Voting is now open for the East Central 2024 Officer election. Voting will remain open till December 15th. Everyone voting, must be a member of NAFME and will need to submit their NAFME ID #. Election results will be verified by MMEA in December and announced in January.
10 Years Experience
Bachelors at Evangel University
I have worked in music education in several different capacities. At one time or another, I have taught band and choir and the junior high and high school levels. I believe that my experience may provide perspective that would aid the board in making decisions. My personnel skill would, I believe, be a benefit to the board as well. During over a decade of work in education, I have been able to form strong relationships with a large and diverse group of administrators and fellow educators. I genuinely enjoy people, and I enjoy collegial rapport with others, even during difficult situations. In closing, I have great appreciation for the work of the East Central board in the work that they do for our students. My students have benefited from their tireless efforts over the past decade. Many of the veteran educators who have previously served have encouraged younger directors to step into leaderships positions. I am not sure if I still qualify as 'younger,' but I believe that this is an appropriate time for me to explore these opportunities. Given the high number of incredible educators we are blessed to work with, I know that the board will have great leadership whomever is elected.
HS Band VP
9 Years of Experience
University of Missouri - Kansas City
MMEA HS Band VP - 2 years
In the last two years I have been able to provide growth for our district by facilitating straightforward audition processes and effective communication. I have also been able to coordinate with top-tier clinicians to provide rewarding experiences to the high school band students in EC7. I have a lot to offer the district, and I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of making processes better for this district.
10 Years of Experience
BME - Southeast Missouri State University
I would love the opportunity to serve as the HS Band VP for this district. I have experience with organizing events for honor bands and festivals. While only being a part of this district for 4 years, I feel that I can rely on that experience to enhance what we are doing. I want to make sure that we continue to advance music in the right direction for all of our students in our district.
HS Choral VP
21 Years Experience
Bachelors in Music Education from University of Missouri-Columbia, Masters in Music Education from University of Missouri St. Louis
I was previously the East Central High School Choral Vice President from 2012-15 and took over the position for East Central High School Choral Vice President in Fall of 2023.I would like to serve as the East Central High School Choir Vice President because I enjoyed serving in the past. It gave me a chance to meet new people and work closely with other directors in our conference. I also feel that I am organized and can get information to directors in a timely manner.
HS Jazz VP
16 Years of Experience
BME at University of Missouri-St. Louis and MME In Progress at Lindenwood University
I have always wanted to serve. I am hopeful that I can be a productive member and help to continue to improve the quality of education and educational experiences in our district and statewide as well. I feel the students and teachers in district #7 represent the absolute best in the state. It is our job to make sure everyone knows it. I want to be a part of that mission statement.
MS Band VP
11 years experience
Bachelors - Southeast Missouri State University
For the past 11 years, I have enjoyed teaching middle school instrumental music. For two years, I served as the Middle School VP of the Southeast District. During that time, I learned a great deal about how to organize and effectively run a festival on the scale of All-District Band, and how much the directors appreciated clear communication about the audition process. I believe that this previous experience will serve the district well.
I believe that the most formative years are that of the middle school musician. It is during this time that students receive the foundations for what they will become as musicians. In joining the board, I plan to focus on the Middle School All-District Band auditions and performance, to give our students the best possible experience.
As a member of the board, my focus will be to serve the directors in the East Central District, and enable them to better serve their students. Clear Communication, consistent judging criteria, and the introduction of a rotation of audition materials will not only help our directors know what to expect, but help our students understand and value the process of auditioning for All-District Band.
10 Years of Experience
Bachelors and Masters - University of Missouri
As a member of the Board, I plan to carry out my duties using methods we have found to be successful while keeping an open line of communication with directors regarding any ideas for improving our process. My view on the Board positions is that they exist to carry out what the teachers within the District feel will provide the best opportunities to our students.
For several years, I have taken on many different roles during the high school and middle school All-District Band audition processes and have seen many things that have worked great as well as things that could be better executed in order to give everyone involved the best possible experience. I would like to prioritize communication, timely distribution of information, and consistency of the middle school audition process. Doing so will allow directors to have a say in decisions, quickly receive information our students need both before and after the audition, and will allow us to better prepare our students to have a good audition experience.
MS Choir VP
MS Jazz VP
9 Years of Experience
Bachelors of Music Education, Southeast Missouri State University
I would like to serve as a part of the East Central District board to help support and improve the opportunities available to our district students. I was lucky to have a great jazz education as a student in this district and I would like to keep that tradition alive.
25 years of experience
BA= Goshen College, Goshen, IN
MA=UCM, Warrensburg, MO
St. Louis AOSA, VP, President, Past president; St. Louis Kodaly SLAKE, treasure, president; MMEA, VP- Early Childhood/Elementary, 2023-24 & 2020-2022 MKMEA, co-chair of St Louis Conference, 2020-2022
Hello EC7 Colleagues,
I hope you are well rested after a wonderful summer away! As we head into a new school year, I hope that you are feeling a renewed sense of excitement for teaching!
