put a lot into making River Valley a fantastic program.   Elisabeth Anderson   2011
Kevin Haydl   E. Noble MS   goes out of his way to make every student feel welcomed and receive the best possible music education - whether it be band, choir or general music. He truly is a wonderful person to work with.   Michael Cary   2013
James Hensley   Col. John Wheeler MS   He is always going to bat for his band kinds and for the music dept at CWMS   Aaron Zemelko   2017
Jennifer Hollandsworth   Watervliet HS   consistently brings out so much from her students with such limited resources. In a small rural district with meager funding, Jenifer has developed one of the premier programs in SW Michigan. Her marching band is a consistent state qualifier and her passion for music and magnetic personality has drawn more and more students in to her program in her 17 years at Watervliet. Currently serving as the president for MSBOA District 6, she understands the need to give back and server her colleagues and profession.   Mark Hollandsworth   2016
Mark Hollandsworth   Buchanan HS   He is a terrific mentor to young teachers, has developed excellent programs no matter where he is teaching, and exemplifies a student centered approach to instruction.   David Elliott   2017
Everette Hornbarger   Carroll MS   Everette is a seasoned music educator who teaches instrumental music to band students in grades 6-8. He has hundreds of students in his concert bands, and they consistently score very high at the ISSMA music contests each year. He has also developed a fine Jazz band program. Everette coaches students for solo and ensemble contest, and is proficient in composing pieces for varying mixes of instruments in small and large ensembles. He works hard to provide quality experiences for children!   Diane Barton   2014
Kristen Hughes   Merrillville Int. School   She is always hard working does a great job with the kids.       2017
Danny Jackson   Oregon Davis Jr/Sr   of his commitment to his craft and to the students best musical interest   Chase Sprouse   2014
Michael Jamieson   South Newton HS   He is beyond committed to a program that is hurting for numbers. Great educator, person and friend!   Craig Redlin   2014
Susan Jehl   Summit MS   Sue has had a consistently strong program for many years, and an impressive record.   Marcus Farr   2016
Susan Jehl   Summit MS   … of dedication to her job. The wide variety of opportunities she provides for her students including commissioning composer works, Honor Bands, out of state trips, festivals, service performances, etc. Also involved in community band.   Troy Strebig   2010
James D. Jones   Benton Harbor HS   Mr. Jones came to Benton Harbor High School in 2005. He is also a Graduate of Benton Harbor High School. Mr. Jones is not only a Teacher but he is a Mentor, a Leader, and to some of his students a Father Figure. Mr. Jones goes above and beyond his duties as a Band Director. Many students come to his and ask if they can join band. Is reply is always "YES". A lot of his students may have only been playing a year or less and he takes his time both during and after school to work with them on a 1on1 basis. Mr. Jones has taught his students how to be a productive part of their community. Each year Mr. Jones finds a quote that he wants every student to know. This year his quote was "Quality not Quantity". Mr. Jones chose this because he wanted all of his students to know that your bad does not have to be "big" to sound good. Finally, I submit Mr. James D. Jones for this award because Mr. Jones has shown both his students that with hard work, dedication you can realize your dream.   Louis Krajecki   2011
Benjamin Kambs   Fairfield HS   Ben goes above and beyond in every single way possible, the entire year. Ben leads 2 incredible show choirs (one of which won state last year), leads countless concert ensembles (who often finish high in state competition), leasds Jr. High ensembles, helps foster young singers by helping with 6th grad choir, sends countless solos and ensembles to Solo and Ensemble contest (while hosting!), he directs the school musical each fall, even gives private lessons when needed and still manages to take his concert groups out for gigs at local churches (and I'm sure I'm leaving out some other things he does). Ben has built a very large, strong program at Fairfield and his students have a blast with him at the helm. He makes learning fun and turns ordinary students into passion-filled singers who crave what choir brings out in them. He is a master of his craft and any student at Fairfield is lucky to have him as a director.   Scott Lehman   2017
Heather Kasselman   Westville MS/HS   She has done outstanding work with the students at WHS. Her enthusiasm to help the program grow, to support the students in all endeavors (rock band, guitar, basketball band) and her continued support and care shows she is a fantastic educator for a great group of students.   Heather Marshall   2016
Jim Keranen (retired)   Mishawaka HS       Dennis Gamble   2010
Josh Kaufman   Goshen HS   has been instrumental in running the marching band at a masterful level.   Matt Mauet   2013
Josh Kaufman   Goshen HS   Josh is a very versatile musician, writer, and teacher. He has raised the level of the Goshen HS bands since his arrival in 2006. He is a fantastic musician while being a husband and father of three.   Tom Cox   2014, 2013, 2010
