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* 1. Should - JARED BROCKMEYER - Rockwood South MS  – Nominated by Angela Albrecht

After teaching as the sole band director at Midland High School in Varna, IL, Jared became the assistant director at Rockwood Summit High School for 3 years before making the decision to come to Rockwood South Middle to be my assistant director 9 years ago. As the brass specialist and lead director of the 7th grade band, the 7th grade band has received Division 1 ratings at the SLSMEA Large Group festival every year under his baton (8 years in a row). He has been instrumental in bringing two 8th grade bands to perform at MMEA (2013 and 2020). He co-teaches the RSMS Jazz Bands and leads the Jazz Improvisation class.

Jared co-leads the Rockwood School District Band Director Professional Learning Committee where he provides high quality professional development to the entire Rockwood School District Band staff. He brings in quality adjudicators, technology sessions, clinicians and both current and retired directors to address our needs. Jared encouraged me to go through the National Board Teacher Certification with him. This is something I definitely would not have done or thought I was capable of doing without his encouragement and guidance. He has held question/answer sessions to encourage other directors in our district and in the St. Louis area to give the process consideration. We have had many student teachers that he has assisted over the past 10+ years, including the current assistant director at Rockwood Summit HS. In addition to working with the Rockwood Summit Marching band, Jared is a sought after marching band adjudicator and judges nearly every weekend in the fall. Jared is scheduled to be the guest clinician/conductor for an honor band in the Kansas City area in December of this year.

Jared is a member of Nafme, MMEA, NEA, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Jared served is a leader in our school district professional development for band staff. Jared performs and guest conducts in community bands year round and performs with various groups in the community around the holiday season. He volunteers to work sectionals for honor bands and takes leadership roles in our building’s professional development.

I can think of no director more deserving of the honor of becoming a member of Phi Beta Mu than Jared Brockmeyer. His personal and professional character are of the highest moral standard and his know

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* 2. Should - BEN JOHNSON -Harrisonville Cass R-IX – Nominated by Ed Roberts- be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership?

Education:  Bachelor of Music Education-University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Master of Science in Education
Southwest Baptist University

2005-2009 Fair Play School District-Music Director K-L2:General, Vocal, lnstrumental. increased participation in choir and band programs - 2009-2015 Warsaw School District-Director of Bands 6-12. Organized Warsaw Annual Middle School Festival. Organized Band Trip every other year.  lncreased significantly participation in band. lncreased quality and difficulty of music performed. Participated in multiple marching festivals. Received top ratings at MSHSAA State Band Festivals - 2015-Present Harrisonville Cass R-lX-Director of Bands (4 director program). Organized first "Royal Regiment Marching Festival" - Organized Major Band Trips (2016 & 2020). lncreased student participation in band - Participated in numerous marching festivals. Received top ratings at MSHSAA State Band Festivals - Contributions to Advance Band Programs;  Established first "Royal Regiment Marching Band Festival". Student teacher supervisor for universities. lnvolved in West Central Band activities. Director of consistently superior band programs.  Professional Organizations: MBA, MENC, MME& NEA;  Personal Character: Ethically and Morally Supurb;  Married 2005 to Kate Johnson . Adopted daughter (Lyra)from Abada, Ethopia-Will return correspondence on time regardless of method of correspondence-It is my pleasure to nominate Mr. Ben Johnson for membership into Lambada Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.  Mr. Johnson meets all the qualifications for membership and I ask for the strongest consideration from the membership committee for his name to be presented to the membership for their vote.
Respectfully Submitted, Ed Roberts, Retired

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* 3. Should - JOE PADAWAN-Rockwood Summit – Nominated by Doug Hoover- be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership?

Joseph Padawan is currently Director of Bands at Rockwood Summit High School. He has been in his current position since 2012. Prior to that he served as band director at Collinsville, IL High School for 3 years. In addition to his post at Summit High School, he also teaches at beginning low brass and assists the 7th grade band at Rockwood South Middle school. Throughout his 10 years of teaching, he has developed a strong total band program. His students regularly are selected for St. Louis Suburban and All-State Bands. He promotes a significant solo and ensemble program, demonstrated by maximum numbers of solo and ensemble participants, that regularly move on to State Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Joe’s commitment to Music Education is represented by a strong and active Jazz Band, a nationally recognized marching band, and an exemplary concert program. The Jazz Band is active in the Rockwood community as well as participating in the respected Chicago area Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Meadows. The Summit Marching band’s achievements over the last few years include several regional contest “Grand Champion” awards as well as being a finalist at BOA-St. Louis Super Regional (2017), and 4th in their class at the BOA-Indianapolis Super Regional (2016). The Symphonic Band consistently earns “I” ratings at state band festival and in January of 2018, the Summit HS Symphonic Band performed at Tan-Tar-A as one of the featured bands at the annual MMEA In Service Workshop/Conference.

