Fostering independent artists capable of communicating and understanding emotion through music.

Professional Experience

Virginia Postgraduate Professional License
License #: PGP-0680681. Endorsed in Music: Instrumental PreK-12.
Expires June 2023
Substitute Teacher: Albemarle County & Charlottesville City Schools, Virginia 2018–Present
Assistant Director of Bands: Centennial High School, Ankeny, Iowa
Directed Symphonic Band (10th grade concert band) of 50 students, Jazz Collective (top 9–12 jazz ensemble), Jazz Vanguard (third 9–12 jazz ensemble), and pep band (9–12). Provided specialized brass instruction for grades 6–12. Oversaw visual program, brass performance, and drum majors for marching band. Coordinated teaching and guest artists for 7–12 jazz ensembles. Taught non-AP music theory course.
Director of Bands: West High School, Waterloo, Iowa
Directed Wind Symphony (11–12th grade concert band, 2011–2013), Jazz I (top 9–12 jazz ensemble, 2011–2013), Symphonic Band (second 9–12 concert band, 2010–2011), and Jazz II (second 9–12 jazz ensemble, 2010–2011), musical pit orchestra, and show choir band. Co-directed Wahawk Marching Band and pep band (9–12). Grew program from 70 students to over 200. Organized annual school-wide variety show. Provided sound design for events in school auditorium. Taught semester long courses in Music Theory and Music History and provided independent study in Music Performance.


Boston University: Boston, Massachussets
Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education
Research Interest: Maker Education, Constructionism, and Self-Determination Theory
VanderCook College of Music: Chicago, Illinois
Master of Music in Music Education
Project: Tuesday Night Club: Incorporating Small Combos into the Large Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal
Iowa State University: Ames, Iowa
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, K-12 Music Certification
Graduated cum laude

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Other Professional Experience

Served as Vice Negotiator for Ankeny Education Association—Assisted in the negotiation of contracts for over 800 teachers in Ankeny, including salary schedule, extra duties, insurance, leave, transfer procedures, and seniority.
Served on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports teams in Ankeny and Waterloo. Developed behavior curricula and analyzed and responded to student behavior data.

Created annual swing dance fundraiser featuring 8–12th grade jazz bands and local teaching artists that fully funded jazz program
Coordinated vertical concerts to facilitate student engagement and performance across buildings.

Member of 6-person professional learning community delivering large ensemble, small group, and individual instruction in 8 daily rehearsals across three buildings.
Developed system of assessments for analyzing and responding to student performance data.

Designed and delivered co-teaching curricula for instrumental music and jazz instruction.
Researched and implemented standards-based grading practices.

Member of building and district leadership teams responsible for coordinating professional learning for faculty and staff in Ankeny.
Led technology-related development.
Presented in other districts and at state conferences on standards-based practices.

Trained faculty in the implementation of Google Suite and Chromebooks as 1:1 devices for 5–12th grade.
Supported faculty in the use of Infinite Campus as a student information system.
Supervised implementation of Classic and New SmartMusic.

Performance Experience

Conducting and Directing
Festivals of Music, Harper College of Performing Arts; Chicago, Illinois
Ankeny Centennial Symphonic Band
April 13, 2018
Iowa State University Women’s Basketball Game; Ames, Iowa
Ankeny Centennial Pep Band
November 20, 2017
Iowa Trombones Day with Waterloo Municipal Band, Guest Conductor July 20, 2017
Iowa Conductors Forum
Participant, University of Iowa with Dr. Mark Heidel
Participant, University of Northern Iowa with Dr. Ron Johnson

January 20, 2017
January 24, 2014
Veterans Day Parade; New York, New York
Ankeny Centennial Marching Band
November 11, 2015
Drake University-Adventureland Festival of Bands
Don Marcouiller Best of Class Trophy, Open Class; Ankeny Centennial Symphonic Band
April 25, 2014
Young Conductors Panel with Col. Lowell Graham
Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference Honor Band
May 11, 2012
West Des Moines Valley High School Jazz Lab, Director Fall 2009
Ames Municipal Band, Guest Conductor Summer 2009
Iowa State University Wind Ensemble, Student Conductor Spring 2008
Iowa State University Symphonic Band, Student Conductor Fall 2007
Guest Clinicians with the Ankeny Centennial Concert Bands include:
Christian Carichner, Steve Smyth, Michael Golemo, Graydon McGrannahan
Special Performers with the Ankeny Centennial Jazz Bands include:
Andrew Poppen, Mike McMann, Tony Wadle, David Kobberdahl, Mike Conrad, Dave Rezek, Paul Bridson, Mike Giles, Jason Danielson, Dave Camwell, Ryan Garmoe, Anthony Williams, Chris Merz, Alexander Pershounin, Susie Miget, Toni Lefebvre, Jon Lewis, Gabe Scheid, Jason Danielson, Jeff Crowell, Kelli Swehla, Mary Crandell, David Bohl, and Joel Nagel.
Brass Performance
Charlottesville Municipal Band, Trombone 2019–Present
Central Iowa Symphony, Trombone II 2015–2018
VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band, Principal Trombone Summer 2015, 2016
VanderCook College of Music Jazz Band, Lead Trombone Summer 2015, 2016
Ankeny Community Band, Trombone
Guest Soloist: Morceau Symphonique, Alexandre Guilmant (2009)
Waterloo Municipal Band, Trombone
Guest Soloist: T-Bone Concerto, Johan de Meij (2013)
Cedar Falls Municipal Band, Trombone 2011–2013
Ames Municipal Band, Trombone 2006–2010
Iowa State University Wind Ensemble, Principal Trombone 2005–2008
Iowa State University Jazz I, Lead Trombone 2005–2008
Iowa State University Jazz Combos 2006–2008
Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trombone 2006–2008

Professional Service

South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, Technology Chair 2016–2018
Stillwell Junior High School Solo Festival, Adjudicator 2015–2018
Ames High School Solo Festival, Adjudicator 2013
North East Iowa Bandmasters Association, Public Relations Chair 2011–2013


How to: A Standards-Referenced Instrumental Music Program
Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference,
May 11, 2017
Data-Driven Professional Learning Communities in Instrumental Music
Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference,
May 13, 2016
Standards-Based Grading in Music
Development and Evaluation in Music Education (Mus 466), Iowa State University
November 2014
Vertical Professional Learning Communities
National Association for Music Education, Student Chapter, Drake University
April 2014

Professional Conferences Attended

Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference 2018
Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference 2008–2018
Iowa Music Educators Association, All-State Music Festival 2005–2018
The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Directors Conference 2006–2014, 2017

Professional Memberships

Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association 2018–Present
Virginia Music Educators Association & National Association for Music Education 2018–Present
Iowa Bandmasters Association
South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association
North East Iowa Bandmasters Association
Jazz Educators of Iowa 2011–2018