Josh Kaufman   Goshen HS   Really great with inspiring students to do better and does a great job incorporating the artistic portion into the performance.   Charles Westra   2014
Jim Kerenan   Mishawaka HS       Chris Iwaniec   2010
Jim Kerenan   Mishawaka HS       Dennis Gamble   2010
Andrew Killion   Lowell HS   I was his student teacher and he trusted me with his group. He made me think about everything that I did during the time I spent with him. He made me think about why I wanted to be a band director and how I needed to show that to my students. He helped me get my job. Andrew and I still talk on a consistent basis. He lets me bounce ideas off of him and gives me feedback. I know that whenever I have a problem, he will be there to help. Not only is he a mentor to me, but he is one of my closest friends.   Jay Lowry   2011
Andrew Killion   Lowell HS       Chris Haddad   2011
Andrew Killion   Lowell HS   He embodies the spirit of what music educators should try to be.   Jon Carney   2010
Andrew Killion   Lowell HS   … he truly represents what music education is all about.   Kevin Lewis   2010
Kathleen Kohn   Adams HS   Hard working and committed   Martha Bradberry   2013
Doug Koleszar   Harrison HS   He is a great mentor and an even better person. He goes above and beyond his duties at his school.   Craig Redlin   2013
Doug Koleszar   Harrison HS       Anonymous   2010
Doug Koleszar   Harrison HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because his bands have been a Four Time State Concert Band Finalist. He is the current President of the Indiana Bandmasters Association and the current Chair of the TSC Music Department. He heads up 3 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, marching band, and pep band. He has also organized a 2011 summer concert tour to Hawaii.   Steve Cotten   2011, 2010
Diane Kowalski Rosenthal   Pierece MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because of her tireless efforts to help her students and never ending dedication to the Merrillville String Program.  I am a better teacher because of her.   Aaron Zemelko   2016
Diane Kowalski   Pierce MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because she is actually a great teacher.   Jeff Lang   2015
Diane Kowalski   Pierce MS   of her tireless efforts to better her students in music and in life. Diane’s dedication and commitment to her students and the Merrillville String Orchestra program is truly inspiring.   Aaron Zemelko   2013
Diane Kowalski   Pierce MS   …she continually works hard to develop and maintain a quality program.   Tom Reed   2013
Kevin Krieger   Parkside MS   Outstanding MS jazz bands that rival or better than HS. They have appeared at the Detroit International Jazz Festival 6 times.   Steven Bralteimer   2013
Gary Kurtis   Clay HS-SB   Has worked extremely hard to build and expand the program at Clay HS.   Denis Gamble   2015
Gary Kurtis   Clay HS-SB   Gary has brought the band back from declining numbers and it has almost doubled since he arrived. Has 2 jazz bands now also. Doing a great job building his program. / Has done a great job helping the program to grow by expanding program and coursework. There are now 2 bands and 2 jazz bands. Guitar, electronic percussion classes have been integrated into the program.   Larry Vanore   2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Gary Kurtis   Clay HS-SB       Denise Kuehner   2010
Bill Leather   Penn HS   ...for his success with the Jazz ensemble (many invitational’s won), his commitment to students, contribution to the Penn Marching band achieving state finals on a yearly basis, and all-around good guy. ... because he is Dedicated. Humble. Courteous. Musical. Swangin'. Nice guy. Bill is an excellent educator that gets a lot out of his students.   Steve Peterson   2013, 2012
Bill Leather   Penn HS   Very impressed with his jazz band.   Dawn Forsythe   2011
Kristen Lemley   Arcola Elem.   She is so great with our band!!   Tracy   2014
Kristen Lemley   Arcola Elem.   The band really likes her   Isaac L.   2014
Kevin Lewis   Grimmer MS   He has been such a wonderful resource to me as I have made the transition to being a fulltime band director. He never hesitates to lend an ear, helping hand, or a solid critique. He truly loves what he does and wants to share that with other professionals. He has been an invaluable resource to me.   Elliot Smith   2016
Kevin Lewis   Grimmer MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because of the well run program by someone new to the district!   Bridge Parker   2015
Kevin Lewis   Wilbur Wright MS   He is a great music educator   Bret Winternheimer   2013
Nick Lieto   Laville HS   I had the opportunity to work for Nick last summer as a woodwind tech for his marching band summer camp. During that week, I witnessed the positive impact Nick has had on that program many times. There were many great and positive interactions with the students with Nick, as well as myself and the other staff members. A positive environment like that can only be fostered by a leader who truly believes and breathes positive energy. That summer was the first time for Laville having a marching band for a field show in many years. The growth of the enesemble from when the started to where they ended was phenomenal. Even when they had setbacks, the students found the perseverance to push through because Nick never wavered in his belief that they could achieve greatness. Nick has also been a great peer music educator, by helping me out with my program a few times as well.   Amanda Lester   2017
