Middle School Honor Band

April 30, 2019

Band directors are invited to nominate middle school students for an honor band event on April 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Grand View University. This is an all-day event, with an evening concert starting at 6 p.m. We look forward to you and your students joining us for this event!

Nomination Process

  • Nomination process opens on February 1, 2019. 
  • Directors may nominate as many students as they wish; a minimum of two students per grade (6th, 7th, and 8th) will be selected from each school.
  • Fill out the online nomination form to the best of your ability, providing as much information about each student as you can. Your ranking and rating of each student’s skills is very important.
  • Please be sure that those you nominate will be available all day and in the evening for this event.
  • Nomination deadline is Tuesday, March 19 at noon.

Fill Out Online Nomination Form

Guest Conductors

Mary Crandell
Mary Crandell
7th Concert & Jazz Bands & Prairieview 8th Jazz Band
Waukee Middle School
Elaine Menke
Elaine Menke
5th Grade Band Director
Lakewood Elementary - Norwalk School District
Patrick Kearney
Patrick Kearney
Facilitator for Teacher Leadership
Johnston Community School District

Past Honor Bands

May 1, 2018

Paul Bloomquist6th Grade Honor Band Conductor
Paul Bloomquist is the Director of Bands at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Paul holds an M.A. degree from Southern Oregon University through the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon and a B.M. degree from Simpson College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Paul has taught all levels of music education and has led bands in Meservey-Thorton, Lake Mills and Manson Northwest Webster schools. He also led some of Iowa's top high school jazz musicians for four summers, 2002 – 2005, while serving as the jazz band director for the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band summer program through Luther College.

Paul has been nominated and included multiple times in the Who's Who Among American Teachers. He has also received a Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2003 and has served as guest conductor and clinician at numerous concert band and jazz band festivals. He has served as President for the North Central Iowa Band Association and chair of the College Band Affairs Committee for the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Paul is an active musician playing tuba and trombone in Jive for Five Brass Quintet, The Karl King Municipal Band, The Dick Bauman Big Band and various other groups. 

Paul and his wife, Kelli, have six children: Grace, Emilia, Noah, Blake, Landon and MeiLi. Paul is the fourth generation Bloomquist to live on the family’s century farm south of Dayton, Iowa.

Brad Lampe7th Grade Honor Band Conductor
Brad Lampe is from Geneseo, Illinois and attended Augustana College in Rock Island earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education 1984. Lampe later earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Drake University in 1991. He taught 5th-12th grade band at Shelby-Tennant Schools in Shelby, Iowa (now A.H.S.T.), and  5th -12th grade band at Lansing Community Schools in Lansing, Kansas. Starting in 1987, Mr. Lampe began his tenure of 29 years as the High School Band Director at Clarke High School, in Osceola, Iowa retiring in 2016. Currently, he serves as the Instructional Coach for Clarke Community Schools in the Middle School and High School.

Mr. Lampe has served as President of the Iowa Bandmasters Association in 2013. Within the South Central District of IBA, has served as President, Chair of the Concert Band Affairs Committee, Chair of the SCIBA Honor Band (5 years), and Co-Chair of the SCIBA Concert Band Festival (14 years). He has also served his community as President of the Osceola Optimist Club, and Chair of Osceola Parks and Recreation Department.

Brad is married to, Amy, the Vice President at Clarke County State Bank in Osceola, and the have three boys; Jake, Joe, and Mitch. They are proud grandparents to Jayden (4), Cameron (2), and Paisley (1).

Frank Perez8th Grade Honor Band Conductor
Frank Perez serves as the director of bands at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where he conducts the Baker Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and teaches applied trombone, euphonium and tuba lessons. Previous positions include director of bands at Graceland University, where he held the prestigious Vredenburg Endowed Chair, graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas, and director of bands at Ganesha High School in Pomona, California.

Dr. Perez maintains an active national and international guest-conducting schedule. He has guest conducted conference honor bands in Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. In 2016, he served as the principal conductor for the Kansas State Lions Band. Dr. Perez has served as guest conductor and artist in residence for the Bénemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, in Puebla, México. Dr. Perez is an active as a freelance trombonist, having performed with ensembles such as the La Jolla Symphony, L.A. Guild Opera, Des Moines Big Band, and his trombone quartet, KC Bone Connection. He currently serves as the principal trombonist for the Freestate Brass Band.