He is an outstanding musician and continues to hone his performance craft as a cornet player in the St. Louis Brass band. His past performance experiences include the touring stage production of “Blast,” member of Phantom Regiment and Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Joe has been a brass and marching clinician in multiple states as well as serving on the brass instructional staff of Carolina Crown Drum a Bugle Corps. Joe is a member of MMEA/NAfME, Rockwood NEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He resides in Ballwin with his wife and three children.

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* 4. Should - CHERYL PARISI - St. Thomas More – Nominated by John Wilson-  be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership?
Is a member of MENC/MMEA with 28 years of teaching experience Georgia/Missouri 16 years in Missouri. Is Currently the Band Director at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Kansas City and the program has doubled in size since she took over. Over 120 students are in band grades 5-8. She leads the Largest Parochial Band Program in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. And consistently has the largest number of participants in the All-Region Catholic Honor Band.
Named teacher of the year at Potter Street Elementary (Georgia)
Named teacher of the year Whigham School (Georgia)
Department Coordinator and Faith leader at St. Thomas More School
Has former and current students in the Fountain City Youth Brass Band, KC Acapella, and Christian
Youth Theater and other groups on KC Area. Former students are music teachers, therapists, actresses, actors etc. She is a board member of the Christian Youth Theater, Clarinet Leader in the Sounds of South Kansas City Community Band and a Band Booster at Bishop Miege High School. She regularly leads music at St. Thomas More Church with students from her school and is in demand as a cooperating teacher for college students to observe and to student teach with.

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* 5. Should - DR. CURRAN PENDERGRAST - Truman State University – Nominated by Brad Hudson -  be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership? 

Teaching Experience
2014-Present Truman State University Kirksville MO Director of Bands
2009-2011 University of Iowa Iowa City IA Director of Concert Band
2006-2008 Cooper High School Robbinsdale MN Marching Band Assistant
2004-2007 Plymouth Middle School Robbinsdale MN Band Director
2003-2004 Lafayette School District Lafayette IN Music Teacher
2002-2003 Carmel Middle School Carmel IN Band Director

Contributions Impact on the Profession of Music Education
Guest adjudication, guest conducting and clinicing. Since Dr. Prendergast has been the Director of Bands at
Truman he has been a sought after clinician adjudicator and conductor. He has conducted numerous conference
And district bands in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa
Dr. Prendergast has made an impact on music education students at Truman State University. He has also been a
Huge asset to the Kirksville band from the beginning of his career at Truman. He has cliniced all grade levels
Assisted with marching band worked with drum majors and has been an amazing resource for our staff.
Dr. Prendergast has presented at MMEA Missouri Bandmasters, The Modern Band Colloquium in Fort Collins
CO, Music Teachers Educators Colloquium in Perrysville, OH and he has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of
Iowa. Finally, Dr. Prendergast has been a Research Advisor for many students at Truman State University.

Professional Organizations
Kappa Kappa Psi, CBDNA, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha, Missouri Bandmasters, National Band
Association, and NAfME.

Professional Community Contributions
Serves on the Truman Week Logistics Committee, Instrumental Area Chair for the Truman State University Music
Department, Vice Chair and Music Department Representative to the Graduate Council.

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* 6. Should - CHELSEA SILVERMINTZ -Lindbergh High School, Truman & Sperreng Middle Schools - Nominated by Aaron Lehde -  be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership?

Chelsea Silvermintz has been a band director in the Lindbergh School District since 2008.

Chelsea directs the Freshman Band, LHS Woodwind Choir, and assists with Concert Band and the Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band. Chelsea teaches sixth grade beginner clarinets, and 7th and 8th grade woodwinds at Truman Middle School, as well as sixth grade beginner clarinets at Sperreng Middle School.

She currently serves as President-Elect for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association, and served as Vice President of High School Concert Band from 2016-2018. She has been a nominee for MMEA Band Vice-President.

Chelsea is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, and the National Education Association, and St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association.  

Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and began her teaching career in Hondo, Texas at McDowell Middle School. Following her relocation to St. Louis and concurrent to her work at Lindbergh, Chelsea earned a Master of Music and the Kurt Engbretson Music Education Award from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014. A five-year member of the Texas Longhorn Band, Chelsea studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki and participated in the 2005 National Trumpet Competition. She marched with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004 and served on the brass staff of the Racine Scouts in 2008. From 2009 to 2016, Chelsea performed with the St. Louis Brass Band.

I have always been impressed with Chelsea’s ability to be a productive member of a team. She seeks advice, shares good ideas and above all strives to do good things for kids. She is a dedicated member of our profession.

She replies to emails, calls, and texts in a timely manner and I have personally witnessed her conduct in the 5/4, 7/8, and 11/8 time signatures.

Chelsea Silvermintz already demonstrates the high standards a member of Phi Beta Mu seeks. 

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* 7. Should - JULIE SWOPE  -West Middle School (Columbia) - Nominated by Dennis Swope -  be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership?