Don Litherland   Concord JHS (retired)   had incredible success as a high school band director at Elkhart Memorial, he continues to be extremely active in music education in Indiana. Mr. Litherland has an active private studio at Penn High School, and teaches a few students at Concord as well. He is often a guest clinician throughout the state, and has recently been named to the Hall of Fame for Phi Beta Mu. As a former student of his, he has always been a mentor and friend to me and has always made himself available to me as I continue to improve as a director. His demeanor with students is always friendly, professional, filled with joy and humor, and engages students in a way that causes students to raise their expectations of what they can do when playing music. The most recent example was at the Junior High All-Region Band concert in the fall at LaSalle Academy in South Bend where he was a guest conductor. Thank you for your consideration. I know that this award has typically been for current directors, and although he no longer holds the title he most certainly educating our students even today in retirement.   Bryan Golden   2014
Bob Livingston   Hillsdale College   Bob has been director of the Hillsdale Wind Symphony for many years. This group provides an incredible expereience for students, community members, and local educators and deserves recognition.   Jason Fritz   2017
Bob Malchow   Benton Central Jr/ Sr. HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because of outstanding support to new choir teachers in the area   Andria Kessler   2015
Adrian Mark   Adams HS   Very helpful to her in her first year at Edison and he does a great bot at both schools he is at.   Angie Phelabom   2013
Melissa Marks   Onsted HS   She is our County Band Directors President who goes above and beyond keeping us all in line. She is also involved with many things at the district level including hosting HS solo and ensemble.   Marcie Zeekner   2017
Paul Marlow (retired)   Garrett MS       Jim Gunham   2013
Vickie Marshall   Grissom Middle School   She has been in her current position for less than 2 years and is doing a great job with the kids   Jeanine Bilk   2017
Doug McElhaney   Crestview MS   I had the opportunity to work with Doug for 5 years. He is a legend in Huntington County. I have had many of my student teachers work with him and he is a terrific mentor to those teachers. He is loved by his students respected by everyone.   Michael Flanagin   2017
Terry McKee   Manchester Jr Sr HS       Rod Burton   2010
Terry McKee   Manchester Jr Sr HS   Super career at MHS, sharing music with his students for many full and success-filled years.   Everette L. Hornbarger   2010
Kristine Miller   MapleCreek MS   Kristine is so dedicated to the success of her program. She is always positive and upbeat. She takes groups to contest and also incorporates a steel drum band.       2017
Kristine Miller   Maple Creek MS   She cultivates love for instrumental music in her kids in the way she shows such an energetic attitude and encouragement towards her students.   Stephanie Longbrake   2017
Kristine Miller   Maple Creek MS   Kristeen has a great relationship with kids and does an excellent job with music education!   Douglas McElhaney   2013
Kristine Miller   Maple Creek MS   She has made outstanding contributions, as her students play with great skill. She challenges them at ISSMA group and solo and ensemble contests every year. She has a fabulous sense of humor and makes playing in band fun! This summer, she will direct the Fifteenth Annual Allen County Youth Band, which gives area youth a free chance to expand their musical experience. The band plays 3 concerts at area nursing homes.   Diane Barton   2010
Kyle Miller   Pierre Moran MS   Mr. Miller is a master teacher. His students clearly enjoy orchestra. I observe their interaction, participation, and positive attitude daily. Mr. Miller gets to know each student, and treats them with ultimate respect. All of this would make Mr. Miller a good teacher, but he’s a master teacher because not only do the kids love his classes and him as a teacher, they stay on task and accomplish a great deal. Students take pride and ownership in orchestra. They smile while working hard in class. Mr. Miller meets students of all backgrounds where they are, and helps them achieve new levels of excellence. And he always keeps his cool! In addition to all of the above, Mr. Miller has built the Pierre Moran MS orchestra program into one of the best Middle School orchestra programs in the state of Indiana. In his short four-year career, the orchestras have earned Gold Rating “With Distinction” two times at ISSMA Festival. The Pierre Moran Orchestras were a featured performing ensemble at the 2015 Indiana Music Educators Association Convention, where they received high praise from those in attendance, including a college conductor and a composer of one of the pieces they performed. I give Mr. Miller my highest recommendation for the Quinlan & Fabish MOMEA Award. He is an inspiration to his colleagues and students every day. I can think of no better candidate!   Kyle Weirich   2017