Dr. Perez holds bachelor degrees in trombone performance and music education, and a master of music education degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Kansas School of Music and has been honored by Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor fraternities, Blue Key National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and most recently by the Phi Beta Mu International School Band Director Fraternity.

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May 2, 2017

Steve Kellar6th Grade Honor Band Conductor
Steve Kellar is currently the 7th Grade Band Director at Summit Middle School in the Johnston Community School District. He has taught at WACO Community School District (1992-93), Albia Community School District (1993-97), Des Moines Public School District (1997-98), Carlisle Community School District (1998-2000; 2001-06), and the Urbandale Community School District (2006-12). He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Simpson College in 1992. Steve also earned an Associate Arts degree in Commercial Art from DMACC in 2001.

His professional affiliations include, or have included, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, and Jazz Educators of Iowa. He has served as Jazz Affairs Chairperson for the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association and member of the Iowa High School Music Association Concert Band Literature Review Committee. Ensembles under his direction have consistently received superior ratings in Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. In 2003, the Carlisle Jazz Band placed first at the Iowa Jazz Championships and in 2004, the Carlisle Concert Band received the Sweepstakes Award at the Worlds of Fun Concert Band Festival.

Jerilyn Kobberdahl7th & 8th Grade Honor Band Conductor
Jerilyn Kobberdahl is currently band director at Crestview School of Inquiry and Crossroads Park Elementary School in the West Des Moines Community School District. She has taught at Stuart-Menlo Elementary (1988-89), Saydel Middle School (1989-90), Woodward-Granger Elementary and Middle School (1990-2002), and at Wallace and Beaver Creek Elementary in Johnston (2002-2005). She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Truman State University in 1988. She has completed additional graduate work at Drake University, Iowa State, and University of South Dakota. Her professional affiliations include, or have included, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha lota.

Jerilyn has served as a judge for various solo and ensemble festivals at the elementary level. She has been a private lesson instructor for woodwinds and piano. She currently serves as the department chairperson for the West Des Moines Elementary Band Department and the elementary chairperson for South Central Iowa Bandmasters.

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May 3, 2016

Tony GarmoeMiddle School Honor Band Conductor
Tony Garmoe is currently band director at Clive Learning Academy and Westridge Elementary School in the West Des Moines Community School District. He has taught at Pekin High School (1982-1984), Saydel High School (1984-1987), Woodside Middle School (1987-1988), the university of Iowa (Graduate Assistant, 1988-1990), Plainfield (Illinois) High School (1990-1991), and Valley High School (1991-2013). He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Truman State university (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) in 1982 and his master of music in conducting from the university of Iowa in 1990. He has completed additional work at the university of Minnesota, the University of Seattle, Iowa State University, and Drake University. His professional affiliations include or have included, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, Iowa Music Educators, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, International Association of Jazz Educators and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Tony has been awarded a Northwestern University Summer Music Fellowship, the Stanbury Outstanding young Band Director Award, and a Council for Basic Education Fellowship to study the small ensemble music of Armstrong, Parker, Davis and Coltrane. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship and studied in Poland and Hungary for six weeks in 1995. In 1997, he was a member of the Fulbright teacher Delegation, in Komatsu City, Japan. His professional interests rest in the areas of literature, conducting, and chamber music. As a member of IBA he has served as the Convention Equipment Chairperson, Publicity Chairperson, Concert Band Affairs Committee Chairperson (providing leadership and direction for the IHSMA Concert Band Literature List), SCIBA President, and President of the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association Conference, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference, Iowa State Honor Band and Conductors Symposium and at Hancher Auditorium at the university of Iowa in shared concert with the university of Iowa Symphony Band. Ensembles within the Valley High School Band Program have received regional, national, and international recognition. In 1999, the Valley High School Music Department received the first ever Grammy Signature School Award for exemplary high school music programs. In 2001, the VHS Symphony Band was the 4A Honor Band for the Iowa Bandmasters Conference and in 2005 and 2012 served as a rehearsal clinic ensemble for the International Band and Orchestra Clinic, in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008 small chamber ensembles from the VHS Symphony Band performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Auditorium on the campus of the university of Northern Iowa in addition to the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. Tony provided philosophical and organizational leadership for ValleyFest, one of the largest single-day marching band festivals in the Midwest, and he remains active as a clinician, consultant, adjudicator, conductor, and performing musician.

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