To our new teachers in EC7 welcome! Both new and veteran teachers who are switching schools, please register HERE so that you will receive all the email communications about the happenings in our music community.
In addition, we have a great lineup for our Professional Development Day on August 19, 2023 hosted by DeSoto High School. Coffee and donuts will be available at 8:30am with our keynote speaker starting at 9:15! Check out the Schedule! We look forward to seeing you!!
For any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, East Central Music Educators Association
Thanks to all who have sent in responses. We have many great candidates once again this year already! However, if you would still like to submit a name this is your final call to nominate an esteemed colleague for EC7 Educator of the Year.
Nomination for EC7 Educator of the Year
In addition, please consider nominations for MMEA awards for:
**(youth and obviousness should not keep you from offering a nomination!!)
1.MMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award
for someone who has 3-7 years experience
2.Wynne J. Harrell Outstanding Music Educator Award
for someone with 15 years experience
Mrs. Catie Sikes
President, East Central District #7-MMEA
Music Director, Jefferson R7 School District
Hello and Happy Summer!
I hope that this message finds you well, rested, and rejuvenated for the upcoming school year! Just a reminder to register for the 6th Annual Professional Development Day on August 20, 2022. Register HERE! We have some great sessions planned! This is set to be a FANTASTIC event! See you there!
Do you have colleagues new to East Central? Please encourage them to visit our website at https://www.ec7mmea.org/ to have all the up to date information about our district!
If you have questions, please reach out. I am happy to assist.
With kind regards,
Mrs. Catie Sikes
President, East Central District 7-MMEA
Music Director, Jefferson R7 School District
I hope your year is ending well and that you are looking forward to summer vacation & relaxation!
I sent out a save the date for our August PD Day on August 20, 2022! I look forward to a refresh and recharge this summer, so that I am able to come in passionate about music and ready to inspire our students to excel as musicians. Happy SUMMER VACATION!
Many of us will not check email this summer so sign up today and add it to your calendar of events! Click HERE to save your spot for our August kick-off!
Jefferson RVII School District
President, East Central District #7- MMEA
Congratulations to Rebecca Shipley for being named the East Central District #7 Music Educator of the Year. A well deserved honor, for a fantastic music educator.
Below is the link for voting in the 2022 East Central Officer Elections, that will go live January 29th- Saturday morning and be open until 8:10 am.
In order to vote: You will need to enter your first and last name and your NAfME number. Here is the link for voting that will go live January 29th- Saturday morning and be open until 8:10 am.
Darrell Boyer is currently the Director of Bands in the De Soto #73 School District, he oversees the operations of the 6-12 Band program. His teaching responsibilities include directing the Dragon Pride Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, two curricular Jazz Bands, and the Guitar program. At De Soto, Mr. Boyer has served on the Technology Committee, District Leadership Committee, and as a PD Facilitator. In these roles, he has worked on developing professional development for teachers, helped develop a technology badging system, and presented several sessions to assist teachers in learning new technology skills.
As a part of the East Central District Mr. Boyer has served as the ECD7 MS Jazz Vice President and is currently the Webmaster. During his time as the MS Jazz VP he oversaw the update of Jazz audition materials, which introduced improvisation to the MS Jazz audition. As the Webmaster for the East Central District he maintains the website and aids in registration and audition process, helps set up district mailing lists, and organizes and maintains the district Google Drive folders. Mr. Boyer has also presented professional development sessions during the East Central PD Day including: Developing a 5 Year Plan, Branding your Band, and Recruiting and Retention.
Darrell received his Bachelors in Music Education at Missouri State University, Masters in Educational Technology from Southeast Missouri State University, Specialist in Educational Leadership from William Woods University. He currently resides in Bonne Terre with his wife Samantha and two children Mia and Cameron.
A New York state native, Mrs. Lydia Hill holds her Bachelor of Arts in Music (minor in Art), and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Lee University. Lydia continued post-graduate studies at the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University before pausing for her most important role - mom. Lydia plans to complete her Ed.S. Educational Leadership/Administration Certification program. Most importantly, she is a strong advocate for the performing and visual arts as a soloist, clinician, presenter, educator, and freelance artist. Her stage credits include numerous operatic and musical theatre roles. Professionally, she has performed with the Choral Arts of Chattanooga, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and has been the featured soprano soloist for Honegger's King David, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn's Missa brevis in F, and Shubert’s Mass in G. Most notably, she performed Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of Maestro, John Rutter. Lydia has been a performing and fine arts educator in the Fox C-6 District for 14 years, where she has directed, produced, and designed numerous productions for the Fox District. She was the founding Choir and Drama Director at Antonia Middle School before moving to the Fox High School Choral Program in 2014, a position she currently holds. In 2020, she was the choral clinician for the MAJHAA Honors Choir and is an active member of NAfME, MMEA, MSTA/CTA. She and her husband, Matt, reside in the Arnold area with their 2 children.