Kyle Miller   Pierre Moran MS   Kyle is an outstanding orchestra director in the Elkhart Community School District.   Dan Burton   2017
Kyle Miller   Elkhart Central HS   Kyle is a very innovative teacher who had established himself as an excellent role model for our students. Kyle is a young teacher who sets extremely high expectations for his students and has demonstrated a superior performance level with all of his groups. He has a wonderful rapport with his students and has the gift of being able to motivate for excellence and still have a lot of fun with the kids. His groups consistently receive gold ratings at solo and ensemble festivallst and ISSMA organizational events. Last year, his advanced middle school group performed for the IMEA Convention in Fort Wayne. And, he's a nice guy!   Dan Burton   2016
Chris Milliken   Dickinson Intermediate   Does a great job and very underrated in the area.   Bart Roberts   2011
Bryan Munoz   East Noble HS   It goes without saying, Bryan is an excellent musician as a performer and a director interpreting music. He has written several grants receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase top quality band instruments or his students to play. Parents respect him as well as his fellow educators. He was selected as Teacher of The Year for the East Noble School Corporation in 2013. Bryan is an excellent roll model for kids to follow. We are very fortunate to have Bryan at East Noble.   James Swartzlander   2015
Bryan Munoz   East Noble HS   he has made drastic improvements in the East Noble music program   Robert Smith   2015
Zach Myers   Adams HS   for all the time he puts into building the Adams program   Mark Druyos   2013
Dave Nelson   Lake Central HS   He's an outstanding teacher who stepped up to take over a huge and talented program to keep the tradition of musical excellence alive.   Bridget Speranza   2017
Sherri Nord   Ben Franklin & Thomas Jeff MS   Her steady, dependable support and positive outlook has been instrumental in making a smooth transition for the VCS orchestras this year.   Chris Morolf   2017
Sherri Nord   Thomas Jefferson MS   She is constantly improving and training solid skills!   Tim Kopf   2016
Sheril Nord   Ben Franklin & Thomas Jeff MS   …she continually improves her teaching and is making lesson plans that show creatively, imagination and her kids are well prepared. …she goes way beyond what is required and cares about her students.   Tim Kopf   2012, 2013
April Oppenheim   Concord JHS       Glenn Northern   2016
April Oppenheim   Concord JHS       Scott Spradling   2015
Colleen Patrick   Lane MS   she is a phenomenal musician--performing with professional ensembles around the Fort Wayne area. She is involved in CONN-SELMER music education. She takes time to develop relationships with her students. She has her own private lessons studio outside of school.   Cathy Huber   2014
Sean Patrick   Goshen HS   Sean stretches himself beyond the classroom duties further by rehearsing and performing with the Red Strings jazz ensemble, which played at the IMEA Conference in January.   Anne Marie Tschetter   2017
Sean Patrick   Goshen HS   Sean is a young up and comer who is a relentless worker, leader and visionary. He is committed to the betterment of the Goshen Orchestra program in so many ways. Sean sought out the Goshen Orchestra position to work from and learn from the legendary Susan Ellington, whom I was fortunate to take over for 3 years ago. He learned and gleaned all the great and masterful teaching ideas that she imparted on our students. He is extremely organized from having data & facts from various events like ISSMA solo/ensemble, organizational and the like down to the scores of each student. He takes care in carefully selecting not only our large ensemble music, but the ensembles that we have each and every student from 6-12th grade participate in at school each winter (and over 90% actually perform at the local S/E each year). This takes so many hours pouring and sifting through books to highlight the best of each ensemble but not being too challenging to not be a learning experience each year. Sean is a leader. Besides being a clearheaded teacher who has his own pedagogical ideas, he is willing to take new ideas and incorporate them in his teaching. For instance, since I have been at Goshen High School, Sean has started a jazz string program at both the middle and high school. This has grown over the past 5 years into an official before school class at the high school, culminating so far in performances at ISSMA jazz and this year’s IMEA as a jazz string ensemble. In addition, Sean took on leadership roles as “membership chair” of the Goshen Schools education union, the chair of the IMEA’s composition contest and part of the group that revises the ISSMA string solo/ensemble manual every few years. Also since Sean has joined the Goshen Orchestras, he has implemented a yearly unit about composition in the middle school orchestra curriculum. This few week unit allows each and every 7th and 8th grader to experience the creation process in composing a piece for solo, duet or the like. For a few students each year, this blossoms into the above mentioned entries into the IMEA composition contest. This year, we had 4 Goshen students win their categories for this contest. Again, a tangible result of Sean’s leadership and mentorship. Last, Sean is a visionary. He and I talk a lot being close colleagues. He always has ideas and thoughts about how our program can run in a better   Jason Pfeifer   2017
