Mariemont selects a New Band Director

Willis Music would like to welcome Angela Pontious to Mariemont and our band director family! Angela has over 10 years of teaching experience as Director of Instrumental Music & Performing Arts Department Chair at Highland High School in the Salt Lake City School District in Utah. There she instructed concert band, marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, string orchestra, chamber orchestra, beginning piano and music theory. Her performing groups have participated in region and state events and have consistently earned excellent and superior ratings.

Man, where does she find the time?

Angela earned her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Ball State University and her Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University. She brings a lot to the table and Willis rep Michele VanSickle is excited to help her make her first year a big success!

We would also like to congratulate Rick Canter, Mariemont’s current band director, on his new position at Walnut Hills High School.

Congratulations to all!

Cindy Hicks

This Is How It Gets Done!

Walton Verona Middle School started their beginning band class off with a big bang! Mrs. Hedges, Director of Bands at Walton Verona Middle School, knows how to get her students and their parents involved and excited about making music.

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Right before Christmas break, students and parents were invited to a hands-on meeting where students had the chance to actually make a sound on several instruments. Parents loved watching as Mrs. Hedges helped each child choose an instrument that best fits them.

walton verona beginning band meeting

Some crazy sounds were heard on that day. Mrs. Shana Gatewood, (yes, she is the wife of band director A.J. Gatewood from Twenhofel Middle School and … a great trumpet player/teacher that also helps Willis Music out with many parent meetings and student demonstrations), had students making great sounds! Trumpet was a big choice for several students. Shana did a great job fitting the students! She ROCKS!

walton verona beginning band meeting

We all know how important making music is in our kids lives. We all also know music education improves recall and retention of verbal information, advances math achievement and boosts reading and English skills. And of course… we all know it increases average SAT scores. With all that we know it’s the band director of your child’s school and the directors of beginning bands all over the world that have the most influence on students and can help change their lives through music. Amber Hedges is one of the best and she knows how to get things done in her school!