HS Band VP
As Director of Bands at Windsor High School, Jacob Bubb directs the Golden Brigade Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, two Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, Beginning Brass Class, assists with 8th grade Cadet Band, and Windsor Indoor (WGI Winter Winds). During his time at Windsor, enrollment in the high school band program has grown by 50%, the Golden Brigade has earned numerous first and second place finishes at local regional marching band competitions, and added a second Jazz Ensemble. He also plays with the St. Louis Wind Symphony.
Jacob began his career in education in 2015 as the Director of Bands for the McLouth (Kansas) School District, where he led the 5-12 instrumental music program. At McLouth, his duties included directing high school marching band, concert band and jazz band, along with middle school concert and jazz bands, and the elementary beginning band. During his three years at McLouth, the band program had significant enrollment growth, earned exemplary I ratings at large ensemble festival, and the bands traveled to Chicago and New Orleans.
Jacob earned a Bachelors in Music Education from the Conservatory at University of Missouri - Kansas City, where he studied euphonium with Tom Stein and performed under the batons of Steven D. Davis and Joseph Parisi in the Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble. In addition to his schooling, he served as the Operations Assistant for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, organizing weekly rehearsals for the 300+ member program, and assisting in the planning of performances at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, Midwest Clinic, and international tours to Ireland, Austria, and Germany.
HS Choral VP
HS Jazz VP
Tommy Perry is currently the Director of Bands at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri and previously the Assistant Band Director in the Warren Co. R3 School District. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Missouri State University and a Master's Degree in Music Education from Central Washington University through the American Band College.
During his tenure as Director of Bands at Fox, he has instructed the Marching, Symphonic, Concert, and Pep Ensembles, three curricular Jazz Ensembles. as well as an AP Music Theory class. In addition to this, he has also had the pleasure of serving the ECD7 as the High School Jazz VP for the past two years. Mr. Perry currently resides in Hillsboro with his wife, Kaitlyn, and three cats. In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys hunting, hiking and playing his trumpet.
MS Band VP
Ryan Staines is in his fourth year as the Assistant Band Director in the Windsor C-1 School District, where he leads the middle school band program of over 200 students.
At Windsor Middle School, Ryan teaches Beginning Woodwinds and Beginning Percussion, leads the 7th Grade Junior Band, and co-teaches the 8th Grade Cadet Band. At Windsor High School, he leads the Symphonic Band, directs Windsor Indoor (WGI Winds), and co-teaches High School Percussion and the Golden Brigade Marching Band.
Ryan earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Education from Truman State University, where he studied trumpet with Dr. Gregory Jones and Dr. Eric Dickson. As a member of Truman's band program, he was under the direction of Mr. Dan Peterson and Dr. Curran Prendergast, performing at a College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) regional convention and Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) state convention.
In the greater musical community, Ryan is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and directs an ensemble in both the Winter Guard International (WGI) and Central States Percussion Association (CSPA) circuits. He currently plays with the St. Louis Wind Symphony as a member of the trumpet section. He is also an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, previously serving as Truman's chapter President.
MS Choral VP
MS Jazz VP
Mr. Schroyer earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and his Masters in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music. Mr. Schroyer has been a public school band director since 2005. He has been in charge of beginning, middle, High School, and jazz programs. He is currently the Director of Bands at Fox Middle School, and assists at Fox High Schoool.
Jon Logan currently serves as an Elementary Music Specialist at Marthasville and Augusta Elementary in the School District of Washington. Additionally he conducts the Bluejay Singers at Marthasville/Augusta. Prior to coming to the East Central District, he taught middle school and high school choir in Owensville and in the Warrensburg area for several years.
In the West-Central District he served as 5-6 Honor Choir Vice-President for two years where he organized the 5th and 6th honor choir as well as helped organize professional development opportunities for elementary and middle school teachers in the district. He earned a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Central Missouri. At UCM, he conducted the Women’s Choir and co-conducted the Concert Choir. He currently serves the Missouri Choral Directors Association as the 7th-8th Grade Summer Honor Choir Coordinator. His professional memberships include NAfME, MMEA, ACDA, MCDA.
Aaron Bounds is in his fourteenth year as Director of Bands at East Central College. At ECC he has taught Music Appreciation, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band and Concert Band. Aaron has also developed and taught Rock & Roll Appreciation as well as Jazz Appreciation. Aaron has also conducted the Saint Louis University Concert Band for nine years. In 2006, Aaron received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and in 2008 he received his Master’s in Music, both from Missouri State University. During this time, Aaron also performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2003, 2004). Since then, Aaron has had the honor to work with Missouri Lions Bands, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and marching and concert festivals as a guest clinician and judge. Currently Aaron stays busy by balancing his local jazz combo and his family; Emily, Carl and Theodore.
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