Sean Patrick   Goshen HS   Sean is running the Goshen Orchestras with integrity, talent, and an immense amount of hard work.  For such a young man he has already proven himself as a knowledgable and caring educator.  The orchestras under his direction regularly perform at a high level and the Goshen program continues on it's path of excellence after the retirement of Susan Ellington.   Anne Marie Tschetter   2016
Sean Patrick   Goshen HS   for his contribution to the success of the Goshen School Orchestra and for his musicianship as a bassist and cellist in all styles of music.   Kate Truscello   2013
Chris Paulson   Penn HS       Glenn Northern   2017
Chris Paulson   Penn HS   Chris runs the Penn HS pep band while also serving the Penn faculty planning and implementing in-services for the entire staff and for new teachers. The teaching day for band and orchestra teachers is already packed with events, planning, and performing   Anne Marie Tschetter   2017
Chris Paulson   Penn HS   he does amazing with running Penn marching band rehearsals and the numerous concert bands he runs and the pep band.   Jeff Gorman   2013
Joe Peloza   Edgweood MS   He has an excellent foundation and his students are very passionate players. He is my most influential mentor and deserves the most recognition possible   Craig Redlin   2017
Dan Peo   McCutcheon HS   I’ve known Dan for many years now. First, he taught me when he was student teaching at the high school I attended, Lake Central. He was an outstanding role model for myself and my other classmates, and I remember being amazed at how such a nice guy could command such respect. I have also known Dan through his work with the Indiana State University Drum Major Clinic. He mentored me as I was making my transition into being a college drum major at ISU. His positive guidance and constructive criticism helped me to become the best drum major I could be. Next I knew Dan when he was director of bands at Seeger High School in West Lebanon, IN. The band program thrived under his direction and he left it in much better shape than he found it. Currently, Dan teaches at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, IN and has quickly proven that he can effectively take the reins of a top-notch program such as McCutcheon’s. His bands are steadily improving under his direction and he continues to serve as a positive role model for all who fall under his baton. Thanks Dan for all you have done!   Michael Baum   2013
Dan Peo   McCutcheon HS   Outstanding director formerly at Seeger HS and now at McCutcheon.   Joel Good   2013
Dan Peo   McCutcheon HS   In his few years here in TSC, Dan has done a great job stepping up to take a leadership role. He has hosted ISSMA contest, All-Region and TSC events.   Katherine Tackett   2014
Craig Redlin   N. Newton Jr/Sr HS       Mike Jamieson   2013
Melinda Reinhart   Merrillville HS   Her dedication to her students and to her school is exemplary. She is deeply concerned for the "path of excellence" of Merrillville HS. I feel this candidate should be considered because of her tireless efforts with her choir students and the “tons” of extra time she puts in for our Spring Musicals!   Mark Danielson   2015, 2013
Cliff Reppart   Bridgman MS   Since arriving at Bridgman, Cliff has taken a broken program and turned it around. Last year he took is High School band to state festival... the first time the band had ever gone in recent history... and they received straight I's. He has put in the time and energy to build the program the right way and the fruits of his labors really starting to show. Also, Cliff is always willing to serve and work with other band directors in the area. He often gives up his time to work with percussion students at honor bands and lends a hand with other similar type projects. He is a thoughtful and insightful and seems to have a genuine interest in the well-being of those around him. Bridgman may not be the biggest or the best school in the area, but because of Cliff it certainly is an OUTSTANDING place for music education!!!!   Spencer White   2012
Cliff Reppart   Bridgman MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because:: Mr. Reppart is a band director that isn't just a band director but a role model and a friend. Mr. Reppart helps everyone not with just the stuff we do in band but stays after to help with a music ventures we want to take. He runs 4 different bands by himself, no assistant directors just himself.   Patrick Feole   2014
Mike Richardson   Benton Central Jr/ Sr. HS   He has been doing a lot of great things with his program lately and made great strides since taking over 4 years ago.   Patrick Teykel   2014, 2013
Mike Richardson   Benton Central Jr/ Sr. HS   his dedication to the Benton Community and his desire to impart change.   Jim Hopkins   2014
Randy Ripley   Stanley Clark MS   Randy is an excellent music educator. He inspires his students to do the very best. Positive role model for his students. / Dedicates work to kids and not ego   Pete Foster   2014, 2013
Christina Roback   New Buffalo MS/HS   She has been a very helpful peer throughout my first year as a music educator. She not only teaches her students, but helps enrich other educators.   Jenna Wojdula   2016