It is my pleasure to nominate Julie Swope for membership in the Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Julie is currently Director of Bands at West Middle School in Columbia, MO. She has served as the director of bands for seven years, where she coordinates a middle school program with Eighth Grade Band, Seventh Grade Band, Sixth Grade like instrument classes and a middle school Jazz Band. Julie has also served as Department Chair for the Fine Arts Elective Team for the last three years and serves as a mentor teacher for new fine arts faculty. In addition to her duties at the middle school level, Julie serves on the School District Standards Referenced Grading Committee for Instrumental Music and will begin this year as a member of the District wide Stipend Committee. From the Fall of 2000 through the current year, Julie has also worked with the Hickman High School Marching Band as a Color Guard Instructor, and, for the past fifteen years, as a visual designer.
Prior to her appointment to West Middle School, Julie taught sixth grade instrumental music at Smithton and Lange Middle Schools in the Columbia School District, she specialized in woodwind instruction for like instrument classes from 2008-2013. For eight years she worked for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce as Director of Special Events. Julie also served as Assistant Band Director for the Fulton School District from 1996-2000.
The Bands at West Middle school have received consistent Exemplary Ratings at the MU/CPS Band Festival, and at the CMU Band Festival. The majority of her bands (seventh and eighth) participate in solo and ensemble festival at CMU and receive Exemplary and Outstanding Ratings. Her Eighth Grade Band also serves as the main attraction for the Shelter Insurance (Partner in Education) Tree Lighting Ceremony each December.
Julie is a member of NAfME, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and Columbia NEA. She has served MBA as an adjudicator for All State Auditions on multiple occasions. And in 2017 Julie was recognized by Shelter Insurance as the Outstanding Contributor at West Middle School. The University of Missouri religiously sends students to Julie’s classroom for observations and has sent numerous students to do their internship in instrumental music at West Middle School.
Julie’s commitment to her students is unparalleled. She is committed to serving her schools community no matter the student’s situation. If a student wants to participate in band, she finds a way to make it happen. She is also known for her “tough love” in the classroom. Students know the expectations during class, and she holds them accountable daily.
I truly believe that Julie Swope deserves the honor of membership in Phi Beta Mu, and I hope that the nominating committee and the membership will agree.

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* 8. Should - DR JOHN ZASTOUPIL  -Missouri State University  - Nominated by Brad Snow -  be approved for Phi Beta Mu Lambda membership?

Dr. Zastoupil  is the Director of Concert Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble, and Community Band; teaches courses in graduate conducting, wind literature, and score study; and guides all aspects of a comprehensive concert band program of five concert ensembles. Since arriving at MSU, Zastoupil founded the MSU Conducting Workshop and the Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble, as well as co-sponsoring the Palen Concert Clinic for concert bands hosted at Missouri State. The MSU Wind Ensemble has received national attention with recent invited performances at the 2018 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Regional Convention (Houston, TX), the 2018 Missouri Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop/Conference, and an opening fanfare for the Dallas Winds concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX. Zastoupil guest conducts professional and student honor ensembles throughout the United States and abroad. Performances include the Metropolitan Winds, the Union Musicale “San Roque” wind ensemble of Villagordo del Cabriel near Valencia, Spain, and the Tak Ming Philharmonic Winds of Hong Kong, HK where he collaborated with renowned international euphonium soloist, Steven Mead.

An advocate of music education and advancing the wind repertoire, Zastoupil has prepared and conducted works for composers such as Michael Daugherty, William Bolcolm, Augusta Read-Thomas, Stephen Gryc and the late Gunther Schuller. Active in commissioning composers for new music, he commissioned composer Scott McAllister for a piece intended for university and middle school bands titled, “Hold-Fast.” The work was premiered as a side-by-side performance with the Scoggins Middle School Symphonic Band from McKinney, TX. Dr. Zastoupil’s work in conducting and ensemble pedagogy led to a collaboration with Music Professor, LLC, an online web based music company based in Los Angeles. In 2013, his forty-three lesson online video-conducting curriculum for instrumental music teachers was launched nationwide. He is also a contributing author in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA Publications and served as an invited clinician for the Missouri Bandmasters Association Summer Convention, the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, and as an adjudicator, clinician, and presenter for professional development days across the country.

In addition, Zastoupil’s previous collegiate experience includes Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas - Arlington and Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, he was named Outstanding Lecturer in Classroom Instruction and inducted as an honorary member to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in 2008. Originally from Texas, Zastoupil holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University where he was the L.K. Skornia endowed fellowship winner and an adjunct instructor in the Bienen School of Music. His doctoral dissertation, “The Application of Select Musical Rhetorical Devices for Conductor’s in Score Study,” explores the practical use of classical rhetorical figures within interpretive analysis. He received the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan, the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, and is a former student of the Aspen Music Festival and School.  He and his wife Jennifer, with their three children, Jordan, Joshua, and Julia, reside in Springfield, MO.

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* 9. VOTE FOR ~TWO~ BOARD MEMBERS - Phi Beta Mu-Lambda & PBM Foundation

The top TWO (Lambda Chapter/Foundation) will be selected.  If possible, consider voting for two members from different areas of the state so we have a balanced representation