Jake Robaska   Elkhart Memorial HS       Lynne Gwin   2017
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   I feel this candidate should be considered because: Bart has been able to succeed at a failing school. He has not had much help from administration but the kids and families that attend that school appreciate his passion. I also appreciate him integrating technology into the classroom in band. We have been able to collaborate together on music tech in the classroom and at home.   Dawn Forsythe   2017
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   Bart is a tireless workhorse who provides the highest level of music education to his band students, while doing so under the most challenging socio-economic circumstances. The DFAA bands, under Bart’s direction, consistently receive GOLD ratings at ISSMA contests (Solo & Ensemble, Jazz Festival, Organizational Contest), and were a recipient of the 2016 ISSMA All-Music Award. Whether it’s bringing in professional musicians and educators for band clinics, offering afterschool ensemble opportunities, showcasing his bands on YouTube/social media, or taking his band students to tour the Conn-Selmer factory, Bart is unfailing in his quest to bring excellence to his band program at Dickinson. His students are extremely fortunate to be under his leadership and tutelage. Outside of teaching, Bart is a strong supporter of his fellow SBCSC music colleagues. He makes a concerted effort to encourage and compliment the successes of his colleagues’ music groups. When Bart finds supportive professional development training tools, webinars, lesson plans, or workshop opportunities, he emails and contacts his colleagues with the information, encouraging them to check out and/or use the useful materials. Bart goes above-and-beyond to offer his help and assistance to anyone who needs it, and he’s always there to give a helping hand with large-scale music events (set-up/tear down, behind-the-scenes planning, chaperoning, leading sectionals/rehearsals, etc.) It is with great respect and honor that I recommend BART ROBERTS for this award. Bart truly IS Michiana’s Outstanding Music Educator.   Dawn Orvis   2017
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   He creates innovative ways to get kids excited. He brings in professionals, they watch live performances, and he does interesting things with his ensembles. Bryce Cone   Bryce Cone   2015
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   Great job building program through the years. Now takes two groups to organizational contest.   Alex Benoit   2015
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   Has done a great job turning around a failing program. Incoming freshman from his school are very well prepared. Gold at contest three years in a row. Doing a great job; when students get to Clah, they can play well.   Gary Kurtis   2013, 2012, 2011
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   is very dedicated to helping the kids and goes above and beyond to give them what they need   Zac Coudret   2013
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   Outstanding job building the program.   Christine Coudret   2013
Bart Roberts   Dickinson MS   Does a remarkable job getting students to produce a quality performance in spite of negative dynamics within the system.   Adrian Mark   2014
Miguel Rosario-Vega   Valparaiso HS   -I feel this candidate should be considered because of his ongoing passion and dedication to Valparaiso HS for the last 21 years.   Sarah DeRossi   2016
Miguel Rosario-Vega   Valparaiso HS   for his high level of execution and involvement in IBA/ISSMA/Jazz   Darren Day   2017
Miguel Rosario-Vega   Valparaiso HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because he is awesome.   Andria Kessler   2016
Miguel Rosario   Valparaiso HS   …he has brought the love of music to many many students over the past 15 years.   Dan Pritchett   2011, 2010
Ben Runkel   Concord   He's very knowledgeable about all percussion and is always willing to help a colleague   Jacob Grabil   2016
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS   I would like to nominate Michael Satterthwaite. Mike has made an impact on so many life's. not just student but his colleagues as well. For over 30 years he influenced hundreds of people. I can only hope when I retire I have accomplished have as much as mike has!   Bob Myers   2017
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS   Mike is an incredible musician and even more amazing educator. His career is decorated in more awards and accolades that I can count. The best story that I have to share is that he came out and worked with my band last spring. During those few rehearsals I learned more than a semester of college! My students are better people and musicians. Mike is simply the best.   Cory Kelley   2017
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS   I have worked very closely with Mr. Satterthwaite for several years. The way he works with students is truly outstanding. He has a way for getting kids to excel beyond what one would sometimes think that they could sound. Mr. Satterthwaite is concerned about students as well as his colleagues. He is always willing to help others in any way that he can.   Jim Bueter   2016
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS       Dean Smekens   2015
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS   I would like to nominate Mr. Satterthwaite for the Outstanding Music Educator Award. Mr. Satterthwaite is outstanding with students. His caring for kids is genuine and he works/fights for the students that many would let slip through the system. Mr. Satterthwaite has high expectations for all of his performing ensembles. I admire his abilities in rehearsal techniques and his end products are wonderful. I have a great respect for Mr. Satterthwaite as a colleague as well as a friend.   Jim Bueter   2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because:: He has Been Teaching for over 30 years. Has made Marching Band State Finals In Class B,C,D. and is respected by All in this area for his integrity as an educator. and when Once asked why he likes teaching? his response " I like seeing kids succeed"   Bob Myers   2014
Mike Satterthwaite   Adams Central Jr/Sr HS   I feel this candidate should be considered because:: Mike is an incredible educator and has proven himself at both MS & HS levels. For years, he directed the Fort Wayne -Wayne HS band and was recognized as a premier program in the City and State! Mike has brought his expertise to Adams Central HS and now (a once unrecognized program) is viewed with high respect. As a young director, I have come to know Mike as a steady college and advisor. He has helped me in conversations and basic mentoring whenever I've asked. Mike is a TRUE music educator   Cory Kelley   2014
Julie Sefton   Huntertown Elementary   This educator leads her beginning band students to excellence in a caring and fun way. They LOVE her class!   Diane Barton   2017
Peg Shaffer (retired)   Crown Point HS   of her outstanding years of service to music education in Crown Point   Johann Sletto   2014
Joel Shaner   Jackson HS   Outstanding performances and case to students. MSBOA director of the year 2008-2009. One of my daughter's favorite teachers!   Kevin Kruger   2013
Joel Shaner   Jackson HS   Joel is a master educator who has achieved much success within his urban school district. Joel was MSBOA state teacher of the year in 2008-2009.   Bryan Mangiavellano   2013
Dean Smekens   Jefferson MS   After being an Assistant at many area programs, Dean finally took over a struggling program at Jefferson several years ago. The Band immediately grew in size, began receiving Gold ratings at festivals, and flooded ISSMA with young Solo and Ensemble participants. In addition, he is pretty highly engaged as an adjudicator for ISSMA   Michael Satterthwaite   2017
Dean Smekens   Jefferson MS   Dean is an incredible music educator. He has his groups playing at such a level and doing so consistently with meager resources.   John VanPatten   2016
Sarah Staub   Angola MS   her bands sound great and have good discipline - she also helps other band directors when she can.   Hank Gore   2014
Ken Steidle (retired)   Kankakee Valley HS   Ken personally has an outstanding academic record, but more than that he is an awesome educator and mentor for his music students and community! Ken directs orchestra, jazz band, concert band, marching band, and pep band at Kankakee High School and enjoys every minute of it! His enthusiasm and up-beat attitude permeates in every aspect of his music programs. Ken sets goals for his students and himself and never ceases to amaze me. One outstanding accomplishment was receiving the ISSMA All-Music Award last year.   Thomas Wright-Calumet HS (Gary, IN)   2005
Ken Steidle (retired)   Kankakee Valley HS   he has served in music education for many years. Ken truly cares about his student's success.   Jeremy Sterk   2014
Ken Steidle (retired)   Kankakee Valley HS   he has done a great job with his many band and string students over the years. He also has done so much to transform the KV music program.   Dan Peo   2014
Daniel Stowe   Notre Dame Univ.   One of the best musicians she knows. Directs ND choir and orchestra.   Ginny Long-Cecil   2011, 2010
Tony Strebig   Woodside MS   Tony consistently provides quality instruction for his middle school bands and jazz bands.   Susan   2017
Tony Strebig   Woodside MS   Tony is an outstanding individual and teacher! He always has a positive outlook and gets his students excited about what they are doing.   Kristine Miller   2012
Matt Sutton   Bremen HS   He plans engaging meaningful lessons every day. He inspires his students to go above and beyond their own expectations   Amanda Malone   2017
Matt Sutton   Bremen HS   He puts students first and desn't sacrifice his quality of standards.   Amanda Malone   2016
Matt Sutton   Bremen HS   Has brought a dying program back from almost nothing and now receives gold ratings in both concert and marching band contests.   Dan Fortlander   2012
Matt Sutton   Bremen HS       Bryan Ames   2010
Matt Sutton   Bremen HS   he is doing an outstanding job with his program. T has grown a great deal in quality and number of musicians.   Nathanel Sudduth   2014
Nathanael Sudduth   Laville HS   Has done a great job building the program. When he started there were 7 students in the band and now over 40. The band went from no participation in organizational contests to winning gold.   Gary Kurtis   2015
Bob Symer   Portage HS (retired)   Bob has a special way with his students. He is very compassionate. He is an excellent teacher and has inspired many students to have music as their career.   Carrie Carlson   2008
Bob Symer   Portage HS (retired)       Tom Reed   2010
Jared Throneberry   Manchester HS   Jared is devoted to his bands and bands across the state. His service to music is exemplary and his bands perform musically and artistically.       2017
Jared Throneberry   Manchester HS   He is a hard worker who is dedicated to his students and family.   Bill Murray   2017
Jared Throneberry   Manchester Jr/Sr HS   Jared's bands are of the highest quality. Jared serves as an officer in MSBOA as well as a host for band festivals.   Bryan Mangiavellano   2015
Jared Throneberry   Manchester Jr/Sr HS   Jared's bands consistently receives high scores. He is active in MSBOA as the B&O chairperson and he is a tremendous supporter of the arts both at Manchester but throughout the county and state.   Bill Murray   2015
Mark Townley   Byron Center HS   Very impressed with his jazz band and the individual abilities of the students.   Mark Druyos   2011
Larry Vanore   Clay HS   Improved the band since he was here and is taking the kids to contest which didn't happen before   Kevin Ohara   2017
Brad Wadkins   Homestead HS   He is a wonderful and versatile teacher. Brad was my band/orchestra director at HHS and now I get to work along side of him during marching season. I've seen Brad take on lots of different roles over the years, but especially this year. When our other director, Steve's wife died at the beginning of our season, Brad was the one so many people were leaning on. Brad was there in so many ways for Steve, our staff, and of course our students. Even with extra responsibilities Brad took on this year to help out, his teaching never wavered and remained just as strong as always.   Stephanie Reimer   2017
Susan Walker   Lasalle Int. Academy   Susan has a solid record of excellence at Lasalle. She is excellent at making the most of her teaching situation. Her students continually perform at a high level, and she dedicates a great deal of time teaching and mentoring her kids.   Mike Brown   2017
Susan Walker   Lasalle Int. Academy   very dedicated and goes above and beyond   Mike Brown   2016
Susan Walker   Lasalle Int. Academy   Has an excellent program consistently and knows how to get the very best out of her students. Gives a lot of extra time after school.   Mark Druyos   2012
Susan Walker   Lasalle Int. Academy   she does a great job organizing the IBA all region band. Holds afterschool jazz band, promotes private lessons afterschool and just sets very high standards in general.   Cindy Berryman   2011
Susan Walker   Lasalle Int. Academy       Dawn Forsythe   2010
Susan Walker   Lasalle Int. Academy   one of the best band directors I've ever met. Her students have excellent skills and musicianship.   Kathleen Kohn   2014
Lisa Wallyn   Riverside Int/ Plymouth   Has built Junior High Program - Great ratings at contests, increased numbers over the years. Recruiting has grown beginning numbers.   Bill Brown   2016
James Wasmundt   River Forest HS   James is an excellent educator. He is not only a great disciplinarian, but he is a skilled and knowledgeable musician.   Bridget Fine Flory   2017
Chip Williams   Vandercook Lake HS   Integration of technology into the classroom and in to the hands of his bands. Always willing to push to new levels and try new things without fear of failing.   Warren Miller   2017
Brent Winterheimer   Munster HS   He is always helpful to orchestra teacher newbies and he's a wonderful colleague that keeps things fun.   Bridget Parker   2016
Brent Winterheimer   Munster HS   He is a great music educator   Kevin Lewis   2013
Brent Winterheimer   Munster HS   for taking Munster HS marching band to state in his first year there.   Brian Blocker   2012
Aaron Zemelko   Col John Wheeler MS   He always goes above and beyond finding new ways to teach and inspire his students. He has started jazz and chamber ensembles to give his kids new muiscal opportunities.   James Hensley   2017
Aaron Zemelko   Col John Wheeler MS   Aaron is genuinely interested in the students. He goes the extra mile to help his students learn and become stronger musicians.   Tom Reed   2016
Aaron Zemelko   CP Taft & Wheeler / MIS (formerly)   1.) Outstanding work with young string players and 2.) maintaining a growing program   Jim Deal   2013
Aaron Zemelko   CP Taft & Wheeler / MIS (formerly)   …of his enthusiasm for teaching and his hard work!   Jill Cooke   2014, 2013
Aaron Zemelko   CP Taft & Wheeler / MIS (formerly)   Aaron’s dedication to the orchestras of Merrillville and his great skill in working with beginners have led to a growth in the program and a high quality of kids   Kyle Govert   2011
Brad Zook   Northridge HS   Excellent music educator. Leadership and commitment to the community. Great role model.   David Seel   2016
Brad Zook   Northridge HS   his first thought is always about giving the kids a good experience. I don't think it's a bad thing that he music is secondary to building relationships with kids. And he does a great job at getting them to perform at a high level. / he dedicates himself fully to his job to make the best experience for the kids, while also getting the best out of them.   Bryce Cowe   2014, 2013
Brad Zook   Northridge HS   insistence on excellence - raising the quality of Northridge to a high level   Drew Miller   2013
Brad Zook   Northridge HS       David Seel   2010